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Westmoreland used car dealers indicted in fraud

By Paul Peirce
A Belle Vernon man and a Greensburg woman who operated a string of used-car dealerships in Greensburg, Latrobe and McKeesport were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh for under-reporting revenues by more than $2.7 million over four ...

Brutal winter hits Latrobe water system pipes, budget

By Tribune-Review
Latrobe Municipal Authority board members lamented the effects of a brutal winter on the system’s pipes and the authority’s budget. Manager Tom Gray said the department had a $13,000 shortfall in the last quarter of the fiscal year, from Jan. 1 ...

Unity municipal authority to impose 5 percent late fee

By Tribune-Review
Once the Unity Township Municipal Authority issues bills using a new system later this year, customers will be responsible for a 5 percent late fee if they don’t pay on time. Authority members passed a resolution that would include interest on ...

Democrats pick Forish, Horwat, Murtha for Latrobe Borough Council

By Tribune-Review
Latrobe Borough Council candidate Fabian Giovannagelo, a Democrat, missed getting a nomination for a council seat by 53 votes and won’t be on the ballot in the general election. Giovannagelo was one of four Democrats seeking three seats on council. With 1,331 ...

Service dog inspires author, a disabled Army veteran

By Chloe Wertz
Made famous by his handler’s best-selling stories, the golden retriever named Tuesday stole the show in Latrobe during a recent book discussion. Eight-year-old Tuesday is the ...

Historic violin in attic reawakens in St. Vincent College display

By Stacey Federoff
After possibly 100 years of silence, a violin sprang back to life as Matthew McCarthy pulled his bow across the strings at St. Vincent College ...

Loyalhanna Creek invites canoes, kayaks for sojourn

By Greg Reinbold
The second annual Loyalhanna Sojourn canoe and kayak voyage down Loyalhanna Creek is set for May 30, and organizers are hoping the creek cooperates this time around. Last year, the inaugural sojourn was limited to dry land activities due to dangerous ...

Lifelong passion fuels Civil War author, Derry resident Young

By Greg Reinbold
Childhood Christmas gifts spurred Derry resident Alfred Young to a lifetime interest in Civil War history. Curiosity over the lack of information about Confederate Army ...

New Florence man charged with assault of trooper in Fairfield Twp.

By Tribune-Review
A New Florence man was charged with assaulting a state police officer while being arrested Friday near Laurel Valley Elementary School in Fairfield Township. Kevin Lee Edinger, 39, was charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and giving a false ...

Overheated transformer sends smoke into Latrobe emergency room

By Tribune-Review
An overheated transformer on the roof of Excela Latrobe Hospital sent smoke into the emergency department Friday morning and led to the temporary redirection of incoming patients, a spokeswoman said. No injuries were reported, and no patient or staff evacuations were ...

Latrobe woman who provided guns used in fatal standoff gets up to 5 years in prison

By Renatta Signorini
Wiping her tears with a tissue, Julian Faye Upholster apologized in court Friday for providing her boyfriend with two weapons used in a 2013 robbery and 17-hour standoff that left him dead and a state trooper blind in one eye. “I’m ...

Heavy trucks still a worry in Speedway plan for Unity

By Stacey Federoff
Heavy-truck traffic that could make up about 12 percent of trips to a proposed Speedway gas station near the Inn at Mt. View remains a major concern among residents and township officials. During a conditional use hearing Thursday, engineers addressed details ...

Unity fight over gas station goes on

By Stacey Federoff
Unity supervisors will consider the use of a now-vacant lot near the Inn at Mt. View as a Speedway gas station, but a decision on the plan by the township’s zoning board also is pending. Supervisors will hold a hearing for ...

Airport traffic control in place for air show at Unity airport

By Stacey Federoff
A month before thousands of people crowd Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity to see Navy Blue Angels jets swoop overhead, officials planning the Westmoreland Air Show announced that the Pennsylvania State Police will help guide traffic at the two-day ...

Starbucks to join tenants in Unity Village Shoppes

By Stacey Federoff
A Starbucks is planned for one of two new buildings at Unity Village Shoppes, recommended for approval by the township planning commission. Ray Keil and Dara Hewat, representing Maryland-based developer Black Oak Associates, presented a plan to commission members at their ...

Ligonier, Latrobe, Keystone State Park farmers markets return

By Stacey Federoff
Jim Mikula, farmers market manager for Latrobe and Keystone State Park, likes to get out among the greens, tomatoes and garlic this time each year. “I’m always excited to see the people I haven’t seen for six to eight months — ...

Latrobe to decrease maximum time on parking meters in downtown

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe City Council approved drafting a revised parking ordinance to increase maximum time on parking meters in the downtown business district. Council on Monday approved the measure to allow solicitor Jim Kelley to draft a revised ordinance and have the city ...

Firefighters struggle to fill ranks with teenagers

By Stacey Federoff
The Latrobe fire department and the eight departments serving Unity count only 16 members as junior firefighters between the ages of 14 and 17. Officials have discussed for years how to get more young people involved, Crabtree fire Chief Bill ...

Disabled adults, their caregivers dine, dance for free at charity’s prom

By Chloe Wertz
They are not famous movie stars, but more than 100 volunteers joined to make sure attendees of “A Very Special Prom” received the red carpet ...

