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Brentwood man chronicles battle with haunted house

By Stephanie Hacke
Bob Cranmer said a blood-like substance was splattered across the walls of his century-old home on Brownsville Road. Furniture moved on its own. Paintings turned …

Jefferson Hills council awards bid for Beedle Park work

By Dona S. Dreeland
Work could begin soon on updates to Beedle Park. “We want to work as quickly as possible to beat the weather,” said Matt Sebastian, Jefferson Hills engineer. Council voted Monday to award a $343,700 contract to Plavchak Construction in Clairton. …

Baldwin-Whitehall superintendent gets new contract

By Stephanie Hacke
Baldwin-Whitehall School Board members have given the district’s top leader a new three-year contract, the board president said. Board members in an 8-1 vote on Aug. 13 approved a contract with Superintendent Randal Lutz that runs from July 1, 2015, …

At a glance: What’s new in Brentwood this school year

By Stephanie Hacke
New faces and modern technology will greet students and staff heading back for classes in the Brentwood Borough School District on Monday. People Amy Burch, who took over as Brentwood’s new superintendent on July 1, has spent several weeks getting …

Whitehall’s community day goes tropical

By Stephanie Hacke
Whitehall Borough is turning itself into a destination island as the suburban Pittsburgh town celebrates its community day Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the theme, “A Tropical Paradise.” “We’ve got tons and tons of sand. It was …

Baldwin-Whitehall expects to shine with milestone school year

By Stephanie Hacke
It will be a diamond-studded year in Baldwin-Whitehall as the district celebrates its 75th anniversary during the 2014-15 school year. Events being planned for throughout the year will honor students, staff and the district’s history, Superintendent Randal Lutz told board …

Brentwood students charged with classroom updates

By Stephanie Hacke
Vibrant greens, punchy oranges, and Spartan blue and gold will brighten the walls inside several classrooms at Brentwood High School this fall. New or improved …

Brentwood council enforces time limit for speakers at meetings

By Stephanie Hacke
Speakers who make offensive, obscene or threatening remarks at a Brentwood Council meeting now can be removed by borough police, based on rules approved this week. In an effort to control public participation after heavily attended meetings in recent months, …

High school principal to make debut at TJ

By Dona S. Dreeland
Many eyes will be on Christopher Sefcheck, Thomas Jefferson High School’s new principal, when students return to classes on Aug. 25. He began his role on Aug. 1, after leaving his post as principal at Frazier High School in Fayette …

Pleasant Hills man charged in user’s heroin death

By Brian Bowling
Giving addicts and their families practical information about avoiding and dealing with overdoses is one of several proposals an advisory group to U.S. Attorney David Hickton is considering to reduce overdose deaths in Western Pennsylvania. The group met for two …

Police union official settles lawsuit with Bethel Park

By Brian Bowling
The president of the Bethel Park Police Association has settled his retaliation claim against the municipality and police Chief John Mackey, his lawyer said Friday. Lawyers for Kenneth Radinick and the municipality filed a joint motion to dismiss the lawsuit. …

Volunteers help organizations keep local history alive in South Hills

By Dona S. Dreeland
Local history would be in danger of fading away if not for the work of historical society directors, presidents and boards who continue to labor …

Brentwood OKs plan to contract bus service with Baldwin-Whitehall

By Stephanie Hacke
Neighboring school districts could contract together to transport special education and vocational students — cutting the costs for those routes nearly in half. Brentwood Borough School District on Monday, in a 7-0 vote, approved a $272,640 one-year contract with the …

Baldwin-Whitehall school superintendent gets raise, new 3-year contract

By Stephanie Hacke
The Baldwin-Whitehall School Board Wednesday night gave the superintendent a new three-year contract, one year before his current pact expires, in an effort to create stability in the district, the board president said. Board members in an 8-1 vote approved …

Brentwood church to hold first fair trade sale

By Dona S. Dreeland
St. Sylvester Parish in Brentwood will sponsor its first fair trade sale on Sept. 27 and 28, bringing the world to the South Hills. Foods, home décor items, fashion and musical instruments made by artisans from third-world countries will be …

Brentwood officials consider WiFi access for park

By Stephanie Hacke
Browsing the Internet could soon be easier for those walking through Brentwood Park or lounging on the deck of the borough pool. Borough leaders are exploring ways to make at least part of the centrally located municipal park WiFi accessible …

Brentwood officials say stadium on track for Sept. completion date

By Stephanie Hacke
Mounds of dirt and “Keep out” signs still surround Brentwood Stadium, just one month before the home opener for the Spartan varsity football team. Brentwood …

Debate continues over tax decrease in Baldwin-Whitehall

By Stephanie Hacke
Baldwin-Whitehall School Board members continue to clash over a board majority’s decision in June to reduce the property-tax rate by 2 mills for the 2014-15 school year. Final numbers from the state, which Baldwin-Whitehall received after board members approved the …

Theft suspect in South Hills chase charged 6 times since ’99 with fleeing, eluding police

By Stephanie Hacke  and Matthew Santoni
A Baldwin Borough police officer remained hospitalized on Thursday with a head injury he suffered while trying to detain a man who then led officers on a car chase through the South Hills. Police said Richard J. Desabetino, 33, of …

