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Third suspect in kidnapping charged

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A third person is now charged in the alleged kidnapping and rape of a man in Altoona. Benjamin I. Phillips, 38, of Tyrone was charged Wednesday for his role in the May 6 incident in which Altoona po­lice say Tara Sprankle, 37, and Justin Keller, 34, bound and tortured a man over a $700 drug ...

Admitted killer once convicted locally

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A sex offender once convicted in Blair County of statutory sexual assault now claims to have killed 32 people. Nicholas Brent Gibson, 32, made the claim to reporters Friday after appearing in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York where he waived extradition to Florida where he is the suspect ...

HAHS science book sparks contention

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A proposed AP environmental science book for Hollidaysburg Area grades 10-12 stirred some opposition from a couple of school board members who say they don’t agree with ideas of global warming. The text “Exploring Exploring Environmental Science for AP,” published by ...

Clearfield school employee accused of sex with student

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KYLERTOWN –– Charges have been filed against an employee of a Clearfield County school who allegedly had sex with a student. State police say Michael William Narehood, 23, of Karthaus was employed by the West Branch School District in Morris Town­ship where the assault occurred. A ...

Pa. court to hear water dispute

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A water dispute between neighbors is going to the Pennsylvania Superior Court after a refusal by a Blair County judge to order water restored to a property at 254 Kurtz Drive in Sinking Valley. The property, in Tyrone Township, owned by Mark J. Roth and Michelle A. Roth, is served by a well, ...

Joyce blasts Pelosi over drug votes

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U.S. Rep John Joyce, R-13th District, opposed U.S. House Speak­er Nancy Pelosi as she refused to hold individual votes on three measures that would lower prescription drug prices. House bills to lower prescription drug prices (H.R. 965, H.R. 1499 and H.R. 938) all passed unanimously out of ...

Weapons, drug charges filed

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From Mirror staff reports A Martinsburg man faces charges after police say he was shooting aluminum cans in his driveway with a rifle. Ryan C. Reininger, 33, was arrested Wednesday afternoon at his home, 286 Ayers Lane, in North Woodbury Township, after a neighbor called to report he was ...

School board candidate forum planned

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Area School District PTOs/PTA/ PAC groups will sponsor a forum for Hollidaysburg school board candidates from 3 to 5 p. m. Sunday. The forum will take place in the Hollidaysburg Area High School Library, 1510 N. Montgomery St., with Michael Rawlins, ...

Woman charged with DUI at court

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From Mirror staff reports A woman who state police said drove drunk to District Court has been charged. It all started March 12 when Sheree M. Bollman, 49, of Altoona, appeared at Tyrone District Court as part of a case in which she was not the defendant. According to charges filed last ...

Police: City woman sold pills

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From Mirror staff reports A city woman is accused by Altoona police of selling pills to an informant twice in 2018. Robin A. Daugherty, 57, of 2100 W. Chestnut Ave., was arraigned Thursday on felony and misdemeanor drug charges stemming from two alleged sales of clonazepam pills in February ...

Police reports

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Hollidaysburg state police James Bywater, 40, Bedford, was arrested April 30 on June Drive in Taylor Township and charged with DUI. Brittany Bender, 26, Altoona, was charged with theft-related charges for an alleged incident May 2 on Burns Drive in Tyrone Township. Angela Burkey, 40, Alum ...

Magisterial district judge

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Filed before California Avenue Magisterial District Judge Steven D. Jackson: Geetha Rathnamala, 40, 2514 Shawn Circle, State College, charged by Allegheny Township police with accident involving damage to attended vehicle or property and two summary traffic violations at state routes 764 and ...

Sentencings

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The following sentencings were filed in Blair County Court. Although some cases may be more than a year old, the Mirror publishes them in the interest of complete reporting. The following defendants were placed in the Intermediate Punishment Program for a period of 60 days to 60 months. Each ...

A time to remember

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Dennis Hainley puts flowers on his mother Helen’s grave Thursday at Alto-Reste Park Cemetery. Dennis and his wife, Jan, grew up in Altoona but now reside in Kansas City. (Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec)

HASD delays decision on taxes

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — At 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High library, the school board was still figuring out a tax increase for next year that would compute with a projected $1.8 million budget deficit as well as local taxpayers who are strapped. Board member Rob Vonada ...

1889 Johnstown Flood commemorated

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St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 335 Locust St., Johnstown, will host a special Community Common Prayer Service commemorating the 130th anniversary of the 1889 Johnstown Flood and the role that St. Mark’s played during and in the aftermath of the flood. The service will be held at 6:30 p.m. ...

Man gets 6 years for police chase

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County judge on Thursday imposed a minimum sentence of six years and four months in prison on Troy Steven Stehley, the Altoona man accused of leading police on a high-speed chase in 2015 that ended in a fiery crash that almost killed him. But Stehley won’t begin ...

Police: Morrisdale man abused patient

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CLEARFIELD — A Clearfield County man is facing charges for allegedly physically abusing a patient at a nursing home. Police say Chance Talen Myers, 27, of Morrisdale was hurting the victim by stepping on her foot, grabbing her by the neck, pushing on her head and flipping her walker upside ...

Williamsburg votes to raise school taxes

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WILLIAMSBURG — Taxpayers in the Williamsburg Community School District will see their school taxes increase next year to help cover the school district’s budget shortfall. School board members unanimously approved a tax increase at the monthly meeting Tuesday night. The increase will ...

Lakemont lake sediment OK

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The sediment that the intergovernmental Storm­­water Committee plans to dredge from the bottom of the lake at Lakemont appears to meet the criteria for clean fill, according to ISC member and engineer Tom Levine. Samples taken in six areas of the lake and tested for 100 or more contaminants ...