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Grand jury report says Western Psych failed to cooperate with police

By Adam Brandolph
Staff and administrators at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic routinely failed to alert police about patient-on-patient assaults or failed to cooperate with criminal investigations, an Allegheny County grand jury concluded. A 59-page grand jury report filed with Common Pleas Judge Joseph K. Williams detailed seven sexual assaults between April 2007 …

EPA hearings to bring coal debate to Pittsburgh streets

By David Conti
Hundreds of people will get a chance to tell federal officials in Pittsburgh what they think about new anti-pollution rules for power plants during hearings on Thursday and Friday. Some aren’t waiting. “Because this is one of the few hearings …

Pittsburgh crime down overall in 2013 but rapes, homicides increased

By Margaret Harding
Violent crime dropped overall in 2013, compared to the year before, despite increases in nearly every category, says the annual report Pittsburgh police released on Monday. The drop largely can be attributed to a 15.8 percent decline in reported robberies …


Evacuees return to Young Hotel apartments in Pitcairn

By Kyle Lawson 1:12 a.m.
Residents forced out of the Young Hotel apartment building in Pitcairn over the weekend because of falling concrete were able to return on Monday. Pitcairn municipal manager Annette Dietz gave …


Westmoreland women stole thousands to finance dog show appearances

By Paul Peirce
Two women are accused of draining thousands of dollars from the life savings of two elderly Derry Township sisters since 2012 to pay expenses related …


Fayette jail foes want county to be stricken as intervenor in case

By Liz Zemba 12:09 a.m.
An attorney in a land-use appeal seeking to stop construction of Fayette County’s $32 million jail wants the county to be removed from the case as an intervenor. Attorney Rich Bower of Connellsville on Monday filed the “motion to strike …


Kittanning considers restricting dock access

By Julie E. Martin
Kittanning Borough hopes to free prime parking spots at Riverfront Park’s public docks by making them off-limits next boating season from midnight until dawn. At events like the upcoming Fort …


Acquitted Beaver County sheriff shifts attention to campaign

By Bill Vidonic
Fresh off an acquittal in a criminal case that dogged him for more than two years, Beaver County Sheriff George David said he’s focusing on his re-election campaign. “I think I gained more support,” David, 67, of Hopewell said of …


Newsmaker: Tim Croll

By Rick Wills
Noteworthy: Croll has written and self-published a natural history book, “Slippery Rock: The Philosophical Center of the University.” The 200-page paperback examines the natural history and geology of the region. …


Fire at Indiana County lumber yard appears accidental; loss set at $350K

By Tribune-Review
A Saturday fire at an Indiana County lumber yard that destroyed a building appears to be an accident, according to fire officials. The blaze broke out at 5:30 p.m. in a storage building at Schroth Industries along Martin Road in …


Injured eagle in Somerset County returns to the wild

By Jacob Tierney
The golden eagle scurried out of its small carrying pen, skittering across the grass and clover field in Somerset County for a few seconds before pumping its powerful wings and …


Charleroi mother charged with abusing boy, 3

By Tribune-Review
The mother of a 3-year-old Washington County boy who was hospitalized on July 3 for multiple bruises and burn marks on his stomach and leg has been charged with abusing the child. Shyann M. Sanpietro, 24, of Charleroi was charged …


Murrysville man draws on experiences in starting SAT prep academy

By Greg Reinbold
After searching the Pittsburgh area for courses to help his son, Jay, prepare for the SATs and failing to find a program that met his standards, Jesse Lee started his …


Pennsylvania working to correct upgrade to welfare benefit applications

By Richard Gazarik 1:12 a.m.
Pennsylvania is one of nearly a dozen states working to correct problems stemming from a federally mandated computer upgrade that now allows online applications for welfare benefits. The upgrades — which welfare caseworkers say open the door to fraud and …

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Monday - July 28, 2014

Daily images from around the region by Trib Total Media staff photographers. …

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Allegheny Health Network’s first year shows promising direction
The adorable Prince George of Cambridge isn’t the only one celebrating a first birthday this month. Far removed from the British royalty, Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Health …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Shot-down Malaysian airliner ‘is terrible blow,’ British envoy tells Trib
WASHINGTON — If Russia supplied missiles to separatists to shoot down a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane carrying 298 people, “the Russians have a substantial number …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Playing at judge, Goodell drops ball in Ray Rice case
LOS ANGELES (Exaggerated Press) — A reality TV show featuring National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell will be an integral part of Fox’s fall programming …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Stone wall up in South Fayette
When it comes to the details of expanding school buildings, most of us are novices. But when it’s happening in your school district, you’d likely …

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Family man shared musical gift in theater, church

By Corinne Kennedy
Whether it was soccer games in New Mexico or family reunions in South Carolina, there was no place William Stringert wouldn’t go to see and support his family, son Bill …