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Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple in Monroeville plans expansion

By Patrick Varine
Leaders of the Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple in Monroeville plan to expand several parts of their complex on Abers Creek Road, including building a new two-story temple and a 50-foot spire. On Wednesday night, the Monroeville Planning Commission made …

Report: Shoddy computer security allowed access for nebbing in Monroeville

By Kyle Lawson
A follow-up report into an initial investigation of unauthorized computer access in Monroeville determined that poor computer security led to the breaches, officials said. The more-recent investigation, conducted by Corporate Security and Investigations, Western Pennsylvania, or CSI, and released to …

Officials eye remedy for collapsed pipe that caused Monroeville flood

By Kyle Lawson
Monroeville officials said a flood last week that trapped a woman in her Chevy Cavalier was the result of a collapsed drainage pipe under the …

Monroeville police asked to crack down on panhandlers

By Kyle Lawson
Monroeville council members have asked that police keep a closer eye on panhandlers throughout the business district, in response to increasing complaints from residents. “I know I’ve been questioned by residents on this a bunch of times, and I know …

PennDOT deal clears way for Monroeville road repairs

By Kyle Lawson
Monroeville council Tuesday approved an agreement with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which officials said could improve the efficiency of road repairs in the years ahead. Council voted in favor of a five-year agreement that will allow Monroeville Public Works crews …

Pitcairn’s Young Hotel for sale

By Kyle Lawson
The Young Hotel in Pitcairn will remain on the market after a potential buyer from California recently backed out of a deal, borough officials said. Police have responded to 99 calls there in the past two years that ranged from …

Pitcairn men charged with criminal mischief

By Kyle Lawson
Two Pitcairn men are accused of breaking car windows on Halloween in 2012 at a Monroeville business. Christopher Hicks, 21, of Eleanor Street and Joshua Ray, 22, of Third Street were charged by Monroeville police with criminal mischief and criminal …

Gateway School Board to vote on new terroristic-threats policy

By Kyle Lawson
A proposed policy for Gateway School District could prevent news of a threat by a student from reaching Facebook before the superintendent. A terroristic-threats policy scheduled for a school board vote Aug. 27 would require a building principal to “immediately …

Administrator pay at Gateway School District likely to be based on test scores

By Kyle Lawson
Administrators’ salaries would be tied to test scores in the Gateway School District this year under a contract proposal, a move that leaders hope will both keep employees from leaving and boost academic performance. The school board this week approved …

Pitcairn Patter: Town rich in history

By Patti Kemerer
Two organizations, the Pitcairn Historical Society and the Pitcairn High School Alumni Association, would like to share our town’s history with you. Both organizations’ centers are open Wednesdays. The Historical Museum, at the corner of Agatha Street and Center Avenue, …

Gateway School Board OKs performance-based pay raises for principals, vice principals

By Kyle Lawson
A performance-based pay raise system for principals and vice principals in the Gateway School District was approved unanimously on Monday by the school board. The evaluation system was part of a four-year contract with district administrators approved by the school …

Monroeville Boulevard restrictions starting for road project

By Bobby Kerlik
Motorists on Monroeville Boulevard will see lane restrictions for six weeks starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday to allow construction crews to complete an intersection widening project, Allegheny County officials said. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each …

Gateway teachers reach out to community with family store

By Kyle Lawson
There’s nothing taboo about perusing for free clothes and other necessities at Moss Side Middle School, fifth-grade teacher Marcie Crow said. Teachers who helped spearhead …

Even councilman falls victim to burglary ring in Pitcairn

By Kyle Lawson
Pitcairn Councilman John Prucnal said his family lost more than material items on July 21, when his wife and daughter returned home from the mall …

Monroeville oxycodone dealer to spend 10 years in prison

By Brian Bowling
A Monroeville man who moved his oxycodone ring from South Florida to Western Pennsylvania in 2010, hid money under his father’s name and led a lavish lifestyle will spend 10 years in prison, a federal judge ruled on Friday. Jason …

Route 22 accident in Monroeville causes traffic jam

By Tribune-Review
A four-car crash on Route 22 in Monroeville has westbound traffic backed up toward Murrysville. The crash occurred at 11:11 a.m. near 5076 William Penn Highway. There were two injuries. The cause of the crash and the severity of the …

Drive-thru window sees major change at Monroeville fast-food restaurant

By Kyle Lawson
Face-to-face order taking at the Chick-fil-A drive-thru in Monroeville is projected to increase orders per hour, during what already is a notoriously hectic lunch. The …

Gateway School District gets a little more clear on backpack policy

By Kyle Lawson
Gateway elementary students will receive clear backpacks at no cost next school year, as part of an ongoing community effort to help prevent a school tragedy. Corporate sponsors Day Automotive Group and Trib Total Media purchased the backpacks for every …

