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Popular Montour Trail continues to make connections

By Chris Togneri and Margaret Harding
Dave Poe wasn’t looking to start a new business, but some opportunities are too good to pass up. In this case, the signs Poe needed were a new bridge that filled a gap on the Montour Trail in Cecil and …

Your Alle-Kiski Valley News

Harrison woman dead in 3-car crash in Natrona Heights

By Liz Hayes 8:23 p.m.
A three-vehicle crash Monday morning in the Natrona Heights section of Harrison claimed a township woman’s life. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the woman as Joanne McGann, 84. Police said she was driving a blue Toyota Corolla when …

Your Carlynton News

Parkway West ramps to be closed at Carnegie

By Bobby Kerlik 6:36 p.m.
Getting in and out of Carnegie will be a challenge for motorists using the Parkway West. Starting this weekend, PennDOT will close the Carnegie off-ramps from the Parkway West around-the-clock through mid-December. Both on-ramps are already closed from Carnegie. PennDOT …

Your Cranberry News

Mars Area superintendent resigns after short tenure

By Rachel Farkas 8:27 p.m.
Mars Area School Board accepted the resignation of Superintendent James Budzilek and appointed retired Superintendent William Pettigrew in the interim as they search for a new administrator to lead the district. The board approved Budlizek’s resignation effective Oct. 15, said …

Your FoxChapel News

Portion of Aspinwall’s Riverfront Park to open to visitors

By Tom McGee
After about four years and $7 million in fundraising, a portion of Aspinwall Riverfront Park will open to the public on Saturday. The west section of the park, which includes gardens, a wetland, boardwalk, amphitheater and walking trail, will open …

Your Hempfield News

Humane Society of Westmoreland County expands kennels

By Marilyn Forbes
With plans drawn and excavation started, the Humane Society of Westmoreland County has launched a project to add additional space to house more dogs at its Hempfield facility. Executive Director Kathy Burkley said that the new building will be a …

Your Latrobe News

Latrobe police officer sues councilman, city for slander

By Rich Cholodofsky
An unnamed Latrobe police officer has sued a councilman and the city for slander, according to court records. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, the officer who is identified as “Jane Doe” contends that City Councilman Fabian Giovannagelo spread false rumors …

Your McKeesport News

Hundreds mourn victims of McKeesport house fire at candlelight vigil

By Tory N. Parrish
The day after six people — including four children — died in a swift-moving house fire in McKeesport, hundreds of family members, friends and neighbors visited the house holding candles Sunday to mourn the lost family and pray for the …

Your Monroeville News

North Huntingdon church shaken by youth pastor’s child porn rap

By Renatta Signorini
In a voicemail early Thursday, Andrew Mark Patterson of Monroeville expressed remorse to the pastors of the North Huntingdon church where he recently developed a youth group. Patterson, 45, told Pastors Roy and Sylvia Tryon in the message that there …

Your Mon Valley News

Shale oil, gas finds put Mon Valley on path to renaissance, leaders say

By Jason Cato
Lue Ann Pawlick never envisioned companies connected with oil and gas beating a path to Alta Vista Business Park when it broke ground in tiny Fallowfield, Washington County, in 2001. Today, three of the five companies in Alta Vista work …

Your Mt. Pleasant

Accident kills Mt. Pleasant Township motorcyclist

By Tribune-Review
State police at Greensburg and the Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office are attempting to determine when a Mt. Pleasant Township motorcyclist drove off a rural road in the township and was killed after hitting a utility pole. Ryan D. Knopsnider, 31, …

Your Murrysville News

Rules hamper Franklin Regional attack victim scholarships

By Patrick Varine
A foundation is taking a second look at a request to have it take over distributing money for scholarships for Franklin Regional Senior High School students wounded in an attack in April. The Pittsburgh Foundation, a community foundation that oversees …

Your North Hills News

Richland man sues over injuries suffered as bystander to police chase

By Jason Cato 6:03 p.m.
Lawyers for a Richland man filed a federal civil lawsuit on Monday related to injuries he suffered when a man slammed into his vehicle during a high-speed pursuit with police in June 2013. Matthew Conte, age unknown, seeks an unspecified …

Your Norwin News

Youth pastor in Irwin arrested on child porn charges

By Paul Peirce
The youth pastor at a nondenominational church in Irwin, who was arrested Thursday in Monroeville, had the largest collection of child pornography seen in recent memory by the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, a spokesman said. Andrew Mark Patterson, 45, …

Your Penn Hills News

Name dropped from Penn Hills library after pledge goes unfulfilled from donor’s estate

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills and library officials have officially removed a donor’s name from the outside of the Penn Hills Library. A faint outline of the name William E. Anderson can barely be seen on the library’s sign on Stotler Road, which …

Your Penn-Trafford News

Inaction on landlord ordinance riles Trafford mayor

By Chris Foreman
A push to punish Trafford landlords for disruptive tenants has stalled amid concerns about the length of a proposed ordinance, its similarity to other borough regulations and the lack of a code officer to help enforce it. Though there is …

Your Plum News

Plum district locked down during search for robbery suspect

By Karen Zapf
Regency Park Elementary in the Plum School District was on lockdown for nearly an hour Friday as police searched for a suspect in an armed robbery. Plum police Chief Jeffrey Armstrong said a man entered the Sunoco on Unity Trestle …

Your Sewickley News

Quaker Valley plans to transform middle school library

By Bobby Cherry
Quaker Valley Middle School students soon will be able to check out books, record podcasts, rehearse improv and more without leaving the school’s library. Under the leadership of librarian Tom Forrest, the library will undergo a transformation from a traditional …

Your South Hills News

Most South Hills Village work to wrap up by holiday season

By Matthew Santoni
A multimillion-dollar renovation of South Hills Village should be mostly finished by the start of the holiday shopping season, the mall’s owner said Thursday. Simon Property Group announced retailers, including Soma intimates, the Sweet & Sassy salon for children and …

Your Twin Boros News

Oakmont Council meeting becomes heated

By George Guido
Barbs and accusations were exchanged during Monday’s Oakmont Council meeting relating to a Sept. 4 police chase in which two borough police cruisers were damaged. Councilman Tim Favo spoke about his request to Mayor Robert Fescemyer to view dashboard camera …