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Police investigating possible link between woman’s death, Pittsburgh homicide case

By Margaret Harding
A Butler County mother died of a gunshot in the head late Wednesday and investigators wonder if there’s a connection between the killing and the …

Cranberry supervisors look to cut health insurance costs

By Rick Wills 4:22 p.m.
Cranberry’s supervisors are scheduled to consider Thursday whether to have the township participate in a self-funded health care plan. Over the past couple of months, staff in Cranberry has explored ways to best manage the township’s health insurance program. Self-insured …

Cranberry Township firefighters recognized for decades of service

By Shawn Annarelli
Jim Cole and Chris DeCree recently were recognized for their contributions to the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company. The township’s board of supervisors acknowledged the …

Seneca Valley graduate crowned Westminster homecoming queen

By Tribune-Review
Liza Buechele and Blake Tyger were crowned Westminster College Homecoming queen and king during halftime festivities last week. Buechele, a junior communication studies major, is …

Cranberry officials salute longtime firefighters

By Jessica Federkeil
When Cranberry’s Board of Supervisors invited Chris DeCree and Jim Cole to its Oct. 2 meeting, the two men had no clue they would receive …

Emergency responders train for the worst at Seneca Valley

By Rachel Farkas
Police cars, ambulances and other emergency service vehicles lined up outside Seneca Valley’s Haine Elementary and Middle School last week, but it wasn’t a cause …

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School principal Abbott steps down

By Megan Harris
The principal of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School resigned just seven weeks into students’ first year at the $72 million Cranberry facility e_SEmD her …

Harmony, Zelienople fire departments consider merger

By Bill Vidonic
Plans for a new fire station in Harmony and a new firetruck in Zelienople are on hold while the two departments decide whether they should …

Cranberry: Construction restrictions lifted on Route 228

By Tribune-Review
All construction restrictions have been lifted along Route 228 in Cranberry, the township announced Tuesday. Since spring 2012, crews have worked on several projects to upgrade Route 228, including creating right-turn entrance ramps from westbound Route 228 onto northbound and …

Students evacuated at Mars Area High after electrical fire; no injuries reported

By Tribune-Review
A malfunctioning heating unit in the wrestling room sent a smoky haze through Mars Area High School Tuesday, causing an evacuation of the building, the school district said. Firefighters found no fire, and no injuries were reported, authorities said. Students …

Mars Area schools superintendent resigns after short tenure

By Rachel Farkas
The Mars Area School Board accepted the resignation of Superintendent James Budzilek and appointed retired Superintendent William Pettigrew in the interim as it searches for …

Metcalfe, Zucco vie for 12th state House District seat, split on gas drilling issues

By Bill Vidonic
Both candidates for the 12th Legislative District support responsible unconventional gas drilling, but split on the issue of whether a severance tax should be imposed …

Cranberry looks to list future road improvement projects

By Bill Vidonic
Karen Gowl won’t even try to approach Cranberry’s business district on Saturday or Sunday, knowing that traffic will be heavy. “I wish we didn’t have …

Cranberry upgrades online aerial map, adds features

By Shawn Annarelli
People can now get a new view of Cranberry — from the sky. They just have to go to the bottom of Cranberry’s website and …

Former Secret Service agent from Cranberry getting praise for novel

By Deborah Deasy
Former U.S. Secret Service agent J.J. Hensley, 39, of Cranberry, pens novels as a sideline to his day job of training federal background investigators. Suspense …

Seneca Valley teachers obtain funding for projects

By Tribune-Review
Google Pittsburgh recently completed funding for three Seneca Valley teachers’ projects on DonorsChoose.org. Sandy Thompson, a fourth-grade teacher at Evans City Elementary School, asked for four audiobooks, a headphone splitter and an iPad costing $653.67 to encourage reading. She also …

Wires go down in Cranberry, police restrict one lane of traffic on Route 228

By Bill Vidonic
The National Weather Service in Moon issued a high-wind warning through 8 p.m. Tuesday in advance of an approaching storm. Gusts could reach 42 mph, the weather service says. Electric utilities are reporting power outages. Some are weather-related, while others …

Police: Man confesses to using hypodermic needle in failed Cranberry robbery attempt

By Bill Vidonic
A Cranberry man turned himself in Thursday to face a charge that he threatened a woman with a hypodermic needle during a failed robbery attempt at a township dry cleaner, police said. Police charged Devan A. Ness, 25, with a …

Seneca Valley seniors thrown to the ‘sharks’ in name of education, fundraising

By Rachel Farkas
Seniors at Seneca Valley Senior High School are getting a taste of the high-stakes world of entrepreneurship through Rebekah Grinnen’s economics classes. Grinnen’s students were …

Healthy fast food chain hopes to move into Cranberry Mall site

By Shawn Annarelli
Cranberry could be the guinea pig for a chain restaurant expanding to Pennsylvania. Jason’s Deli, based in Beaumont, Texas, stresses healthy eating over fried food …

