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U.S. Marshals task force arrests homicide suspect in Monroeville

By Gideon Bradshaw 4:30 p.m.
Officers from a federal task force arrested a man wanted for a May 16 homicide Thursday in Monroeville. Trenton Knight, 26, is charged with homicide and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. The charges stem from the killing of ...

Area volunteer firemen to undergo background checks

By Patrick Varine  and Gideon Bradshaw 4:46 p.m.
Parent volunteers at school have to do it. Boy Scout troop leaders have to do it. And once July 1 rolls around, Pennsylvania’s volunteer firefighters will have to obtain at least two criminal-background clearances and possibly three. More than 20 pieces of ...

Gateway may lay off 8 teachers

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway School District administrators have recommended furloughing eight teachers under the proposed budget for the next academic year. The $71.7 million proposed budget includes $68.8 million in revenue, and would draw $2.9 million from the district’s reserves to balance the budget ...

Monroeville zoning board decision may hinge on definition of ‘family’

By Gideon Bradshaw
A lawyer for a Monroeville couple is asking zoning officials to consider that a group of engineers visiting the country for training qualifies as a family under local zoning rules. Under Monroeville ordinance, up to five people who aren’t related by ...

Monroeville cyclist takes part in annual trek to raise money for MS

By Gideon Bradshaw
The first time Alan Iszauk took the more than 100-mile bike ride through the western Pennsylvania countryside, the reason didn’t make a difference. “My first time, ...

Gateway School District mulls background checks on board members

By Gideon Bradshaw
Members of the Gateway School Board said they’d like to go beyond the district’s legal obligations and explore a policy that encourages directors to go through the same clearance processes that some district volunteers must pass. District policy requires “independent volunteers” ...

Motorcyclist killed after striking pole in Penn Township

By Paul Peirce
A Monroeville motorcyclist was killed early Sunday when his vehicle struck a telephone pole along Route 130 in Penn Township. The Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office identified the motorcyclist as Ryan M. Dillon, 23. Deputy Coroner John A. Ackerman reported that Dillon failed ...

Man convicted in Redstone robbery plans to appeal sentence

By Liz Zemba
A Monroeville man who is serving five to 12 years for an armed robbery plans to appeal the mandatory minimum portion of his sentence as unconstitutional, according to his attorney. But even if Vikram Yamba, 30, wins in Superior Court and ...

Civil War graves reveal brutal toll of war on communities like Monroeville

By Gideon Bradshaw
Louis Chandler knew he’d found the right grave when he saw the letters “VO” on the headstone he’d pried out of the ground. The letters meant ...

2 arrested in fatal March shooting in Monroeville

By Tony Raap
Allegheny County police charged two men in connection with a teenager’s shooting death in Monroeville. Deonte Howell, 18, and Javon Peterson, 19, both of Turtle Creek were arrested Tuesday in the March 23 death of Justin Clark, 16, who was shot ...

Monroeville Council notes: Zoning officer retires, CVS and Skyzone approved

By Gideon Bradshaw
Zoning and code enforcement officer Mark Ciufo retired, effective Friday, after 23 years working for the municipality. His base salary was about $67,000. Council approved the temporary appointment of municipal engineer Paul Hugus as zoning officer. Council also approved advertising for ...

Monroeville Council contracts for audit of franchise fees, revised ordinance

By Gideon Bradshaw
Monroeville will pay a private law firm about $12,000 in two agreements related to telecommunications in the municipality. Council voted last week to pay the Cohen Law Group — a Downtown law firm founded by a former Pittsburgh city councilman that ...

Gateway band to perform in Memorial Day parade in D.C.

By Gideon Bradshaw
It won’t be Adam Thimons’ first time in the spotlight when he and 90 bandmates from Gateway High School perform on national television in the ...

Voters oust 3 incumbents from November ballot

By Gideon Bradshaw
Voters in Gateway School District largely favored newcomers and turned down three incumbents in Tuesday’s primary election. Of the four incumbents seeking re-election to Gateway ...

Pitcairn newcomer earns spot on November ballot

By Gideon Bradshaw
Michael Tobias, a newcomer to Pitcairn politics, took the lead in the all-Democrat primary for borough council Tuesday. Six candidates appeared on the Democratic ballot. Councilman Kevin Dick is not seeking re-election this year, meaning council will have at least one ...

Police investigating break-in at Monroeville office of state Rep. Joe Markosek

By Gideon Bradshaw
Police on Wednesday were investigating a break-in at the Monroeville office of state Rep. Joe Markosek, who said that an intruder entered through a window, ...

Pitcairn retiree takes on neighborhood cleanup effort, seeks volunteers

By Gideon Bradshaw
Five years into retirement, Alan Ankney, 65, is spearheading an effort to start a volunteer neighborhood cleanup effort in Pitcairn. On Monday, borough council voted ...

School closing no longer option for Gateway

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway School Board members learned last week they missed the deadline to close a school building before the next school year as a way to trim down the budget. Board members and administrators discussed possible school closures throughout April while officials ...

Gateway director says board discussed school closing in private meeting

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway School Board members’ accounts of discussions over possible school consolidation raise questions about whether the board violated the open-meetings law. Board member Bob Elms, who is seeking re-election this year, accused some directors of trying to hold off on public ...

