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Police chase ends with shooting in Bell Township; suspect wounded

By Valley News Dispatch 7:08 a.m.
A police chase ended on Wednesday evening with officers exchanging gunfire with and wounding a Monroeville man in Bell Township. State police Cpl. Ronald Stonis …

New Kensington-Arnold teachers accept 3-year contract

By Liz Hayes
New Kensington-Arnold teachers have a new contract that offers annual average raises of 1 percent. New Kensington-Arnold Education Association President Connie Vita said a majority of the union’s 174 teachers approved the offer on Tuesday. She did not release the …

Rayburn man, 74, dies in Manor Township crash

By Liz Hayes
A Rayburn man died Wednesday afternoon after a two-car crash on Route 422 in Manor Township. Armstrong County Coroner Brian K. Myers said William J. Keener, 74, of Route 85 was a passenger in a Ford Taurus driven by his …

New Kensington native competes for title of U.S. Army Europe’s best NCO

By R.A. Monti
New Kensington native Andrew Gunner is trying to best a whole continent. Gunner, 31, is competing for the title of U.S. Army Europe’s best noncommissioned …

Gilpin settles lawsuit with suspended police officers

By Chuck Biedka
A federal court order points to a settlement in a civil rights lawsuit filed by two suspended police officers against Gilpin, but attorneys for each …

West Deer awaits ruling from Pennsylvania Ethics Commission

By George Guido
West Deer officials have yet to hear from the State Ethics Commission on a complaint filed last month by Supervisor Gary Vaerewyck against Supervisors Chairman Jeff Fleming and Township Manager Daniel Mator. Vaerewyck filed a complaint after Fleming’s company, Fleming-Walker …

Western Pennsylvania detailers refurbish original Air Force One

By R.A. Monti
Two Western Pennsylvania auto detailers recently got the chance to clean up history. Evan Jankowski of Tarentum and Doug Parfitt of Whitehall used their skills …

Identical twins born at West Penn Hospital a rare medical marvel

By Adam Smeltz
If sharing makes for happy siblings, Josephina and Isabella Stroup ought to be smiling from ear to ear. The premature identical twins born Saturday in …

Rock Airport & Business Park sold; Ferrone to appeal judge’s decision

By Jodi Weigand
Rock Airport manager Rock Ferrone said he plans to  appeal a court order selling the airport and Rockpointe Business Park. Bankruptcy Court Judge Carlota Bohm on Tuesday approved the sale of the 268-acre parcel for $9 million to Alaskan Property …

Cheswick fills 1 of 2 council vacancies

By George Guido
Cheswick has a new councilman. Robert Kristof, a borough resident for 25 years, was selected unanimously to fill the seat vacated by Neil Hoh-man’s resignation. The appointment will be in effect until Jan. 4, 2016. Kristof, 68, said he became …

Leechburg nears final phase of sewer separation project

By Braden Ashe
Leechburg officials are hoping to break ground in January for the final phase of the borough’s sewer separation project. Ben Bothell of Senate Engineering, which is overseeing the project estimated at  $11 million, will submit a proposal for the work …

Car, truck collide near Taco Bell in New Kensington

By Braden Ashe
A head-on crash Tuesday night in New Kensington left two vehicles totalled, but no one seriously injured. The crash occurred about 8:50 p.m. near the Taco Bell at the intersection of Freeport and Tarentum Bridge roads. New Kensington police Sgt. …

Burrell School Board debates hiring resource officer

By Liz Hayes
Burrell School Board members want more information on school resource officers before deciding whether to apply for a state grant that would partially cover the cost of an officer. Superintendent Shannon Wagner said the school district and Lower Burrell could …

Springdale council, mayor spar over police costs

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Spending for Springdale’s police department has council and Mayor Ken Lloyd at odds. With more than three months left in the year, the department has spent 90 percent of its budget for salaries and wages, and about 94 percent of …

Hulton Bridge to close this weekend

By Jodi Weigand
The Hulton Bridge will be closed around-the-clock this weekend so crews can install water and sewer lines under Freeport Road on the Harmar side of …

Allegheny Valley School Board hires Foreman Group to assess repairs at Colfax

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
In three to four months, the Allegheny Valley School Board should know what needs to be fixed at Colfax Upper Elementary School, and what it will cost to do it. The school board on Monday approved hiring Foreman Group to …

Kiski Area accepting bids until Sept. 29 for Laurel Point Elementary building

By Braden Ashe
The Kiski Area School Board could sell the district’s shuttered Laurel Point Elementary school building as early as next month. The district is accepting bids for the closed Parks Township elementary school through Sept. 29. If the district receives a …

Sale of Rock Airport and Business Park delayed a day

By Jodi Weigand
After five years in bankruptcy, it will be at least one more day until Rock Airport and Business Park is sold. Alaskan Property Management, a …

