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Identities oftheft suspects sought by Penn Township and state police

By Tribune-Review 12:29 a.m.
Penn Township police and state police are seeking the public’s help in identifying suspects who are believed to have used stolen credit cards to purchase …

Manor man’s film finds odd gifts can be unbearable

By Chris Foreman
Why would a woman give her 29-year-old brother-in-law a teddy bear wearing a patriotic sweater? The odd gift puzzles David Safin’s character in his short …

Penn-Trafford football shuttle to change

By Chris Foreman
Some parking changes are planned this weekend to accommodate Penn-Trafford football fans and families attending the Penn Township Fall Festival. Starting Friday evening, shuttles for the last four home football games now will be offered at Community United Methodist Church, …

Organization upgrades Manor VFD’s insurance rating

By Chris Foreman
An improved insurance rating for the Manor Volunteer Fire Department potentially could lead to a reduction in some homeowners’ insurance premiums in the borough, industry officials said. Manor firefighters learned this summer that the New Jersey-based Insurance Services Office, or …

Woman asks Penn Township officials for help with vacant home

By Chris Foreman
Worried about a neglected, vacant house near her home in Level Green, Janet Schubert pleaded with Penn Township commissioners last week for help to ensure township officials inspect its condition. Schubert said a neighboring property on Meadowbrook Road is uninhabitable …

Penn-Trafford School Board to clarify wording of agreement

By Chris Foreman
A new agreement between the Penn-Trafford School Board and the teachers union defines the functions of student-learning assistants but — contrary to how the district worded a summary of the deal last week — it doesn’t add them to the …

Though improved, Penn Township pension fund still distressed

By Chris Foreman
Two years of high investment returns — and the expectation of a third high yield in 2014 — have Penn Township’s finance director hoping that the municipality soon will be able to reduce its relatively large contribution to its underfunded …

Penn Township park field renamed for Proskin

By Chris Foreman
Shelley Proskin’s memory will live on in Penn Township despite the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission’s proposal to sell the building that bears her name. Field No. 3 at Penn Township Municipal Park is being renamed in Proskin’s honor, and Penn-Trafford …

Laurel Mountain homicide case gets new district judge

By Tribune-Review
The preliminary hearing for a Laurel Mountain Borough man accused of killing his girlfriend was reassigned Monday after a district judge previously ruled there was …

Penn-Trafford board: Employee resigned, was not fired

By Chris Foreman
The Penn-Trafford School Board this week reclassified the departure of a former employee who is facing criminal charges. Officials said Patricia Campagna resigned and that the board’s April firing of her was an error. The school board voted 8-0 Monday …

Group seeks to reboot crime watch in Trafford

By Chris Foreman
Trafford residents and council members again are trying to institute a neighborhood crime watch. Organizers are seeking residents to volunteer as block captains or in other roles to help get the group running again after it was dormant for several …

Trafford EMS’ struggle isn’t unique

By Chris Foreman
When Lucy DeHaven needed an ambulance last year because of congestive heart failure, one came from the Trafford Emergency Medical Service half a mile away …

Penn Township couple settles suit on 2009 flooding

By Chris Foreman
A Penn Township couple received an $8,000 settlement to close out a lawsuit spurred by flooding at their home near Route 130 during heavy thunderstorms in June 2009. Penn Township, through its insurance company, paid $6,000 of the settlement to …

Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission looks to sell recreation center, promotes Bires

By Chris Foreman
Eight years after opening a community building, the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission is planning to get out of the hall-rental business. As the recreation group’s …

Bridge reopening in Penn Township pushed back to November

By Bob Stiles
The closed bridge on Harrison City-Export Road in Penn Township could be open to traffic by early November, weeks after originally forecast, in a project plagued with problems, officials said on Thursday. State, Westmoreland County, township and other officials updated …

Assistants added to Penn-Trafford Education Association’s bargaining unit

By Chris Foreman
Student-learning assistants are being added to the Penn-Trafford Education Association’s bargaining unit, which is in the midst of negotiations for a new labor contract. The school board on Monday voted 8-0, with Nick Petrucci absent, to approve a memorandum of …

Penn-Trafford expected to sign on to WIU’s eAcademy

By Chris Foreman
Another cyber-school option is opening up for families in Penn-Trafford School District communities this year. Though the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit’s eAcademy for grades six through 12 is in its sixth year, students who live in the district are able to …

Trafford EMS in critical condition

By Chris Foreman
Averaging just one call per day, the Trafford Emergency Medical Service might be running out of gas after four decades in the community. Low financial support from borough residents is compounded by a decreasing call volume for the 24-hour service, …

Construction to impact Penn-Trafford football parking

By Chris Foreman
District officials are encouraging Penn-Trafford football fans to carpool to home games this season because a construction project at the high school has reduced the number of parking spots there. About 100 fewer parking spaces will be available on campus …

