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Plum police search for home invasion suspect

By Liz Hayes
Plum police were searching for a man who claimed to be a police officer when he kicked in the door of a residence Friday afternoon at the Longwood at Oakmont retirement community. The man shouted that he was the police …

Plum school food service department shows loss

By Karen Zapf
Plum School Board members say they will take a hard look at the district’s food service department, which has lost money during the past two school years. “Is this a trend that’s going to continue?” board vice president Richard Zucco asked ...

Newly remodeled Plum bar provides shuttle service to ensure safety of customers

By Karen Zapf 4:16 p.m.
Michael Ricciuti wants customers at his revamped Shooti’s Bar & Grille to be safe after a night of drinking so he provides them with a ...

Plum teacher followed law when reporting colleague’s relationship with student

By Karen Zapf
When Plum High School art teacher Dennis Swogger overheard a student talking about tweets between chemistry teacher Jason Cooper and a senior female student, Swogger went to his principal because he suspected a relationship between Cooper and the student. The information ...

Police seek more information about Plum teacher accused of sex with student

By Karen Zapf
The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office wants to hear from anyone who has information regarding a suspended Plum High School English teacher accused of having sex with a student. The request on Wednesday was made a day after Joseph Ruggieri, 40, ...

Plum High School students look forward to production of ‘Shrek The Musical’

By Karen Zapf
Logan Smith tried to contain his excitement when he started hearing late last year that “Shrek The Musical” was going to be selected as the ...

Plum School Board leans toward building new Regency Park

By Karen Zapf
Parent Leigh Anne Weiss is pleased that the majority of Plum School Board members say they support building a new Regency Park Elementary School. Still, Weiss, whose two children attend the school, said she won’t feel at ease until board members ...

Sponsors sought to help pay for multipurpose sports field in Plum

By Karen Zapf
Plum school and borough officials are committed to making way for a multipurpose field at the site of the former Pivik Elementary School. Now the two entities are looking to outside backers to get the project rolling. “We are looking for third-party ...

Businessman offers help with Plum sign ordinance

By Karen Zapf
A Monroeville businessman has stepped up to advise the Plum Borough Planning Commission on proposed changes to the town’s electronic message board ordinance. Buddy Swisshelm, regional manager for Signtronix that sells outdoor lighted signs, LED signs and indoor signs, told commission ...

Alleged chat ends in revoked bond for Plum teacher Ruggieri

By Karen Zapf
A Plum High School English teacher went to jail Tuesday, accused of contacting a student with whom he allegedly had sex and urging her not ...

Plum offering ‘Dinner & Dialogue’ about school safety

By Karen Zapf
A month after two Plum High School teachers were arrested and charged with having sex with students, district officials want to talk about school safety. Superintendent Timothy Glasspool and resource officer Mark Kost are hosting a “Dinner & Dialogue” from 5:30 ...

Plum employee raises could be based on merit

By Karen Zapf
Plum council is looking at tying administrative salary increases to job performance. Councilman Leonard Szarmach, personnel committee chairman, said Monday night that members are looking at merit-based raises rather than across-the-board increases that have been given in the past to the ...

Plum teacher’s attorney: Victim’s age a factor in sex assault case

By Karen Zapf
The attorney for Plum High School teacher Jason Cooper praised Plum school officials’ efforts to protect children in the aftermath of two teachers arrested and ...

Plum High School boasts new Distinguished Alumni class

By Karen Zapf
Rich Kelly is eagerly anticipating the month of April and the birth of his first child. About a month ago, Kelly, 29, of Forest Hills, found ...

Plum man claims marijuana search unlawful

By Karen Zapf
A Plum man who police said was growing marijuana in his home has sued the department, including fired officer Jeremy Cumberledge, claiming authorities conducted an illegal search and raid. Richard John Oleniacz, 57, of Peppertree Drive — in a 14-page complaint ...

Fired Plum officer won’t get job back

By Karen Zapf
Fired Plum police officer Jeremy Cumberledge will not get his job back, municipal manager Michael Thomas said Tuesday. An arbitrator’s decision Monday afternoon upheld the borough’s ...

Teacher conduct under spotlight in Pennsylvania

By Tory N. Parrish
Pennsylvania law bans sexual contact between teachers and students, regardless of students’ ages, but as reports of teacher improprieties surface, experts say school districts must tell staff that inappropriate conduct won’t be tolerated. There are state mandates to train staff to ...

Antiques show at Oakmont Country Club keeps Kerr Museum going

By Pamela Murphy 11:28 p.m.
It’s been a long, cold winter. But next weekend, antiques enthusiasts will be able to shake off their cabin fever, escape the winter doldrums and ...

Arrests of Plum teachers prompt tight-lipped reaction

By Karen Zapf
Some students say the atmosphere inside Plum High School remains tense and tight-lipped ever since the arrest of two teachers accused of having sex with students. “It has been very tense,” said Max Barone, 17, a senior. “Teachers have been uptight ...

