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Police: Man riding bike in New Kensington strikes truck, dies

By Chuck Biedka 1:19 a.m.
A Tarentum man riding a bicycle Thursday on a steep, winding New Kensington street ran into a parked truck and died. New Kensington police identified ...

Apollo-Ridge students  connect world, science

By Mary Ann Thomas 1:26 a.m.
Apollo-Ridge elementary school students know that it takes more than 14.6 million 9-foot-long elephants lined up to ring the Earth’s equator. They know how to calculate ...

New Kensington shooting victim’s condition improves

By Chuck Biedka 1:43 a.m.
New Kensington police say they’re not sure of the motive in the wounding of a 21-year-old man at Catalpa Street and Vine Alley. The brazen shooting at about  1 p.m. Wednesday wounded Jamyiah R. Green and ended with a foot chase ...

24 teachers put on New Kensington-Arnold School District furlough list

By Liz Hayes 1:20 a.m.
The New Kensington-Arnold School Board on Thursday approved a tentative list of 24 teachers who could be furloughed this summer. Superintendent John  Pallone said some of those teachers likely will be called back to work, but a determination won’t be available ...

Break-ins reported in Oakmont

By Chuck Biedka 1:23 a.m.
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 ...

‘Defective component’ shuts down part of new ATI Harrison mill

By Liz Hayes 1:19 a.m.
Allegheny Technologies Inc. announced a defective component in its new hot-rolling mill in Harrison could cost the specialty metals producer $20 million in lost profits this year. The company on Thursday said a defect was discovered during routine maintenance of the ...

Man uninjured after leap from Hulton Bridge

By Chuck Biedka 1:19 a.m.
Police said a man housed in a jail halfway house in Arnold took a bus to Harmar and jumped off the Hulton Bridge into the ...

Penn Hills teenager charged in New Kensington shooting

By Liz Hayes  and Chuck Biedka
New Kensington police charged a Penn Hills teenager with attempted homicide for allegedly shooting a man on a city street Wednesday afternoon. Brandon Maurice Jeter, 16, ...

Springdale suspect’s fate could depend on mental health assessment

By Chuck Biedka
A Springdale man may never stand trial to determine if he is guilty of attempted homicide and assault in June at the Springdale Manor. Instead, an ...

Neighbors of rundown Buffalo Township property complain to supervisors

By Jodi Weigand
About a dozen Painter Avenue residents appealed to the Buffalo Township supervisors Wednesday night asking for help getting a dilapidated property cleaned up. Three abandoned vehicles sit on the weed-choked property at 110 Painter Ave., which hasn’t been lived in since ...

Springdale police chief receives long-awaited job description

By Tom Yerace
Springdale police Chief Julio Medeiros finally will have a job description, if he agrees to it. On Wednesday, council  approved the job description that has been 18 months in the making. Solicitor Craig Alexander said the description is essentially the same one ...

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 ...

Allegheny Township neighbors take drilling dispute to court

By Liz Hayes
Three Allegheny Township residents will take to Westmoreland County Court their challenge of whether unconventional natural gas well drilling should be allowed in residential and agricultural neighborhoods. Dolores Frederick, Patricia Hagaman and Beverly Taylor have appealed the Allegheny Township Zoning Hearing ...

Alle-Kiski Valley carries the fight to cancer

By Emily Balser
For the organizers of the Highlands Relay for Life, the event hits home a little harder than usual this year. That’s because Chairwoman JoAnn Monteleone’s ...

3 men arrested in cellphone heist in Frazer

By Tom Yerace
Three men have been charged by Frazer police in the theft of $70,000 worth of cellphones from Pittsburgh Mills mall. Police Chief Terry Kuhns said they ...

2 injured in Upper Burrell head-on wreck

By Tribune-Review
Route 780 in Upper Burrell closed for about an hour Tuesday afternoon as a result of a head-on accident. The wreck occurred at about 3:15 …

Plum schools, dealing with sex scandal, to form panel in June

By Donald Gilliland
Saying student safety is their “highest priority,” Plum school board members voted unanimously Tuesday to revive the board’s committee on safe and supportive schools. Board members ...

Burrell Township rollover wreck kills Parks man

By Tribune-Review
A Parks Township man was killed and his passenger critically injured in a rollover crash Sunday in Burrell Township, Armstrong County. Joseph Andrew Batiz, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene, said Armstrong County Coroner Brian Myers. Batiz was trapped …

Alle-Kiski Valley parades with pride on Memorial Day

By Jodi Weigand
It only took one time for Shirley Ross to hear the Arnold Fireman’s Band perform in the Memorial Day parade before she made watching it ...

