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Judge: Evidence against couple enough for trial

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A magisterial district judge found police and prosecutors have enough evidence to send felony drug charges filed against an Altoona couple on to court. The attorneys for Markale A. Sowell, 46, and Quenell L. Richardson, 37, argued at their clients’ preliminary hearing on Wednesday that ...

HASB bids members goodbye

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Area School District said goodbye to four board members who will be replaced by newly elected members next month. Robert Vonada served the board for 10 years. Superintendent Robert Gildea said he has certainly made an impact on the school district, ...

Inmate can’t challenge dismissal of lawsuit

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A prison inmate who was incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution at Huntingdon in 2015 has lost his right to challenge the dismissal of his medical malpractice lawsuit because he did not file his appeal in time. The Pennsylvania Superior Court last week agreed with inmate Marcus ...

City man faces new charges in alleged assault, break-in

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An Altoona man released on unsecured bail earlier this month after his arrest on assault and strangulation charges is now behind bars after police say he punched and threatened his estranged girlfriend after breaking into her home. According to Altoona police, 25-year-old Andrew P. Sault ...

Osceola Mills woman sold meth

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CLEARFIELD — An Osceola Mills woman pleaded guilty to selling methamphetamine during colloquy court in Clearfield County Monday. Amber Dawn Pierson, 34, was sentenced by Judge Paul Cherry to three to six years in state prison for a felony count of delivery of a controlled substance and ...

Inmate faces trial over assault

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CLEARFIELD — A former inmate at the State Correctional Institution at Houtzdale will stand trial for seriously injuring a corrections officer. Officials said as the CO was doing his rounds in June, inmate Dion Capers, 32, allegedly came out of his cell and punched the officer several times ...

De-vine intervention

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Linda Crookshank trims the ivy on the wall in front of her home in the Greenwood section of Altoona. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Joyce aims to seek reelection

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U.S. Rep John Joyce is running for re-election to Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District in 2020. After constituents of the 13th district elected the Altoona physician to Congress, Joyce made health care policy a priority and has made bipartisan connections to propose legislation. ...

Downtown arts center plan fizzles

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A proposed major project once seen as a potential linchpin for the ongoing revitalization of downtown has been canceled — largely due to the energy associated with that very revitalization. At $4 million, the cost of turning the former Kress building into a center for artists to create, ...

Blair hires new county administrator

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County commissioners were unified Tuesday in supporting the promotion of a three-year employee to the county’s highest administrative position. Nicole M. Hemminger of Hollidaysburg, as of Jan. 4, will succeed the retiring Helen Schmitt as county administrator/chief ...

In service to those who served

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Jeff Anslinger of Altoona repairs a veterans marker in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Altoona. Anslinger repairs markers and replaces frayed flags for veterans in cemeteries near his home. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Child porn case results in hefty prison sentence

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CLEARFIELD –– A French­ville man convicted of possessing child pornography was given a lengthy state prison sentence Tuesday in Clearfield County Court. Dennis Paul Hudgens, 69, was found guilty of 50 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal ...

Dem seeks seat in 13th

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A retired FBI special agent, former police officer and state trooper/flight paramedic is seeking the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District. Todd Rowley, 55, of Westmoreland County most recently worked as a park ranger with the Department of Conservation and ...

Madera woman pleads in burglary case

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CLEARFIELD –– A Madera woman charged for her part in the burglary of a Woodward Township garage pleaded guilty to lesser charges Tuesday in Clear­field County Court. Harley Dawn Davis, 21, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor receiving stolen property in this case and DUI in two unrelated cases ...

Briefcase

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NORTHERN CAMBRIA Dollar General opening relocated store with specials Dollar General will hold a grand opening of its newly relocated store at 608 Philadelphia Ave. beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23. Customers will enjoy special deals and free prizes at the grand opening event. The ...

Job fair set for December

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PA CareerLink Blair and Bedford counties and other organizations will hold a job fair Dec. 17 at the Jaffa Shrine Center, with a special time allotted to workers laid off by Norfolk Southern. About 50 area employers will be recruiting at the job fair. With the Blair County unemployment ...

Elementary school students gifted bicycles

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When the curtain was pulled back to reveal rows of shiny new bicycles, the crowd of children erupted. Third-grade students from Ebner Elementary, Juniata Elementary and The STEAM Learning Center at Penn Lincoln Elementary School attended an assembly at the Altoona Area High School on Monday ...

Friar travel conditions to be revised

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Travel conditions are to be revised for the pair of Franciscan friars sentenced in May 2018 to five years’ probation on a child endangerment misdemeanor count in connection with a fellow friar and suspected child predator. Senior Judge Jolene G. Kopriva said Monday that she ...

Two jailed for fatal overdose

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Two people are in jail on felony charges after a fatal overdose in Altoona. Robert D. Patterson, 43, and Nicole L. Keller, 39, were both arraigned Monday morning on felony counts that include drug delivery resulting in death and delivery of heroin in the Sunday morning overdose death of ...

Assistant will succeed retiring Blair official

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County leaders indicated Monday that retiring County Administrator/Chief Clerk Helen Schmitt will be succeeded by her assistant, Nicole Hemminger. The pending action surfaced Monday during a reconvened meeting of the county salary board which voted to set Hemminger’s ...