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Tom Wolf, Democrat for governor, to visit Leechburg on Saturday

By Valley News Dispatch
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf will be making a stop Saturday in the Alle-Kiski Valley. Wolf will make a campaign stop at the Twisted Thistle …

Ligonier insurance agent challenges Washington Township incumbent for state House seat

By Braden Ashe
The Republican challenger for Pennsylvania’s 55th Legislative District is looking to run his campaign like his business. The owner of Ligonier-based BP Insurance Inc., Brian …

3 Cheswick firefighters honored with lifetime achievement awards

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Three volunteers with a combined 176 years of service have been honored for their contributions to the Cheswick Volunteer Fire Department. Lewis Accorsi, David Gillard …

Springdale Council opts for pellet filtration system

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Springdale will pay an engineering firm about a half million dollars to oversee the projected $6 million replacement of the filtration system at the borough’s water treatment plant. Council has formally decided to go with an option that will have …

New Kensington-Arnold schools to implement visitor-screening system

By Liz Hayes
New Kensington-Arnold School District soon will fully implement a visitor-screening system at Valley Junior-Senior High School. Superintendent John Pallone said staff have been “beta testing” the Raptor Technologies visitor-management system that scans visitors’ drivers licenses. The system does a quick …

New Kensington police search for gunman in GetGo robbery

By Liz Hayes
New Kensington police on Thursday released surveillance photos in hopes the public can help identify the man who robbed the GetGo convenience store on Tuesday. …

Student arrested at Shaler High School in roundup of Allegheny County drug dealers

By Chuck Biedka
A drug suspect released from the Westmoreland County jail late Thursday morning was rearrested just two hours later on a warrant for allegedly selling drugs …

Buffalo Township grandma pleads guilty to selling hundreds of pounds of weed

By Chuck Biedka
A 65-year-old Buffalo Township woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to selling as much as 100 pounds of marijuana a year from her home. Authorities claim that …

Apollo-Ridge school bus safety program aims to drive message home

By Braden Ashe
They’re sometimes not given the respect they deserve, but when motorists don’t heed the message on the stop arm of a school bus, the results …

Indiana Township suspect accused of raping juvenile

By Braden Ashe
An Indiana Township man facing trial on juvenile sexual assault charges is now separately accused of raping a young girl. Robert Edward Snyder, 47, of …

Police: New Kensington drug suspect, Brandon Allen, used wrong name

By Chuck Biedka
Heather Houser was thunderstruck when TV and news stories about Tuesday’s New Kensington drug raid listed her son as one of the six charged. “My …

Tractor-trailer crash cleanup closes stretch of Saxonburg Boulevard for more than 12 hours

By Valley News Dispatch
A portion of Saxonburg Boulevard in West Deer was closed for more than 12 hours Wednesday because of a morning tractor-trailer accident. The truck carrying …

7 in custody after New Kensington drug raid

By Chuck Biedka
A pre-dawn raid at a New Kensington apartment building Tuesday yielded heroin, cocaine, marijuana and several thousand dollars in cash and ended with six people …

2 stores robbed in Alle-Kiski Valley

By Brian C. Rittmeyer and Braden Ashe
Police were investigating robberies of two stores in the Alle-Kiski Valley late Tuesday night. • A man who robbed the GetGo convenience store on Tarentum Bridge Road in New Kensington about 10:30 p.m. was armed with a semi-automatic handgun. • …

Upper Burrell man charged with sexually assaulting boy

By Liz Hayes
Upper Burrell police on Tuesday charged a township man with sexually assaulting a boy over a seven-year period. According to court documents, Chief Ken Pate …

Springdale to stick with police chief

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Julio F. Medeiros III is still the police chief of Springdale. There was applause, handshakes and even hugs for Medeiros from residents and fellow law enforcement supporters after council voted, 4-3, Tuesday to end his year-long probationary period. “Obviously, I’m …

Burrell makes effort to improve performance scores

By Liz Hayes
Burrell School District’s state performance scores for last school year haven’t been formally released, but administrators already are planning ways to improve them. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has not published 2013-14 scores on its School Performance Profile website, the …

Leechburg councilwoman resigns; applicants sought

By Braden Ashe
Leechburg Borough is seeking applicants interested in filling a vacancy left by Councilwoman Sheran Kupas’ resignation. Kupas submitted a brief letter of resignation to council on Tuesday, citing “personal issues” as reason for her departure. She provided no additional details …

2 appointees fill out Cheswick Council

By George Guido
Cheswick is looking to the future now that the borough has a full contingent of council members. For the first time in about 18 months, all seven council members were on board for a meeting Tuesday night. Council recently appointed …

