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23 hrs ago | Altoona Mirror

Travelers' victims in Bedford County recount swindling

When a married couple arrived at Arlene Newman's Breezewood home two weeks ago, telling of the wife's struggle with cancer and offering to pave their driveway for $3,900, Newman and her husband thought they'd come upon a great deal. By Tuesday, the husband, 55-year-old John William Burke of North Augusta, S.C., was in jail, accused of at least four separate thefts and 12 felonies in a string of alleged fake paving jobs throughout Bedford County.

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Related Topix: Bedford County, PA, Prison, Imler, PA

Saturday | Altoona Mirror

Get your yard ready for winter

Whether you do it yourself or hire someone to do it for you, it's time to get your yard and garden ready for the cold months ahead, experts said. Start with trimming your yard shorter than you normally would when you cut it for the last time, which should be in late fall, usually around mid-to late November, said Byron Smail, who owns Byron Smail Landscape Contracting in Martinsburg, a small landscaping and snow removal company in southern Blair County.

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Related Topix: Home Gardening, Home

Saturday | Altoona Mirror

Nine more accuse man of trying to lure boys

Nine additional boys have come forward in the investigation of a Juniata man who allegedly posed online as a teenager to meet young boys, according to Altoona police. "Of course, these cases are open cases and are under investigation," Altoona police Lt.

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Related Topix: Altoona, PA

Saturday | Altoona Mirror

Man, 29, accused of molesting girl

A Juniata man is in Blair County Prison after being accused of molesting a young girl over a period of several years. Altoona police took Wayne P. Summers, 29, of 812 N. Sixth St., into custody Friday on charges he sexually assaulted the girl, now 9 years old, between 2011 and 2013, when she was 7 and 8, according to police.

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Fri Sep 12, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Township urges council to exercise due diligence

Logan Township supervisors are taking steps to ensure Altoona City Council hears their voices as the council considers leasing the city water authority in exchange for an upfront payment that would lift the city out of its financially distressed status. Leasing the authority to the highest bidder would generate money for the city, but the economic cost of turning over the authority could be too steep in the long run, the supervisors fear.

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Altoona Mirror

Teen rape victim confronts attacker

A teenage girl who was raped by an East Freedom man on at least two occasions when she was much younger confronted him in court Thursday, saying, "I'm not scared anymore." The teenager was given the opportunity to speak by Blair County Judge Timothy M. Sullivan just before he sentenced the defendant, Hansford Allen "Hamp" Dively, 41, of 129 Redman Court, to a state prison term of 10-20 years on two counts of child rape.

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Related Topix: East Freedom, PA, State Prisons, Prison

Thu Sep 11, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Rite Aid to purchase Kopp Drug

"The acquisition fits nicely with our strategy to focus our growth in existing markets and will help create a stronger presence in the Altoona market," said Ashley Flower, Rite Aid spokeswoman. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but the transaction includes the purchase of select Kopp Drug locations and pharmacy files.

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Related Topix: Altoona, PA, Hollidaysburg, PA, Roaring Spring, PA, Tyrone, PA

JD Supra

General Assembly Retirement Review: Rep. Stern

As you know, we've been plugging away the last month taking a look at who is retiring from the legislature at the conclusion of the session. In all, six Senators and 22 Representatives will not be returning, including several members who are committee chairs and part of their respective chamber's leadership.

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Related Topix: Agriculture, Science

Wed Sep 10, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Frankstown bridge to be razed

An 85-year-old bridge in Frankstown Township has been closed even to foot traffic by the Blair County commissioners who have decided to tear it down rather than spend $2.75 million to replace it. The county commissioners decided Tuesday that the 114-foot structure should be closed completely because the county does not want to spend such a large amount of money rehabilitating it or building a new structure.

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Related Topix: Hollidaysburg, PA

Tue Sep 09, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Helping county close to Robison's heart

Robison was probably best known for his many years as executive director of the Blair County Community Action Agency, where he worked for 28 years. "He was interested in making Altoona and Blair County to live," said Bill Hunter, who succeeded Robison as executive director.

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Altoona Mirror

Allan L. Robison

He was born in Altoona, son of the late Frank R. and Nellie Mae Robison. He married Sally Ann Olson on June 8, 1963, at First Baptist Church in Altoona.

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Related Topix: Altoona, PA

Mon Sep 08, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Blair health coalition outlines plans

The Healthy Blair County Coalition is making an impact in the community, but much work remains to be done, officials said. The coalition, a partnership of individuals and organizations working to promote the social, economic, emotional and physical well-being of area residents, met Monday at First United Methodist Church.

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Related Topix: Hollidaysburg, PA, Family, Adolescents and Pre-Teens, Altoona, PA

Altoona Mirror

Cyber school, district share students

Beginning this fall, the Central Pennsylvania Digital Learning Foundation cybercharter school is set to accomplish what it's aimed to do for more than a decade but never could. The CPDLF, if individual districts agree, will allow children to take its cybercourses full time or on a per-course basis while maintaining their status as students of their brick-and-mortar school districts.

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Related Topix: Education Etc., Cambria County, PA, Hollidaysburg, PA

Sat Sep 06, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Ross attorneys file appeal for judge's ruling

The defense attorneys for Paul Aaron Ross have filed a notice of intent to appeal a decision by Blair County President Judge Jolene G. Kopriva that allows the prosecution to pursue the death penalty in the defendant's December trial. If an appeal is permitted, it could further delay a court-ordered retrial for Ross, charged with the 2004 murder of Tina Miller, 26, of Hollidaysburg.

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Related Topix: Death Penalty, Hollidaysburg, PA, Altoona, PA

Fri Sep 05, 2014

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Friday September 5 2014

Police are CALLINg the death of a 10-month-old boy A HOMICIDE. SHAWN HILL OF MOXHAM TELLS WJAC HIS SON, BRENNON EVErett, fell and hit his head AugUST 15TH.

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Related Topix: Allegheny County, PA, Cambria County, PA, Dysart, PA

Altoona Mirror

Vehicular homicide suspect jailed

A Cresson woman awaiting trial for vehicular homicide for a 2013 accident was sent to the Blair County Prison Thursday for violating conditions of her bail. Sloan allegedly was driving recklessly eastbound on Route 22 early on April 3, 2013, when her vehicle slammed into the rear of Naylor's car, a 2004 Hyundai Accent.

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law

Thu Sep 04, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Police: Phone led to murder suspect

An Altoona narcotics detective testified Thursday he was able to locate a homicide suspect, who he knew only as "Juice," last Halloween night by tracing his cellphone. When Juice was found riding in a car with a friend in Huntingdon County and the vehicle was stopped, "Juice," Altoona Police Cpl.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Huntingdon County, PA, Tyrone, PA

Wed Sep 03, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Altoona Planning Commission likes LERTA plan for downtown

The Altoona Planning Commission on Tuesday endorsed a proposal by a pair of local development agencies to designate downtown and surrounding areas as a tax abatement zone, in keeping with a recommendation of the city's Act 47 financial distress recovery plan.

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Altoona Mirror

County awards canopy contracts

Blair County commissioners have awarded $370,000 in contracts to install canopies over two entrances at the courthouse and improve handicapped access.

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Related Topix: Duncansville, PA

Tue Sep 02, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Blair's funding cut for drugs, alcohol

Blair County will receive less money from the state this year to support programs in its Drug Court and DUI Court, but that should not lessen the number of people who will receive services, according to the leader of the Blair County Drug and Alcohol Program.

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