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Air Force report says geese caused helicopter crash that killed Montour grad

By Matthew Santoni 9:17 p.m.
Geese struck an Air Force Pave Hawk helicopter over the coastal marshes of Eastern England in January, causing a crash that killed all four crew members, including a Montour High School graduate, according to an Air Force investigation released this week. Capt. Sean Ruane, 31, formerly of Kennedy, was part …

Judge acquits Beaver County sheriff on reckless endangerment charge, but other charges to go forward

By Bill Vidonic 10:53 p.m.
Before Beaver County Sheriff George David’s defense began its case on Wednesday, a judge tossed out a reckless endangerment charge against the row officer, saying there was no evidence he threatened a reporter with a loaded revolver. Proving whether the …

Swissvale police free suspect because officers weren’t available to take him to jail

By Margaret Harding 10:53 p.m.
Tyra Perkins’ relief dissolved into panic when she learned that Swissvale police arrested and then freed the man accused of dislocating her shoulder during an assault because police weren’t willing to take him to jail. “I’m still shaking,” said Perkins, …

Allegheny

City proposes moving Mt. Washington dog park

By Bob Bauder 10:57 p.m.
Mayor Bill Peduto on Wednesday announced a “compromise” in a flap over a controversial Mt. Washington dog park, but neighbors and dog owners said they have mixed feelings about the …

Westmoreland

Jeannette council rejects referendum on switch to volunteer fire department

By Richard Gazarik 11:00 p.m.
Jeannette’s career firemen still have a career. City Council did an about-face Wednesday night and rejected a proposed ordinance that would have allowed voters to …

Fayette

Hopwood man charged in crime spree in Fayette County

By Liz Zemba
Donella Johnson had just finished grocery shopping in Fayette County Saturday when she made a quick stop at the Best For Less convenience store on Connellsville Street in North Union. …

Armstrong

Kittanning house renovation project receives help from afar

By Brigid Beatty
A Kittanning house renovation project has drawn out-of-state help and support from local nonprofits and churches this week in what some consider a true labor of love. Armstrong Habitat for …

Beaver

Judge acquits Beaver County sheriff on reckless endangerment charge, but other charges to go forward

By Bill Vidonic 10:53 p.m.
Before Beaver County Sheriff George David’s defense began its case on Wednesday, a judge tossed out a reckless endangerment charge against the row officer, saying there was no evidence he threatened a reporter with a loaded revolver. Proving whether the …

Butler

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School nears completion

By Rachel Farkas 10:51 p.m.
The new Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry will drench students in natural light. Darren Lloyd, the school’s chief designer, said natural light was used as a building …

Indiana

3 charged with heroin trafficking in Indiana County

By Richard Gazarik
Derrick Clemons of Indiana County once tried to outsmart police by hiding cocaine in his crotch during an arrest for drug dealing, narcotics agents said. Clemons, 36, never held a …

Somerset

Somerset County men charged in drug investigation

By Joe Napsha
A state police investigation into drug activity in southern Somerset County has led to the arrest of two men accused of selling methamphetamine and other drugs from a garage in Addison Township, police said. Justin Devoe, 34, of Meyersdale, and …

Washington

Ohio man charged with helping players win at roulette at The Meadows

By Jason Cato 11:25 p.m.
An Ohio man will appear in Washington County next week on allegations he schemed to help players win at the roulette table when he was a dealer at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. Robert M. “Rudy” Valle, 56, of Wintersville …

Education

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School nears completion

By Rachel Farkas 10:51 p.m.
The new Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry will drench students in natural light. Darren Lloyd, the school’s chief designer, said natural light was used as a building …

Pennsylvania

Veto, special session studied to push Pennsylvania pension reform

By Brad Bumsted 11:09 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is strongly considering using his veto power on Thursday to strike funding for the Legislature and calling a special session on pension reform, sources …

Photo Gallery

Wednesday - July 9, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Scaife’s values will live on
When Hillary Clinton stepped into the Trib’s offices in March 2008, Dick Scaife shook her hand firmly and smiled. I watched in awe because I …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Republican National Committee panel wants Cleveland for 2016 convention
The Republican Party will pick its 2016 presidential nominee in Cleveland, a smart choice for the next national convention, some analysts say. The city of …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: PUC picks up where comedians leave off
Material this amusing is Improv-worthy. If you’re in the mood for uproarious comedy, there’s no reason to wait until the next time Jerry Seinfeld comes …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: It’s about the mark we leave 10:54 p.m.
This week, I’ve been thinking about how people you don’t know — or barely know — can affect your life in major ways. If it …

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Obituaries

Decorated war veteran doted on family

By Megan Henney
Every Wednesday, Fritz Brunner came home from his 10-hour work day and stayed awake until midnight, baking bread for his children’s lunches. “We never did without,” said his daughter, Mary …