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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 ...

New Plum School District bus garage to undergo remodeling

By Karen Zapf
Plum School District officials are working to get a new transportation facility ready by fall. School board member Richard Zucco said the board, during its ...

Plum musical receives 11 Kelly award nominations

By Tribune-Review
Plum High School’s spring musical, “Shrek the Musical” has been nominated in 11 categories for the Pittsburgh CLO’s Gene Kelly Awards. The nomination categories are as ...

Grand jury investigating Plum sex scandal involving possibly 8 students

By Adam Brandolph  and Karen Zapf
An Allegheny County grand jury is investigating whether teachers at Plum High School abused as many as eight female students over as many as eight ...

Photo gallery: Plum Prom Night 2015

By Tribune-Review
The Omni William Penn in Downtown Pittsburgh was the venue for the 2015 Plum High School Prom on Friday, May 8. ...

Two Plum officials resign after being put on leave this month

By Karen Zapf
Plum council on Monday accepted the resignations of two employees who were placed on paid administrative leave this month. Council voted 6-0 to accept the resignations of Assistant Manager Greg Bachy, 44, and Planning Director Jason Straley, 38. They had been ...

Judge orders psych exam of Plum man accused of selling PPG trade secrets to Chinese firm

By Brian Bowling
Thomas Rukavina must remain in jail while a psychiatrist evaluates his mental competence to face charges that the PPG Industries retiree sold industrial trade secrets to a Chinese company, a U.S. magistrate ordered Monday. Federal agents arrested Rukavina, 62, of ...

Handling of Plum High School sex scandal saddens victims’ advocates

By Chris Togneri
Nearly three decades ago, Beth Docherty says, she was raped by her high school band director. Despite rumors and reports that the teacher had sexually abused students, officials did nothing. Only once administrators found out about Docherty did they act — ...

Proposed Plum residential development draws flooding concerns

By Karen Zapf 7:39 p.m.
Several residents of the New Texas Road area told Plum Council during a Monday-night public hearing that they are worried about the potential for additional flooding if 78 single-family homes are built off New Texas Road, between Mallisee Lane and ...

Plum Borough officials placed on paid administrative leave

By Karen Zapf 10:43 p.m.
Plum Borough’s assistant manager and planning director are on paid administrative leave, accused of “personal use of borough phones and computers,” Councilman Dave Vento said Monday. Assistant Manager Greg Bachy, 44, and Planning Director Jason Straley, 38, borough employees for more ...

Plum student’s online post spurred assembly

By Megan Guza  and Karen Zapf
The Allegheny County district attorney and Plum police chief do not appear to be on the same page as the investigation into student sex abuse at Plum High School proceeds. Social media posts by one student prompted a school assembly that ...

Hearing set for proposed 78-home development in Plum

By Alex Felser
With a public hearing scheduled May 4, Plum’s planning commission on Monday tabled discussion regarding Autumn Ridge’s planned-residential-development application. The 78 single-family homes would be located on New Texas Road, between Mallisee Lane and Mallisee Road. “It seems to me that ...

Plum parents: Hold school officials accountable

By Megan Guza and Karen Zapf
Students and parents in Plum held nothing back during a Tuesday night school board meeting while addressing board members and administrators about a sexual abuse ...

Plum High School teacher hires attorney who also represents Jerry Sandusky

By Karen Zapf
A Plum High School teacher has hired an attorney who also represents Jerry Sandusky. Drew Zoldak, 40, of New Kensington, has hired Butler county defense attorney ...