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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 7:00 p.m.
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 …

Parents fight contract renewal for Gateway basketball coach

By Kyle Lawson
Accusations that Gateway basketball coach Mitch Adams “bullies” his players will delay a vote to potentially renew his contract. Gateway parent Betty Howard said Wednesday she’s heard second hand from multiple upperclassman on the team that Adams used obscenities and …

Hearing waived for mother of Monroeville boy whose bookbag contained gun

By Kyle Lawson
The mother of a kindergartener who arrived at school with a gun in his book bag waived a preliminary hearing Tuesday in front of a Monroeville judge. Stephanie L. Roth, 32, waived a preliminary hearing on charges of endangering the …

Flurry of price increases proposed for Boyce Park slopes

By Aaron Aupperlee
Proposed increases in the price of lift tickets, ski rentals, lessons and tubing at Boyce Park could generate about $200,000 in revenue, Allegheny County Council Vice President Nick Futules said. Futules, chair of the Parks Committee, introduced legislation at council’s …

Pitcairn seminar teaches police life-saving techniques

By Kyle Lawson
Life-saving techniques learned in Iraq and Afghanistan were the focus of an “officer down” seminar in Pitcairn last week. The seminar was organized by Pitcairn …

Pennsylvania Wine & Food Festival returns to Monroeville

By Shawn Annarelli
Ken Starr, owner of Starr Hill Vineyard & Winery, is a third-generation winemaker who participates in more than 50 wine festivals each year. With that …

End of summer program in Monroeville upsets parents

By Kyle Lawson
Monroeville parents said they were surprised and disappointed to learn a free summer park program was eliminated from the 2014 budget. In past years, college-age students would oversee team sports and other activities at nine neighborhood parks on weekdays, but …

Parents disappointed to find Monroeville summer park program gone

By Kyle Lawson
Monroeville parents said they were surprised and disappointed to learn that the 2014 budget eliminated a free summer parks program. In years past, college-age students would oversee team sports and other activities at nine neighborhood parks on weekdays, but municipal …

Pitcairn looks to flip properties

By Kyle Lawson
A stronger housing market in Pitcairn might be the key to a safer neighborhood, borough officials said. A new method of community development broached by Pitcairn Councilman Kevin Dick at a June 2 council meeting has the potential to attract …

Murrysville, Monroeville police help carry Special Olympics torch

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Jamie Piraino witnessed a magical moment at PNC Park that had little to do with baseball. Instead, it reaffirmed the Franklin Regional superintendent’s decision to …

Monroeville swears in 5 new police officers

By Kyle Lawson
The Monroeville police force is younger than years past, but also experienced. Five new Monroeville officers were sworn in by Mayor Greg Erosenko Tuesday to …

Monroeville man accused of sneaking drugs into jail after sentencing

By Margaret Harding
A Monroeville man who pleaded guilty to fatally striking a motorcyclist with a truck tried to sneak drugs into the Allegheny County Jail after his …

Monroeville man gets up to 2 years in prison in motorcyclist’s death

By Adam Brandolph
Fremont Mathias Jr. had several opportunities to do the right thing after fatally striking a motorcyclist with his Ford F-150 pickup truck, an Allegheny County …

Ramsey teacher named innovator of the year at Gateway

By Kyle Lawson
When Ramsey Elementary Principal Katie Friend saw a student riding a bicycle down the hallway dressed in traditional Dutch garb this school year, she was …

Fender benders prompt council to reroute Center Avenue detour

By Kyle Lawson
A detour route in Pitcairn will change next week as a result of hit and run reports on Sixth Street. The current detour prohibits drivers from traveling down Center Avenue, which in turn has increased traffic on Sixth Street, where …