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State launches coronavirus tracer app

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The state Department of Health on Tuesday launched its version of a contact tracing app for smartphones that can inform participants when they come into “close contact” with other participants who later test positive for the coronavirus, so those who have been exposed can protect themselves ...

Judge rejects inmate’s appeal in boy’s death

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An appeal for a lesser sentence filed by a Johnstown woman convicted of third-degree murder of a 10-month-old boy has been rejected by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Hayley Nichole Butler, 28, was sentenced in December 2015 by Cambria County Judge David J. Tulowitski to 10 to 25 years in ...

City man held on drug, gun charges

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An Altoona man is in jail on gun and drug charges after an alleged methamphetamine sale Monday night. Tracy N. Bey, 23, of Altoona was behind the wheel of a vehicle when Altoona and Logan Township police approached him and two others at Eighth Avenue and 17th Street about 9:30 p.m., according ...

Police: Search turns up stolen weapons, meth

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A Hollidaysburg man faces felony charges stemming from a search of his Beaver Street home in March that allegedly turned up two stolen guns, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Brad A. Campbell, 38, was arraigned Tuesday morning on felony charges that include receiving stolen property and ...

CBRC planning audit

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After months of periodic pressure from a former board member and a local labor leader, the Central Blair Recreation & Park Commission has agreed that it would be a good idea to have an audit — but not right away. Bill Schirf, former mayor of Altoona, and Bob Kutz, president of the ...

Spud Stroll set for Saturday

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EBENSBURG — A “Spud Stroll” is set for Saturday as many Ebensburg businesses celebrate the potato by hosting sales, specials and events. “This is definitely not going to be the PotatoFest that people have come to expect,” said Danea Koss, director of Community Development. “There ...

Magisterial district judge

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Filed before Magisterial District Judge Daniel C. DeAntonio: Charges waived to court Feb. 5: Jeffrey D. Pfahler, 20, 4467 Raystown Road, Hopewell, charged by Altoona police with conspiracy, robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, false reports to law enforcement officer, tampering with or ...

Briefcase

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Sheetz to mark National Coffee Day Sheetz will celebrate National Coffee Day on Tuesday with a free cold brew to all customers who order through the Sheetz app. The offer, which includes a curbside pickup option, is valid for any size and any flavor cold brew at all Sheetz locations for one ...

Hot wheels

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Landyn Rogers, 13, zips his remote control car around the backyard of his Osterburg home Monday afternoon. (Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski)

Wolf vetoes school sports bill

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Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday vetoed a bill that would give school districts the sole ability to make decisions on sports, including whether and how many spectators to allow, and lawmakers in the GOP-controlled General Assembly said they would try to override it. The Wolf administration’s limits ...

AMED could see job cuts next year

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A shrinkage in call volume due to COVID-19 could force AMED to consider service changes for next year, including roster cuts and eliminating its current policy of always sending Advanced Life Support crews to emergencies, according to Executive Director Gary Watters. “It’s scary,” ...

Jobless fraud leads to delays

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A resurgence of fraud claims for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program that helps the self-employed has led the state Department of Labor & Industry to put a hold on dispensing money to new PUA applicants, pending confirmation of those applicants’ identities. “Due to an ...

Coalport man pleads guilty in seven cases

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CLEARFIELD — A Coalport man will spend up to eight years in state prison for various offenses, including an assault in which he threatened to kill a man, and for his part in the killing of two dogs. William Benjamin Cochran, 34, pleaded guilty in seven different cases during sentencing ...

Court upholds man’s sentence

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The Pennsylvania Superior Court has upheld the conviction of an Altoona man serving a state prison sentence for three illegal drug sales, even though the confidential informant who made the purchases was not available to testify during his trial. The police informant died prior to the trial, ...

City man accused of firing gun at woman

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An Altoona man is in jail after police say he fired a shotgun at a woman as she drove away from their Third Street home. Christopher D. Riddle-Hatcher, 34, allegedly fired a 20-gauge round from a Mossberg 500 C pump-action shotgun, hitting the B-pillar of the woman’s vehicle, halfway up the ...

Police: City man crashed into home

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An Altoona man is suspected of driving drunk when he crashed into a house in Tyrone over the weekend. Elliot Robertson, 26, of Altoona, was taken to UPMC Altoona by ambulance early Saturday for treatment of unspecified injuries and a blood test after he crashed into a home on the 500 block of ...

Bedford man gets longer sentence

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Bedford County man convicted in February of two criminal offenses linking him to an Altoona methamphetamine lab was resentenced Monday to two to four years in prison. In June, Jeffrey D. McFarland, 59, Defiance, was sentenced to three months to two years in ...

AASD to drop three programs

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The Altoona Area School Board voted Monday to discontinue three Career and Technical Education programs based on their financial sustainability. Child care, accounting and bookkeeping, and administrative office assistant and secretarial service will no longer be eligible for CTE ...

Auto dealer selling used bicycles

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CLAYSBURG — It may be difficult to find a new bicycle these days, but a Claysburg auto dealer has lots of used bicycles for sale. Barry and Cindy Weyandt of B&C Auto Sales on Dunnings Highway have sold about 90 bikes in the last two months. “We had about 160 bikes that we wanted to ...

Briefcase

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HESSTON Friends to receive boat The Friends of Raystown Lake, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and preserving the natural and recreational resources of Raystown Lake, will receive a 2017 Sweetwater Pontoon Boat from Energy Transfer upon the recent completion of its pipeline construction ...