Plum School District will move bus terminal to Greensburg Road

By Karen Zapf
The Plum School District transportation operation is moving to Greensburg Road. Board members in a special meeting last week voted 5-3 to spend nearly $1.7 million ...

Plum planners want more time to ponder electronic signs

By Karen Zapf
The Plum Borough Planning Commission on Monday night tabled a vote on changing the minimum message timing on electronic message boards from one minute to 10 seconds. Members said they received the revision Monday night and wanted more time to study ...

Plum School District prelim budget shows $2.5 million shortfall

By Karen Zapf
Wade Woolford said he doesn’t mind paying a bit more in taxes if students benefit. “I don’t mind chipping in for them,” Woolford of Winchester Drive told Plum School Board members during last week’s finance committee meeting. “I don’t want to ...

Parents of Plum students demand protection against sexual impropriety by teachers

By Karen Zapf
Because of two Plum High School teachers being arrested and accused of having sex with female students, four residents who spoke at Tuesday night’s school ...

Plum teacher contacted student, violated bond, police say

By Karen Zapf
A Plum High School chemistry teacher accused of having sex with an 18-year-old female student contacted her last week, police said. Chief Jeffrey Armstrong said Plum police obtained a warrant Monday for Jason Cooper’s arrest on a charge of witness intimidation. Police ...

Plum couple can’t sue borough over bridge removal

By Brian Bowling
A Plum couple can’t pursue constitutional claims against the borough for removing a bridge from their property because they can’t show the removal was due to a policy or other criteria needed to establish municipal liability under federal law, a ...

Plum School District considers fraternization limits as 2 teachers accused of sex with students

By Adam Brandolph and Karen Zapf
A suburban school district where two teachers are accused of having sex with students has no policy to prevent fraternization between them. At least one school ...

Plum’s Pivik Elementary School classrooms damaged

By Karen Zapf
For the second time in four months, Pivik Elementary School has sustained water damage. Superintendent Timothy Glasspool said Monday two classrooms — a fourth-grade room on ...

Plum mayor gauging interest in community parade to commemorate Memorial Day

By Karen Zapf
The completion of Old Mine Road, a new street that runs through the center of borough property in the Renton section of Plum, gave Mayor Richard Hrivnak an idea. Hrivnak said he was talking with his son, Richie, about the military ...

Increased remodeling costs prompt debate over the future of Plum’s Regency Park Elementary

By Karen Zapf
Plum School Board members are evaluating options before deciding the future of Regency Park Elementary — again. The move comes on the heels of Dennis Russo, who manages the district’s construction projects, telling members during last week’s facilities committee meeting that ...

Second Plum teacher arrested, accused of sex with student

By Karen Zapf and Tony Raap
For the second time in less than a week, police have arrested and accused a Plum High School teacher of having sex with a student. Joseph ...

Student says charges of relationship between Plum High educator, girl no shock

By Megan Guza and Karen Zapf
A relationship between Plum High School teacher Jason Cooper and a senior girl at the school was not a well-kept secret, according to one student. “A ...

Plum teacher mixed drinks for girl, police say

By Karen Zapf  and Megan Guza
When the 17-year-old Plum High School senior visited chemistry teacher Jason Edward Cooper’s home before Christmas, he made her Long Island iced teas, she told ...

Plum wants safety, common sense in updating message laws

By Karen Zapf
Motorists in Plum might be seeing more messages as they drive past electronic reader boards. Planning Commission director Jason Straley is drafting revisions to the borough ordinance governing electronic message boards, to reduce the minimum message timing and potentially require messages ...

Plum teacher arrested for sexual conduct with student; another under investigation

By Karen Zapf
A Plum High School teacher on Wednesday was arraigned on charges he engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with an 18-year-old female student, and police say a separate, unrelated investigation is underway involving a second teacher and a different female student. Plum ...

Plum plans for road paving throughout borough streets

By Karen Zapf
With spring about a month away, Plum officials are turning their attention to road paving projects. Council members on Monday night voted to approve the 2015 paving program that assistant manager Greg Bachy said consists of 14 streets in the Greendale, ...

Cushion given to complete new Plum emergency building

By Karen Zapf
Renton Volunteer Fire Department members are anxious to move their trucks and equipment to the new station. “We are thankful we will be in a new ...

Solicitor defends Plum manager amid Sunshine Act dispute

By Karen Zapf
A Plum resident told council on Monday night that she wants to know who is making decisions about borough business. “My question is, who gives (manager) Mike Thomas his orders — the council and mayor — or does he (Thomas) give ...

Plum police, school district investigating ‘impropriety’

By Karen Zapf
Plum Borough School District and Plum Police are investigating an allegation of impropriety at Plum Senior High School, but wouldn’t offer details Tuesday. Police Chief Jeffrey Armstrong declined to disclose details about the allegation or who is under investigation. Armstrong …

Tracing African-American genealogy to be topic at event

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
When Marlene Garrett Bransom set out in 1984 to trace her family’s history in Greene County, she was excited by the prospect of what she ...