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Monessen nuisance bar hearing opens

By Jeremy Sellew 7:43 a.m.
A man who lives beside the shuttered S&H Lounge in Monessen testified that he does not allow his 15-year-old grandchild out of the yard. And a ...

Former Monessen Mayor Smith injured in train crossing crash

By The Valley Independent
Former Monessen Mayor Mary Jo Smith reportedly suffered major facial injuries after a large maintenance vehicle collided with her car Thursday at a railroad crossing at the Monessen Riverfront Industrial Park. Monessen police said Smith, 66, was driving east across the ...

Donora council mediates dispute between former, current garbage haulers

By Rick Bruni Jr. 7:43 a.m.
Acting as an intermediary between its former and current garbage haulers, Donora council Thursday attempted to resolve conflicts over commercial trash collection. Council stated that the borough has the legal right to dictate what company hauls garbage and recyclables – and ...

Rostraver Democrat aims for 1 of 3 open spots on Westmoreland County bench

By Rich Cholodofsky
Chris Huffman of Rostraver has announced he will be a candidate this year to serve as judge on Westmoreland County’s Court of Common Pleas. “I can ...

Donora man apprehended after North Belle Vernon pharmacy robbery

By Chris Buckley
A Donora man who allegedly robbed a North Belle Vernon pharmacy at gunpoint Wednesday afternoon was found hiding under a nearby swimming pool deck, police ...

East Bethlehem woman charged in home invasion in which her husband was killed

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Authorities in Ohio apprehended a Washington County woman recently charged in an alleged home invasion last month in West Pike Run. Bobbi Sue West, 30, of East Bethlehem was arrested Tuesday at a residence in Belmont, Ohio, Washington County District Attorney ...

Charleroi man charged in 3 cases

By Stacy Wolford
A Charleroi man is in jail accused of burglarizing two homes and trying to return the stolen goods to a Rostraver store. Joshua Leis Vedder, 28, ...

Emery gets administrative judge job

By Stacy Wolford
Washington County Common Pleas Court’s new administrative judge says she will run her office with an open-door policy for her colleagues. President Judge Katherine B. Emery is now responsible for oversight of the court’s day-to-day operations as administrative judge. Emery replaces interim ...

Donora schedules town hall meet to tackle trash trouble

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Donora officials say they will address a stink over purported garbage-collection problems. From missed collections to an apparent power struggle between the former and current haulers, ...

Parks on Fallowfield agenda

By Chris Buckley
Preliminary construction could begin by the end of the year on Fallowfield’s two parks. On Wednesday, the supervisors accepted HRG’s designs for the parks, located at the municipal complex and off Florence Drive near the former elementary school. HRG was hired last ...

Federal grand jury indicts man for violating poultry law while operating illegal slaughterhouse in his Jefferson Hills home

By Brian Bowling
Hankering for black-market chicken? Then 83-year-old Xia Xue Vue was the man, according to federal authorities. Vue ran an unlicensed, uninspected home-slaughter meat delivery business from ...

‘Runner’ sets pace in new TV venture for Donora native Moses

By Ron Paglia
It would be easy to say Kim Moses and her husband Ian Sander are off and running again with another new television drama series. But that ...

Readers wrestle with memories of ‘Rosie,’ music-comedy team

By Ron Paglia
Three icons of Pittsburgh radio and television are on the minds of readers of today’s backward glance – “Ringside Rosie,” who was very much a ...

Cal U professor who died in campus office was lawyer, civil rights leader

By Debra Erdley
Leaders in labor and legal circles across Pennsylvania say they lost a friend when California University of Pennsylvania professor Burrell A. Brown, a labor lawyer ...

DA Vittone gives Washington County $100K from drug forfeitures

By The Valley Independent
Washington County is now reaping the benefits of its reformulated Drug Task Force Division. District Attorney Gene Vittone last week gave the county commissioners a check for $100,000. The money was gathered from cash and property forfeited by alleged drug dealers ...

Cal U’s 22 Pushups effort draws attention to suicide by veterans

By Chris Buckley
On a cold, snowy Tuesday morning at California University of Pennsylvania, 21 students dropped to the ground and each did 22 pushups. For several students, the ...

Home health care worker assaulted in Monongahela

By The Valley Independent
A Monongahela man is accused of assaulting a home health care worker. Arthur Benoit III, 26, of Hudson Street, was charged by Monongahela police with aggravated ...

Charleroi Area mulls wrestling team future

By Rick Bruni Jr.
The Charleroi Area wrestling program is in danger of folding, and the school board is proposing two short-term fixes. Addressing a concerned parent at Tuesday’s agenda meeting, board President Ken Wiltz and Superintendent Ed Zelich declared the crisis is related to ...

Second career choice leads to business ownership in Charleroi

By Chris Buckley
Daneen Troup worked for 23 years for National City Bank. But in December 2008 she lost her job as a market sales coordinator when the bank ...

