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Rostraver police issue warning after home invasion, robbery

By Chris Buckley 7:19 a.m.
Rostraver Township police are warning residents that a home invasion early Tuesday morning might not be an isolated incident. Police said the home invasion occurred 1:40 a.m. in the Sweeney Plan. A man knocked on the door of the home …

Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission pitches $4.7 billion transportation wish list to state

By Chris Buckley 7:19 a.m.
A wish list the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission will send to the state Transportation Commission comprises a record $4.7 billion in projects, including more than $400 …

Valley resident new CEO at Jefferson

By Chris Buckley
When Louise Urban was recently named president and CEO of Jefferson Hospital, it was the pinnacle of her 23-year career at the health care system. …

Procrastation is a major financial deterrent

By Gary Boatman
For many hard working people who have saved and accumulated assets, there are two possible major threats. One is the need for long-term care and the second is getting sued because of an accident or other negligence. These people have …

Belle Vernon woman named Mrs. Pennsylvania; targets child bullies

By Chris Buckley
Rebekah Foringer never feared stepping up when it came to protecting youths, even if it meant she herself was sometimes bullied during her public school …

Fallowfield woman held for abusing her son

By Jeremy Sellew
State police have arrested a Fallowfield Township woman accused of beating her 3-year-old son. Shyann Marie Sanpietro, 24, of 930 Fourth St. Extension, has been …

Rostraver youth pastor accused of sex assault

By Jeremy Sellew
The youth pastor of a Rostraver Township church has been arrested for allegedly engaging in a sexual relationship with a then-15-year-old girl. Brian Keith Smith, …

Rostraver Township girl celebrates her Quinceanera

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Margarita Angelina Lourdes Hart doesn’t remember much about her native Guatemala. As an infant, she was adopted by Heather Hart of Rostraver Township in February …

‘Sputzy,’ Monessen High ’60 graduates to reunite

By Ron Paglia
Long before Artistry, Gigolo, Modern Man and the Soul Providers – even before The Holidays – Jim “Sputzy” Sparacino was making his presence felt on …

Pony World Series tradition continues at Washington

By Bruce Wald
For the 31st consecutive summer, Lew Hays Field in Washington Park will host the Pony League World Series. The 2014 10-team, double elimination tournament for 13- and 14-year olds begins Aug. 8 and concludes with the 7:30 p.m. championship game …

Mon Valley Chamber fundraiser to offer encore for ‘Got Talent’

By Chris Buckley
The Stockdale Fire Hall has hosted its share of talent over the years. But on Aug. 9, it will be the site for a collection of the Valley’s best talent. On that date, the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce …

Woman marks 70 years on bench at Rostraver church’s organ

By Emma Jene Lelik
August will mark a 70-year anniversary for the organist at the small country church, Concord United Methodist in Rostraver Township. Mary Lee Budd McBeth developed …

Belle Vernon man faces drug charges

By Chris Buckley
Police are seeking a Belle Vernon man accused of offering cocaine to teenage girls and soliciting them to buy marijuana for him. David Kutcy, 51, …

New leader named at Jefferson Hospital

By The Valley Independent
A Rostraver Township woman is leading Jefferson Hospital in Jefferson Hills. Louise Urban this week was named president and CEO of the hospital located off …

Architect seeks money for work on Charleroi theater project

By Chris Buckley
A Phoenixville, Pa., firm is seeking payment for work performed on the embattled Coyle Theater project. But a judge might have to determine who among the revolving door of leadership in the Mid Mon Valley Cultural Trust is responsible for …

Woman agrees to testify against boyfriend in Charleroi knife fray

By Chris Buckley
The woman who apparently was at the center of a fight that led to a knifing incident at the MD Bar in Charleroi last month has agreed to testify against her boyfriend. Rose M. Brown, 33, of 56 Marion Villa, …

From fighting fires to fighting cancer, Rostraver woman displays strength

By Joe Napsha
Kate Crawford of Rostraver Township used to fight fires for a living, but now she is fighting against stage IV metastatic breast cancer, with the …

Ringgold to seek state’s help funding new school building

By Chris Buckley
The Ringgold School District will formally seek state help in funding its proposed new middle school. The board Wednesday night authorized its architect, HHSDR Engineers, to submit documents applying for funding under the state’s PlanCON program. PlanCON, short for Planning …

Donora seems ready to sue over school sale

By Chris Buckley
Donora appears prepared to seek an injunction aimed at blocking the sale of the former Donora Elementary Center building ahead of a planned Aug. 6 auction. The former Monongahela Elementary Center is also scheduled to go on the auction block …

