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City, GADEC to focus on application standards

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The city and the Greater Altoona Economic Development Corp. are working together to solve what they agree is a good problem to have. An increasing number of organizations want to hold events at Heritage Plaza, and some of those events haven’t worked out as well as the parties might have ...

City man allegedly assaults ex-girlfriend

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A city man is in jail after police say he assaulted and robbed his ex-girlfriend. Tareek A. Hemingway, 25, 609 N. Fifth St., faces felony robbery, burglary and criminal trespass charges along with misdemeanor counts of theft and simple assault stemming from the alleged incident Friday ...

City man accused of stalking

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A city man is behind bars after police say he stalked a woman at her 26th Street home. Christopher A. Lauver, 23, was arrested Sunday night after Altoona police were called to a home on the 600 block of 26th Street for a second time that day. Lauver, who lived with the woman until ...

Sheriff announces commissioner bid

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A county sheriff annou­nced his candidacy for commissioner and his intent to retire from a longstanding career in law enforcement. Bedford County Sheriff Charwin Reichelderfer said he will step down from the office after the end of his third term, allowing someone else to bring a new ...

Police reports

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Altoona police Melissa A. Molina, 29, 2711 Fairway Drive, was arrested early Saturday on the 3200 block of Pleasant Valley Boulevard on a sheriff’s warrant. Phillip White, 29, no fixed address, was arrested early Saturday and charged with domestic violence, stalking, possession of a ...

Peoples Natural Gas seeks base rate increase

Local Business

Peoples Natural Gas has filed a request with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to increase natural gas distribution rates as of March 29. Peoples has requested an overall net distribution rate increase of $94.9 million per year. If the company’s entire request is approved, the ...

Briefcase

Local Business

TYRONE Silver Screen Video closing Silver Screen Video, 1303 Pennsylvania Ave., plans to close its doors. According to its Facebook page, the movie store will be closing soon. “With the constant barrage of ‘technology,’ it’s become apparent that movie rentals will no longer support ...

Sheetz liquor license OK’d

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The Logan Township supervisors recently approved the transfer of a liquor license from outside the municipality to the Sheetz on Frankstown Road, so the convenience store can sell beer and wine. The approval clears the way for the company to apply to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for ...

Figart ‘goes above and beyond’ for kids

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It’s usually either a parent, a parent’s boyfriend or girlfriend, or a relative that perpetrates abuse against children, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. Children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned are served by dependency courts and typically placed ...

Stickel plans bid for re-election

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From Mirror staff reports HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County incumbent Controller A.C. Stickel has announced plans to run for a second four-year term. Stickel, who was elected in 2015 to succeed the retiring Richard J. Peo, is seeking the Republican nomination in the May 21 primary. “With ...

No end in sight

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Bobby Little clears ice from around his vehicle late Friday afternoon near Fifth Avenue and 22nd Street. More snow is forecast for later this week. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

Police reports

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Hollidaysburg state police Willard Berry, 44, Tyrone, was charged with public drunkenness, resisting arrest and other crimes after police found him passed out in the rear seat of a 52-year-old Tyrone wo­man’s pickup truck on Dec. 20. After being called to the scene by the woman, police ...

The dangers of drunken driving

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A retired Altoona resident who lost his youngest daughter in a DUI accident years ago applauded new changes to a state law that enhances penalties for repeat offenders of driving while under the influence. Under the changes, a person who has three or more prior offenses for drunken driving ...

IRS ‘committed’ to returns

Local Business

The Internal Revenue Service will process tax returns beginning Monday and provide refunds to taxpayers as scheduled. “We are committed to ensuring that taxpayers receive their refunds notwithstanding the government shutdown. I appreciate the hard work of the employees and their commitment ...

Blair funds to tackle blight

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — In Sep­tember 2017, the costs of recording a mortgage and deed went up by $7.50 in Blair County to fund what commissioners said would be a revenue source to address blighted properties. Now that the fund has accumulated about $66,000, commissioners are reviewing proposed ...

Preliminary audit predicts revenue for AWA digester

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The company that recently began a preliminary energy savings audit of the Altoona Water Authority’s Easterly Sewer Treat­ment Plant has found the authority should be able to obtain enough high strength food waste to warrant construction of an anaerobic digester. Energy System Group of ...

Police: City man living in squalor with child

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From Mirror staff reports A city man is behind bars after police say he was living in squalor with a 3-year-old child. Steven J. Shimko, 35, of 413 10th St., was arrested Friday by Altoona police after a call for a welfare check about 11 a.m. Friday. According to the charges, the caller ...

Court rejects inmate’s time served request

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The Pennsylvania Su­preme Court this week let stand a Commonwealth Court ruling denying a Cambria County man credit for time served on a sentence for possession of a controlled substance. The inmate who requested the time-served credit, Mark Ivory, was initially arrested on Feb. 11, 2011, ...

Fallentimber man facing drug charges

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DUBOIS –– A Fallen­timber man who was allegedly found to have 24 grams of methamphetamine in his vehicle while he was sitting at a Sheetz in Clearfield County, was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Friday. DuBois police reported on Sept. 12 that an employee of Sheetz on North Brady ...

City man resentenced in armed robbery case

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CLEARFIELD –– An Altoona man accused of robbing a man at gunpoint to recover nude photos of his girlfriend in June 2016 was back in Clearfield County Court on Friday. Michael Jerome Irby Jr., 28, was charged after an incident in Mahaffey when Irby forced his way into the victim’s home ...