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Coroner: Police-involved shooting in Latrobe was justified

By Rich Cholodofsky
Westmoreland County Coroner Ken Bacha ruled Tuesday that the police-involved fatal shooting of a Latrobe man nearly two years ago was justified. “We have seen several ...

Parade, pageant among July Fourth activities in Latrobe

By Stacey Federoff
Mary Person wobbled onto the stage at the Latrobe Miss Fourth of July dressed as a can of tomato soup to illustrate the work of ...

New Alexandria volunteer firefighters get new rescue boat

By Greg Reinbold
The New Alexandria Volunteer Fire Department’s swift water rescue team has a new and improved method for navigating flooded waterways. Through a grant from the Foundation ...

Unity to decide July 9 on disputed gas station

By Stacey Federoff
Unity supervisors will make their final decision July 9 about a controversial plan to build a Speedway gas station in the township. The decision will be made after months of debate and hearings held by officials to solicit input about the ...

St. Vincent professor, students use interviews for drug addiction data

By Renatta Signorini
Eric Kocian is looking for answers. With the backdrop of people dying from drug overdoses in record numbers throughout Westmoreland County, he wants those answers sooner, ...

Westmoreland County coroner scheduled to announce ruling in fatal 2013 police standoff

By Tribune-Review
Westmoreland County Coroner Ken Bacha on Tuesday will announce his ruling on whether the 2013 fatal shooting of a Latrobe man during a 17-hour standoff with police was justified. Testimony during a daylong coroner’s inquest Feb. 19 revealed that Scott M. ...

Arnold Palmer Regional Airport gets $1M grant for snow removal, control tower equipment

By Stacey Federoff
Arnold Palmer Regional Airport will use a $1 million federal grant announced Tuesday to upgrade snow removal and communications equipment at the rapidly expanding Unity ...

Loyalhanna Township farmer trades in tractor for sewing machine

By Stacey Federoff
Dick Koontz’s giving spirit has been channeled through his hands. For decades, Koontz used them to shear sheep, plant flowers and pick vegetables on his 116-acre ...

Latrobe grad’s documentary explores intimate partner violence

By Matt Faye
After years of working with families as a social worker, a Latrobe native is using filmmaking to raise awareness about intimate partner violence. Tracy Schott, 56, ...

Latrobe council hears plan for street paving

By Tribune-Review
Latrobe council heard this week from public works director Joe Bush about the city’s paving plan for the summer. At Monday’s meeting, Bush said each year he has to consider the streets in the worst condition and prioritize them depending on ...

Greater Latrobe grad dies in wreck on winding road

By Paul Peirce
A recent Greater Latrobe High School graduate died Sunday from head and neck injuries suffered when the car in which he was riding crashed along a winding Unity road, an official from the Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office  said Monday. Parker J. ...

Navy’s Blue Angels dazzle crowd at Westmoreland County Airshow

By Joe Napsha
The Navy’s six Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets flew above the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity at speeds topping 600 miles per hour Sunday, spinning ...

Unity man killed in 1-car crash

By Tribune-Review
An 18-year-old Unity man was killed Sunday afternoon when he was ejected from the car in which he was riding as it rolled over multiple times on Sand Hill Road in Unity, the Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office said. The victim, Parker ...

Family taps JoePa’s legacy for line of beer to be brewed in Latrobe

By Debra Erdley
Jay Paterno likes to think his dad would grin if he could see what the Paterno family is brewing up this Father’s Day, as Penn ...

Blue Angels ready to soar at Westmoreland County Airshow

By Stacey Federoff
The Blue Angels’ seven F/A-18 Hornets parked on the runway at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport are intimidating enough, but when the strike-fighter jets take to ...

Latrobe woman sentenced to prison, but will be evaluated for treatment program

By Rich Cholodofsky
A Latrobe woman who spent nearly two years in jail for killing two people in a 2008 traffic crash will serve at least 14 more months behind bars, a judge ruled on Thursday. Ashley Stumpf, 26, has been in jail since ...

Comedy act to provide laughs for Westmoreland County Airport show crowd

By Stacey Federoff
Among the SUVs, sedans and trucks parked outside the Shop ‘n Save on East Pittsburgh Street in Greensburg on Wednesday, a small yellow plane stood ...

Westmoreland County Airshow roars back into town

By Michael Machosky
You think you know loud. Then you hear the Rolling Stones hit the stage, hammering the first chords of “Satisfaction,” or Sidney Crosby scores a ...

Nonunion workers of Latrobe Municipal Authority will get raise

By Stacey Federoff
The Latrobe Municipal Authority board approved a 2½-percent raise for eight nonunion employees for 2015-16. Members Chuck Dominick and Tom Casey of the personnel committee recommended the increase at Tuesday’s meeting. The increase for the eight employees will cost the authority an ...

Greater Latrobe school board passes budget, 1-mill tax hike

By Stacey Federoff
Greater Latrobe school board on Tuesday adopted its final budget for the 2015-16 school year with a 1-mill tax increase to make up for an expected shortfall while state funding levels are uncertain. The board passed the $53.3 million spending plan ...

