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Most South Hills Village work to wrap up by holiday season

By Matthew Santoni
A multimillion-dollar renovation of South Hills Village should be mostly finished by the start of the holiday shopping season, the mall’s owner said Thursday. Simon …

Suspended chief’s hearing will be public

By Stephanie Hacke
Brentwood’s Civil Service Commission will hear public arguments over the way the town’s suspended police chief handled a police report and his personal use of a borough vehicle. Kelly Wichelmann, 33, a two-year member of Brentwood’s Civil Service Commission recused …

Baldwin-Whitehall OKs settlement payment to 3 teachers

By Stephanie Hacke
The Baldwin-Whitehall School District paid three unnamed employees $60,600, a month after board members agreed to a settlement with three female teachers who sued the district claiming gender discrimination. The board voted 6-2 on Oct. 8 to approve “special payroll …

Facebook friends help Brentwood police

By Stephanie Hacke
A click of the mouse — or 500 of them — helped reunite a small, lost white dog with its owner within 24 hours. Within a day, and 83 “shares” on a social media site, Brentwood police caught a woman …

Brentwood officials focus on capital improvements

By Stephanie Hacke
Brentwood leaders say they plan to spend $1 million on capital improvements in 2015, but do not expect a tax increase. “The key is holding the line on taxes,” borough manager George Zboyovsky said. A first look at the preliminary …

Baldwin-Whitehall theater arts group nears goal

By Stephanie Hacke
A $22,000 check to the Baldwin-Whitehall School District brought a local nonprofit one step closer to meeting a financial commitment to name the high school performing-arts center after a longtime music teacher. The Dr. Regis V. Shalley Performing Arts Center …

Hospital takes on women’s, neonatal needs

By Tory N. Parrish
Jefferson Hospital expects its new obstetrics unit to attract patients from the South Hills who have been traveling to Pittsburgh hospitals to deliver babies, officials …

Brentwood chief’s appeal hearing set for next week

By Stephanie Hacke
Brentwood’s Civil Service Commission will meet next week to determine if the suspension of the borough’s police chief is valid. Police Chief Robert Butelli, who placed on paid administrative leave through the end of October, has appealed council and the …

Brentwood Stadium to house first home game of season

By Stephanie Hacke
It’s not finished, but school district officials say it’s safe enough to enter. One month after the scheduled home opener for the Brentwood Spartans, the …

Pipe replacement project continues in Pleasant Hills

By Dona S. Dreeland
Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania’s project continues in Pleasant Hills as gas pipes are replaced and meters relocated in a few neighborhoods. The project, which began …

Baldwin-Whitehall looks to save with bond refinancing

By Larissa Dudkiewicz
Plans to refinance a series of bonds issued in 2007 and 2009 are expected to save the Baldwin-Whitehall School District $900,000 in 2014-15, school officials said at the board’s Oct. 1 meeting. There will not be savings in subsequent years, …

Man suspected in Baldwin home invasion turns himself in

By Stephanie Hacke
A Clairton man facing 56 charges, including 22 felonies, connected to an April home invasion at the Residences of South Hills apartment complex in Baldwin Borough, turned himself in to police Tuesday. Demetrius Rochelle, 24, faces a preliminary hearing Oct. …

Lane on Route 51 to close

By Bobby Kerlik
PennDOT officials said one lane of southbound Route 51, commonly known as Saw Mill Run Boulevard, will be closed starting Friday as part of ongoing construction in Overbrook. The lane will be closed as needed on weekdays from 7 a.m. …

Former Baldwin-Whitehall teacher to face trial on child porn charges

By Stephanie Hacke
A former substitute teacher in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District is scheduled for formal arraignment in December on charges of viewing and retweeting child pornography on his cellphone. Matthew Sokol, 25, of South Side Slopes waived his right to a preliminary …

South Hills light rail, bus service to be detoured Saturday morning

By The Tribune-Review
Port Authority announced Friday afternoon that light rail service and several bus routes will be detoured because of rail repairs near South Hills Junction on the morning of Saturday, October 4. The detours will be in effect from start of …

Fundraiser to mark Pleasant Hills library’s 69th anniversary

By Dona S. Dreeland
Pleasant Hills Public Library was built by teas, bridge-party fundraisers, bake sales and door-to-door book solicitations. Now, 69 years later, Friends of the Library are …

Baldwin Borough man accused in police chase to stand trial

By Stephanie Hacke
A Baldwin Borough man is scheduled for arraignment in November in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court on charges connected to a police chase through the …

Brentwood businesses have chance to shine with Oktoberfest

By Stephanie Hacke
As many as 350 people will gather on Brownsville Road for bratwurst, sauerkraut and German tunes as a Bavarian-style Oktoberfest comes to the South Hills. The 10th annual Oktoberfest Street Fair is scheduled from Oct. 2 from 5 to 8 …

First truancy class at West Jefferson set to begin this month

By Dona S. Dreeland
Three families from the West Jefferson Hills School District on Oct. 30 will take part in a new Parent Truancy Class, a concept that District Judge Guy Reschenthaler proposed. Parents and their teens will watch a presentation on the truancy …

Community rallies around ill Pleasant Hills woman

By Dona S. Dreeland
Christy Hazaga of Pleasant Hills has friends she’s never met. After she was diagnosed with paraganglioma, a form of cancer, in 2007, the community rallied …

