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Pittsburgh man gets 2 life terms in slaying of Beaver Falls couple

By Bill Vidonic
A Beaver County judge on Tuesday sentenced a Pittsburgh man to two life sentences for the slaying of a Beaver Falls couple. A jury on Oct. 28 convicted Robert Burgess, 37, of Pittsburgh for first-degree murder, kidnapping and related offenses but deadlocked on whether he should be sentenced to death. That ...

Turnpike crash injures 3, dumps 6,000 pounds of gravel on highway

By Michael Hasch
Three people were injured in a three-vehicle crash Monday that forced officials to close a lane of the Pennsylvania Turnpike near the Beaver Falls exit, state police said. None of the injuries is considered life-threatening, troopers said following the crash involving ...

Freezing rain hits Western Pennsylvania, many accidents reported

By Bill Vidonic
A trace of rain froze as it hit the ground Saturday, forming a paper-thin sheet of ice that caused slip-and-fall accidents and hundreds of vehicle ...

Child flown to Pittsburgh hospital after being struck by car in Beaver County

By Michael Hasch
A child was flown by emergency helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital after being struck by a car Thursday in Beaver County, emergency dispatchers said. The accident was reported at 7:46 p.m. along Penn Avenue in New Brighton, not far from the ...

3 from Western Pa. sentenced to probation for welfare fraud

By Brian Bowling
Three people in Western Pennsylvania who pleaded guilty in the last six months to defrauding the state’s welfare system were sentenced to probation and ordered to pay restitution, according to the state Office of Inspector General. Shondra S. Walker-Anderson, 36, of ...

Former Consol official pleads guilty to siphoning $440K in gas royalties

By Brian Bowling
The former land records general manager for Consol Energy Inc. admitted Wednesday to swindling the company out of about $440,000 in gas royalties. Scott D. Hamilton, 37, of Baden pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud. Each count carries ...

Beaver Valley plant readies nuclear waste storage area

By David Conti
The pool is nearly full at Beaver Valley Power Station’s older nuclear reactor. After 38 years of operation — and decades of promises from the ...

Blackhawk business manager placed on leave, solicitor resigns

By Bobby Kerlik
One high-ranking official parted ways with the Blackhawk School District after a school board meeting Thursday and another could be on the way out. Business manager Jerry Wessel, who has worked for the district for four years, confirmed Friday that he ...

Jewelry sale to aid Carnegie Library of Midland

By Karen Kadilak
Carnegie Library of Midland was Virginia D’Itri Lopata’s favorite place when she was a child. “I looked forward to our walks down to the library ...

Shell set to buy land in Beaver County for potential ethane cracker

By Tribune-Review
Royal Dutch Shell agreed to buy the former Horsehead Holdings Corp. zinc smelter site in Beaver County as it continues to mull a decision on building a multibillion-dollar ethane cracker there. Shell said Friday its decision to exercise a purchase option ...

Aliquippa man sentenced for raping nun

By Bill Vidonic
An Aliquippa man could spend nearly 20 years in state prison for raping a nun. Beaver County Common Pleas Judge Harry Knafelc on Wednesday sentenced Andrew Bullock, 19, to between 18½ and 37 years in state prison for the Dec. 13 ...

GOP wins in W.Pa. called part of bigger shift toward right

By Melissa Daniels
Washington County’s lean to the right in Tuesday’s election contributed two seats to the 11-seat gain in the Republicans’ majority in the state Legislature, lending muscle to their agendas in the upcoming session. “It’s gone from Republican control to Republican domination,” ...

Bartolotta poised to upset Solobay in state Senate race; Stefano leads Kula

By Andrew Conte and Mike Wereschagin
A pair of newcomers led a Republican charge that appeared to capture a pair of Democratic Senate districts in Southwestern Pennsylvania, knocking off an incumbent ...

Two vehicles found upside down in river by New Brighton’s Big Rock Park

By Bill Vidonic
Divers didn’t find any bodies in two vehicles found in the Beaver River Tuesday, New Brighton’s fire chief said. The two vehicles — a car and an SUV — apparently had been in the water for decades, Chief Jeff Bolland said, ...

Beaver Co. man says VA failed to tell him of Legionnaires’ disease

By Brian Bowling
The Department of Veterans Affairs waited six months to tell a Beaver County man that he had contracted Legionnaires’ disease in August 2012, the man says in a federal lawsuit filed over the weekend. George Hines, whose hometown and age were ...

Forklift accident reported at Beaver County elementary school

By Megan Guza
A forklift accident injured a Central Valley groundskeeper Monday afternoon, district officials said. The accident happened at Todd Lane Elementary School in Center, Beaver County. Central Valley Superintendent Nicholas Perry said the unidentified buildings and grounds worker was driving the forklift on ...

Beaver County coroner identifies Braddock bicyclist struck, killed in Aliquippa

By Tribune-Review
The Beaver County Coroner on Sunday identified the bicyclist killed in Aliquippa late last week as Taylor Lee Banks of Braddock. Banks, 23, was struck and killed by a vehicle at about 7 p.m. Friday on Route 51, near the West ...

Economy woman sentenced to 15 months for Medicare fraud

By Brian Bowling
A former medical equipment saleswoman will spend 15 months in prison for a $400,000 Medicare fraud scheme, a federal judge ruled Friday. Mary Monica Wilson-Lefler, 64, of Economy pleaded guilty in June to trolling four long-term care facilities to find patient ...

2 people trapped under cars in New Brighton in separate incidents

By Megan Guza
New Brighton emergency services rescued two people trapped under cars in separate incidents Wednesday morning. The first happened about 8:45 a.m. when a woman was struck by a vehicle driven by her boyfriend, who said he did not see her standing ...

Platform of Christiana’s challenger in 15th District unclear

By Tom Fontaine 9:40 p.m.
A former Aliquippa police officer who lost his job because he decided to run for the state House is  looking to unseat state Rep. Jim Christiana, R-Beaver. Christiana, 31, said he hasn’t crossed paths with his opponent, Paul Cain, or seen ...

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