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Proposal to limit access divides Penn Hills, Homewood neighborhoods

By Kelsey Shea
A proposal to restrict traffic from Homewood to Penn Hills and change neighborhood names in the western part of the municipality sparked conflict between neighbors this month. Representatives with the Penn Hills Branch of the NAACP and the Lincoln Park …

Name dropped from Penn Hills library after pledge goes unfulfilled from donor’s estate

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills and library officials have officially removed a donor’s name from the outside of the Penn Hills Library. A faint outline of the name …

Penn Hills man arrested for pair of KFC robberies

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills police arrested a man they believe is connected with back-to-back KFC restaurant robberies in the eastern suburbs. Maurice Carter, 23, of Penn Hills was arrested on Oct. 16 at his girlfriend’s home in Wilkinsburg. Carter is charged with …

Access to snacks in cafeteria rankles Penn Hills parents

By Kelsey Shea
Parents of kindergarteners and first-graders complained about junk food that is available in the cafeteria. At the Sept. 29 Penn Hills School Board meeting, the board discussed complaints from some parents about their access to snacks. During board comments, board …

Penn Hills works on ordinance to deal with abandoned properties

By Kelsey Shea
Even when Christine Donovan doesn’t look at her neighbor’s overgrown yard and decaying house, the creaking of a broken gutter reminds her of the eyesore next door. “It makes this weird sort of creepy noise when it sways in the …

Capital program aims to improve Penn Hills’ attractiveness

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills Council held a brief public hearing on the 2014-19 Capital Program at its Oct. 6 meeting. The capital program is what Planning Director Howard Davidson called a “wish list” for the municipality and includes projects such as a …

Penn Hills officials pursue new municipal building

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills will hold a public meeting next week about plans for a new municipal building. Council and municipal officials will encourage public feedback at the meeting at 6 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the Penn Hills Municipal Center, 12245 …

Police searching for suspect in robbery of 2 KFC restaurants

By Matthew Santoni
Police in multiple communities are searching for a suspect in the robbery of two KFC restaurants Sunday night, which led to a chase through Forest Hills, Wilkinsburg and Pittsburgh’s East End. Penn Hills Police said someone robbed the KFC on …

Volunteers set up off-site food pantry at Penn Hills’ Linton Middle School

By Kelsey Shea
The cafeteria of Linton Middle School was bustling with about 25 students, staff and volunteers setting out clothing, bread, canned goods and even a nacho …

Busing issues remain focus for Penn Hills

By Kelsey Shea
The Penn Hills School Board approved the hiring of a new transportation director at the Sept. 29 school board meeting. The board voted, 7-0, to hire Suzanne Lawyer to replace Allen Ayers, who resigned in August. Board members Pauline Calabrese …

Penn Hills dreams big in long-term capital improvement plan

By Kelsey Shea
The Penn Hills six-year capital program outlines many projects such as a new municipal building, a riverfront park and other improvements that officials hope to see in the municipality. Municipal officials are working on a capital program for 2014-2019 that …

Underdog Turner Dairy Farms of Penn Hills proves top dog in competition

By Kelsey Shea
Despite being a small underdog in the world of dairy, Penn Hills’ Turner Dairy Farms won several national awards last weekat the World Dairy Expo …

Penn Hills EMS supervisor lauded for community efforts

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills’ EMS Supervisor Diane Fitzhenry will celebrate her fifth year in the job with the recognition of two awards. Fitzhenry received the EMS Leadership …

Penn Hills crossing guard, driver who struck him remain in hospital

By Kelsey Shea
A crossing guard and a driver injured in a fiery crash in Penn Hills remained in the hospital on Friday as police investigate what prompted the driver to slam into a utility pole. Kenneth Cleveland, a crossing guard for the …

Penn Hills school crossing guard among three injured in fiery crash

By Michael Hasch and Kelsey Shea
A Penn Hills crossing guard was critically injured Thursday when a vehicle struck him as he was leaning against a utility pole, waiting for students …

Former Penn Hills strip mall could turn into storage biz

By Kelsey Shea
A former strip mall may be converted to individual storage units on Universal Road. The Penn Hills Zoning Hearing Board voted 4-0 to grant property …

Free flu shots offered in Penn Hills this month

By Tribune-Review
Free flu shots will be available throughout Penn Hills in October and November at various locations. The vaccinations are sponsored by Mon River Fleet, McKeesport Hospital Foundation, UPMC East, UPMC McKeesport, UPMC Health Plan, Penn Hills EMS and other EMS …

Dedicated fireman, community volunteer from Penn Hills will be missed

By Kelsey Shea
The usual fire scene at the Penn Hills police station’s miniature train display might be missing this year, as a well-known volunteer and firefighter won’t …

Penn Hills Library hopes community has an appetite for benefit

By Kelsey Shea
Local businesses and the Penn Hills Library Foundation will team up next month to serve the first Taste of Penn Hills. The event will be from 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the Penn Hills Library. Eateries such …

