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Police end standoff with New Kensington man

By Braden Ashe
Police ended a standoff of more than seven hours shortly before midnight Thursday when they stormed an apartment building on Hollingsworth Street and arrested a ...

Hays eagle egg breaks; unclear if chick was born

By Mary Ann Thomas 8:22 a.m.
The eagle egg at the Pittsburgh bald eagle nest in Hays broke Friday morning but it is unclear if there is a chick. An eagle …

New Kensington-Arnold School Board superintendent hangs on as board vote falls short

By Liz Hayes
The New Kensington-Arnold School Board on Thursday fell one vote short of putting Superintendent John Pallone on notice that the board plans to seek his potential replacement. Board member Laura Varner-Norman brought up the issue by noting Pennsylvania School Code requires ...

Harrison rape suspect awaiting trial accused of sexual contact with 6-year-old

By Chuck Biedka
A Harrison man accused of raping a teenage girl in Natrona Heights last summer is back in jail for allegedly having ongoing sexual contact with ...

Kiski Area Intermediate School band chosen to play at state conference

By Braden Ashe
The Kiski Area Intermediate School eighth-grade band is in Harrisburg today for what band director Robert Traugh likened to “the state championship for music.” The ...

Man charged in child rape case from 2014 arrested again

By Tribune-Review
A man arrested in June 2014 for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenager is now facing charges for the sexual assault of a 6-year-old, Allegheny County authorities said. Thomas Jeffrey is charged with two counts of indecent assault, in addition to charges ...

OSHA fines East Deer company $70,000 in aftermath of worker’s electrocution

By Chuck Biedka
A federal agency is fining an East Deer remodeling company almost $70,000 after an employee was electrocuted last September. Andrew “CK” Sakala Jr., 59, of West ...

3 names removed from Springdale Council primary ballot

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
The names of three Springdale Council hopefuls have been removed from the  May primary ballot because of problems with their  filings. Allegheny County Judge Joseph James ruled Thursday that Democrats Jeffrey Hartz, Harry Helwig Jr., and Eileen Miller will not appear ...

Bond reduction denied for boy accused of fatally shooting Leechburg man

By Brad Pedersen
A judge denied a request to lower bond from $500,000 to $100,000 for a 17-year-old Kittanning Township boy who is being charged as an adult ...

Leechburg rescinds councilman’s raise, will revisit issue April 21

By Braden Ashe
A Leechburg councilman’s hourly pay raise as a borough road worker was rescinded Wednesday over potential procedural violations. Council voted to rescind Tom Foster’s pay raise ...

Audubon Society to form advisory panel for Buffalo Township nature center

By Jodi Weigand
The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania plans to form an advisory committee made up of Buffalo Township residents and officials to help solidify the design and programming for a nature center at the former Oregon Camp. The Audubon Society plans to ...

Probation check on Arnold man turns up illegal weapons

By Chuck Biedka
A probation agent’s check of a man’s Arnold residence Tuesday is leading to more criminal charges. Rashaad Kahill Blair, 19, of the 400 block of Fifth ...

Allegheny Township dentist to help those in need on mission trip to Belize

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Annette Merlino will be taking in many sights on her journey to Belize, which begins today. She’ll see spectacular reefs, beaches, Mayan ruins — and rampant ...

Nigerians accused of online scam surrender passports, freed from jail

By Chuck Biedka
Two Nigerian men accused in a large “catphishing” scam were released from custody Wednesday on non-monetary bond pending trial when they surrendered their passports. Abimbola Afeez ...

Allegheny County executive talks job growth at Alle Kiski Strong Chamber luncheon

By Tom Yerace
Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh region are set for a growth spurt, according to Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. Speaking Tuesday to a luncheon gathering of ...

Arnold man admits to stealing former football star’s identity

By Rich Cholodofsky
Ronald Adolphis Johnson was a premier running back in the National Football League in the early 1970s. The first running back to break the 1,000-yard barrier for the New York Giants, he starred with the team for five seasons and twice ...

Student denies sex assault by Freeport Area teacher

By Valley News Dispatch
State police say a female student at Freeport Area High School who allegedly was sexually assaulted by a teacher has told police that no such incident occurred. State police said the male teacher was accused of sexual assault of an …

Crews battle New Kensington house fire

By R.A. Monti
When Skip Traini heard his dog, Coco, making a commotion Monday afternoon, he knew something wasn’t right. “She was barking and banging into the door,” ...

Kiski Area’s Mia Z advances to next round on ‘The Voice’

By Tom Yerace
Watching herself hit the first high notes of her song, Mia Zanotti’s face broke into an approving smile Monday night. The rest of the crowd broke ...

More Pa. Turnpike work means another detour for Indiana Township commuters

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Here we go again, Indiana Township commuters: Another bridge over the Pennsylvania Turnpike is closing to allow for the widening of the highway. But after this, ...

