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Hempfield train crash search called off; no evidence found

By Tribune-Review
Emergency responders called off the search for signs of a train hitting an ATV in Hempfield Saturday night when they could not find any evidence. Norfolk Southern railroad called Westmoreland County 911 about 9:30 p.m. to report that a westbound train ...

Online donors help Hempfield teen whose wallet was stolen

By Stacey Federoff
Losing a wallet full of money seemed like a tragedy for a Hempfield teen, but the actions of people who heard about his plight turned ...

Hempfield pair caught in vehicle scam

By Liz Zemba
A Hempfield couple figured they were helping a fellow soldier prepare to deploy to Afghanistan when they agreed to buy a 2007 Chevrolet Colorado they ...

Youngwood veteran officially joins the Class of 1945

By Renatta Signorini
There was never a high school diploma with Donald R. Walko’s name on it. In 1944, Walko decided to leave what was then Youngwood High School ...

Travel restrictions to be lifted on Route 30 in Hempfield

By Tribune-Review
Traffic restrictions on a section of Route 30 near the Hempfield Pointe plaza will be lifted temporarily to accommodate Memorial Day weekend travelers, PennDOT officials said. By noon Friday, passing lane restrictions on the stretch of Route 30 between Agnew ...

Cerilli’s primary success in Westmoreland attributed to busy campaign

By Rich Cholodofsky
A year ago, Gina Cerilli spent her days working as a public relations specialist for the county’s water authority and her nights enduring the rigors ...

Svetkovich ready to battle incumbent Silvis for Hempfield Township supervisor

By Tribune-Review
Cara Svetkovich, 31, appears to have won the Democratic nomination for Hempfield Township supervisor, according to unofficial election returns. She defeated opponent Paul Faletto, 68, and will face Republican incumbent John Silvis, 75, in the fall for a six-year term on ...

Cross-filed candidates capture seats on Hempfield board

By Tribune-Review
Five open seats for Hempfield Area school director appear to be filled, according to unofficial returns. Paul Adams, 45; Tommy Bishop, 31; incumbent Jeannette Smith, 66; incumbent Michele Vinkler Fischer, 52; and Paul Ward, 49, appear poised to take over four-year ...

Tentative Hempfield Area budget raises taxes 1.79 mills

By Renatta Signorini
Hempfield Area school directors on Monday approved a preliminary 2015-16 budget with a 1.79-mill tax increase. The proposed spending plan calls for the district to use about $2.7 million from its fund balance in addition to the hike. “I think we’ve done ...

Officials investigating fire at abandoned house in Hempfield

By Tribune-Review
The Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal in Greensburg is investigating the cause of a fire that swept through an abandoned house in Hempfield late Friday. Firefighters from the Midway-St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department answered the call at a vacant two-story house ...

Hempfield student seeks juvenile trial on attempted murder charges

By Rich Cholodofsky
A Hempfield Area High School senior charged with the attempted murder of an alleged intruder in his home late last year wants his criminal case moved to juvenile court. The attorney for Earl S. Keim IV filed documents Friday saying ...

WCCC band, choir honor music director Booker

By Tribune-Review
Westmoreland County Community College’s Director of Music Rod Booker was honored by the college’s Symphonic Band and Community Choir at their recent spring concert on ...

Woman reports that man she thought was police officer assaulted her in Hempfield

By Tribune-Review
State police in Greensburg are asking the public’s help in locating a man purporting to be law enforcement and suspected of sexually assaulting a woman early Wednesday. Trooper Steve Limani, public information officer at Troop A, said the 23-year-old woman ...

Greensburg players take the field with semi-pro football teams

By Jacob Tierney
A new Western Pennsylvania football league has Greensburg players reliving former glories and pursuing their athletic dreams. The West Penn Sports League was started by Greensburg’s Luke Fetkovich and other local football fans. Fetkovich used to work with the now-defunct semipro Greensburg ...

Group loses bid for Hempfield park

By Renatta Signorini
A community group could not raise $21,500 in time to purchase a Hempfield park last week after submitting the winning bid at a public auction. Judge Anthony Marsili ordered on Friday that the 4.5-acre parcel in Wendel, owned by Hempfield Area ...

Hempfield man jailed on attempted rape charge

By Tribune-Review
A Hempfield man is accused of attempting to rape an unconscious woman along the Norfolk Southern Corp. railroad tracks underneath the Seventh Street Bridge in Jeannette, police said. Police found Edward John Spolnick, 51, lying atop the partially clad woman underneath ...

Harrold Middle School students get hands dirty in new greenhouse

By Renatta Signorini
The stifling heat of a brand new greenhouse wouldn’t stop a group of middle-schoolers from hanging out inside it during a warm, sunny day last ...

May 17 walk/run will close streets in Youngwood

By Bob Stiles
Sections of three streets in Youngwood will be closed May 17 for a walk and run being held in memory of a borough firefighter who died last year. During a meeting Monday, borough council approved closing Depot Street, from Second Street ...

Whooping cough cases confirmed in 2 Hempfield schools

By Tribune-Review
Hempfield Area School District sent a letter to parents Wednesday to confirm three cases of whooping cough at the high school and West Hempfield Middle School. On May 1, the district posted a notice to its website and sent letters to ...

6 vie for 5 board seats in Hempfield Area School District

By Renatta Signorini
Six people, including two incumbents, are vying for five seats on the Hempfield Area School District board of directors. The candidates — Paul Adams, 45; Tommy ...

