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North Versailles, Murrysville families still waiting for report on 2011 chopper crash that killed couple

By Paul Peirce
A Hawaiian honeymoon should have been the beginning for the bride who grew up in Murrysville and the groom from North Versailles. In a storybook …

‘We Are FR’ fund going strong

By Stacey Federoff
A steak house is an unlikely place for a jump in business on Good Friday, but in Murrysville, diners visited Hoss’s on Route 22 in …

Pirates Charities 50/50 raffle to benefit We Are FR Fund

By Tribune-Review
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Pirates Charities are encouraging all fans attending the game at PNC Park on Saturday to show their support of Franklin Regional students through the Pirates Charities 50/50 Raffle. All proceeds will benefit the “We Are FR” fund to assist the victims of the mass stabbing at …

Franklin Regional seeks waiver of days lost in knife attack; victim improves

By Kari Andren
Because of last week’s stabbings, the Franklin Regional School District will ask state education officials to waive the requirement that students attend 180 days of school, according to the assistant superintendent. High school students missed four days of school because …

Community turns out for Franklin Regional students’ return to class

By Renatta Signorini
Bill Evans hugged his oldest daughter for an extra few seconds early Wednesday morning. The sun was just rising as they stood inside the front …

Police see no sign Franklin Regional stabbing suspect was bullied

By Paul Peirce  and Renatta Signorini
Investigators have no evidence that a 16-year-old arrested in connection with a stabbing rampage at Franklin Regional Senior High School last week was bullied, Murrysville …

Rural Valley postmaster sentenced for embezzling post office funds

By Brian Bowling
An Army veteran told a federal judge on Thursday that he had always planned to be buried with military honors. “I hope I can still do that,” Lawrence F. Stoken III said while wiping away tears. Stoken, 47, of Murrysville …

Response to Franklin Regional stabbings earns official top public safety spot

By Rich Cholodofsky
Westmoreland commissioners on Wednesday praised the county’s emergency response to last week’s knife rampage at Franklin Regional Senior High School by promoting the public safety department’s interim director. Commissioners hired Brian Jones to the department’s top job, a position he …

Investigation continues to search for motive for knife attack at Franklin Regional

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Hoping to understand what triggered a stabbing and slashing spree at Franklin Regional High School, police continue to investigate a knife attack that injured 20 …

Newtown counselors discuss how to cope with tragedy

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Murrysville, Export and Delmont have joined the small fellowship of communities across the country linked by terrible violence. It’s not a list most expected Franklin Regional School District to be a part of, alongside schools like Columbine, Sandy Hook and …

Volunteers help fill demand for ‘FR Proud’ shirts

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
It’s been a 24-hour operation at the Fox’s Pizza Den building in Murrysville, but the effort isn’t churning out hot pizzas. Instead, volunteers have been …

Questions remain about Franklin Regional suspect’s mindset

By Chris Foreman
What set him off? What sparked a 16-year-old boy who is accused of swinging two kitchen knives to lash out at schoolmates, then tell authorities …

Outpouring of support for Franklin Regional comes from near, far

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
The idea of “FR Strong” has taken on a new meaning in the wake of last week’s tragedy at Franklin Regional High School. Since April …

Finding heroism and solace in the details

By Brian Estadt
After the initial stories of terror at Franklin Regional Senior High School came the stories of heroism. Sophomore Brett Hurt stepping in front of the …

Anti-bully program has been in place at FR schools since 2009

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Bullying is an issue addressed at Franklin Regional from students’ earliest years, officials said, to build an anti-bullying culture throughout the district’s five buildings. The district uses the Olweus bullying prevention program, a nationally-recognized program that is designed to reduce …

By subduing Franklin Regional suspect, pair might have saved his life

By Daveen Rae Kurutz and Doug Gulasy
Police say that when Assistant Principal Sam King and senior Ian Griffith tackled Alex Hribal in the halls of Franklin Regional High School April 9, …

Murrysville chief: I’m glad it wasn’t a firearm

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Two kitchen butcher knives changed the lives of 20 Franklin Regional High School students last week when, police allege, sophomore Alex Hribal slashed and stabbed his way through the high school. Had it been a gun in Hribal’s hands, investigators …

Murrysville doctor oversaw Forbes Regional trauma response

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
When six critically injured Franklin Regional students arrived at Forbes Regional Hospital with stab wounds last week, they were under the watchful eye of a …

Monroeville’s rival hospitals worked together during crisis

By Kyle Lawson
When UPMC announced plans in 2009 to build a hospital in Monroeville, many critics argued that the nonprofit health care organization would better serve the region by building somewhere other than a community that already had a hospital. But after …