Westmoreland County OKs deal for park police to help patrol air show

By Rich Cholodofsky
Westmoreland County Park Police will deploy five officers and a supervisor to patrol the grounds at the county airport during this weekend’s air show. County commissioners on Tuesday approved an ordinance that grants the park police authority to work as part ...

Recycling becomes Loyalhanna woman’s lifelong mission

By Stacey Federoff
Judy Koontz can remember beginning her teaching career in 1971, just after the first Earth Day was established in the year before. “My parents grew up ...

Latrobe’s July Fourth celebration to salute volunteers

By Stacey Federoff
Organizing a successful weeklong festival such as the Latrobe Fourth of July Celebration takes a number of volunteers, organizations and community support, as Carol Greenwalt has found out over the years. “The participation from the community is overwhelming. It’s great,” she ...

Speedway saga stretches on in Unity Township

By Stacey Federoff
Unity’s zoning hearing board decided Monday to grant an appeal regarding zoning amendments’ effect on a third plan for a proposed Speedway gas station after the plan was rejected by the township zoning officer. The Enon, Ohio-based company has been eyeing ...

Unity woman charged with fraud, accused of seeking treatment at 100-plus hospitals in 11 states to get pain medications

By Joe Napsha
A Unity woman repeatedly dislocated her shoulder to get 190 prescriptions for pain medication by visiting more than 100 hospitals in 11 states, defrauding Highmark Inc. of $600,000, federal prosecutors said. Kari L. Richards, 28, was charged with health care fraud ...

Latrobe authority to aid Fayette project, sponsor $10.8M loan

By Stacey Federoff  and Liz Zemba
A skilled care facility in Fayette County will have $10.8 million in funds sponsored by Latrobe Industrial Development Authority. Mt. Macrina Manor, 520 W. Main St. in South Union, is a nonprofit, faith-based facility that also provides rehabilitation services. The project would ...

Arnold Palmer Regional Airport near Latrobe inks deal for show security

By Stacey Federoff
As officials at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport prepare for the West-moreland Air Show on June 20 and 21, the airport authority approved a contract Tuesday with Westmoreland County Park Police to provide security during the event. Executive director Gabe Monzo said ...

Insurer Nationwide balks at paying claim in fatal Latrobe standoff

By Renatta Signorini
An insurance company wants a Westmoreland County judge to rule that it is not obligated to defend or compensate the mother, stepfather or estate of a Latrobe man who held police at bay during a 17-hour standoff that left a ...

Greater Latrobe proposes tax hike

By Tribune-Review
With uncertainty in the level of state funding Greater Latrobe School District will receive and an increase in the district’s state retirement benefits contribution, the school board is expected to approve a one-mill tax increase for the second consecutive year. Business ...

Shared grief spreads awareness of drunken drivers’ toll

By Stacey Federoff
Meah Ezykowsky remembers when she was 8 years old and she first heard that her father was killed by a drunken driver. “I don’t think ...

Comedy night to benefit Derry Township boy in need of liver transplant

By Stacey Federoff
Four-year-old Angelo Giorno of Derry Township might look frail when he’s attached to an IV pole, until he hooks his tricycle on top of it ...

Latrobe council OKs changes to police test

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe council on Monday approved changes to the civil service promotional exam for police officers, granting a request from police Chief Jim Bumar. The test will combine scores from a standardized written test and an interview with a scoring rubric. Bumar said ...

Westmoreland County Park Police will assist with air show at Palmer airport

By Rich Cholodofsky
Westmoreland County Park Police officers are expected to help provide security at this month’s air show, county commissioners said Thursday. Although details of a tentative agreement with the county airport authority haven’t been finalized, officials said park police officers will be ...

Unity OKs plans for Starbucks, turf arena

By Tribune-Review
Unity superviors approved two proposed projects with slight modifications that will allow developers to bring a Starbucks and turf arena to the township. Earlier in the week planning commission members recommended approval for the addition of a 5,400-square-foot indoor practice field ...

Unity planners OK proposals for two projects

By Tribune-Review
After slight modifications to plans, two proposed projects in Unity were given a final nod Tuesday by the township’s planning commission. Members recommended approval for plans from Rusnock Sports Performance & Fitness at 137 Hartman Road for the addition of ...

Latrobe man charged with arson harassed woman before blaze, police say

By Renatta Signorini
A Latrobe man charged with setting fire to the apartment building where he lived is accused of entering a woman’s home in the city hours before the blaze. Police on Tuesday charged Brandon Scott Baradziej, 31, with trespass and harassment for ...

Unity man accused of threatening witness

By Tribune-Review
A Hostetter man allegedly threatened to kill a male witness in four drug cases filed against him in April. Paul Raymond Good III, 53, was free on unsecured bond in the drug cases until Tuesday when he was arrested on new ...

Derry wrings rainwater from parking lot near community pool

By Greg Reinbold
Visitors to Derry Community Pool and the neighboring Little League baseball fields will notice a new parking lot in place of the dilapidated tennis courts ...

Unity, Greensburg YMCA join to offer recreational activities

By Stacey Federoff
Amy DiBiase signed up her 10-year-old son for the YMCA’s summer day camp program at the Unity Township municipal building after he attended Latrobe’s summer day camp last year. “I think this has what my husband referred to as ‘true camp ...