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Traffic stop near home leads to drug charges for 3 Monongahela residents

By Jeremy Sellew 4:42 p.m.
Drug charges were filed against three Monongahela residents after a traffic stop in the city Tuesday afternoon. Monongahela police Officer Roderic Henson said he pulled …

Man charged in animal attack will stand trial

By Chris Buckley 4:45 p.m.
A Carroll man will stand trial on charges that he physically abused several farm animals while intoxicated. Philip Lon Seighman, 47, of 1230 Keenan Hill …

Fallowfield park plan debated

By Rick Bruni Jr. 4:42 p.m.
Despite protests from a handful of longtime residents, the Fallowfield Board of Supervisors moved ahead Wednesday with plans to renovate and upgrade its two public parks. The board unanimously hired the Herbert, Rowland & Grubic engineering firm for $15,750 to …

Ringgold considers school options

By Chris Buckley 4:42 p.m.
A tax increase will be needed to construct a new middle school and complete major renovations at Ringgold Elementary School North. But years of creating a debt service fund should allow the school board to keep any additional mills under …

Daley to face Cook in 49th District

By Chris Buckley
The Valley’s longest standing state lawmaker, Peter J. Daley touts more than three decades of achievements in seeking re-election to the 49th Legislative District. His …

Sports provided solid foundation for Zemko

By Ron Paglia
He now devotes his time and energy to golf but Stephen (Steve) Zemko retains strong memories of the years in which he wrote special chapters …

North Belle Vernon park plan advances

By Jeremy Sellew
After months of effort, North Belle Vernon Councilman R.J. Sokol’s master plan to overhaul Graham Street Park is looking like it’s going to come to …

Get a ‘makeover’ to attend the Monessen police Zombie Ball

By The Valley Independent
You don’t have to dress up as a member of “The Walking Dead,” to attend the Monessen Police/K-9 Zombie Ball, but it might be easier than you think. The event will take place from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday at …

Charleroi to review school security plan

By Rick Bruni Jr.
The Charleroi Area school board and superintendent were peppered with suggestions on how to improve school security at Tuesday’s business meeting. But after the meeting, Superintendent Ed Zelich and board President Ken Wiltz warned that while improvements need to be …

Monessen man held on numerous charges

By Rick Bruni Jr.
A Monessen man is in jail on charges alleging he stole more than $3,000 worth of items from a California Borough resident. California police said …

Quality Pasta opens in Charleroi

By Chris Buckley
For years, Charleroi residents bought their groceries at the Sparkle store in Chamber Plaza. Now the site is home to a state-of-the-art food packaging facility, …

Planning for your special needs child

By Gary Boatman
It is estimated that 6.1 percent of the under-18 population have a disability. This is four million children. Their parents work to provide the care that they need. The parents deal with the challenges and provide the love and support …

Charleroi man held for Rostraver arson

By Chris Buckley
A Charleroi man is facing felony charges alleging he intentionally set a fire inside the Dollar General store Friday that damaged two other businesses in …

Duquesne man shot outside of Carroll bar

By Jeremy Sellew
Carroll police are investigating after a Duquesne man was shot outside of a township bar early Sunday morning. Police Chief Paul Brand said Devon Brown, 25, was shot in the neck outside of Hot House Tap and Grille, 807 Dry …

2-vehicle crash detours traffic along Route 51

By Rick Bruni Jr.
No serious injuries were reported after an early-morning accident Monday in Forward that left coal scattered along Route 51, shutting down both the north and …

BVA support staff gets new 6-year contract

By Chris Buckley
Support personnel in the Belle Vernon Area School District received a new six-year contract Monday. Contract talks with the district’s teachers are ongoing, Superintendent Dr. John Wilkinson said. The six-year contract with the Belle Vernon Area Education Support Professionals covers …

Charleroi man charged in Tri-County Plaza fire in Rostraver

By Tribune-Review
A Charleroi man was charged with arson Monday in connection with a Friday evening fire that damaged numerous businesses in the Tri-County Plaza along Route 201, off Interstate 70. Jonathan Aaron Szabo, 24, was additionally charged with causing or risking …

North Belle Vernon, Perryopolis have scary good times at Halloween parades

By The Valley Independent
North Belle Vernon and Perryopolis were invaded Saturday by ghouls and goblins for their annual Halloween parades. But for those easily frightened, there were plenty …

