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Couple allegedly stole checks

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A couple accused of stealing checks, including those of a dead man, and then trying to use them at Target are back in Blair County to face charges. Jeffrey L. Bittinger, 48, and Shannon B. Lester, 42, both of Altoona, were jailed Thursday, each in lieu of $5,000 bail, after they were ...

City man guilty in sex charges case

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man has rendered guilty pleas to promoting or encouraging prostitution involving a teenager and her 12-year-old sister. Ronald L. Holley, 30, who rendered guilty pleas in March to child pornography possession charges in exchange for two to four years in jail, will ...

Cambria man faces drug counts

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A Cambria County man arrested in Altoona for allegedly selling cocaine and Adderall is due in court this week. Joshua R. Brehm, 27, of Johnstown is accused of selling an eighth-ounce of cocaine and 14 Adderall pills to an Altoona police informant in late August. His preliminary hearing, ...

Police: Man assaulted ex-girlfriend

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A city man faces charges after he allegedly struck his ex-girlfriend in the face while she was holding their child. Joshua L. Frank, 29, of Altoona, was arraigned Thursday on a felony count endangering the welfare of a child and a misdemeanor count of simple assault stemming from an alleged ...

Rail firm donates to PSU

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From Mirror staff reports Pittsburgh-based Hitachi Rail STS USA is donating a signaling system to the Rail Transportation Engineering program at Penn State Altoona. Representatives from Hitachi visited the college’s RTE labs on Friday to meet with students and faculty and discuss the gift ...

Area briefs

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STATE COLLEGE PSU president gets raise The president of Penn State is getting a 2.5% salary increase and trustees are making it retroactive to the beginning of July. The Board of Trustees on Friday voted unanimously to boost Eric Barron’s base pay to $855,000 a year. He’s been ...

Coming Sunday

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Some highlights to look for in the Mirror’s upcoming Sunday edition: The Mirror’s Penn State football coverage team of Cory Giger, Patrick Waksmunski and Neil Rudel have all the highlights from the Nittany Lions’ last scheduled game with Pitt. Area businesses are gearing up for bizX ...

Service above self

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Deora Frances Bodley, 20, was the youngest female passenger on board Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001. She was traveling from Newark, N.J., to her home in San Diego, Calif., so that she could participate in an after-school reading program for first- and second-grade students. She had ...

PSU, fans bracing for traffic hassles

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UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State football’s matchup against Pitt on Saturday will prompt a mass traffic flow to and from Happy Valley, with fans excited for touchdowns and tailgating. What many fans aren’t excited for, however, is Penn State’s new parking system. The new system requires ...

Tyrone woman pleads in sewer authority theft

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Tyrone woman accused of stealing almost $100,000 from the Northern Blair County Regional Sewer Authority has pleaded guilty to a first-degree misdemeanor charge of theft in exchange for five years’ probation. April L. McElwain, 39, who was fired in November 2015 because ...

Businesses focus on sustainability

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Several Blair County businesses have learned that sustainability is important to the future of their businesses. With the assistance of Sustainable Pittsburgh, the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Sustainable Blair County Committee put together a sustainability survey that businesses could ...

Game Commission drafts new CWD plan

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Draft CWD Response Plan cwd map A draft of a new Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan by the Pennsylvania Game Commission suggests creation of a CWD-Established Area centered in Blair, Bedford and Fulton counties, possibly with expanded seasons, removal of antler-point restrictions and ...

Tyrone extends WeVideo, accepts eight resignations

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TYRONE — The Tyrone Area School Board approved a multi-year subscription extension with WeVideo and will offer the learning software districtwide. The new subscription represents an increase from $1,940 budgeted for 2019-20, to $5,125 each year for the three-years of the extension until ...

City man charged in July burglary

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An Altoona man is in jail on charges he took part in a July burglary where thousands in cash, coins, furniture and other items were stolen. Robert A. Hillard, 39, of 1907 Washington Ave., was arrested Wednesday morning on felony charges that include conspiracy, burglary and theft after a ...

PennDOT to hold Blair County job fair

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, District 9, and the Blair County Maintenance department will host a job fair Tuesday so enable people to learn about job opportunities the department offers in the district office as well as Blair County Maintenance. The job ...

Tipton woman accused of shoplifting

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A Tipton woman is in jail after she allegedly shoplifted detergent pods from a Tyrone store. Autumn J. Leeper, 30, of Tipton was arrested Saturday at Family Dollar in Tyrone after police responded to a report of a retail theft in progress, according to charges filed by Tyrone police. Police ...

Briefcase

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STATE COLLEGE Company offering electricity Nittany Energy of State College is now offering electricity. Nittany Energy, which encompasses Nittany Oil and Nittany MinitMart, is a locally owned and operated family company. Nittany Oil has been serving Pennsyl­va­nia families for more than 50 ...

Sutton emotional after acquittal

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man was acquitted of all charges Wednesday in Blair County Court, ending a three-day trial in which he was accused of indecently assaulting his former girlfriend’s young daughters. Michael Francis Sutton, 24, began smiling and crying upon hearing the deputy ...

Blair salary study under HR review

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County’s job classification and salary study has generated reports with information that may or may not be available for use in planning the county’s 2020 budget. Commissioners Chairman Bruce Erb said Tuesday the study’s report with information on job ...

Blair Twp. police probe fatal motorcycle accident

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Police in Blair Township continue to investigate a motorcycle crash that claimed the life of a Johnstown woman. Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross said Wednesday that 52-year-old Joyce Faith of Johnstown died from a head injury at UPMC Altoona after the motorcycle she was riding as a ...