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2 firefighters injured battling Munhall blaze

By Eric Slagle
Two firefighters were injured in a ladder accident while battling a house fire at the corner of Marion Street and West Oliver Road in Munhall ...

Overnight snow delaying schools in Western Pa.

By The Associated Press
Overnight snows were delaying classes at more than 200 western Pennsylvania schools, though major arteries were mostly clear and morning commuters were seeing few delays. Trib news partner WPXI keeps a comprehensive list of school delays and closings on its …

Overall Mon-Yough homicide stats remain steady

By Michael Divittorio
The October house fire in McKeesport that killed six people led to an increase in the city’s homicide rate — from seven to 10 — ...

Psychiatrist: Man accused of setting Homestead fire not competent to stand trial

By Adam Brandolph
A man accused of starting a fire that destroyed three apartment buildings and nearby businesses in the heart of Homestead’s commercial district is not competent ...

Former Century III Mall general manager waives charges

By Patrick Cloonan
The former general manager of Century III Mall waived a preliminary hearing on charges that he took $51,100 from mall accounts to cover gambling debts. John ...

St. Agnes students assist food bank during Catholic Schools Week

By Eric Slagle
For students at St. Agnes School in West Mifflin, National Catholic Schools Week provides a good opportunity to get into the community and put into ...

West Mifflin thrift store sells winning lottery ticket

By Patrick Cloonan
A thrift store in West Mifflin’s Duquesne Annex neighborhood is the latest Mon-Yough venue to sell a winning lottery ticket. “We’re all in suspense,” American Thrift Center manager Carol Kifer of Glassport said after getting word that a winning Cash 5 ...

Twin Rivers Intermediate students get hands-on science lessons

By Michael Divittorio
McKeesport Area School District’s Twin Rivers Intermediate students learned about animals, snow and space travel Thursday. It was the fifth installment of the school’s monthly Science ...

Clairton City School District directors cap possible 2015-16 tax hike at 3 percent

By Eric Slagle
Clairton City school board voted this week to limit any tax increases that may be necessary for the 2015-16 budget to the 3 percent index set by the state Department of Education. All school districts must take a similar vote before ...

Steel Valley school directors honor new San Francisco 49ers head coach Tomsula

By Michael Divittorio
New San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula is now a Friend of Steel Valley. Steel Valley school directors voted 8-0 Thursday to bestow that title on Tomsula, a Homestead area native who graduated from Steel Valley in 1985. School director Beth ...

3 arrested in recent McKeesport business burglaries

By Eric Slagle
McKeesport police made three arrests last week in connection with two business burglaries. The first incident occurred at Zoscak’s Market. Anthony Payne-Stinson, 18, of McKeesport was arrested Friday afternoon on charges that he broke into the market and stole items earlier that ...

Constables accused of unprofessional conduct held for court

By Michael Hasch
Two constables were held for court Wednesday on charges after they were accused of handcuffing a Munhall woman over a $104 unpaid parking ticket and dragging her by the feet out of her house while her daughter and grandson watched. Michael ...

Nonprofit helps police keep wanderers safe in Mon-Yough area

By Michael Divittorio
Elizabeth officials received a special thank-you from one of the borough’s younger residents at a council meeting Tuesday. “Thank you for my GPS to keep me safe,” 7-year-old Keegan Coglay told borough leaders as he gave them handmade cards. Keegan has autism ...

McKeesport Area communications specialist develops mobile app

By Michael Divittorio
A new mobile app is designed to give McKeesport Area School District parents and staff information at their fingertips. It was presented to school directors and other district residents at a board meeting Wednesday. The free app is available for download at ...

Propel teams up with local organizations to test performing arts methods

By Eric Slagle
As pratfalls go, the one Propel McKeesport student Micah Turner did in class Wednesday was impressive. The fifth-grader was acting out the experience of slipping on ...

Mon-Yough agencies providing services for the homeless to benefit from HUD funds

By Patrick Cloonan
Housing and service programs for the Mon-Yough area’s homeless are getting slices of $1.81 billion in funds awarded this week by the U.S. Department of ...

Negotiator hopeful in East Allegheny teacher talks

By Patrick Cloonan
East Allegheny School District’s chief negotiator is hoping the teachers contract arbitration process begun Tuesday night will be concluded by the end of the school year. “Both parties presented their information and the district remains hopeful that a solution acceptable to ...

Duquesne City School District receiver accepts $1.335M interest-free loan

By Patrick Cloonan
Duquesne City School District’s court-appointed receiver approved the distribution of nearly $2 million in surplus funds to various needs including pensions, while accepting a state loan for another $1.335 million. “Acting as the board of school directors,” as stated in a ...

Lebanon Road businesses feel pinch from another road project

By Patrick Cloonan
For the second year in a row, businesses along Lebanon Road are feeling the effects of a major highway construction project. “Last year we felt the ...