Ringgold School Board bans book in haste

By Chris Buckley
The Ringgold School Board banned a book in the haste of the meeting and questioned the action after the meeting. The board voted to ban “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s highly decorated but often challenged 1985 book. The …

Victim of Monessen standoff committed suicide

By Rick Bruni Jr.
A Fayette City man who police said shot himself as they attempted to arrest him at a Monessen residence died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the Westmoreland County Coroner’s office ruled Tuesday. Deputy Coroner Tim O’Donnell said …

Timing right for firefighter to get woman, 84, out of burning house

By Rick Bruni Jr.
An elderly Charleroi woman who was unaware her house was burning Tuesday afternoon, escaped quickly and unharmed, thanks to a bit of luck. Doug Prentice …

Land bank considered in Washington County

By Chris Buckley
One property on Charleroi’s demolition list is owned by a man from Irvine, Calif. who told borough officials it is “too cold” in Charleroi for …

House Democratic Policy Committee meets in Monessen

By Chris Buckley
Members of the state House Democratic Policy Committee on Tuesday blamed Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration for cuts in education funding they claim are hurting local …

California police: Suspect shielded self with infant during arrest

By Rick Bruni Jr.
A Uniontown man was still in jail Monday night after purportedly using his infant daughter to shield himself from California police as officers attempted to …

Standoff ends with Fayette City man’s suicide

By Rick Bruni Jr.
A Fayette City man fatally shot himself Monday afternoon inside a Monessen residence as Pennsylvania State Police attempted to arrest him on an outstanding bench …

South Huntingdon girl, 15, heading to college early

By Joe Napsha
Like thousands of other students in the region, Victoria L. Hrach of South Huntingdon, will be going to college this fall, getting an education that …

Bikers’ dozen gear up for 5-day trip from West Newton to D.C.

By Chris Buckley
Each year, an ever-growing group of riders look to David Mickley for guidance as they leave West Newton on a five-day bike trip in pursuit …

Appreciation dance draws oldies faithful back to Stockdale

By Ron Paglia
They were dancing in the street in Stockdale on July 12. Well, almost. “The (parking) lot is filled,” T.J. Wilkinson, chief of the Stockdale Volunteer …

Monessen adds dean of students position

By Chris Buckley
The Monessen School District will have one new principal to oversee the middle and high schools, but a familiar face will assist in administrative efforts. Last month, the board hired Eric Manko as high school principal. At a special meeting …

Charleroi father jailed over filthy home

By Stacy Wolford
A Charleroi man accused of allowing his children to live in a cockroach-infested home littered with drugs, feces and garbage is now in the same …

Porter swears oath as Charleroi Regional Police chief

By Chris Buckley
Larry Hopkins came not just to swear in Eric Porter, but to praise him. Before administering the oath of office to Porter – the new …

Man accused of pushing teen into Mon River

By The Valley Independent
A Monessen man is accused of pushing a teenager into the river and hitting his two friends while they were fishing off the city’s boat launch. Gary Bieneck, 24, of 4 Colonial Drive, is charged with simple assault, harassment and …

Charleroi Area, Bethlehem-Center sued in sex assault case

By Stacy Wolford
A teenage girl who was sexually assaulted in 2012 by a music teacher is suing the Charleroi Area and Bethlehem-Center school districts for failing to protect her. The girl, now 17, claims Charleroi Area High School Principal Patricia Mason was …

PlanCON’s return good news for Ringgold

By Chris Buckley
Ringgold’s plan to build a middle school has received a financial boost because the state has revived the program that funds new building construction. The state has lifted the moratorium on PlanCON, which began in October 2012. PlanCON, short for …

North Charleroi man waives hearing on porn charges

By The Valley Independent
A North Charleroi man will stand trial after being accused of downloading child pornography onto his cellphone. Cody Alan Gadd, 21, of 909 Fourth Street …

Monongahela man back in jail

By Stacy Wolford
A Monongahela man on probation for drug violations and child endangerment is in jail after being accused of burglarizing a New Eagle home. Jeffrey M. …

Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority replacing fleet with natural gas-powered buses

By Chris Buckley
By next fall, buses operating on natural gas will begin making the rounds in the Valley. Bob Smith, operations manager for the Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority, said the price of compressed natural gas is more stable than diesel fuel, …

Valley native Stuart Harris gets national award

By Chris Buckley
If the secret to success is finding a market for your product, Stuart Harris works in the perfect industry. “We’re selling a little bit of …