Latrobe City Council eyes time on parking meters

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe City Council plans to review parking meters near the businesses on Main, Ligonier and Jefferson streets to keep them consistent with ordinances. Meters with a two-hour maximum could be reduced to a 30-minute maximum, as 15- to 30-minute maximum meters ...

Latrobe man held for trial in beating of woman

By Paul Peirce
A Latrobe woman swiveled on the witness stand Monday to show the spot where her former boyfriend allegedly yanked her long, blonde locks from her ...

Unity to consider more restrictions on fast-food restaurants

By Stacey Federoff
Unity supervisors added zoning restrictions for fast-food and takeout restaurants to a proposal they will consider next month. At a meeting Tuesday, solicitor Gary Falatovich said those types of businesses cause the same amount of traffic as gas stations, which were ...

Latrobe police: Man kicked, spit on officers

By Tribune-Review
A Latrobe man who kicked officers and spit on them during an incident Sunday outside a Route 982 home has been arrested, police said. Robert Brian Ulatsky, 29, has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest and other ...

Video offers positive view of Latrobe police conduct

By Stacey Federoff
In a recent video, Latrobe’s police chief and officers describe the work they do in uniform, then appear in street clothes to describe their lives as community members. “We are people before we are police,” said Officer Michelle Preston in the ...

Youth and Family Day invites kids to explore outdoors at Keystone State Park

By Greg Reinbold
As warmer weather reaches the region, outdoor recreational opportunities abound. On Sunday, Friends of Keystone State Park and co-sponsors will host the sixth annual Youth and Family Day at the park to show off the many outdoor activities. “This event was ...

Latrobe police: Man kicked, spit on officers

By Tribune-Review
A Latrobe man who kicked officers and spit on them during an incident Sunday outside a Route 982 home has been arrested, police said. Robert Brian Ulatsky, 29, has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest and other ...

4 Democrats seek 3 nods for Latrobe council

By Stacey Federoff
Four Democrats are vying for a chance to run for three open seats on Latrobe City Council. Robert “Stuffy” Forish, Thomas Horwat, John “Jack” Murtha and ...

Palmer airport eyes $2M state grant to improve terminal access

By Stacey Federoff
A $2 million state grant could boost improvements to Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity by improving access to the soon-to-be expanded terminal building. Airport authority members approved a request for the grant last week from the state Department of Community ...

Unity man collects bits of Westmoreland County history

By Jacob Tierney
Tim Welty has a keen eye for the old and the unusual — even a discarded brick can grab his attention. “I saw it in the ...

Derry plan would bypass failing bridge

By Greg Reinbold
Derry Borough Council took an early step in addressing the deteriorating bridge carrying North Ligonier Street over McGee Run. Council last week voted to direct borough engineers Gibson-Thomas Engineering Co. Inc. to apply to PennDOT for a highway occupancy permit, allowing ...

Greater Latrobe, Derry Area high school students offer ideas for economic growth

By Stacey Federoff
If a connecting corridor between the Pennsylvania Turnpike at New Stanton and Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity ever comes to fruition, students from Greater ...

Alcoholic beverage sales canceled for summer concerts in Latrobe’s Keener Park

By Stacey Federoff
Any hopes of sipping on suds while listening to bands this summer in Latrobe’s Legion Keener Park have been dashed by a city ordinance and nixed by the Latrobe Foundation. Latrobe-GLSD Parks and Recreation Director Jeanne Ashley said at last week’s ...

Latrobe pharmacy will offer overdose antidote

By Renatta Signorini
A Latrobe pharmacy is the first in Westmoreland County to offer a drug that can counter the lethal effects of an overdose of heroin, painkillers or other opioids to anyone who walks in the door. Being able to get naloxone without ...

Deputies nixed by county commissioners for Westmoreland Air Show

By Stacey Federoff  and Rich Cholodofsky
Long-simmering tensions between Westmoreland County commissioners and Sheriff Jonathan Held spilled over to the Westmoreland Air Show this week when officials were served notice the sheriff’s office will no longer provide security at the popular summer event. Commissioners, citing cost concerns ...

Seniors assured of continued access to Arnold Palmer Cancer Pavilion in Westmoreland County

By Debra Erdley
UPMC and Excela Health said UPMC’s plan to eliminate network access to Medicare Advantage patients will have no impact on seniors seeking cancer care at ...

Latrobe Historical Society marks 70th anniversary of end of World War II

By Stacey Federoff
During World War II in Latrobe, residents lined up for parades to wish recruits well on their way to the train station, used their ration ...

Temple professor portrays Civil War general at Latrobe library

By Stacey Federoff
One of Pennsylvania’s most courageous Civil War generals was not present during the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Army at Appomattox ...

Derry Area event to display student work, explore opportunities

By Greg Reinbold
Derry Area High School will host its second annual Future Fair to showcase students’ work and give students, parents and community members a chance to check out opportunities available to students after graduation. The inaugural Future Fair attracted more than 500 ...

Latrobe officials, nonprofit work on business plan for refuse transfer station

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe city officials are working with a local nonprofit organization to prepare a business plan for the city’s refuse transfer station. Council members and public works director Joe Bush recently met with officials from Westmoreland SCORE, a nationwide nonprofit organization that ...