Blair County Newswire

Blair County Newswire

Comprehensive Real-Time News Feed for Blair County, PA.

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  1. Convict wants sentence reviewedRead the original story

    12 hrs ago | Altoona Mirror

    A Buffalo, N.Y., man who is serving one of the longest sentences ever handed down in Blair County for drug-related offenses wants to be resentenced because Pennsylvania's law imposing mandatory prison time for such crimes has been found unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court. The attorney for Felix Benji Ocasio, 35, said a June 15 decision written by Justice Debra McCloskey Todd ruled mandatory sentencing was not lawful in view of a 2013 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Alleyne v.

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  2. Altoona teen enjoying success in triathlonsRead the original story w/Photo

    12 hrs ago | Altoona Mirror

    ... not only has learned to do all of the above, he's learned to love them. Coming from half a world away to Blair County, Kunstbeck has gone even farther with his athletic pursuits, being named All-American by USA Triathlon in the spring. Kunstbeck ...

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  3. Pa. senator seeks bulked-up inspection for rail bridgesRead the original story

    Yesterday | Altoona Mirror

    A train rolling through Blair County might cross as many as eight bridges, some over heavily trafficked roads. If that train is carrying thousands of gallons of oil or hazardous material - as many do - you'd best hope those bridges are properly inspected.

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  4. Analysis: Wolf plan gives most tax reliefRead the original story

    Yesterday | Altoona Mirror

    Typical homeowners in most Blair County school districts and districts across the state would receive a higher share of property tax relief under Gov. Tom Wolf's tax reform plan than the House Republicans' plan, an analysis of both plans shows. However, the state's Independent Fiscal Office found all tax brackets eventually would pay more overall when the governor's proposed taxes are factored in.

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  5. Plenty of roomRead the original story

    Yesterday | Altoona Mirror

    ... sales people, Cipriani said. Explore Altoona has been campaigning to bring visitors to attractions that include Blair County's two amusement parks, the Altoona Curve, the Railroaders Memorial Museum and the Horseshoe Curve, according to Executive ...

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  6. Ritchey's Dairy marks 75th yearRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | Altoona Mirror

    Ritchey's Dairy is a survivor. Founded Aug. 3, 1940, by Oliver C. Ritchey, Ritchey's Dairy is the only remaining dairy in Blair County and one of the few remaining family-owned dairy processing companies in Pennsylvania.

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  7. Huntingdon County abounds with recreationRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | Altoona Mirror

    Editor's note: This is the fifth story in a regular series on travel in the region. In this installment, we visit Huntingdon County, just to the east of Blair County.

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  8. Coonelly: Bucs won't mortgage futureRead the original story

    Thursday Jul 30 | Altoona Mirror

    ... and we'll plug him into the bullpen." Here to speak at a Thrivent Financial luncheon that also recognized the Blair County Miracle League, Coonelly said general managers and baseball operations staffs don't get much sleep these days. "It's a ...

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  9. Pregnant women allegedly assaulted in two incidentsRead the original story

    Thursday Jul 30 | Altoona Mirror

    ... simple assault, endangering the welfare of a child and recklessly endangering another person and placed in Blair County Prison in lieu of $15,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is slated for Wednesday at Central Court. In another incident in Logan ...

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  10. Plant might get new ownersRead the original story

    Thursday Jul 30 | Altoona Mirror

    ... materials, such as solder, primarily for electronics. In 2012, the Alpha Altoona plant was named to the Blair County Business Hall of Fame. The more than 200,000-square-foot facility is more than 100 years old and was once the South Altoona Foundry ...

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  11. Blair approves payments to former Valley View Home employeesRead the original story

    Wednesday Jul 29 | Altoona Mirror

    Blair County commissioners have approved a settlement agreement allocating payments to three groups of former county employees affected by the countys decision to sell Valley View Home, effective June 1, 2013. Commissioners on Tuesday approved a payment of $160,930 to Reliant Senior Care of Philadelphia for payment of wages to former county employees who continued to work at the home; a payment of $32,786 to OPEIU Healthcare of Pennsylvania for unpaid or unused vacation, sick, holiday or personal time owed to bargaining unit members, and payments totaling $107,976, also for unpaid and unused vacation, sick, holiday and personal time, to former nonunion county employees who worked at the home.

