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4 hrs ago | 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

Statecollege.com

Annual Bike Ride for Multiple Sclerosis Offers Chance for Riders, Radio Operators to Give Back

State College Magisterial District Judge Carmine Prestia and his wife, Lane, have personally felt the impact of multiple sclerosis after the autoimmune disease claimed the life of Lane Prestia's younger sister a number of years ago.

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Related Topix: Medicine, Multiple Sclerosis, Health, State College, PA, Life, Hobbies, Ham Radio

Altoona Mirror

Summer Sounds All Over

The Fabulous Flashbacks take the stage at downtown Altoona's Heritage Plaza on Friday night in the latest installment of the Summer Sounds concert series.

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Related Topix: Bellwood, PA, The Nine, Hip-Hop, Hollidaysburg, PA, Altoona, PA

Thu Jul 17, 2014

JD Supra

Altoona Business Privilege Tax Expansion Violates Local Tax Reform Act

On June 2, 2014, the Court of Common Pleas of Blair County ruled that a 2007 Resolution enacted by the Altoona Area School District , which purported to eliminate a tax exclusion for gross receipts attributable to services rendered outside the AASD, improperly expanded the scope of AASD's Business Privilege Tax in violation of the Local Tax Reform ... (more)

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Philly.com

Dog attack critically injures Pa. man

Authorities in central Pennsylvania say a man was critically injured in an attack by one of his dogs, which was then shot to death by police officers.

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Related Topix: Altoona, PA

Wed Jul 16, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Probation officers address change

Eighteen-year-old Vincent stood before a group of Blair County workers, including adult and juvenile parole and probation officers, and talked about how his life had changed in the last two years, a transition from someone who committed theft to, as he put it, "a better man."

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Altoona Mirror

Commons receives $2M grant

The state has awarded a $2 million grant to the Altoona-Blair County Development Corp. to support the proposed Convention Center Commons development in Allegheny Township.

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Related Topix: US Governors, Tom Corbett, Cambria County, PA

Tue Jul 15, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Blair County to take over role formerly held by hospital

Blair County's adult parole and probation office is making plans to take over responsibilities for management of community service assignments and related efforts previously coordinated by Altoona Hospital, now UPMC Altoona.

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Mon Jul 14, 2014

Altoona Mirror

GOP tabs Stickel

Blair County Republicans elected Chairman A.C. Stickel to another term in a 69-58 vote Wednesday, putting an end to his second consecutive challenge from GOP activist Lois Kaneshiki.

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Sat Jul 12, 2014

Altoona Mirror

City woman faces up to 15 years in jail after plea to drug charges

A 35-year-old Altoona woman was sentenced Friday to three to 15 years in a state correctional institution after entering a guilty plea to drug-related charges.

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Related Topix: Drugs

Altoona Mirror

Dickey asks for aid to hire three experts in Ross case

Paul Aaron Ross' lead attorney asked Friday that three expert witnesses be appointed to help the defense in the homicide case.

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

Fri Jul 11, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Arsonist apologizes, accepts conviction

Timothy Allen Hughes of Altoona has sent a letter to a Blair County judge stating he no longer wants to challenge his conviction for a 2011 arson that resulted in the destruction of three homes on the 100 block of Third Avenue.

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Related Topix: State Prisons, Prison

Centre Daily Times

Police: Woman arrested after flashing breasts at amusement park

A 21-year-old Tyrone woman was arrested June 27 after state police said she exposed her breasts at a Blair County amusement park.

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Related Topix: Tyrone, PA, Tipton, PA, Hollidaysburg, PA

Thu Jul 10, 2014

GantDaily.com

Corbett: PA to Receive Federal Dollars for Local Parks, Outdoor Recreation

Gov. Tom Corbett has announced that Pennsylvania will receive $1.37 million from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund for local park, outdoor recreation and conservation projects.

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Related Topix: US Governors, Tom Corbett, York County, PA

Wed Jul 09, 2014

Evening Sun

Proposed York County hotel tax increase hits another setback

York County commissioners for years have said they should be allowed to increase the local hotel room tax, so they can fund tourism initiatives.

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Related Topix: Tax, Harrisburg, PA

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