Police: Hempfield student, 11, sent explicit photo to 7 children

By Tribune-Review
State police in Greensburg are investigating an 11-year-old girl who allegedly sent an explicit photograph of herself to seven other children. All of the children involved attend Harrold Middle School in the Hempfield Area School District, according to Superintendent Barbara Marin. Police ...

Jeannette man killed in Hempfield crash

By The Tribune-Review
A Jeannette man was pronounced dead at the scene of a one-car crash Saturday in Hempfield. David R. Kavar, 26, died in the accident that occurred at 8:58 p.m. on Penn-Adamsburg Road, when his 1998 Acura Integra slammed into a tree, ...

Fate of Hempfield’s Union Cemetery worries plot owners, relatives of deceased

By Renatta Signorini
Six people who own plots or have loved ones buried in a 125-year-old cemetery in Hempfield shared concerns Friday with a judge who is tasked with making legal decisions about the property’s future. “There’s not a real good answer here, and ...

Hempfield Area High School students may have been exposed to whooping cough

By Tribune-Review
Parents of Hempfield Area High School students were notified Friday that their children may have been exposed to a student diagnosed with pertussis, or whooping cough. Superintendent Barbara Marin said that, in addition to the notice on the district’s website, “close ...

Odor sparks evacuation of Hempfield’s Marshalls store

By Tribune-Review
Marshalls department store in Hempfield Plaza was evacuated for nearly two hours Friday afternoon when employees and customers reported a strong smell of sulfur, but the Westmoreland County Hazardous Materials Response Team was unable to find a source. The Grapeville, North ...

Hempfield senior named Outstanding Young Citizen

By Mary Pickels
Hempfield Area High School senior Maria Pongibove cites a family member’s unexpected medical event for teaching her how to accept, as well as offer, help. As ...

West Homestead man held for trial in Hempfield standoff

By Paul Peirce
A West Homestead man said he’d shoot everyone before surrendering during a daylong standoff at a West Hempfield apartment complex where he’d been hiding from police for more than a month, a witness testified Thursday. Charles Cottle, 45, on the lam ...

Scholarship honors Greensburg Salem Junior High School principal

By Jacob Tierney
Former Greensburg Salem Junior High School Principal Joseph Nava loved his school and his hometown. The Italian immigrant died of pneumonia at the age of 85 ...

Annual car show rolls into New Stanton Park May 24

By Bob Stiles
Members of one Westmoreland County club will get a chance in May to reminisce about times past and celebrate a birthday. Rollin’ Oldies of Southwestern Pennsylvania will hold its 25th annual Rod Run car show May 24 in New Stanton Park, ...

New Stanton officials look forward to move into new borough building

By Bob Stiles
New Stanton officials hope to be in their new municipal building this summer. “We’re planning on having the first (council) meeting in June, provided that everything goes as expected,” said Councilman Dean Clark, a member of the borough building committee. Before council ...

Students learn outside at Westmoreland County’s Envirothon in Hempfield

By Jacob Tierney
Students gripped their pencils as they prepared for an exam, surrounded by trees and open sky instead of their usual classroom walls. They pored over ...

DA wants to use pot evidence in Hempfield slaying trial

By Rich Cholodofsky
Prosecutors want jurors in the trial of a Hempfield man accused of killing his friend to hear evidence that he operated a marijuana growing operation in the basement of the house where the fatal shooting occurred. Westmoreland County Assistant District Attorney ...

Ordinance would increase parking fines in Hempfield

By Tribune-Review
Parking fines are on the rise in Hempfield Township. Supervisors authorized the solicitor to advertise an ordinance that would adjust the penalties during a meeting Monday. Supervisor Doug Weimer said the proposed change would align the township’s fines with state law. ...

Counselors available at Hempfield after crash kills student

By Tribune-Review
Counselors and psychologists will be available at Hempfield Area High School Monday for any students or staff in need of grief counseling as a result of the death of a senior student who was killed in a car accident early ...

Hempfield teen hurt in single-vehicle crash

By Tribune-Review
A 17-year-old Hempfield girl who was distracted by her vehicle’s radio was injured Saturday night near the former East Hempfield Elementary School when her car hit a wooden guard rail that went through the vehicle’s front and rear windshields, state ...

Hempfield Area team wins ‘Battle of the Bots’

By Tribune-Review
A team from Hempfield Area High School won top honors Saturday in the BotsIQ robotics competition at California University of Pennsylvania, according to unofficial results. The ...

Hempfield man dies in single-vehicle accident

By Debra Erdley
A Hempfield man, Aaron James Koring, 19, died early Saturday of injuries he suffered when his car slammed into the porch of a home. Deputy Coroner Sean Hribal pronounced Koring dead at 4:50 a.m. at the scene of the accident …

2 Hempfield Area students charged with sexting

By Bob Stiles
Two Hempfield Area High School students have been charged with sending sexually explicit pictures to one another, state police at Greensburg said. The exchange, commonly called sexting, took place outside of school and  involved a 14-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy, ...

2 Democrats battle for Hempfield nomination for supervisor

By Renatta Signorini
Two Democrats are seeking their party’s nomination for Hempfield supervisor in the May primary. Paul Faletto, 68, and Cara Svetkovich, 31, are vying for a ...