Burglary might have led to fatal Penn Hills shooting

By Margaret Harding
Allegheny County police are investigating whether an interrupted burglary led to the fatal shooting of a man outside of his Penn Hills home last week. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as Jarome Coker, 21. He died …

Driver who fled crash on Rodi Road in Penn Hills arrested

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills police arrested a driver who witnesses say fled the scene of a car crash Wednesday on Rodi Road. The crash occurred about 4 p.m. near the 300 block of Rodi Road outside Service King Collision Repair Center. Penn …

Penn Hills school officials trying to correct transportation problems

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills school officials said on Tuesday they are trying to correct the problems that have plagued the district’s transportation system since the first day of classes. The officials acknowledged to about 50 parents who attended a town hall meeting …

Former Pennsylvania civil rights investigator from Penn Hills sues agency, alleges discrimination

By Brian Bowling
A former civil rights investigator claims in a federal lawsuit filed on Monday that her supervisors at the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission repeatedly harassed her to drive her out of the agency. Cheryl A. Williams, 56, of Penn Hills worked …

Police identify Penn Hills man as victim in Homewood shooting

By Bobby Kerlik
A man shot to death in a Homewood bar on Sunday faced a homicide charge this year until video evidence proved he was not responsible and authorities dropped charges. A gunman entered Cliff’s Bar & Grill just before 10:20 p.m. …

11-year-old who turns in airsoft gun he took to Penn Hills Middle School faces expulsion hearing

By Kelsey Shea
A student at Linton Middle School in Penn Hills faces an expulsion hearing and a possible citation for bringing an airsoft gun to school on Sept. 16. The student, 11, told police he accidentally grabbed the wrong backpack and it …

Penn Hills transforms into NYC for Vin Diesel witch movie

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills will double as New York City for two days this month for the filming of “The Last Witch Hunter” starring Vin Diesel. Crews …

Aftermath of Penn Hills murder-suicide shooting leaves family stunned

By Kelsey Shea
A woman who authorities say was fatally shot by her boyfriend’s father on Sept. 5 in Penn Hills was a shy, soft-spoken person who wasn’t …

Flooding problems plague Rodi Road

By Kelsey Shea
Heavy rains, litter and aging pipes have led to road closures, sinkholes and flooding on Rodi Road in Penn Hills, but officials say there’s no …

Penn Hills family granted Make-A-Wish trip to Hawaii

By Kelsey Shea
After a year of chemotherapy, surgeries, moving and staring at the inside of hospital rooms, a week in Hawaii felt like paradise for Hailey Van …

Pair of Toastmasters speakers take first place in local events

By Kelsey Shea
Two speakers in the Penn Hills Toastmasters Club recently placed first in local speaking competitions. Club President Ron Gazzo of Penn  Hills placed first in …

Man shot outside his home in Penn Hills

By Margaret Harding
Someone shot a man when he got out of his car outside his Penn Hills home, the police chief said. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as Jarome Coker, 21. He died at 8:30 p.m. Monday in …

Penn Hills trying to improve student bus service after first-week mishaps

By Kelsey Shea
Despite late buses and the sudden resignation of the transportation director on the first day of school, officials at Penn Hills School District say that …

Penn Hills auctions off old police cars, tires, equipment

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills is auctioning off used police vehicles, a tractor, used tires and a tub grinder this month in an online auction. Public Works Director Gerry Nosal said that the municipality will collect whatever isn’t being used and bid and …

Reward offered in Penn Hills killing

By Aaron Aupperlee
Pittsburgh Crime Stoppers has offered up to $1,000 for information leading the arrest of an Oakmont man wanted in connection to a homicide in Penn Hills. Allegheny County police obtained an arrest warrant for Darshele Johnson, 39, on Aug. 22, …

PennDOT bridge inspections to close Parkway East lanes

By Tribune-Review
PennDOT inspections of two Parkway East bridges on Wednesday and Thursday will result in single-lane closures in each direction for motorists on the highway during the day. The lane closures will occur from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday on …

Penn Hills man who killed son’s pregnant girlfriend dies

By Tribune-Review
A man who police say fatally shot his son’s pregnant girlfriend in Penn Hills died on Sunday. William Lieberth Sr., 58, died at 2:15 p.m. at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said. An autopsy is …

Pregnant woman fatally shot by boyfriend’s father in Penn Hills

By Chris Togneri  and Kelsey Shea
The father of a pregnant woman’s boyfriend shot and killed her on Friday in Penn Hills, then shot himself in the head, police said. William Lieberth Sr., 58, fired twice at Theresa Smith, 26, outside Allegheny Auto Body on Verona …

Penn Hills Police nab McKeesport man accused in abduction attempt

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills police arrested a McKeesport man who they said tried to abduct a teenage girl as she walked home on Tuesday. Police charged Richard Ostrosky, 62, with the attempted kidnapping of a minor, luring a child into a vehicle, …

Plum American Legion to display WWII-era bulldozer

By Patrick Varine
Members of American Legion Post No. 980 in Plum will soon have some additional hardware to showcase along Saltsburg Road. In addition to the M60A3 …