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Project aims to control feral cat population in Pittsburgh area

By Tom Fontaine
Key findings of a project to map colonies of feral cats in Allegheny County remain top secret, with organizers declining to reveal their locations out of concern that people might harm the colonies or make the areas dumping grounds for ...

Your Alle-Kiski Valley News

Tarentum teen to be tried as an adult in New Year’s shooting

By Chuck Biedka 12:55 p.m.
A Tarentum teen will stand trial as an adult on charges he shot another teen on New Year’s Day. Dorian Smedley, 18, of 439 E. Seventh Ave., had petitioned the court to be tried as a juvenile but the request …

Your Carlynton News

Stories of the past come to life at Carnegie Historical Society

By Dona S. Dreeland
Dan McGrogan lives his life in the past, present and future — all at the same time. But, he said, he finds it invigorating. As president of the Historical Society of Carnegie, McGrogan is engaged every day, considering the history of history. ...

Your Cranberry News

Rowan second-grader’s proposal keeps students from feeling alone

By Larissa Dudkiewicz
Madison Denham didn’t want to see other kids feeling lonely and alone. The second-grader at Rowan Elementary School shared an idea with her guidance counselor, Lauren O’Donnell, that she found online. Madison wanted to build a Buddy Bench on the school ...

Your FoxChapel News

Drake: Promoting community center O’Hara woman’s new duty

By Sharon Drake
Monica Gay began her role of marketing and development for Boyd Community Center this week. Her first move is reviewing past programs, sifting through old grant proposals and searching records. “I’ll read as much as I can get my hands on and ...

Your Hempfield News

Burglars strike 3 businesses in Hempfield plaza

By Jacob Tierney
Cash and electronics were taken from three Hempfield businesses early Tuesday morning, police said. Entry was gained through back doors of FASTSIGNS, Diamond Nails and El Patron Mexican Grill, all in a plaza at 6044 Route 30, west of Greensburg. There ...

Your Latrobe News

Latrobe top cop questions testing for police promotions

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe police Chief Jim Bumar wants council to review requirements for promotions in the department after complaints from officers about the standardized testing. Bumar said the test is more applicable to larger departments, not one of Latrobe’s size. “They’re not designed very ...

Your McKeesport News

Homicide by vehicle trial closes; verdict Monday

By Katishi Maake 1:52 p.m.
An Allegheny County judge said he will render his decision Monday in the trial of a Munhall man accused of crashing his SUV and killing his friend nearly two years ago. Prosecutors said John Brezicky, 34, had a 0.123 percent …

Your Monroeville News

U.S. Marshals task force arrests homicide suspect in Monroeville

By Gideon Bradshaw
Officers from a federal task force arrested a man wanted for a May 16 homicide Thursday in Monroeville. Trenton Knight, 26, is charged with homicide and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. The charges stem from the killing of ...

Your Mon Valley News

Charleroi man’s body found hours after disappearance on Youghiogheny River

By Tribune-Review
Funeral arrangements haven’t been finalized for a Charleroi man who disappeared in the Youghiogheny River in Fayette County while retrieving a football. The body of Josh McKenna, 26, was recovered from the river by rescue crews in Perry Township late Wednesday, ...

Your Mt. Pleasant

Proposed Mt. Pleasant budget plan includes deficit, tax hike

By Rachel Basinger 10:08 a.m.
Mt. Pleasant Area School Board adopted a proposed final budget for fiscal year 2015-16 Thursday night that includes a 2.1-mill tax increase and a deficit of more than $417,000. The proposed budget shows expenditures of $32,427,018 and revenues of $32,009,318. …

Your Murrysville News

Juvenile status hearing, trial delayed in Franklin Regional stabbings

By Rich Cholodofsky 1:58 p.m.
A hearing to determine whether a 17-year-old will be tried as a juvenile on charges he stabbed 20 fellow students and a security guard at Franklin Regional High School has been postponed. A hearing scheduled Friday for Alex Hribal of Murrysville ...

Your North Hills News

Chatham to host buffet of concerts at Eden Hall campus in Richland

By Deborah Deasy
Pack a blanket, seat cushion or folding chair. Chatham University invites music lovers to belly up to a buffet of mostly free summer concerts in the picturesque outdoor amphitheater at its Eden Hall campus in Richland. Live opera, bluegrass, ...

Your Norwin News

North Huntingdon man injured, dog dies in house fire

By Tribune-Review 1:35 p.m.
A North Huntingdon man was injured and a family pet perished in a fire late Thursday that destroyed a home. The fire occurred just before midnight on the 12000 block of Veronica Lane, near Robbins Station Road, according to emergency …

Your Penn Hills News

Penn Hills votes to sell, lease vacant school space

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills School District leaders approved resolutions Tuesday to sell one empty school building and lease classrooms in another, as the district attempts to generate cash. The district also is considering a districtwide wage freeze. Acting Superintendent Nancy Hines said she ...

Your Penn-Trafford News

Motorcyclist killed after striking pole in Penn Township

By Paul Peirce
A Monroeville motorcyclist was killed early Sunday when his vehicle struck a telephone pole along Route 130 in Penn Township. The Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office identified the motorcyclist as Ryan M. Dillon, 23. Deputy Coroner John A. Ackerman reported that Dillon failed ...

Your Plum News

Plum teacher, held for trial, vows to fight witness intimidation charge

By Megan Guza  and Karen Zapf
When a Plum High School teacher outed her as a sex assault victim before a class full of students, the senior testified, “I wanted to go away and hide.” At times during the hearing Wednesday for Drew Zoldak, a forensic ...

Your Sewickley News

Fern Hollow Nature Center puts out feelers for additional funding

By Tom McGee
Fern Hollow Nature Center in Sewickley Heights wants to be part of the 2016 budget process in Sewickley. Brendan Kenny, a member of the center’s board, addressed Sewickley council recently and requested details on how to seek a financial contribution. Sam ...

Your South Hills News

Brentwood Borough birthday event a big hit with students

By Stephanie Hacke
Cheers for “Brentwood” echoed across the stadium as the town’s youngest residents gathered in style for a baseball-themed 100th-birthday party for the borough last week. There were relay races, T-shirt launches, a baseball game and, of course, a crayon race, ...

Your Twin Boros News

Break-ins reported in Oakmont

By Chuck Biedka
Oakmont police are looking for a man who witnesses said broke into two houses in the borough Thursday afternoon. A witness saw a suspicious man in her California Avenue neighborhood and watched him enter a house in the 800 block, Oakmont ...