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Former Jeannette coach held for trial on charges of assault on teen girls

By Renatta Signorini 11:24 a.m.
Two female students testified through tears Thursday that a former Jeannette High School wrestling coach had inappropriate sexual contact with them. “He grabbed me by my waist and pulled me in and kissed me,” one of the 16-year-old girls testified about ...

Smithton man gets 6-12 years for robbery in Jeannette

By Rich Cholodofsky
A Smithton man was sentenced Thursday serve up to 12 years in prison for the November 2013 home invasion and robbery of a Jeannette woman. Chad E. Snyder, 34, pleaded guilty in April to charges of armed robbery, burglary, conspiracy and ...

Jeannette’s mayor wants council to consider pension reform

By Kristie Linden
Jeannette Mayor Richard Jacobelli would like to see pension reform come to fruition statewide, but in the meantime, he would like city council members and union leaders to address reform at the local level. As a third-class city, Jacobelli said, police ...

Jeannette businesses can get a free fresh coat of paint

By Margie Stanislaw
The Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP) instituted a painting program for downtown Jeannette businesses last fall and now that the summer months are here, the Community Development office is urging businesses to apply. NPP is a tax rebate program offered through ...

Lawrence earns Eagle Scout rank, becomes troop leader

By Margie Stanislaw
This year is an exciting year for 18-year-old Cody Lawrence of Jeannette. Lawrence earned his Eagle Scout badge and became a Junior leader for his ...

Last barrier to Monsour Medical Center demolition about to fall

By Renatta Signorini
An agreement is in place to satisfy a final lien on the former Monsour Medical Center and should be finalized within a month, according to ...

Hempfield man pleads guilty in crime spree in North Huntingdon, Jeannette, Unity

By Bob Stiles
A Hempfield man on Friday admitted taking Christmas presents, vehicles, computers and other items during a crime spree last year in Westmoreland County. Tyler Lee Williams, 21, pleaded guilty to numerous charges of burglary, receiving stolen property, criminal trespass and other ...

Jeannette Glass saga drags on with appeal

By Renatta Signorini
Westmoreland County officials continue practicing patience while awaiting an end to the Jeannette Glass saga. An appeal filed last week by Zion Bullitt Avenue LP means more waiting while legal wrangling over ownership of the site continues. “It’s inevitable that we’re going ...

Jeannette’s Polechko enjoys ‘new math,’ watching her students grow

By Kristie Linden
Karen Polechko, a sixth-grade teacher at Jeannette McKee K-8, thinks having excellent teachers as she grew up influenced her career path. “I was always playing teacher ...

Jeannette EMS makes budget cuts to stay open

By Kristie Linden
The director of operations at Jeannette EMS has an important message for the community — the city’s ambulance service is not going out of business. Randy Highlands, who became director of operations at the beginning of this year, said he knows ...

Nestico hired as Jeannette’s city manager

By Kristie Linden
In a 3-2 vote Monday night, Jeannette’s city council hired Michael Nestico, 32, as the new city manager. Nestico is currently the city treasurer. Councilmen Ron ...

Jeannette man wins $1M prize from Father’s Day gift of lottery ticket

By Jacob Tierney
Christina Morrah always buys sentimental cards for Father’s Day, the kind that make her dad tear up. This year, her card came with a last-minute gift: a lottery ticket worth $1 million. When Joseph Morrah, 61, scratched the coating off ...

Jeannette school taxes will rise by 1.53 mills

By Kristie Linden
Taxpayers in the Jeannette City School District will pay 1.53 mills more in taxes next year. A $600,000 increase in expenditures in the 2015-16 budget is largely the result of higher pension contributions and cyberschool costs, officials said. The school board this ...

Some Jeannette homes under boil water alert

By Tribune-Review
About 30 homes in the area of North Jeannette were under what a Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County official termed a precautionary boil water alert Thursday. Authority manager Chris Kerr said those customers have access to water buffaloes and water was ...

Wanted man eludes police in Jeannette

By Mary Pickels
A Jeannette man wanted by state police on a felony warrant led city and other officers on a brief car and foot chase Tuesday evening, ultimately managing to escape, police said. Nathaniel James Crawford, 22, was charged by state police last ...

Jeannette Scouts active, looking for new members

By Margie Stanislaw
For 14 years, Jeannette resident Don Defibaugh has been the Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 226, part of the Westmoreland-Fayette Boy Scout Council. “My son ...

Jeannette Arts Council to start meeting next month

By Margie Stanislaw
Since early this year, a group of city residents and business owners has discussed the possibility of forming a Jeannette Arts Council and now that ...

Jeannette cleanups finish early, Saturday event cancelled

By Margie Stanislaw
Jeannette residents and businesses stepped up to the plate and the citywide cleanups were completed in two Saturdays, instead of three. The third and final cleanup, organized by city resident Laura Smith and city foreman Rich Ault, was planned for this ...

Senior Legion baseball to return to Jeannette next year

By Brian Knavish
There’s no senior American Legion baseball being played in Jeannette this summer, but that’s only temporary. Next season, teenage ballplayers in the community will once again have the opportunity to participate in the tradition-laden pastime that is Legion baseball. Jules Ponterio, ...

Water shutoff planned in Jeannette, Murrysville, Delmont areas

By Renatta Signorini
Water service may be affected Wednesday for about 1,400 Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County customers in the western part of the county. Service will be shut off at 4 a.m. and should be restored by about 10 p.m., said authority manager ...