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Drownings surge in Pennsylvania over past 2 years

By Mary Ann Thomas
The number of people dying in boating accidents in Pennsylvania has risen in the past two years. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission patrolled local waterways …

Suspended Gilpin police officers to have their say

By Chuck Biedka
Gilpin has scheduled closed-door hearings this week for two suspended police officers. A hearing is set for Tuesday for former police Chief Daniel G. Clark …

Western Pennsylvania workers’ names echo different career paths

By Kari Andren Stacey Federoff and Renatta Signorini
The jokes are inevitable, predictable, unavoidable. But for the veterinarian named Fish and the animal keeper named Fawn, the jokes are all in a day’s …

3 wrecks Saturday keep emergency responders busy

By Liz Hayes
Allegheny Valley emergency responders were kept busy by three vehicle crashes in East Deer, Frazer and Harrison on Saturday. The most serious crash involved a …

Saxonburg police to take citizens behind the scenes with citizens ‘academy’

By Jodi Weigand
As police work and tactics get increasing attention in the news media, Saxonburg area residents have the opportunity to get an inside look at what police do and how and why they do it. Saxonburg police have organized a free, …

New Kensington-Arnold continues to shuffle security staff

By Liz Hayes
The New Kensington-Arnold School Board continued to tweak its security staffing on Thursday, likely appeasing two employees upset with personnel moves earlier this month. Valerie Daniels, who worked as a campus monitor at the high school for six years, expressed …

Versatile U-PARC houses productive assortment

By Jodi Weigand
The only thing most people know about the University of Pittsburgh Applied Research Center — U-PARC — in Harmar is that it has a building …

U-PARC gives NEP Broadcasting space to grow

By Tribune-Review
NEP Broadcasting’s work is behind-the-scenes, but the fruits of its labor are highly visible during events such as NBC Sunday Night Football. The company designs, …

TCS transcends small beginnings

By Tribune-Review
Fifteen years ago, Transportation Control Systems was a way for Mary Kankoski to make ends meet after being laid off. The company she started in …

Deer Lakes releases info on administrators’ raises

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Half of Deer Lakes School District administrators received the higher of two raises possible under a new four-year work agreement. The school board approved the agreement covering 14 administrators at its Aug. 18 meeting. The district released the agreement and …

‘He’s still a part of this team’: Burrell honors player who died during preseason

By Mary Ann Thomas
Although he died from a rare heart tumor on the practice field, Burrell lineman Noah Cornuet, 16, was still listed on Burrell’s official player roster …

Pickup takes out 40-foot pine tree in Harrison; officer injured

By Mary Ann Thomas
A Harrison police officer was injured while helping to rescue a Harrison man whose pickup truck rolled over and took out a 40-foot pine tree …

Burrell, psychologist settle lawsuit

By Liz Hayes
Burrell School District recently settled a legal dispute with a school psychologist who was furloughed three years ago. The district agreed to pay former psychologist Kristin Serluco $175,000 — one-third of which will go to her attorney — to settle …

Late-night fire guts East Deer house; homeowner escapes without injuries

By Chuck Biedka
An East Deer homeowner was able to escape her burning house without injury early Friday, but the interior was destroyed. Officials haven’t determined what caused the fire in Mary Jo McKay’s house, which is nestled against the hillside at 173 …

Burglaries in Oakmont similar to break-ins in other communities

By Chuck Biedka
Burglars are breaking into new houses or those under construction to steal big appliances, police allege. Last week, Oakmont police charged Charles Fey IV, 35, of East Pittsburgh and Dwayne Michael Vargo, 35, of Sewickley Township, Westmoreland County, with burglary. …

End in sight for Route 28 construction

By R.A. Monti
Traffic patterns on Route 28 will change again next week, but for motorists who travel the oft-maligned roadway, the end of decades of construction is in sight. According to PennDOT spokesman Steve Cowan, completion of the most recent five-year, $120 …

Cause of Harrison mobile home fire can’t be found

By Tribune-Review
The Allegheny County Fire Marshal was unable to determine the cause of a July 30 fire that destroyed a mobile home on Pleasant Avenue in Harrison due to the extensive damage, said Alvin Henderson Jr., chief of the county’s Department …

New Ken-Arnold board asked to mediate between football groups

By Liz Hayes
The New Kensington-Arnold School Board was called upon Thursday to referee disputes involving the cities’ youth football league and booster groups supporting the varsity football …

New Kensington-Arnold approves tentative, 3-year contract with teachers

By Liz Hayes
The New Kensington-Arnold School Board on Thursday approved a tentative agreement with the district’s teachers union, whose current contract expires on Sunday. Superintendent John Pallone said details would not be released until the union approves the contract. It was presented …

Early morning fire destroys East Deer home

By Braden Ashe
A swift-moving fire heavily damaged a house on Murrayhill Road in East Deer early Friday. The homeowner, Mary Jo McKay, escaped unharmed, according to police. …

