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Police hope facial sketch release will help identify woman’s embalmed head found in Economy

By Bill Vidonic
Investigators are hoping that a soon-to-be-released facial sketch will help identify a woman whose embalmed head was found last week in a wooded area of Beaver County, and explain how it got there. “It’s one of those things you keep thinking about,” Economy police Chief Mike O’Brien said Wednesday. “Every question ...

Motorists should expect delays on Beaver Valley Expressway Friday

By Tribune-Review
PennDOT officials announced single lane closures will occur Friday in each direction along the Beaver Valley Expressway as crews take measurements for joint replacement work. The closures will happen, weather permitting, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. along I-376 between the ...

Midland police take 22 children on Christmas shopping spree

By Karen Kadilak
Nine police officers from Midland took 22 boys and girls shopping last weekend, after the department raised money for gifts through its first Cop with ...

No leak, venting during derailment at Conway Yards

By Tribune-Review
Investigators determined that an air hose leaked after a derailment at Conway Yards in Beaver County, a Norfolk Southern spokesman said. No hazardous materials leaked or vented, said spokesman Dave Pidgeon. Around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, eight loaded cars derailed in the ...

8-car derailment at Conway Yards, no injuries reported

By Tribune-Review
Hazmat crews responded Tuesday afternoon to a eight-car derailment at Conway Yards in Beaver County, officials said. The cars jumped the tracks about 5:15 p.m., Norfolk Southern Corp. spokesman David G. Pidgeon said. The cars remained upright, and the cause of ...

Shareholders sue to block sale of Ellwood City bank

By Brian Bowling
A federal judge should block WesBanco Inc. of Wheeling, W.Va., from buying ESB Financial Corp. of Ellwood City until WesBanco offers ESB’s shareholders a better deal, one of the shareholders says in a proposed class-action lawsuit filed Monday in federal ...

Human remains found in Beaver County

By Michael Hasch
The Beaver County Coroner is trying to identify partial human remains, presumed to have been embalmed, that were found Friday afternoon by someone walking home from school in Economy. “It does not appear at this point to be a homicide,” Coroner ...

Court overturns Beaver County house’s tax sale over $6.30 bill

By Adam Smeltz
Beaver County officials broke a state rule when they auctioned a widow’s $280,000 home because of a $6.30 delinquent tax fee and related charges, an ...

Teens panicked as Central Valley student was dying, attorney says

By Margaret Harding
A group of teenagers did not intend to abandon a friend who was struggling to breathe — they simply panicked when Monaca police arrived, said the attorney for one of the teenagers Tuesday. “I know that they’re young, and they were ...

Police to charge McDonald couple in theft of Salvation Army collection bucket

By Michael Hasch
A man and his girlfriend will be charged with stealing a Salvation Army collection bucket off the counter of a McDonald convenience store last week, borough police said Tuesday night. Joshua Basinger, 30, and Rachel Pecharka, 21, will be charged with ...

Woman struck by vehicle in Beaver Falls

By Michael Hasch
A woman was flown to UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Oakland after being struck by a vehicle Tuesday evening in Beaver Falls, county emergency dispatchers said. The woman was injured about 7 p.m. at the intersection of 20th Street and Seventh Avenue, ...

Police: Teens did nothing as Central Valley football player was dying

By Matthew Santoni
Lying alone in the back seat, Dominick “Andy” Treemarchi’s breathing was erratic. The young men he considered friends had put him there, locked the doors and ...

Ex-wife and her son charged in beating death of Fombell man in Ellwood City

By Chris Togneri
Gerald Lee Orock Jr.’s family worried that his ex-wife would someday kill him, and authorities said Monday she did just that after luring him to ...

High school football lifts spirits in Western Pennsylvania’s former industrial towns

By Megan Harris
Decked head-to-toe in Sto-Rox green, principal Tim Beck hung his head at halftime as the rusting scoreboard flickered and died. “It hasn’t been our finest year,” ...

Effort afoot to streamline veterans’ access to aid in Western Pa.

By Natasha Lindstrom
As a corporal in Afghanistan, Shelbey Smith thrived as part of a leadership team overseeing 33 Marines. Shortly after her discharge in July, the Oregon native ...

Ambridge students making plans for 2nd mural

By Karen Kadilak
Having completed one mosaic mural earlier this year, art students at Ambridge Area Junior High School are raising money for another they expect to be ...

Expelled student sues Freedom Area School District, claiming he should have had more options

By Brian Bowling
Freedom Area School District should have provided more options to a student convicted on a drug charge, the former student claims in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday. Alex K. Wicks of Conway, who was 16 when the school board expelled him ...

Man shot in stomach in Aliquippa

By Michael Hasch
A man was shot Monday evening in Aliquippa, county emergency dispatchers said. The man was flown to UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland with a gunshot wound to the stomach following the shooting that was reported at 7:40 p.m. in the 1100 …

Police charge Ambridge man in knife attacks

By Jason Cato  and Matthew Santoni
Police on Sunday said an Ambridge man on parole for aggravated assault is facing attempted homicide and other charges because they suspect he is the ...

Penn State band director marking last home game

By The Associated Press
STATE COLLEGE — When Richard Bundy stepped into Beaver Stadium carrying a trombone in 1966, the Penn State student was planning to become a music teacher. Bundy, instead, led the Blue Band for a final time on home turf Saturday after ...

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