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Police: Ambush suspect was military re-enactor

By The Associated Press
BLOOMING GROVE — The suspect in last week’s fatal ambush outside a rural Pennsylvania State Police barracks belonged to a “military simulation unit” whose members play the role of soldiers from eastern Europe, police said Wednesday. Eric Frein, 31, “appears to have assumed that role in real life” as he …

Accused Franklin Regional stabber allowed 1-hour furlough to pay respects to grandmother

By Rich Cholodofsky 9:12 p.m.
The Murrysville teen charged with trying to kill 20 classmates and a school security guard attended the funeral home visitation for his grandmother on Wednesday afternoon. Alex Hribal 16, was furloughed for …

Police chase ends with shooting in Bell Township

By Valley News Dispatch 9:39 p.m.
A police chase that involved multiple departments ended with an officer-involved shooting in Bell Township Wednesday evening, according to police radio transmissions. Police were trying to stop the suspect’s vehicle with spike strips at the intersection of Routes 819 and …


Pittsburgh Public evacuates 3 schools after voicemail threat

By Megan Harris 8:41 p.m.
Someone made two threatening phone messages in two days to South Side public schools, but only the second resulted in evacuations and a visit from federal agents. “The calls that …


Donegal Township families fight driller to get clean water

By Kari Andren 9:12 p.m.
From January to June, Ken and Mildred Geary had to use bottled water to cook, clean and shower because a leak from a gas drilling …


Blight ordinance passed by Connellsville City Council

By Mark Hofmann
Connellsville City Council unanimously passed the long-debated abandoned property and vacant structure ordinance Tuesday night. The ordinance will take effect in 10 days. However, a possible trigger-clause amendment may be …


Fire ravages Dayton area meat packing plant

By Julie E. Martin 8:58 p.m.
Owners of a Dayton area meat processing plant ravaged by fire early Wednesday tracked through the ruins in the afternoon quietly surveying damage done to the business they had purchased …


Autumn festival in Ambridge taps 19th-century charm

By Sandra Fischione Donovan 6:42 p.m.
Old Economy Village, home to the 19th-century Harmonist Society in what now is Ambridge, has held various festivals over the years. There was Kunstfest, a festival to commemorate Harmonist crafts; …


Butler County man arrested on sex charges

By Tribune-Review 9:06 p.m.
The state Attorney General’s Office arrested a Butler County man who believed he was meeting a 5-year-old girl for sex. David P. Ellenberger, 43, of Summit, remained in the Butler County Prison Wednesday, unable to post $50,000 bond on charges …


IUP student charged in stabbing attack

By Tribune-Review
A Virginia man was charged Tuesday in connection with a stabbing near the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus. William A. Rivera, 21, of Reston, Va., is charged with aggravated assault and tampering with evidence by Indiana Police Detective John Scherf. …


Jefferson Hills woman faces charges in accident that killed 2 in Somerset County

By Joe Napsha
An Allegheny County woman was charged Tuesday with causing the death of two people on March 8 in a two-vehicle accident about seven miles southwest of Somerset, state police at Somerset said. Amy Oblack, 26, of Jefferson Hills, is accused …


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 …


Pennsylvania senator wants to arm school teachers, employees

By Melissa Daniels
As superintendent at Blue Mountain School District in Schuylkill County, Robert Urzillo manages budget crunches, curriculum changes and the demands of high-stakes testing. But those issues don’t keep him up …


Police: Ambush suspect was military re-enactor

By The Associated Press
BLOOMING GROVE — The suspect in last week’s fatal ambush outside a rural Pennsylvania State Police barracks belonged to a “military simulation unit” whose members play the role of soldiers …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Highmark site causes confusion for some doctors’ patients
It’s no secret that Dr. Steve Shapiro is no fan of health insurance giant Highmark Inc. He appeared on one of those UPMC commercials that jammed …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Wolf campaign pulls ad with Charleroi attorney who starred in torture film
Democrat Tom Wolf’s staff pulled a campaign ad on Monday on learning that an actor who touted Wolf’s stint in the Peace Corps appeared in …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Cats and dogs: It’s what’s for dinner in Pennsylvania
Largely because of pigeons, it likely will remain legal to eat dogs and cats in Pennsylvania. Bear with me. This requires explaining. Granted statehood in …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Of Rice and Men: NFL fails
Oh, for heaven’s sake, NFL, just take him back already. You know you want to. You know as well as I do that Ray Rice’s …

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Caring Realtor eased stress of moving for clients

By Rick Wills
When Joan Rosselle’s out-of-town clients visited Pittsburgh to look for a home, she would go beyond what was necessary to make them feel comfortable. “She cared about people. She wanted …