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  12. Blair County briefs packageRead the original story

    Wednesday Jul 29 | Altoona Mirror

    Data collectors for Evaluator Services and Technology Inc., the Greensburg-based firm conducting the countys first property reassessment since 1958, should finish their work by the end of the year. As of mid-July, data collectors have measured and gathered information on about 49,500 parcels, Blair County Commissioner Diane Meling said Tuesday.

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  13. Judges uphold moms' termination of rightsRead the original story

    Wednesday Jul 29 | Altoona Mirror

    The Pennsylvania Superior Court has upheld separate decisions by Blair County judges to terminate the parental rights of two mothers because of drug addiction and mental health issues. The mothers challenged the decisions by the local judges, noting in both cases that they had made progress in overcoming their issues and in bringing stability into their lives.

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  14. Police: 8-year-old left to care for babyRead the original story

    Wednesday Jul 29 | Altoona Mirror

    ... let go of her and she fell onto the porch. Altoona police indicated the baby is now in great health and that Blair County Children, Youth and Families is involved. Vaughn allegedly admitted she put the care of the baby in the hands of the 8-year-old ...

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  15. Man charged with passing fake prescriptions with Philadelphia-area wants bail loweredRead the original story

    Tuesday Jul 28 | Altoona Mirror

    ... according to the charges against Andrews. Andrews filed a petition Tuesday afternoon in the Office of the Blair County Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts contending the amount of his bail is "excessive." He said the bail set by Magisterial District ...

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  16. Medical emergency causes traffic stop on Route 22Read the original story

    Tuesday Jul 28 | Altoona Mirror

    Several motorists on Route 22 between Gallitzin and Altoona likely noticed a large traffic stop Tuesday morning, with five police cruisers pulled off on the eastbound shoulder behind an SUV. Officers said there was no danger, but that a driver was suffering a medical emergency and did not pull over when police approached, continuing on for several miles before finally pulling off, crossing into Blair County.

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  17. Police: Three charged after stealing nearly $2,000 in merchandiseRead the original story

    Tuesday Jul 28 | Altoona Mirror

    ... Alby Weyandt is also charged with giving police a false name. Alby Weyandt and Nicole Weyandt were placed in Blair County Prison after their arraignment Monday afternoon, with bail set for each at $7,500 cash. Rusty Weyandt was freed on a unsecured ...

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  18. Judge: Return items to American LegionRead the original story

    Monday Jul 27 | Altoona Mirror

    Blair County Judge Wade A. Kagarise ordered the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Enforcement to return a number of items, including membership cards and computer equipment, to the Roaring Spring American Legion post, ending the prosecution of the post and a young bartender for illegal liquor sales. Blair County District Attorney Richard A. Consiglio said Monday that Legion Post 147, raided by liquor control agents last February, received two fines of $300 for illegal sales on two nights.

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  19. ABCD Corp. breaks ground for $7.5M parkRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Jul 27 | Altoona Mirror

    With infrastructure work underway in the background, Altoona-Blair County Development Corp. along with federal, state and local officials, officially broke ground Monday at the Martin J. Marasco Business Park in Greenfield Township. ABCD Corp.'s eighth business/industrial park in Blair County, which includes 95 acres of developable land situated off Interstate 99 and adjacent to Walter Business Park, is named in honor of Marasco, ABCD's longtime president and CEO.

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  20. Family court cases 'taxing'Read the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Jul 26 | Altoona Mirror

    Blair County Court Administrator Janice Meadows said earlier this month said that "the Family Court in Blair County is taxing." Meadows was talking about county's Custody Office and the large caseload that the office and the judges must deal with in a time of dramatic cultural change.

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