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Penn Hills junior slain in shooting had visited friends at Monroeville housing complex

By Gideon Bradshaw
A Penn Hills High School junior who was fatally shot in the chest Monday was saving money to buy a car and looked forward to ...

Imagine school to appeal Penn Hills district’s denial of charter amendment

By Kelsey Shea
A local charter school plans to appeal a Penn Hills School Board decision that prevents it from expanding to a second location this fall. On March 23, the school board voted 5-0 to deny a charter amendment from Imagine Penn Hills ...

Sinkhole caused by mine subsidence closes Laketon Road in Penn Hills

By Kelsey Shea
A sinkhole thought to be caused by mine subsidence closed Laketon Road in Penn Hills indefinitely Thursday, although officials said they did not think nearby residents were at risk. The 20-foot deep, 10-foot wide hole opened just east of Laketon’s intersection ...

Business affairs director for Penn Hills schools placed on administrative leave

By Kelsey Shea
The Penn Hills School District placed its director of business affairs on paid administrative leave Wednesday, though district officials would not say why. Rick Liberto was placed on leave while the district audits current office practices, district spokeswoman Teresita Kolenchak ...

New rules aim to assist fight against blight

By Kelsey Shea
In response to complaints of disruptive behavior and code violations, Penn Hills is requiring landlords to register rental property. Penn Hills Council members approved the ordinance, which they said will help officials keep tabs on rental properties, at the March 16 ...

Penn Hills hires more code enforcement officers

By Kelsey Shea
After two years of short-handed operation, the Penn Hills Code-Enforcement Department swore in three new officers. Code-enforcement officers Jason I. Griffiths, Cory P. Kircher and Christine Sepesy took the oath of office March 16. “Remember, you guys and ladies are the first ...

Penn Hills charter school to appeal denial of expansion plans

By Kelsey Shea
A charter school plans to appeal the Penn Hills School Board’s denial of an amendment to its charter that would have enabled it to expand. The Penn Hills School Board on Monday night voted 5-0 to deny an application from Imagine ...

Penn Hills driver charged in hit-and-run in Oakmont

By Chuck Biedka
Oakmont police accuse a Penn Hills man of hitting a woman with his car and leaving the scene last month at a Presbyterian SeniorCare parking lot. Howard Emmett Horsley, 30, of 7947 Thon Drive, was formally charged Monday, and the woman ...

5 to vie for district magistrate role

By Kelsey Shea
The mayor of Penn Hills won’t seek re-election this year and instead will run for the hotly contested district judge’s seat that Leonard HRomyak will retire from in January. According to the county office of elections, Anthony Deluca Jr., Jolando Hinton, ...

Penn Hills Council adopts ‘another tool to fight blight’ with landlord registration ordinance

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills Council on Monday approved a landlord registration ordinance meant to help officials keep tabs on rental properties. Elected leaders said the move was a response to complaints of disruptive behavior in rental properties within Penn Hills. Deputy Mayor …

Motorcyclist arrested in Penn Hills after police chase

By Michael Hasch
There were no injuries when a motorcycle being chased by police went down on its side late Friday afternoon in Penn Hills. Monroeville police chased the motorcycle in their community and into Penn Hills before the bike went down about 5:20 ...

Penn Hills road closed after car strikes utility pole

By Tribune-Review
Penn Hills police closed part of Poketa Road after a vehicle struck a utility pole at about 6:30 a.m., an Allegheny County emergency dispatcher said. The crash happened at the 5000 block of Poketa Road near Rockcliff Road. Utility lines were pulled ...

Penn Hills landlord pleads guilty for permit violations

By Kelsey Shea
The owner of four condemned row houses in Penn Hills pleaded guilty March 6 to not filing occupancy permits and building permits. Daniel Guy, 68, ...

Steelers QB’s foundation provides Penn Hills with another police dog

By Kelsey Shea
The municipality of Penn Hills received funding last month for a police dog to serve on the department’s K-9 unit through the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation. Penn Hills received $13,000 to pay for the acquisition and training of a new police dog, ...

Property-manager arrest may impact 140 Penn Hills properties

By Kelsey Shea
A property manager who pleaded guilty to fraud and money-laundering charges last month might be a resident of Squirrel Hill, but his name has been discussed throughout Penn Hills, where he manages as many as 140 properties. Dov Ratchkauskas, 48, ...

Officials want better municipal building in Penn Hills

By Kelsey Shea
No matter how much money is put into the 1939 municipal building, Penn Hills officials said they’ll still be working with the “same four walls” — so they’re hoping to move ahead with an $8 million replacement. While some residents have ...

Penn Hills is go-to gym for playoffs, championships

By Ed Phillipps
High school sports fans residing in Penn Hills might not have a long commute to the next big event. Penn Hills High School’s gymnasium is ...

Bridge inspection will close 1 lane of Parkway East for 2 days

By Tribune-Review
A bridge inspection Tuesday and Wednesday on the Parkway East will reduce traffic flow to a single lane between the Penn Hills and Monroeville interchanges. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will reduce traffic to one lane from Exit 81 to Exit ...

Youth ordered to stand trial as adult in fatal shooting of Wiz Khalifa’s uncle in Homestead

By Adam Brandolph
A Penn Hills teenager accused in a fatal shooting during a drug deal at The Waterfront in Homestead will stand trial as an adult, an Allegheny County judge ruled Friday. Jaron Young, who was 17 at the time of the shooting, ...

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 ...

East suburban volunteers work to provide meals for seniors

By Kelsey Shea
A group of residents from east suburbs are pulling together to make sure local senior citizens are cared for and fed. About 20 volunteers who worked at the Wilkins Township Meals on Wheels kitchen are working to establish a nonprofit group ...

Driver in crash sues ambulance driver, New Kensington

By Liz Hayes
The victim of a March 2013 vehicle accident involving a New Kensington ambulance has sued the city and the ambulance driver. Dana E. Stiller of Penn Hills recently filed the suit in Westmoreland County Court alleging negligence on the part of ...

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
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 ...