Program to target damaged sidewalks in Brentwood

By Stephanie Hacke
Brentwood leaders plan to introduce a program that would target the borough’s damaged sidewalks. “We’ve got to make sure our residents have safe sidewalks to walk on,” borough manager George Zboyovsky said. Brentwood Council members in July received the first …

Brentwood, Baldwin to talk police consolidation

By Stephanie Hacke
A committee comprised of Brentwood and Baldwin leaders will review options for consolidation, regionalization or merging of the neighboring municipalities’ police forces. Yet, even before the formal discussions began, leaders from the bordering towns this week had differing ideas of …

Woman admits to stealing $700K from South Hills car dealership

By Brian Bowling
The former office manager for a South Hills car dealership on Thursday admitted that she used her access to the company’s bank accounts, payroll systems, accounting systems and cash to steal about $700,000 over several years. Deborah Cassini, 61, of …

New superintendent settling in at Brentwood

By Stephanie Hacke
Amy Burch, pledged to always live in the town where she worked. Now, after a career that’s taken her as far as Atlanta, Burch is …

Photo gallery: Baldwin Borough Community Day

By Tribune-Review
Baldwin Borough’s Community Day was held Aug. 2, and kids of all sizes enjoyed the rides, games and activities. …

Rental inspection has had impact in Brentwood

By Stephanie Hacke
Deplorable conditions inside one Brentwood apartment complex several years ago prompted borough leader to adopt new procedures regarding inspection of rental properties. Brentwood leaders have …

Whitehall park prepares for KaBOOM! project

By Stephanie Hacke
An aged, gray jungle gym at Wallace Park in Whitehall will be transformed into a vibrantly colored play space — complete with three side-by-side slides and a boulder climbing rock. All that’s needed are nearly 250 volunteers, six hours and …

Baldwin enrolls in program to help transform vacant property

By Stephanie Hacke
An old abandoned restaurant on Streets Run Road caught the attention of Baldwin Borough leaders. “It’s sitting there vacant. The building’s falling down,” council President Michael Stelmasczyk said about the site of the former Chesapeake Steak and Seafood bar and …

Pleasant Hills Community Day set for this weekend

By Shawn Annarelli
Three years ago, the rumor was that Pleasant Hills wouldn’t have its annual Community Day, as Joe Esper sought volunteers. It wasn’t true, though, and now the event is even one week ahead of what it once was. This year, …

Police shoot suspect who fled when officers tried to serve warrant in Baldwin

By Margaret Harding
A man accused of stealing bicycles in Pittsburgh led police on a chase through the South Hills that ended in gunfire on Wednesday afternoon, Baldwin borough police said. Baldwin police officers went to a home on Boni Drive about 12:30 …

First day of Liberty Tunnel closure frustrates inbound motorists

By Bobby Kerlik
The closure of one of the city’s key entrances from its southern suburbs conspired with a cluster of other road projects during Wednesday morning’s commute …

Victim identified in Pleasant Hills apartment fire

By Natasha Lindstrom
The death of a man whose body was found inside his burning Pleasant Hills apartment has been ruled an accident, a spokesman for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said on Thursday. William Ingold, 56, died of thermal injuries and …

1 person dead in fire in Pleasant Hills

By Stephanie Hacke and Michael Hasch
One person died in a fire that erupted inside an apartment complex at 117 Curry Hollow Road shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday, Pleasant Hills fire …

Plan to seek bids for EMS challenged by Brentwood councilman

By Stephanie Hacke
A Brentwood councilman tried Monday to stop the process of seeking bids for emergency medical services, but the borough’s solicitor said it was too late. Less than two weeks after Brentwood leaders sent out requests for proposal to two area …

Brentwood officials try new way to get code violation message across

By Stephanie Hacke
A notice that you’re in violation of a Brentwood code could come in the form of a door-hanger card with a smiley face or an image of flowers. Borough leaders say they’re looking to fine-tune the first notices they send …

Baldwin Community Day offers new set of activities

By Stephanie Hacke
The mayor and superintendent will take a splash in the dunk tank. Famous princesses will greet passersby. There’s a new slate of activities planned for this year’s Baldwin Borough Community Day. Organizers say they plan to bring the excitement and …

Code violations increase during summer, Brentwood officials find

By Stephanie Hacke
The warm summer weather brings out the residents for neighborhood barbecues, baseball games in the park and walks with their dogs along Brownsville Road. It also triggers a rise in code enforcement issues and notices sent to Brentwood residents for …

Exhibit at Whitehall library captures refugee stories

By Stephanie Hacke
The faces of more than 20 refugees were portrayed crisply through the camera’s lens. Some smiled. Others were solemn while dressed in their native garb. …

Brentwood officials, park nonprofit try to resolve issues

By Stephanie Hacke
Brentwood council members and leaders of a borough-based nonprofit philanthropic group said they want to move past the rocky relationship the two entities have had during the last several months. Members of Brentwood Council agreed Monday night to have the …

Baldwin-Whitehall kids camp offers learning, fun combined

By Stephanie Hacke
If it were up to him, Maxwell Pratley admittedly would be spending the warmest days of summer break inside playing video games. His peers likely …