Cost of Apollo-Ridge lunches to increase

By Braden Ashe
Students in the Apollo-Ridge School District will pay more in the cafeteria next school year to help the district offset rising food service costs. The Apollo-Ridge School Board on Monday approved an across-the-board 10-cent increase for elementary, secondary and adult lunches. That ...

Lower Burrell Zoning Board denies animal shelter move

By Liz Hayes
Officials at Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley are weighing their options after the Lower Burrell Zoning Hearing Board on Monday rejected the organization’s proposal to build an animal shelter in the city. Phyllis Framel, the shelter board’s president, said the organization ...

Penn Hills driver charged in hit-and-run in Oakmont

By Chuck Biedka
Oakmont police accuse a Penn Hills man of hitting a woman with his car and leaving the scene last month at a Presbyterian SeniorCare parking lot. Howard Emmett Horsley, 30, of 7947 Thon Drive, was formally charged Monday, and the woman ...

Teen pleads guilty to 2013 attack in Arnold

By Rich Cholodofsky
A Pittsburgh teen pleaded guilty Monday to robbery, conspiracy and assault charges in an attack more than a year ago on an Arnold street. Eric Johnson, 18, will be sentenced later this year and could receive at least four years ...

Northbound Freeport Road in East Deer to close

By Valley News Dispatch
Northbound Freeport Road under the New Kensington Bridge in East Deer will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, PennDOT announced today. Crews from SAI Consulting Engineers will be inspecting the bridge. Motorists wanting to continue northbound will …

New Kensington tattoo shop owner recalled with affection

By Braden Ashe
As the owner of a New Kensington tattoo parlor, Kevin Croney left an indelible mark on the lives of those who knew him best. He was ...

Run As One raises veteran suicide, post-traumatic stress awareness

By Kathleen Edwards
On Saturday, the Highlands High School track will be ground zero in the fight against veteran suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder. The fourth annual Run As ...

Kiski Valley Water Pollution Control Authority plant expansion back on track

By Emily Balser
The Kiski Valley Water Pollution Control Authority plant expansion is moving along since the contractor on the project was let go last fall after failing to meet the completion date. Project engineer Craig Bauer estimates the project will be finished ...

Lower Burrell drug overdose death case tests law

By Tom Yerace
A Lower Burrell drug overdose death from last year is one of only a handful of cases testing the veracity of a revamped criminal homicide law in Pennsylvania. The law, Drug Delivery Resulting in Death, is aimed at anyone who provides ...

Fashion show to benefit New Kensington recovery center

By Joyce Hanz
A recently opened center in New Kensington is a safe haven for recovered addicts and a resource for anyone seeking sobriety. The nonprofit Luo (pronounced loo’-o; ...

Harrowing Selma march stirred fears, excitement in Valley journalists

By Mary Ann Thomas
Selma, Ala., conjures images of tear gas bombs and police beating black civil rights marchers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge 50 years ago. But it took ...

PSU New Ken students donate spring break to work in Puerto Rico

By Pamela Murphy
When most people hear “spring break,” they usually think of beaches, bikinis and partying. But for a group of service-minded students from Penn State New ...

Zulama course (mostly) fun and games for Knoch High School students

By Jodi Weigand
Nearly every day, a classroom of Knoch High School students sit around playing board games. But they aren’t just fooling around. About a dozen juniors and ...

Springdale police chief, sworn in 16 months ago, lacks job description

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Springdale police Chief Julio Medeiros says he plans to continue serving the borough despite not having a job description after more than 16 months on the job. Borough council has been debating and rewriting a job description for the chief for ...

Wife to carry on slain New Kensington tattoo artist’s legacy

By Mary Ann Thomas
Cheri Croney isn’t about to let the violence that killed her husband overshadow his life and legacy. Croney is planning a vigil Sunday evening and a ...

Burrell bomb threats leave district ‘emotionally exhausted’

By Liz Hayes
Burrell Superintendent Shannon Wagner said the school district community is “emotionally exhausted” after dealing with three bomb threats this week. “The impact on everyone is huge,” ...

Alle-Kiski Valley school districts respond to governor’s funding proposals

By Liz Hayes
Allegheny Valley Superintendent Cheryl Griffith used the term “refreshing” to describe the letter she and superintendents statewide received this week detailing Gov. Tom Wolf’s education funding plans. “It’s really forward-thinking criteria,” Griffith said of the 14 areas listed by Pedro A. ...

Allegheny Township police arrest alleged shoplifter on cliff ledge

By Mary Ann Thomas
Allegheny Township police Chief John Fontaine said a potentially serious rescue was averted Friday afternoon when an alleged shoplifter surrendered to police on a cliff ...

New Kensington man awaits charges of sexual assault

By Chuck Biedka
A New Kensington man who served more than six years in prison for sexually assaulting a girl awaits new charges of repeatedly sexually assaulting another ...