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Butler County man killed in ATV accident

By Tony Raap 12:18 p.m.
A man died Saturday in an all-terrain vehicle crash in Butler County. William F. Kirmeyer Jr., 58, of Evans City, Butler County died when the ATV he was riding flipped over along Bobcat Drive in Connoquenessing Township, state police said. The wreck happened between 3 and 6 p.m. Kirmeyer was pronounced ...

Butler organization seeks answers for unexplained phenomena

By Jodi Weigand
Dan Hageman talks about UFOs and aliens as matter-of-factly as others might talk about a rare bird sighting or an unexplained plane crash. For Hageman, 62, ...

Butler County man charged for allegedly stealing from mother’s estate

By Tony Raap
A Butler County man is accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from his mother’s estate in Allegheny County. James M. Porro, 43, of Mars ...

Couple with Butler County ties indicted on fraud charges

By Brian Bowling
A Florida couple with ties to Butler County was arrested Thursday on several fraud charges, according to court documents unsealed Friday. A federal grand jury Tuesday indicted Gregory M. Makozy Sr., 54, of Port St. Lucie on six counts of concealing ...

Evans City Seven Fields Regional Police to end K-9 program

By Rick Wills
Citing cost and the age of its dog, the Evans City Seven Fields Regional Police Department plans to retire its K-9 officer. The police board voted 4-2 Monday to eliminate the K-9 program. “We have other priorities. We need to continue ...

Pittsburgh Housing Authority CFO hired to head 2 Butler County authorities

By Rick Wills
Nearly six months after they fired their longtime director, Butler County’s housing and redevelopment authorities hired an executive director Monday. County officials say that Edward Mauk, ...

Computer glitch, mail vendor switch blamed in delay of VA appointment notices

By Walter F. Roche Jr.
A computer glitch and a change in mail vendors  delayed notices about medical appointments to 14,000 veterans at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, officials said. The delays, which occurred in June, sparked an ongoing internal investigation of mailroom practices, according to ...

Butler Township bar asks local government to handle noise complaints

By Rick Wills
Bars and restaurants are noisy places, but one Butler Township bar owner is fending off complaints from neighbors that he says threaten his livelihood. The bar seeks to do what others have done around the state: persuade their local government to ...

Freeport Area stadium project going to bid

By Jodi Weigand
The Freeport Area School District is ready to seek contract bids for its new athletic stadium. The district’s architect, VEBH Architects, estimates the project cost at $4.48 million. That’s about $600,000 more than the estimates the company presented in June. The new cost ...

Expedia survey: Cranberry rates high in comfort

By Rick Wills
Quaint might not be the first word that comes to mind to describe bustling, rapidly growing Cranberry. But travel website Expedia dubbed the southern Butler County township “a quaint Pennsylvania town with a number of inviting parks that attract both visitors ...

Fugitive suspected of shooting estranged wife in Crafton Heights turns himself in

By Megan Guza
State and Pittsburgh police said Friday afternoon they had captured a man suspected of shooting his estranged wife in Crafton Heights last week. Police said Robert ...

Newsmaker: Gervon Williams

By Rick Wills
Noteworthy: Williams, a senior studying sports management at Slippery Rock University, spent eight days this summer taking part in the 2015 United States Olympic Committee’s ...

Freeport Area Middle School to open as promised on Sept. 8

By Jodi Weigand
The new Freeport Area Middle School is on schedule to be ready for students on the first day of classes Sept. 8. Desks and other furniture are being moved from the now-closed junior high in Freeport this week to be placed ...

South Butler promotes assistant superintendent to top job

By George Guido
Changes will be abundant as the new school year begins in the South Butler School District. The school board on Wednesday promoted Assistant Superintendent David Zupsic to superintendent and formally accepted the resignation of Superintendent Michael Leitera. The school board also accepted ...

Butler County employees to get raises

By Rick Wills
Butler County commissioners on Wednesday approved new contracts for the county’s prison guards, assistant district attorneys and public defenders. The three-year contracts cover 98 corrections officers and 10 assistant district attorneys and public defenders. Corrections officers will receive a 2.5 percent ...

Performers prep for Batavia Studios’ ‘Aladdin JR’ in Butler

By Larissa Dudkiewicz
Kimberly Swaiko’s 9-year-old daughter, Kira, took a love for theater to new heights this summer when she enrolled in a design class at Batavia Studios. The ...

Cranberry woman takes triathlon plunge

By Rick Wills
It’s never too late to start endurance sports, Heather Slater will tell you. She learned to swim at age 43, three years ago. Last week, ...

National Weather Service confirms EF-0 tornado Monday in Butler County

By Tribune-Review
A “weak tornado” with maximum winds of 80 mph touched down Monday in Butler County, tearing off the roof of a former service station and destroying a carport, porch deck and numerous trees, the National Weather Service in Moon reported ...

Avian flu sidelines poultry exhibits at Butler Farm Show

By Rick Wills
Visitors to the Butler Farm Show this week can see more than 1,100 livestock and other animals, but for the first time since 1984, chickens ...

Butler Area School District, 7 board members sued

By Rick Wills
A Butler Area school board member and incoming board member are suing the district and board majority for taking bids to sell closed school buildings. The lawsuit filed in Butler County Common Pleas Court on Friday names the district and seven ...

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