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And on the third day

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Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski Jesse Rager of Johnstown takes his rifle from its case before entering state game lands along Swartz Road outside of Flinton on Monday, the third day of firearms deer season.

Hospitals to ‘self-regulate’ scheduling

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Hospitals and intensive care units throughout Pennsylvania are “strained,” and the state wants those hospitals to “self-regulate” their scheduling of elective procedures, while cooperating regionally to ensure against becoming overwhelmed, according to state Health Secretary Rachel ...

L&I reveals fraud numbers

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For months, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry — and its counterparts around the country — have struggled against fraud in the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. On Monday, state Labor Secretary Jerry Oleksiak provided information that showed how extensive that ...

City man accused of theft from B-A booster club

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An Altoona man has been accused of stealing about $15,000 from the Bellwood-Antis Wrestling Boosters, Pennsylvania State Police reported. Kenneth G. Whaley, 49, was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller on Nov. 24 on theft-related charges, court documents stated. Members of ...

Bedford warden, deputy suspended

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The Bedford County Commissioners have suspended Warden Troy Nelson and Deputy Warden Rocky Bernazzoli pending an assessment of the Bedford County Correctional Facility operations by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. According to a news release, the pair were suspended with pay ...

Police probe theft

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The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a residential burglary in Frankstown Township, which included the theft of numerous power tools, technological devices and a black safe, police reported. Sometime between midnight and 6 a.m. Wednesday, someone cut the lock at a residence on ...

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Cambria honors deputy The Cambria County Courthouse entrance will be illuminated in blue light to honor Deputy John Kuhar who passed away Nov. 28. The entrance was illuminated Monday night and will again be illuminated in blue light tonight, Tuesday, Dec. 1. Kuhar was employed with the ...

Man accused of holding two hostage

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A Massachusetts man allegedly threatened the lives of an Altoona woman and her son last week while keeping them in a room with him throughout the night, police reported. Brockton, Massachusetts, resident Alan L. Cole Jr., 39, was arraigned last Tuesday by Magisterial District Judge Andrew ...

McKeesport man faces charges

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Stuck on the side of the road, a McKeesport man called the Pennsylvania State Police for help, despite the fact he was driving a stolen car, court documents stated. Daniel M. Rizza, 20, of McKeesport, was arrested Friday and charged with receiving stolen property after he ran out of gas on ...

Briefcase

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Blair Chamber office closed The Blair County Chamber Office is closed to the public until further notice to comply with Gov. Tom Wolf’s new mitigation efforts for COVID-19. “Our staff is working remotely and members will have access to our staff to assist with any issues or ...

BG senior starts rifle club

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Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School has a new rifle club. “The club is a unique opportunity for BG in the area,” said Abby Novak, a senior at the high school who led a two-year effort to start it. Novak, a Gallitzin native, grew up shooting with her uncles, starting with BB guns, ...

Hobby takes flight for Hollidaysburg model airplane builder

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To say Guy Forshey is talented with his hands is like saying Les Paul played guitar. It tells half a story as it overlooks Paul’s innovative contributions to the music recording industry. So it is with Forshey. Upon entering the Hollidaysburg home he shares with his wife of 41 years, Nancy, ...

Justices uphold predator status

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A Bedford man convicted several years ago of sexual offenses against a child has lost his appeal to a judge’s decision classifying him as a sexually violent predator, which means he must register with police for the rest of his life. Duane Joseph Hann Sr., 42, was sentenced in 2011 to a ...

Pandemic takes toll on Salvation Army’s bell ringing

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Officials with The Altoona Salvation Army Worship and Service Center said the impact of COVID-19 has increased the number of residents needing assistance, decreased the availability of volunteers and lowered donations since the mid-November start of the Red Kettle Campaign. “We want to ...

State’s COVID-19 positives top 8K

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Pennsylvania set a record Thursday for new COVID-19 cases, then broke it Friday, topping 8,000 for the first time, quadrupling the state’s high point for the spring. The statistics are alarming, but hardly evoke the reality of the illness, according to Harold Chambers, 83, of Altoona, a ...

The calm before the stores

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Altoona experienced a calmer Black Friday than normal, according to local shoppers. Deborah Liegey, 53, of Morrisdale and Amber Liegey, 23, of Altoona were about to enter the Logan Valley Mall for their holiday shopping. The mother-daughter duo said their experience this year has been ...

Nights of Lights opens

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The Bedford County Chamber of Commerce has opened its second annual Holiday Nights of Lights at the Bedford County Fairgrounds. The seasonal display opened Friday. The community-based, drive-thru light display features more than 100 businesses, organizations, churches, school groups and ...

Election effort faces final curtain

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A weekslong campaign to reverse or override Pennsylvania’s presidential election result appeared to falter in the last few days, even as President Donald Trump’s allies threw a Hail Mary pass to secure the state’s electoral votes. Efforts by the White House to claim the state’s vote ...

Williamsburg Pharmacy set to open

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WILLIAMSBURG — Williamsburg Pharmacy will open its doors Monday. The town has been without a pharmacy since Dick’s Pharmacy closed. Tyler Ruby, who owns Orby Pharmacy in Orbisonia and Ruby’s Pharmacy in Saxton is opening Williamsburg Pharmacy at 318 E. First St. Ruby, an Everett ...

Firefighters extinguish fire in home’s basement

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Firefighters from the Greenwood, Lakemont and Logan Township United fire departments doused a blaze Wednesday in a matter of minutes, Greenwood Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Mark Rispoli said. “The guys did a good, quick knockdown of the fire,” Rispoli said. “They probably had ...