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Motivation in slaying of Penn Hills couple remains unclear

By Margaret Harding
The missing pieces of two dismembered bodies found in a Penn Hills home on Tuesday may have ended up in a landfill. Police said that’s one theory, because garbage collectors picked up trash in the neighborhood on Monday. Police won’t say ...

Son charged in dismemberment death of mother, stepfather in Penn Hills

By Margaret Harding
A man with a history of mental illness who recently attacked his sister and father turned on his mother and stepfather, stabbing them, dismembering them, ...

Penn Hills art classes provide unique, fun opportunities for seniors

By Kelsey Shea
The tables of the Penn Hills Senior Center were covered in postcards and magazine clippings with pictures of poinsettias, fruit baskets and Christmas trees as ...

Crime report: Burglaries down, violent crime up in Penn Hills

By Kelsey Shea
According to recent crime statistics released by the FBI, the number of burglaries in Penn Hills has gone down, but police responded to an uptick in violent crimes and assaults between 2012 and 2013. “It’s gotten to a point where these ...

Penn Hills’ Shop Local event deemed successful

By Kelsey Shea
Thousands of Penn Hills residents shopped local this holiday season, organizers of the “Shop Local” contest in the municipality say. More than 50 businesses in Penn Hills participated in the Penn Hills Community Development Corp.’s 2014 Shop Local Contest. “I ...

Man questioned in Penn Hills parents’ disappearance

By Michael Hasch
Police were questioning a man Tuesday night about what they are describing as the disappearance of his mother and stepfather in Penn Hills. Officers were called about 2:10 p.m. to the home on Suncrest Drive by the woman’s daughter, who asked ...

U.S. Marshals arrest man wanted in fatal Penn Hills shooting

By Margaret Harding
Members of a fugitive task force on Monday arrested a man in Garfield accused of a fatal shooting in Penn Hills in August. The U.S. Marshals Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force found Darshele Johnson, 39, at 6:30 a.m. in a home ...

‘Jewish jazz’ performance to highlight Hanukkah event in Penn Hills

By Kelsey Shea
Local musicians will combine traditional Jewish music with swing music this month for a unique Hanukkah celebration at the Parkway Jewish Center. Henry Shapiro and Swing ...

Penn Hills budget proposal keeps tax rate steady

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills anticipates a $2.5 million surplus in next year’s budget despite a projected $7 million increase in expenditures and plans for a new municipal building, according to the budget summary. Penn Hills officials say they do not anticipate a ...

Crash closes Leechburg Road in Penn Hills while wires are repaired

By Kelsey Shea
An accident closed Leechburg Road Tuesday afternoon near the intersection of Milltown Road, Penn Hills police said. A white Chevy Silverado crashed into a utility pole ...

Penn Hills residents displaced by ceiling collapse

By Kelsey Shea
Five Penn Hills residents were displaced from their home Thursday when a ceiling collapsed, two weeks after code enforcement officials condemned four row homes across ...

Hunter Road Penn Hills to open again

By Kelsey Shea
PennDOT plans to reopen Hunter Road this month. Residents of Penn Hills and Oakmont can skip a 15-minute detour once road crews complete a paving project after repairs. According to Steve Cowan, PennDOT press officer, the state planned to ...

Penn Hills School Board adds SAT prep class

By Kelsey Shea
The Penn Hills School Board approved two new courses that will be available to high school students next year. The board approved the addition of “Advanced Placement World History” and an SAT preparation course to the Penn Hills curriculum in ...

Penn Hills School Board keeps leadership intact at reorganization

By Kelsey Shea
The Penn Hills School Board re-elected its president and vice president at its reorganization meeting for 2015. Denise Graham-Shealey and Jennifer Burgess-Johnson were elected as president and vice president, respectively, in a 7-0 vote on Dec. 2. Board member Pauline ...

Penn Hills police group’s holiday train display reaches end of line

By Kelsey Shea
A handful of current and retired Penn Hills police officers spent November turning the department’s shooting range into a holiday train display for the 30th ...

Penn Hills boy who drowned remains an inspiration to parents

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Asked to write down what he would do if he had $1 billion, 11-year-old Christopher Myers once wrote in a school journal that he would ...

Game Commission enters battle between hunters, Penn Hills residents

By Kelsey Shea
A house cat that was caught in a hunter’s trap at the former Churchill Valley Country Club prompted the Pennsylvania Game Commission to get involved in a spat between local hunters and residents. On Nov. 12, Rebecca Aqra, of Penn ...

Lawyers agree to dismiss Penn Hills High School student lawsuit

By Brian Bowling
The parents of a Penn Hills High School student have apparently settled their lawsuit claiming the district failed to terminate a teacher who they said physically assaulted their son. The parents and the child are only identified in the lawsuit by ...

Penn Hills considers updating code enforcement to fight blight

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills Community Development Corporation leaders say that a new vacant property ordinance is a good step to reduce blight, but that the code enforcement department needs more staff and resources. “We are all concerned because of our property values,” Irene ...

