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Few clues in search for Jan. 30 robber

| Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Monroeville police are looking for an unidentified man wanted for robbing the Dollar Discount store in Ames Plaza along Old William Penn Highway.

Lt. David Palermo said the man, described as a white male in his late 30s, entered Dollar Discount around 6 p.m. on Jan. 30 and robbed the store by spraying pepper-spray at the clerk.

The man took about $650 from the register, Palermo said.

A surveillance camera took photographs of the suspect outside the store, but they do not show a clear image of his face. On the night of the robbery, he wore a white baseball cap, and a green jacket with a white T-shirt underneath.

Palermo said the robber has not been connected with any other thefts or robberies in the area.

If anyone has information about the robber, they should call Detective Bill McClelland at (412) 856-3361.

Murrysville

The public is invited to Heritage Elementary School's "Authors Across America" literature fair from 6 to 8 p.m. today in the gym.

Each classroom "adopted" a children's author and prepared projects and displays about the writers.

Among the authors and their best-known characters or settings are Beverly Cleary (Ramona Quimby), Barbara Park (Junie B. Jones), Louis Sachar (Wayside School), Patricia Reilly Giff (the Polka Dot Private Eye) and Marc Brown (Arthur the Aardvark).

Region

Eight community meetings have been scheduled to inform the public of the progress of the Maglev study and gain feedback about the project.

The proposed Pennsylvania Maglev Project is a 47-mile high-speed transportation system proposed between Pittsburgh International Airport and Greensburg with multi-modal MAGport stations located at the airport, in downtown Pittsburgh, Monroeville and Greensburg. The system would transport passengers from the airport to Greensburg in approximately 28 minutes.

The meetings will be conducted in an open house format. They are accessible to people with disabilities and are located along Port Authority and Westmoreland County Transit bus routes.

The community meetings are scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. at the following dates and locations:

  • Today at the Verona Fire Department, 465 Parker St.

  • April 1 at the Community College of Allegheny County Boyce Campus Performance Lecture Hall, 595 Beatty Road, Monroeville

    This series will enable those interested to view changes to the proposed alignments which were made in response to public input and other factors, discuss the status of the study with project team members and provide feedback about the project.

    The results of the environmental studies, including public input, must be submitted to the Federal Railroad Administration by April 2003 with the FRA determining the winning project later that year.

    Tonight's meetings

  • Churchill Recreation Board: 7:30 p.m., Borough Office, 2300 William Penn Highway.

  • Forest Hills Council: 7 p.m., Borough Office, 2071 Ardmore Blvd.

  • Harmar Township Public Work Session: 7:30 p.m., Township Office, 701 Freeport Road.

  • Monroeville Planning Commission: 8 p.m., Borough Office, 2700 Monroeville Blvd.

  • Munhall Council: 7 p.m., Borough Office, 1900 West St.

  • Murrysville Council: 7:30 p.m., Borough Office, 4100 Sardis Road.

  • Oakmont Planning Commission: 7:30 p.m., Borough Office, Fifth Street and Virginia Avenue.

  • Penn Hills Council: 7:30 p.m., Borough Office, 12245 Frankstown Road.

  • Springdale Borough Council: 7 p.m., Borough Office, 325 School St.

  • Swissvale Council: 7:30 p.m., Borough Office, 7560 Roslyn Ave.

  • Wilkins Township Planning Commission: 7 p.m. Township Office, 110 Peffer Road.

  • Wilkinsburg Council: 7 p.m., Borough Office, 605 Ross Ave.

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