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Cyber school pioneer Trombetta cites wiretaps in seeking end to criminal charges

By Jason Cato
Attorneys for a cyber school pioneer on Monday urged a judge to drop or reduce the criminal charges against their client because they said federal investigators wiretapped conversations between attorneys and Nick Trombetta, parts of which seemed to bolster their …

Truck wreck snarls traffic in Beaver County

By Tribune-Review
A Beaver County tractor-trailer accident on Route 68 tied up traffic for more than three hours Monday, county dispatchers said. The truck hauling scrap metal overturned about 3:30 p.m. near the Interstate 376 exchange in Vanport. Police closed both eastbound …

Harrisburg insider, newcomer battle over change in Pa.’s 46th Senate District

By Jason Cato
Democrat Sen. Tim Solobay points to funding from a new transportation bill paving the way for development in his Western Pennsylvania district. Republican challenger Camera …

Prosecutors drop summary harassment charge against Beaver County sheriff

By Tribune-Review
State prosecutors have withdrawn summary harassment charges against Beaver County Sheriff George David. The state Attorney General’s Office accused David, 67, of Hopewell with threatening …

Beaver County mom, 25, jailed on charges she pulled girl’s hair

By The Associated Press
A Beaver County woman has been jailed on charges that she pulled her 6-year-old daughter’s hair so hard it separated her scalp from her skull and caused bleeding. Online court records don’t list an attorney for Brittany Ruck, 25, of …

Federal jury convicts Beaver County man of running theft ring

By Brian Bowling
A Beaver County man paid people for merchandise stolen from retail stores in Western Pennsylvania and then resold the goods at a popular Ohio flea market, a federal jury decided Tuesday. The jury convicted Terry L. Sempf, 58, of New …

Demoted public works foreman sues Economy mayor, council members

By Brian Bowling
Economy’s mayor and four council members demoted a public works employee because he supported his brother in the last two mayoral elections, the employee claims in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday. Earl Fitzgerald of Freedom has worked for the borough …

Beaver County man killed in crash on Route 65 in Glenfield

By Michael Hasch
A Beaver County man was killed in a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon along Route 65 in Glenfield, a spokesman for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said. The man — identified by the medical examiner as Don Coast, 69, of …

Beaver County car wash damaged by crash

By Tribune-Review
A car crashed into a car wash in Rochester Township on Sunday afternoon, partially collapsing part of the building, authorities said. The crash occurred on Delaware Avenue about 2:40 p.m., according to Beaver County 911 dispatchers. No one was injured …

Car crashes into Koppel Subway restaurant

By Tribune-Review
A woman drove into the Subway restaurant in Koppel, Beaver County, Saturday morning, according a county emergency dispatcher. The woman may have suffered minor injuries, the dispatcher said. No one in the First Avenue restaurant was injured in the 10:45 …

Federal judge puts Baumhammers’ execution on hold

By Brian Bowling
A federal judge Tuesday put on hold the execution of convicted murdered Richard Baumhammers while he pursues a federal appeal of his five death sentences. Baumhammers, 49, an unemployed immigration attorney from Mt. Lebanon, has been on death row since …

Rosalind Candy Castle thrives in ‘Chocolate Belt’ of Western Pa.

By John D. Oravecz
Jim Crudden stirred the day’s first batch of peanut brittle for a few minutes in a big copper kettle, then handed off to his son …

Corbett signs death warrant for Baumhammers

By Adam Brandolph
Gov. Tom Corbett on Monday signed the death warrant for convicted murderer Richard Baumhammers, who killed five people during a racially motivated shooting spree in …

Fire damages pair of homes in New Brighton

By Jason Cato
Rachel Forsman awoke Sunday first thinking that someone was pushing a shopping cart down the street next to her New Brighton home, then that it …

Car driving wrong way collides with police car in Koppel

By Tribune-Review
No injuries were reported in a collision between a police car and another vehicle around 3:45 a.m. Saturday in Koppel, Beaver County. Emergency dispatchers said the collision occurred when a motorist was driving the wrong way on Route 18, colliding …

Aliquippa fires 3 police officers

By Margaret Harding
Aliquippa city officials refused to answer questions Thursday about why council fired three police officers at a meeting this week. City administrator Samuel Gill referred questions about the 3-to-1 vote to fire Paul Cain, Angelo Lewis and Eric McPhilomy to …

Serbian group opens Aliquippa bowling tournament to public

By Karen Kadilak
Some rollers at the Serb National Federation Bowling Tournament later this month will make history. For the first time in 68 years, people who are …

Donations sought for Midland’s Cop with a ‘Santa’ Cause

By Karen Kadilak
Members of the Midland Police Department are raising money for an unusual job. The Beaver County borough’s five full-time and nine part-time officers plan to take 20 children shopping for clothes and toys in December. So far, a spaghetti dinner …

Charter school founder’s court hearing must remain open

By Brian Bowling
Before Nick Trombetta can prove the government violated his attorney-client relationships, he has to prove the relationships existed, a federal judge said during a hearing Tuesday. Because the four attorneys in question worked for the companies he founded, he faces …

Beaver Co. commissioners allow deputy sheriffs to escort motorcycle run

By Bill Vidonic
Beaver County commissioners have agreed to allow deputy sheriffs to help escort about 2,000 motorcyclists Saturday on a 70-mile ride through the county to honor Vietnam War veterans. The county took Sheriff George David to court last year, saying he …

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