Consultant to look at Baldwin chase incident

By Stephanie Hacke
An independent consultant will review the Baldwin Borough police department’s firearms policies, training and officers’ actions after an incident that left one officer injured. Baldwin Borough Council, in a 6-0 vote on Sept. 16, authorized the police department to hire …

Glass Run Road work to continue through November

By Tribune-Review
A major thoroughfare in Baldwin Borough will remain closed until late November as PennDOT crews work to replace a bridge on Glass Run Road. Glass Run, closed last Friday, will remain shut down to traffic between Route 885 and Gensler …

Whitaker settles civil rights lawsuit for $350,000

By Brian Bowling
Whitaker has agreed to pay a woman $350,000 to settle her lawsuit claiming the borough failed to properly train and supervise one of its police officers, an attorney for the borough said Monday. Danielle Newlon, 30, of Jefferson Hills sued …

Baldwin man wounded in police pursuit is held for trial

By Stephanie Hacke
A Baldwin Borough man will go to trial in November in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court on charges he led police on a chase through the South Hills, carjacked a vehicle and put the lives of several police officers in …

Thomas Jefferson fans don’t have to visit the ‘Den’ to get school items

By Dona S. Dreeland
Fans of the West Jefferson School District can keep school spirit alive, no matter where they live. Jaguar Outfitters, the district’s new website, is up …

Brentwood stadium project officially into overtime

By Stephanie Hacke
Brentwood Borough leaders expressed their frustrations this week as a $2.8 million bleacher and concession-stand project at the borough-owned stadium remains unfinished more than a …

Police seek Baldwin Hockey Club coach wanted in theft

By Stephanie Hacke
Baldwin Borough police issued an arrest warrant for the head coach of the Baldwin Hockey Club’s varsity team, who is accused of taking $2,400 in …

Suspension upheld for Brentwood police chief

By Stephanie Hacke
Brentwood police Chief Robert Butelli will remain suspended with pay until the end of October while investigator determines if allegations of misconduct are valid. In …

Baldwin tweaks homecoming this year

By Stephanie Hacke
There’s the pep assembly, the carnival, a bonfire, the competitive games, the crowning of the king and queen — and, of course, the dance. Homecoming at Baldwin High School, for the 75th anniversary of the first graduating class, will introduce …

Brentwood EMS to remain provider in borough

By Stephanie Hacke
After looking around, Brentwood leaders have decided to stay with the borough’s 37-year provider of emergency medical services. Brentwood Emergency Medical Service, which is under a contract from 1993 to provide exclusive EMS service to the borough, also will get …

Permits needed for bulk containers in Whitehall

By Stephanie Hacke
Whitehall residents now must notify borough leaders if they plan to place a large garbage bin or temporary storage container on their lot. New rules, too, limit where and for how long bulk containers, including trash bins and lawn-refuse and …

Criminal background checks needed to serve on Baldwin boards, commissions

By Stephanie Hacke
Nearly 40 volunteers will be subject to criminal background checks if they want to continue serving on one of Baldwin Borough’s boards or commissions. The borough will pay the $10 fee for those currently serving. But, anyone planning to apply …

Estimated costs increase nearly $17M for new West Jefferson Hills high school

By Dona S. Dreeland
The anticipated cost for the new high school project in the West Jefferson Hills School District could go from $76.3 million to $93.5 million, officials said Tuesday. “We’ll get to the budget number that everyone can live with, but we’re …

Baldwin-Whitehall substitute teacher charged in child porn case

By Adam Brandolph
Baldwin-Whitehall school officials said they have no evidence that a substitute teacher arrested on Tuesday on child pornography possession and distribution charges did anything illegal at school or that any students were involved. Matthew Sokol, 25, of the South Side …

Coach accused in $2,400 theft from Baldwin Hockey Club

By Stephanie Hacke
Baldwin Borough police issued an arrest warrant for the head coach of the Baldwin Hockey Club’s varsity team, saying he stole $2,400 in fundraising profits. …

Jefferson Hills woman faces charges in accident that killed 2 in Somerset County

By Joe Napsha
An Allegheny County woman was charged Tuesday with causing the death of two people on March 8 in a two-vehicle accident about seven miles southwest of Somerset, state police at Somerset said. Amy Oblack, 26, of Jefferson Hills, is accused …

Jefferson Hills’ fall fest in 5th year

By Dona S. Dreeland
Beverly Borneman and daughter Katie of Jefferson Hills never thought they would be creating a tradition when they planned their first fall festival. Now in its fifth year, the festival raises money for the Jefferson Hills Public Library. When state …

Pleasant Hills sets ordinance banning farm animals

By Dona S. Dreeland
Pleasant Hills residents won’t have to do without the birds and the bees under legislation approved this week. Council adopted an ordinance with a 7-0 vote banning horses, ponies, cows, sheep, goats, pigs and farm fowls in the borough. However, …

Baldwin-Whitehall officials aim to stop ‘revolving door’

By Stephanie Hacke
A “revolving door” within the Baldwin-Whitehall School District should come to a stop with internal hirings and restructuring, a school board member said. The board last week approved several staffing changes, including the creation of an assistant cafeteria director position …