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Police gather in Ligonier for Perryopolis officer’s funeral

By Renatta Signorini 4:25 p.m.
Patricia Kunkle often saw Officer Richard Champion and his family at worship services at Kregar Community Church near Stahlstown over the last five years. On Friday, she stood quietly as Champion’s flag-draped casket was wheeled to his funeral service in Ligonier. “He’s a wonderful young man,” Kunkle said with tears …

Review: No improper contact between Pa. Supreme Court justices, lawyers

By Brad Bumsted 3:30 p.m.
HARRISBURG — A review of thousands of emails sent by Pennsylvania justices over five years found no improper contact with state prosecutors on pending cases, a special counsel for the Supreme Court …

Sandusky won’t get his pension back

By The Associated Press 2:26 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he was sentenced …

Allegheny

Fall from Hazelwood roof kills man

By Margaret Harding 3:49 p.m.
A man working on a roof in Hazelwood fell to his death Friday morning, Pittsburgh public safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said. Allegheny County emergency dispatchers received a 911 call reporting the incident at 10:42 a.m. on Imogene Road near Browns …

Westmoreland

Police gather in Ligonier for Perryopolis officer’s funeral

By Renatta Signorini 4:25 p.m.
Patricia Kunkle often saw Officer Richard Champion and his family at worship services at Kregar Community Church near Stahlstown over the last five years. On …

Fayette

Police gather in Ligonier for Perryopolis officer’s funeral

By Renatta Signorini 4:25 p.m.
Patricia Kunkle often saw Officer Richard Champion and his family at worship services at Kregar Community Church near Stahlstown over the last five years. On Friday, she stood quietly as …

Armstrong

Family escapes house fire in Kittanning

By Julie E. Martin 4:36 p.m.
A woman and her two children escaped a fire that severely damaged their Kittanning home Thursday evening. Crews responding to the call at about 7 p.m. found the ground level …

Beaver

Motorists should expect delays on Beaver Valley Expressway Friday

By Tribune-Review
PennDOT officials announced single lane closures will occur Friday in each direction along the Beaver Valley Expressway as crews take measurements for joint replacement work. The closures will happen, weather permitting, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. along I-376 between …

Butler

Truck driver dies in Butler County crash

By Tribune-Review
A Weirton man died when his tractor-trailer slid off an icy Interstate 79 in Worth, Butler County, and rolled twice Thursday night, state police said. Robert Chafin, 51, was driving in the northbound lanes around 11 p.m. Thursday when his …

Indiana

Indiana County doctor who traded drugs for sex to be re-sentenced

By Paul Peirce
A former Indiana County doctor serving up to 10 years in prison for a painkillers-for-sex prescription scheme will be returned to Indiana Common Pleas Court to be resentenced. On Wednesday, a state Superior Court panel overturned the prison sentence given …

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
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

Pittsburgh Public Schools adopts no-tax-increase budget for 2015

By Megan Harris
Pittsburgh Public Schools board of directors adopted a new general fund budget Wednesday night that includes no tax increase. The $556.8 million 2015 budget allots for an operating deficit of $27.7 million, up 5.2 percent from the adopted 2014 budget, …

Pennsylvania

Review: No improper contact between Pa. Supreme Court justices, lawyers

By Brad Bumsted 3:30 p.m.
HARRISBURG — A review of thousands of emails sent by Pennsylvania justices over five years found no improper contact with state prosecutors on pending cases, a special counsel for the …

Photo Gallery

Thursday - Dec. 18, 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: Kane should’ve used evidence — or brain
A prosecutor ignoring evidence is like a firefighter failing to unroll the hose. Both are potentially career-killing abdications of professional responsibility. No firefighter has been …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Protests changed the world
Every now and again, I get column requests, which rarely go the way the requestors likely expect. So why mess with tradition? A regular reader …

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Obituaries

Mom was admired for cooking, gardening skills

By Mary Pickels
Helen Gosciejew was so skilled at making crafts and candy that she would have enjoyed a large following on the popular website Pinterest, her daughter said. “My mom made Easter …