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Meadows Casino dealer whose conspiracy case was dropped charged with selling drugs

By Jason Cato
Weeks after prosecutors dropped a case against a Washington County casino dealer accused of scheming to fix table games, state police filed drug charges against him. Troopers charged Robert M. “Rudy” Valle, 56, of Wintersville, Ohio, with dealing prescription painkillers and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. District Judge Jay ...

Group to make Washington YWCA site a center for disabled

By Karen Kadilak
The interior of a former YWCA in Washington will soon be overhauled to make way for a community center that Tri-County Patriots for Independent Living plans to build. The organization received a $1.5 million state grant to defray the $8.9 ...

Washington County man convicted of domestic assaults

By Michael Hasch
A Washington County man was sentenced Wednesday to 5½-to 11 years in prison for his conviction on three separate domestic assaults of the same woman. Ronald Patterson, 56, of Washington, was convicted on charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and simple ...

Cal U professor who died in campus office was lawyer, civil rights leader

By Debra Erdley
Leaders in labor and legal circles across Pennsylvania say they lost a friend when California University of Pennsylvania professor Burrell A. Brown, a labor lawyer ...

Washington County deputy sheriff charged with DUI

By Jason Cato
A Washington County Sheriff’s deputy has been charged with drunken-driving while off duty in Cambria County, according to court documents obtained Tuesday. Paul Christopher Rock, 35, of Stockdale is scheduled for a preliminary hearing March 17 before District Judge Frederick  Creany ...

Home health care worker assaulted in Monongahela

By The Valley Independent
A Monongahela man is accused of assaulting a home health care worker. Arthur Benoit III, 26, of Hudson Street, was charged by Monongahela police with aggravated ...

Cal U’s 22 Pushups effort draws attention to suicide by veterans

By Chris Buckley
On a cold, snowy Tuesday morning at California University of Pennsylvania, 21 students dropped to the ground and each did 22 pushups. For several students, the ...

DA Vittone gives Washington County $100K from drug forfeitures

By The Valley Independent
Washington County is now reaping the benefits of its reformulated Drug Task Force Division. District Attorney Gene Vittone last week gave the county commissioners a check for $100,000. The money was gathered from cash and property forfeited by alleged drug dealers ...

Cal U women’s basketball team, students share grief before game

By Jacob Tierney
As the California University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team prepared Saturday for its first game since the death of one of its own, every player ...

Organizers plunge ahead with 2nd ‘Frosty Frolic’ to benefit California Area

By Chris Buckley
Walter McFann first came up with the “frosty” way to heat up fundraising for the California Area School District Foundation. The foundation president once took a polar plunge to benefit Special Olympics in West Virginia. So why not encourage a Frosty ...

Charleroi Regional police board promotes Zelinsky to detective

By Chris Buckley
The Charleroi Regional Police Department officially has a new detective. Chad Zelinsky was sworn in Thursday night as detective. He fills the vacancy left when Chief ...

Deteriorating Charleroi properties to be reviewed

By Chris Buckley
Charleroi will go public with its initial list of troublesome downtown properties. A public meeting will be held 10 a.m. Jan. 31. The meeting will be conducted by borough council’s public safety committee of Randy DiPiazza, Larry Celaschi Jr. and Paul ...

Report questions spending of federal job training dollars

By Jason Cato
A nonprofit spent more than $1 million in federal money intended for job training in Beaver, Greene and Washington counties on questionable expenses, including salaries and a work vehicle for its then-president, according to the initial findings of a state ...

Washington County man arrested on child porn charges

By Michael Hasch
A Washington County man was arrested this week on child pornography charges, the state attorney general’s office said Friday. John Wheatley, 49, of Washington was arrested Tuesday by agents investigating a peer-to-peer network that shares child pornography, the attorney general’s office ...

California bar owner sues borough, police

By Brian Bowling
The owner of a California bar claims in a federal lawsuit filed Friday that the borough’s chief and two police officers have harassed his customers and tried to shut him down in retaliation for his complaints about the two officers ...

Cal U to hold memorial service for basketball player before home game

By Tribune-Review
California University of Pennsylvania will hold a brief memorial service for senior basketball player Shanice Clark Saturday afternoon when the women’s basketball team plays Slippery ...

Washington woman charged with leaving 3 children alone overnight

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Police said a Washington County woman, entrusted to watch three children because their mother was in jail, left them alone overnight in a Charleroi residence without feeding them or giving proper medication to one ill child. Nikita Hoberek, 25, of Wilson ...

Police searching for 2 men who robbed Brownsville Wal-Mart

By Megan Guza
California Area schools went on lockdown for several hours Tuesday after two armed men robbed a nearby Wal-Mart in Brownsville. State police dispatchers in Belle Vernon said the robbery was reported about 8:05 a.m. Police described the men as white, each about ...

Coroner gives no details on cause of Cal U basketball player’s death

By Tribune-Review
Officials are awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine how a 21-year-old California University of Pennsylvania basketball player died early Sunday after she was found unresponsive in her apartment in California. Borough police said medical personnel told police at ...

West Pike Run home invasion victim’s condition serious

By Rick Bruni Jr.
A 69-year-old West Pike Run man who was shot in his home Monday night remained in serious condition Wednesday. Robert Yarnovich was listed in serious condition ...

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