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At least $100,000 in appliances stolen from new homes around Western Pa.

By Tory N. Parrish 8:41 a.m.
An employee of a Ryan Homes subcontractor tipped off his friends about housing construction sites outfitted with home appliances, tools and fixtures that were ripe for the picking, police said. Charles Fey, 35, of East Pittsburgh collaborated with at least …

I-79 off-ramp in Marshall closes for paving

By Tribune-Review
An Interstate 79 off-ramp in Marshall will close Monday and Tuesday nights for paving, PennDOT officials said. The northbound off-ramp at the Warrendale interchange, exit 75, will be closed both nights from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists will be …

GSA to examine VA lease contracts after collapse of Butler Twp. deal

By Bill Vidonic
The Department of Veterans Affairs has added another layer of oversight into how lease contracts are awarded after the deal for the planned outpatient health care center project in Butler Township fell apart, the VA said. The General Services Administration …

Glitches could force quicker upgrades for Butler emergency services

By Bill Vidonic
Two recent glitches with the Butler County emergency dispatch system may signal that the county needs to act faster on an upgrade, Butler County Commissioner Bill McCarrier said. “Maybe we need to move it up a year or two rather …

Butler, city workers aim to iron out contract details by year’s end

By Rick Wills
Nearly every employee of the city of Butler is working under a contract that expires at the end of this year. The city is negotiating contracts that cover 22 police officers, 18 firefighters and about 15 office and parks workers …

Butler Salvation Army driven to go it alone

By Rick Wills
The Butler Salvation Army is “disaffiliating” from the United Way of Butler County after receiving no funding this year from the umbrella charity. The Salvation …

Spending history to appear on Butler County budget

By Bill Vidonic
Butler County will begin listing on its annual budgets more financial information for taxpayers, beginning with the 2015 spending plan, commission Chairman Bill McCarrier said. The changes come after Controller Ben Holland earlier this month published a report showing what …

Butler County sees spike in new homes sales

By Rick Wills
Home sales and home prices in Butler County are growing faster than in other southwestern Pennsylvania counties, according to a report issued by RealStats. Growth in home sales and home values is concentrated in the southern part of the county …

Zelienople development plans slowed by zoning

By Rachel Farkas
Glade Run Lutheran Services is waiting to submit its formal application for the proposed $30 million Jeremiah Village neighborhood development in Zelienople until after the borough completes changes to its zoning ordinance. Zelienople is nearing the end of a two-year …

Butler County briefs: Butler bans exotic pets from public events

By Tribune-Review
Butler City Council unanimously adopted an ordinance that bans exotic animals from public events. The ordinance is needed, supporters say, because people have attended outdoor summer events wearing large snakes. The ordinance is based on similar ones in Erie, Reading …

PPG regional headquarters opens in Cranberry, adds 150 jobs

By Rachel Farkas
Pennsylvania was not PPG Industries’ first choice for a new regional headquarters when the site selection process began last year, said Chuck Bunch, PPG chairman …

Cranberry police nab suspect in serial burglaries

By Bill Vidonic
A Butler County man broke into a Cranberry pain management clinic four times to steal hundreds of pain pills, police said. Police on Wednesday charged Justin Owens, 33, of Middlesex with burglary tied to break-ins at the Work Well clinic …

Cranberry police trying to ID repeat burglary suspect

By Tribune-Review
Cranberry police are trying to identify a man who authorities suspect burglarized an office building several times this month. The man broke into a business …

Butler stadium authority chief charged with stalking, making terroristic threats

By Rick Wills
The chief of Butler’s stadium authority board spent a night in jail after police charged him on Sunday with stalking and making terroristic threats to his former girlfriend. Edward Codi, 68, of Butler is free on his own recognizance from …

On-ramps to I-79 in Marshall to close for shoulder paving

By Bobby Kerlik
PennDOT officials said Tuesday they plan to close two on-ramps to Interstate 79 in Marshall for shoulder paving. The on-ramp from Route 19, known as Perry Highway, to southbound I-79 at Cranberry exit 76 will be closed 7 p.m. Tuesday. …

Mother sues Butler County Jail, Butler Memorial Hospital after son dies in custody

By Brian Bowling
Medical staff at the Butler County jail and Butler Memorial Hospital failed to provide a Richland man with proper medical treatment, leading to his Nov. 12, 2012, death, the man’s mother claims in a federal lawsuit filed Friday. Lynn Greygor, …

Teens charged after man stabbed in Karns City home invasion

By Jason Cato
A Butler County man remains hospitalized at a Pittsburgh hospital after being stabbed during a weekend home invasion, state police said. Authorities arrested and charged two teens in the incident that occurred early Saturday and resulted in the stabbing of …

Butler Symphony Orchestra musicians going back to elementary school

By Bill Vidonic
Some Butler Symphony Orchestra musicians will head back to school next month for a program designed to merge words and music. Called “The ABC’s of …

Butler 911 activates stand-by plan after problems develop with radio transmission system

By Bill Vidonic
Butler County firefighters and ambulance crews spent Saturday at their stations as a precaution while technicians worked to correct problems with the county’s radio dispatch system. “Firefighters sitting in their stations is not a normal occurrence, so we’re actually providing …

Moraine State Park tagging event nets only one butterfly

By Rick Wills
Monarch butterflies are not easy to find these days. That made Colin Williams thrilled that he caught the only monarch at a recent tagging event …

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