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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 ...

Pitcairn Rainbow Girls hoagie sale on tap

By Tribune-Review
The Pitcairn Rainbow Girls Assembly No. 90 is taking orders now for its famous hoagies. Two 12-inch hoagies are available. The Italian hoagie has American and provolone cheese, baked ham, chipped ham, cooked salami and bologna. The turkey hoagie ...

Turtle Creek man identified as shooting victim

By Tribune-Review
Allegheny County police are investigating a fatal shooting Sunday in Monroeville. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office identified the victim as John Stefano, 23, of Turtle Creek. The shooting happened about 3:30 a.m. at the Northern Pike Garden Apartments on …

Police investigate fatal shooting at Monroeville apartment complex

By Gideon Bradshaw
Police are investigating a shooting at a Monroeville apartment complex that left one man dead early Sunday morning. John A. Stefano, 23, of Turtle Creek was pronounced dead at 3:48 a.m. at Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville after a shooting at ...

Gateway school district struggles to cover soaring teacher pension costs

By Gideon Bradshaw
Since retired Gateway teacher Barbara Messina left work in 2003, her teacher’s pension coupled with her husband’s investing savvy has helped them to travel extensively and live comfortably. But she worries tomorrow’s teachers might not enjoy the same benefits, ...

Restaurants taking advantage of new state law allowing beer deliveries

By Gideon Bradshaw  and Chris Foreman
As Bob Guiliani says, a pizza and a beer go well together for hungry people. And he should know — Guiliani’s Papa Rocks Pizza Pub ...

Crumbling culvert in Pitcairn slated for replacement gets quick fix

By Gideon Bradshaw
Pitcairn officials said Monday the borough road crew was working to repair a section of the culvert that fell down in Dirty Camp Run the night before. Councilman Doug Crothers said during a council work session that the section of the ...

Local eateries delivering suds with customers’ grub

By Gideon Bradshaw   and Chris Foreman
As Bob Guiliani says, a pizza and a beer go well together for a lot of hungry people. And now that the state Liquor Control Board ...

New water line installation restricts traffic

By Gideon Bradshaw
Work crews are installing new water lines at two locations in and near the William Penn Highway corridor in eastern Monroeville during coming weeks. Monroeville Municipal Authority general manager James Hunter said workers are installing a new 12-inch line on Elliot ...

Hundreds take part in kennel association’s annual dog show

By Bob Bauder
Charlie the African sight hound is a rare breed. Not in the sense that he’s abnormal, owner Donna Walker said, but because there aren’t enough ...

Gateway officer says building trust key to detecting inappropriate teacher-student behavior

By Karen Zapf and Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway Middle School’s resource officer, Michael Morency, said developing a rapport with students and staff is key to detecting inappropriate teacher-student relationships. “It’s so different to deal with kids on this level. If they trust you, they will talk with ...

Penn Hills, Gateway guys get prom prep with essay contest

By Kelsey Shea
This prom season, guys can write for a chance to look good in black and white. Two local businesses have teamed up to raise awareness of the dangers of texting while driving by sponsoring an essay contest in which high school ...

Challenger bid denied, 3 incumbent Dems unopposed for Monroeville Council

By Gideon Bradshaw
With the sole challenger out of the picture, the three incumbents on Monroeville Council will run unopposed in the May 19 primary after a judge sided with a resident who challenged the nominating petition filed by the only person seeking ...

Gateway board looks for ways to curb transportation costs

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway School Board members said during a Monday budget meeting that they’d like to find ways to reduce the $4.4 million budget officials expect to spend on transportation next year while still complying with a state transportation requirements, but found ...

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 ...