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Charter school finds resistance from Penn Hills School District on expansion plans

By Kelsey Shea
Tension between officials of the Penn Hills School District and a local charter school has increased in intensity, as the two entities discuss Imagine Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship’s request to expand to a second building. Supporters of Imagine made ...

Penn Hills swimmers make their marks at WPIAL finals

By Ed Phillipps
As he stood among the middle tiers of the podium to accept a bronze medal in the 100-yard freestyle at last season’s WPIAL swim meet, ...

Weekly snack meeting with Penn Hills volunteers, students aims to make positive impact

By Kelsey Shea
While district administrators work to raise test scores, change school culture and prevent discipline problems, two Penn Hills parents are acting on a theory that ...

Penn Hills man ‘beside himself with grief,’ pleads guilty to fatal DUI

By Adam Brandolph
A Penn Hills man involved a fatal car crash while he was drunk two years ago pleaded guilty Wednesday in exchange for a three- to ...

Penn Hills man indicted for mortgage fraud pleads guilty

By Brian Bowling
The last of four people indicted for participating in an extensive mortgage-fraud scheme pleaded guilty Wednesday. George Kubini, 50, of Penn Hills pleaded guilty to bank fraud, participating in a money laundering conspiracy and filing a false tax return. U.S. District Judge ...

Imagine Penn Hills Charter School seeks a second location

By Kelsey Shea
Leaders at Imagine Penn Hills Charter School hope to rally the support of the school’s community as they seek an amendment to their charter for a second school building. The charter school, which opened 2012 and has 276 students, plans to ...

Boiler problems Tuesday close new Penn Hills school, but expected to reopen Wednesday

By Kelsey Shea
Heating system issues with frigid temperatures outside unexpectedly closed the new Penn Hills elementary school building Tuesday, but administrators anticipate that the school should reopen on Wednesday morning. The main boiler at the school began leaking about 8 a.m., but two ...

Suspended secretary sues Penn Hills District for alleged whistle-blower retaliation

By Adam Brandolph
A Penn Hills School District secretary who anonymously notified administrators that another employee was stealing has sued the district for retaliating against her. Robin Galko of Murrysville says in the lawsuit, filed last week in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court, that ...

Beloved Oakmont food columnist shared more than recipes

By Kelsey Shea
Cynthia N. Bowan’s warm demeanor and delicious cooking made her a welcome guest at any potluck. Bowan, 71, of Oakmont, died on Feb. 17, 2015, ...

Cookies for troops effort in Penn Hills sends Girl Scout treats overseas

By Kyle Lawson
A sleeve of Thin Mints always was a nice surprise after a day of patrol in the desert, Marine combat veteran Chris Kackley said. Over the ...

Penn Hills shoppers victimized by credit-card skimmers

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills police say that more than 30 Penn Hills residents reported that their credit or debit card information was stolen in the past several weeks. “More reports of this come in each week,” Penn Hills police Chief Howard Burton ...

Pittsburgh police arrest suspect in 2 bank robberies

By Kelsey Shea
Pittsburgh police arrested a man accused of robbing two banks in Penn Hills and Lawrenceville. Christopher Wallace, 28, of Lincoln-Lemington is charged with six counts of robbery and five counts of terroristic threats. According to police, Wallace robbed The First …

Lawrenceville, Penn Hills banks robbed by man claiming to have bomb

By Tony Raap
A man claiming he had a bomb robbed banks in Lawrenceville and Penn Hills on Tuesday, the FBI said. The First Commonwealth Bank on Butler ...

Monroeville Mall shooting suspect arrested in Brackenridge

By Mike Wereschagin and Jason Cato
An unsuspecting couple walking through a Macy’s department store with their son in tow on Saturday remain hospitalized after being shot inside the Monroeville Mall, ...

Penn Hills officials to seek grant money for new municipal building

By Tom Mcgee
The municipality is hoping for $6 million in grant money for a proposed new municipal building. Penn Hills officials agreed to submit an application for a grant from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program last week. The money would be used for ...

Resident asks Penn Hills for animal-protection laws

By Tom Mcgee
A Penn Hills woman wants the municipality to improve life for its four-legged residents. Wendy Reitenauer spoke to officials last week about the need for increased animal-protection laws in Penn Hills. She said she sees some dogs that are left outside. “It’s ...

Allegheny County police investigating death of Penn Hills man

By Tribune-Review
Allegheny County police are investigating the death of a man found shot in his Penn Hills home early Saturday, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office. William Jefferies, 50, was pronounced dead inside the Frankwood Road home around 3:45 …

Penn Hills apartment building evacuated because of fire

By Gideon Bradshaw
Firefighters and EMS workers from Penn Hills and nearby communities cleared an apartment building Thursday when a fire started on the fourth floor. Penn Hills ...

Awareness training may help Western Pa. emergency workers avoid becoming victims

By Gideon Bradshaw 9:00 p.m.
Emergency workers often see people at their most vulnerable. But for some intoxicated or disoriented patients, that also means EMS workers see them at their ...

