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Vandals ruin Ligonier Township farmers’ garden

By Nicole Chynoweth
Todd Fasnacht and his wife, Beth Roxby, left the Army about two years ago and retreated to rural Wilpen Road in Ligonier Township to dig in the dirt. The owners of Jamboree Farm have worked hard to live off their four ...

Fire crews respond to Latrobe apartment house fire

By Paul Peirce 7:06 a.m.
Fire crews from multiple Westmoreland County departments were headed to an apartment house fire in Latrobe on Wednesday morning. The fire was reported in an apartment house at 509 Main Street at approximately 6:30 a.m. Stay with TribLIVE for further …

Ligonier Township K-9 officer home to recover from deadly collision

By Nicole Chynoweth
K-9 Officer Blek is home with his family in Ligonier Township as he recovers from injuries he suffered May 5 in a head-on crash that killed his partner, Lt. Eric Eslary. The 6-year-old German shepherd returned home to Eslary’s wife, Mary ...

Westmoreland jail warden pushes for full-body scanner to find drugs, contraband

By Rich Cholodofsky
Westmoreland County jail officials, who say strip searches of inmates haven’t ferreted out drugs, tobacco and other contraband hidden in body cavities, want to install a full-body scanner similar to those used to screen passengers at airports. Traditional strip searches, in ...

Westmoreland shooting victim flown to Pittsburgh hospital

By Tribune-Review
A female was shot Tuesday afternoon at a home along Reynolds Street in the village of Hutchinson, Sewickley Township, state police said. The house where the shooting occurred around 3:30 p.m. is located a neighborhood across from the Hutchinson Volunteer …

State police to offer car seat inspections in Hempfield

By Tribune-Review
State police at Greensburg will provide child and infant car seat safety inspections at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Wal-Mart at Greengate Centre Circle in Hempfield. Inspections will continue through 5:30 p.m. The inspections will be performed near the store’s lawn and ...

Pair of zoning requests denied by Unity board

By Stacey Federoff
Unity’s zoning hearing board denied two requests regarding businesses at residents’ homes. One request at Tuesday’s meeting was from Angela C. and Michael P. Foster Sr. to replace a Quonset hut at 51 Fink Lane with a larger block building for ...

Ex-Delmont man found dead in Florida

By Bob Stiles
It was unlike Richard Kenneth Kepple III to miss work, so when he didn’t show up last week at the Community Food & Outreach Center ...

Hempfield hires finance director

By Tribune-Review
Hempfield’s new finance director will start at a salary of $55,000, according to manager Andrew Walz. Township supervisors approved hiring Melanie Phillips to the newly created position during a meeting Tuesday. Phillips’ five-year contract includes pay increases annually, Walz said. Supervisors approved advertising ...

Unity resident again accused of burglary

By Paul Peirce
A Unity man who has served two prison terms for multiple burglaries in Greensburg, Mt. Pleasant Township and Pleasant Unity is behind bars again, accused of assaulting and robbing a homeowner last week. Judston T. McMunn, 33, and his girlfriend, Harley ...

Scottdale Friends of Library, YMCA Prayer Shawl Ministry to be active

By Patricia Walker
The Friends of Library will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Scottdale Public Library, 106 Spring St. New members are always welcome. For more information, call Patti Miller 724-887-6140. • A Prayer Shawl Ministry will be held 11:30 ...

Foes of South Huntingdon gas-fired plant fight approval

By Joe Napsha
Three opponents of a proposed natural gas-fired power plant in South Huntingdon have challenged the state’s approval of permits for the project, claiming that wind-and-solar sources for generating electricity were not considered and that the plant’s air and water pollution ...

Westmoreland Veterans’ Monument unveiled, rededicated in Greensburg

By Mary Pickels
From a bucket truck hovering over Greensburg’s Courthouse Square, Westmoreland County Commissioner Charles Anderson unveiled the Westmoreland Veterans’ Monument during a rededication ceremony Monday. To cheers ...

Man taken to hospital after New Alexandria house burns

By Mary Pickels
A New Alexandria man whose home was destroyed by fire early Monday was transported to a medical facility for evaluation, a fire department spokesman said. Stanley Deemer, who New Alexandria assistant fire Chief Rich McNaughton said was in his mid-60s, had ...

