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Auction nets $20,000 from ill-gotten gain in slaying, theft from Washington County woman

By Rich Cholodofsky 12:24 a.m.
An auction to sell property seized from a Washington County family convicted of killing a 92-year-old neighbor after stealing from her netted about $20,000 for her estate. The auction was conducted Feb. 20 by Westmoreland County Sheriff Jonathan Held as part of an attempt to settle a judgment issued in a ...

Shale drilling boom a bust for some Western Pennsylvania towns

By Craig Smith
John Mollenauer has viewed the prosperity raining on western Washington County from the Marcellus shale boom with all the longing of a kid staring through ...

2 jailed after brawl in Washington County

By Tribune-Review
Two men are in the Washington County Correctional Facility after borough police broke up a large fight at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Aaron David Williams, 19, and Jeremy James Burton, 19, both of South Park, were taken into custody at …

Man dies in Washington County wreck

By Jason Cato
An Ohio man died Sunday morning in a one-car wreck on a Washington County interstate, according to Coroner Tim Warco. Ryan F. Rungo, 28, of Brilliant, Ohio, lost control of a Ford sports-utility vehicle on I-70 in Buffalo Township around …

Washington County woman lost her eyesight, not her ‘vision’

By Chris Togneri
This time, opening her eyes did not help. Natalie Ruschell awoke in her bedroom and saw nothing but impenetrable darkness. When she heard the sound of ...

Gas service mostly restored in California

By Bob Stiles
Columbia Gas hoped to have service restored to all California Borough customers by Saturday night, according to a company spokesman. Scott Waitlevertch said that as of 3:30 p.m. Saturday, seven customers needed to contact his company so that safety checks could ...

Mon Valley Y helps youngsters get F.I.T.

By Chris Buckley
The Mon Valley YMCA offers a variety of services for members of all ages. But Executive Director Jeff Vitale acknowledged that beyond preschool children, there was ...

Western Pa. nonprofits roll dice on casino company grants

By Mary Pickels
Twenty-four nonprofits throughout Fayette, Somerset, Westmoreland and Washington counties are among 150 entrants vying for $50,000 in grants through the Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc.’s Community Aces Challenge 2015. One $15,000 grant and one $10,000 grant each will be awarded in ...

Ringgold senior headed to U.S. Naval Academy

By Les Harvath
Nearly everyone has special memories regarding discovering a much-wanted present under the tree on Christmas morning. For Ringgold High School senior Jake Gerard, his holiday wish ...

Monongahela man injured in house fire

By Rick Bruni Jr.
A Monongahela man suffered burns after his house caught fire Friday evening. Officials did not identify the victim. When firefighters from multiple departments responded to 633 Park ...

Charleroi man accused of improper sexual contact with teen

By Rick Bruni Jr.
A Charleroi man was accused Friday of performing sex acts with a 15-year-old girl whom he allegedly furnished with alcohol and a cellphone. Charleroi Regional police ...

Federal judge dismisses Monongahela mayor’s lawsuit against district judge, district attorney

By Brian Bowling
A federal judge Thursday dismissed Monongahela Mayor Robert Kepics’ lawsuit against District Judge Mark Wilson and Washington County District Attorney Eugene Vittone. Kepics and his wife, Nancy, sued Wilson and Vittone over theft charges they claim Wilson had filed against the ...

Problem with gas line forces evacuations in California Borough

By Jeremy Sellew and Chris Buckley
A natural gas line problem forced the evacuation of residents on Orchard Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in California borough early Friday. Columbia Gas spokesman Scott Waitlevertch ...

Washington woman killed in rollover crash on I-70

By Tribune-Review
A Washington woman was killed Wednesday night in a one-vehicle crash in Washington County. Vanessa Mutschler, 27, was killed in a rollover crash just before 11:30 p.m. on Interstate 70 in Somerset Township. According to state police, Mutschler was thrown …

Washington County woman with history of arrests charged with DUI, child endangerment

By Jason Cato
Police accused a Washington County woman with a long arrest record with being drunk this week when she drove with her son to an expected ...

Gaming board fines 2 Western Pa. casinos

By Tribune-Review
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday approved punishments for two Western Pennsylvania casinos. State gambling regulators fined Holdings Acquisitions Co., which operates Rivers Casino in the North Side, $27,500. Casino personnel committed several violations of state gambling regulations or of ...

One airlifted from scene of tractor-trailer crash on I-70

By Tribune-Review
At least one person was hurt in a rollover crash Wednesday involving a tractor-trailer in Washington County. The crash happened about 1 p.m. on Interstate 70 near the Pennsylvania-West Virginia state line, according to Pennsylvania State Police. One person was ...

Ex-legislator to seek Washington County district judge post

By Jason Cato
Less than three months removed from political office, Jesse White on Monday said he wants to return to public life. White, 36, announced his candidacy for ...

Man acquitted of homicide can sue Washington police, city

By Brian Bowling
An Upper St. Clair man acquitted of homicide can pursue his civil rights lawsuit against Washington police and the city, but not against Washington County District Attorney Eugene Vittone, a federal judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge Terrence McVerry said Brandon ...

California police officer loses battle with cancer

By Rick Bruni Jr.
California Borough police Officer Mark Costello lost a three-year battle with lung cancer Saturday. He was 36. Costello worked many years for various police departments, including West ...

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