Bus plans include RIDC Park in O’Hara

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Alle-Kiski Valley residents who work at RIDC Park in O’Hara could benefit from the proposed extension of a city bus route to the industrial park. An expansion of the 91 Butler Street route to RIDC Park is included in the ...

Highlands board votes to allow ads on website

By Tom Yerace
Wisdom holds that it doesn’t cost anything to look but it could pay for Highlands School District’s website. The school board has unanimously approved a one-year contract with EDGEclick Advertising, an Internet marketing firm based in Ellwood City, to start selling ...

Animal Protectors appeals Lower Burrell zoning ruling

By Liz Hayes
Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley is appealing the Lower Burrell Zoning Hearing Board’s refusal to allow the shelter to build a new facility along Puckety Church Road. The board in March rejected the shelter’s request for a special exception to operate ...

Woman, dog rescued at Harrison Hills

By Jodi Weigand
Three hikers walking through Harrison Hills Park Monday afternoon had their trip cut short when one of their group got stuck and had to be ...

Kiski Area to play football at Davis Field this season

By Jodi Weigand
The Kiski Area School District recently submitted to Allegheny Township a conceptual plan for future development at the football field next to the high school. Plans include a 20,000-square-foot field house, with restrooms, about 730 new parking spaces and a 2,000-square-foot ...

Cochran repair center planned in Harrison

By Tom Yerace
Harrison’s Freeport Road corridor north of Saxonburg Road has been targeted for a multimillion-dollar business development. Vacant property where Bouchat Olds-Cadillac-Subaru once was located will be ...

Springdale councilmen resigned to defeat

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Results from the primary won’t be official until early next month, but two Springdale councilmen see the writing on the wall. “I know I’m out,” ...

Good season predicted for Western Pa. boaters

By Jodi Weigand 1:26 a.m.
Unseasonably warm weather and less rain this spring than last year has marina owners and boaters predicting a good boating season. “In light of the weather ...

A-K Heritage Museum’s doors — and windows — opening to public again

By Joyce Hanz
The Allegheny-Kiski Valley Heritage Museum prides itself on bringing local history to life. Unfortunately, their efforts have been thwarted all winter because necessary window replacements have ...

Roaring Run mountain bike trail to be thrust into limelight

By Mary Ann Thomas
Known for its “technical climbs” and “sweet rock walls,” the mountain bike trails at Roaring Run in Kiski Township are expected to become more famous ...

New Kensington constructs Little Free Library

By Tom Yerace
In the parking lot of Allegheny Valley Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore at Freeport and Bridge streets in New Kensington on Saturday, a group of volunteers ...

PennDOT puts final touches on Route 28 construction

By R.A. Monti
Commuters sitting in traffic on Route 28 in Pittsburgh at least will have a nice view. Though major construction on the main artery between the ...

Knoch thrower’s 2nd gold medal highlights big day for A-K Valley athletes at PIAA track meet

By Doug Gulasy
SHIPPENSBURG — Alle-Kiski Valley athletes had a banner day on the second day of the PIAA track and field championships. Three more athletes won gold medals Saturday, giving the A-K Valley four total in the two-day competition at Shippensburg University. …

New Kensington Megan’s Law offender jailed on new child porn charges

By Chuck Biedka
A New Kensington man already on the state’s Megan’s Law offenders list faces almost 40 charges of distributing child pornography. Joshua Robert Pottle, 33, of 2529 ...

Several Alle-Kiski pools were overhauled to make facilities more attractive

By Emily Balser
Several Alle-Kiski pools have gotten a facelift this spring as officials work to attract new members and remain profitable as costly repairs and low attendance ...

Alle-Kiski Valley sports legend known for being ‘sincere’

By Emily Balser
Brackenridge resident Domenic Corso no doubt will be remembered for his contribution to Alle-Kiski Valley sports, but those close to him will remember him for ...

VND photographers, reporters recognized

By Valley News Dispatch
Valley News Dispatch staff members won four Golden Quill awards for journalism from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania during its 51st annual awards presentation ...

Allegheny Valley Hospital names New Kensington man CEO

By Jodi Weigand
An Alle-Kiski Valley resident and longtime Allegheny Valley Hospital employee is the institution’s new CEO. Bill Englert of New Ken­sington, the hospital’s vice president of operations ...