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Plum Council to consider proposed developments

By Karen Zapf
Plum council on Monday night is expected to consider two proposed developments that would add residential and commercial offerings in the borough. Members during the work session earlier this week heard details about Hulton Village, a proposed two-building development that would ...

2 quit race for Plum school board

By Karen Zapf
A former Plum School Board member who quit his elected position in June citing lack of faith in district leadership on Monday dropped out of the Nov. 3 election. Joe Tommarello, 22, was elected in November 2011 and won the Republican ...

Plum High School teacher held for court on charges of intimidation

By Karen Zapf  and Megan Guza
A judge on Wednesday held for court a second round of witness intimidation charges against a former Plum high school teacher, telling defense attorney R. ...

Fugitive arrested at Plum motel on drug, gun charges

By Tony Raap
A fugitive task force arrested a Clearfield County man wanted on drug and gun charges and hiding in a Pittsburgh area motel, authorities said Wednesday. Members of the U.S. Marshals Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force on Tuesday arrested Robert Selfridge, 35, ...

Plum School District administrators average 4 percent raise

By Karen Zapf
Administrators in the Plum School District have received salary increases for the 2015-16 school year. The school board during its July 21 meeting approved increases totaling nearly $69,000 for 19 administrators including building principals and other department heads. The average ...

New Regency Park Elementary School gets go-ahead in Plum district

By Karen Zapf
Construction of Regency Park Elementary School is back on track. The Plum School Board on Tuesday night approved: • Awarding a $268,000 contract to A.W. McNabb of Burgettstown to demolish Regency Park Elementary, the former Pivik Elementary School, the maintenance ...

Young Plum, Gateway performers spend summer on stage with CLO

By Ed Phillipps
This summer has been anything but a vacation for several local performers. Plum’s Gianni DelMastro, a fifth-grader at Regency Park Elementary, and Ellie Tongel, a ...

Former Plum school board member testifies before grand jury

By Megan Guza  and Karen Zapf
Former Plum school board member Joe Tommarello testified Thursday before the grand jury looking into who knew what and when during the teacher sex abuse ...

Teacher pact timing in Plum raises questions

By Karen Zapf  and Adam Brandolph
A former Plum school board member who is set to testify to a grand jury Thursday says investigators asked him about the timing of a ...

Stampede in the Park organizers gear up for race day

By Karen Zapf
The annual Stampede in the Park 5K and 1-mile fun run/walk on Aug. 8 has activities building up to it. Fundraising activities include car washes at King’s Restaurant on Route 286 and a promotion whereby patrons who bring a coupon to ...

New assistant manager to tackle Plum’s planning, zoning ordinances

By Luke Torrance
David Soboslay has worked for and with local governments for more than 22 years and now he’s employed by Plum, the borough he’s called home ...

Plum board members reach consensus on new elementary school

By Karen Zapf
The Plum School Board on Tuesday night reached a consensus to proceed with building a new Regency Park Elementary School. “The right thing to do is build a school,” board member John St. Leger said following a nearly hour-long board …

Plum school board berated for pulling back on new school

By Karen Zapf
Upheaval continues in the Plum School District with parents expressing anger Monday night over the school board pulling back on building a school and the school board failing to select a ninth member. About 40 parents and students, all wearing ...

Writings attributed to jailed Plum teacher dubbed evocative of stalker

By Megan Guza  and Adam Brandolph
Victim advocates say Joseph Ruggieri is where he should be: jail. Ruggieri, 40, a Plum high school teacher accused of having sex with a student, was ...

Plum landslide to be fixed after year

By Emily Balser
Drivers on Repp Road in Plum will soon see repairs to a landslide that has been there for more than a year. Borough Manager ...

School budget holds line on Plum taxes

By Karen Zapf
Property owners in Plum will not see an increase in their school taxes for the 2015-16 year. The school board voted 6-2 to approve a $61.6 million spending plan that is balanced by emptying the capital reserve fund and using nearly ...

Plum officials reassess equipment policy after sexual assault case

By Karen Zapf
The head of policy for the Plum school board expressed surprise Tuesday that a Plum high school teacher kept a school-issued laptop three months after ...

Plum teacher’s lawyer says latest allegations don’t measure up

By Megan Guza
The attorney for a Plum High School teacher charged for the second time with victim intimidation said Tuesday that even if his client contacted the victim, the emails do not merit the charge. Joseph Ruggieri, 40, was charged Monday with sending ...

More witness intimidation charges are filed against Plum teacher

By Adam Brandolph
A Plum High School teacher, charged with institutional sex assault and intimidation of a female student, was arrested again Monday and charged for a second ...

