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Washington Co. district attorney suspends deputy prosecutor

By The Associated Press 11:04 a.m.
The Washington County district attorney has suspended a deputy prosecutor with pay because a judge ruled the deputy purposely withheld evidence. District Attorney Gene Vittone said that he was looking into Deputy District Attorney Joseph Zupancic’s future, but otherwise declined comment on what he termed a personnel matter, according to …

Allenport home of killer riddled by bullets

By Tribune-Review
The Allenport home of a man who authorities say shot and killed his estranged wife apparently was riddled by bullets during the weekend. State police reported that “several shots” were fired at an occupied home on Middle Street at 2:10 …

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

By Tory N. Parrish
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 …

Shots fired into Allenport home

By Tribune-Review
State police are investigating a Saturday morning incident in which several shots were fired into an occupied residence in Allenport. Police said several shots were fired into the Middle Street home around 2:10 a.m. No injuries were reported. Anyone with …

Washington police officer accused of tipping off prostitute

By Margaret Harding
A Washington police officer tipped off a suspected prostitute to try to help her avoid arrest during an undercover operation, authorities said on Friday. Investigators charged Officer Joshua Rush, 39, of Canonsburg with misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person, …

Dozens call for justice in Washington County for slain 10-year-old girl

By Adam Brandolph
Dozens of people rallied outside the Washington County Courthouse on Friday to call for justice for a 10-year-old girl killed nearly six months ago during a botched robbery attempt. Police said the rally was peaceful. Taniyah Thomas was shot March …

Daughter: Allenport woman shot to death by estranged husband feared him

By Renatta Signorini
Neighbors said they heard regular arguments during the past few months at an Allenport woman’s home where state police believe her estranged husband shot and …

Washington County woman on death row gets new penalty hearing

By Michael Hasch
A Washington County woman who has been on death row since being convicted of starving to death her 7-year-old daughter will receive a new penalty hearing because her lawyer failed to present evidence that may have convinced the jury to …

Monongahela mayor sues district judge, district attorney over theft charges

By Brian Bowling
Monongahela’s mayor says in a federal lawsuit filed on Wednesday that a district judge used his office to settle a personal score. Mayor Robert Kepics and his wife, Nancy, sued District Judge Mark Wilson and Washington County District Attorney Eugene …

Allenport woman fatally shot outside residence

By Stacy Wolford
An Allenport woman was found fatally shot in the head outside her home late Tuesday. State police from the Belle Vernon Barracks, RESA police, and the Washington County coroner were called about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday to Locust Street, where the …

MarkWest fined $150,000 for gas flaring at Washington County plant

By Tribune-Review
The operator of a natural gas processing facility in the heart of Washington County’s Marcellus shale fields agreed to pay more than $150,000 in state fines involving improper flaring and smoke from the plant. The state Department of Environmental Protection …

Finleyville maker of luxury kids’ structures learns from housing bust

By Chris Fleisher
Stephen Chernicky is in the business of realizing children’s dreams. There have been times when it has seemed a nightmare. “Building a play house is …

Cash 5 tickets worth a combined $450,000 sold in Burgettstown, Crafton

By Tribune-Review
A Washington County retailer sold a Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5 ticket worth $325,000 for Saturday’s drawing. Also, someone bought a Cash 5 ticket at the Giant Eagle in Crafton worth $125,000 for Sunday’s drawing. It matched all five balls, 01-08-16-35-38. …

Former manager of Consol’s land office charged with 60 counts of mail fraud

By Brian Bowling
The former land records general manager for Consol Energy Inc. swindled the company out of about $440,000 in gas royalties, federal prosecutors say in charges filed on Monday. Scott D. Hamilton, 37, of Marshall is charged with 60 counts of …

Washington County investment broker admits fraud

By Brian Bowling
A Washington County investment broker used his access to a client’s checkbook to write checks to himself and then used his access to other clients’ accounts to move money around in an attempt to hide the thefts, the man admitted …

Peters settles discrimination suit with teachers for $2M

By Brian Bowling
Peters Township School District paid more than $2 million to settle a gender and age discrimination lawsuit filed by 17 female teachers, according to a copy of the settlement. The district released the information on Friday in response to a …

Range Resources to pay $4.15M fine, close old gas drilling impoundments

By David Conti
Range Resources Corp. will pay the largest state fine levied against a Pennsylvania shale gas driller and close five drilling wastewater impoundments in Washington County …

16 to be furloughed at Cal U; 14 positions will go unfilled

By Richard Gazarik
California University of Pennsylvania will lay off 16 employees and leave 14 positions unfilled because of declining enrollment. The announcement was made on Tuesday during a faculty-staff convocation on campus, university spokeswoman Christine Kindl said. Employees who are losing their …

State awards 6 Western Pennsylvania schools mentoring grants

By Megan Harris
The state awarded six Western Pennsylvania schools nearly 40 percent of a $700,000 grant initiative designed to pair high-performing schools with low-performing schools to increase student achievement. Fox Chapel, South Fayette, Upper St. Clair and West Jefferson Hills in Allegheny …

Attorneys spar over evidence in case of judge accused of impropriety

By Aaron Aupperlee
Attorneys arguing the case of a former Washington County Common Pleas Judge accused of stealing cocaine evidence filed briefs on Monday arguing whether a judge should throw out evidence in the case. Paul Pozonsky is charged with conflict of interest, …

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