Retail theft attempt turns violent in Monroeville store parking lot

By Kyle Lawson
A Penn Hills family faces charges of aggravated assault in connection with a reported retail theft that turned into a melee last week at Kmart on Mall Boulevard. William Cichinelli, 49; Lisa A. Cichinelli, 47; and Karley M. Cichinelli, 19, …

Electrical fire at Macy’s in Monroeville Mall cuts off store’s power

By Kyle Lawson
An electrical fire this week at Macy’s in the Monroeville Mall forced management to close the store Monday and drew complaints from customers when it reopened. The escalators were motionless and large fans at store entrances substituted for air conditioning …

Monroeville parks to be linked by nature trail

By Kyle Lawson
The longest nature trail to ever connect through Monroeville is one step closer to completion. Monroeville obtained a $130,000 grant from the Allegheny County’s redevelopment authority that will help with the purchase of property for a trail from Export to …

Ex-police chief sues Monroeville over firing

By Brian Bowling  and Kyle Lawson
Monroeville violated the First Amendment, federal disability laws and the state whistle-blower protection law when officials fired former police Chief Steven Pascarella, the veteran police officer says in a federal lawsuit filed on Tuesday. Pascarella, 46, of Monroeville claims the …

GTO enthusiasts gather in Monroeville to celebrate hot rod’s 50th birthday

By Kyle Lawson
Nights of drag racing down Liberty Avenue are long behind Ed Sellers, but the rumble and jolt of a GTO hitting the open road hasn’t …

Monroeville Council OKs hotel next to Indian cafe

By Kyle Lawson
A site plan for a four-story hotel on Old William Penn Highway was unanimously approved by Monroeville Council on Tuesday. The Udipi Inn is planned for construction next to the Udipi Café, and within 5 miles of three Hindu Temples. …

Gateway school bus drivers sever ties with union

By Kyle Lawson
Bus drivers in the Gateway School District voted to cut ties with a local union, after drivers petitioned the National Labor Relations Board for a secret-ballot election, according to a news release Tuesday from the National Right to Work Foundation. …

Monroeville parade is a holiday tradition

By Tribune-Review
Monroeville’s July 4th holiday parade formed at the Miracle Mile Shopping Center and traveled down Route 22 to Mall Boulevard to a reviewing stand in …

UPMC East unveils center that offers therapy for recovering surgery patients

By Kyle Lawson
Sometimes the most menial objectives can be the most frustrating for a patient recovering from a life-changing surgery, occupational therapist Terra Moscalink said. Turning the …

Pitcairn pitches in to add police officer at Gateway Middle School

By Kyle Lawson
A Pitcairn police officer will stand guard at Gateway Middle School next year, after parents approached the school board in recent months with worries about student safety. The Gateway School Board unanimously approved an agreement with Pitcairn borough at the …

Young Monroeville cancer victim left lasting impression on community

By Kyle Lawson
Matthew Jacko had a confidence about him in social settings not typical of a 9-year-old. He was a ballplayer, comedian and philanthropist who left a …

Ex-Monroeville manager files whistle-blower lawsuit

By Brian Bowling
The 14 reasons Monroeville council gave for firing her are just a pretext to disguise its retaliation for her whistle-blowing activities, a former municipal manager claims in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday. Lynette McKinney of Monroeville says that the council …

Gateway school board reverses direction, renews basketball coach’s contract

By Kyle Lawson
Gateway High School boys basketball coach Mitch Adams will return to his post next school year, amid accusations of inappropriate coaching tactics and a school …

Declining enrollment shrinks Gateway’s teaching staff

By Kyle Lawson
The Gateway teaching staff will shrink in size next school year, which coincides with a shrinking student body. The school board voted last week to delete 6.5 teaching positions from the high school, 1.5 positions from Gateway Middle School and …

Thieves target Monroeville-area homes, businesses for scrap

By Kyle Lawson
Copper theft can be risky business, but local thieves are taking their chances and cashing in. Government and law enforcement officials throughout the east suburbs …

Monroeville couple face drug, unlawful restraint charges

By Kyle Lawson
A Monroeville couple’s combined 16 charges ranging from prostitution, unlawful restraint, simple assault and various drug charges were waived to court after police investigated allegations …

County grant will help extend railroad trail through Monroeville

By Sam Spatter
The Turtle Creek railroad corridor trail will be able to continue through Monroeville thanks to a $130,000 grant the municipality will use to buy 10.5 acres of land. The Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County approved the grant on Friday. In …

Gateway students lauded for teen-dating violence awareness video

By Kyle Lawson
The Gateway Video Club members took a shot at changing their community, and received an award for their efforts. A five-minute documentary film about teen-dating …

Monroeville approves Family Dollar to be built along Route 286

By Kyle Lawson
Construction plans for a new Family Dollar store in Monroeville were approved by the municipal zoning board last week, along with multiple exceptions to zoning laws. The store is planned for a vacant site near the intersection of Route 286 …