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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, ...

Suspect in Monroeville Mall shooting led troubled life

By Bobby Kerlik Kelsey Shea and Gideon Bradshaw
Tarod Thornhill has flirted with death during his young life. The 17-year-old charged with shooting three people in Monroe-ville Mall on Saturday night stole a woman’s ...

Shooting makes Monroeville Mall’s attempts to rehab image more difficult

By Chris Fleisher
The weekend shooting at Monroeville Mall compounded the challenges for a retail shopping center trying to restore its reputation from a December brawl and reassure ...

Monroeville council offers support in shooting aftermath

By Gideon Bradshaw
In its first meeting since the Saturday shooting at Monroeville Mall, council members focused their remarks on support for the victims and on thanks for police and emergency workers who responded to the attack. “A very tragic thing happened,” said …

Security upgrades under way at Monroeville Mall in response to shooting

By Gideon Bradshaw  and Adam Brandolph
Monroeville public works crew members worked Monday on the old police substation in the Monroeville Mall to make sure it’s ready to open before the ...

Monroeville Mall requiring adult escorts for teens in response to violence

By Matthew Santoni Jason Cato  and Braden Ashe
Responding to a mall-wide brawl in December and a triple shooting in a Macy’s department store Saturday night, officials at Monroeville Mall say teens visiting ...

Shooting doesn’t keep shoppers from Monroeville Mall

By Renatta Signorini
Shoppers seemed to be undeterred from visiting Monroeville Mall on Sunday, while police made themselves visible in Macy’s and outside the store where three people were shot Saturday night. Karen McIntyre proclaimed that a shooting wasn’t going to stop her ...

Monroeville Mall shooting suspect arrested in Brackenridge

By Mike Wereschagin and Jason Cato
An unsuspecting couple walking through a Macy’s department store with their son in tow on Saturday remain hospitalized after being shot inside the Monroeville Mall, ...

Monroeville won’t form committee to close budget shortfall

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. Municipal officials predicted that expenses in 2016 will increase beyond what ...

Monroeville psychiatrist charged with billing Medicaid while license suspended

By Megan Guza
A Monroeville psychiatrist accused of Medicaid fraud, theft and delivery of controlled substances had lost his license through Pennsylvania and Ohio suspensions. The state attorney general’s ...

Gateway to go Skyward with new student information site

By Gideon Bradshaw 9:00 p.m.
The Gateway school board approved a deal that will allow the district to replace the current software system, which has proved unpopular with district parents, in time for next school year. The board voted 7-0 during its Jan. 28 meeting to ...

Monroeville district court sees uptick in case load

By Gideon Bradshaw
More people were charged with a crime in the Monroeville area last year compared with 2013, as local police cracked down on shoplifting. Monroeville district court processed nearly 300 more criminal complaints in 2014 for its district, comprising Monroeville and Pitcairn, ...

Potential candidates from Monroeville, Pitcairn should start planning campaigns

By Gideon Bradshaw 9:00 p.m.
Political newcomers and incumbents alike can get working this month if they want to hold local office in January. Seats on the local councils in Monroeville and Pitcairn, positions on the Gateway Board of School Directors and slots in the ...

Man’s death in Monroeville likely an accident, police say

By Michael Hasch
The death of a man whose body was found Monday inside his home in Monroeville appears to be an accident, police Chief K. Douglas Cole said. Neil Miele, 90, was found at 6:15 p.m. inside his home along Blueberry Road, according ...

Woman, 77, dies in Monroeville house fire

By Gideon Bradshaw
Smoke wafted from an attic window of a Monroeville home Thursday morning, a solemn reminder of the fire that killed its sole occupant hours before. Allegheny ...

Contract talks reach impasse for Monroeville, police

By Gideon Bradshaw
Monroeville officials have reached a stalemate in negotiations with police representatives during attempts to reach a new collective-bargaining agreement, as municipal officials expect a tight budget for 2016. Municipal manager Tim Little said officials have reached an impasse in negotiations with ...

Gateway likely to keep a tax increase under state limit

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway School District administrators have recommended to the school board that it not request state permission to raise real estate taxes beyond the state limit next year. Pennsylvania school districts that do not intend to raise taxes beyond the index must ...

Settlement reached between Monroeville, former manager

By Gideon Bradshaw
A former Monroeville manager will receive $45,000 in back pay in addition to retirement benefits as part of a settlement with the municipality. In exchange, Lynette Mc­Kinney, 48, of Monroeville will drop lawsuits she filed over her termination a year ...

Mayor: Residents say keep animal-control services within Monroeville

By Gideon Bradshaw
Monroeville’s mayor said he has backed off on a push for municipal officials to consider potentially cost-cutting alternatives to its in-house animal-control services. Mayor Greg Erosenko ...

Monroeville Toastmasters group helps bolster the courage to get up and speak

By Karen Zapf
Rick Zollner took a public-speaking class when he was in college. Three years ago, Zollner, 60, of Monroeville went from an operations-manager position to sales engineering at MESA Inc., a software and services provider in Crafton. “In engineering, you deal with engineers,” ...

Blue-ribbon panel could offer Monroeville advice on cost issues

By Gideon Bradshaw
Faced with a possible revenue shortfall, Monroeville’s elected officials are considering a plan to solicit advice from volunteers on how to balance the budget “On ...

Monroeville library among many looking to reinvent itself to boost revenue

By Gideon Bradshaw
Up to 110 people used to pay $5 for the privilege of getting first dibs on the used-book selection at the Monroeville library’s annual sale. This year, about 40 people showed up. “The book donations have gone down from two or ...

Gateway school board advised not to ask for OK to raise taxes above limit

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway School District administrators have recommended to the school board that it not request state permission to raise real estate taxes beyond the state limit next year. Pennsylvania school districts that do not intend to raise taxes beyond the index must ...

2 Gateway robotics teams prepare for state championships

By Tom Mcgee
Gateway High School will be well represented in a state robotics competition next month. Two robotics teams from Gateway High School, Team 9656A and Team 9656B, ...