Social Security the most misunderstood retirement asset

By Gary Boatman
This week, we will have our monthly discussion about Social Security. No other retirement asset represents such a large retirement income source and is so wildly misunderstood. Sometimes, Social Security planning should start way before someone approaches their 60s. ...

Fayette man allegedly exposed self to Charleroi children

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Quick action by a local high school administrator led to the Monday arrest of a Fayette County man accused of masturbating in front of young ...

Discord drives Monessen meeting

By Chris Buckley
Monessen Councilwoman Lucille D’Alfonso set the tone early in Monday’s council meeting, saying she would not be intimidated by Mayor Lou Mavrakis. But in a sometimes-heated ...

North Belle Vernon man accused of stalking girl, 13

By The Valley Independent
A North Belle Vernon man has been accused of stalking a 13-year-old girl. John Henry Ambler, 31, of Henry Street, was charged with two counts of harassment and one count each of stalking with intent to cause emotional distress, defiant trespass, ...

Wiltz still helping kids as Mon Valley YMCA volunteer

By Chris Buckley
Linda Wiltz has spent a lifetime helping children reach their potential. A decade after retiring from the classroom, Wiltz is still touching the lives of young ...

Pittsburgh diocese campaign big success

By Chris Buckley
Catholic parishes in six southwestern Pennsylvania counties that participated in the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s Our Campaign for the Church Alive! initiative more than doubled the ambitious fiscal goals set for them. But three of eight parishes in the Mid-Mon Valley failed ...

Mid-Mon Valley maintains strong ties to proposed Army museum

By Ron Paglia
One thing is certain about the National Museum of the United States Army: The mid-Monongahela Valley will be well represented in the state-of-the art facility ...

Organizers plunge ahead with 2nd ‘Frosty Frolic’ to benefit California Area

By Chris Buckley
Walter McFann first came up with the “frosty” way to heat up fundraising for the California Area School District Foundation. The foundation president once took a polar plunge to benefit Special Olympics in West Virginia. So why not encourage a Frosty ...

Westmoreland firefighters get training to save pets

By Joe Napsha
As Yukon Fire Chief Clarence Trout watched a veterinarian demonstrate how to administer oxygen to a dog, give a pet first aid and perform cardiopulmonary ...

Rampound brings cheers to Ringgold athletic events

By Les Harvath
While many schools across the nation have fallen victim to schoolwide apathy, Ringgold High School is bucking the trend. With pinkout, whiteout and blackout themes, ...

Monessen teenager charged in arson spree

By Jeremy Sellew
Monessen police have accused a 17-year-old boy of setting or attempting to set three fires Jan. 16 and 17. The boy, who was charged as a ...

Deteriorating Charleroi properties to be reviewed

By Chris Buckley
Charleroi will go public with its initial list of troublesome downtown properties. A public meeting will be held 10 a.m. Jan. 31. The meeting will be conducted by borough council’s public safety committee of Randy DiPiazza, Larry Celaschi Jr. and Paul ...

Mon Valley projects compete for shares of casino cash

By Chris Buckley
California University of Pennsylvania hopes to use a $142,500 Local Share Account grant for an advanced stage and rigging structure at its convocation center. In Monongahela, officials hope the county will grant the city $5,700 to buy a projector for movie ...

Monessen bar padlocked by sheriff after DA declares it a ‘nuisance’

By Paul Peirce
The sheriff’s office padlocked a Monessen bar Friday once Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck had it declared a nuisance bar because of multiple shootings, a stabbing and fights during the past three years. The S & H Restaurant, also known ...

Charleroi Regional police board promotes Zelinsky to detective

By Chris Buckley
The Charleroi Regional Police Department officially has a new detective. Chad Zelinsky was sworn in Thursday night as detective. He fills the vacancy left when Chief ...

Crisafulli: No signs of slowing down

By Ron Paglia
“Red Hot Mama … You’re the one I need. Red Hot Mama, you’re some charmer, yes indeed.” – Words and music by Gilbert Wells, Bud ...

2 city men charged in Dec. 29 Monessen arson

By Jeremy Sellew
Monessen police made a pair of arrests Thursday in connection with a Dec. 29 arson. Police said neither suspect is believed to be involved with ...

Belle Vernon man impersonated notary public for car deal, police say

By Tribune-Review
A Belle Vernon man falsely claimed to be a licensed car dealer from Indiana after he had gone out of business and fraudulently sold a car online, police said. Robert William Richards, 50, was charged by state police in Greensburg with ...

Cal U to hold memorial service for basketball player before home game

By Tribune-Review
California University of Pennsylvania will hold a brief memorial service for senior basketball player Shanice Clark Saturday afternoon when the women’s basketball team plays Slippery ...

Ringgold investigates knife incident

By Rick Bruni Jr.
The Ringgold School District on Thursday could not validate an elementary student’s claim that another student pulled out a knife during a bus ride home, according to the superintendent. Dr. Karen Polkabla said that, following a joint investigation, school police and ...