Theft thwarted by employee at North Huntingdon Wal-Mart

By Tribune-Review
North Huntingdon police are investigating an attempted theft of more than $3,200 worth of merchandise Sunday night at the Mills Drive Wal-Mart. Police said a man and woman, both white, walked through the store around at 6:20 p.m. Sunday, removing …

‘Misfits’ shoot video for tour in Monessen

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Monessen police stood watch Sunday as a mob of blood-soaked people lurched past a car that had smashed into a brick wall. The officers were smiling. ...

A family’s flag flies again in Mt. Pleasant

By Paul Peirce
Vietnam War veteran Roy “Pepe” Barnhart was tired of seeing the embroidered U.S. flag sitting in a closet. “It’s not a towel and shouldn’t just ...

Acme man’s ephemeral sculptures appear to defy laws of physics

By Jacob Tierney
Tim Anderson is always chasing the “zero point.” It’s what he calls a moment of perfect balance when his creations hang perfectly in the air and ...

Motorcyclist killed after striking pole in Penn Township

By Paul Peirce
A Monroeville motorcyclist was killed early Sunday when his vehicle struck a telephone pole along Route 130 in Penn Township. The Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office identified the motorcyclist as Ryan M. Dillon, 23. Deputy Coroner John A. Ackerman reported that Dillon failed ...

Hempfield train crash search called off; no evidence found

By Tribune-Review
Emergency responders called off the search for signs of a train hitting an ATV in Hempfield Saturday night when they could not find any evidence. Norfolk Southern railroad called Westmoreland County 911 about 9:30 p.m. to report that a westbound train ...

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Your Hempfield
Hempfield hires finance director
State police to offer car seat inspections in Hempfield
Hempfield train crash search called off; no evidence found
Online donors help Hempfield teen whose wallet was stolen
Hempfield pair caught in vehicle scam
Your Jeannette
Huge compressors to leave Jeannette in late-night parade on way to Texas
Army vet brings personal touch to Jeannette history classes
State Rep. Ted Harhai opens Jeannette office
Jeannette approves hire of school resource officer
Your Latrobe
Fire crews respond to Latrobe apartment house fire
Pair of zoning requests denied by Unity board
Unity resident again accused of burglary
Latrobe, Derry pools poised for success in swim season
Vegetable growers stake plots in Latrobe Community Gardens
Your Ligonier
Vandals ruin Ligonier Township farmers’ garden
Ligonier Township K-9 officer home to recover from deadly collision
Ligonier’s summer concert series opens 66th season May 24
Day of Giving aids Ligonier nonprofits
Ligonier Valley graduation ceremony set
Your Murrysville
Volunteers spruce up old Sardis Cemetery in Murrysville
Murrysville officials look to adjust traffic-impact district
Franklin Regional team heads to STEM competition
Export historical group on its own with church acquisition
Council asks for more detail on Delmont library plan
Your Mt. Pleasant
Late Mt. Pleasant police chief’s name is added to national memorial
Mt. Pleasant Area students honored as Trib Total Media Outstanding Citizens
Mt. Pleasant Area seniors feted at scholastic banquet
A family’s flag flies again in Mt. Pleasant
‘Dope sick’ man in custody  in Mt. Pleasant stick-up
Your Norwin
Norwin veterans groups plan Memorial Day parade
Defense for Irwin man charged in fatal wreck seeks expert to aid in his defense
Circleville VFD becomes landlord in search of steady revenue
Rash of thefts prompts Irwin chief’s plea to residents
More than 100 residents show concerns about plans for Norwin principal
Your Penn-Trafford
Motorcyclist killed after striking pole in Penn Township
Trafford Council reaches agreement on parking changes
Memorial Day in Trafford
Penn Township man pleads guilty to assaulting 3 police officers
Lou Bohince honored for boosting Harrison City’s ‘small-town feel’
Your Scottdale
Southmoreland ‘track kid’ throws way to success
Southmoreland students go outdoors for lessons
Scottdale-area communities plan Memorial Day events
Your West Newton
West Newton woman plays role in state bill
West Newton, neighboring communities hosting Memorial Day events
Yough board spending $62K to upgrade phone system
3 of 4 incumbents lose in borough council primary contest in West Newton