Washington Township man accused of plot against ex-wife’s boyfriend

By Braden Ashe
A Washington Township man faces multiple charges after allegedly offering to pay someone to assault his ex-wife’s boyfriend and tampering with the man’s truck. James …

Group watches over stately elms on Harrison’s Carlisle Street

By Mary Ann Thomas
The cathedral of century-old elm trees lining Carlisle Street in Harrison wouldn’t be so idyllic if not for the foresight of Henry Morgan Brackenridge and …

Overnight lane closures planned for Rt. 28 in O’Hara

By Tribune-Review
Overnight single lane closures on Route 28 will begin in both directions Monday while crews work on a shoulder improvement project, PennDOT officials said. The $2.35 million project in O’Hara will force single lane closures from Fox Chapel Road exit …

Grants to reward groups in Westmoreland for their initiatives

By Tom Yerace
The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County wants to get residents involved in improving their communities and is putting up $450,000 to encourage that. Revitalizing Westmoreland is an initiative by the foundation to encourage creative ways to improve life in the …

Event raises more money to refurbish New Kensington’s Memorial Park

By Braden Ashe
An Elvis impersonator gyrated across a concrete substage as he performed at an annual social event on Sunday in New Kensington’s Memorial Park. His feet …

Bull Creek Presbyterian ‘family’ celebrates 220th anniversary

By Braden Ashe
Lois Ann Dunbar’s great-great-great-grandfather was a founding member of Bull Creek Presbyterian Church in West Deer. One of 11 original parishioners, Ezekial Miller belonged to …

In 2004, Hurricane Ivan-spawned flood tested Alle-Kiski Valley

By Liz Hayes
For Tarentum residents Alice and Frances Magoc, Sept 17, 2004, stirs memories of disbelief and fear. For Frances, it was almost inconceivable that she and …

Fort Hand Festival a source of pride

By Tom Yerace
The Fort Hand Festival in Washington Township seems like a typical community festival, but don’t try telling that to Trudy Reeger. “It’s wonderful,” said Reeger, …

Hurricane Ivan made flood control critical in Western Pa.

By Liz Hayes
When Hurricane Ivan dumped 7 inches of rain on the Alle-Kiski Valley, the waterways that often trickled unnoticed past roads and homes grew into torrents. …

Surge of insurance purchases in A-K Valley after Hurricane Ivan floods hasn’t been maintained

By Liz Hayes
Ten years after Bull Creek filled his Tarentum house to the second floor with floodwater, Mark Magoc does not carry flood insurance. The 59-year-old man …

Butler County American Legion Riders welcome back veteran

By Jodi Weigand
When Airman 1st Class Rachel Watson returned home from overseas, she expected to see her family at Pittsburgh International Airport. The 40 American Legion members …

Cleveland man accused of setting fire

By Chuck Biedka
New Kensington police charged a Cleveland man with allegedly setting fire to bushes surrounding an occupied house early Saturday. Issac Lanard Hobbs, 31, of Detroit …

Tarentum roofer electrocuted at Fawn work site

By Mary Ann Thomas
A West Tarentum man was electrocuted while working on a storage shed roof on Friday afternoon at a home on Custer Lane in Fawn Township, according to police. Andy Sakala, 58, of the West Tarentum neighborhood of Tarentum apparently was …

‘Love in a Backpack’ expands to Grandview Upper Elementary School

By R.A. Monti
In its second year of existence, the Salvation Army Allegheny Valley’s “Love in a Backpack” program is doubling its footprint. The Brackenridge church’s program, which …

Leechburg freedom fest back after 1-year hiatus

By Mary Ann Thomas
After a year’s hiatus, Leechburg Community Days Freedom Festival returned with a bang on Friday night, kicking off festivities with live bands and fireworks at …

VND newspaper carrier alerts sleeping family to burning car

By Chuck Biedka
A Valley News Dispatch newspaper carrier on Friday morning awoke an Allegheny Township family that was blissfully unaware that just outside, their SUV was burning …

Willing souls lend helping hands on Day of Caring

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Missy DiRado and Missy Bair were having a bit of a competition on Friday to see who would get paint on their shirt first. Both …

Waterline break affects most of Tarentum

By Trib Total Media
A major waterline break that affected service to most of Tarentum and led Highlands School District officials to release students at Grandview Upper Elementary School …

New Kensington responds to violence with Peace Walk

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Less than a month after a man and woman were shot dead on a New Kensington street, residents gathered Thursday to walk and pray for …

East Deer trims property taxes by 1 percent

By George Guido
East Deer property owners could see a small reduction in real estate taxes next year. Commissioners on Thursday night passed a preliminary budget that calls for a 1 percent reduction in the tax rate from 5.0175 mills to 4.96335. This …

New Ken robbery suspect charged with witness intimidation

By Chuck Biedka
Instead of having a hearing on robbery charges, a New Kensington man was sent to the Westmoreland County jail on charges of having the robbery …