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Murrysville man won’t be charged for slitting pit bull’s throat

By Patrick Varine
Police say a Murrysville man won’t face charges for killing a pit bull that he said attacked his fiancée last week. According to Murrysville police, Jonathon Brissel killed the animal by slitting its throat with a knife after it bit Ashley ...

Back to drawing board for Export park-and-ride plans

By Patrick Varine
If a park-and-ride facility is going to be built in Export, the Westmoreland Transit Authority and the county’s Industrial Development Corp. will have to go ...

PTOs, officials welcome waiver of fees for volunteers

By Patrick Varine
When Gov. Tom Wolf last month announced that the state would waive the fees for background checks for volunteers working with children, it came as a great relief to Christine Klemstine, president of the Heritage Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization. “We’ve had volunteers ...

Franklin Regional Soccer Boosters’ 5K set for Aug. 22

By Patrick Varine
For the past dozen years, the Franklin Regional Soccer Boosters have organized a 5K run to benefit the school district’s soccer programs for boys and ...

Murrysville tattoo parlor to host St. Jude fundraiser

By Patrick Varine
Over the past 18 years, Scott Riddle and his tattoo gun have inked thousands of people. This Sunday, Riddle will use his artistic ability to ...

Crash ties up traffic at Routes 380 and 286 in Murrysville

By Liz Hayes
Murrysville police reported traffic was backed up at the intersection of Routes 380 and 286 Thursday evening due to a motorcycle crash. The crash involved a motorcycle and another vehicle about 5:30 p.m. near Cooper’s RV Center. A motorcyclist reportedly …

Judge orders defense medical experts to give Hribal files to prosecutors

By Rich Cholodofsky
A Westmoreland County judge on Monday ordered six medical experts to disclose to prosecutors all psychological and psychiatric records related to the Murrysville teen accused of trying to kill 20 classmates and a security guard last year. Judge Christopher Feliciani signed ...

Turtle Creek short-line rail marks 125th anniversary

By Patrick Varine
The rail bed that runs past Dura-Bond in Export has been in the news lately because of plans to convert it from a working rail ...

Photo gallery: ‘Water Day’ at Goddard School in Murrysville

By Tribune-Review
It was a beautiful morning on Monday, July 20, 2015, for students to celebrate a “Water Day” at the Goddard School, in the Blue Spruce ...

Delmont council notes: Two new officers hired, smoke testing to take place

By Patrick Varine
Delmont Council last week approved the hiring of two part-time police officers to replace two who have resigned and one who was unavailable during the time he was needed. One of the new officers, Nathaniel Ferree, is already familiar with Delmont, ...

‘Wipes out’: Nonflushable paper products causing clogging issues

By Patrick Varine
Delmont Borough has installed “trash baskets” at its Cramer pump station for primarily one reason — to catch debris such as “flushable” wipes before they can jam up the pumping equipment. “They’re advertised as ‘flushable,’” Delmont Solicitor Dan Hewitt said. “They’re ...

Delmont library to sponsor winemaking program

By Patrick Varine
How do you know if your homemade wine tastes good? Well, if you win four gold medals in one year at the Festa Italiana di Vandergrift’s ...

Delmont library officials looking at Beirer Street location for new building

By Patrick Varine
Delmont Public Library officials have decided to change the proposed location of a new library building to borough-owned property on Beirer Street, behind the existing Delmont municipal building. At the request of library officials, Delmont Council last week began developing ...

Repeat shoplifters could be subject to stiffer penalties

By Patrick Varine
When a Greensburg man was charged with shoplifting DVDs from the same Wal-Mart five times in less than a month, he set himself up for a stiffer penalty because of changes in state law. Gregory Love Jr. in late 2014 was ...

Work to begin on Pucketa Creek bridge near Murrysville

By Bob Stiles
Motorists might encounter travel restrictions as soon as Monday on a bridge being replaced near Murrysville, PennDOT officials said. Beech Construction Co. workers will be replacing the Greensburg Road bridge on Route 366. The bridge spans Pucketa Creek. Travel will be restricted ...

Ruptured water line back in service in Murrysville

By Tribune-Review
A water line break was repaired early Sunday, restoring service to about 20 customers in Murrysville, said Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County spokesman Tom Ceraso. The break affected authority customers Saturday evening. A ruptured line was reported to Westmoreland 911 dispatchers ...

Murrysville Community Park will offer first-ever wetlands tour on Saturday

By Patrick Varine
Susan Miller has been exploring the wetlands in Murrysville Community Park since March, and what she found has been so surprising that she wants to ...

Judge weighs factors in trying Hribal as juvenile or adult

By Patrick Varine
Before Alex Hribal undergoes a trial on charges related to the April 2014 knife attacks at Franklin Regional High School, a judge must determine whether ...

‘The Great Day of Play’ at Murrysville First United Methodist Church

By Patrick Varine
WHAT IS IT? From small towns to big cities to children’s television broadcasters such as Nickelodeon, entities throughout the country have sponsored and hosted a ...