Department of Education to give Penn Hills money toward first school police officer

By Tribune-Review
The Penn Hills School District will receive $39,900 next school year to help pay for the district’s first school police officer, or SPO. The district will be one of 114 school districts and municipalities to receive a total of $3.9 ...

Police seek missing Penn Hills man

By Tribune-Review
Police are looking for an elderly European man who was reported missing over the weekend when he wandered from a public event in Oakmont. Stefan Bartanusc, 72, of Penn Hills was last seen 9 p.m. Saturday at a Harmar bus …

Penn Hills resident wants to fill soldiers’ holiday stockings

By Kelsey Shea
A local nonprofit is collecting donations that will help to fill about 9,000 stockings with treats for soldiers serving overseas during the holiday season. Summer ...

Performance scores show slight dip in Eastern suburb schools

By Kelsey Shea
Performance scores for public schools east of Pittsburgh dropped marginally in 2013-14, data from the state Department of Education shows. However, on average, about 85 percent of local schools received a 70 or higher on a 100-point scale, which is the ...

Penn Hills embraced 6-year-old Trey Mitlo throughout cancer battle

By Kelsey Shea
The Mitlos haven’t had a single lasagna dropped at their doorstep in the week since 6-year-old Trey died — and that’s OK. Instead, the family ...

Hunter rescued after fall from Penn Hills tree stand

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills emergency responders dealt with rugged terrain and the setting sun while responding to a hunting injury last week in a wooded area. Penn Hills fire departments, police, EMS and Plum EMS rescued a 38-year-old man who fell ...

‘Collapse’ displaces 20 residents of condemned Penn Hills rowhouses

By Kelsey Shea
Residents of four Penn Hills rowhouses condemned Tuesday because of a ceiling collapse said they will likely spend the holidays searching for permanent housing while ...

Penn Hills man charged in May fatal shooting in Homewood

By Michael Hasch
A Penn Hills man was charged Tuesday with the fatal shooting of a man last spring in Homewood. Tariq Long, 24, an inmate at the Allegheny County Jail, is charged with homicide in the death of Jeffrey Jackson, 38, who …

Penn Hills takes advantage of credit rating to save about $170K

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills officials plan to take advantage of the municipality’s good bond credit rating to refinance old bonds, which they say could save about $170,000 in interest. Penn Hills Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday authorizing the mayor to float …

Crash site to remain without crossing guard in Penn Hills

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills School District says a bus stop where a crossing guard was injured in a crash last month will remain unmanned. “Our hearts ...

Penn Hills charter school seeks second location

By Kelsey Shea
Imagine Penn Hills Charter School took its first step toward expanding into a new school building next year. The board of the Penn Hills-based charter school Thursday night unanimously approved a motion to submit a letter of intent to rent ...

Penn Hills Center to add Planet Fitness

By Kelsey Shea
New foot traffic could be coming to the Penn Hills Center, and those feet will be clad in athletic shoes. Planet Fitness, a 24-hour national ...

Events: Penn Hills recreation department slates craft show

By Tribune-Review
Saturday • The Penn Hills Parks and Recreation department will hold its 17th annual holiday craft show from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Linton Middle School, 250 Aster St. in Penn Hills. Admission is free and there will be ...

Penn Hills officer honored for heroic action during hostage scene

By Kelsey Shea
A Penn Hills police officer was honored last month for his quick thinking and courage during a January police call that escalated into a hostage ...

Rosedale VFD celebrates 90 years of serving community

By Kelsey Shea
When members of the newly created Rosedale Volunteer Fire Department responded to their first fire call on July 29, 1924, the volunteer firefighters didn’t have ...

Tickets available for tour of Penn Hills homes

By Tribune-Review
The Crescent Hills Civic Association’s annual holiday house tour of eight homes is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 14. The tour will feature homes on Crescent Hills and Spring Grove roads, Springdale, Glenfield and McCurdy drives and ...

Kiwanis Club of Penn Hills collecting food

By Tribune-Review
The Kiwanis Club of Penn Hills is collecting canned goods and nonperishable items for a Thanksgiving food drive. The club is collecting stuffing, cranberries, canned vegetables, boxed potatoes, gravy, peanut butter, pasta, sauce, cereal, soup, jelly, rice, bread mix, canned ...

Lone gunman robs Family Dollar in Penn Hills

By Michael Hasch
There were no injuries in an armed robbery Friday evening at a Family Dollar store in Penn Hills. The lone gunman entered the store in the 1100 block of Milltown Road, grabbed money from the register and ran out the …

Penn Hills grad lifts WVU’s status with Twitter campaign

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills native Deonna Gandy never liked West Virginia University’s reputation as a “party school.” So when the WVU junior saw Morgantown trending nationally on Twitter ...

Penn Hills beefs up hazing policy

By Kelsey Shea
School officials in Penn Hills approved changes to the district’s hazing policy that will require all school employees to report hazing incidents. District spokeswoman Teresita Kolenchak said no recent events prompted the action, but district officials are in the process ...