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Clearfield County man faces 81 felony, misdemeanor counts

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CLEARFIELD — A Clearfield County man is facing 17 felony charges for allegedly breaking into vehicles in Clearfield, Blair and Centre counties. Eli William Welch-Selfridge, 19, was charged by state police on May 24 with 81 felony and misdemeanor counts of theft by unlawful taking, criminal ...

SFU renames community center

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LORETTO — The Center for Service & Learning at Saint Francis University is renamed the Center for Community Engagement, effective immediately. The name change demonstrates the university’s continued and intentional commitment to community engagement, both at the curricular and ...

Burger King makeover gets nod from planners

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From Mirror staff reports The Burger King restaurant on West Plank Road will be taking on a new look. Blair County Planning Commission members Thurs­day gave a favorable review to plans to demolish the current restaurant at 300 W. Plank Road and build a new facility at the same ...

Briefcase

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Breakfast Club to meet The Blair County Chamber Breakfast Club will meet at 7:45 a.m. June 13 at The Casino at Lakemont Park. Thomas Marra, regional director of cardio-pulmonary rehab for UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford Memorial will talk about the results of the recent Community Health ...

Area graduations

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Blair County Altoona Area — 6 p.m. June 10 at Mansion Park. Bellwood-Antis — 7 p.m. Thursday at high school football field. Claysburg-Kimmel — 2 p.m. Sunday at school auditorium. Hollidaysburg Area — 6 p.m. today at Tiger Stadium Spring Cove — 7 p.m. Thursday at ...

Gov. Wolf plugs renovation program

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At a convention of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors not long ago, attendees wore buttons proclaiming their hatred of unfunded mandates, according to Gov. Tom Wolf, speaking Wednesday in Altoona, where he walked through downtown, promoting his proposed Restore ...

Body recovered after flee attempt

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GEESEYTOWN — A Dun­cansville man died after jumping into the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River in an attempt to flee arrest for an allegedly violent domestic conflict at a River Road residence, police said. A five-hour search-and-rescue effort followed Jeremy Richard Ross’ ...

Joyce: County ‘ground zero’

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Calling for Gov. Tom Wolf to send Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers to the southern border to help hold back what he referred to as “a flood” of illicit drugs, Congressman John Joyce sat down with police from across Blair County on Wednesday to hear how the problem impacts their ...

Couple facing additional charges in torture case

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A man who Altoona police said was taped to a chair and tortured over a $700 drug debt suffered a stroke his doctor said was likely caused by the assault. Altoona police filed additional felony aggravated assault charges against Justin Keller, 34, and Tara Sprankle, 37, during the couple’s ...

Council adopts ordinance

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In retrospect, it looked like it might have been a problem when only a bare majority of four City Council members showed up for Tuesday’s special meeting to adopt an ordinance that would enable the Altoona Water Authority to save $2 million by refinancing old sewer loans. After all, one of ...

Porn suspect loses legal challenge

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man accused almost four years ago of possessing and distributing child pornography has lost a legal challenge to the criminal charges he faces. In a recent ruling now on file at the Blair County Prothonotary’s Office, Judge Daniel Milliron rejected requests on ...

Woman’s remains identified

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Cambria County coroner Jeff Lees confirmed that human remains found in Johnstown over the weekend are those of a woman reported missing last year. According to WJAC-TV, Lees said he was able to quickly identify the remains as Nancy Jo (Singer) Giles due to a serial number from an implanted ...

Police: City man sold drugs

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A city man accused of selling methadone in 2017 has now been charged. It was almost two years ago that 25-year-old Zachary D. Bookhamer of Altoona allegedly sold 40 mg of liquid methadone to a police informant for $80, according to charges filed by Altoona police. Police allege the informant ...

Local groups educate legislators in capital

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HARRISBURG — The Lung Disease Foundation of Central Pennsylvania, along with several Tobacco Resistance Unit Groups from Blair County, recently participated in the Day at the Capitol 2019 in Harrisburg where they educated legislators on the importance of the Tobacco 21 initiative and ...

Police: Stray bullet hit Tyrone home

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TYRONE — A 33-year-old Tyrone man who police say was target shooting faces charges after a stray bullet struck and passed through a house. Tyrone police announced Tuesday that Matthew Mills will be charged with recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct stemming from a ...

Veterans event deadline is today

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Today is the deadline to sign up for the 14th annual Returning Veterans Issues Symposium to be held next week in Altoona. Veteran Community Initiatives Inc. will hold the free symposium from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Blair County Conven­tion Center. The event, sponsored by the ...

Loretto to receive funds to improve pedestrian safety

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HARRISBURG — Loretto Borough will receive $50,000 in state transportation funds designed to improve pedestrian and driver safety, state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Johnstown, said. The funds will be used to install pedestrian crossing and detectable warning devices, pavement markings, a level ...

Briefcase

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New Pig Energy honored TIPTON — New Pig was recently recognized by Environmental Protection — the online solution resource for managing air, water, energy and waste issues. New Pig Energy’s Tank End Enclosures garnered top honors in the “water” category of Environmental ...

Beach gets 81 years for child rapes

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A 42-year-old Altoona man is likely to spend the rest of his life in prison for rape, aggravated indecent assault and other sexual offenses involving two teenagers. In Blair County Court on Tuesday, President Judge Elizabeth Doyle imposed sentences adding up to 81 to 162 ...