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Latrobe woman charged in deadly standoff claims coercion

By Rich Cholodofsky
A Latrobe woman accused of giving two guns to a man who wounded a police officer during a fatal standoff last summer contended in court …

YouTube campaign by Latrobe 4-year-old aids Alzheimer’s Association

By Craig Smith
It seems that these days, YouTube is chock full of cute kids performing all kinds of spontaneous and adorable acts. But 4-year-old Lilly Myers of …

3 men to stand trial over runaway Latrobe foster children

By Liz Zemba
A 17-year-old girl testified she called a Pittsburgh man for help to run away from a foster home because she felt it was inappropriate for one of the foster parents to bathe her younger sisters. “The lady was bathing my …

Adelphoi resident charged as adult in Latrobe assault

By Tribune-Review
A former resident at the Middle Creek secure facility at Adelphoi has been charged as an adult for allegedly hitting a worker. Del’quajah Denise Collier, 18, of Morningside in Pittsburgh, is charged with aggravated assault, assault by a prisoner and …

‘Stalking’ place, moment enhances Derry art teacher’s photography

By Greg Reinbold
When Derry Area High School art teacher Richard McWherter submitted his black-and-white photo titled “Reach” for entry into the annual statewide juried “Art of the …

Derry pre-K students primed for success

By Greg Reinbold
Derry Area School District’s efforts to prepare pre-kindergarten students for success are being lauded by state officials. Derry’s Keystones to Opportunity team last month was selected as one of two state finalists for the Literacy Innovation Award in the birth …

Trolley tours link Mister Rogers to St. Vincent campus

By Stacey Federoff
The new trolley at St. Vincent College in Unity is a bit bigger than the one that famously tooted across TV screens for 33 years …

Latrobe stadium gathering to advise on drug abuse, gun safety, other issues

By Stacey Federoff
Information is the focus of the National Night Out in Latrobe, said Beth Straka, community service officer with the Latrobe Police Department. She said she recognized the “need for the information to get out there to the public” when she …

Steelers 1st to get look at Youngstown Eagle Scout’s project

By Tribune-Review
Michael Ramaley of Youngstown, a member of Boy Scout Troop 305, literally hit the bricks to try to earn his Eagle Scout badge. Ramaley, 15, …

Latrobe man who admitted role in fatal crash allowed to continue driving

By Rich Cholodofsky
A Latrobe man who pleaded guilty on Monday to his role in a fatal crash last year will continue to drive for two months so he can complete a sentence imposed in Florida for an unrelated drug offense. Robert A. …

Generations of Steelers fans flock to practice on Unity campus

By Jason Mackey
Stan Gibson was invited to a family cookout Saturday afternoon, but he didn’t make it. Instead, the 66-year-old Monroeville resident sat in a lawn chair …

Arnold Palmer terminal closed briefly because of suspicious package

By Stacey Federoff
A suspicious package closed the terminal at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport for about an hour on Saturday and left passengers from Orlando waiting on the tarmac for about 30 minutes while officials investigated. A passenger was trying to get the …

Derry Fair queen enjoys full slate

By Greg Reinbold
Her whirlwind week as new queen of the Derry Township Agricultural Fair wrapped up on Saturday evening for Amanda Kowalczyk, 20, of Salem Township, but …

Baggaley school principal seeks volunteers to build playground

By Stacey Federoff
Baggaley Elementary School Principal Kim Hrezo invited Greater Latrobe school board members and the community to help build a primary playground for the school. Volunteers are needed for the community build Aug. 7 at the school, 4080 Route 982, for …

Landscape architect hired for Ligonier Valley Rail Road trail project

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe-Unity Parks and Recreation Commission received three proposals for the Lincoln Avenue Trail and chose landscape architect Rich Rauso of Trafford to begin working on plans for the 1.6-mile project. “He’s worked with us over the years,” said Executive Director …

