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Western Pa. nurses who served during Vietnam invited to tea in their honor

By Aaron Aupperlee
The transition between war and peace was rocky at times for Kathie Swazuk. The Army nurse served in Vietnam at the 93rd Evacuation Hospital in Long Binh. She treated patients until they were either well enough to rejoin the fight ...

Your Alle-Kiski Valley News

Bomb threat clears Apollo-Ridge High School

By Valley News Dispatch 1:00 p.m.
Apollo-Ridge Jr./Sr. High School was evacuated shortly after noon today because a bomb threat was found at the high school, said Superintendent Matt Curci. The threat was assessed as “low-risk” Curci said, but the district is taking precautions to ensure …

Your Carlynton News

Heidelberg police dog sidelined with illness

By Alex Felser
Heidelberg’s canine officer is being sidelined indefinitely. Rocky, an eight-year-old German Shepherd from the Czech Republic, is on medical leave following an emergency spleen appendectomy on March 12. During the procedure, doctors found internal bleeding from tumors on his spleen. “When ...

Your Cranberry News

Updated maps to remove dozens of homes from flood-hazard status

By Bill Vidonic
Eight Cranberry residents are appealing changes to federal flood plain maps, according to township officials. Overall, however, updated maps are expected to move about 180 homes out of flood-hazard designation. “We’re going to be down significantly,” said township waterworks coordinator Tim Schutzman. ...

Your FoxChapel News

O’Hara ALS awareness advocate dies at 49

By Tawnya Panizzi
Friends recall Neil Alexander living life with courage and grace — the same attributes as Lou Gehrig, whose namesake disease Alexander died from Tuesday. The O’Hara resident was 49. “Neil really got it,” said Peter Strick, scientific director of the Center for ...

Your Hempfield News

West Homestead man taken into custody after 8-hour police standoff in Hempfield

By Stacey Federoff 2:59 p.m.
A West Homestead man was taken into custody Friday afternoon, nearly eight hours after barricading himself inside a Westmoreland County apartment with a woman when Allegheny County Sheriff deputies attempted to serve him with a warrant, state police said. Charles …

Your Latrobe News

Greater Latrobe schools to save $288K with bond refinancing

By Stacey Federoff
Greater Latrobe school board approved the refinancing of a $10 million bond, a subject of discussion since December. A lower interest rate is expected to save the district $288,000, down from just over 5 percent to about 0.56 percent, said financial ...

Your McKeesport News

Vigil marks 6-year anniversary of Clairton coach’s death

By Michael DiVittorio
A former Clairton High School assistant football and midget league coach, killed six years ago, has not been forgotten. That is the message delivered by friends and family of the late Demonje “Monche” Rosser Sr. on the anniversary of his death ...

Your Monroeville News

Penn Hills junior slain in shooting had visited friends at Monroeville housing complex

By Gideon Bradshaw
A Penn Hills High School junior who was fatally shot in the chest Monday was saving money to buy a car and looked forward to attending college, his family said Thursday. Allegheny County police are investigating who shot Justin Clark, 16, ...

Your Mon Valley News

Brownsville man killed in 1-vehicle crash

By Tribune-Review
A Brownsville man was killed in a one-vehicle crash in Washington County early Friday morning. Charles Brown, 55, was traveling south on Route 43 in California Borough when he lost control of his Jeep Cherokee while exiting the highway at …

Your Mt. Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society makes its mark for Civil War veterans

By A.J. Panian
Considering the treachery and patriotic sacrifice marking the paths of more than 100 Civil War veterans buried at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, it’s essential that each of their names grace their …

Your Murrysville News

Roundup: Egg hunts set for Murrysville, Delmont, Export area

By Patrick Varine
Grab a basket and keep your eyes peeled — local community groups and churches will be hiding goodies all over Murrysville, Delmont and Export as community Easter egg hunts get underway. Here’s a roundup of local hunts. To add other ...

Your North Hills News

‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast’ gives Hampton native opportunity to shine

By Deborah Deasy
Living his dream after moving to California is Point Park University graduate Tyler Scherer, 24, formerly of Hampton. Scherer will sing and dance March 31 through April 5 in Heinz Hall as part of the touring cast of “Disney’s Beauty and ...

Your Norwin News

Norwin High School health teacher charged with selling heroin

By Tony LaRussa 2:41 p.m.
A Norwin health teacher was placed on paid leave Friday morning after district officials learned that she was arrested for allegedly selling heroin. Lisa Marie Rodnicki, 37, of Eighth Street in Irwin, was charged Thursday by North Huntingdon police with …

Your Penn Hills News

Penn Hills junior slain in shooting had visited friends at Monroeville housing complex

By Gideon Bradshaw
A Penn Hills High School junior who was fatally shot in the chest Monday was saving money to buy a car and looked forward to attending college, his family said Thursday. Allegheny County police are investigating who shot Justin Clark, 16, ...

Your Penn-Trafford News

Penn Township officials consider recreational future of Hall property

By Chris Foreman
More than a decade has passed since Joseph “Junior” Hall Jr. signed away 65 acres to Penn Township for $1 to use for a recreation area. Although the property has been unused for the past dozen years, renewed enthusiasm by township ...

Your Plum News

Plum teacher followed law when reporting colleague’s relationship with student

By Karen Zapf
When Plum High School art teacher Dennis Swogger overheard a student talking about tweets between chemistry teacher Jason Cooper and a senior female student, Swogger went to his principal because he suspected a relationship between Cooper and the student. The information ...

Your Sewickley News

Sewickley mortgage broker pleads guilty in bank fraud conspiracy

By Brian Bowling 1:31 p.m.
An Edgeworth man admitted in federal court Friday that he conspired with others to defraud a bank on a $2.4 million loan for a Florida property. Joseph W. Nocito Jr., 44, president of Castle Mortgage Co., pleaded guilty to bank …

Your South Hills News

Baldwin-Whitehall School District proceeds with dairy contract

By Stephanie Hacke
The Baldwin-Whitehall School District is seeking better rates for beverages yet equally as tasty, milk, juice and iced tea to serve in the school cafeteria. The district last week began seeking proposals for a dairy contract for the beverages served during ...

Your Twin Boros News

ACCESS van driver from Oakmont accused of repeatedly raping passenger

By Michael Hasch
An ACCESS van driver was arraigned early Thursday on charges of repeatedly raping a disabled woman during the past 18 months. Daniel Robert Burrelli, 54, of Oakmont acknowledged raping the woman, according to a criminal complaint charging him with rape, involuntary ...