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Washington Road accident in Mt. Lebanon injures five people

By Melissa Daniels
A four-vehicle crash on Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon on Saturday morning sent four people to the hospital and closed the road for about four hours, according to Mt. Lebanon police. The crash occurred near the intersection of Mt. Lebanon ...

Medical examiner identifies man in Pleasant Hills police standoff as Justin Hay

By Tony Raap
Authorities identified a 42-year-old man suspected of shooting his father before turning the gun on himself during a police standoff in Pleasant Hills as Justin Hay, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office. The standoff began about 5:45 p.m. ...

Federal grand jury indicts man for violating poultry law while operating illegal slaughterhouse in his Jefferson Hills home

By Brian Bowling
Hankering for black-market chicken? Then 83-year-old Xia Xue Vue was the man, according to federal authorities. Vue ran an unlicensed, uninspected home-slaughter meat delivery business from ...

West Jefferson Hills School Board not ready to make changes to student assessment

By Dona S. Dreeland
West Jefferson Hills School Board on Tuesday night discussed but did not act on a proposal that would change the way the district measures student achievement. Board members tabled a measure that would phase out letter grades in favor of measuring ...

Future Brentwood Fourth celebrations in jeopardy

By Stephanie Hacke
The Brentwood Fourth of July celebration has been a staple in the borough for nearly 75 years. Yet, as Brentwood turns 100 this year, parade ...

Longtime Whitehall deputy chief ends 40-year career

By Stephanie Hacke
Richard Danko had a way of talking to people. Even those he arrested wanted to tell him their story. “People do like to talk and when ...

Baldwin, Whitehall could share costs of tank

By Stephanie Hacke
Construction on a 1.2 million-gallon equalization tank — meant to hold excess sewage during heavy rains — likely will start by early 2016 in Colewood Park in Baldwin Borough. Leaders in Baldwin and Whitehall boroughs have finalized an agreement to share ...

Baldwin Borough, development to work on code solution

By Stephanie Hacke
Baldwin leaders say they’re working with the management of the borough’s largest apartment complex to come up with a plan to fix code violations in all 129 buildings. A preliminary hearing in front of Senior District Judge Nathan Firestone on Monday ...

Whitehall residents to see property-tax decrease

By Stephanie Hacke
Whitehall residents will see a slight decrease in their property-tax rate this year because fluctuating property-assessment numbers have triggered a change in the millage for the third straight year. Whitehall council, on Jan. 21, in a 6-0 vote, agreed to ...

Police standoff in Pleasant Hills ends with man found dead

By Eric Slagle
A police standoff Wednesday night in Pleasant Hills ended tragically when a man, believed to have shot his father, was found dead. The man apparently shot and wounded his father about 5:45 p.m., prompting heavily armed officers to surround a house ...

Mt. Lebanon awaits Pennsylvania Game Commission approval to corral, kill deer

By Matthew Santoni
Make two kills, the pay is $500 a head, and use a rifle silencer to keep it quiet — they’ll be nibbling the fermented corn bait tonight. A tony suburb’s strategy to stop the ubiquitous white-tailed deer from striking Range Rovers ...

Richter: Caution with email important on public computers

By Tribune-Review
When using email, it is important to practice certain safety procedures and precautions in order to keep your computer and account safe, especially if you ...

State audit of Baldwin firefighters’ group questions $13K in spending

By Tony Raap
A state audit of the Baldwin Borough Volunteer Firefighters’ Relief Association found more than $13,000 in spending that could not be explained. The audit spanned Jan. 1, 2010, to Dec. 31, 2013, and showed that the association could not document $13,358 ...

West Jefferson Hills school board puts off decision on grading methods

By Dona S. Dreeland
West Jefferson Hills school board discussed but did not act on making changes to the method of assessing students. While they came prepared with two new policies on which to vote regarding reporting student progress and assessing class rank, they ...

Lebanon Road businesses feel pinch from another road project

By Patrick Cloonan
For the second year in a row, businesses along Lebanon Road are feeling the effects of a major highway construction project. “Last year we felt the ...

Owner of Italian Village Pizza stores in Western Pennsylvania gets house arrest for tax evasion

By Brian Bowling
A South Park businessman will spend four years on probation with the first year on home confinement for systematically under-reporting his sales to the Internal Revenue Service, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. John R. Miller, 59, pleaded guilty in August ...

Water service restored in Brentwood

By Tribune-Review
Crews repaired a 6-inch water main break Tuesday in Brentwood, officials said. The morning break was near the intersection with West Willock and Brownsville roads, Penn ...

Funeral for Joey Fabus, honorary Bethel Park police officer, draws crowd

By Matthew Santoni
Joey Fabus’ father, David, laid the little blue police cap from Joey’s uniform atop the casket at his funeral Monday in St. Bernard Parish in ...

Jefferson Regional Foundation taking applications for grants

By Dona S. Dreeland
The Jefferson Regional Foundation is promoting the group’s latest round of grants via its new website. “We want to build up the capacity of services in the area, build on the strengths of organizations,” said Mary Phan-Gruber, executive director of ...

