TribLIVE

| Neighborhoods


North Belle Vernon gets tough on storm water

By Rick Bruni Jr.
The Belle Vernon Municipal Authority is coming down on North Belle Vernon officials to eliminate borough storm water from overwhelming sanitary sewer lines. Likewise, borough council must clamp down on residents who have not removed their downspouts from pipes that …

Homeless man held for robbing Rostraver stores

By Chris Buckley
A homeless man wanted for a strong-arm robbery at Walmart and four additional retail thefts at other stores in Rostraver Township has been arrested. Carlo …

Hearing set on dangerous intersection in Rostraver

By Chris Buckley
A pair of public hearings over the next two weeks will address a dangerous intersection in Rostraver Township and a zoning concern over a former bus depot now used by a private trucking company. The Oct. 21 session at the …

Familiar format focuses on journey to Yesteryear visit

By Ron Paglia
Responding to popular demand from seven faithful readers of these weekly backward glances, here is another familiar look at This Day in History. 70 YEARS AGO Monday, Oct. 2, 1944 Speedy Johnny Grigas scored a touchdown on a 20-yard run …

Pawlick opens new company in Allenport

By Chris Buckley
Lue Ann Pawlick has spent more than two decades helping companies to create jobs. But the executive director of the Middle Monongahela Industrial Development Association …

Working toward retirement: Be proactive

By Gary Boatman
We have seen major increases in volatility recently in the stock market. Last week, the DOW experienced over 100-point swings every day. Some days the market was up, but for the week it lost 1 percent. The S&P 500, which …

Allenport home of killer riddled by bullets

By Tribune-Review
The Allenport home of a man who authorities say shot and killed his estranged wife apparently was riddled by bullets during the weekend. State police reported that “several shots” were fired at an occupied home on Middle Street at 2:10 …

Monessen woman honored for service as church volunteer

By Chris Buckley
Growing up in Brier Hill, Anna Mae Bukowski watched as her parents, John and Mary Bukowski, did volunteer work at St. Hedwig Church. Her mother …

Water outage hits Washington Twp.

By Tribune-Review
An undetermined number of Municipal Authority of Washington Township customers went without water for approximately three hours Monday evening. Washington Township Supervisor Dan Moody said the water outage covered a wide area, including Fayette City, Gillespie as well as homes …

3 hurt in Carroll crash

By The Valley Independent
3 hurt in Carroll motorcycle crash …

Vehicle crashes into building on North Belle Vernon street

By Chris Buckley
George “Jeep” Kyle was walking along Broad Avenue in North Belle Vernon with his wife, Sherry, when he heard a bang. “I said, ‘My goodness, …

Plans gearing up for Monessen Veterans Day Parade

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Just nine months ago, Ron Chromulak recalls the naysayers doubting Monessen could host the 70th annual Valley Veterans Day Parade. “When we had this meeting …

Donora Historical Society sets Cement City tour

By The Valley Independent
The Donora Historical Society will conduct its fourth annual Cement City Home and Walking Tour 1 p.m. Oct 19. Cement City is a National Historic …

Bullets hit Allenport woman’s house

By Rick Bruni Jr.
State police are investigating gunshots Saturday morning that apparently targeted the Allenport home of a woman whose son was involved last week in a murder-suicide. …

October is Domestic Violence Month

By Chris Buckley
The fight to raise awareness about domestic violence suffers from an identity crisis, largely because it is observed in October – the same as Breast Cancer Awareness month. “The reality is, domestic violence impacts more women than breast cancer, cervical …

Dawson funeral home director a fixture since 1946

By John Tremba
When entering Dawson, you can’t help feeling transported back in time. The slow-moving Youghiogheny River can’t decide if it wants to stay still under the …

Rostraver jeweler goes all out to beat breast cancer

By Tribune-Review
The owners of a Rostraver jewelry store, who have been affected by cancer at home and at their business, have expanded their efforts to support …

Valley Art Club holds 72nd annual exhibit

By Chris Buckley
Though the Valley Art Club’s annual show opens each year in September, club President Christine Gilotty said it has more of a holiday feel for …

Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority nixes merger

By Chris Buckley
Local transit success used to be measured one rider at a time, Marc Roncone said. “It used to be with this agency that if there …

Kline span demolition likely starts this year

By Chris Buckley
Demolition of the bridge spanning the Monongahela River between Donora and Webster will begin before year’s end. The job is not expected to be completed until spring. Long known as the Donora-Webster Bridge, the span was renamed the Lieutenant Governor …

Push still on for Mon/Fayette Expressway completion

By Chris Buckley
With a new comprehensive state transportation package in place, the Mon Valley Progress Council is encouraging the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to establish a funding plan and construction schedule by year’s end for Mon/Fayette Expressway completion. The council is seeking municipal …