Hines steps in for Washington as Penn Hills superintendent

By Tom Mcgee 9:01 p.m.
Nancy Hines will serve as acting superintendent for Penn Hills School District after Thomas Washington submitted his resignation Jan. 26. Washington had been with the district ...

Penn Hills dek hockey center celebrates 30th season

By Ed Phillipps 9:00 p.m.
Youth and experience are teaming up at the Greater Pittsburgh Dek Hockey Center this year. The new-look organization is celebrating a milestone for its ...

Dreamcatcher brings real-life learning to Penn Hills students

By Ed Phillipps 9:00 p.m.
During a gathering at the Penn Hills Elementary School cafeteria on Jan. 28, men and women in orange jumpsuits hurried groups of people aboard a ...

Train display still benefits Penn Hills with sale of parts

By Kyle Lawson 9:00 p.m.
A month after a miniature engine made its final turn around the model railroad display at the Penn Hills Police Station, the true purpose of the display continues to chug along. After a 30-year run, organizers last year decided to end ...

Penn Hills water main break creates car-swallowing sinkhole

By Tribune-Review
Officials were finishing repairs Wednesday afternoon in Penn Hills on a section of road affected that collapsed when a water main broke. Nick Bianchi, director of ...

Departed Penn Hills superintendent to be paid through April 30

By Tom Mcgee
The Penn Hills School District continues to decline comment on Thomas Washington’s departure as superintendent. Washington will be paid his full salary through April 30 as part of a separation agreement between him and the district. A copy of the agreement ...

Muslim woman sues Labor Department, alleges discrimination

By Brian Bowling
A Penn Hills woman claims in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday that supervisors at the Department of Labor and Industry discriminated against her because she’s Muslim and then disciplined her and fired her when she filed discrimination complaints. Andrea Jones says ...

Penn Hills man charged in robbery of The Exchange in Ross

By Michael Hasch
A Penn Hills man was arraigned Wednesday on charges of shooting and wounding an employee during a robbery last month at The Exchange along McKnight Road in Ross. George A. Wilson, 31, is accused of entering the store — which buys ...

Penn Hills superintendent resigns

By Tribune-Review
The Penn Hills School Board accepted the resignation of Superintendent Thomas K. Washington on Monday night, according to a statement from spokeswoman Teresita K. Kolenchak. Washington came to the district in 2011, replacing acting Superintendent Stephen Vak. In his tenure, ...

Man fatally shot inside Penn Hills home

By Tribune-Review
Allegheny County homicide detectives and Penn Hills police are investigating a fatal shooting late Friday inside a Penn Hills home. Edwin Hammond, 33, was shot inside his Joan Drive home around 11 p.m., according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s …

Penn Hills woman files federal lawsuit over brother’s death in police custody

By Brian Bowling
The sister of a mentally ill North Braddock man who died in police custody claims in a lawsuit moved to federal court Friday that officers were negligent, used excessive force and violated federal disability laws in arresting him. Susan Kernick ...

Penn Hills planning director Davidson to retire

By Kelsey Shea
By his own count, Penn Hills Planning Director Howard Davidson estimates that he’s been to more than 1,000 council meetings in the 39 years he’s ...

Imagine Penn Hills looking to lease site for second location

By Kelsey Shea
Administrators at Imagine Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship say they are still working to finalize a lease agreement that will allow the school to expand into a second location next year. “Not many details need to be negotiated at ...

Penn Hills on state list of underfunded pensions

By Gideon Bradshaw
Two communities in Pittsburgh’s east suburbs were included in a statewide top-25 list of municipalities whose unfunded pension obligations promise to take up larger portions of their annual budgets. Penn Hills and Monroeville are among the municipalities with the largest gaps ...

Penn Hills awards bid to demolish 11 dilapidated homes

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills Council awarded a bid for the demolition of 11 homes in the municipality at the Jan. 12 board meeting. Council awarded the $65,000 contract to Pittsburgh-based Allen Demolition, the lowest responsible bidder. Eleven dilapidated structures will be razed ...

Parts of Penn Hills train display to be auctioned off

By Tribune-Review
Volunteers from the Penn Hills police department will auction off model trains, tracks and other railroad components this weekend Police Helping Police Daily, a nonprofit organized by officers in Penn Hills, ended its 30-year model train display tradition in December ...

Penn Hills to woo charter students back to district

By Kelsey Shea
With budget season looming, Penn Hills School District officials hope to woo charter school students back into the district instead of paying an estimated $15 ...

Bottom Dollar closes 2 Penn Hills stores

By Kelsey Shea
The future of two recently vacated retail buildings in Penn Hills business districts is unclear, though local officials don’t believe they’ll be vacant for long. ...

Police say man shot during Penn Hills home invasion expected to survive

By Kelsey Shea
A man who intruders shot multiple times during a home invasion Tuesday morning on Lawton Avenue in Penn Hills is expected to survive, police said. ...

Penn Hills boy won’t face criminal charges for having Swiss Army knife

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills police say they do not expect to file criminal charges against a Linton Middle School student whose backpack contained a Swiss Army knife Tuesday. The pocket knife set off a metal detector alarm when the student passed through wearing ...