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Latrobe ear-biting suspect loses bid for reduced bail

By Renatta Signorini
A request to reduce bail for a Latrobe man jailed on charges of biting off another man’s ear was denied by a judge Tuesday. Wesley David Kimmick, 23, has been held in the Westmoreland County Prison since February on $15,000 bond ...

Request for documents delays Speedway hearing in Unity

By Joe Napsha
About 25 people who packed the Unity meeting room Tuesday will have to wait six more weeks for a hearing on Speedway LLC’s appeal of the township’s rejection of its application to build a convenience store and gas station on ...

Westmoreland County tourism grants promote banana splits, breweries, trolley, railroad

By Nicole Chynoweth  and Stacey Federoff
The banana split celebration will get a boost in luring visitors to the Latrobe area, along with local breweries, St. Vincent College’s training camp trolley ...

Unity couple battles snow, cold, hunger on Alaska’s Iditarod trail

By Stacey Federoff
Despite possibly losing the top of her thumb to frostbite, Loreen Hewitt enjoyed her trip to Alaska last month to compete in the Iditarod Trail ...

Greater Latrobe schools to save $288K with bond refinancing

By Stacey Federoff
Greater Latrobe school board approved the refinancing of a $10 million bond, a subject of discussion since December. A lower interest rate is expected to save the district $288,000, down from just over 5 percent to about 0.56 percent, said financial ...

Latrobe weighs hike in roll-off container rates

By Tribune-Review
Latrobe council may consider an increase in rates for roll-off container rentals from the city’s transfer station. During a meeting Monday, city manager Wayne Jones said rising rates at the landfills in Scottdale and Penn Township, where the city disposes of ...

Unity man’s bar pays homage to Latrobe’s Rolling Rock

By Stacey Federoff
From the street, the home in Lloydsville looks like any other ranch-style house in the Unity village. Even from the outside, there are only a ...

Greater Latrobe board tweaks school calendar

By Stacey Federoff
Greater Latrobe school directors approved changes to the district calendar to make up for three snow days, adding a teacher in-service day discouraged by the teachers union. April 2, which was a holiday for teachers and students, is now an Act ...

Suspected drug dealers arrested by Westmoreland County task force

By Jacob Tierney
Five suspected drug dealers were arrested and a warrant issued for a sixth person Friday morning, the result of a six-month investigation by the Westmoreland County Drug Task Force. Latrobe Police Detective John Sleasman said members of the task force — ...

Orthodox Christians assemble kolaci in Latrobe

By Stacey Federoff
Every Tuesday and Saturday during Lent, the small fellowship hall at St. Stephen the Protomartyr Orthodox Church in Latrobe is a flurry of activity. With the ...

All things Mister Rogers celebrated this week at St. Vincent College

By Greg Reinbold
St. Vincent College is holding a week of activities to mark the 87th anniversary of Fred Rogers’ birthday. The college’s first Fred Fest celebration is sponsored by the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, the St. Vincent College ...

Latrobe Art Center fundraiser Taste of the Neighborhood to showcase local eateries, breweries

By Stacey Federoff
Small bites will be served at a fundraiser for the Latrobe Art Center, but organizers hope those nibbles lead to a big catch for the center. Director Gabi Nastuck said all proceeds from Taste of the Neighborhood, showcasing six local eateries ...

Latrobe authority raises water rates, fee

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe Municipal Authority customers will pay an average of $4 more per month on their bills as of June 1, because the authority board approved increases to water rates and a water-line replacement fee. Board members approved the increases at ...

Latrobe man charged with holding woman in captivity, assaulting her with hammer, bleach

By Renatta Signorini
A Latrobe man allegedly held a woman captive for days, repeatedly beat her with a hammer and poured bleach into her eyes, according to police. The ...

Missing woman’s body found in Cook Township

By Joe Napsha  and Mary Pickels
A St. Vincent College adjunct chemistry professor whose body was found Sunday morning in a wooded area off Route 711 south of Ligonier was remembered ...

Latrobe cleaning woman allegedly steals, sells $193K in jewelry

By Stacey Federoff
A Latrobe woman working as a housekeeper for a Unity family also cleaned out the jewelry box, stealing nearly $200,000 worth from the client’s collection, state police said. Deborah Decker, 47, of Ligonier Street is charged with selling a number of ...

Former Unity day care operator withdraws guilty plea, will stand trial

By Rich Cholodofsky
A former children’s day care operator accused of allowing her husband, a convicted child molester, to have contact with children at her facility will stand trial next month. On Thursday, Lisa Knecht, 54, of Unity, withdrew a guilty plea she entered ...

Purchase of van to transport small groups of students to cut Greater Latrobe rental fees

By Stacey Federoff
The Greater Latrobe School Board this week approved the purchase of a 10-passenger van to ferry students, with the hope of saving on rental fees in the long term. Athletic Director Mark Mears said the district rents vans when small ...

Arnold Palmer Airport to cede parcels of land to state to allow expansion of Route 981

By Stacey Federoff
As part of a $10 million expansion of Route 981 near Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity, airport officials on Tuesday agreed to give the state slivers of property totaling 4 acres. The Westmoreland County Airport Authority approved the proposal for ...

