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Moss Side Middle School gym class waltzes into tips on able manners

By Gideon Bradshaw
Ballroom dancing is not usually among the things that come to mind when we look back at sixth-grade gym class. But about 250 students at Moss ...

Hindu temple files lawsuit against Monroeville for right to expand

By Gideon Bradshaw
Leaders for a Hindu temple are asking a judge to overturn a decision by Monroeville Council that blocked efforts to expand the building along Abers Creek Road. An appeal filed Thursday in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court on behalf of Sri ...

Twins keep trains on track at Western Pa. malls

By Patrick Varine
You know a guy is into trains when his grandson calls him “Choo Choo Pap.” Though they know he loves trains, Tom Marucci’s grandchildren might not ...

Monroeville payment to OPEB fund could be withheld

By Gideon Bradshaw
Monroeville leaders will meet on Friday to weigh whether to withhold payment to an employee benefits fund to cover day-to-day expenses, as officials anticipate reduced cash flow in coming months. Manager Tim Little is asking council to amend this year’s budget ...

Monroeville man charged with bad-check racket

By Tom Yerace 12:41 a.m.
A man, who used bad checks to buy custom truck wheels and tires, then tried to sell them on Craigslist, was arrested Monday. Frazer police Chief Terry Kuhns said Richard Joseph Hibbard, 29, of Monroeville, was arrested around 7:30 p.m. ...

Monroeville Bricks R Us drug kingpin pleads guilty

By Brian Bowling
A Northampton County man on Wednesday admitted to helping supply the Bricks R Us drug ring that openly sold heroin in Monroeville’s business district. Keith Eutsey, ...

Gateway shuffles V.P. during reorganization

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway School Board members re-elected Dave Magill as board president in a 7-2 vote on Dec. 3. The sole dissenters during the end-of-year reorganizational meeting were school directors Robert Elms and Oliver “Skip” Drumheller, who voted for Drumheller after a last-minute ...

Diverse students find common ground sharing anecdotes with Gateway students

By Gideon Bradshaw
When May George first came to the United States she found a source of fear in cash machines that don’t get a second look from ...

Gateway School Board drops land bank discussion

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway School Board put a stumbling block in Monroeville’s plans to join a land bank to turn around blighted properties. Board members raised questions in the more than two months since school director Chad Stubenbort introduced the proposal to join the ...

Monroeville holds line on taxes

By Gideon Bradshaw
Monroeville Council on Tuesday approved a $31.9 million municipal budget for 2015 that contains no property-tax increase. Council, in a 7-0 vote, kept the property-tax rate at 4 mills, which represents a local tax bill of $431 a year for ...

Monroeville woman in collision with police vehicle dies

By Gideon Bradshaw
A Monroeville woman has died from a three-vehicle crash involving a Monroeville police officer en route to assist a colleague in an arrest. Priscilla Robinson, 50, died about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office. An autopsy ...

Monroeville police vehicle involved in crash on William Penn Highway

By Tory N. Parrish and Gideon Bradshaw
A Monroeville police officer in an SUV was involved in a three-car crash in the 3700 block of William Penn Highway Monday, injuring one of …

Man robs Monroeville gas station

By Margaret Harding
A man brandishing a handgun robbed a Monroeville gas station on Monday, Monroeville police said. No one was hurt in the incident, which was reported at 6:25 a.m. at the Marathon on Mosside Boulevard, police Chief Doug Cole said. He would ...

Monroeville man to serve up to 10 years for fatal crash

By Adam Brandolph
A Monroeville man who drove while drunk and killed another motorist will serve five to 10 years in prison, an Allegheny County judge ruled Friday. Charles Gladney, 39, pleaded guilty in September to homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, ...

Monroeville man, a former church volunteer, pleads not guilty in child porn case

By Brian Bowling
A former youth volunteer at a Westmoreland County church pleaded not guilty Friday to federal child pornography charges, but he’ll stay behind bars until trial. Andrew Patterson, 45, of Monroeville waived his right to a detention hearing during his arraignment before ...

Gateway reverses rules on backpacks for elementary students

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway elementary school students no longer have to carry their books in clear backpacks, and many parents say they’re pleased. District administrators temporarily banned regular ...

Police seek link in robberies at Exchange stores

By Tribune-Review
Detectives are trying to determine if there is a connection between Tuesday night’s attempted robbery and wounding of an employee at a store in the McKnight business district in Ross and a recent robbery at the same store’s Monroeville facility. The ...

Career Training Academy sends shoeboxes of supplies as service project

By Gideon Bradshaw
A local technical college is supporting an international effort to ship school supplies and other donations to children overseas. Students from the Career Training Academy — ...

Pitcairn Cable struggles to compete with communications giants

By Gideon Bradshaw
Pitcairn may raise rates to help pay for the borough’s cable TV and Internet company, which is struggling to keep customers in a market that communications giants dominate. Borough Manager Annette Dietz proposed raising subscription fees by $10 a month, and ...

