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

By Matthew Santoni 7:21 p.m.
Geese struck an Air Force Pave Hawk helicopter over the coastal marshes of Eastern England last January, causing the crash that killed all four crew members, including a Montour High School graduate, according to a U.S. Air Force investigation released this week. Capt. Sean Ruane, 31, formerly of Kennedy, was …

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

By Bill Vidonic 7:14 p.m.
A judge acquitted Beaver County Sheriff George David Wednesday afternoon of reckless endangerment arising from a heated confrontation in 2012 with the operator of a news website, however David is still facing charges of making terroristic threats, simple assault and …

URA seeks quick decision on August Wilson covenants; agency’s new lawyers absent

By Natasha Lindstrom 7:14 p.m.
The city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority is asking a judge to expedite a decision on whether deed covenants prohibit a receiver from selling the debt-ridden August Wilson Center for African American Culture to a private developer. In a motion posted Wednesday …

Allegheny

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

By Matthew Santoni 7:21 p.m.
Geese struck an Air Force Pave Hawk helicopter over the coastal marshes of Eastern England last January, causing the crash that killed all four crew members, including a Montour High …

Westmoreland

Family, Seton Hill put marks on final beam of new center named for Boyle

By Bob Stiles
One by one, members of the late JoAnne Boyle’s family approached the steel beam on display on Tuesday at Seton Hill University in Greensburg. They …

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 7:14 p.m.
A judge acquitted Beaver County Sheriff George David Wednesday afternoon of reckless endangerment arising from a heated confrontation in 2012 with the operator of a news website, however David is still facing charges of making terroristic threats, simple assault and …

Butler

Butler resident goes from Big Butler Fair attendee to performer on main stage

By Jessica Bruni Sinichak
Kelly Brown is no stranger to the Big Butler Fair. Since the age of 4, the Butler resident has not only faithfully attended the nine-day festival each year, she has …

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

Survey of Washington, Greene elected officials shows positive views of gas industry

By David Conti
A survey of elected leaders in Washington and Greene counties found generally positive experiences with the gas exploration industry that has changed the face of their communities. “They’re starting to see a lot of vitality. There’s physical activity in the …

Education

School resource officers in high demand in Pennsylvania, nation

By Megan Harris
Brentwood police Officer Joe Kozarian leans back with a laser pointer, wriggling the sharp red light onto windows shown in a photo of a sprawling Georgia high school. “You see …

Pennsylvania

Parents sue state prisons over son’s suicide

By The Associated Press 4:11 p.m.
The parents of an inmate who hanged himself in a central Pennsylvania prison have sued the Department of Corrections for allegedly misusing solitary confinement to deal with mentally ill inmates. Brandon Palakovic, 23, killed himself in July 2012 at the …

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: (The real) high point in city likes it low-key
There aren’t any fancy restaurants up here.  No incline embedded into the hillside, either. There are none of those silver viewfinder machines that you find …

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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 …