Blair County, PA

Altoona, PAMirror

Local cardiologist Meisner remembered fondly

Jonathan Meisner once co-owned a courier company whose main customer agreed to pay more for the service if the cost of doing business rose significantly. Gasoline prices tripled, but the customer refused to adjust, and the situation turned dire for the courier company — yet Jonathan couldn’t bail on it, because his partner would have lost his house.
Picture for Local cardiologist Meisner remembered fondly
Blair County,

Sideline Cancer Basketball Clinic

A Basketball Clinic was held Saturday in Blair County teaching kids life-long skills while also fighting to end Pancreatic Cancer. Here’s why the organization that hosted it will be getting National Attention this Summer. Over sixty kids gathered at Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School — for the Sideline Cancer Basketball...
Blair County, PAPottsville Republican Herald

Business inspections coming for spotted lanternfly

State Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced that the department’s Spotted Lanternfly Compliance and Enforcement Team will be conducting spotted lanternfly permit and inspection record checks for businesses in Pennsylvania’s 34 counties quarantined for the pest. That includes Schuylkill and all of its neighboring counties. Canvassing will begin in Blair County...
Altoona, PAMirror

City man sentenced to time served

An Altoona man was sentenced to time served after entering a guilty plea this week to aggravated assault of a woman in October. Matthew Aaron Sales, 32, a Philadelphia native, appeared Thursday before Blair County President Judge Elizabeth A. Doyle stemming from an incident that occurred Oct. 11 on the 2700 block of Fairway Drive.
Hollidaysburg, PAMirror

City man convicted in shooting

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Altoona man accused last year of shooting a woman in Greenwood after a drug-related robbery has been convicted of attempted homicide, robbery, aggravated assault, terroristic threats and related charges. Justin F. “Shaggy” LeFevre, 43, currently incarcerated at the Blair County Prison, could be facing 20 to 40...
Blair County,

Blair County Sheriff’s Office warns of phone scam

The Blair County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple reports of residents receiving phone calls from a male caller identifying himself as a Deputy of the Blair County Sheriff’s Office. The caller claims that a “jury duty or witness” appearance has been missed or that “federal paperwork was misrepresented” by the resident, resulting in an arrest warrant being generated for the recipient. The actor provides instructions on how to handle the warrant, by paying a dollar amount that could resolve the outstanding warrant.
Blair County, PAPosted by

Department of Agriculture to Canvass Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine for Business Permitting Compliance

HARRISBURG, PA — Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced that the department’s Spotted Lanternfly Compliance and Enforcement Team will be conducting spotted lanternfly permit and inspection record checks for businesses in Pennsylvania’s 34 counties quarantined for the pest. Canvassing will begin in Blair County in July. Notice will be given as...
Altoona, PAMirror

RN admits to stealing drugs

A registered nurse working at UPMC Altoona admitted to stealing narcotics from the hospital in November and replacing the pills with vitamins, court documents stated. Dena J. Pacifico, 39, was arraigned Thursday by Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio on a drug-related felony and two misdemeanors, according to court documents. UPMC...

Bellwood Borough Council updates ordinances

Heavy rains and flash flooding in Blair County last week caused the Bellwood Reservoir to exceed its turbidity threshold so water for the residents of Bellwood is temporarily coming from an Altoona reservoir. Turbidity in water is like smoke in the air. It is a key test of water quality.
Blair County, PAMirror

Blair prison sees population shifts

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County’s prison population climbed to 280 this month, its highest level since November’s 309 inmates. The population has since declined to 258 inmates as of Thursday, reports show. “It’s a result of the world opening back up,” Warden Abbie Tate said in describing the noticeable changes in...
Hollidaysburg, PAMirror

Alleged shooter takes stand in own defense

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A man on trial for attempted homicide and related charges said Tuesday that he fired a gun multiple times during a drug sale in Greenwood last September. “But I didn’t aim to shoot anybody,” 43-year-old Justin “Shaggy” LeFevre told the Blair County jury expected to deliberate his fate today.
Clearfield County, PAClearfield Progress

No new cases of COVID-19 reported in tri-county region

Clearfield County had one less case of COVID-19 on Wednesday, according to the state Department of Health. There were two cases noted on Tuesday, but the total on Tuesday was one less than previously reported. Neither Elk nor Jefferson counties added any new cases. There were no coronavirus-related deaths reported...
Altoona, PAMirror

Marriage licenses

Editor’s note: the following information was provided by the prothonotary’s offices at area county courthouses. Wesley S. Weyandt and Kelsey A. Long, both of Altoona. Andrew J. Allender, Altoona and Kyrah E. Nagy, Ebensburg. Amy J. McClellan and Derek S. Callens, both of Altoona. Noah J. Davis, Altoona, and Nikea...
Altoona, PAMirror


Michael L. and Katherine L. Fiore to David A. and Jordyn B. Betar, property in Altoona, $324,750. Stephen C. and Susan M. Kauffman, Lisa M. and Charles H. Moore II, Douglas J. and Donna J. Kauffman to Tracy N. Brown, 711 Crawford Ave., Altoona, $71,900. Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority to...
Blair County, PAMirror

Cumming offense too much for BCO

Cumming Motors improved to 5-0 in the Greater City League/AAABA Thursday night, thanks to a 15-0, five-inning win over Blair County Oil at Mansion Park. Dylan Gerhart led Cummings, which scored nine runs in the first, with three hits and four RBIs to go with two hits and two RBIs from Colton Burd. Adam Sinisi contributed two hits and three RBIs, while Matt Parks and Michael Turiano each added two hits and an RBI. Kevin Lehner finished with two hits while Alex Hlivia drove in two runs.