Search warrants served on the district Tuesday sought student and staff records dating to 2007.

Grand jury hears evidence in Plum High sex inquiry

The grand jury is looking into whether administrators and staff members knew of inappropriate relationships between teachers and students.

about 21 hours ago

 State police said Michael J. Lowrey had this black pistol in his hand when he was confronted and refused to drop it.

Trooper shoots, kills burglary suspect in Somerset grocery

The shooting occurred about 4 a.m. as troopers encountered the man inside the Save-A-Lot in Somerset.

about 9 hours ago

Wilkinsburg to fill police vacancies

The borough has offered jobs to five people to replace police officers who have left the department.

about 21 hours ago

 It took two, Ellen Baird and Sarah Baehr, to sell all the great produce from One Woman Farm at last year's Ligonier Country Market.

After 40 years, Ligonier Country Market still going strong

The market, which sells both farm products and crafts, started in 1976 and has grown to include 182 vendors, most of them local.

about 21 hours ago

 Kelly Vanek, from left, Marci Cosens, Beth Mueller, Brandi Darr and Amy Donia will embark on a bike and hike to celebrate cancer survival, honor their mother and promote healthy eating.

Somerset County sisters to bike, hike for cancer awareness

Two of the five women will ride from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C., and their three sisters will complete all or part of a 76-mile hike.

about 21 hours ago

Franklin Regional school directors approve budget with tax hike

Franklin Regional taxes will increase to fund a new budget, which will allow physical improvements to be made to schools.

about 21 hours ago

Democrats hope to regain majority on Westmoreland commissioners board

Republican commissioners Charles Anderson and Tyler Courtney will face Democratic Commissioner Ted Kopas and Gina Cerilli in the fall.

about 21 hours ago

Teen summer job program aimed at low-income youth in Allegheny County

The Learn and Earn Summer Youth Employment program hopes to employ 2,000 students this summer.

about 21 hours ago

Incumbent Westmoreland County controller, sheriff to be on ballot in fall

In Westmoreland County, county Controller Jeffrey Balzer and Sheriff Jonathan Held won the Republican nominations on Tuesday.

about 21 hours ago

Four to seek three judicial seats in Westmoreland County

The number of candidates for seats on Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court has been whittled down from the nine who ran in the primary.

about 21 hours ago

 Meah Ezykowsky of Latrobe.

Newsmaker you should know / Unity teen honored for using tragedy to help others

Meah Ezykowsky, whose father was killed by a drunken driver, has been named 2015-16 Pennsylvania SADD Student of the Year.

about 21 hours ago

 Randyland, the Mexican War Streets home of Randy Gilson, features colorful murals and street art.

Look past Pittsburgh's popular attractions for some off-the-beaten-path summer fun

From museums to a Robot Hall of Fame, the region is home to many hidden gems.

about 21 hours ago

East scape: Take a music class in Greensburg

Events and other happenings throughout the east communities.

about 21 hours ago

'Most people just got it': Wilkinsburg no longer 'dry' town

More than 60 percent of voters approved the referendum, which will allow the borough to have five liquor licenses, based on its population.

about 21 hours ago

 Grille 565 owner Mark Helbling, sitting outside his restaurant on Lincoln Avenue, is the first person to apply for an alcohol permit in Bellevue.

Restaurateur quickly applies for Bellevue liquor license

Hours after the liquor sales referendum passed in Bellevue, Grille 565 is first in line to apply for a bar license.

1 day ago

 Tex Ortiz.

Wilkinsburg man testifies he fled with daughter out of fear for her safety

A Wilkinsburg man is accused of kidnapping his 2-year-old daughter and going on the run with her for 13 days.

1 day ago

  A jury found Tex Ortiz, 32, guilty of two of three counts against him for taking his own 2-year-old daughter last year.

Tex Ortiz found guilty of kidnapping his own daughter

The prosecution alleged that Mr. Ortiz took his 2-year-old daughter on Dec. 22, 2014, despite an interim custody order.

about 22 hours ago

 The site of a home invasion on Pine Street in Bunola, Forward.

Man slain, suspect wounded in standoff in the Bunola section of Forward

A man tore into a Bunola home today and opened fire, killing the homeowner, before he was critically wounded by police.

1 day ago

Penn Hills schools obtains funding to cover some of its debts

Despite appeals to multiple lenders for an $18 million loan, the district could only obtain a 90-day loan for $12 million from PNC bank.

1 day ago

 Justin Clark, 16, was found shot on Trefoil Court, near a relative's car, in March.

Two charged in shooting death of Penn Hills teen in Monroeville

Justin Clark, 16, was found with a gunshot wound to his chest in March in a housing complex in Monroeville.

2 days ago

 Two Plum Senior High School teachers have been accused of having sexual relationships with students.

