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Springdale trestle bridge deemed structurally sound

By Tom Yerace
A spokesman for NRG Energy said an independent engineering firm has determined the company’s bridge over Pittsburgh Street is structurally sound. On Friday, a small crane ...

Alle-Kiski Valley deemed medically underserved

By Liz Hayes
Pittsburghers may lament having to choose sides in the Highmark-UPMC health care feud, but they have something many Pennsylvanians don’t: a choice of doctors. In the ...

Rural residents need medical specialist services

By Liz Hayes
Primary care may be a primary issue for rural residents, but they also need the services of medical specialists. John Lewis, chief executive officer at ACMH ...

New Kensington woman struck by vehicle, injured

By Valley News Dispatch
A 30-year-old New Kensington woman was injured when she was hit by a vehicle while walking along Route 66 just south of 16th Street in the borough about 2:20 a.m. Saturday after an argument with friends, state police said. The woman ...

Saxonburg Area Artists Cooperative closes its doors

By Jodi Weigand
After five years, the Saxonburg Area Artist Cooperative disbanded and closed its gallery doors in Saxonburg this month. Sam Andrew, one of the co-op’s founders ...

Burrell honors sports heavyweight Butch Liput with scholarship

By George Guido
It wasn’t a routine 80th birthday party for Lower Burrell resident John “Butch” Liput. Family and other well-wishers back on Jan. 6 announced that a scholar­ship ...

January temperatures, snowfall unremarkable in Western Pennsylvania

By R.A. Monti
Surprise, surprise: January was snowy and cold. The first month of 2015 brought about 19 inches of snow with an average high temperature of about 33 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh. That’s about two ...

Burrell wrestling wins 9th consecutive WPIAL title

By Doug Gulasy
Call it a divine nine. The coaches and wrestlers continue to change, but Burrell’s place atop the WPIAL does not. Burrell claimed its ninth consecutive WPIAL Class ...

2 arrested in drug raid at Arnold home

By Chuck Biedka
A raid at an Arnold house early Friday netted two people who police say were selling crack cocaine and other drugs. Arnold police Chief Willie Weber ...

Rep. Dermody calls state deficit top priority

By Tom Yerace
Although a lot of issues confront Pennsylvania’s elected officials, House Minority Leader Frank Dermody, D-Oakmont, said the priority is the state budget deficit. Dermody spoke to ...

Police: Woman thwarted abduction at Jefferson Township convenience store

By Chuck Biedka
What was first reported by Butler 911 as a store robbery Thursday night actually was an attempted abduction and robbery of a customer. Police believe the ...

Ford City family needs $10K for dog that detects seizures

By Brad Pedersen
A Ford City family hopes to get the entire region singing to raise money to buy a seizure-detecting dog for their 2-year-old daughter, Allie. Richard ...

Arnold man’s molestation conviction upheld

By Rich Cholodofsky
An Arnold man’s conviction for molesting a 5-year-old girl three years ago will stand, a Westmoreland County judge ruled Friday. In a seven-page opinion, Judge Richard E. McCormick Jr. wrote that evidence presented during the three-day jury trial in June was ...

Pittsburgh Street in Springdale closed until Monday

By Brian C. Rittmeyer and Mary Ann Thomas
A portion of Pittsburgh Street in Springdale and Cheswick will remain closed at least until Monday morning as a result of a truck striking an ...

Driver leaps from sliding truck just before it topples down hillside in Fawn

By R.A. Monti
The Alle-Kiski Valley was hit with a slick dose of winter weather Thursday when a late morning rain became freezing rain, then snow. According to the ...

Gunman sought in gas station robberies in Jefferson, Buffalo townships

By Tom Yerace
Gas stations in Jefferson and Buffalo townships were robbed Thursday night, apparently by the same bandit, according to police. The robbery at the Fueland-BP station in ...

EPA urges further review of nuclear waste dump in Parks Township

By Jodi Weigand
There’s enough anecdotal information about additional radioactive contamination at the Parks Township nuclear waste dump to “warrant further investigation,” a recent federal Environmental Protection Agency report concluded. The report summarized a review of documents related to questionable former disposal practices associated ...

Parents alerted to luring attempt of fourth-grade girl in Springdale

By Chuck Biedka
Allegheny Valley School District parents and neighbors are asked to be more vigilant after an attempted luring was reported to Springdale police Tuesday. A fourth-grade Colfax Upper Elementary girl who was walking along the 500 block of Pittsburgh Street said a ...

Winfield Township to try road treatment mix

By George Guido
Winfield officials are getting ready to experiment with a new road treatment material for icy days on dirt roads. Township Manager Adam Hartwig said the material is designed to help with roads that take in sunshine. The mixture will be of cinders, ...

Popular Super Bowl, March Madness traditions prohibited under state law

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Picked a square in your office Super Bowl pool yet? If you did, good luck. Oh, and you broke the law. Under state law, such pools — whether for the Super Bowl or “March Madness” — are illegal. So were such ...

