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Huge deficits lead to Penn Hills School District audit

By Kelsey Shea 6:24 p.m.
Penn Hills residents might have to wait a few more months before they get answers about how the Penn Hills School District ended two school years in a row with frightening multimillion dollar deficits. A spokeswoman for the state auditor ...

Penn Hills woman to stand trial for fatally stabbing man with kitchen knife

By Adam Brandolph 9:21 p.m.
A Penn Hills woman will stand trial for fatally stabbing a man with a kitchen knife in a Braddock house, a judge ordered Friday. Squirrel Hill District Judge Hugh F. McGough held for court the lone count of homicide against …

Arraignment scheduled for Penn Hills woman accused of transporting $1M worth of heroin along turnpike

By Renatta Signorini
Family members of a Penn Hills woman accused of transporting 2,000 bricks of heroin through Westmoreland County held a prayer circle outside of district court ...

Police find 7-year-old boy from Penn Hills safe

By Michael Hasch
A 7-year-old Penn Hills boy who was missing for much of the day was found safe Friday evening at the home of a relative, police ...

School credit ratings a problem for several in Western Pennsylvania

By Katelyn Ferral
The credit ratings of several school districts in Western Pennsylvania are considered junk in the eyes of Moody’s credit rating agency, underscoring systemic problems in ...

Penn Hills officials defend plans for new municipal building

By Kelsey Shea
Amid objections from residents concerned about rising property taxes, Penn Hills leaders maintain that constructing a new municipal building is a fiscally responsible decision. Council approved a contract with Downtown-based Designstream LLC to design the new building, which officials said ...

Historic Morrow house in Penn Hills up for sale

By Kelsey Shea
Charles Stoner Jr.’s home on Jefferson Road predates electricity, plumbing, the Civil War and nearly every other structure in Penn Hills. “It was around for ...

Penn Hills appoints school director

By Kelsey Shea
The Penn Hills School Board selected a ninth member on July 22. The board voted 6-0 to appoint Alan Peters, 65, of Penn Hills to fill the seat left vacant by Joseph Bailey, who resigned after moving in June. Board ...

Former Penn Hills football player found not guilty of homicide

By Tribune-Review
A Penn Hills man was found not guilty of homicide and other charges in a fatal shooting that police said stemmed from a drug deal gone bad. The jury found Marshall Thompson, 19, not guilty Monday of homicide, robbery and conspiracy ...

Penn Hills, Gateway districts wrestle with charter school drain

By Kelsey Shea  and Gideon Bradshaw
School districts desperate to retain students say taking a personal approach can help draw families back into public schools. Leaders in Gateway and Penn Hills school districts announced plans this year to interview families leaving their districts for charter schools, a ...

Penn Hills’ Tumulty adds WPIAL Hall of Fame to list of accomplishments

By Ed Phillipps
As summer begins to fade into the next school year, it becomes a time when WPIAL football teams start imagining the possibilities of the upcoming ...

Penn Hills declines charter-school lease offer

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills School District officials declined a third request to discuss leasing facilities to a local charter school this month. Imagine Penn Hills Charter School ...

Penn Hills man to stand trial on charges he killed, dismembered mom, stepdad

By Tony Raap
A Penn Hills man will stand trial on charges he killed and dismembered his mother and stepfather and stuffed their body parts into trash cans. Allegheny ...

Former Penn Hills officer honored for work with police dogs

By Kelsey Shea
A former Penn Hills police officer was recognized by a national law enforcement organization last month for nearly 30 years of work with police dogs. ...

Nonprofit brings youth program to Lincoln Park Community Center in Penn Hills

By Kelsey Shea
A new nonprofit in Pittsburgh teamed up with the Lincoln Park Community Center to bring a free summer program to Penn Hills. 5A Elite Youth ...

Rainy summer draws skimpy crowds at Allegheny County pools

By Gideon Bradshaw
Last Thursday started off with strong attendance at Boyce Park Wave Pool, with more than 160 people showing up for a free swim class. But the ...

School tax bill error results in resend of statements

By Kelsey Shea
Some Penn Hills homeowners were shocked when they opened their tax statements this month. According to Penn Hills School District’s tax collector, Keystone Collections Group, the installment payment portion of some real estate tax statements were incorrect when they were ...

Penn Hills prepares  for 1st SummerFest

By Kelsey Shea
There will be live music, games, food and fireworks in Penn Hills next month for the municipality’s first ever SummerFest. Together with the Penn Hills mayor, council and the recreation board, the parks and recreation department is planning a community festival ...

Penn Hills looks to fill vacancy on school board

By Staff Report
The Penn Hills School Board is seeking letters of interest from community members interested in filling a vacancy on the board. Board member Joseph Bailey resigned June 22, and the board accepted his resignation on June 29. The board must ...

Penn Hills school board passes budget with tax increase

By Kelsey Shea
After finishing two school years with multimillion deficits, the Penn Hills School Board approved an $87.8 million budget which leaders said is a first step to financial recovery. The final budget anticipates $97.1 million in revenues and $87.8 million in expenses. ...