Credit union offers saving incentives for Penn-Trafford students

By Chris Foreman
After starting a branch at Penn-Trafford High School last year, the Westmoreland Community Federal Credit Union is offering a savings program in the district’s elementary and middle schools. The implementation of the new savings clubs this month is an effort …

Defense can see, not copy tape, Westmoreland County judge rules

By Renatta Signorini
A man accused of inappropriately touching a female student on a school bus while he was working as a monitor will not be permitted to have a copy of surveillance footage obtained by police. Assistant District Attorney Karen Patterson argued …

Trio holds up Penn couple at gunpoint in home

By Tribune-Review
A Penn couple was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night by three suspects who fled their home with a bag of items, state police at Greensburg said. The robbers forced their way into the Carbon Street house at 9:30 p.m., and …

The Theatre Factory in Trafford celebrates 20 years

By Chris Foreman
From a hectic beginning with a premiere in a bingo hall, The Theatre Factory has endured rising costs and a barren downtown to reach its …

Former Manor Elementary School going up for bid

By Chris Foreman
A big piece of Manor’s history is heading to the auction block. Now in the hands of a court-ordered receiver, the former Manor Elementary School …

Harrison City church hosts ‘after party’ on football nights

By Chris Foreman
A local church is opening its doors to high school students throughout the region for a free party on Friday nights when Penn-Trafford has a home football game. The youth ministry at St. Barbara Catholic Church in Harrison City is …

Police search Level Green area for bank robber

By Joe Napsha
Penn Township police are searching for the man who robbed the Manor Bank branch along Route 130 in Level Green on Wednesday afternoon and ran …

Frederick, Orchard drives in Manor to be paved

By Chris Foreman
Paving of all of Frederick Drive and part of Orchard Drive in Manor could begin as soon as mid-September. Manor Council hired A. Folino Construction of Oakmont on Aug. 20 to complete the work for $76,272. Orchard will be paved …

Marijuna, heroin arrests made in Penn Township

By Mary Pickels
A woman was jailed on felony drug charges, and in an unrelated incident, a suspected marijuana grow operation was uncovered in Penn Township, police Chief John Otto said on Tuesday. Stephanie Kelly, 25, of Penn was charged with possession of …

Ex-worker admits to taking money from Penn Township Sewage Authority

By Bob Stiles
A former employee admitted taking money from the Penn Township Sewage Authority when she said her life “began to crash around her” in April, township police said. Lisa Klingensmith, 38, of Claridge confessed that she kept money two relatives paid …

Work on Penn-Trafford High School to continue

By Chris Foreman
Though the Penn-Trafford school year kicks off today with a high school under construction, district officials say temporary walls will be used to separate work …

Penn-Trafford starts year with 17 new teachers, new principal

By Chris Foreman
Another school year starts today, Thursday, in the Penn-Trafford School District. As students settle in, they’ll find some new faces in buildings throughout the district. Here’s a rundown of the district’s new hires. New teachers The school board hired 17 …

Penn-Trafford teachers open year in negotiations

By Chris Foreman
Negotiations on a new contract for Penn-Trafford teachers will continue into the school year. The next session for the district’s negotiating committee and the Penn-Trafford Education Association, the teachers’ union, will be on Aug. 26. A five-year contract with the …

Auction of Level Green homes in Trafford benefits vets

By Chris Foreman
When his brother, Carl, died in April, Eric Niemi decided to turn his sorrow into something positive. Niemi, who grew up in Level Green, said …

Penn Township hires public works director

By Chris Foreman
A municipal manager in Butler County will become the first public works director in Penn Township. Scot Fodi, the manager in Middlesex Township since February 2005, is expected to start working in the newly created position around Sept. 15. On …

World languages now offered at Penn, Trafford middle schools

By Chris Foreman
Students at Penn and Trafford middle schools might hear classmates practicing their Spanish, French and German in the hallways this school year. For the first …

Penn Township hires public works director

By Bob Stiles
Penn Township commissioners hired on Monday a man with 22 years experience in local government to fill the newly created job of public works director. Scot E. Fodi, 44, last serving as township manager in Middlesex Township, Butler County, will …

Police: Trafford toddler found wandering while father was playing video games

By Tribune-Review
A Trafford man faces child endangerment charges after his daughter was found alone on a borough street Monday. Joshua Martin Moreno, 27, was “sweaty and seemed disoriented” when he approached police on Brinton Avenue at 8:24 p.m., looking for his …

Parking ordinance frustrates residents in Trafford

By Chris Foreman
Over the years, Dorothy Fleming says, she dutifully paid for a monthly parking permit so she could leave her car overnight in downtown Trafford, near …

Penn-Trafford School Board OKs bonds for school remodeling project

By Chris Foreman
The Penn-Trafford School Board has committed to issuing more bonds to pay for the $31 million high school remodeling project. Officially, the school board voted 6-0 Monday night to authorize the issuing of as much as $16.4 million in bonds. …