Voter turnout numbers expected to be low in Western Pa.

By Gideon Bradshaw
Voters shouldn’t expect long lines for the May 19 primary. Elections officials expect a small fraction of eligible voters to show up at the polls, which will decide party nominees for the Nov. 3 general election. Turnout generally is lower in ...

Photo gallery: Gateway Prom Night 2015

By Tribune-Review
Edgewood Country Club was the venue for the 2015 Gateway High School Prom on the evening of Friday, May 8, 2015. ...

New cell tower planned near Cambridge Square Drive

By Gideon Bradshaw
Monroeville Council will consider an application to build an almost 200-foot-high cellphone tower near Cambridge Square Drive. Verizon Wireless is seeking approval to build a 190-foot-high cellphone tower with a nine-foot lightning rod and 339-square-foot equipment room off Mosside Boulevard about ...

6 candidates seek Democratic nominations for Pitcairn Council

By Gideon Bradshaw
The six Pitcairn Council candidates seeking Democratic nominations in the May 19 primary are running in three separate blocs. James Rullo and George Burkhardt are campaigning together with the endorsement of the local Democratic committee. Arrayed against these two challengers ...

Undercover meth buy in Monroeville leads to arrest

By Gideon Bradshaw
A Sharpsburg man appeared in court last week on charges that he sold more than 10 grams of methamphetamine to an undercover investigator. Ronald M. Rozycki, 29, waived preliminary hearing April 28 on two counts of criminal use of a communication ...

Fire in Wilkins high rise apartment building causes evacuation of hundreds

By Melissa Daniels
Hundreds of residents were waiting well past midnight to re-enter their homes after a fire in Wilkins at Brentmoor at Penn Center Saturday night. Mina …

Monroeville girl won’t let optic tumor steal her winning attitude

By Chris Togneri
One year ago, a little girl waited for her mom at the finish line. Kelsey Hanahan held flowers and a teddy bear. She didn’t quite understand ...

Gateway mentoring initiative helps move academics to foreground

By Gideon Bradshaw
Montaire Taylor said he’s already started to see students in a new Gateway program showing more interest in their futures in the weeks since his ...

Building consolidation back on table for Gateway

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway School District officials will resume discussing possible school closures, as they consider ways to cut expenses in next year’s proposed budget that exceed revenue by more than $4 million. The school board’s buildings and grounds committee is expected to talk ...

Loan refinance for UPMC East may add extra to Monroeville’s coffers

By Gideon Bradshaw 8:01 p.m.
The Monroeville Finance Authority has agreed to issue a tax-free note for more than $72 million, as part of a refinancing deal for UPMC East that would boost the health system’s payments to the municipality by $18,000 a year. The authority ...

Allegheny County DA, Monroeville police team to reduce drug activity, violent crime

By Kelsey Shea
The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office will work with Monroeville police to reduce drug activity and violent crime in the eastern suburbs, officials said Thursday. ...

Pharmacy, drive-thru Chinese restaurant coming to Monroeville

By Gideon Bradshaw
Council voted to approve a number of applications for a pharmacy and a drive-thru Chinese restaurant along the town’s major thoroughfare. Land-development applications council approved last week included permits for a Panda Express restaurant and an application for a Hertz car-rental ...

Gateway uses attrition to nip budget deficit

By Gideon Bradshaw
The Gateway School Board is expected to vote next week whether to eliminate several part-time positions to reduce a budget deficit. “We are capturing these positions through attrition. That means other people have retired, and we are electing not to fill ...

North American Martyrs school plans runs for funds

By Gideon Bradshaw
A Catholic school in Monroeville is looking to hold its first annual fun run to help cut back defray the cost of tuition. “Our wish would be and our hope would be to not have to raise tuition. That’s what we’re ...

Social media tip-offs missed in melee outside Monroeville Mall, security specialist says

By Tom Fontaine
Monroeville Mall officials or police might have been better prepared to deal with a melee Saturday outside a mall restaurant had they been monitoring social media more closely, a mall security expert said. Police estimated 500 to 1,000 people congregated outside ...

Fights reported, shots fired outside Monroeville Mall restaurant

By Bill Vidonic
The owner of a Monroeville Mall restaurant said that well before gunshots were fired and fights erupted outside his business Saturday, he had decided to close at month’s end because of violent episodes in the sprawling retail complex. “The dynamics ...

Staff cuts could loom as Gateway officials mull budget options

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway School District leaders will consider staff cuts as they seek ways to trim a projected $4.3 million shortfall that could drain reserve funds. Officials discussed the 2015-16 preliminary budget on Monday and projected $69 million in revenue and $73.3 million ...

New TV series ‘Outsiders’ to be filmed in Monroeville park

By Gideon Bradshaw
A film production team will transform a park in a Monroeville residential neighborhood into the scene of a Kentucky clan’s struggle for its way of ...

Gateway production of ‘West Side Story’ opens April 24

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway High School senior Angela Weeks said she looks forward to playing the lead in “West Side Story” because the script shuffles humorous, upbeat numbers ...

Construction of FBI classroom building nears completion in Monroeville

By Gideon Bradshaw
Monroeville officials expect to complete a new FBI building in the Public Safety Training Center within the coming months, as work on other projects at the center continues. The municipality is paying for the work with $729,000 from the federal government ...