Penn Hills gravestone business owner who swindled mourning families sentenced to jail

By Adam Brandolph
Each time Curtis Eakman writes a check to put toward the court-ordered restitution a judge told him to pay Tuesday, Sandra Henderson hopes he thinks ...

Penn Hills district looks to cut transportation costs

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills School District leaders said they are searching for ways to cut transportation costs after overspending by about $4 million on busing this year. Acting Superintendant Nancy Hines estimated that the district will be about $4 million over budget ...

Bailey steps down from Penn Hills board

By Kelsey Shea
After working with the Penn Hills School District for 18 years, school board member Joseph Bailey resigned on June 22. “I’m proud of the education my children received in Penn Hills,” Bailey said, noting that both of his children graduated from ...

Imagine charter school keeps next year’s budget conservative

By Kelsey Shea
Officials at Imagine Penn Hills Charter School for Entrepreneurship said they kept next year’s budget conservative, as they anticipate not expanding into a second location will deter some students from returning. Director of operations Wayne Jones said that Imagine may ...

More expenses projected for Penn Hills School District, again

By Kelsey Shea
The Penn Hills School District updated its preliminary budget to include an additional $2.95 million in expenses and $300,000 in revenues. “This is certainly not good news,” Acting Superintendent Nancy Hines said at a June 22 finance meeting. The district finished the ...

Penn Hills Board promotes acting superintendent to superintendent

By Kelsey Shea
The Penn Hills School Board promoted its acting superintendent to the top spot in the district Monday night. Directors voted 7-0 to give Nancy Hines, 50, of Penn Hills the superintendent’s position at an annual salary of $140,000 plus benefits. Hines ...

Penn Hills police department adds social media presence

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills police are going digital with a new website and social-media pages. The department launched a new website, a Twitter page and a Facebook ...

New Penn Hills ordinance draws opposition from landlords

By Kelsey Shea
Several property managers spoke out against Penn Hills’ new landlord ordinance this month in front of council. Shawn Leeds, who manages Duff Manor, questioned why he had to pay $5,000 in application fees for the 100 units he owned in ...

Penn Hills School District dips into ‘non-investment’ range as credit risk

By Kelsey Shea
A financial report released June 15 expounded upon the exceptionality of the Penn Hills School District’s financial problems and predicted troubled waters ahead. The district plans to refinance a $12 million bridge loan from PNC this summer to pay its ...

Penn Hills to raze Penn Hebron school to make way for municipal center

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills leaders have moved forward with plans for a new municipal building, emphasizing that the project is needed. “The prior administration just ...

1 injured in drive-by shooting at Penn Hills gas station

By Megan Guza
One person was injured in a drive-by shooting early Monday at a Penn Hills gas station, according to police. The incident happened just after midnight at the BP gas station on Frankstown Road, according to Penn Hill Police Chief Howard Burton. Burton ...

Man shot in Penn Hills

By Michael Hasch
A man shot and wounded Monday evening in Penn Hills was taken to a hospital. The man was shot in the upper leg while sitting in a vehicle about 7 p.m. on Melbon Avenue, said Penn Hills police Chief Howard ...

Penn Hills hoops talent takes AAU team on road

By Ed Phillipps
As a Penn Hills player, Drew Schifino did it all. Now, he’s helping the next generation of players try to accomplish their goals. Schifino is coaching the first-year Oh Boy Sports AAU basketball team, and his roster includes a pair ...

Scout to restore, maintain abandoned Penn Hills cemetery

By Kelsey Shea
A local Boy Scout plans to restore a historic cemetery in Penn Hills this summer as part of his Eagle Scout project. Adam Hollis, 17, ...

District wrestles with budget issues

By Kelsey Shea
Staff and program cuts will accompany tax increases in coming years as the Penn Hills School District tries to dig its way out of debt. “This problem didn’t happen overnight, and we can’t correct it overnight,” finance consultant James Calabrese ...

Teen finally gets chance to race with special bike

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills High School student Nick Bianco watched his siblings and cousins ride their BMX bikes for years, but this month he joined them for ...

2 killed in 2-vehicle crash in Penn Hills

By Tribune-Review
The medical examiner on Tuesday identified the victims of a fatal two-vehicle crash Monday night in Penn Hills. Minh Doan, 20, of O’Hara, and Jane O’Connell, 68, of Penn Hills, were killed when their cars collided on Coal Hollow Road about ...

Penn Hills teenager guilty of fatal shooting, judge rules

By Adam Brandolph
A Penn Hills teenager is guilty of fatally shooting a man in the stairwell of a Pittsburgh apartment  building, an Allegheny County judge ruled Thursday. Common ...

Three shot and wounded in Penn Hills

By Michael Hasch
Police are searching for a vehicle seen speeding away from Penn Hills where three young men were shot and wounded Wednesday night. Police were called at 7:44 p.m. after the trio — believed to be in their late teens — …