Milltown Road in Plum closed by landslide

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
A portion of Milltown Road in Plum has been closed to traffic because of a slide, PennDOT announced Friday. The road is closed between Repp and Barnes roads. Through-traffic will be detoured. The slide from below the roadway is located …

Plum lawyer suspended for five years

By Adam Brandolph
The Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Thursday suspended a Plum lawyer for five years as a result of his criminal conviction for taking money and failing to file his taxes. Robert Langston Williams, 53, pleaded guilty in April ...

Attorney asks judge to dismiss charges against Plum teacher

By Adam Brandolph  and Karen Zapf
The lawyer for a Plum High School teacher accused of having sex with a female student has asked an Allegheny County judge to dismiss criminal ...

Plum School Board seeks volunteers for steering committee

By Karen Zapf
The Plum School Board is looking for volunteers to serve on a steering committee for the Safe & Supportive Schools Committee that has been resurrected following the arrest of three teachers this year — two of whom are charged with ...

Library’s summer reading program taps children’s inner superhero

By Luke Torrance
School is over, and summer officially is almost here. For children across the country, that means no more tests, no more homework and no more books. The Plum Community Library is trying to change the last one through its summer reading ...

Plum School Board members dispute account of prior notice about sex abuse

By Megan Guza  and Karen Zapf
Plum School Board Wednesday night pushed back hard on former board member Joseph Tommarello’s allegations the administration failed to adequately respond to notices of teacher ...

Plum school resource officer retires

By Karen Zapf
Nearly five months after the Plum High School principal came to him with a report of inappropriate contact between a teacher and a student, school ...

Live coverage tonight of Plum school board special meeting

By Donald Gilliland and Karen Zapf
LIVE COVERAGE - Follow the comment stream below for live updates from the Plum school board meeting which begins at 6 p.m. (If you don’t ...

Photo gallery: Plum High School Class of 2015

By Tribune-Review
Plum High School’s Class of 2015 took part in commencement ceremonies on Friday, June 5, in the high school gymnasium. ...

Schools ignore grand jury’s warning to let police investigate sex cases

By Donald Gilliland and Katishi Maake
A grand jury in Harrisburg declared 17 months ago that school administrators are singularly unqualified to investigate alleged sexual abuse, but the practice continues. “School district ...

Plum SB member says he warned administrators of inappropriate contact

By Megan Guza  and Karen Zapf
Former Plum school board member Joseph Tommarello said he told the school superintendent three years ago about inappropriate contact between English teacher Joseph Ruggieri and ...

Plum teacher, held for trial, vows to fight witness intimidation charge

By Megan Guza  and Karen Zapf
When a Plum High School teacher outed her as a sex assault victim before a class full of students, the senior testified, “I wanted to ...

Plum Community Festival adds bocce benefit

By Ed Phillipps
The last day of the Plum Community Festival will feature a first — a day-long, double elimination bocce ball tournament. The tournament — set to begin ...

Plum Council moves to fill pair of administrative vacancies

By Karen Zapf
Plum Council is expected to take some action at Monday night’s meeting toward filling the jobs left vacant by the resignations of both the assistant borough manager and planning director. Manager Michael Thomas said after a work session earlier this week ...

Plum schools, dealing with sex scandal, to form panel in June

By Donald Gilliland
Saying student safety is their “highest priority,” Plum school board members voted unanimously Tuesday to revive the board’s committee on safe and supportive schools. Board members ...

Plum witnesses seen entering grand jury building in Dormont

By Megan Guza  and Karen Zapf
Two men who voiced concerns that Plum High School teachers could be sexually abusing students appear to have testified Thursday before a grand jury investigating ...

No increase slated in Plum school tax bill — for now

By Karen Zapf
The Plum School District’s 2015-16 preliminary budget holds the line on property taxes. School board members during a May 21 special meeting voted 6-2 to approve a $61.6 million preliminary spending plan that is balanced by emptying the capital-reserve fund and ...

Plum high school robotics team takes 1st place in nationals

By Staff Report
Plum School District’s robotics team and robot Knockout took first place in the National Robotics League (NRL) competition May 16 at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. The team also competed with robot Night Stalker. The grand champion award went to the ...

Plum Community Festival to offer additional activities

By Karen Zapf
Visitors to next month’s annual Plum Community Festival will notice more activities for the event’s youngest patrons. Organizers are adding a Kid Zone that will be ...

Lack of planning director tables housing development talks in Plum

By Karen Zapf
A vacancy in the borough planning director’s position in part has delayed consideration of a proposed housing development. The Plum Planning Commission on Monday night voted to table action on two applications for the proposed Autumn Ridge — 78 single-family homes ...