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Penn Hills fire displaces 10

By Ben Schmitt
Careless cooking may have caused an apartment complex fire early Sunday in Penn Hills that displaced at least 10 people. Firefighters said the blaze started in the kitchen of an apartment on Torrens Street around 6:30 a.m. and quickly spread to ...

Awareness event on tap to battle Penn Hills violence

By Kelsey Shea
Organizers of an upcoming gathering say violence in Penn Hills can’t be reduced to a series of unfortunate events. “A lot of the people look at these as isolated incidents, but that’s not the case,” community activist Leonard ...

Penn Hills school officials pleased with transportation start

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills school officials said that busing and transportation for the first week of school ran more smoothly this year than it did last year. ...

Residents oppose cut of 46 Penn Hills crossing guards

By Kelsey Shea
Community members are questioning the Penn Hills School District’s decision to cut 46 crossing guards. Residents at the Aug. 24 school board meeting said ...

Judge’s decision to overturn conviction of Penn Hills woman will be appealed

By Adam Brandolph
The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office will appeal a judge’s decision to overturn the criminal conviction of a Penn Hills woman whose passenger died when her car veered off the road and struck a utility pole, a spokesman said Thursday. Common ...

Wilkinsburg School District hires embattled Penn Hills business affairs director

By Kelsey Shea
Wilkinsburg School District leaders said Wednesday they are confident in the hire of an ousted Penn Hills employee, who officials there accused of budgeting errors and withholding information. Board members voted 9-0 on Tuesday to hire Rick Liberto as the ...

Defective ignition prompts judge to overturn conviction of Penn Hills woman

By Adam Brandolph
An Allegheny County judge Wednesday overturned the criminal conviction of a Penn Hills woman whose passenger died when her car veered from the road and struck a utility pole — based on new evidence that her vehicle malfunctioned. Lakisha Ward-Green, 25, ...

Restored doll house delights patrons at Penn Hills Library

By Kelsey Shea
A local teen spent her summer restoring an antique doll house while volunteering at the Penn Hills Library. Megan Karafa, 17, of Penn Hills said ...

Benefit house tour to reveal hidden gems in Penn Hills

By Kelsey Shea
Fourteen Penn Hills homes will be showcased next month for a good cause. The community group Bringing Out the Best will host its first house ...

Penn Hills Council discusses urban farming issues

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills officials are considering allowing backyard chicken coops in the municipality. Planning Director Chris Blackwell raised the issue at the Aug. 17 Penn Hills Council meeting. He told council the issue has been coming up more as the popularity of ...

Penn Hills school board accepts building sale

By Kelsey Shea
The cash-strapped Penn Hills School District on Monday approved selling another unused building as part of a concerted effort to maximize revenues this year. Connect Four Stem Academy Inc., a private preschool in Penn Hills, purchased the former Penn Hills library ...

Auditor general: Penn Hills School District will go under microscope next week

By Kelsey Shea
An upcoming audit will provide taxpayers a better idea of what happened in the Penn Hills School District that led to its staggering $30 million deficit. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Friday that he plans within the week to ...

Penn Hills charter OK’d as nonprofit

By Kelsey Shea
A Virginia-based charter school network that has enrolled hundreds of students from Penn Hills School District has become a nonprofit at a time when the district is scrutinizing a local branch, officials said Wednesday. Imagine Schools, which has a Penn Hills ...

Penn Hills firefighters have trouble keeping up with costs

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills volunteer firefighters say they’ll help anyone and respond to any fire in the municipality, but they’re asking for some help in return. Leaders of the seven volunteer fire departments in Penn Hills say community donations are dwindling and they ...

Penn Hills cuts nearly 50 crossing guard jobs

By Kelsey Shea
There will be fewer crossing guards when students start school in the Penn Hills School District on Aug. 25. The number of guards was reduced from 71 to 25 this month, Superintendent Nancy Hines said. Penn Hills police helped district officials ...

Fallen Penn Hills officer’s police car door going to D.C. museum

By Kelsey Shea
A door that stood between a Penn Hills police officer and his killer will be donated to the Crime Museum in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. ...

Penn Hills School District to seek to issue $18 million in bonds

By Kelsey Shea
The cash-strapped Penn Hills School District will try to sell $18 million in bonds, but even if it does raise the money, district leaders say they will struggle with another cash flow problem in March. The board, voting 7-1, approved ...

Penn Hills Community Garden continues to grow

By Kelsey Shea
Heavy rain helped the Penn Hills Community Garden flourish this year, and in turn, the abundant harvest is helping feed members of the community in ...

Penn Hills’ grass-cutting costs more than $6K in one month

By Kelsey Shea
Unkempt lawns are costing the municipality of Penn Hills some serious green. The municipality paid independent contractors more than $6,000 in June to cut grass and shrubs at vacant- and tax-delinquent properties, and board up some vacant properties. The municipality ...

Penn Hills Community Development Corp. seeks to make roadways remarkable

By Kelsey Shea
When Penn Hills resident James Beck drives though a rough patch of a community, he doesn’t notice the litter or remember the graffiti. He recognizes landscaping, flower beds and other beatification projects as signs that people care about the community. “These ...

Penn Hills officials expect ‘smoother start’ to school year

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills School District administrators anticipate a less stressful first day of school this year, after transportation problems in the district last August. “We expect a smoother start to the school year,” Superintendent Nancy Hines said. The Penn Hills School ...

Huge deficits lead to Penn Hills School District audit

By Kelsey Shea
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’ Kisner helps squad claim 7-on-7 passing camp title

By Ed Phillipps
Penn Hills’ Billy Kisner, a University of Toledo football recruit, already feels right at home playing in Ohio. For the second consecutive season, the Indians’ quarterback has helped his squad claim the Youngstown State 7-on-7 Passing Camp title. Penn Hills ...

Penn Hills community organizes drive for school supplies

By Kelsey Shea
Some members of the Penn Hills community are stepping up to help put supplies in the hands of Penn Hills teachers for the upcoming school year. Christine Polaski and several other parents are organizing a school-supply drive for teachers in the ...

Dek hockey summer camp ranks swell thanks to social media

By Ed Phillipps
When the Greater Pittsburgh Dek Hockey Center decided to have a summer camp, the initial idea was to limit the number of participants to 50. “We immediately got a lot of interest,” said Billy Sullivan, the director of hockey and ...

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

By Adam Brandolph
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 Constance ...

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 ...