New Derry plans upcoming bicentennial celebration

By Greg Reinbold
The village of New Derry will reach a major milestone this year, and area residents want to make sure its bicentennial doesn’t go unnoticed. A group of New Derry residents and people who grew up in the village have come together ...

Adams Memorial Library in Latrobe lands 3-D printer

By Stacey Federoff
A table displaying brightly colored plastic trinkets was set up to entice the imaginations of visitors to Adams Memorial Library, expanding ideas for what the ...

Latrobe’s Oxford House — home for addicts — is gone

By Stacey Federoff
After serving as a home for recovering addicts in Latrobe for a little more than a year, a five-bedroom house on the 700 block of ...

Latrobe wants to start DUI task force

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe council on Monday authorized the city manager to take the first steps in applying to establish a DUI task force for central Westmoreland County. Council intends to work with a Harrisburg-based nonprofit, the Pennsylvania DUI Association, to apply for funding ...

St. Vincent student sues Sheetz over scalding from cappuccino

By Rich Cholodofsky
St. Vincent College student Katrina Soohey said she walked into the Latrobe Sheetz nearly two years ago with her wallet in hand as she shopped for supplies for the day. Soohey of Latrobe said she first went to the cappuccino machine ...

Spirit Airlines puts Chicago on its flight path

By Joe Napsha
Daily nonstop Spirit Airlines flights beginning May 7 from Arnold Palmer Regional Airport to Chicago are being touted by county and airport officials as a boost to the region’s economy. “This is all about economic development,” said Westmoreland County Commissioner Charles ...

Loyalhanna Agility Club teaches dogs new tricks

By Stacey Federoff
Yips and barks echo through B&D Creekside Activity Center in Latrobe as Diana Serlo and Kris Bucheit work with dogs and their owners on obedience ...

Unity girl stands out as handler at dog agility trials

By Stacey Federoff
After coaching her Shetland sheepdog through an obstacle course at a recent competition, Lily Kurek, 11, of Unity drew a standing ovation. The sixth-grade honor student ...

Derry FFA auction welcomes donated items

By Greg Reinbold
The Derry Area High School FFA will host its sixth annual benefit auction March 12, and FFA adviser Roy Campbell said the group is still accepting donated items. FFA members and alumni have secured donations from many area businesses, including gift ...

Shorthanded Latrobe police expect to add officer

By Stacey Federoff
Down three officers, the Latrobe Police Department anticipates will add a member soon. Chief Jim Bumar announced at city council’s meeting last week that Jason Myers of Derry Township has been granted a conditional offer of employment as a police ...

Event gets new formal name: Shop ’n Save Westmoreland County Airshow, presented by Xcoal Energy & Resources in Latrobe

By Tribune-Review
The Westmoreland County Airshow at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport featuring the Navy Blue Angels will sport a new name and a sponsor this year as tickets go on sale April 25. Patrons will have to pony up a little more to ...

Latrobe woman charged with open lewdness

By Tribune-Review
A Latrobe woman is charged with open lewdness after she allegedly showed her breasts to a girl at The Salvation Army. Pamela Irene Gigliotti, 51, was at a prayer session in January at The Salvation Army in Latrobe with another woman ...

Unity couple to tackle Iditarod winter marathon

By Stacey Federoff
When Tim and Loreen Hewitt begin their 1,000-mile trek Sunday across Alaska, she will be making her sixth trip on foot while he will be ...

Deck of Lloyd Avenue bridge in Latrobe to be replaced in 2017

By Tribune-Review
The deck of the Lloyd Avenue Bridge carrying Route 981 over Loyalhanna Creek will be replaced in 2017, PennDOT has announced. At one point, officials thought the entire bridge might have to be replaced, but it was later determined that only ...

Latrobe police to form DUI task force

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe’s police department wants to work with a Harrisburg-based nonprofit to form a DUI task force in the central part of Westmoreland County. Cathy Tress of the Pennsylvania DUI Association addressed City Council on Monday night with police Chief Jim Bumar ...

Unity lawyer to vie for Westmoreland County judgeship

By Rich Cholodofsky
Unity lawyer Jim Silvis said Monday his experience working in nearly all facets of law has prepared him to be a county judge. Silvis, 39, ...

Inquest: Police bullet killed man in 2013 standoff in Latrobe

By Rich Cholodofsky
Bullets started to fly moments after six members of the state police Special Emergency Response Team broke through a second-floor bathroom door to end a ...

Woman, animals escape Unity duplex fire

By Mary Pickels
A female tenant and several animals were able to escape a second-floor fire in a Unity residence Thursday afternoon. The fire, reported at 12:38 p.m. at ...

Unity considers $26K software upgrade

By Stacey Federoff
Unity Township Municipal Authority is considering an update to its billing software — to a system that will enable its 7,000 customers to manage their bills online in real time. Manager Doug Pike said the program, called Muni-Link, will cost ...

Westmoreland County Community College Latrobe campus move delayed

By Stacey Federoff
Westmoreland County Community College officials are waiting for the weather to break to relocate to the Latrobe Education  Center. WCCC President Tuesday Stanley said cold temperatures have contributed to delays in the $10 million building at Jefferson and Depot streets, originally ...