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New Kensington residents furious over road conditions

By Liz Hayes
Irate New Kensington residents berated city council Monday about the condition of their roads, which have been torn up for several months by a waterline ...

New Ken police arrest cobbler robbery suspects

By Liz Hayes
New Kensington police announced Monday the arrest of two teenagers in the robbery of an 82-year-old cobbler in his business last month. Detective Sgt. Sam Long said tips and investigative work led to the arrests Monday evening of Carlito Spence, 18, ...

New Kensington to consider bake shop

By Liz Hayes
New Kensington Council is expected to decide within 45 days whether an Arnold couple can open a bake shop in the former police substation. During a ...

Vandergrift works on flooding, sewage project issues

By George Guido
Vandergrift Council will be working on the dual issues of dealing with recent flooding of homes on stormy days and getting the sewage/separation project completed in the coming weeks. Council on Monday listened to a number of residents whose homes and ...

Alle-Kiski police try to get drivers to cool it

By Emily Balser
Police in the Alle-Kiski Valley are reminding drivers to remain calm on the roads as aggressive driving enforcement ramps up this month. “The main message I want to get out is for people to slow down, stay focused and keep their ...

Plum school board berated for pulling back on new school

By Karen Zapf
Upheaval continues in the Plum School District with parents expressing anger Monday night over the school board pulling back on building a school and the ...

Alle-Kiski farmers: Crops weather heavy rain

By Jodi Weigand
Local farmers say the above-average rainfall in June hasn’t hurt their crops, but it has stunted efforts to put in mid-season planting and make hay. “It’s ...

Springdale counters despair with ‘HOPE’

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
In a small town where everyone knows everyone, a loss hits hard. When the losses come again and again, sometimes with less than a week separating ...

Cost of Glade Run Lake dam to beat estimates

By Emily Balser
Work on a new dam at Glade Run Lake in Butler County is likely to start this summer, and cost less than expected, officials say. The project has been years in the making, with the Glade Run Lake Conservancy working to ...

Keystone Markers give insights about towns but have fallen victim to time, theft or traffic accidents

By Mary Ann Thomas
The answer to the question, “What’s in a name?” sometimes can be found forged in metal along area roads. They’re called Keystone Markers and they are ...

Apollo Independence Day celebration salutes those who sacrificed

By Liz Hayes
The Apollo Salute to the Armed Forces on Saturday was an acknowledgment of the price paid that allowed Americans to celebrate Independence Day. After the cornhole ...

United Way Impact Fund Grants to award $445K to 26 Butler County nonprofits

By R.A. Monti
Thanks to generous donors, 26 Butler County nonprofit programs will receive more than $445,000 in grants from the United Way. The organization announced its list of Impact Fund Grant recipients last week. According to Kierston Hobaugh, the executive director of the ...

‘Wax weed’ worries authorities

By Chuck Biedka
A fiery way to increase marijuana’s potency poses substantially greater health and safety risks, particularly if people drive while using it, police and an addictions ...

Freeport VFW initiates its ‘monumental project’

By Maria Guzzo
As the nation celebrates the Fourth of July, Freeport VFW Post 6648 is preparing a patriotic mission of its own. The group is deploying ...

Bethel trio of siblings celebrate 150 years of marriage

By Brigid Beatty
What is the secret to a long, happy marriage? Three Armstrong County siblings and their spouses seem to have it figured out as they prepare ...

Pyrotechnics display turns from benefit to burden in Tarentum

By Liz Hayes
Summit Hose is struggling to keep Tarentum’s Fourth of July fireworks display from fizzling out. Although the food and festivities that will accompany Friday’s fireworks are meant to be a fundraiser for the West Tarentum volunteer fire company, Summit Hose is ...

New Kensington dedicates fireworks festivities to longtime coordinator

By Liz Hayes
The spirit of Kathie Males will live on Friday night during New Kensington’s fireworks display. A longtime coordinator of the city’s Fourth of July fireworks, Males ...

Brackenridge gets $98K federal grant to fund waterline project

By George Guido
Brackenridge residents in the upper portion of Mile Lock Lane will be getting a new waterline this fall. Officials said Thursday that the borough received a $98,300 grant for the waterline through the federal Community Development Block Grant program distributed through ...

State store relocates  to Highlands Mall

By Tom Yerace
Anyone seeking the perfect bottle of wine for dinner will have a lot more choices at Harrison’s relocated liquor store. “There are 600 more wines here ...

Lower Burrell couple charged with 6 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty

By Chuck Biedka
A home foreclosure in May led to animal cruelty charges against a Lower Burrell couple. Terry Bernard Miller, 61, and Jacqueline Miller, 55, formerly of 575 ...

