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11 hrs ago | The Raw Story

'Sovereign citizen' found mentally incompetent after driving with phony license plate

A Pennsylvania judge ordered a self-described sovereign citizen released from a psychiatric hospital following his arrest last year on traffic offenses.

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Related Topix: Roaring Spring, PA

14 hrs ago | Altoona Mirror

Sun Air's plan to Pittsburgh offers hope for future passenger flights

The success of a new airline introducing flights to Pittsburgh in October will be a key factor in determining the future of passenger flight service at the Altoona-Blair County Airport.

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Sun Jul 27, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Storm causes several outages

A severe thunderstorm knocked out power to a number of area residents Sunday night, according to information compiled by Penelec.

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Related Topix: Hollidaysburg, PA, East Freedom, PA, Claysburg, PA

Sat Jul 26, 2014

Altoona Mirror

History plays big role at African-American Heritage Festival

Louise Burkholder said her booth at the annual African-American Heritage Festival, which features a collection of historical artifacts from different periods in black history, always teaches someone something new.

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Related Topix: African-American, Penn State Altoona, Penn State Greater Allegheny

Fri Jul 25, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Group seeks changes to justice system

A group that wants to change the way the Blair County Court system addresses drug addiction, mental health and other issues distributed flyers outside the courthouse just prior to the start of criminal court proceedings on Friday.

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Related Topix: Domestic Violence (Domestic Abuse), Law, Criminal Defense Law

Altoona Mirror

Slow donations could close Cove park

Dripping with water near the Morrisons Cove Memorial Park pool Thursday, 10-year-old Adalyn Smith imagined a summer without the borough's nearly century-old park complex.

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Related Topix: Martinsburg, PA

Altoona Mirror

Convicted dealer wants sentence cut

Rasheed Myers, a Brooklyn native who is serving 20 to 40 years in prison for being the leader of an Altoona drug organization, is asking that his 2003 sentence be cut in half because of a recent court decision declaring Pennsylvania's mandatory sentencing laws unconstitutional.

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Related Topix: US Supreme Court, US News, Criminal Defense Law, Law

Thu Jul 24, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Unity in the community': African American Heritage Festival marks 21 years

The 21st annual African American Heritage Festival will be packed with entertainment and fellowship for another year of celebrating "unity in the community."

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Related Topix: Penn State Altoona

Wed Jul 23, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Pair arrested after mall gunshot

Two men - allegedly a pair of brothers with criminal records - led heavily armed police on an Altoona-area manhunt Wednesday afternoon after reports that one shot at another man in the Logan Valley Mall parking lot, officers and witnesses said.

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Related Topix: Altoona, PA

Altoona Mirror

Local man becomes US citizen

Blair County's newest citizen, Noel Gatmaitan Villadolid, a native of the Philippines, was asked Wednesday how he ended up in Blair County - considering he was born so far away and spent several years in California.

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Related Topix: Wedding, Hollidaysburg, PA

Altoona Mirror

Bernard E. Hinish

He was born in Curryville, son of the late Wilmer E. and Martha R. Hinish. He married LouAnna Shirk on April 23, 1956, in Curryville.

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Related Topix: Martinsburg, PA, Roaring Spring, PA, Agriculture, Science, Hollidaysburg, PA

Tue Jul 22, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Suspects want nightclub shooting video barred from upcoming trial

Defense attorneys for Hugo "Juice" Baez of New York and Brandon A. Midder of Altoona argued Tuesday that a video of a shooting last Halloween night at Altoona's Choices Nightclub should be barred as evidence in their upcoming trials.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime

The News Item

Conservation district official receives state award

Traveling from various parts of Pennsylvania, nearly 180 individuals comprised of conservation district staffs, state officials and legislative partners convened in Altoona to honor conservationists during the PA Association of Conservation Districts Inc. and State Conservation Commission's 67th Joint Annual Conference.

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Related Topix: Altoona, PA, Northumberland County, PA, Susquehanna, PA

Altoona Mirror

Megan's Law registrant receives 15 to 30 years for sexual assault

An Altoona man who sexually assaulted a teenage girl has been sent to a state correctional institution for 15-30 years by Blair County Judge Wade Kagarise.

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law, Altoona, PA, Hollidaysburg, PA, Cambria County, PA

Mon Jul 21, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Man pleads guilty to drug charges

Jermaine J. Morgan of Altoona has been sentenced to eight to 20 years in prison for the illegal possession of a firearm and related charges after he appeared in a Blair County Courtroom Monday.

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Sun Jul 20, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Rent changes upset some

In keeping with a provision of the national Appropriations Act of 2014, the Altoona Housing Authority has changed the way it calculates rent for 106 tenants, most of whom will pay more - with one category slated eventually to pay an additional $286 a month.

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Sat Jul 19, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Man, 54, accused of molesting girl

Freedom Township police allege Jay A. Musselman Sr., 54, 617 Old Mill Lane, East Freedom, sexually assaulted the girl, 5, on two occasions between February 2013 and July 2013 at Musselman's home.

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Related Topix: East Freedom, PA

Altoona Mirror

Man charged after standoff

A Hollidaysburg man faces charges after a standoff with sheriff's deputies and the state police, according to the Blair County Sheriff's Department.

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Related Topix: Hollidaysburg, PA

Fri Jul 18, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Teenager - sorry' for fatal accident

An Altoona teenager who was the driver in a fatal traffic accident in Sinking Valley just over a year ago tearfully told a judge and those in court Friday that she "will always be sorry" for what happened, and then she said the experience of losing a friend has forever altered her.

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Altoona Mirror

A - labor of love': Area man creates backyard haven with garden rooms

Told that his sprawling yard and garden seem almost like a vacation area, George Dempsie nodded in agreement, before adding with a laugh, "With one tired gardener."

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Related Topix: Home Gardening, Home, Home Listing

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