Attempted homicide charge dropped, others remain in Glassport stabbing

By Patrick Cloonan
An attempted homicide charge has been withdrawn by an Allegheny County prosecutor against a McKeesport man in the New Year’s Day stabbing of his girlfriend’s stepfather. Wayne E. Cardiff, 23, waived a hearing Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge Armand Martin on ...

Sides meet for arbitration in East Allegheny teacher contract dispute

By Patrick Cloonan
For five hours Tuesday, East Allegheny teachers and school administrators made their cases for “last best offers” to resolve a prolonged contract dispute. “There was a neutral arbitrator and we each presented our side,” East Allegheny Education Association president Cheryl Ihnat ...

Elizabeth keeps millage rate flat, but council considers 2016 fire tax

By Michael Divittorio
Elizabeth property owners will not have to pay more in real estate taxes this year. Council voted 4-0 to adopt its tax levy ordinance Tuesday. Councilman Paul Shaner and Councilwoman Robin Payne-Main were absent. Councilwoman Devie Rollison was in attendance, but left ...

Receiver cites progress in touting improved Duquesne City School District

By Patrick Cloonan
Duquesne City School District wants parents of youngsters living in Duquesne but attending other schools to consider Duquesne Education Center instead. “We had a modest but ...

Snow causes collisions, delays in Mon-Yough area

By Patrick Cloonan
Snow that came in waves from Sunday afternoon through Monday night scrambled plans throughout the Mon-Yough area. Slick roads prompted at least one serious Monday morning ...

1 suspect arrested in deadly McKeesport shooting; 2nd still at large

By Eric Slagle
Authorities on Monday arrested one of two suspects wanted in connection with a deadly shooting in McKeesport last week. A U.S. Marshals Service task force arrested ...

Munhall council president charged in crash that injured woman

By Michael Divittorio
Munhall council president Dan Lloyd was charged Monday with multiple counts related to a Friday crash in the borough. Lloyd, 56, is charged with an accident ...

Liberty public servant Owens remembered as problem solver

By Eric Slagle
Liberty residents are mourning the loss of longtime public servant Stewart Owens, 89, who died Saturday of heart problems. Owens held a number of positions in ...

Some normalcy returns to Homestead business district devastated by fire

By Eric Slagle
Homestead officials said normalcy has returned to the business district following a devastating fire last Friday that destroyed two commercial buildings and damaged three others, ...

Dravosburg fire chief suggests establishing emergency business database

By Michael Divittorio
Dravosburg fire Chief Wayne Cosgrove wants to develop a database of borough businesses and their owners so firefighters can better respond to emergencies. He presented the idea to borough officials at a council meeting Tuesday. “It would help out not only us, ...

Lincoln roadway reopens ahead of schedule

By Eric Slagle
Drivers who got into the habit of taking alternate routes last spring when West Smithfield Street in Lincoln closed for the repair of a landslide ...

Legislators receive committee assignments

By Patrick Cloonan
State Rep. George Dunbar, R-Penn Township, hopes he can put his experience as a certified public accountant to good use on the House Appropriations Committee. The 56th District assemblyman is one of 22 Republicans joining 15 Democrats on the ...

Man to stand trial in death of estranged wife in Duquesne

By Adam Brandolph
Allegheny County Deputy Fire Marshal George E. Stouffer used a piece of wood to scrape charred debris from Maureen Karr’s body hours after a fire ...

Man arrested in massive Homestead fire

By Megan Guza  and Bobby Kerlik
A man who told investigators that he was hearing voices is accused of starting a seven-alarm fire that tore through Homestead’s struggling historic district early ...

Homestead business owner recalls similar fire 26 years ago

By Eric Slagle
As Bill Caton watched fire crews from 22 stations around the Mon Valley and beyond battle a major fire in Homestead on Friday, the experience ...

Local Catholic Schools Week celebrations include fun activities, community service

By Michael Divittorio
National Catholic Schools Week kicks off Sunday. The theme for this year’s celebration of Catholic education in the United States is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Daily themes include “In Our Parish” on Sunday, “In Our Community” on Monday, ...

Use of police body cameras increases; Whitaker explores purchase

By Michael Divittorio
Police officers wearing body cameras is a growing trend in Allegheny County and throughout the nation. Pittsburgh police began wearing Taser International’s Axon Flex personal video ...

LifeSpan opens fitness center in McKeesport

By Carol Waterloo Frazier
As people age, one of the most important things they can do is remain active. A variety of options to do so are offered at LifeSpan’s ...

West Mifflin Area sues Martell over continuing education credit costs

By Eric Slagle
West Mifflin Area School District is suing a former administrator to recover costs related to continuing education benefits. The district filed suit Tuesday against Phil Martell to recover $5,924.70 related to professional training he received while serving as assistant business manager ...

Groups to offer help with health insurance sign-ups in Mon Valley

By Patrick Cloonan
With less than four weeks before the final deadline for health insurance enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, two organizations are spearheading sign-up efforts in the Mon Valley. The labor-affiliated Working America has events Saturday in McKeesport and Jan. 31 in ...