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Woman, 77, dies in Monroeville house fire

By Gideon Bradshaw
Smoke wafted from an attic window of a Monroeville home Thursday morning, a solemn reminder of the fire that killed its sole occupant hours before. Allegheny ...

Contract talks reach impasse for Monroeville, police

By Gideon Bradshaw
Monroeville officials have reached a stalemate in negotiations with police representatives during attempts to reach a new collective-bargaining agreement, as municipal officials expect a tight budget for 2016. Municipal manager Tim Little said officials have reached an impasse in negotiations with ...

Gateway likely to keep a tax increase under state limit

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway School District administrators have recommended to the school board that it not request state permission to raise real estate taxes beyond the state limit next year. Pennsylvania school districts that do not intend to raise taxes beyond the index must ...

Settlement reached between Monroeville, former manager

By Gideon Bradshaw
A former Monroeville manager will receive $45,000 in back pay in addition to retirement benefits as part of a settlement with the municipality. In exchange, Lynette Mc­Kinney, 48, of Monroeville will drop lawsuits she filed over her termination a year ...

Mayor: Residents say keep animal-control services within Monroeville

By Gideon Bradshaw
Monroeville’s mayor said he has backed off on a push for municipal officials to consider potentially cost-cutting alternatives to its in-house animal-control services. Mayor Greg Erosenko ...

Monroeville Toastmasters group helps bolster the courage to get up and speak

By Karen Zapf
Rick Zollner took a public-speaking class when he was in college. Three years ago, Zollner, 60, of Monroeville went from an operations-manager position to sales engineering at MESA Inc., a software and services provider in Crafton. “In engineering, you deal with engineers,” ...

Blue-ribbon panel could offer Monroeville advice on cost issues

By Gideon Bradshaw
Faced with a possible revenue shortfall, Monroeville’s elected officials are considering a plan to solicit advice from volunteers on how to balance the budget “On ...

Monroeville library among many looking to reinvent itself to boost revenue

By Gideon Bradshaw
Up to 110 people used to pay $5 for the privilege of getting first dibs on the used-book selection at the Monroeville library’s annual sale. This year, about 40 people showed up. “The book donations have gone down from two or ...

Gateway school board advised not to ask for OK to raise taxes above limit

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway School District administrators have recommended to the school board that it not request state permission to raise real estate taxes beyond the state limit next year. Pennsylvania school districts that do not intend to raise taxes beyond the index must ...

2 Gateway robotics teams prepare for state championships

By Tom Mcgee
Gateway High School will be well represented in a state robotics competition next month. Two robotics teams from Gateway High School, Team 9656A and Team 9656B, ...

Pitcairn woman charged with child endangerment related to squalid apartment

By Gideon Bradshaw  and Karen Zapf
A unit in the Center Avenue apartment building where a man’s body was found last week remained vacated as Pitcairn officials awaited clearance to have ...

Monroeville council rejects billboards near I-376

By Tom Mcgee  and Kelsey Shea
Monroeville council members voted against the installation of five billboards near Interstate 376 that some residents said would have distracted drivers. Interstate Outdoor Advertising of Cherry Hill, N.J., and Right Angle Media of Bucks County applied for conditional-use approval to ...

Monroeville billboard controversy gains ground

By Tom Mcgee
Monroeville officials have 45 days to decide whether five billboards near parts of Interstate 376 will be permitted. Interstate Outdoor Advertising of Cherry Hill, NJ …

22 homes slated for demolition in Pitcairn

By Gideon Bradshaw
Demolition is to begin soon on 22 properties in Pitcairn, which is the borough’s largest effort to raze rundown structures. “This is by far the ...

Pitcairn woman charged with child endangerment related to squalid apartment

By Gideon Bradshaw
A Pitcairn woman who lived with her brother and 2-year-old child in an apartment so squalid a hazmat crew had to be called in will ...

Monroeville sewage rates going up

By Gideon Bradshaw
Sewage rates in Monroeville are increasing this year to keep pace with the rising cost of using county infrastructure for local services. The new rate will mean a monthly water and sewage bill of $131.29 this year for an average household ...

Child removed from squalid apartment in Pitcairn where body found

By Gideon Bradshaw
A man’s death of natural causes in his Pitcairn apartment containing urine, feces, trash and old food prompted authorities to put a child living there ...

Water main breaks in Monroeville

By Tribune-Review
Crews reopened Route 22 in Monroeville to eastbound traffic late Saturday afternoon after a major waterline break near Alpine Village Drive, a police dispatcher said. An eastbound turning lane for Route 286 will remained closed until at least Monday. The …

Suspect in Monroeville Mall heists has sex assault record

By Gideon Bradshaw
A Penn Hills man was awaiting formal sentencing on sexual assault charges in Westmoreland County when police say he robbed two stores in Monroeville Mall ...

Man arrested in pair of Monroeville Mall robberies

By Bill Vidonic
A man arrested for allegedly robbing two Monroeville Mall stores Thursday may be involved in other area robberies, Monroeville police Chief Doug Cole said. Demetryaiss Holyfield, 21, went into the mall about 11:30 a.m. Thursday and handed a note to employees ...

