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Penn Hills junior slain in shooting had visited friends at Monroeville housing complex

By Gideon Bradshaw
A Penn Hills High School junior who was fatally shot in the chest Monday was saving money to buy a car and looked forward to ...

Police arrest 4 in Pitcairn drug investigation

By Gideon Bradshaw
Nine laptops, a weed trimmer, several iPads, stereo speakers, and dozens of power tools are among the items police say a Pitcairn man traded for ...

Monroeville Garden Club horticulture chairman remains active at 100

By Gideon Bradshaw
Turning 100 last month doesn’t mean Val Marak gets to take it easy. “I just don’t have enough time to do everything I want to do,” ...

Gateway budget shortfall to prompt cuts, but no tax increase

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway School Board members are vowing to make cuts and not raise real estate tax rates as a way of offsetting a multimillion-dollar structural deficit in the district’s preliminary budget. The 2015-16 general fund budget for the school district is $74.3 ...

Penn Hills teen killed in Monroeville was ‘always down to Earth,’ friend says

By Gideon Bradshaw
Passion Sibley Bates was watching “Law and Order” in her living room Monday night and didn’t realize police were outside until she peeked out her door. “I saw (yellow) tape, and I stopped there because I didn’t want to see ...

High-level heroin trafficker active in Monroeville gets 20 years

By Brian Bowling
A Northampton County man who has been involved in trafficking heroin between Newark and Pittsburgh since at least 2008 will spend 20 years in prison, ...

Monroeville man charged in Oak Park Mall purse snatchings

By Eric Slagle
Police in White Oak have charged a Monroeville man they believe is responsible for a series of recent purse snatchings at Giant Eagle in Oak Park Mall. White Oak police Chief Lou Bender said Roger Mechling, 34, was arrested at his ...

Victim in Monroeville mall shooting weeps in court as she recalls what she saw

By Megan Guza
Mary Singleton wept Wednesday as she recalled what she saw and heard just before she and her husband were caught in a line of gunfire ...

Pitcairn Woman’s Club annual Saturday Nite at the Auction on tap

By Patti Kemerer
The Pitcairn Woman’s Club will hold its 15th annual Saturday Nite at the Auction on Saturday in the Park Building, 557 Broadway Blvd. The event is a bidding auction and will include more than 45 items. All items are new and include ...

Pitcairn house torn down after falling into neighboring home

By Gideon Bradshaw
A private contractor on Tuesday was tearing down an abandoned house in Pitcairn that had fallen into a neighboring, occupied house last week, which temporarily ...

Pitcairn house falls into neighboring building

By Gideon Bradshaw
Pitcairn officials plan to initiate the emergency demolition of an abandoned house that fell against a neighboring house Thursday. The house, located in the 200 …

Monroeville police open substation in mall

By Tribune-Review
A police substation opened Friday in the Monroeville Mall, about five weeks since a shooting injured three people in the Macy’s there. “This wasn’t really a ...

Monroeville Mall police substation to open Friday

By Gideon Bradshaw
A police substation will open at Monroeville Mall on Friday in response to concerns about violence at the shopping center in recent months. Monroeville police Chief Doug Cole declined to give details about operations or staffing at the substation. “The mall obviously ...

Monroeville Mall to begin renovations

By Gideon Bradshaw
Monroeville Mall will undergo a multimillion-dollar renovation starting this month that mall officials hope will attract more shoppers and tenants. Jason Setty, a senior project architect with KA Inc. in Cleveland, which started working on plans about two years ago, said ...

Tension simmers during fiscal meeting in Pitcairn

By Gideon Bradshaw
As the race for open seats on Pitcairn Council gathers momentum, a meeting held this week is fueling tension between the council president and its longest-serving member. Borough council held a meeting Monday to discuss possible cutbacks in borough expenses or ...

Pitcairn begins early stages of flood-control project

By Gideon Bradshaw
Work started this week on a sewer-line rerouting project the state mandated as part of a flood-control project in Pitcairn. New sewer lines along portions of Wall Avenue and Third Street will make way for a Department of Environmental Protection construction ...

East districts support proposed education budget

By Gideon Bradshaw  karen Zapf and Kelsey Shea
While Gov. Tom Wolf will have a fight on his hands as the Republican-dominated Legislature reviews his budget proposal, some of the additional funds and changes he has proposed have resonated with local school officials concerned with balancing the budget. The ...

Gateway officials plan for repairs at Moss Side Middle School

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway School District officials say they don’t want to change which school some students attend, as a way to avoid multimillion-dollar repairs at Moss Side Middle School. School board members discussed closing Moss Side and moving the district’s fifth- and sixth-graders ...

Bridge inspection will close 1 lane of Parkway East for 2 days

By Tribune-Review
A bridge inspection Tuesday and Wednesday on the Parkway East will reduce traffic flow to a single lane between the Penn Hills and Monroeville interchanges. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will reduce traffic to one lane from Exit 81 to Exit ...

Pitcairn couple accused of leaving son outside as punishment

By Tony Raap
A Pitcairn couple is accused of forcing their teenage son to stand outside in the cold for more than an hour as punishment, according to a criminal complaint. The 13-year-old wandered into the Pitcairn police station Friday morning disoriented and appearing ...

