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7 in custody after New Kensington drug raid

By Tribune-Review 12:12 p.m.
A pre-dawn raid at New Kensington apartment early Tuesday yielded drugs, money and ammunition and seven people were taken into custody. Police and Pennsylvania Attorney …

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 10:51 a.m.
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 …

Neighborhood Watch groups host annual luncheon for New Kensington police

By Liz Hayes
New Kensington police Chief Tom Klawinski was greeted with smiles, food and thanks on Thursday when he walked into city hall. It was a stark …

Alleged hazing gives parents of autistic children ‘teachable moment’

By Tom Yerace
Standing at a microphone in the gathering darkness Wednesday in Harrison Hills Park, Lisa Patton struggled to control her emotions. “Probably the worst time of …

New Kensington shooting suspect arrested in W.Va.

By Chuck Biedka
Another arrest has been made related to a string of violent incidents in New Kensington over the summer. Julian Greenlee, 27, of New Ken-sington was arrested Wednesday in Morgantown, W.Va. He is accused of being one of the men who …

West Deer decides not to include employee reimbursements in monthly financial reports

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
West Deer supervisors will not be getting monthly reports on reimbursements paid to township employees, despite one supervisor’s call to see them. Supervisor Lawrence McManus said supervisors should be reviewing and approving such reimbursements, but have not been doing so. …

Opponent to keeping Colfax School open objects to $2 million transfer

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
A $2 million transfer could be setting up the Allegheny Valley School District to pursue further renovations of Colfax Upper Elementary School, a board member said Tuesday. The school board is slated to vote at its meeting Monday to approve …

West Leechburg revises proposed amendment to zoning ordinance for oil, gas operations

By Braden Ashe
West Leechburg officials are proposing a set of rules for oil and natural gas operations while a tentative agreement for drilling beneath borough property is revisited. A public hearing was held Wednesday for the proposed amendment to the borough’s zoning …

Leechburg Area grants cover reading, class size, school safety, football helmets

By Braden Ashe
The Leechburg Area School District has received more funding through federal programs this year than any other in its history. Superintendent Ian Magness said Wednesday the district received about $210,000 for its Title I and Title II programs for the …

Hard work, faith, Habitat for Humanity equal home for young mother, son

By Tom Yerace
On the living room wall of Stacey Maloney’s West Leechburg home hangs a plaque with the word “faith” in large letters. The fact that the …

Arnold’s poverty rate ranks as highest in county

By Tom Yerace
As a participant in a poverty summit Tuesday at Penn State New Kensington, Meredith King got unsettling news. “You’re evicted. You have no home right now,” said Jayne Bakos, her “mortgage banker.” Bakos, who actually works for the Allegheny Valley …

Copper thieves put power workers in danger in Lower Burrell

By Chuck Biedka
Copper thieves decided to go big and tempt fate in Lower Burrell. Late last month, someone took about 500 pounds of copper wire and copper clamps from a 138,000-volt electrical substation along Puckety Church Road, just down the hill from …

Arnold residents express frustration

By Liz Hayes
Arnold officials asked residents for patience and vigilance as they handle complaints about problem properties and suspected criminal behavior. Several Arnold residents brought up concerns about unkempt properties at Tuesday’s council meeting, a day after New Kensington officials dealt with …

West Deer supervisor charges intimidation

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
A West Deer supervisor claims he is facing intimidation and retaliation for raising ethics concerns about a fellow supervisor and the township’s manager. Supervisor Gerry Vaerewyck said the tactics came in the form of a law firm warning it will …

New Kensington residents concerned about crime rate

By Liz Hayes
Before a standing-room-only crowd demanding solutions, New Kensington officials on Tuesday outlined steps they’ve taken to crack down on crime and blight. “There is no …

Photos of New Kensington Subway robber released

By Trib Total Media
New Kensington police released surveillance photos Monday of the man they say robbed the Subway restaurant on Stevenson Boulevard earlier this month. Police say the …

Experts say speed contributed to derailment in Vandergrift

By Mary Ann Thomas
A federal investigation determined speed did not cause the derailment of a train earlier this year in Vandergrift, but two railroad experts say it was a contributing factor. The Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration said “wide gauge” — a …

Vandergrift industrial business MSI seeks rail improvements after derailments

By Mary Ann Thomas
Railway speed is an important issue to MSI, a Vandergrift specialty metals processor that was hit by a derailed rail car that punched a hole in one of its buildings. No one was injured in the derailment on Feb. 13 …

Housing development in Tarentum to move forward

By Tom Yerace
A small housing development along the Allegheny River in Tarentum is ready to move forward after a hearing Thursday. Kay Pierce, manager of the planning …

Oakmont Council meeting becomes heated

By George Guido
Barbs and accusations were exchanged during Monday’s Oakmont Council meeting relating to a Sept. 4 police chase in which two borough police cruisers were damaged. Councilman Tim Favo spoke about his request to Mayor Robert Fescemyer to view dashboard camera …

Fawn fugitive wanted on assault charges

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Fawn police are searching for a township man they say may be armed and who threatened violence to avoid arrest. Chief Tim Mayberry said Richard …

Highlands High School apparent hazing victim rides wave of support

By Braden Ashe
The roar of engines echoed through an otherwise tranquil Sunday afternoon on Oak Manor Drive in Harrison. About 120 motorcycles, most adorned with colorful puzzle-piece …