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Motorcyclist killed after striking pole in Penn Township

By Paul Peirce
A Monroeville motorcyclist was killed early Sunday when his vehicle struck a telephone pole along Route 130 in Penn Township. The Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office identified the motorcyclist as Ryan M. Dillon, 23. Deputy Coroner John A. Ackerman reported that Dillon failed ...

Trafford Council reaches agreement on parking changes

By Luke Torrance 7:45 a.m.
Trafford Council has agreed to revise two parking regulations that have prompted complaints in recent months. After a two-hour special meeting last week, council agreed to be more generous with time limits on downtown parking and less restrictive regarding the size ...

Memorial Day in Trafford

By Tribune-Review 7:45 a.m.
People lined Cavitt Avenue and 7th Street in Trafford to cheer on the classic cars, emergency vehicles and the many people marching in the borough’s ...

Penn Township man pleads guilty to assaulting 3 police officers

By Renatta Signorini
A Penn Township man blamed alcohol for his assault of three police officers in October. “I was really intoxicated,” said Jordan T. Cosgrove, 24. “I didn’t mean to do the things that I done.” “I’m ashamed of myself,” he told Judge Christopher ...

Lou Bohince honored for boosting Harrison City’s ‘small-town feel’

By Christy Walters
Long-time residents of Harrison City know Lou Bohince. Some know him as the owner of Lou’s Service Center on Harrison Avenue, which now is a Citgo ...

PTARC to cover Safe Sitter baby-sitting training

By Chris Foreman
Children soon will be able to learn how to become a baby sitter or stay at home alone by themselves through a program being developed by the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission. In a partnership with the Penn Township Ambulance service, PTARC ...

Penn adds conditions to driller’s 2 proposed gas well sites

By Luke Torrance
Apex Energy has spent the last several months pursuing gas well sites in Penn Township, and after Monday’s township commissioners meeting, the company will have to wait a little longer. Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution that requires Apex to meet additional ...

High school parking limited for Penn-Trafford graduation

By Tribune-Review
People who are planning to attend the Penn-Trafford High School graduation on Thursday should prepare to take a free shuttle to Warrior Stadium. Because of parking limitations on campus related to a construction project, school officials are offering five satellite parking ...

Signs of progress for downtown Trafford

By Chris Foreman
With a background in remodeling empty or dilapidated structures, Mark Fichtner saw an opportunity in Trafford last fall when his firm, Penn-Pioneer Enterprises, bought property ...

4 Trafford buildings condemned

By Chris Foreman
Despite the owner’s insistence that he’s trying his best to schedule and fund repairs, Trafford Council has condemned the historic “bank building” that opened a century ago as a Westinghouse-affiliated inn. The landmark at 501 Cavitt Ave. was one of four ...

Penn-Trafford students offered nursing assistant internships

By Christy Walters
Penn-Trafford High School students will be able to participate in a yearlong nursing-assistant internship program offered through the school starting this summer. Mike Flaherty, a spokesman for a group of senior-care facilities and other medical businesses in Penn Township and Latrobe, ...

Trafford hires borough manager

By Chris Foreman
Trafford council is looking to a longtime Mt. Lebanon municipal employee to provide leadership in the borough. Richard Sahar, 61, of West Newton, started work last week as borough manager. Council on May 5 voted 6-0 — with Councilman Henry Schultz ...

Mysterious event spurs passion for UFO Study Group founder

By Christina Sheleheda
His voice radiates such suspense that it’s nearly impossible not to tune everything else out when Stan Gordon tells you a story about his experience ...

Penn-Trafford School Board challenger dies, 2 incumbents remain

By Chris Foreman
Though the Penn-Trafford community will feel Sara “Sallie” Bradley’s absence from school board meetings and sporting events, her name remains on the primary ballot to ...

Lawsuit by fired Penn-Trafford Spanish teacher could go to nonjury trial

By Chris Foreman
A fired Penn-Trafford Spanish teacher offered last week to settle her “whistle-blower” lawsuit against the Penn-Trafford School District for $350,000, but the district’s insurer wouldn’t agree to pay more than $25,000. With little budging toward a financial settlement during an April ...

Penn Township officials consider scrapping traffic-impact fee

By Chris Foreman
Eighteen years ago, Penn Township commissioners made their community the first in Westmoreland County to adopt a traffic-impact fee to help pay for needed road improvements caused by new development. But with pending changes to the township’s zoning districts and map ...

4 Republicans seeking nominations for Penn-Trafford board

By Chris Foreman
Four Republicans are running for nominations for Penn-Trafford School Board seats in Region 3. Of the field, only Phil Kochasic is an incumbent after Bruce Newell ...

Snowden challenges Kistler for Harrison City district judge nominations

By Chris Foreman
Because of a challenge from Georgia Snowden, Harrison City District Judge Helen Kistler will have a third contested primary election since her appointment to the ...

Property tax-rate increase considered by Penn-Trafford board

By Chris Foreman
Facing another steep spike in pension costs, the Penn-Trafford School Board is considering another increase in the property-tax rate to boost revenues for the 2015-16 budget. But the tax increase that officials are advertising — 1 mill for most district property ...

