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Man dies in jump from Route 130 overpass onto passing tractor-trailer in Hempfield

By Bob Stiles  and Jacob Tierney
A man died Tuesday morning when he jumped off the Route 130 overpass in Hempfield and fell 26 feet onto a passing tractor-trailer, authorities said. The ...

Hempfield man accused of setting Dumpster ablaze in Fayette County

By Tribune-Review
A Hempfield man is accused of setting a Dumpster full of wood paneling ablaze to make room for roofing shingles, then failing to call for help when flames shot 6 to 8 feet above the metal trash container. James Artman, 28, ...

Hempfield infant fights rare disease

By Renatta Signorini
Like any parents, Haley Flores and Matt Hoffer are planning for their son’s future. But 4-month-old Sage’s immediate needs will come in the form of medical ...

Couple taken into custody after 8-hour standoff in Hempfield

By Brian Bowling and Paul Peirce
Charles Cottle was on the lam from a court-ordered mental health treatment program when he engaged police in another standoff Friday. The West Homestead man, on ...

Hempfield Scout hopes to convert deteriorating tennis courts into dek hockey rink

By Renatta Signorini
Tennis courts overgrown with weeds in Hempfield could see a new life later this year as a dek hockey rink. Brayden LaVerde received approval from Hempfield ...

Youngwood residents, volunteers to hit the streets for annual Earth Day spring cleanup

By Bob Stiles
Youngwood residents and volunteers with the Sewickley Creek Watershed Association will hit the streets and a recreation area to kick off Earth Day activities next month. Youngwood will hold its annual Earth Day cleanup April 18 in the borough. The watershed ...

Youngwood Lions Club seeks new members with a heart to help the community

By Bob Stiles
John Millward liked what he heard when a friend asked him to join the Youngwood Lions Club 13 years ago. The friend explained that a Lion “goes out and helps people,” Millward said. “That, at least for me, is the best part ...

Hempfield to give $13K to Greensburg Hempfield Area Library

By Renatta Signorini
Hempfield will contribute $13,900 to the Greensburg Hempfield Area Library this year. But Supervisor Doug Weimer warned library supporters during a meeting Monday that they should not count on future donations. The supervisors voted 3-1 to donate the surplus funds from a ...

Ex-Hempfield vet clinic worker charged in theft of $269K

By Paul Peirce
The former office manager of a Hempfield veterinary clinic has been charged with stealing $269,447 from its accounts over four years, Westmoreland County detectives said Monday. Jill M. Lender, 45, of New Stanton is charged with theft and related charges for ...

Police: No leads in search for suspect in Hempfield shooting

By Trib Total Media
State police said they have no leads in the search for the man who shot a 67-year-old Hempfield man outside his home. Harold J. “Butch” Marietta is conscious and can communicate after he was shot in the neck with a ...

Man dies in Hempfield motel blaze

By Bob Stiles
Authorities have identified a man whose body was found in a burning Hempfield motel complex off Route 30 on Thursday morning as firefighters searched door-to-door. Timothy ...

Contests will test Greensburg Salem students’ speaking

By Jacob Tierney
Members of the Greensburg Salem speech and debate team will need to choose their words carefully to prevail at this weekend’s state championships at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove. The students are judged on their spoken performances in a host of categories, ...

Westmoreland college lands Cat Fanciers annual show

By Renatta Signorini
Cats known around the country in the feline community will be judged in Westmoreland County this weekend. And a Youngwood animal shelter will be reaping benefits. “It should be a good event for the public to see,” said Ron Pastor, show manager. The ...

2 Hempfield residents will be recognized for achievements

By Jacob Tierney
Greensburg Salem Education Foundation will honor two alumni next week who have strived to improve their community, one from behind a judge’s bench, the other from behind the scenes. Judge John Driscoll, 73, and retired Monongahela Valley Hospital manager Anita Cremonese ...

Hempfield offials mum on outlook for funding for Greensburg Hempfield Area Library

By Renatta Signorini
Hempfield supervisors gave no indication during a work session Wednesday of whether they might be willing to contribute funds to the Greensburg Hempfield Area Library this year. Township board members were quiet when the subject was brought up. “I suggest everyone take ...

Hempfield Area picks firm to redo entrance

By Renatta Signorini
Hempfield Area school directors Monday selected an architectural firm to increase security at the high school’s entryway. The Foreman Group will provide professional services to the district, approved by a 7-2 vote. Superintendent Barbara Marin said that the firm, one of ...

Missing woman’s body found in Cook Township

By Joe Napsha  and Mary Pickels
A St. Vincent College adjunct chemistry professor whose body was found Sunday morning in a wooded area off Route 711 south of Ligonier was remembered ...

Grieving Hempfield parents speak on son’s death, organ donation

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Meg and Bill Shiffler faced a  sudden, wrenching goodbye. As their teenage son fought for his life at UPMC Presbyterian, doctors told them swelling had ...

Hempfield Area High School showcases art of 2 talented alumni

By Renatta Signorini
Art on display at Hempfield Area High School showcases current and former student works as well as those selected by seniors as part of their ...

Greensburg College Club Travelogue Series still going strong after 60 years

By Jacob Tierney
For six decades, the Greensburg College Club Travelogue Series has allowed people to see the world from the comfort of their hometown. The series is celebrating ...

