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Aftermath of Penn Hills murder-suicide shooting leaves family stunned

By Kelsey Shea
A woman who authorities say was fatally shot by her boyfriend’s father on Sept. 5 in Penn Hills was a shy, soft-spoken person who wasn’t …

11-year-old who turns in airsoft gun he took to Penn Hills Middle School faces expulsion hearing

By Kelsey Shea 4:07 p.m.
A student at Linton Middle School in Penn Hills faces an expulsion hearing and a possible citation for bringing an airsoft gun to school on Sept. 16. The student, 11, told police he accidentally grabbed the wrong backpack and it …

Flooding problems plague Rodi Road

By Kelsey Shea
Heavy rains, litter and aging pipes have led to road closures, sinkholes and flooding on Rodi Road in Penn Hills, but officials say there’s no …

Penn Hills family granted Make-A-Wish trip to Hawaii

By Kelsey Shea
After a year of chemotherapy, surgeries, moving and staring at the inside of hospital rooms, a week in Hawaii felt like paradise for Hailey Van …

Penn Hills transforms into NYC for Vin Diesel witch movie

By Kelsey Shea 4:07 p.m.
Penn Hills will double as New York City for two days this month for the filming of “The Last Witch Hunter” starring Vin Diesel. Crews …

Pair of Toastmasters speakers take first place in local events

By Kelsey Shea
Two speakers in the Penn Hills Toastmasters Club recently placed first in local speaking competitions. Club President Ron Gazzo of Penn  Hills placed first in …

Man shot outside his home in Penn Hills

By Margaret Harding
Someone shot a man when he got out of his car outside his Penn Hills home, the police chief said. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as Jarome Coker, 21. He died at 8:30 p.m. Monday in …

Penn Hills trying to improve student bus service after first-week mishaps

By Kelsey Shea
Despite late buses and the sudden resignation of the transportation director on the first day of school, officials at Penn Hills School District say that …

Penn Hills auctions off old police cars, tires, equipment

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills is auctioning off used police vehicles, a tractor, used tires and a tub grinder this month in an online auction. Public Works Director Gerry Nosal said that the municipality will collect whatever isn’t being used and bid and …

Reward offered in Penn Hills killing

By Aaron Aupperlee
Pittsburgh Crime Stoppers has offered up to $1,000 for information leading the arrest of an Oakmont man wanted in connection to a homicide in Penn Hills. Allegheny County police obtained an arrest warrant for Darshele Johnson, 39, on Aug. 22, …

PennDOT bridge inspections to close Parkway East lanes

By Tribune-Review
PennDOT inspections of two Parkway East bridges on Wednesday and Thursday will result in single-lane closures in each direction for motorists on the highway during the day. The lane closures will occur from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday on …

Penn Hills man who killed son’s pregnant girlfriend dies

By Tribune-Review
A man who police say fatally shot his son’s pregnant girlfriend in Penn Hills died on Sunday. William Lieberth Sr., 58, died at 2:15 p.m. at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said. An autopsy is …

Pregnant woman fatally shot by boyfriend’s father in Penn Hills

By Chris Togneri  and Kelsey Shea
The father of a pregnant woman’s boyfriend shot and killed her on Friday in Penn Hills, then shot himself in the head, police said. William Lieberth Sr., 58, fired twice at Theresa Smith, 26, outside Allegheny Auto Body on Verona …

Penn Hills Police nab McKeesport man accused in abduction attempt

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills police arrested a McKeesport man who they said tried to abduct a teenage girl as she walked home on Tuesday. Police charged Richard Ostrosky, 62, with the attempted kidnapping of a minor, luring a child into a vehicle, …

Plum American Legion to display WWII-era bulldozer

By Patrick Varine
Members of American Legion Post No. 980 in Plum will soon have some additional hardware to showcase along Saltsburg Road. In addition to the M60A3 …

Penn Hills School Board re-hires girls tennis coach

By Patrick Varine
The Penn Hills Lady Indians tennis team officially has a coach. Penn Hills school board members voted unanimously on Aug. 25 to re-hire longtime coach …

Kincaid retires from Penn Hills’ United Methodist Church, starts new church

By Patrick Varine
J-Lavon Kincaid may be officially retired as a United Methodist Church minister, but his ministry is far from over. Kincaid will hold a “back-to-school prayer …

Lime Hollow roadwork will begin Tuesday in Penn Hills

By Tribune-Review
PennDOT officials announced Thursday that paving work on Lime Hollow Road (SR 2064) will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 2, weather permitting. The road will be closed to traffic weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday, Sept. 5 between …

Penn Hills will auction off cars, tires, tub grinder

By Tribune-Review
Penn Hills municipal officials will auction off a variety of used equipment with bids opening Sept. 2 and closing Sept. 23. Items include: • 2008 Ford Crown Victoria, 2005 Chevy C3500 with ambulance body, Chevy Impalas from 2002, 20005, 2006, …