Apollo hires 3 part-time police officers

By Braden Ashe
The Apollo Police Department is getting more equipment and manpower. Borough Council on Thursday hired three new part-time police officers. They’ll be paid $12 per hour until their probationary period expires in six months, at which point their hourly rate …

Winfield awards $63K contact to replace Keasey Road

By George Guido
The Keasey Road bridge replacement project in Winfield is set to go. Supervisors on Thursday night awarded a $63,000 contract to Simmonds Construction of Saxonburg to replace the small span over a tributary of Little Buffalo Creek. Money to rebuild …

Another resignation, another open seat on Cheswick Council

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Cheswick is seeking residents interested in filling two seats on borough council. Council this week accepted the resignation of Councilman Neal Hohman, who was elected as a write-in candidate in 2011 but had not attended a council meeting for more …

Roaring Run Watershed Association pays fitting tribute to late naturalist Rau

By Liz Hayes
A longtime advocate for the environment and scholarship, the late Margaret “Kepp” Rau’s dedication to both now are recognized at the Roaring Run Trail. The …

South Buffalo planning commission signs off on revised gas compressor plan

By Jodi Weigand
Drilling company Mountain Gathering has proposed relocating a natural gas compressor station that South Buffalo supervisors denied in February. The compressor station would remain on the McIntyre Farm, off of Ford City Road, but it would be smaller and sit …

Parks woman accused of burglarizing house

By Chuck Biedka
A woman already awaiting trial for a cemetery theft conspiracy in Lower Burrell is accused of taking about $3,100 worth of items from a house in Parks Township. Brandi Jo Verner, 28, of Lincoln Street, in the North Vandergrift section …

Harmar police make 2 drug arrests as part of crackdown on crime

By Chuck Biedka
Police are trying to push crime out of Harmar’s business district, which has benefits and drawbacks from being home to a Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange. Being …

Leechburg Area replaces standout softball coach, who was cited for shoving student

By Braden Ashe
The winningest coach in Leechburg Area history was cited for shoving a student four months before he was relieved of his softball coaching duties. Jim Oberdorf, 70, of West Leechburg was replaced last week as Leechburg Area High School’s softball …

Deer Lakes teachers authorize strike if contract not reached by Christmas

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Deer Lakes School District students should start the new school year as planned next week. It’s the start of the second half of the year that has now been cast in doubt. The district’s teachers will strike in January if …

Cheswick councilman resigns after missing 16 months of meetings

By Braden Ashe
Cheswick Council will meet on Wednesday to consider Councilman Neal Hohman’s resignation after 16 months of absenteeism. In a letter submitted to the borough on Friday, Hohman wrote that he’s stepping down “to allow someone else interested in serving council …

Saxonburg man jailed for burning boy, 7

By Chuck Biedka
While a young victim daily battles scars, pain and fear, his tormentor, a Saxonburg man, was sentenced Tuesday to serve four to 12 years in …

Alle Kiski Strong Chamber makes itself at home in Pittsburgh Mills mall

By Liz Hayes
The Alle Kiski Strong Chamber already is reaping the benefits of its new location at the Pittsburgh Mills mall in Frazer. Lynda Pozzuto, the chamber …

Freeport makes 3 sewage system suggestions to DEP

By George Guido
It could be two years before a final decision is made on the future of Freeport’s aging sewage treatment plant. Officials submitted three options to the state Department of Environmental Protection to deal with overflows when rainstorms occur. The borough …

Gas company owner admits defrauding Dominion Gas out of $950K

By Brian Bowling
An Armstrong County man admitted on Tuesday in Pittsburgh federal court to stealing about $950,000 from Dominion Gas over 12 years by falsifying gas production reports. David Hilty, 57, of Kiski Township pleaded guilty to a mail fraud conspiracy. U.S. …

Authorities raid West Tarentum home

By Chuck Biedka
A 28-year-old Tarentum man accused of robbing a gas station in October was arrested Monday for allegedly having drug paraphernalia. Justin Lamb, who is awaiting …

3 headed to prison in killing of W&J football player

By Bobby Kerlik
The mother of a Washington & Jefferson College football player slain in a street robbery told the three men responsible for his death that she …

Apollo-Ridge School District to list tax delinquents on website

By Braden Ashe
The Apollo-Ridge School District’s website will identify residents who still owe property taxes in January and haven’t committed to paying them. The school board voted, 6-0, on Monday to post the list of delinquent property owners on Jan. 1, 2015. …

Harrison schedules public hearing for Sheetz-CVS proposal

By Tom Yerace
The Harrison Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the proposed Sheetz-CVS development along Freeport Road in October. Commissioners Chairman Bill Poston made the announcement Monday night as he heard comments from residents of the neighborhood opposed to the project. …

Fire destroys Star Grill in Winfield

By Tribune-Review
The Star Grill bar and restaurant in Winfield was destroyed on Sunday by a fire that drew 14 departments to the 500 block of Marwood …