Coyote decoy stolen from Latrobe park

By Stacey Federoff
Jeanne Ashley, executive director of Latrobe-Unity Parks and Recreation, thought she had a solution for geese fouling the new boat launch at Cardinal Park in Latrobe. She set up an artificial plastic coyote to stalk the shores of Loyalhanna Creek. …

Latrobe Council OKs purchasing truck

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe Council has approved a loan to purchase a new dump truck for the city. At their meeting last week, council approved the $153,355 purchase of a 2015 Mack truck. The four-year loan will carry annual payments of about $39,000 …

Latrobe’s Ci Medical Technologies transforms to medical device business

By Alex Nixon
With a new name and private equity backing, Ci Medical Technologies Inc. is eyeing acquisitions to fuel its growth and solidify its transformation from consumer …

St. Vincent gets ready for July 26 kickoff of 49th annual Steelers training camp

By Craig Smith
Rick Redeker has been marking the calendar for his annual treks to Steelers training camp at St. Vincent College for decades. “To give you an …

Fundraising for Greater Latrobe school project easy as PIE

By Stacey Federoff
With work at Greater Latrobe Junior High School underway, Jessica Golden has been busy giving tours of what the new entranceway at the building will …

Families host inner-city kids for unique vacations

By Cami Dibattista
In the past 137 years, more than 1.7 million youths have participated in the Fresh Air Fund program, spending a portion of their summers visiting families in an environment very different from their own. The nonprofit organization has been sponsoring …

Youth day camp program a hit at Latrobe’s Legion-Keener Park

By Stacey Federoff
On a Wednesday where clouds skidded across the sun over Legion-Keener Park in Latrobe, counselors for a new summer day camp pushed campers on the …

Derry Area hosts state agricultural educators’ gathering

By Greg Reinbold
Derry Area School District hosted the Pennsylvania Association of Agriculture Educators annual summer conference this month, showcasing the only high school agricultural program in Westmoreland County. “In Derry, one of our jewels in our crown is our ag program,” Derry …

St. Vincent’s $1M technology upgrade part of school’s 5-year plan

By Stacey Federoff
A $1 million technology infrastructure upgrade across the campus of St. Vincent College in Unity is a welcome change for Cameron Robinson, a 22-year-old junior …

Bookkeeper accused of stealing nearly $140K from Latrobe funeral home

By Bob Stiles
A Latrobe woman allegedly spent part of her time working at a funeral home helping herself to nearly $140,000. Stacy Jo Plummer, 46, took $137,787 from Lopatich Funeral Home in Latrobe between January 2009 and January of this year while …

Latrobe council might reconsider pharmacy owner’s request to remove tree

By Stacey Federoff
While employees are inside the Medicine Shoppe pharmacy on Ligonier Street in Latrobe, a tree outside the business has become a growing nuisance. Owner Sue …

Carnival rides, games to return to Derry Township Agricultural Fair

By Greg Reinbold
The Derry Township Agricultural Fair will feature more of a carnival atmosphere this summer with organizers enlisting a Florida company to provide rides and games at the seven-day festival, which will begin on Sunday. “We have the carnival coming back. …

Westmoreland County Airport Authority OKs repair contracts

By Paul Peirce
The Westmoreland County Airport Authority on Tuesday tentatively approved awarding three contracts, totaling about $886,000, for routine repairs at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity and  Rostraver Airport in Rostraver. The largest contract, at $740,409, will cover routine rehabilitation of …

Greater Latrobe tax hike approved

By Stacey Federoff
Greater Latrobe School District property owners will be paying more in taxes next year. The 2014-15 budget of $51.2 million was approved by school board members with a 7-0 vote on Tuesday. Directors Eric Hauser and Merle Musick were absent. …

Westmoreland towns announce road paving plans

By Stacey Federoff and Nicole Chynoweth
As summer get into full swing, communities have set their paving plans for this year. Latrobe public works director Joe Bush said he was grateful this year to have the help of a committee for the first time. Council member …