Soggy conditions don’t deter people from Springdale jubilee

By Emily Balser
Although it required a hop, skip and jump over some mud, residents were out Thursday at Veterans Field for the first sunny day of the ...

Cash 5 jackpot winner sold in Springdale

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
A jackpot-winning Cash 5 ticket worth $600,000 was sold at Choice Cigarette Discount Outlet on Pittsburgh Street in Springdale, the Pennsylvania Lottery announced Thursday. The ticket correctly matched all five balls, 9-12-19-21-37, in the Wednesday drawing to win the prize, …

Man who threatened to jump from Tarentum Bridge in custody

By Tribune-Review
An unidentified man is in custody after threatening to kill himself by jumping off of the Tarentum Bridge Thursday. The man was on the bridge ...

New Kensington residents rally in support of 82-year-old robbery victim

By Liz Hayes
The smiling faces, cheers and applause along Fifth Avenue in New Kensington on Wednesday overshadowed the crime that was the catalyst for the “Give Crime ...

Writings attributed to jailed Plum teacher dubbed evocative of stalker

By Megan Guza  and Adam Brandolph
Victim advocates say Joseph Ruggieri is where he should be: jail. Ruggieri, 40, a Plum high school teacher accused of having sex with a student, was ...

Plum landslide to be fixed after year

By Emily Balser
Drivers on Repp Road in Plum will soon see repairs to a landslide that has been there for more than a year. Borough Manager ...

Saxonburg residents surprised by zoning proposal

By George Guido
Saxonburg Council will hear a land rezoning request next month regarding six acres off Carol Drive. A public hearing is scheduled for Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. in the borough building. The issue deals with two parcels that are currently ...

Brackenridge man to stand trial in slashing

By Chuck Biedka
A Brackenridge man was ordered Wednesday to stand trial for allegedly slashing a Harrison man’s neck and face in May. Michael D. Booker, 46, of 846 ...

Remains of Korean War soldier from Apollo identified

By Liz Hayes
The U.S. Department of Defense announced Wednesday they’ve identified the remains of an Apollo native who went missing during the Korean War. Nearly 65 years since ...

Police identify Harmar man as victim in Washington Township crash

By Chuck Biedka
The Westmoreland County Coroner’s office has identified the man who was killed Tuesday in a two-vehicle collision in Washington Township. Thomas A. Greulich, 90, of Beech Court, Harmar, died from multiple injuries in the crash that happened around 3:30 p.m. …

Union to work while ATI talks continue

By Tom Yerace
Union steelworkers at ATI Flat-rolled Products plants remain on the job because of a contract extension reached late Tuesday. The contract between members of the United ...

Bridge dedicated to mark completion of Butler-Freeport Community Trail

By Jodi Weigand
As soon as Teresa Stevick heard the bridge over Coal Run in Butler was finished, she called two friends and they walked across it together. It ...

Oklahoma Borough drilling, supply owner to stand trial for stealing natural gas

By Chuck Biedka
A local natural gas well drilling and supply company owner was ordered to stand trial Tuesday for allegedly stealing gas from Peoples TWP to supply his own customers. Jeffrey Zinchini, 57, of Orr Avenue, Oklahoma Borough, is accused of stealing about ...

Ex-church youth leader to face trial for forcing teen girl to have sex

By Chuck Biedka
A former Plum church youth leader was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on charges he forced a teenager to have sex with him in Lower ...

Plum officials reassess equipment policy after sexual assault case

By Karen Zapf
The head of policy for the Plum school board expressed surprise Tuesday that a Plum high school teacher kept a school-issued laptop three months after ...

Plum teacher’s lawyer says latest allegations don’t measure up

By Megan Guza
The attorney for a Plum High School teacher charged for the second time with victim intimidation said Tuesday that even if his client contacted the victim, the emails do not merit the charge. Joseph Ruggieri, 40, was charged Monday with sending ...

1 dead in Washington Township crash

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
A 90-year-old Pittsburgh man died in a collision between a car and a pickup on Route 380 in Washington Township on Tuesday afternoon. The man ...

Leechburg residents begin holiday lights campaign

By R.A. Monti
Years ago, during the holiday season, Market Street in Leechburg was aglow from Christmas lighting hung by borough workers. That hasn’t been the case in ...

ATI contract expires today; union reports no progress in negotiations

By Tom Yerace
Although the contract between ATI and its union steelworkers expires at midnight, the fact that few details have been disclosed about the negotiations is a good thing, according to labor negotiation experts. “There has not been a lot of discussion publicly ...