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Allegheny Neighborhoods News

W. Pa. neighborhood watch groups work with police to keep streets safe

By Jason Cato
New Kensington’s police chief cuts an imposing profile, a helpful weapon in protecting community streets. The diminutive stature of Nancy Love likely strikes less fear into the hearts of criminals. But Chief Jim Klein and the Parnassus Neighborhood Watch group, headed by ...

Alle-Kiski Valley News

Springdale Township neighbors at odds over drone

By Chuck Biedka
When a high-tech drone flew into the middle of a neighborhood squabble in Springdale Township, both sides were angry. Monday’s damage resolution didn’t fully satisfy them, either. Martina Wlodarski, 65, of Main Street, insisted she acted in self defense when she threw ...

Carlynton News

Carlynton student will light tree to kick off Carnegie Borough holiday season

By Samson X Horne
The borough of Carnegie is set to team up with businesses and the library for the community’s celebration of the holiday season. The celebration will be held over two days, as it was until last year’s one-day event. Activities start Friday evening ...

Cranberry News

Composting site in Cranberry could pose problems

By Tony LaRussa
Every week between April and mid-December, the company Cranberry uses to pick up household trash and items for recycling collects leaves and other yard waste and hauls it to a composting pile near the landfill where the other refuse is ...

Fox Chapel News

Fox Chapel bus driver fired for letting students change clothes on bus

By Tony Raap
A bus driver for a transit company that contracts with the Fox Chapel Area School District was fired for permitting some students to change their clothes on the bus, police told the Tribune-Review late Friday. The driver hasn’t been charged, but ...

Hempfield News

Hempfield man fights off intruders

By Tribune-Review 4:03 p.m.
A 25-year-old Hempfield man told state police at Greensburg he fought off two men who forced their way into his home late Monday and fled with one of his firearms. Police said the robbery occurred at 11:45 p.m. at a residence ...

Latrobe News

Neighborhood Christmas will come to Latrobe with daylong celebration

By Mary Pickels
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the region, as communities rev up for the holiday with light-up nights, parades and visitors from the North Pole. Area residents will have a variety of events to choose from on Friday, ...

McKeesport News

McKeesport fire victim’s sister critical of response to blaze

By Eric Slagle
Family members are looking for answers after a weekend house fire claimed the life of a 58-year-old McKeesport man. Eric Johnson died after fire broke out in his Anderson Street home around 9:50 p.m. Friday. The victim’s sister, Linda Johnson of Shaler, ...

Monroeville News

North American Martyrs expands classroom technology in Monroeville

By Gideon Bradshaw
A Monroeville Catholic school has issued students in sixth through eighth grades laptop computers as it tries to include more technology in its classrooms through donated funds. The roughly 20 students in those grades at North American Martyrs Catholic School ...

Mon Valley News

Monongahela Valley Hospital celebrates annual Light-Up Night

By Chris Buckley
As Monongahela Valley Hospital celebrated its annual Light-Up Night Monday, Lou Panza shared his holiday wish. “If I had one Christmas wish, it would be that this hospital is empty on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day,” said Panza, the hospital’s ...

Mt. Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant-based group offers Narcan session for first responders

By Marilyn Forbes 4:46 p.m.
A heroin overdose can happen anywhere at any time, which is all the more reason the impressive attendance at a recent Narcan training session is of value, according to Timothy …

Murrysville News

Area’s road crews gearing up for winter weather

By Patrick Varine
The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting a milder winter than the past two for Western Pennsylvania and much of eastern America. But if that doesn’t turn out to be the case, area public-works crews are ready to plow paths ...

North Hills News

Retiring custodian described as ‘heart and soul’ of Richland Elementary

By Rachel Farkas
Pine-Richland School District said goodbye to one of its longtime employees last week. Richland Elementary School custodian Terry Colonello retired after being with the district for 25 years. He left without much fanfare on his last day Nov. 16, but co-workers ...

Norwin News

Irwin man accused of strangling dog he adopted from shelter

By Tribune-Review
An Irwin man who adopted a black Labrador retriever mix from a Westmoreland County shelter is accused of strangling it, borough police said. Jason E. French, 33, told Irwin police he killed the dog, Apollo, on Tuesday because it wouldn’t stop ...

Penn Hills News

Penn Hills school board unanimously fires former business director

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills school board members voted unanimously Monday to fire former director of business affairs Richard Liberto, who stepped down in September and now leads the business office of the Wilkinsburg School District. “There was not an official letter ...

Penn-Trafford News

Penn Middle School plans to upgrade tech at library

By Tom McGee
The library at Penn Middle School is getting a high-tech makeover. Fundraising efforts through GoFundMe are underway to implement more technology at Penn Middle School through a library media center. The project will expand on technology that is already available at ...

Plum News

Girl Scout Cadettes’ shed project aids seniordog rescue in Plum

By Karen Zapf
Joe Maringo receives a lot of inquiries from people wanting to help him at his dog rescue business in the Renton section of Plum. “I get contacted by people asking to do projects, but they never pan out,” ...

Sewickley News

Sewickley Council approves 2016 budget with slight tax cut

By Larissa Dudkiewicz
Sewickley Council approved a final $5.64 million budget Monday for 2016 that gives homeowners a slight cut on property taxes. The budget lowers taxes from 6.5 mills to 6.25 mills. That means a homeowner whose property is assessed at $178,900 — ...

South Hills News

Baldwin residents welcome return of police substation

By Stephanie Hacke
Kristie Dutko said she hopes a recent uptick of vandalism she’s noticed in her Baldwin Borough neighborhood will cease now that the police substation across the street from her apartment has reopened. “We’re thrilled,” said Dutko, 43, who lives in ...