Attorney: Hribal family appreciates support

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Some members of the Franklin Regional community have shown support to the family of accused stabber Alex Hribal, his attorney said Tuesday. Defense attorney Patrick Thomassey said the Hribal family appreciates any support they receive from friends and neighbors. Some …

Students visit Franklin Regional days after mass stabbing

By Renatta Signorini  and Stacey Federoff
Students shed tears and exchanged hugs on Tuesday at Franklin Regional Senior High School as they visited lockers, hallways and classrooms in preparation for classes …

Jailed Hribal ‘fine,’ but family ‘terrible’ as answers in stabbing sought

By Renatta Signorini  and Rich Cholodofsky
A week ago, Alex Hribal’s name became a national headline when he was charged with slashing and stabbing 19 Franklin Regional Senior High School classmates …

Franklin Regional staff try to return to normal for students’ return

By Renatta Signorini
The ceiling tiles match up perfectly. The hallway and classrooms look the same as any other in Franklin Regional Senior High School. School officials, trying …

Franklin Regional suspect Hribal’s cellphone seized as evidence

By Paul Peirce  and Renatta Signorini
Investigators have seized the cellphone of the suspect in a stabbing rampage at Franklin Regional Senior High School last week, a day after two students told police they received threatening telephone messages, according to a search warrant affidavit filed Monday. …

Send-off for Franklin Regional students set for Tuesday evening

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
A group of Murrysville residents want Franklin Regional High School students to know they won’t be alone when they head back to classes Wednesday. Community members and alumni will host a send-off for students to offer support for the re-opening …

Murrysville residents trying to stay strong amid Franklin Regional tragedy

By Craig Smith
Sixteen minutes. That’s all it took for healthy kids from nice homes — and the security guard determined to protect them — to be bloodied …

Franklin Regional families seek answers from pulpit

By Renatta Signorini
Murrysville found solace in prayer on Sunday, four days after violence invaded its high school. Hundreds of people flocked to places of worship, where church …

Franklin Regional releases reopening details

By Tribune-Review
Franklin Regional High School plans to return to its regular class schedule on Wednesday, after students will have an opportunity to walk around the building with their families on Tuesday. Students are invited to the school Tuesday under the following …

Franklin Regional parent had bullying concerns before knife rampage

By Kari Andren
A Franklin Regional parent said Saturday that police have been alerted to an online taunt sent the night before to a 16-year-old student who went …

Franklin Regional baseball team escapes horrors of knife attack with game at PNC Park

By Debra Erdley
Before Saturday, their week had been filled with anxious messages about injured friends, tears and prayer vigils. But as the sun burned away the last …

School stabbings renew debate about heightened security

By Debra Erdley  and Paul Peirce
An armed police officer, two security guards, door buzzers and scores of surveillance cameras feeding into the local police department were not enough to keep …

Several ways for FR community to show support

By Tribune-Review
As the Murrysville area begins to heal from Wednesday’s events at Franklin Regional High School, several community events are planned to show support for high school and to raise money for the victims. We Are FR Fund Donations to the …

6 Franklin Regional students still hospitalized; suspect to be evaluated

By Renatta Signorini  rich Cholodofsky  and Luis Fábregas
Six patients remained hospitalized on Friday with injuries suffered during a school stabbing spree on Wednesday, as their alleged attacker is set for a psychological …

Timeline: Police, medical responders on scene of Franklin Regional High School stabbings

By Tribune-Review
Morning of mayhem 7 a.m. — Doors open at Franklin Regional Senior High School. Suspect armed with two knives enters building. 7:09 a.m. — Officer William “Buzz” Yakshe, school resource officer, radios to Murrysville police: “I don’t know what I …

Franklin Regional students find solace in routine, reflection

By Margaret Harding  and Megan Harris
Four friends who usually start their school days together at Franklin Regional Senior High School instead spent Thursday hugging and drying tears in a Murrysville …

Injured Franklin Regional sophomore hopes he can forgive stabber one day

By Luis Fábregas  and Renatta Signorini
Screaming in pain and bleeding onto the hallway floor at Franklin Regional Senior High School, Brett Hurt thought he might not live. “Will I survive …

Badly wounded Franklin Regional student’s friends keep vigil in UPMC Presbyterian lobby

By Craig Smith
It was just another day at school for Jared Boger. But that all changed as he walked down a flight of steps near the library …

Knife as weapon of choice often points to rage, desire to see victims suffer

By Megan Harris
That a suspected slasher chose two 8-inch carving knives to attack his fellow students indicates intense anger, fear and a desire to watch others suffer, criminologists said on Thursday. “It’s an up-close-and-personal weapon,” said Joseph Giacalone, a retired detective sergeant …

Franklin Regional High School stabber didn’t discriminate

By Debra Erdley
The mass stabbings left 22 people injured, including 21 students and a security guard. Franklin Regional School District officials have released no information about the …