Pitcairn code enforcement duties to be picked up temporarily by councilman, police chief

By Gideon Bradshaw
A Pitcairn councilman and the borough police chief will temporarily fill the role of the borough code enforcement officer after Lucas Park steps down Friday. “Lucas has been a wonderful asset to the borough. Fortunately for him, he’s got a wonderful ...

Gateway, Plum advanced placement booster program offers incentives

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway and Plum Borough school districts are considering a program designed to raise scores in Advanced Placement exams that would offer bonuses to teachers for improved student performance. The districts are among 10 in Western Pennsylvania that the National Math and ...

Fire in electrical system keeps 50 Monroeville residents out of apartments

By Gideon Bradshaw
Fifty tenants in an apartment building displaced by a fire last week were unable to return to their homes as of Tuesday. County spokeswoman Amie Downs said the fire originated in a panel that was part of the central electrical system ...

New Monroeville Mall policy aims to tame teen shoppers

By Gideon Bradshaw
A new reality came to the Monroeville Mall on Friday as a police officer and security guard stopped young-looking shoppers and asked for their IDs ...

Forbes Hospital opens $9 million intensive care unit

By Tribune-Review
Forbes Hospital in Monroeville will open a new intensive care unit for critically injured and ill patients, the hospital’s parent group, Allegheny Health Network, announced Thursday. The 20-bed ICU is expected to begin admitting patients in early March, according to North ...

Utilities foreman keeps Pitcairn powered up

By Gideon Bradshaw
Most people outgrow their toys, but Jim Comunale grew into his. “When I was younger, most people would go to the toy aisle,” he said. “I ...

Monroeville’s crime stats belie public perception

By Gideon Bradshaw
While Michael Vesely was perusing the web for  a weekend exhibition, something caught his eye:  a tab reassuring visitors that they should “feel safe in Monroeville.” “I saw the tab on there, and it just threw me for a loop. Why ...

Monroeville Hindu temple plans to resume expansion

By Gideon Bradshaw
Leaders of a Monroeville Hindu temple plan to pursue a proposed expansion of its facilities after a county judge’s order granting applications related to the project. Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Joseph James approved applications Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple submitted ...

Apartment building fire displaces about 50 in Monroeville

By Gideon Bradshaw
A fire Tuesday displaced about 50 residents from a three-story apartment building in Monroeville. Monroeville fire Chief Ron Harvey said there were no serious injuries, but residents of the 22 occupied units of the 30-unit building could not stay in their ...

Overturned semi cleared from eastbound Turnpike near Monroeville

By Tribune-Review
An overturned tractor-trailer caused traffic on the eastbound Pennsylvania Turnpike to be detoured for more than four hours Friday morning. A rig hauling bags of calcium ...

Judge overturns ban by Monroeville council on temple expansion

By Gideon Bradshaw
An Allegheny County judge overturned a Monroeville council decision to block a Hindu temple’s plans to expand on its property, despite municipal officials’ fears that the construction could boost the risk of landslides. Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Joseph James approved ...

Drilling proposals in Penn Township draw concern of Monroeville officials

By Gideon Bradshaw
As plans for two natural gas wells near Monroeville’s boundaries gain momentum, officials there are expressing concern about what drilling operations might mean for infrastructure and traffic. The state Department of Environmental Protection approved a well site in neighboring Penn Township ...

Pitcairn to rebid demolition contracts

By Gideon Bradshaw
Anti-blight efforts in Pitcairn hit another roadblock when the head of a company hired to demolish 22 abandoned houses died, which is forcing officials to seek new bids for the demolition project. Borough council approved the code-delinquent properties in October after ...

In Monroeville, Gov. Wolf pushes his proposed natural gas extraction tax

By Gideon Bradshaw
Public schools in Allegheny County have lost about  $47 million in state funding since 2010-11 but could recoup some of that money if lawmakers support ...

Monroeville Mall shooting victim leaves hospital

By Megan Guza
One of three people shot Feb. 7 in Monroeville Mall was released from Forbes Hospital on Friday, according to Allegheny Health Network officials. Mary Singleton, 47, was injured when a teenager opened fire in Macy’s. Her husband, Thomas Singleton, 47, remained in ...

Police substation at Monroeville Mall won’t open this weekend

By Gideon Bradshaw
A police substation at the Monroeville Mall that municipal officials and mall management promised Monday would open within days will not be ready this weekend. Monroeville police Chief Doug Cole said Friday he expects the substation to open within two weeks ...

Monroeville advisory panel won’t form to address budget woes

By Gideon Bradshaw
A proposal to form an advisory committee of Monroeville residents and charge them with finding ways to avoid a projected budget shortfall stalled before it reached council for a vote. “Isn’t that what this night is for?” said Councilman Paul Caliari ...

Donation will allow backpack food program to thrive at Gateway

By Gideon Bradshaw
A donation from the company that provides transportation for Gateway School District students will bolster a district program aimed at feeding hungry children. Student Transportation of America — the New Jersey-based company that handles busing for Gateway — donated $20,000 to ...

Kemerer: Order of the Eastern Star prepares for annual ham-loaf dinner event

By Tribune-Review
The Order of the Eastern Star will hold its ham-loaf dinner on March 1 but is taking orders now for ham loaves that can be eaten at home. Loaves come in two sizes: a 2-pound loaf has 10 slices for $10, ...