Pitcairn property owners may face another tax increase

By Gideon Bradshaw
Pitcairn council members are considering a 1-mill tax increase to fund infrastructure projects in next year’s $3.9 million budget. Borough manager Annette Dietz said council members will consider increasing the borough property-tax rate from 7.75 to 8.75 mills. With that ...

Former Westmoreland church volunteer remains jailed on child porn charges

By Brian Bowling
A former youth volunteer at a Westmoreland County church will remain jailed on child pornography charges until at least Friday. Andrew Patterson, 45, of Monroeville was already in jail in lieu of a $5,000 bond on state child pornography charges, ...

Boyce Park to open ski season Friday

By Tribune-Review
The Boyce Park ski slopes and snow tubing area will open for the season Friday and will operate through mid-March, weather and conditions permitting. Those planning to go to Boyce Park — a 1,096-acre park in Plum and Monroeville — should ...

Logan named interim president of Monroeville chamber

By Gideon Bradshaw
Two local groups meant to support local business now share a president as the groups aim to align their missions and pool resources to cut ...

Still no decision on land bank from Gateway School Board

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway School Board again held off on deciding whether to join a land bank as a way to reduce blight and tax delinquency. The board tabled the resolution last Wednesday that would allow the district to enter into an agreement ...

Companies seeking Monroeville’s permission for billboards along Parkway East

By Gideon Bradshaw
Two advertising companies are asking Monroeville leaders to allow larger, brighter billboards along the heavily traveled Parkway East, less than a decade after a similar measure failed. Out-of-state billboard giant Interstate Outdoor Advertising has requested amendments to the zoning ordinance that ...

Monroeville Mall reinvents itself to attract more visitors

By Gideon Bradshaw
Patricia Jones remembers when she could ice skate at the Monroeville Mall. “All the kids of my generation would get dropped off there while the mothers ...

Ex-youth group volunteer from Monroeville indicted on child pornography charges

By Tribune-Review
A Monroeville man and former church youth volunteer was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday on child pornography charges. Andrew Mark Patterson, 45, is facing three counts related to his alleged distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography videos and ...

Monroeville Public Library names new director

By Gideon Bradshaw
The Monroeville Public Library has named a new director who is expected to start work there in coming months. Nicole Henline, director of the Community Library ...

Pitcairn to double security cams

By Gideon Bradshaw
Pitcairn is doubling the number of police security cameras throughout town as a crime deterrent. Pitcairn Council approved a $3,300 purchase of three pole-mounted security cameras for the borough police department. The borough will pay for the purchase through its public ...

Gateway School District granted money for school resource officer

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway School District will receive $60,000 next school year to help pay for its school resource officers. The district will be one of 114 school districts and municipalities to receive a total of $3.9 million through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, ...

Renovations under way for former Pitcairn church sold for $1

By Gideon Bradshaw 11:09 a.m.
The smell of incense lingered in the old church Friday as four organists boxed up pipes from the innards of the organ in the Center ...

Monroeville woman uses winning strategy on ‘The Price is Right’

By Gideon Bradshaw
Tiffany Winemiller isn’t the sort of person who leaves things to chance. When the Monroeville woman found out she had won a local audition for “The ...

Monroeville juggles proposed budget without tax increase

By Gideon Bradshaw 11:09 a.m.
Monroeville chief financial officer Sean Lally said most of the $2.4 million spending increase in next year’s proposed budget will go toward municipal employees. Lally said during a budget hearing that $20.3 million — about 64 percent of the proposed $31.8 ...

Monroeville council rejects planned expansion for Hindu temple

By Gideon Bradshaw
Monroeville council rejected a planned expansion for a Hindu temple that had drawn staunch resistance from some nearby residents who claimed the plans threatened public safety. While council approved a site plan for new construction and a request to revise …

Book reunites WWII vets in Monroeville

By Gideon Bradshaw
Although their paths never crossed while they worked at Westinghouse Electric Company for more than 40 years, a mention in a book brought retirees Harry ...

Dogs placed for adoption after owners from Monroeville arrested

By Gideon Bradshaw
Pomeranian dogs kept in a home where a Monroeville man was arrested for child pornography are up for adoption. Tina Marie Patterson, 41, of Monroeville, signed a release Oct. 24 to turn the family’s 10 Pomeranians over to municipal employees. The ...

Gateway School District still mulling land-bank concept

By Gideon Bradshaw
The Gateway School Board delayed for the second time a decision on whether to follow suit with Monroeville in signing on with a proposed multimunicipal ...

Monroeville time capsule unearths quirks from 25 years ago

By Gideon Bradshaw
Although most of the people in the room were librarians, there was one document none of them could read: an astrological chart, with notation detailing ...

Pitcairn chief urges council to update police policies

By Gideon Bradshaw
Pitcairn’s police chief is asking borough council to approve proposed policies he said will ensure the department stays up to date with changing times. Chief Scott Farally said during a council work session Monday that he plans to submit department policies ...