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4 hrs ago | 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

14 hrs ago | 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

Altoona Mirror

Councilman apologizes for remarks

Altoona City Councilman Dave Butterbaugh offered a public apology Tuesday to Blair County commissioners about the online comments he posted after the county's recent informational meeting on reassessment.

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Tue Jul 08, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Attorney asks judge to bar death penalty

A defense attorney is asking the judge in the Paul Aaron Ross murder case to bar the death penalty in his upcoming retrial, contending that when Ross was tried nearly a decade ago for the crime, the jury decided that a death sentence was not appropriate.

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

Altoona Mirror

Surety company to pay most of bond

A Reading surety company will have to pay $42,900 of the $55,000 bond it posted for the release of an Altoona man who then allegedly violated his bail conditions by being arrested late last year for another violent crime, according to a ruling last week by Blair County Judge Elizabeth Doyle.

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law

Altoona Mirror

APD: Couple let kids live inside filthy home

Two city residents face charges after four children were removed from what police called a house of filth Sunday on Sixth Avenue.

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Related Topix: Kids, Family

Mon Jul 07, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Police: Apartment fire is 'suspicious'

Smoke went into the hallways and into an apartment directly above, Hughes said. Firefighters also had to force open two doors to upper-floor apartments, Hughes said.

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Sun Jul 06, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Mishler Theatre to add bar

The experience downstairs may be as good as the show upstairs this fall at a local theater where people will get to enjoy a cocktail and watch through a wall of windows as lights play over figures of performers from the theater's heyday.

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Related Topix: Arts, Theater

Altoona Mirror

Heroin suspects facing trial

A Hollidaysburg man who gave a suspected heroin dealer a ride on two occasions will face trial on charges stemming from one of those trips.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Hollidaysburg, PA

Altoona Mirror

Schools outsource substitute teacher services

An increasing number of school districts in Blair County are contracting with or considering substitute teacher services instead of doing the hiring themselves.

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Related Topix: Education Etc.

Sat Jul 05, 2014

Centre Daily Times

Sun shines on Logan Fire Company parade

Perfect weather to provide a good turnout was what Logan Fire Company No. 1 members were hoping for at their 42nd fireman's parade Saturday night.

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Related Topix: Centre County, PA

Altoona Mirror

New law increases hit-and-run penalty

Gov. Tom Corbett signed "Kevin's Law" on Tuesday. The Senate bill is named after a 5-year-old boy who was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in December 2012.

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Related Topix: US Governors, Tom Corbett, Luzerne County, PA, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Fri Jul 04, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Earth Matters: Despite some gains, toxic chemical problems still exist

Like human substance abuse problems, recognizing that there is a problem is the first step in addressing them.

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Related Topix: Hollidaysburg, PA

Thu Jul 03, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Holiday race to be held for 40th time this morning

The 40th edition of the holiday race unfolds this morning, with the start of the 15K men's and women's races, the 5K men's and women's races, and the two-mile walk set to start at 8 a.m. on 12th Avenue, near the Mishler Theater.

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Related Topix: Hollidaysburg, PA

Tue Jul 01, 2014

Altoona Mirror

PennDOT urges drivers to set plans in advance

With all the preparation that goes into the Fourth of July holiday, PennDOT and area police want to remind everyone that when it comes to drinking, planning ahead saves lives.

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Mon Jun 30, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Judge approves sale of former Altoona elementary school

A Blair County judge has signed off on the Altoona Area School District's sale of the former Curtin School, 2914 W. Chestnut Ave., for $140,100.

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Related Topix: Hollidaysburg, PA

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Monday June 30 2014

AN ERIE WOMAN was killed in a MOTORCYCLE crash Saturday evening in Freedom Township, BLAIR COUNTY.

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Related Topix: Roaring Spring, PA, Cambria County, PA

Sat Jun 28, 2014

Altoona Mirror

Revolution in child cases

Many assumptions associated with the way the courts and human service agencies deal with cases of abused or neglected children are being challenged these days, to the point where Blair County President Judge Jolene G. Kopriva characterizes what is happening akin to a "revolution."

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Related Topix: Kids, Family, Allegheny County, PA

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