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Penn Hills water main break creates car-swallowing sinkhole

By Tribune-Review 9:51 a.m.
About 30 people were without water service Wednesday morning as officials worked to repair a water main break in Penn Hills that opened a hole …

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 ...

Former Penn Hills code enforcement officers’ lawsuit settled

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills leaders say that the settlement of a federal lawsuit this week should allow the municipality to hire more code enforcement officers. Court documents show that a lawsuit between the municipality of Penn Hills and two former code ...

Pittsburgh police accountability activist accused of passing bad check

By Margaret Harding
An activist who has called for improved relations between the community and police is accused of passing a bad check, court records show. Allegheny County police ...

Unsolved Penn Hills murders from decades ago prompt blog to share details

By Kelsey Shea
Nearly 40 years after the death of Barbara Jean Lewis, many residents in Penn Hills still remember her name, but local police still can’t name ...

Penn Hills-based doc raises money to build libraries in Ghana

By Kelsey Shea
Support and donations from people in the Penn Hills community will help build a library in rural Ghana this year, thanks to a local doctor. Stephen ...

Penn Hills home left damaged in fatal Christmas fire to be razed

By Bill Vidonic  and Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills officials said they plan to raze on Friday a house on Thon Drive where a woman died in a fire Christmas morning. The ...

Penn Hills holds the line on taxes with budget pass

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills’ mayor and council approved the 2015 municipal budget Wednesday, which includes funds for a new municipal building, a new code enforcement employee and no property tax increase. Council approved the $52 million budget in a 4-0 vote after ...

Penn Hills hair event focuses on awareness of mental-health issues

By Kelsey Shea
A Penn Hills salon took to a new medium to discuss mental health and mental-health awareness — hair. Deaja Vire a cosmetologist at Fahrenheit Salon ...

Penn Hills woman died of smoke inhalation

By Tribune-Review 4:55 p.m.
A Penn Hills woman died from smoke inhalation in a house fire that happened Christmas morning, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said Sunday. Authorities are awaiting the results of other tests before ruling whether 74-year-old Norma McClain’s death was accidental, ...

1 dead in Penn Hills house fire

By Bill Vidonic
A 74-year-old woman who died in a fire Christmas morning in her Penn Hills home lived in clutter so thick it severely hampered firefighters’ efforts ...

Christmas tree recycling options offered

By Kelsey Shea
Once the tinsel and lights are down, Penn Hills residents can still think green by recycling Christmas trees. Several nearby communities accept and recycle holiday trees ...

Wilkins chiropractor tabbed to help Olympic athletes train

By Kelsey Shea
A local chiropractor will get an opportunity to work with elite athletes and get a glimpse at training for the Winter Olympics as a volunteer ...

Penn Hills wants to step up code enforcement, cite violators

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills officials say they plan to be more proactive in code enforcement while they wait for litigation to free up funds for additional code enforcement officers. “The current number of code enforcement officers is not acceptable for the needs within ...

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 7:35 p.m.
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 ...