Murrysville Council continues grass-cutting debate

By Patrick Varine
While Murrysville Council agreed that changes are necessary for the municipality’s grass-cutting ordinance, exactly what changes and how they would be enforced remain a topic of debate. Chief administrator Jim Morrison has said changes to the ordinance are necessary so that ...

Work on Puckety Bridge in Murrysville set to begin

By Emily Balser
Drivers who take Greensburg Road in Murrysville may need to allow for extra time in their commute as the bridge over Puckety Creek will be ...

Accident closes Route 22 in Murrysville

By Tribune-Review
All lanes of Route 22 in Murrysville reopened from being closed during the Monday evening rush hour because of a tractor-trailer accident in the area ...

Murrysville home damaged in blaze

By Tribune-Review
A Murrysville man was staying with family Sunday after a late morning fire caused significant damage to his residence at the Village of Clover Ridge. Murrysville volunteer fire Chief Brian Synan said the man was not at his Ridge Lane …

Volunteers spruce up Murrysville’s McGinnis Nature Reserve

By Patrick Varine
A beautiful spring day can be a real drag if you’re stuck working all day in an office. But a group of volunteers from the Murrysville ...

Franklin Regional science students experience ‘Stock Market Game’

By Patrick Varine
The stock market. An Earth-science class. Those two don’t seem like much of a match. But international interest in environmentally-sustainable business practices brought them closer at ...

Murrysville native Bullock vying for health magazine’s ‘Next Fitness Star’

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Exercise has been a part of Christine Bullock’s life since she was 3 years old. She began with ballet lessons and has continued some form of ...

Murrysville bridges to be fixed as part of public-private venture

By Patrick Varine
Of the nearly 560 structurally deficient Pennsylvania bridges slated for replacement over the next three years, two of them are in Murrysville and will be completed during the first phase of the project. The Pennsylvania Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a ...

Franklin Regional reaches deal with school maintenance staff

By Patrick Varine
Franklin Regional School Board this week approved a new contract with Teamsters Local Union No. 205, which represents 40 maintenance and custodial staff in the district. The four-year deal includes annual raises of 1.1 percent and creates team-leader positions for second-shift ...

Franklin Regional to get $335K for ads at facilities

By Patrick Varine
The Franklin Regional School District will be paid $335,000 for a car dealership group and health care provider to advertise at district sports facilities. The revenue from the Bowser Automotive Group and Allegheny Health Network contracts will cover the cost to ...

Murrysville Marcellus Shale Task Force report available

By Patrick Varine
The report of the Murrysville Marcellus Shale Task Force is available to the public through the Murrysville municipal website. The nine-person task force was charged with reviewing and analyzing the municipality’s 4-year-old shale-drilling regulations and drilling-related legal cases that provide context ...

Franklin Regional finalizes budget

By Patrick Varine
The Franklin Regional School Board has approved a 2015-16 budget that raises the property-tax rate by 1.73 mills. In a 6-3 vote — with members George Harding, Jane Tower and Jeremy Samek opposed — the board approved a $52.7 million budget ...

Cleanways Fugitive Tire Roundup yields about 3,000 tires

By Patrick Varine
When Alex Foust became a first-year Boy Scout 14 years ago, he participated in a Westmoreland Cleanways event in which Cub Scout and Boy Scout ...

Psychologist: Franklin Regional suspect Hribal wouldn’t survive prison

By Renatta Signorini  and Kari Andren
Greg Keener closed his eyes for a moment Monday before looking at the two kitchen knives used to stab him at Franklin Regional High School ...

Franklin Regional stabbing victims expected to take the stand

By Rich Cholodofsky
Some victims of a mass stabbing at Franklin Regional High School are expected to testify Monday when defendant Alex Hribal is scheduled to make his ...

Murrysville collision entraps 1

By Tribune-Review
A two-vehicle, head-on accident at Pleasant Valley Road and Round Top Road in Murrysville on Saturday afternoon left one person entrapped and one person unresponsive at the scene, a Westmoreland County 911 dispatcher said. The dispatcher was unsure how many …

Gas leak makes 6 sick at Murrysville dry cleaners

By Tribune-Review
WESTMORELAND COUNTY MURRYSVILLE Gas leak sickens 6  in dry cleaner Six people reported feeling ill Saturday afternoon when they apparently inhaled carbon monoxide inside a dry-cleaning business on Route 22 in Murrysville, according to Westmoreland County 911. Fire companies and ...

Murrysville VFC’s annual carnival nixed

By Patrick Varine
Murrysville Volunteer Fire Company’s annual carnival won’t happen this year, and the loss might become permanent, the fire company’s president said. “It probably will be canceled ...

Murrysville, FTMSA waiting on state approval for sewer-line plan

By Patrick Varine
Officials with Murrysville and the Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority are waiting for state approval for a plan that would enable residents of the Pucketa Creek watershed to connect to sewer lines in nearby Washington Township. Pucketa Creek defines part of ...

Salvation Army of Western Pa. receives new mobile canteen

By Patrick Varine
The Salvation Army’s mobile canteens serve some of the most vulnerable members of the community: people whose lives have been drastically altered by an emergency ...