Monroeville charities find events successful during holidays, when people are generous

By Gideon Bradshaw 9:29 p.m.
The 45-degree angles of the arms and lighted candle atop the 5-foot-tall menorah added touches of tradition on the ultramodern menorah that graced the party ...

Police nab suspect in Monroeville mall robbery but don’t know who he is

By Gideon Bradshaw 9:22 p.m.
Two armed robbers targeted malls in Monroeville and the South Hills within a 24-hour period this week. Monroeville police arrested a man in connection with a ...

Senior fitness trend pays off for Monroeville community centers

By Gideon Bradshaw 9:00 p.m.
Flush from back-to-back workouts, Monroeville resident Kathy Pupich compared notes with friends last week on different fitness instructors. “We don’t miss (classes). We’re here all the ...

Monroeville Mall upgrades security, police call brawl ‘isolated incident’

By Gideon Bradshaw
More police officers will patrol Monroeville Mall on Friday and Saturday as a result of chaotic brawls that forced stores to close early the day ...

Malls tracking social media for posts about fights, protests or threats

By Chris Fleisher
Mall owners are turning to social media to get in front of trouble before it starts, reasoning that if Twitter can be used to start ...

Chinese medical staff absorb UPMC’s ‘people-oriented care’

By Tory N. Parrish
Chinese doctors, nurses and administrators visiting UPMC East in Monroeville are learning the importance of people skills, an official with the Xiangya Hospital said this ...

Mayor: Mall brawl gives Monroeville a black eye

By Megha Satyanarayana  and Bill Vidonic
Waves of teenagers rushed from one fight to another. Store managers closed their doors to shield employees and scared shoppers. Monroeville police asked for help ...

Brawls erupt at Monroeville Mall

By Michael Hasch
Police from several communities were called when a half-dozen fights erupted in the Monroeville Mall on Friday afternoon and evening after an estimated 1,000 juveniles and young adults responded to social media calls to come to the mall, the police …

Monroeville Planning Commission won’t back billboard request

By Gideon Bradshaw
A request for Monroeville to amend the zoning ordinance to allow bigger and brighter billboards near some portions of Interstate 376 will go before council ...

Technology initiative enables Pitcairn youth to receive free 3D-printing lessons

By Kyle Lawson
With a few 3D printers and a desire to better his community, Aaron Petrosky has brought innovative job training to Pitcairn. Every Friday afternoon, Petrosky opens ...

Pitcairn passes tax hike, increases cable fees

By Gideon Bradshaw
Pitcairn Council last week increased property taxes as well as fees for the borough-owned cable and internet service for 2015. Council members adopted the changes on Dec. 18 while also approving the $3.9 million budget for next year. The property-tax rate ...

Monroeville Council elects to short retiree-benefits fund

By Gideon Bradshaw
Monroeville Council amended the 2014 budget last week, withholding money from a fund the municipality uses to pay for retired employees’ health benefits. Members met during a special meeting on Friday and voted 5-0 to amend this year’s budget and cancel ...

Suspect in Plum, Monroeville grocery robberies arrested in Mississippi

By Chuck Biedka
A former Bell Township man suspected of robbing grocery stores in Plum and Monroeville on Saturday was arrested early Tuesday after he was found sleeping ...

Moss Side Middle School gym class waltzes into tips on able manners

By Gideon Bradshaw
Ballroom dancing is not usually among the things that come to mind when we look back at sixth-grade gym class. But about 250 students at Moss ...

Hindu temple files lawsuit against Monroeville for right to expand

By Gideon Bradshaw
Leaders for a Hindu temple are asking a judge to overturn a decision by Monroeville Council that blocked efforts to expand the building along Abers Creek Road. An appeal filed Thursday in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court on behalf of Sri ...

Twins keep trains on track at Western Pa. malls

By Patrick Varine
You know a guy is into trains when his grandson calls him “Choo Choo Pap.” Though they know he loves trains, Tom Marucci’s grandchildren might not ...

Monroeville payment to OPEB fund could be withheld

By Gideon Bradshaw
Monroeville leaders will meet on Friday to weigh whether to withhold payment to an employee benefits fund to cover day-to-day expenses, as officials anticipate reduced cash flow in coming months. Manager Tim Little is asking council to amend this year’s budget ...

Monroeville man charged with bad-check racket

By Tom Yerace
A man, who used bad checks to buy custom truck wheels and tires, then tried to sell them on Craigslist, was arrested Monday. Frazer police Chief Terry Kuhns said Richard Joseph Hibbard, 29, of Monroeville, was arrested around 7:30 p.m. ...

Monroeville Bricks R Us drug kingpin pleads guilty

By Brian Bowling
A Northampton County man on Wednesday admitted to helping supply the Bricks R Us drug ring that openly sold heroin in Monroeville’s business district. Keith Eutsey, ...