Route 19 ramp in Marshall to close Wednesday night until 6 a.m. Thursday

By Tribune-Review
The ramp from Route 19 to southbound Interstate 79 in Marshall will close 7 p.m. Wednesday, PennDOT announced. The ramp will remain closed until 6 a.m. Thursday. Crews will pave the ramp. The work was postponed from Tuesday because of …

Man tries to rob Cranberry dry cleaner with hypodermic needle

By Tribune-Review
A man brandishing a hypodermic needle tried to rob a Cranberry dry cleaner Wednesday, police said. The unidentified man walked into the Take It To the Cleaners store in the 1100 block of Freedom Road around 9:30 a.m. and demanded …

Coroner identifies Cranberry woman who died in McConnells Mill fall

By Rick Wills
A Cranberry woman on an outing for her birthday fell to her death Wednesday while trying to retrieve a dropped camera in McConnells Mill State …

Dead ready to walk again in New Sewickley at Zombies of the Corn

By Shawn Annarelli
Julie Ann Sullivan tried two things she doesn’t enjoy and was surprised at how much fun she had when they were combined. Sullivan, of Mt. …

Seneca Valley senior named semifinalist in Merit Scholarship Program

By Tribune-Review
Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced that Eric McElhinny, a Seneca Valley High School senior, is a semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit …

Seneca Valley to offer more sports opportunities for girls

By Rachel Farkas
Seneca Valley is expanding its girls sports offerings as part of a five-year plan to get the district in line with Title IX requirements. The plan, approved by the school board on Sept. 15, aims at bringing more opportunities for …

Cranberry-based Prodigo Solutions: Hospitals can reduce high supply costs

By Alex Nixon
Prodigo Solutions Inc. is an antidote for the billions of dollars in runaway health care expenses that plague America’s hospitals. The Cranberry-based company, which was …

At least $100,000 in appliances stolen from new homes around Western Pa.

By Tory N. Parrish
An employee of a Ryan Homes subcontractor tipped off his friends about housing construction sites outfitted with home appliances, tools and fixtures that were ripe …

Zelienople development plans slowed by zoning

By Rachel Farkas
Glade Run Lutheran Services is waiting to submit its formal application for the proposed $30 million Jeremiah Village neighborhood development in Zelienople until after the borough completes changes to its zoning ordinance. Zelienople is nearing the end of a two-year …

PPG opens new Cranberry regional headquarters

By Rachel Farkas
PPG Industries opened a new, regional headquarters for its architectural coatings business Thursday in the Cranberry Woods business park. Nearly 400 people — including employees …

Cranberry police nab suspect in serial burglaries

By Bill Vidonic
A Butler County man broke into a Cranberry pain management clinic four times to steal hundreds of pain pills, police said. Police on Wednesday charged Justin Owens, 33, of Middlesex with burglary tied to break-ins at the Work Well clinic …

Evans City store owner has big plans to honor zombie classic

By Rachel Farkas
Zombies are alive in well in Evans City, thanks to Kevin Kriess and the Living Dead Museum and Gift Shop. The museum is an ode …

Cranberry police trying to ID repeat burglary suspect

By Tribune-Review
Cranberry police are trying to identify a man who authorities suspect burglarized an office building several times this month. The man broke into a business …

Evans City coalition set to launch anti-bullying program

By Rachel Farkas
A new community-wide bullying prevention program at Evans City Schools is about to go into full swing after a year of careful planning and recruiting. …

Much has changed in 55 years for Cranberry VFC

By Shawn Annarelli
Andy Hack recalled going door to door to ask farmers in Cranberry Township for $1 or $2, whatever they could spare, to help start a …

Self-service Social Security kiosk installed in Cranberry municipal building

By Bill Vidonic
Walkers inside the Cranberry municipal building Wednesday glanced with curiosity at a new electronic kiosk that will allow people to access Social Security information with …

Cranberry homes could lose flood-hazard designation when FEMA udpates flood plain maps

By Bill Vidonic
Proposed changes to federal flood plain maps would drop more than 180 homes from Cranberry’s flood-hazard area, saving those residents thousands in insurance premiums. “Rates have skyrocketed,” said township waterworks coordinator Tim Schutzman. “It’s tough on a family trying to …

Cranberry musician cleared of rape moves on with life

By Margaret Harding
A Cranberry musician said on Friday that he is pleased to be moving on with his life since an Allegheny County jury cleared him of rape charges. “It’s a terrible thing to be accused of,” Dalton Dezarn-Meinert, 21, said. “For …

28th annual Evans City Oktoberfest nears

By Shawn Annarelli
Oktoberfest organizers made a few promises to Cindy Nicolazzo 27 years ago. They told her she would be the only vendor to sell lemonade at the Oktoberfest in Evans City. They also told her the event would get bigger as …