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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. …

Participation up for PTARC’s annual summer playground program

By Chris Foreman
Participation in the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission’s summer playground program rebounded after a down year in 2013. This summer, 428 children signed up for the free eight-week program that has been a PTARC staple at sites in Penn Township, Trafford, …

Project restricts traffic to 1 lane on portion of Route 130

By Chris Foreman
Traffic will be reduced to one lane on a portion of Route 130 in Trafford for about a month while contractors work on a state-mandated sewage project. Work along the state highway between Forest and Prospect avenues is scheduled to …

Penn Middle School gym bleachers will be replaced in fall

By Chris Foreman
Unsafe bleachers are being removed from the Penn Middle School gym, but the replacements might not be in place until October or November. The district’s maintenance staff is ripping out the existing bleachers, but Penn-Trafford officials are paying C.M. Eichenlaub …

Trafford Councilman Daykon to resign; Schultz fills other opening

By Chris Foreman
A second departing Trafford Council member is expressing disappointment in the board’s direction. John Daykon is leaving council as Henry Schultz is returning to the …

Man who allegedly took heroin into Westmoreland courthouse gets probation

By Bob Stiles
A Penn Township man who allegedly took 13 stamp bags of heroin into the Westmoreland County Courthouse last week reached an agreement with prosecutors that calls for him to be put in a probationary program, his attorney said. Scott Matthew …

Grant to add 38 jobs, expand Karndean headquarters in Penn Township

By Chris Foreman
A state financing package of about $168,000 will help Karndean Designflooring expand its U.S. headquarters at the Bushy Run Corporate Park in Penn Township and add 38 jobs over three years. State Department of Community and Economic Development officials last …

PTARC board member calls for quick decision by Penn-Trafford board

By Chris Foreman
Larry Harrison admits that when he was a Penn-Trafford School Board member, he sometimes was critical of the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission’s financial performance. But the Penn Township commissioner and PTARC board member now is coming out as one of …

Penn-Trafford School Board officials to consider bond issue

By Chris Foreman
The Penn-Trafford School Board has one more decision to make about funding the high school remodeling project. Board members are expected on Monday night to …

Penn Twp. police, Big Kids hit the field for fundraiser

By Chris Foreman
What started as a fun way to honor a late Penn Township police officer has grown into an annual event that has raised more than $10,000 for several causes in the region. For the fifth year, members of the 55-and-older …

Plea hearing set for former Penn-Trafford track coach

By Chris Foreman
A former Penn-Trafford assistant track coach accused of sending inappropriate text messages to a 15-year-old girl is scheduled for a plea hearing in Westmoreland County next month, court records show. Anthony L. Boerio waived his right to a preliminary hearing …

Trafford council undergoes changes

By Chris Foreman
John Daykon is leaving Trafford Council as Henry Schultz is rejoining the board. Daykon, 37, announced Tuesday night that he is stepping down by the end of the month after four years on council. But he pledged to help borough …

Diabetes motivates Harrison City man to join fight for cure

By Nicole Chynoweth
When Steve Rennekamp’s wife, Susan, succumbed to complications of type 2 diabetes 33 years ago, much of today’s technology for treating the disease did not …

Penn Township Ambulance paramedics perform speedy delivery via the turnpike

By Chris Foreman
Someday, Paige Reese McLaughlin is going to have a great story to tell her friends about her birthday. After all, not everyone can lay claim …

Penn-Trafford High School to have daily police presence

By Chris Foreman
A school resource officer will be on duty at Penn-Trafford High School five days a week this fall, bumping up from the three-days-a-week police coverage Penn Township provided in recent years. Township and school district officials are finalizing an agreement …

Bushy Run anniversary offers more-intimate experience

By Chris Foreman
Volunteers with the Bushy Run Battlefield Historical Society have been preparing the Penn Township battle site for a more-intimate experience for visitors for the annual …

Penn-Trafford seeks naming-rights sponsorships to offset costs

By Chris Foreman
Last year, Penn-Trafford officials paid homage to the memory of former athletic director John Patrick Kelly Jr. by naming the press box at Warrior Stadium in his honor. Now, the school district is offering similar recognition — for those willing …

Penn Township teen allegedly drunk at time of police chase, crash

By Tribune-Review
A Penn Township teenager was driving drunk when he led police on a chase, barely missing other drivers before the car flipped over, authorities said. Police said in a criminal complaint that Cole McKendrick Henderson, 18, was driving a car …

Suspended Penn-Trafford teacher charged with stalking student

By Chris Foreman
A suspended Penn-Trafford High School teacher is accused of stalking a 17-year-old student by trying to meet the student at his workplace and repeatedly inviting him to events and restaurants. After trading messages online with Spanish teacher Michael David Garet …

Penn Township man seeking gun permit accused of bringing heroin to courthouse

By Bob Stiles
A Penn Township man is charged with bringing 13 stamp bags of heroin into the Westmoreland County Courthouse on Tuesday. Scott Matthew Burbidge, 27, set …

Penn-Trafford School District identifies fired employees

By Chris Foreman
After withholding two fired employees’ names during public meetings, Penn-Trafford School District officials released the information last week in response to a request under the state’s Right-to-Know Law. School officials should have announced the names of former employees Patricia Campagna …