Monongahela’s Ladies of Charity quietly doing good deeds

By Emma Jene Lelik
Their name says it all. They are the Ladies of Charity. This small band of compassionate women from Monongahela follows the example of St.Vincent de …

Well-traveled Zemko credits homegrown values from Charleroi for successes in life

By Ron Paglia
He has traveled the globe, walked the Great Wall of China and now lives in Little River, S.C., but Stephen (Steve) Zemko’s heart and soul …

Pippy: Coal power plant regulations not ‘realistic’

By Chris Buckley
John Pippy summed up the attitude of the coal industry toward developing state and federal clean air standards by simply saying: “Oversight is good, overreach is bad.” Speaking Friday at a luncheon meeting that followed the quarterly board meeting of …

Monessen woman in court for fake prescription, drug charges

By Jeremy Sellew
A Monessen woman accused of calling in and picking up fake prescriptions to Rite Aid pharmacy waived her right to a preliminary hearing Friday. Appearing at the office of Magisterial District Judge Joseph Dalfonso, Erica Marie Ciepley, 33, of 523 …

2 Washington Township burglary suspects arrested

By The Valley Independent
Two men are in jail after they were allegedly caught during an attempted burglary in Washington Township. Washington Township police responded to reports of a suspicious person in the 200 to 400 blocks of Harmony Church Road 2:36 p.m. Tuesday. …

Westmoreland County DA seeks immunity for woman in Monessen slaying

By Rich Cholodofsky
Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck wants to give immunity to the girlfriend of a Monessen man awaiting trial for murder. To solicit her testimony, Peck on Thursday asked a county judge to give immunity to Chalsee Hughes of Duquesne …

Mon Valley man faces trial, claims innocence to lawyer

By Stacy Wolford
A Belle Vernon man denies that he tried to offer cocaine to three teenage girls, telling his attorney he was trying to “teach them a …

Suspected drugs seized in Monessen

By Jeremy Sellew
Westmoreland County sheriff’s deputies and the Monessen police didn’t get their man Thursday, but they didn’t come away from a search empty-handed. Acting on a …

Ringgold acts on middle school project

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Ringgold School Board President Mariann Bulko cast her vote, then cast her eyes heavenward and exclaimed, “Hallelujah.” Bulko and the board took significant steps at Thursday’s meeting to move ahead with building a new middle school on the high school …

What’s the quickest way to create a habit? Think tiny

By Linda Arnold
Quick: what does flossing one tooth have in common with doing one pushup or putting on a pair of running shoes? They’re all successful barometers …

Daughter: Allenport woman shot to death by estranged husband feared him

By Renatta Signorini
Neighbors said they heard regular arguments during the past few months at an Allenport woman’s home where state police believe her estranged husband shot and …

Monongahela mayor sues district judge, district attorney over theft charges

By Brian Bowling
Monongahela’s mayor says in a federal lawsuit filed on Wednesday that a district judge used his office to settle a personal score. Mayor Robert Kepics and his wife, Nancy, sued District Judge Mark Wilson and Washington County District Attorney Eugene …

Fallowfield supervisors to take closer look at report

By Chris Buckley
Stormwater drainage system repairs in the Rodgers Manor plan in Fallowfield would cost $563,000, the township’s engineer estimated. But engineer Carl DeiCas said issues with stormwater runoff on DeAmbroggi Road are apparently not the township’s responsibility. In a letter to …

Annual Ghost Tour set in Monongahela

By Chris Buckley
For a city founded seven years before the country, Monongahela has history – and many historic buildings. Much of the downtown was developed in the …

Strelick’s passion for baseball linked to Pirates, family

By Ron Paglia
You can always count on Gary Strelick of Charleroi to provide enjoyable journeys down Memory Lane. Strelick, a longtime leader of the Greater Monessen Historical Society, proved the point again with a poignant reminder that his father, George Strelick, and …

6 charged following downtown California street fight

By Chris Buckley
Six people – five of them California University of Pennsylvania students –were charged following a street fight in downtown California early Sunday morning. Eugene Buccilli III, 21, of Verona, Anastasiva Miecznikowski, 24, of Monessen, Michael Price, 24, of Cheapeake, Va., …

Best way to get a job is to be well-prepared

By Chris Buckley
The first step to landing the right job is preparation. In anticipation of the Mon Valley Job Fair, the Mon Valley CareerLink is offering “Be …

Allenport woman fatally shot outside residence

By Stacy Wolford
An Allenport woman was found fatally shot in the head outside her home late Tuesday. State police from the Belle Vernon Barracks, RESA police, and the Washington County coroner were called about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday to Locust Street, where the …