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23 hrs ago | Altoona Mirror

Tip leads police to run-away suspect

A leap from an upper-floor window, with law enforcement at the door; a run to freedom, a friend to act as a decoy, bloodhounds on the trail, a pair of helicopters, lawmen from multiple agencies, tips from citizens; the fugitive skulking through the streets of town, hiding in the woods and, finally, back in town and captured on a rooftop.

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Related Topix: Roaring Spring, PA

Wed Aug 27, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Woman's request for appeal rights denied

Senior Judge Hiram A. Carpenter has rejected a request by an Altoona woman serving life in prison for killing her boyfriend's 4-year-old daughter to restore her appeal rights because, she Rowlanda Lea Kenney, 47, housed at the State Correctional Institution at Muncy, has been behind bars since her 1998 conviction for the beating death of Ashley ... (more)

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Altoona Mirror

Megan's Law evaluation ordered for 60-year-old

Blair County Judge Wade A. Kagarise ordered a Megan's Law assessment for a 60-year-old Altoona man who late Monday entered no-contest pleas to child pornography charges.

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law

Tue Aug 26, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Judge makes ruling in city suit

A Huntingdon County judge has sided with the City of Altoona in a dispute that developed in 2013 when Blair County withheld delinquent tax revenue from the city, after paying for demolition of the former Russo building.

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Related Topix: Huntingdon County, PA, Washington County, PA, Canonsburg, PA

Altoona Mirror

Family, DA differ on death inquiry

A spokesman for the family of Marquise Braham and Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio painted different pictures of the status of an investigation into allegations by Braham's family of fraternity hazing.

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law, Penn State Altoona, Student Society, Phi Sigma Kappa, Fraternities

Sun Aug 24, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Some defendants slip through cracks without fingerprints being recorded

It's a Tuesday in Tyrone's District Court, and Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller isn't happy a defendant who has come into his courtroom to waive his preliminary hearing on felony theft charges hasn't been fingerprinted.

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law, Altoona, PA

Sat Aug 23, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Black inmates organize petitions

Ferguson, Mo., where racial turmoil has erupted over a police shooting, is many miles from Altoona, but according to local NAACP President Don Witherspoon, the issues in the justice systems in both communities are similar.

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Related Topix: Prison

Fri Aug 22, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Ross retrial delayed

The death penalty trial for Paul Aaron Ross, accused of killing a young Hollidaysburg woman a decade ago, has been moved from October to November, giving prosecutors and defense attorneys more time to prepare expert reports that must be presented to each other for review.

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Related Topix: Death Penalty, Violent Crime, Hollidaysburg, PA

Altoona Mirror

Historians to honor Civil War colonel

A few months ago, when John Crider opened a book filled with Col. William Gray Murray's papers, he was likely the first person to do so in 90 years.

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Related Topix: Hollidaysburg, PA, Altoona, PA

Thu Aug 21, 2014

Business Journal

UPMC increases revenue, margin in tough environment

UPMC finished fiscal 2014 bruised by a tough health insurance market, but with all the dials otherwise pointing in the right direction.

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Related Topix: Health Insurance, Health

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Thursday August 21 2014

A DISTRICT JUDGE IN CENTRE COUNTY YESTERDAY ORDERED 53 YEAR OLD FREDERICK RICE OF Harrisburg TO STAND TRIAL AFTER HE WAIVED HIS PRELIMINARY HEARING.

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Related Topix: Centre County, PA, Somerset County, PA, Davidsville, PA, Huntingdon County, PA

Altoona Mirror

Convicted child rapist denied new sentence

An Altoona man serving 25 to 50 years for the rape of a child and related offenses will not receive a reduced sentence or a new trial, Blair County Judge Elizabeth Doyle ruled Tuesday.

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Wed Aug 20, 2014

Altoona Mirror

International students move in to Penn State Altoona

The transition from high school to college can be stressful for any incoming freshman, but for international students, there are a few more steps required to make the new dorm room a home.

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Related Topix: Penn State Altoona, World News, China

Tue Aug 19, 2014

Altoona Mirror

County expected to add farmland into program

Blair County is preparing to add 276 acres to its farmland preservation program, partly due to an increase in county and state funds.

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Related Topix: Agriculture, Science

Mon Aug 18, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Piner case headed for trial

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rejected further hearing on pretrial issues involving a major suspect in the Operation Last Call drug cases that began almost three years ago.

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Altoona Mirror

Cocaine suspect to face trial

Larry I. Bowman Jr., 37, of Quinton, Va., allegedly sold cocaine supplied by convicted dealer Jermaine Samuel, 34, who was sentenced last year to 461/2 to 103 years in prison for his role in overseeing an operation that police said brought cocaine in from Baltimore to sell out of the Corner Bar & Grill at 1001 Eighth Ave. Bowman was charged in 2013 ... (more)

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Related Topix: Drugs, East Freedom, PA

Altoona Mirror

County to decide leaders' salaries

The practice is required by the state's County Code, with timing linked to the following year's elections so potential candidates are aware of the salaries associated with jobs they seek.

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Sun Aug 17, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Veterans Affairs director draws on military experience

Daniel McIntyre of Blue Knob took the job as Blair County's director of veterans affairs on April 28. His office is located on the first floor of the Blair County Courthouse.

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Related Topix: Life, Veteran Affairs, Pension, Personal Finance, Hollidaysburg, PA

Altoona Mirror

Vet searching for captured Nazi flag; local flyers once posed with banner

Tom Creekmore of Millsboro, Del., has had a long and good life as a father, grandfather, husband and airline executive, but at age 90, he still vividly remembers the men he fought and flew with in World War II.

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Related Topix: Altoona, PA, World News, Germany

Altoona Mirror

Council rethinks land banking

Neighbors' complaints at a recent City Council meeting about a problem house on Beech Avenue could lead the city Redevelopment Authority to reconsider land banking - after the authority Foreclosed upon in January, the vacant house on the 400 block has attracted mice and rats and features garbage on the back porch, high weeds in the backyard and a ... (more)

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Related Topix: Altoona, PA

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