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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 …

Baldwin-Whitehall assistant superintendent lands new contract

By Stephanie Hacke
Baldwin-Whitehall School District’s “dynamic duo” will be around for another three years, as board members approved new contracts for the superintendent and assistant superintendent within the last month. Board members, in an 8-1 vote on Sept. 10, approved a new, …

Bags, food can’t be brought into district facilities under new rules

By Stephanie Hacke
Leave the bags at home. Food and drinks can be purchased inside. Baldwin-Whitehall School District leaders want to enhance security at all school events by restricting certain items from being brought inside of Baldwin Stadium and other district facilities. Bags, …

Caste Village festival boasts throwback rides

By Stephanie Hacke
It’s summer carnival meets fall festival at Caste Village as Whitehall Borough hosts the third annual Fall Fest Carnival. “I certainly hope that the weather’s nice and they won’t need the apple cider,” Whitehall recreation director Kelly Joyce said. The …

Investigator begins review of Brentwood police department

By Stephanie Hacke
Brentwood leaders retained an outside investigator this week to look into allegations of misconduct by the borough’s police chief. Council on Tuesday in a 6-1 vote accepted the terms of an engagement letter from Farrell & Reisinger, LLC to represent …

Brentwood council seems likely to vote for EMS provider

By Stephanie Hacke
A three-month search to land the top emergency medical service for Brentwood Borough could end next week. Brentwood Councilman Pat Carnevale said council members could vote next week to consider a contract with Brentwood EMS, the borough’s 37-year provider. “We …

Western Pennsylvania detailers refurbish original Air Force One

By R.A. Monti
Two Western Pennsylvania auto detailers recently got the chance to clean up history. Evan Jankowski of Tarentum and Doug Parfitt of Whitehall used their skills …

State awards 6 Western Pennsylvania schools mentoring grants

By Megan Harris
The state awarded six Western Pennsylvania schools nearly 40 percent of a $700,000 grant initiative designed to pair high-performing schools with low-performing schools to increase student achievement. Fox Chapel, South Fayette, Upper St. Clair and West Jefferson Hills in Allegheny …

South Park woman wins $15.8 million jury award for accident

By Brian Bowling
An Allegheny County jury on Monday awarded a South Park woman $15.8 million for injuries she suffered in a traffic accident on the way to her daughter’s wedding rehearsal dinner. Brenda Gump, 56, claimed that Lane Construction Corp. of Cheshire, …

Pleasant Hills officials adopt farm animal ban

By Dona S. Dreeland
Pleasant Hills residents may not own farm animals in their community. On Monday, council unanimously adopted an ordinance banning horses, ponies, cows, sheep, goats, pigs and farm fowl as pets in the borough. However, beekeeping and the raising of racing …

KaBOOM! Whitehall playground built in six hours

By Stephanie Hacke
Khara Timsina wiped the sweat off his brow as he pushed a wheelbarrow filled with concrete across the colorful playground. Upbeat tunes blared in the …

Baldwin to test sanitary sewer system

By Stephanie Hacke
A smoke-like vapor pushed into the sanitary sewer system will be used to determine how 500,000 gallons of excess water is getting into the system from the Gardenville Sewershed in Baldwin Borough. Crews from Tri State Maintenance will begin smoke …

Pleasant Hills students and teachers participate in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

By Tribune-Review
Students and Teachers at McClellan Elementary School in Pleasant Hills recently participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The ALS Association is a nonprofit group …

Third party might review Brentwood police work

By Stephanie Hacke
An outside investigator likely will be hired to look into the management and operations of the Brentwood Police Department, after the chief was placed on administrative leave last week. “Basically we’re just looking at bringing someone in that can do …

Magistrate to address truancy at West Jefferson schools

By Dona S. Dreeland
District Judge Guy Reschenthaler wants to bring an end to truancy in West Jefferson Hills schools. By definition, three days of unexcused absences makes a student truant. At that point, school officials can file charges against the student and his …

Plan would limit open containers during Baldwin-Whitehall district events

By Stephanie Hacke
Baldwin-Whitehall School Board members are planning to limit what people bring inside their facilities for athletic and extracurricular activities. That includes limits on bringing drinks into district venues. “You want it, you can buy it there. Don’t bring it in,” …

South Hills-area districts makes security changes to bag requirements

By Stephanie Hacke
Trendy purses or tote bags larger than a tissue box are a no-go inside the hallways of Brentwood Middle/High School this year. Students wishing to carry larger bags to school must place them in their lockers before the bell rings …

Brentwood, Baldwin police consolidation talks to continue

By Stephanie Hacke
A committee to discuss consolidation of Brentwood and Baldwin police operations will move forward, despite a shake-up at the top of the Brentwood department. Baldwin Borough Council members on Tuesday said they still want to meet with Brentwood leaders to …

Teen in stable condition after Beltzhoover shooting

By Tribune-Review
A teenager was shot while walking up a hill in Beltzhoover on Wednesday, a public safety spokeswoman said. The teen was hit in the left …

Brentwood police chief placed on administrative leave

By Stephanie Hacke
Brentwood police Chief Robert Butelli was placed on paid administrative leave late Thursday, to allow Mayor Dennis Troy to conduct what he called an “extensive review” of the police department’s operations. “There have been allegations that there has been poor …

Brentwood football home game moved due to stadium project

By Stephanie Hacke
The first home game for the Brentwood Spartan varsity football team will be played away due to ongoing construction at Brentwood Stadium. At a construction …

Baldwin riders protest for more South Hills bus routes

By Jason Cato
More than 100 people turned out Saturday for a march and rally in Baldwin to persuade the Port Authority to restore slashed bus services. “If …

Odor of gas alarms South Hills residents

By John D. Oravecz
Peoples Gas and fire departments in the South Hills and the South Side responded to scores of calls since midnight Friday about natural gas in homes, finding the odor but no danger, officials said. Barry Kukovich, spokesman for Peoples Gas, …