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CCAC’s Washington Center plans first job fair

By Chris Buckley 12:01 a.m.
The Washington Crown Center, formerly the Franklin Mall, has been a popular regional shopping area since 1969. For the past 13 years, the Crown Center has ...

Valley public transit pioneer honored for years of service

By Chris Buckley 12:51 a.m.
John “Chummy” Lignelli recalls the first meeting of elected officials from the Mon Valley to discuss public transit. It took place 30 years ago in Donora, ...

Discipline imposed for ‘Fifty Shades’ flub

By Rick Bruni Jr. 12:51 a.m.
A Monessen School District employee who accidently gave a word search puzzle containing sexually explicit terms to several middle school students last month has been punished, but the nature of the penalty remains a secret. After Tuesday’s school board work ...

Cal U fraternity president cited after police arrest 7 in weekend brawl

By Debra Erdley
The president of a California University of Pennsylvania fraternity was cited for operating a disorderly house on Tuesday, after an investigation of a brawl outside the Sigma Tau Gamma house early Sunday. Borough police Chief Rick Encapera said Michael Mackowick, 21, ...

Charleroi woman charged in home invasion pleads, is released

By Rich Cholodofsky 12:01 a.m.
One of the suspects in a home invasion and assault of a 91-year-old Monessen woman was released from jail Tuesday. Bobbi Jo Drdul, 28, of Charleroi pleaded guilty to a felony count of hindering the apprehension of her co-defendants and receiving ...

Demolition moving to Donora side of bridge

By Chris Buckley 12:01 a.m.
As demolition of the bridge spanning the Monongahela River between Donora and Webster continues, plans are underway to pay tribute to the bridge’s namesake. PennDOT officials ...

Equipment worth $20K stolen from Donora-Webster bridge demolition site

By Rick Bruni Jr. 12:01 a.m.
Rostraver police are investigating the theft of approximately $20,000 worth of demolition equipment near the Lt. Gov. Ernest Kline Bridge in Webster. Police Chief Greg Resetar said someone stole a pair of hydraulic hammers worth approximately $10,000 apiece from the Westmoreland ...

North Belle Vernon man faces trial for alleged assault of wife

By Jeremy Sellew
A North Belle Vernon man who allegedly held scissors to his wife’s throat faces trial in Westmoreland County Court. On Monday, Magisterial District Judge Charles Christner ...

Charleroi Federal Savings unveils new name — cfsbank

By Chris Buckley
First National Bank of Charleroi began humbly with one teller window in 1936. The financial institution has undergone several name changes over nearly eight decades in ...

North Belle Vernon pharmacy robbery suspect to stand trial

By Jeremy Sellew
With five witnesses prepared to testify against him, a Donora man accused of robbing a North Belle Vernon pharmacy waived his right to a preliminary ...

Trials ordered in Charleroi stash house case

By Jeremy Sellew
Two people accused of storing large amounts of crack cocaine in a Charleroi apartment each face trial in Washington County Court. Lindsay Dawn Redlinger, 25, of ...

Flood watch issued this week for Mon River near Charleroi 

By Chris Buckley
Rain, snow melt and possible ice jams are expected to cause low level flooding this week along the Monongahela River. At Lock and Dam Four in North Charleroi, the river is expected to crest at 28.7 feet at 1 p.m. Thursday. ...

Memories still vivid for Monessen WWII veteran

By Rick Bruni Jr.
When it comes to the game of life, Mike “Turk” Matush admits he’s been playing with house money. As a teenager, the 89-year-old lifelong Monessen resident ...

Shale drilling boom a bust for some Western Pennsylvania towns

By Craig Smith
John Mollenauer has viewed the prosperity raining on western Washington County from the Marcellus shale boom with all the longing of a kid staring through ...

8 charged following fight in California

By The Valley Independent
Eight people were arrested in California after a large fight broke early Sunday morning. Borough police were called to 525 Second St. at 2:32 a.m. ...

Mon Valley Y helps youngsters get F.I.T.

By Chris Buckley
The Mon Valley YMCA offers a variety of services for members of all ages. But Executive Director Jeff Vitale acknowledged that beyond preschool children, there was ...

Scottdale-filmed ‘Gore Orphanage’ wins online contest

By Mary Pickels
A horror film based on an urban legend about a haunted Ohio orphanage came in first as Most Anticipated Title of 2015 in an online horror magazine contest. “Gore Orphanage” was filmed last summer in Scottdale, with Greystone Manor standing in ...

Sutersville denied grant to fix boat ramp

By Joe Napsha
Sutersville lost a nationwide competition for a $10,000 grant that would have been used to renovate the borough’s old asphalt boat ramp into Youghiogheny River. Mayor Alaina Breakiron learned last month that her application for one of four nationwide $10,000 grants ...

Gas service mostly restored in California

By Bob Stiles
Columbia Gas hoped to have service restored to all California Borough customers by Saturday night, according to a company spokesman. Scott Waitlevertch said that as of 3:30 p.m. Saturday, seven customers needed to contact his company so that safety checks could ...

