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Truck drivers taken to hospital after Pa. Turnpike crash in Butler County

By Michael Hasch
Two truckers were injured in a fiery crash Wednesday night along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Butler County. Both drivers were taken to area hospitals following the crash that occurred at 9:15 p.m. in the westbound lanes about a mile west of the Cranberry exit, state police said. The injuries did …

Woman charged in city Pride scuffle waives hearing on charges she assaulted her mother

By Bill Vidonic
A Harmony woman on Tuesday waived her right to a hearing on charges that she assaulted her mother. Lancaster police charged Ariel Lawther, 19, with simple assault and disorderly conduct. Police accused her of punching her mother, Carrie Pittman, 35, …

Allegheny County warns of uptick in Lyme disease cases

By Aaron Aupperlee
Allegheny County health officials warned residents on Tuesday to watch out for ticks because cases of Lyme disease have spiked in Western Pennsylvania. Dr. Karen …

Tumors limit Middlesex boy’s eyesight but not his love of newspapers

By Megan Henney
Family and friends of a Butler County boy are hoping strangers will help deliver what he wants: newspapers from around the world. Sean Tracey, 12, …

Energy company addresses Mars parent group’s requests

By Akasha Chamberlain
Rex Energy agreed to conduct hydraulic fracturing during nonschool hours, to erect sound abatement walls and to not flare natural gas at a proposed well site near Mars Area schools, the company announced after a meeting last week with environmental …

Couple chooses pet pig over home in Cranberry

By Megan Henney
Chris Miladinovich emerged from his car with his 43-pound pet pig cradled in his arms. “She’s a household pet who loves us, and we love …

Butler County residents’ income increasing

By Corinne Kennedy
Well-paying jobs and property tax rates favorable to development are bringing more money to Butler County, officials said. A report from county Controller Ben Holland this month found that income per resident rose by one-third in less than a decade, …

Butler County Airport runway could expand

By Bill Vidonic
Officials at the Butler County Airport will spend about $300,000 to determine whether they should expand the runway at the Penn flight complex. “I think it would be a real plus for Butler County,” said county Commissioner A. Dale Pinkerton, …

‘Cow Patty,’ more school buses ready for annual Lernerville race

By Rachel Farkas
It takes about a month for Frank and Rose Spithaler to get their 72-passenger school bus back into race condition for the annual summer school …

Water break closes road in Butler

By Tribune-Review
Crews were expected to finish repairing a water main break in Butler around 8 p.m. Saturday, according to a Pennsylvania American Water spokeswoman. The break of the 12-inch cast iron pipe, at Chestnut and Brady streets in the city, left …

New executive director sets sights on improving Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber’s value to members

By Rachel Farkas
Cranberry resident Jim Boltz took over as executive director of the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber last week, and he hopes to continue working on the …

Moraine Camplands manager accused of theft

By Bill Vidonic
The former office manager of Moraine Camplands in Brady denied stealing $26,500 from the association, though state police said she confessed to taking the money to help her family. “I don’t feel I’m guilty for these charges, and I hope …

Butler BlueSox to continue playing at Kelly Automotive Park

By Bill Vidonic
The Butler BlueSox are committed to playing at least 10 more years at Kelly Automotive Park, formerly Pullman Park. Butler’s Parks, Recreation Grounds and Facilities Authority on Wednesday approved a new lease with the baseball team, which plays 30 games …

Adams stepfather accused of $262K student loan swindle

By Bill Vidonic
Amanda Murphy can’t get a teaching job because prospective employers who run a credit check find she’s more than $440,000 in debt, most of it from fraudulent private student loans her stepfather took out, a Butler County detective said. “Nobody’s …

Former teacher enters plea in Butler County Court to corrupting minors

By Tribune-Review
A former Moniteau High School English teacher was sentenced Wednesday to between three and six months in the Butler County Prison for corruption of minors offenses. Jonathan Crum, 27, of Slippery Rock is eligible for a year of house arrest …

Western Pa. airports to receive government funding for upgrades, more

By Tribune-Review
Airports in seven Western Pennsylvania counties will receive a portion of nearly $19 million in local, state and federal funding for improvements, repairs and other work, Gov. Tom Corbett’s office announced on Wednesday. Area airports receiving funding are: Beaver County …

Mars Area drilling foes seek school ‘safe zone’

By Akasha Chamberlain
Concerned parents packed the Mars Area School board meeting room on Tuesday to push for establishment of a “safe zone” around school district property that would bar Marcellus shale drilling. “The group and supporters are not tired. We are committed …

Dump truck crashes into Zelienople church; driver blames brakes

By Rachel Farkas
A tri-axle dump truck that crashed into Park United Presbyterian Church in Zelienople on Monday shattered its brick facade and sounded to witnesses like a …

State police identify teen who drowned in Slippery Rock Creek

By Tribune-Review
An Ellwood City teen died while swimming in Slippery Rock Creek with friends Sunday, Pennsylvania State Police said. State police identified the victim as John Wayne Durnell, 17. Durnell drowned in the strong currents while trying to swim across the …

Fix near, Moraine beach reopening expected

By Rachel Farkas
A sewer-replacement project that closed Moraine State Park’s Pleasant Valley Beach Swimming Area should be finished in a month and allow the beach to re-open, …

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