Residents opposed to drilling, Consol subsidiary make cases in Allegheny Township

By Braden Ashe
A zoning hearing that was continued Wednesday concerning the validity of Allegheny Township’s natural gas-drilling regulations drew testimony from experts on land use, agricultural and ...

Subdivision goes without snow removal as Buffalo Township awaits finalized deal with Maronda Homes

By Jodi Weigand
A Buffalo Township snow plow could hit the streets in the Ridgeview Estates housing plan as soon as this week as long as developer Maronda Homes honors a recently finalized agreement with the township. In October, Maronda Homes, which built the ...

Arnold officer injured in attempt to detain suspect

By Chuck Biedka
What Arnold police say started as a request for a man’s identification escalated into a fight that has kept an officer off work for four ...

Winfield man is one of a few to attend all 49 Super Bowl games

By Jodi Weigand
A few weeks ago, Tom Henschel of Winfield sat in the same seat in the Los Angeles Coliseum where he watched Green Bay and Kansas ...

Springdale puts limits on adult businesses

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Springdale Council has approved an ordinance regulating and restricting where sexually oriented businesses can locate in the borough. Council approved the ordinance following a public hearing Tuesday; no residents spoke for or against it. The ordinance amends the borough’s zoning ...

Burrell students embark on educational adventure

By Liz Hayes
Stewart Elementary School students on Tuesday narrowly escaped from an erupting volcano, survived a pandemic disease, and were submerged to the depths of the Atlantic ...

Army Corps of Engineers asks for more input on Parks Township nuclear dump plans

By Tom Yerace
The tenor of citizens comments at Tuesday’s public hearing on the Parks Township nuclear waste dump cleanup was unmistakeable. Perry Roberts of Gilpin may have expressed it best: “We need to get it done this time, and we need to get ...

Plum’s 1st property tax hike since 2006 could reach 6.2%

By Karen Zapf
The Plum School District is considering raising property taxes next school year by as much as 6.2 percent. Whether the district actually raises the real estate tax, and by how much, won’t be determined until spring or early summer. The ...

Penn State New Ken celebrates ‘Unity Day’

By Braden Ashe
The late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of faith, hope and unity guided a celebration held in his honor Tuesday at Penn State New ...

Plum School Board OKs teachers contract

By Karen Zapf
Plum School Board voted, 7-2, Tuesday night to approve a four-year contract with the district’s 268 teachers. The pact is retroactive to Sept. 1, 2014. The teachers are set to vote on the proposal Feb. 3, said Plum Borough Education Association ...

Man robs Kittanning convenience store early Tuesday

By Leader Times
A man wearing a ski mask, sunglasses and brandishing a pistol robbed the Honey Bear Mini Mart in Kittanning early Tuesday and escaped with an ...

2 accused of taking baby to New Kensington drug deal get probation

By Tribune-Review
A mother and father accused of taking their infant son to a drug transaction in October both were sentenced to one year in a probationary program on Tuesday. Kenneth Marl Boarts III, 20, and Kristy D. Schall, 24, both of Kittanning, ...

Ford City police coverage sparks concern from EMS director

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City’s emergency medical services director is predicting bad things if budget cuts to the police department are not restored to enable the force to return to full-time coverage of the borough. “I feel that it is only a matter of ...

Second teen charged in Jan. 1 Tarentum shooting

By Valley News Dispatch
A second teenager has been charged with attempted murder for a New Year’s Day home invasion and shooting in Tarentum. Dominic Balsamo, 17, 903 McCandless …

Lower Burrell 5th-grader illustrates power of kindness with cancer charity

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Georgia Brothers never knew her grandfather, but that didn’t stop her from being inspired by him to help others. Georgia, 11, of Lower Burrell started “Change ...

Weather postpones Route 56 closure in New Kensington

By Liz Hayes
PennDOT cancelled the overnight closures of Route 56 near the Route 366 overpass in New Kensington that had been scheduled this week. Due to the wintry weather, PennDOT on Monday said Route 56 would not close tonight or overnight Tuesday …

Harrison officials discuss grant applications for sidewalks, sewers

By George Guido
Sidewalks could be in the future for Harrison pedestrians on the northern side of the township. Officials on Monday night discussed various projects for grant applications, including a sidewalk along Freeport Road from Saxonburg Road to the Wal-Mart shopping area. The commissioners ...

Riverview might ask to raise taxes above 2.3% limit

By Braden Ashe
Riverview School District officials expect to seek state permission for raising real estate taxes next school year beyond the district’s set limit. The school board on Monday authorized Business Manager Tammy Good to advertise the district’s intent to adopt a ...

Arnold woman severely injured in Allegheny Township wreck

By Chuck Biedka
Monday’s snowstorm is blamed for at least five accidents in the Alle-Kiski Valley. In one, an Arnold woman was in critical condition after a three-vehicle accident ...