Mon Valley YMCA scholarship auction planned

By Chris Buckley
Long before he became well known as the public address announcer for the Pittsburgh Penguins, the late John Barbero was a well known and respected …

Many musicians enjoyed roles in legacy of Harmoneers

By Ron Paglia
Part 3 of 3 Performing with The Harmoneers was an avocation for the musicians who comprised the band during its long run on the area …

Frazier cross country letter winner stays on the run

By Les Harvath
Ask any and all long-distance runners what thoughts are bouncing through their minds as they traverse often equally bumpy trails and terrain. From A to …

Arrest made in connection with Rostraver home invasion

By Jeremy Sellew
A Charleroi woman was jailed for her alleged role in a violent home invasion by three men that left a 91-year-old Collinsburg woman hospitalized, Rostraver …

Luck runs out for fugitive ‘Jinx’ Law

By Stacy Wolford
One of two men wanted for a shootout in Monessen was found Friday hiding on the roof of a Latrobe house. Anthony “Jinx” Law, 29, …

California University police officer alleges discrimination

By Tribune-Review
A female police officer at California University of Pennsylvania who is on restricted sick leave has sued the university, alleging she has been passed over for promotions offered to male colleagues and subjected to discrimination because of sick-leave use and …

Washington County military surplus store sold stolen items, detectives say

By Paul Peirce
The owner of the California Army-Navy surplus store and his nephew made “substantial profits” by selling more than $216,000 worth of military property allegedly stolen …

Donora man accused of hours-long assault of woman

By Stacy Wolford
An anonymous tip led to the arrest of a Donora man accused of beating a woman in a jealous rage “to get the truth out …

Monessen police seek 2 shootout suspects

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Monessen police accused two men of exchanging gunfire on a city street earlier this month. Police on Thursday filed weapons charges against Anthony “Jinx” Law, …

$10K grants will help people purchase homes in Monessen

By Rich Cholodofsky
Westmoreland County commissioners will fund a program to give Monessen residents grants of up to $10,000 to help them purchase homes in the city. The grants are part of a strategy county and city officials devised last year to eliminate …

Preservation project set for I-70 bridge

By Chris Buckley
Built more than 60 years ago, the Belle Vernon-Speers Bridge has avoided inclusion on the state’s list of structurally deficient bridges. A preservation project slated …

3 men arrested on drug charges in Donora

By Stacy Wolford
Three men are in jail after they were allegedly caught with more than $40,000 worth of heroin in the basement of a Donora home. Washington …

Woman accused of dealing drugs in Donora

By Stacy Wolford
A convicted drug dealer from Monessen is back in jail after she allegedly hid suspected heroin and cash inside her body cavity. Ashley Nicole Kronemer, …

Salvation Army honors Mon Valley do-gooders

By Chris Buckley
Three days before Christmas, Mother Nature seemed more like the Grinch that Stole Christmas. A downpour flooded the basement of the Mon Valley Citadel of …

Octogenarian priest recalls his early days growing up in Donora

By Ron Paglia
Growing up in Mid-Monongahela Valley communities such as Donora has its advantages. Just ask the Very Rev. John Nehrebecki, pastor emeritus of the Church of …

Charleroi mayor updates progress on master plan

By Chris Buckley
In 2012, Charleroi initiated Revive 2016, designed to create a master plan for the borough by 2016. Midway toward that goal, the plan is taking …

Charleroi Area putting comprehensive plan together

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Talking about forming a comprehensive plan for the school district, Charleroi Area Superintendent Ed Zelich returned to his roots in athletics. After Tuesday’s work session, the former high school and college basketball coach drew a comparison between formatting the mandatory …

Allegheny official sees bright future

By Chris Buckley
News of the Pittsburgh region’s demise has been historically greatly exaggerated, Bill Flanagan believes. In fact, roughly 100,000 more people are working in the 10-county region now than during the height of the steel industry four decades ago. Flanagan, executive …

Rostraver woman victim of home invasion

By Jeremy Sellew
Three men wearing ski masks attacked a 91-year-old woman Tuesday morning in her home in Rostraver’s Collinsburg section, police said. Rostraver police chief Greg Resetar said the incident took place about 6:45 a.m. on German Street. Resetar said the woman …

Pittsburgh man pleads guilty in Monessen shooting

By Tribune-Review
A Pittsburgh man pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges related to a shooting last year in Monessen that left a man paralyzed. Police said Rufus Poindexter was one of two men who shot Brian Simpson in the chest at a Summit …