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Man to serve 75 to 100 years in prison for Shadyside rape

By Aaron Aupperlee
A woman raped 12 years ago often thinks about her attacker and struggles with lingering effects of the assault, she wrote to the court. Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge David R. Cashman sentenced Ralph Skundrich, 47, formerly of Butler County, to 75 to 100 years in prison on Thursday, according …

Butler County Commissioners OK display of ‘In God We Trust’ in meeting room

By Tom Yerace
The writing will be on the wall in the Butler County Commissioners’ meeting room. By virtue of a 2-1 vote, the county commissioners Wednesday approved displaying the words “In God We Trust” in their meeting room at the courthouse annex. …

Butler County woman dies of injuries from motorcycle accident

By Tribune-Review
A Butler County woman died Monday afternoon of injuries from a motorcycle accident in Mercer County Sunday. Julie Ann Codispot, 46, of Butler was pronounced dead at 12:24 p.m. at UPMC Presbyterian, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office. …

Former South Butler teacher sentenced for child porn offenses

By Brian Bowling
A former South Butler School District teacher will spend two years in prison for using a school laptop to download child pornography, communicate online with minors and send naked pictures of himself to an Ohio man he thought was a …

Drilling rejection a setback for Mars Home for Youth

By Bill Vidonic
The board of directors of the Mars Home for Youth briefly entertained the tantalizing prospect of signing a gas drilling lease that could help pay …

South Butler students gain respect for farming through Agriculture Club

By Jodi Weigand
As South Butler fourth- and fifth-graders colored pictures showing the life cycle of a chick growing inside an egg, the real thing peeped away inside …

Congressman Mike Kelly wants details on Veterans Affairs contract vetting

By Bill Vidonic
Rep Mike Kelly wants the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide a full accounting by July 1 as to what steps the government agency has taken to prevent problems like those that stalled the development of an outpatient veterans center …

Worth property owner wants out of 2005 gas lease

By Bill Vidonic
Mustafa Tayfur signed an oil and gas lease for his 107-acre property in Worth in 2005 that paid him just $3 an acre for drilling rights, but with the promise of 12 percent royalties on any minerals extracted from the …

UPMC sports complex to benefit Seneca Valley, Cranberry

By Bill Vidonic
Cranberry and the Seneca Valley School District will benefit financially from the UPMC Lemieux Sports Center under construction in the township. Each jurisdiction will receive $51,842 in real estate transfer taxes, according to a March 10 deed filed in the …

Countertop maker to bring 50 jobs to Cranberry

By Emily Balser
An Ohio-based granite countertop maker and cabinet distributor has started production in Cranberry, pledging to bring 50 new jobs over three years. Sims-Lohman Inc. acquired …

Cranberry’s oldest church looks to new era

By Akasha Chamberlain
Derek Marotta, wearing a black robe and purple sash, stood at the pulpit of Cranberry’s oldest church on a Sunday morning, referencing notes for his …

Rowan Elementary students, parents reverse roles for Fitness Day

By Rachel Farkas
Even though Kim Palmieri works out a few times a week, going through the activities in her son’s gym class was tricky. “It’s definitely more …

Butler tourism bureau seminar to offer life-saving tips

By Rachel Farkas
The Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau and Square One Medical, a Butler based distributor of portable defibrillators, are hosting a seminar to prepare business owners, organization leaders and employees for medical emergencies at the workplace. While the short class …

VA Butler Healthcare names top volunteers

By Tribune-Review
VA Butler Healthcare announced its female and male volunteers of the year Friday. Betty Slaugenhaupt of Saxonburg and David Cavanaugh of Butler were named the 2014 Making Lives Better Volunteers of the Year. Slaugenhaupt, the wife of a veteran, has …

South Butler board continues security review

By George Guido
In light of the incidents at Franklin Regional Senior High School on Wednesday, South Butler School District officials said security improvements continue to be an ongoing process. The district has had armed officers since December 2012 and implemented four security …

Former Butler County jury commissioner to face trial on retaliation charge

By Bill Vidonic
A former Butler County jury commissioner is headed to court on charges he directed jury questionnaires to three county officials in retaliation for a decision to eliminate his position. Jon Galante, 28, a former Republican jury commissioner, waived his right …

Ultramarathons will draw athletes from Canada, Germany to Moraine State Park

By Rachel Farkas
A set of grueling endurance races planned for Saturday is bringing welcome attention and money for three state parks. Several hundred endurance runners from across …

Southeast Butler County Community Alliance to recognize unsung heroes

By Jodi Weigand
Every community has at least one. Someone who goes above and beyond to improve the neighborhood, aid a neighbor or the needy. “In Saxonburg there was a woman who saw a dog next door to her that wasn’t being taken …

Struggling Butler authority misses $9K payment on ballpark mortgage

By Bill Vidonic
The city of Butler’s cash-strapped Parks and Recreation Grounds and Facilities Authority has missed at least one mortgage payment on Kelly Automotive Park and is …

Butler residents ready to run Boston Marathon without fear

By Bill Vidonic
Jim Wrubel wants his 26.2-mile run through the streets of Boston on April 21 to be a lesson his two daughters never will forget. “I’m …

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