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Son charged in dismemberment death of mother, stepfather in Penn Hills

By Margaret Harding 10:35 p.m.
A man with a history of mental illness who recently attacked his sister and father turned on his mother and stepfather, stabbing them, dismembering them, and stuffing their body parts into garbage cans in their Penn Hills home, police said Wednesday. Frederick Cooper Harris III, 47, told a court-appointed psychiatrist …

U.S., Cuba patching torn relations with historic accord

By The Associated Press 7:04 p.m.
WASHINGTON — After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money …

Parent finds body in parking lot of Stanton Heights elementary school, prompting lockdown

By Matthew Santoni 10:04 p.m.
A blue sedan with a slain man inside was parked at a Stanton Heights elementary school from Tuesday night until Wednesday afternoon, when a man picking his daughter up from school discovered …

Allegheny

Son charged in dismemberment death of mother, stepfather in Penn Hills

By Margaret Harding 10:35 p.m.
A man with a history of mental illness who recently attacked his sister and father turned on his mother and stepfather, stabbing them, dismembering them, and stuffing their body parts …

Westmoreland

Westmoreland may sell two-thirds of fleet, start leasing in cost-saving plan

By Rich Cholodofsky
Westmoreland County could soon sell off nearly two-thirds of its vehicle fleet. To replace them, county commissioners said Tuesday, they will vote on a proposal later this week to lease cars, trucks and other vehicles that are used by roads and ...

Fayette

Coroner reports Perryopolis officer died of blunt-force trauma

By Renatta Signorini
A multitude of police and emergency responders are expected Friday in Ligonier to pay their respects to a Perryopolis officer killed in the line of duty. “For a small town, …

Armstrong

Students perform Christmas program at Kittanning health center

By Brigid Beatty
Christmas carols and chiming bells rang through the halls and brought smiles to residents and staff at the Armstrong County Health Center in Kittanning on Tuesday. The singing and the …

Beaver

Midland police take 22 children on Christmas shopping spree

By Karen Kadilak 9:00 p.m.
Nine police officers from Midland took 22 boys and girls shopping last weekend, after the department raised money for gifts through its first Cop with a “Santa” Cause effort. Midland …

Butler

Congressman Kelly wants to buy part of Butler Blue Sox

By Rick Wills
U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly wants to buy 40 percent of the Butler Blue Sox, a minor league team partly owned by the city, which owes more than $1 million on …

Indiana

Child porn lie lands Clymer woman in jail

By Mary Pickels
An Indiana County woman who was convicted of trying to frame her estranged husband for putting child pornography on a home computer was sentenced Monday to serve up to two years in prison. Meri Jane Woods, 43, of Clymer was …

Somerset

Fire damages shed, barn in Somerset County

By Tribune-Review
A large storage shed and barn in Somerset County were damaged in a fire Wednesday afternoon, state police at Somerset said. The cause of the fire at 190 Sawmill Road in Brothersvalley is undetermined and remains under investigation, Trooper Scott …

Washington

Coroner: Washington County shootings likely murder-suicide

By Tribune-Review 10:37 p.m.
A 49-year-old man appears to have shot a woman and then killed himself inside a Marianna home, according to the Washington County coroner. State police must first complete their investigation to make the finding official. But Coroner Tim Warco said …

Education

New principal starts Monday at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School

By Megan Harris
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School will have a new principal on Monday. Bishop David A. Zubik heralded Ann C. Gaudino as a deeply committed Catholic with extensive experience in school administration. “We are indeed blessed to have someone with …

Pennsylvania

Pa. attorney general charges 10 in PennDOT fraud, kickback scheme

By Bobby Kerlik 9:24 p.m.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced charges Wednesday against 10 more people in a widening PennDOT corruption scandal. Kane released a statewide grand jury  report that accuses the 10 of …

Photo Gallery

Wednesday - Dec. 17, 2014

Daily images from around the region by Trib Total Media staff photographers. …

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Dialogue needed on sex crimes
No one likes to talk about sexual violence. It’s a cultural taboo and a crime of secrecy that some victims don’t want to report because …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Team in place for possible Santorum run for White House
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum may be inching closer to another run for president. Longtime adviser John Brabender said a team is in place if …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Pittsburgh’s premier clock doctor has little time to spare
Dave McGee traffics in minutes and memories. As owner of Pittsburgh Clock & Lock Co. in Mt. Oliver, he arguably is Pittsburgh’s premier clock doctor. …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Resilient in Pittsburgh? Now it’s official, with a chief to prove it
Pittsburgh has survived Snowmaggeddon, the Pirates being a largely lousy team for the entire adult lives of most of its fan base, and even the …

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Obituaries

Hard-line steelworker was gentle giant at home

By Megan Harris
Paul Ostovich had two sides. One, a stubborn steelworker and hard-driving supervisor. A tough man with a tough job. The other, a gentle giant, family man and father. “At home, …