Trafford officials developing policy for email use, retention

By Chris Foreman
Now that elected officials and employees in Trafford have email accounts on a borough server, officials are developing a policy for email ethics and record retention. Before a new website went online last month at traffordborough.com, council members generally used personal ...

Penn Township landowners strive to keep business zoning there

By Chris Foreman
The owners of property near the turnpike that once featured a Howard Johnson restaurant want Penn Township commissioners to reconsider a proposal to rezone the land as industrial. Roy Leukhardt III and his wife, Pam, said real-estate appraisers have told them ...

Trafford officials rethink strategy to find banquet hall manager

By Chris Foreman
After few people showed interest last year, Trafford council is trying to come up with a new way to attract someone to manage the Manchester Room. A committee of councilmen Kris Cardiff, Pete Ledwich and Mike Mellon is expected to offer ...

Trafford property owner wants jury trial in suit

By Chris Foreman
A Westmoreland County jury might be tasked with determining whether Trafford and a construction company should pay a borough property owner for yard and sidewalk damage he blames on a 2011 public sewer project. Though James J. Bruno is seeking ...

Group appeals drilling approval in Penn Township

By Chris Foreman
Members of residents group Protect PT want a Westmoreland County judge to reverse the Penn Township Zoning Hearing Board’s approval this month of a special exception for Apex Energy to drill two unconventional wells. The group on Monday filed an appeal ...

Greene, Konkus seek nomination to replace Wersing in 3rd Ward

By Chris Foreman
With Paul Wersing choosing not to run for a sixth term, there will be a new commissioner representing Penn Township’s 3rd Ward in 2016. Dan Greene ...

Life’s moments still matter to Trafford author Jakiela

By Rege Behe
Memoirs were once a person’s “whole life story from birth to almost death, or birth to fame,” according to Lori Jakiela. But the Trafford native, ...

Penn man hopes new signs will slow traffic on Waugaman

By Chris Foreman
Still dealing with an exposed game room after man suspected of drunken driving smashed into his home last month, Paul Varrato said he hopes some ...

Trafford mayor wants changes in parking ordinance

By Chris Foreman
Ten months since a controversial parking ordinance took effect, Mayor Rey Peduzzi is leading an effort to recommend revisions that he says will benefit Trafford business owners, patrons and residents. One of Peduzzi’s most significant recommendations is to extend the limit ...

Penn Township’s Kendall Vertes launches pop music career

By Chris Foreman
Springing from four seasons in the cast of the popular “Dance Moms” reality show, Kendall Vertes is launching a pop music career. Los Angeles-based Jenga Productions ...

More bids to be sought for summer paving project in Manor

By Chris Foreman
Manor Council will solicit another round of price quotes for road-paving contractors this summer because the only bid the borough received by a mid-April deadline was too high, manager Joe Lapia said. Officials anticipate having about $475,000 available — which includes ...

CEO: Apex could drill soon in Penn Township

By Chris Foreman
Apex Energy might have a rig on site ready to drill two unconventional gas wells in Penn Township within a couple of months, the company’s CEO said. Apex could begin surface construction work on an 89-acre property off Walton Road within ...

Trafford joins county land bank program

By Chris Foreman
The demolition of a second Trafford Motor Co. building is likely this summer now that Westmoreland County officials are working to acquire the blighted structure through their land bank, Trafford council members said. On April 16, council voted 6-0, with Henry ...

Trafford ‘oversize-vehicle’ regulations under review

By Chris Foreman
After an “oversize-vehicle” ordinance went unenforced for a decade, Trafford officials are considering revisions to accommodate people who park large work vehicles outside their homes without degrading the character of neighborhoods. The push to change the regulation arose in February after ...

Penn-Trafford School Board supports county land bank

By Chris Foreman
The Penn-Trafford School Board is pledging its support for the Westmoreland County Land Bank. As Trafford council prepares to consider joining the land bank, the school board voted unanimously Monday night to approve an intergovernmental-cooperation agreement with the county organization. Trafford ...

‘Mermaid Jr.’ lands on Trafford Middle School stage

By Tribune-Review
Trafford Middle School will stage “The Little Mermaid Jr.” on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the door ...

Disso named Trafford police chief

By Chris Foreman
Trafford has its first police chief in a decade. Though borough officials long have referred to Carmen Disso informally as chief, council last week unanimously ratified his promotion retroactive to Jan. 1. Disso, who has been with the department since 1998, ...

Trafford resumes manager search

By Chris Foreman
Spurned by their preferred candidate, Trafford Council members are renewing their search for a full-time manager. Council will reconsider the dozen applicants for the opening after Rae Ann Tronetti declined an offer last month, council President Jay Race said. Council voted ...

Race takes over as Trafford Council president

By Chris Foreman
Dennis Hockenberry’s tenure as Trafford Council president lasted all of 12 days. Saying he wanted to return calm to council, Hockenberry last week relinquished the president’s gavel that he accepted after he and three others ousted Henry Schultz as president during ...

Trafford man waives preliminary hearing in crash that seriously injured minor passenger

By Bob Stiles
A Trafford man accused of causing serious injury to a female passenger when he crashed his vehicle in February waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday. Jonathon Michael Lukart, 20, had been scheduled to appear on charges of aggravated assault ...