Police: Man who was target shooting caused power outage in Hempfield

By Jacob Tierney
A power outage Monday afternoon that left about 8,500 Hempfield customers in the dark and took out traffic lights along Route 30 for nearly two hours was caused by a rifle shot gone awry, according to state police at Greensburg. An ...

About 8,500 without power after pole fire in Hempfield

By Tribune-Review
About 8,500 West Penn Power Co. customers in central Westmoreland County were without electricity Monday afternoon after a power failure near a substation in Hempfield. Todd Meyers, spokesman for West Penn’s parent company FirstEnergy, said the failure occurred about 3:40 …

Library asks Hempfield to restore funding

By Jacob Tierney
Greensburg Hempfield Area Library officials are asking Hempfield Township to reconsider its 2015 finances after discovering its budget includes no library funding. Library Director Linda Matey and members of the library board of directors did not learn about the budget cut ...

Fire damages former Grapeville post office

By Trib Total Media
A fire Saturday night that damaged a former U.S. Post Office in the Grapeville section of Hempfield started in the first-floor kitchen area and was ...

No one hurt in Hempfield school bus, van crash

By Tribune-Review
No students were injured when a Hempfield Area School District bus hit the rear of a van near the intersection of Route 130 and East Pittsburgh Street, according to Len Coniglio, a manager for First Student bus company. The accident …

Hempfield man charged with giving gun to teen girl

By Renatta Signorini
A Hempfield man accused of robbing a Murrysville convenience store last week was charged Wednesday with providing a 16-year-old girl a pistol so she could take pictures posing with the weapon, police said. Raymond A. Montesa, 52, is being held in ...

Children can get free dental exams, sealant at Youngwood campus

By Renatta Signorini
Young patients and a fast-paced workload will provide a challenge to dental hygiene students on the cusp of graduation. But the community service to children with young teeth in need of protection will make the busy Saturday morning worth it to ...

April 4 egg hunt kicks off Greensburg park activities

By Jacob Tierney
Winter is winding down and the Greensburg Parks and Recreation department is making plans for its slate of spring programs. One major difference from previous years is that the municipal soccer program will be run by the Greensburg YMCA. The YMCA ...

Youngwood restructuring could involve hiring borough manager

By Bob Stiles
Youngwood council is considering having a borough manager. Council this week endorsed having an ordinance in place to set up the borough manager job as part of staff reshuffling. “We’re going to look at restructuring what we have,” President Lloyd Crago said. ...

Youngwood to welcome spring by popping wine corks

By Bob Stiles
Youngwood Area Business Association is welcoming spring with the popping of corks. The group’s sixth annual Taste of Spring, a wine-tasting and socializing event, will be held 7-10 p.m. April 10 in the Youngwood Fire Hall. “Usually the weather is breaking then,” ...

Hempfield man to plead guilty to posing as policeman

By Renatta Signorini
A Hempfield man is set to plead guilty under a tentative agreement to impersonating a fire policeman. Guy Frank Rubei, 58, was charged last month when twice he allegedly drove a pickup with lights and decals identifying him as a member ...

Hempfield man packs it all up for the bright lights of Hollywood

By Jacob Tierney
A Hempfield man left his home behind in May to take a shot at his filmmaking dreams in the City of Angels. Nate LaSor packed up ...

Hempfield Area senior earns Eagle Scout award with monastery project

By Bob Stiles
Kevin Weldon, a Hempfield Area High School senior, found a way to earn his Eagle Scout and enrich his faith. Weldon, 18, organized and encouraged others ...

Southwest Greensburg Girl Scout ups goal to 6,000 boxes of donated cookies

By Renatta Signorini
Emily Milliron Ruggieri reached her goal of 5,000 donated boxes of Girl Scout cookies in mid-February. The 7-year-old Southwest Greensburg girl’s parents looked forward to a respite from the constant, yet exciting emails bearing donations from around the world. They were wrong. “She ...

$7.6M buyout at Hempfield prison site clouds sale

By Debra Erdley and Renatta Signorini
A contract inked more than a decade ago with the Carlisle businessman who submitted the winning bid on the now-closed state prison at Hempfield could ...

Excela center proposal worries residents of Hempfield neighborhood

By Renatta Signorini
Residents of a Hempfield neighborhood who received a newsletter from Excela Health System about its plan to build an orthopedic and spine treatment center told township supervisors they have concerns about traffic and other issues. Several residents this week questioned supervisors ...

Baby sitter arraigned on assault charges; Hempfield woman high on heroin, state police say

By Joe Napsha
A 22-year-old Hempfield woman was hooked on heroin when she beat a friend’s 10-month-old baby girl so severely last year that it caused bleeding on ...

Hempfield officials to hear concerns on St. Johns park maintenance

By Renatta Signorini
Hempfield officials are planning to meet with members of the Fort Allen Volunteers of Recreation to address the group’s concerns about the maintenance of St. Johns park. Supervisors voted to terminate a playground lease with the organization in December. Brian Winters, president ...

Greensburg Salem YWCA program aims to educate, empower girls in robotics

By Alicia McElhaney
Greensburg Salem Middle School girls are enjoying their second session of TechGyrls, a YWCA program that aims to educate and empower girls in robotics. ...