Photo gallery: ‘Deja Vu V’ fashion show

By Tribune-Review
New Vision Community Church held its fifth annual “Deja Vu” fashion show on Aug. 2, 2014, at the church. …

Photo gallery: BOB group helps Penn Hills High School students start garden

By Tribune-Review
Members of community group Bringing Out the Best (BOB) were joined by Indian football players and high-school students on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, as they …

Federal appeals panel orders new trial for Penn Hills man

By Brian Bowling
A Penn Hills man will get a new trial on a firearm charge because prosecutors introduced evidence of previous crimes that was not relevant to the case, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. A federal jury in 2012 convicted Ebon …

Parents sue Penn Hills School District, allege assault by teacher

By Brian Bowling
Penn Hills School District failed to terminate a teacher who physically assaulted a student, the parents of the student claim in a lawsuit moved to federal court on Thursday. The parents and the child are only identified in the lawsuit …

Penn Hills schools’ transit director resigns

By Patrick Varine
The Penn Hills School District’s transportation director resigned slightly more than a year since he took the job, and just a day into the school year. The school board unanimously accepted Allen Ayers’ letter of resignation, effective Sept. 5, at …

Penn Forest will host Outdoor Classroom

By Patrick Varine
The Penn Forest Natural Burial Park is continuing to use its grounds as a springboard for education. The “green” cemetery, located on Colorado Street, will …

Penn Hills School board re-hires tennis coach

By Patrick Varine
Tennis — for girls, at least — is underway as a Penn Hills team sport in the 2014-15 school year. Athletic Director John Peterman said …

Imagine keeps an eye on charter court case

By Patrick Varine
Despite their expansion plans being stymied multiple times, Imagine Penn Hills officials are excited to begin the 2014-15 academic year in which the charter school …

Detroit man dies following Frankstown Road shooting

By Patrick Varine
A 38-year-old Detroit man shot Aug. 17 at a home on Frankstown Road has died as a result of his injuries. Penn Hills police were dispatched just before 4:30 p.m. for a report of a shooting at 8527 Frankstown Road …

PHSD kicks off year with new elementary

By Patrick Varine
In the hectic days leading up to the first day of school at the new Penn Hills Elementary School, new Principal Kristin Brown found herself …

Police charge Oakmont man in fatal Penn Hills shooting

By Margaret Harding
Police accused an Oakmont man Friday of fatally shooting a Penn Hills man after a struggle in an apartment, court records show. Allegheny County Police obtained an arrest warrant against Darshele Johnson, 39, on charges of homicide and carrying a …

Photo gallery: Linton back-to-school event

By Tribune-Review
Linton Middle School officials held a back-to-school event for students on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, with food, entertainment and kids’ games. …

Penn Hills ‘bad rap’ not backed by crime reports

By Patrick Varine
Penn Hills too often gets “a bad rap.” Pittsburgh’s largest suburb lost nearly 4,500 residents between 2000 and 2010, and for years, some residents at municipal, school board and police meetings have decried “Penn Hills’ bad reputation.” Shawn O’Mahony, who …

‘BoB’ group aims to bring Penn Hills neighborhoods together

By Patrick Varine
A growing group of residents in the Churchill Valley area are working not just to make their neighborhood safer but to increase positivity and a …

Mt. Hope Community Church’s Summer J.A.M. set for Penn Hills

By Patrick Varine
Mt. Hope Community Church’s “Summer J.A.M. (Jesus and Me)” will take place on Aug. 23, starting at 10:30 a.m. at the church at 12106 Frankstown Road. It is an end-of-summer/back-to-school event for children ages 4 through 12, accompanied by a …

PennDOT: Hunter Road may remain closed until winter

By Patrick Varine 9:00 p.m.
PennDOT officials say they hope to have Hunter Road fixed and open before winter sets in. The state road — which connects Hamil Road to …

Photo gallery: Big Red band camp, fundraiser

By Tribune-Review
Penn Hills marching band members are hard at work preparing this year’s halftime performance at rehearsals held on the practice field at Linton Middle School. …

Officers involved in shootings relay physical, emotional toll of incidents

By Margaret Harding
The stress of shooting someone in the line of duty was enough to put Penn Hills police Officer Duane Yenchik in the hospital. Yenchik, 61, …

Penn Hills’ stunning structures: ‘Castle,’ Atlas Cement Co.

By Patrick Varine
(Editor’s note: This is the second entry in a two-part series about architecturally interesting or eye-catching properties in Penn Hills area.) Our tour of interesting …

More money coming in, going out for Penn Hills schools

By Patrick Varine
Penn Hills School District coffers have more money coming in through the district’s new tax collector, but also more money going out in charter school payments. Business director Rick Liberto said earlier this month that current invoices for charters had …