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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, …

Baldwin residents campaign for return of bus route

By Stephanie Hacke
Each winter, Terry Breisinger would board a Port Authority of Allegheny County bus with his four children and headed downtown Pittsburgh to see the holiday …

Baldwin-Whitehall School District seeking new cafeteria manager — again

By Stephanie Hacke
Baldwin High School’s latest cafeteria manager was terminated Wednesday after she failed to show up for work during her first month on the job. The Baldwin-Whitehall School Board in an 8-0 vote approved the termination of Gwen Burkehalter, food service …

Berkoben lauded for 58 years of service to Whitehall

By Stephanie Hacke
The famed blue signs “Welcome” residents and passersby at the nearly dozen entrances of Whitehall Borough. Inside the borough building, there are nearly 60 paintings, …

Baldwin emergency workers prepare for the unexpected

By Stephanie Hacke
An 87-year-old woman learning to text on a newly purchased iPhone became distracted while driving last weekend and crashed her vehicle into a curbside trench …

West Jefferson Hills school board to take another look at dress code

By Dona S. Dreeland
The West Jefferson Hills School Board will consider updating the district’s dress code based on a proposal developed by the high school principal and students. Four seniors on the Student Council met with Thomas Jefferson High School Principal Chris Sefcheck …

After shakeup, West Jefferson Hills board members ready to handle district business

By Dona S. Dreeland
West Jefferson Hills School Board members say they are ready to work together again. At August’s meeting, Shauna D’Alessandro lost her vice-president status and a committee chairmanship, Marianne Neel was forced to relinquish her leadership of two committees and Tony …

Salt shortage already affecting Brentwood, Whitehall

By Stephanie Hacke
A shortage of rock salt will cause many suburban municipalities in Allegheny and Butler counties to pay more this winter, as one of the state’s largest salt contracts includes a 38-percent rate hike for the upcoming season. Minnesota-based Cargill Inc. …

Brentwood sets rules for ads in borough park

By Stephanie Hacke
Brentwood leaders have drafted rules for local businesses and organizations that want to advertise in the borough park and outlined guidelines for donations to the borough. Council members in a 6-0 vote on Aug. 25 approved a policy for community …

Brentwood plans more July 4 festivities

By Stephanie Hacke
Brentwood’s centennial celebration will be a daylong affair with the debut of a borough-run community day. Council members on Aug. 25 agreed to have park and recreation director Paula Simmons and staff use borough resources to organize a Brentwood Community …

Baldwin native McNulty’s storied legal career leads to Grove City post

By Debra Erdley
August was a homecoming for Paul McNulty. The Baldwin native’s 30-year legal career in Washington included stints as prosecutor in the nation’s highest-profile terrorism cases, …

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 …

Work to begin on Horning Road

By Tribune Review
Allegheny County Department of Public Works crews will pave a portion of Horning Road from Broughton Road to Chestnut Street beginning Tuesday. There will be lane restrictions during construction and flaggers will be at the site, which straddles Baldwin Borough …