Rostraver police investigating alleged sexual misconduct between Ringgold HS employee, student

By Chris Buckley
Rostraver police are investigating alleged sexual misconduct involving a Ringgold High School employee and a student, police confirmed Friday. Last week, the district released a letter indicating that “allegations have been made that an employee of the Ringgold School District may ...

Rostraver man faces trial in child sex case

By Jeremy Sellew
A Rostraver man accused of sexual contact with a 10-year-old girl was ordered Friday to stand trial. Ian James Gilmore, 34, of Martin Road appeared for ...

Monessen boys capture yet another WPIAL basketball title

By Bill Hughes
For the seventh time in its storied basketball history, and for the fifth time under Joe Salvino, Monessen can call itself WPIAL champions. “This is very ...

Charleroi man accused of improper sexual contact with teen

By Rick Bruni Jr.
A Charleroi man was accused Friday of performing sex acts with a 15-year-old girl whom he allegedly furnished with alcohol and a cellphone. Charleroi Regional police ...

Monongahela man injured in house fire

By Rick Bruni Jr.
A Monongahela man suffered burns after his house caught fire Friday evening. Officials did not identify the victim. When firefighters from multiple departments responded to 633 Park ...

Federal judge dismisses Monongahela mayor’s lawsuit against district judge, district attorney

By Brian Bowling
A federal judge Thursday dismissed Monongahela Mayor Robert Kepics’ lawsuit against District Judge Mark Wilson and Washington County District Attorney Eugene Vittone. Kepics and his wife, Nancy, sued Wilson and Vittone over theft charges they claim Wilson had filed against the ...

Problem with gas line forces evacuations in California Borough

By Jeremy Sellew and Chris Buckley
A natural gas line problem forced the evacuation of residents on Orchard Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in California borough early Friday. Columbia Gas spokesman Scott Waitlevertch ...

Charleroi woman reaches 100

By Miranda Startare
Talking to Charleroi resident Eloise McDowell can make one think of sipping sweet tea on a warm summer day in the Alabama sunshine. With her sweet ...

In Monongahela Valley Hospital visit, former Steeler emphasizes value of exercise

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Craig Wolfley can pinpoint the exact moment he felt his heart rate peak. As a rookie trying to make a name for himself during the 1980 ...

Prosecutors want texts back in Pinkney trial

By Joe Napsha
Prosecutors have asked a Westmoreland County judge to reconsider his ruling last year that banned using as evidence text messages about buying bullets between a Monessen man accused of murdering a drug dealer and his former girlfriend. District Attorney John Peck ...

North Charleroi chase suspect ordered to stand trial

By Jeremy Sellew
A man accused of leading police on a chase in North Charleroi on Jan. 8 will stand trial on various charges after appearing for a ...

Woman identified in fatal Washington crash

By Jeremy Sellew
A Washington County woman was killed late Wednesday during a vehicle crash on Interstate 70 in Somerset Township. State police said Vanessa Mutschler, 27, of Washington was speeding in the eastbound lane when her car went off the road and overturned ...

Charleroi faces EPA pressure for sewer work

By Chris Buckley
The Authority of the Borough of Charleroi is not under a consent decree from the state to make improvements, but is facing pressure from the federal government to begin work on its combined sewer system. A consent order is a written ...

Children hurt in 2-vehicle crash at busy Carroll intersection

By Stacy Wolford
Two young children were injured in a two-vehicle crash late Wednesday morning at a busy Carroll intersection. Carroll police Chief Paul Brand said a vehicle driven ...

North Belle Vernon man accused in attack, deadly threats

By Chris Buckley
A North Belle Vernon man is accused of threatening to kill his wife and police and threatening to disfigure her with a pair of scissors. Anthony ...

Charleroi arson suspect reaches plea deal

By Stacy Wolford
The most serious charges against a Charleroi man accused of attempting to start a fire at his apartment building were withdrawn. Andrew Wrublesky, 21, who lives in Char House, appeared in Washington County Central Court Wednesday on charges stemming from the ...

Authority of the Borough of Charleroi spot sparks dispute

By Chris Buckley
The Authority of the Borough of Charleroi named a retired authority employee to its board Tuesday over the protests of one board member and a Fallowfield supervisor. But Fallowfield may be represented if the board expands — amidst concerns over a ...

Monongahela man charged in assault of disabled father with antlers

By Chris Buckley
A Monongahela man who was charged last month in the assault of a home health care worker is now accused of attacking his father as ...

Fallowfield supervisors hear plea

By Chris Buckley
The Fallowfield Township supervisors are still studying options for police protection. But one resident made a plea that the community not join the Charleroi Regional Police. In a letter dated Feb. 19 and read during the township’s monthly meeting Wednesday, James ...

Documents provide timeless reminders in North Charleroi

By Ron Paglia
There are, we’ve been told, two basic types of collectors – the accumulator and the appreciator. That theory applies whether you’re collecting coins, stamps, ...