Tiny ‘council’ endorses big changes in Whitehall

By Stephanie Hacke
More than a dozen of Whitehall’s tiniest residents stood before the borough’s newest “council” and made their requests. They wanted a big sandbox to ...

Hearing set on Baldwin housing complex

By Stephanie Hacke
Smoke alarms were covered with tape, fire-alarm panels were not monitored and inoperable and gas lines were damaged and disconnected from the wall — that’s ...

Baldwin officials take step to improve parks

By Stephanie Hacke
The old wooden playgrounds at Baldwin Borough’s two largest parks could be replaced with new plastic-like play sets this year. Tennis courts at Elm Leaf Park, near the Churchview Avenue municipal facility, could be turned into the more-popular basketball courts ...

Officials remain at odds over Brentwood borough building

By Stephanie Hacke
Brentwood officials say they will meet next month to review ideas for a new facility after the latest plan for a new borough building fell ...

Council approves work on Pleasant Hills shopping center

By Dona S. Dreeland
A renovation plan for the half-vacant Curry Hollow Shopping Center has received Pleasant Hills Council’s unanimous approval. Paul Property Management plans to raise the center’s roofs to make storefronts more noticeable, add pillars, repave the parking lot, repaint the center ...

Whitehall Council follows tradition; rotates leadership seats

By Stephanie Hacke
Whitehall leaders continued a longstanding tradition this year, once again rotating the top seats on borough council and corresponding committees. Council members on Jan. 7 in a 6-0 vote appointed colleague Robert McKown board president. McKown served as vice president in ...

Richter: Various databases can help library users with health education

By Pam Richter
Not all information on the Internet is true or reliable. At times, it might be difficult to distinguish what is trustworthy information. Libraries and librarians ...

Jefferson Hills glass plant agrees to fines, equipment upgrades

By Megha Satyanarayana
A glass-making plant in Jefferson Hills will have to pay air pollution fines and finish installing smog controls, even though it is trying to close its doors in 2015. Guardian Industries will pay the Allegheny County Health Department $25,000 and ...

Foiled home invasion source of unease in Upper St. Clair

By Megan Guza
If intruders can try to force their way into one home on a quiet, dead-end street in Upper St. Clair, Diane Patterson worries it could ...

New pastor takes the helm at Whitehall United Presbyterian church

By Dona S. Dreeland
Whitehall United Presbyterian Church welcomed a new pastor this month, who followed an unlikely path to lead the congregation. The Rev. Linda Ruby led her first ...

Brentwood graduate experiences life in a homeless shelter

By Kyle Lawson
For Brentwood graduate Emily Schneider, midterm exams and 10-page papers didn’t seem so stressful after a night of girl talk in a Pittsburgh homeless shelter. Schneider ...

Posting salaries concerns union

By Stephanie Hacke
An effort to boost transparency in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District by posting employee salaries online has been met with concerns from the teachers union. The move, which the school board approved in a 5-3 vote a day before negotiations for ...

Longtime Baldwin civil service panel member steps down

By Stephanie Hacke
At 83, George Raynovich Jr. is ready to leave public service. “I’ve served my time,” said Raynovich, who spent more than 20 years on the Baldwin Borough Civil Service Commission and previously worked as the town’s solicitor for a handful ...

Baldwin-Whitehall School District’s academic hall of fame to debut in May

By Stephanie Hacke
Some of Baldwin-Whitehall School District’s most distinguished alumni will be recognized at an event in May as an academic hall of fame makes its debut. The Baldwin-Whitehall Educational Foundation has partnered with the school district to create the Distinguished Highlander ...

Early Brentwood schools budget shows tax rate increase

By Stephanie Hacke
Every purchase now must come with a justification in the Brentwood Borough School District, as leaders implement new strategies and work toward balancing a budget with a dwindling fund balance. “If you want a pencil, you have to tell ...

Brentwood municipal building visitors now must sign in

By Stephanie Hacke
Visitors to the Brentwood municipal building should bring a pen. Those hoping to get past the glass security doors now must fill out a form with their personal information and purpose of visit before being granted access to the administrative ...

Service, loyalty were hallmarks of mayor’s life

By Jason Cato
Stan Smith lied about his age to fight in the Army at World War II, fighting in the Philippines and getting shot twice before he ...

Baldwin-Whitehall School District to post employee salaries online

By Stephanie Hacke
Salaries for Baldwin-Whitehall School District employees will go online for public inspection, as will contracts, bills and other documents the school board approves. The postings will begin next month, in an effort to bolster openness, one board member said. Board-approved documents ...

Brentwood debuts new sewage bill system

By Stephanie Hacke
A new process for sewage billing in Brentwood will help curtail problems with customer service and confusion with double billing, leaders said. Starting with sewage bills issued this month, Brentwood will handle billing for current and delinquent sewage bills. A ...

Mt. Lebanon water break leaves customers dry, roads wet

By Matthew Santoni
A water main break in Mt. Lebanon left some customers without water and turned Mt. Lebanon Boulevard into a slushy mess, officials said late Thursday morning. The main broke about 11:30 a.m. beneath a hillside near Mt. Lebanon Boulevard between …