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A mid-sized city in central Pennsylvania, Altoona once changed its name to "POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Pennsylvania," for two months to promote the city, as well as the film by the same name, by documentarian Morgan Spurlock "Super Size Me!"). The city has over 46,000 residents and its located in the middle of Blair County. Interestingly, it's the only city in the U.S. that imposes no property tax on buildings, but instead on land values only.

Population: 46320
Local Newspapers: Altoona Mirror
Local Sports Teams: Altoona Curve (Minor League Baseball)
Local Colleges: Penn State Altoona

Zip Codes associated with altoona, pennsylvania: 16601 16602 16603
Towns/Cities near altoona, pennsylvania : Hollidaysburg Bellwood Tipton Duncansville Tyrone Ebensburg

Altoona News
Police Investigating Vehicle Stolen From Beaver Stadium Area

Penn State University Police are investigating the theft of a white Chevy Colorado utility truck from the area near Beaver Stadium on September 9. The truck was later found abandoned in Altoona on the 700 block of 13th St. The man pictured below is a person of interest in the investigation. He's described as a college-aged white man, about six feet tall with brown eyes.

City man loses appeal

An Altoona man who is serving a lengthy term in prison on drug offenses has lost his bid to overturn an additional charge of illegally possessing a firearm, which added another four to 10 years to his time behind bars. The Pennsylvania Superior Court refused to overturn the conviction of Larry Eugene Smith Jr., now 36, on the gun offense, concluding that an appeals court cannot substitute its judgment in place of the jury if the verdict is supported by evidence.

PA: Train and Bus Tour Highlights Region's Railroading Heritage

Johnstown Area Heritage Association will once again hold its Pennsylvania Railroad Heritage Train and Bus Tour on the first three Saturdays in October. It will showcase the region's important railroad history through the area's key sites, including the Johnstown Passenger Train Station, a train ride from Johnstown to Altoona, the Railroaders Memorial Museum and the Horseshoe Curve.

Altoona is fastest to exit financially distressed status

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Altoona is fastest Pa. city to exit financially distressed status Altoona has become the fastest municipality to financially recover and exit "financially distressed" status under a Pennsylvania law.

Punxsy man killed in Route 119 accident

On Wednesday, DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police reported a fatal accident that occurred just after midnight on Route 119 between Route 410 and Pike Road in Henderson Township, Jefferson County. Police said that at 12:17 a.m. on Wednesday, two vehicles were involved in an accident that occurred on Route 119 between Route 410 and Pike Road in Henderson Township, Jefferson County.

Pa. firm acquires Hagerstown-based Word Processing Services

Doing Better Business, an Altoona, Pennsylvania-based regional provider of office technology, document management, imaging, corporate communications and hosted IT services, has acquired Word Processing Services Inc. of Hagerstown. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Judge asks court to reject appeal by cocaine dealer

Blair County President Judge Elizabeth A. Doyle has asked a state appeals court to reject arguments that her 33- to 66-year sentence imposed on a convicted cocaine dealer five years ago was excessive and that she had Derrick D. Dawson, 31, a native of Philadelphia, received the lengthy sentence from Doyle on June 13, 2012, after his conviction in April on multiple drug offenses. Since his sentence, Dawson has filed several appeals claiming that his trial and appeals attorney mishandled his case and that the judge imposed a harsh sentence without considering his need for rehabilitation.

Five more inducted into the Blair County Arts Hall of Fame

Mirror file photo / Michael Allison, seen here painting a mural in Hollidaysburg, is being inducted into the Blair County Arts Hall of Fame under the public art/architecture category. Michael Allison vaguely remembers taping paper together so he could draw poster-size dinosaurs while growing up in Altoona.

Man charged with strangulation

Christopher A. Leach, 34, of 529 E. Walton Ave., Apt. 3F, was arrested just before 10 p.m. after Altoona police responded to a 911 call by neighbors who heard a commotion in the upstairs apartment that Leach shares with the woman.

Judge lays out guidelines in resentencing of teen killer

Blair County Judge Jolene G. Kopriva has outlined the criteria to be used in the resentencing of James F. Rodgers, 46, who was sentenced in 1990 to life without parole for a murder he committed when he was 17. The U.S. Supreme Court five years ago ruled in Miller v. Alabama that mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles convicted of murder violated the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibiting cruel and unusual punishment.

Mother allegedly high on drugs facing charges

Nicole A. McElwain, 26, of 210 Lloyd St. was arrested early Tuesday by Altoona police after she was found stumbling down Lloyd Street about 4 a.m. According to police, McElwain told officers she was headed to the nearby dollar store to retrieve her cellphone, and when she was told the store had been closed for five hours, McElwain seemed confused and said she had just been there between 8:30 and 9 p.m. Police noted McElwain also had trouble with the ages of her three children, even though she gave police their birth dates, telling police they were ages 10, 7 and 5 when in reality they are 9, 8 and 6 years old. When officers escorted McElwain back to her home, they knocked and encountered a man who also seemed intoxicated.

Slaying suspects heading to trial

Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey Auker found there is enough evidence to send homicide and related charges against 31-year-old Kashif Omar Ellis to trial after a 3.5-hour preliminary hearing Tuesday at the Blair County Courthouse. Ellis is accused of shooting 37-year-old Steven L. Hackney and faces charges along with alleged co-conspirators Taylor A. Griffith, 27, and Qasim L. Sharif Green, 23. Both Griffith and Green waived their cases on to Blair County Court while Ellis' court-appointed attorney, Robert Donaldson, tried to chip away at the testimony of Altoona police investigators and Ellis' former state prison cellmate who told the court that Ellis told him he shot Hackney on July 13, 2013.

Former bar owner in drug case might be sent back to prison

The former owner of the Corner Bar & Grille in Altoona, Brian Stroh, may have to return to prison on drug-related charges after the Pennsylvania Superior Court vacated a sentence issued last November by a Blair County judge placing him on home detention. according to an opinion released Aug. 29 by a panel that included judges Mary Jane Bowes, Anne E. Lazarus and Paula Francisco Ott.


Thomas, Rebecca, Frank, Samuel and August Zajac and Mary Rattell to Thomas and Rebecca Zajac, 900 E. Crawford Ave., Logan Township, $120,000. John B. II and Robert Danella and Sheryl Danella-Hayford to Local DRC Properties LLC, 220-224 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, $555,000.

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The Altoona Area School District, Dr. Thomas R. Heslep superintendent, received an award from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Instruction for outstanding leadership in the development of computer instruction in mathematics and science. About 10 Altoona workers were to retire and the Johnstown Management Sectional Center was to close with the loss of 20 jobs as the U.S. Postal Service planned to close offices and cut thousands of positions nationwide.

City man to plead in fatal shooting

The attorney for a 20-year-old Altoona man who accidentally shot a good friend to death 11 months ago told Blair County Judge Daniel J. Milliron that his client intended to enter a guilty plea that will carry a term in prison of no less than 4.5 years. He has been in the Blair County Prison since Sept.

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