Officials unite to combat violence in New Kensington

By Chuck Biedka
Efforts to reduce New Kensington’s drug-related violence have garnered the attention of state and federal authorities. Officials with the state police and state Attorney General’s Office say they are stepping up their work in concert with local police. So has …

Parents of duct-taped Highlands student don’t want charges

By The Associated Press
The parents of an autistic high school soccer player who was duct-taped to a goal post in a prank earlier this month don’t want charges filed against two students involved if they apologize and do community service, the parents’ lawyer …

Harrison woman dead in 3-car crash in Natrona Heights

By Liz Hayes
Kimberly Jones of Harrison at first didn’t realize anyone was driving the blue Toyota Corolla that crashed into the front of her hatchback on Freeport …

New Kensington officials eager to demolish 3 fire-ravaged buildings

By Liz Hayes
New Kensington officials are trying to raze three fire-ravaged buildings along 10th Street as quickly as possible. Council this month declared the adjacent buildings, from …

Stretch of Freeport Road rezoned

By Tom Yerace
The Harrison Township Commissioners cleared the way Monday for the development of Sheetz and CVS stores along Freeport Road. At the conclusion of a public hearing, the commissioners unanimously agreed to rezone R-1 residential to B-1 business, nine properties targeted …

Allegheny Valley board reduces transfer to $1.5M

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
The Allegheny Valley School Board on Monday trimmed a transfer of money into a fund dedicated for building work. After discussion, the board lowered the amount being transferred into the district’s capital reserve fund from $2 million to $1.5 million. …

Kiski Area sells school building

By Braden Ashe
The Parks Township building that formerly housed Laurel Point Elementary will be redeveloped for business use. The Kiski Area School Board, which voted in May to close the school, approved the sale of the building Monday for $84,000 to Moret …

Natrona Bottling Co. keeps soda pop operation focused on craft, taste

By Chris Fleisher
Vito Gerasole pulled his Ford van into the garage, the pattering of a rebuilt engine echoing off cinder block walls. The 1964 Econoline looked new. …

Armstrong County to try Welshman on indecent assault, related charges

By Chuck Biedka
A citizen of Wales residing in Leechburg will stand trial in Armstrong County Court on charges that he inappropriately touched two young girls on several …

Water process eyed for 2 parks in Allegheny County

By Aaron Aupperlee
The technology that treats millions of gallons of water in the Saudi Arabian desert could soon process water in two Allegheny County parks. Last year, Alcoa Inc. and Saudi Arabian Mining Co., a state-controlled company known as Ma’aden, built a …

Fawn fugitive Filous captured, jailed

By Chuck Biedka
A Fawn man wanted by police for domestic assault and fleeing police was arrested without incident Sunday night in a West Tarentum residence. Richard Filous, …

Cookies for Our Troops marches on

By R.A. Monti
An Arnold businessman who started Cookies for Our Troops thought the need for his group might finally be over. Sam Lombardo said that, unfortunately, he …

Impact fees benefit Alle-Kiski Valley

By Jodi Weigand
Since Marcellus shale gas drillers began paying the state-imposed impact fee three years ago, the money has helped Alle-Kiski Valley communities fix roads, improve parks …

Tarentum’s Central Presbyterian celebrates its rich history

By Braden Ashe
Several 19th-century hymnals and program guides for the Central Presbyterian Church lined a table on Sunday in the Tarentum place of worship. Photos depicting pivotal …

Trick-or-treat returns to Saxonburg after 4-decade hiatus

By Jodi Weigand
When Josh Novotny moved to Saxonburg about six years ago, he was surprised when not one trick-or-treater showed up that Halloween. “I had my porch …

Most wanted fugitive caught in New Kensington

By Liz Hayes
The Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office was able to scratch a name off its most-wanted list after catching a fugitive in New Kensington Friday. Sheriff Jonathan …

Pedestrian struck in East Deer

By Mary Ann Thomas
One person was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital after being hit by a vehicle Friday night on Freeport Road in East Deer. Police on the scene said a man apparently was walking on a sidewalk along Freeport Road about 10 …

Sears at Pittsburgh Mills mall in Frazer closing in January

By Jodi Weigand
The Sears Grand store and Auto Center at the Pittsburgh Mills is the latest casualty in a string of closures across the country. The store …

Folksy forecasters look for hints from Mother Nature

By Mary Ann Thomas
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration winter outlook forecasts a milder winter than last year. The woolly bear caterpillars disagree. They predict a blustery season …

Church receives another chance to move into Harmar

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
A proposal to put a church in the former Ponderosa restaurant in Harmar will get a second bite at the apple. A zoning amendment that would allow Crosspoint Church to be located in the closed restaurant on Freeport Road failed …