DA investigators back at Plum High School gathering information in sex cases

Superintendent Timothy Glasspool said the district is cooperating, providing all materials in multiple search warrants served Tuesday.

1 day ago

Westmoreland County used car dealer charged with tax fraud

Robert W. Richards of Greensburg under-reported  $2.7 million in gross receipts from dealerships in Greensburg, McKeesport and Latrobe.

2 days ago

 Emergency crews respond to the scene of a head-on crash on Brown Avenue in Wilkins that critically injured one person and sent two others to the hospital.

Driver critically injured in head-on crash in Wilkins

The two-vehicle crash was reported at 1:53 a.m. in the 500 block of Brown Avenue, according to Allegheny County emergency officials.

2 days ago

$3.8M from fund balance allows Gateway schools to hold line on taxes

The board voted 8-1 to approve a preliminary budget with expenditures of $72,641,000. Board member Janice Rawson voted against the plan.

1 day ago

 Aaron Stubna holds up a sign in support of legalizing alcohol sales in Bellevue Tuesday. Unofficial results indicate residents in Bellevue and Wilkinsburg voted on ballot questions to legalize liquor sales in their communities.

Voters approve liquor sales in Bellevue and Wilkinsburg

Supporters of the referendum in both communities emphasized the potential for economic development if restaurants could sell liquor.

2 days ago

 A student walks across the sign at Plum Senior High School during April protests at the school.

Teacher sex inquiry at Plum grows; DA seeks eight students’ files

The district’s superintendent says he is working with investigators to gather the information they need.

2 days ago

 Plum Senior High School teacher Joseph Ruggieri

Plum high school teacher waives hearing on sex charges

Joseph Ruggieri, 40, of New Kensington is charged with having sex with a student.

3 days ago

District: Norwin teacher suspended for inappropriate texts to student

District officials declined comment on the suspension because it is a personnel issue.

3 days ago

Trial begins for Wilkinsburg man accused of kidnapping

Tex Ortiz claims he did not know he had lost his parental rights at the time he took his 2-year-old daughter.

3 days ago

Man killed after SUV veers out of control in Westmoreland County shopping plaza

Joseph Todd Soforic, 52, of Scottdale was pronounced dead at Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville, police said.

3 days ago

Penn Hills police investigate possible misuse of school district funds

Penn Hills School District Acting Superintendent Nancy Hines “offered what the district believes to be documented evidence of theft and

3 days ago

 Plum teachers will be in class themselves Tuesday for a refresher on how and when to report suspected child sexual abuse.

Plum teachers get refresher on how, when to report child sexual abuse

The attorney for an accused teacher believes Plum school administrators knew of a permissive culture and inappropriate relationships.

4 days ago

Autopsy set today for Braddock stabbing victim

Police say a domestic dispute may have led to the fatal stabbing of Deontay Hamilton, 34, of Braddock.

5 days ago

Man fatally stabbed in Braddock

Stabbing is believed to have stemmed from a domestic dispute.

6 days ago

Body found in car in North Braddock

Allegheny County homicide detectives are investigating.

1 week ago

 Matt Henderson, left, and Terri Bowser read through a scene from the play "Butterflies Are Free."

Apple Hill opens another season May 28

The Delmont playhouse’s opening production will be “Butterflies Are Free.”

1 week ago

Fund set up for Derry Township 4-year-old awaiting transplants

Angelo Giomo, who has short bowel syndrome, needs a small intestine transplant and a liver transplant.

1 week ago

Penn Hills school directors seek savings in operations

The district has a $9 million budget deficit in 2015 and a $10 million deficit in 2016.

1 week ago

Gateway festival to highlight various cultures

Gateway High School is bringing back its multicultural festival, which will offer performances, food and fashion from a number of countries.

1 week ago

Wilkins considers tracking devices for township vehicles

Geotabs track things like fuel efficiency in vehicles, rapid acceleration, airbag deployment, seat belt usage and other aspects.

1 week ago

Conservation District starts work on stormwater runoff in Penn Township

Managing storm water runoff is a longstanding challenge for municipalities big and small.

1 week ago

Monroeville to join lawsuit against Verizon

The municipality says the communications company has not paid franchise fees it owes.

1 week ago

 Amy Brooks published her autobiography, "Unseen Arms," in 2014.

Avalon author, born without arms or legs, visits McKeesport High School

Amy Brooks, 33, shared her story of overcoming the odds with tomorrow’s health care workers.

1 week ago

 Kelly Robie, owner of two Just Between Friends franchises, sells slightly used kids clothes during big sale events at large venues.

Clean $weep: Pittsburgh-area resale, consignment shops make closet de-cluttering pay

Shops such as Clothes Mentor and Just Between Friends buy and sell items as part of a “resale revolution.”

1 week ago

East scape: Seton Hill hosting recital in Greensburg

Events and other happenings throughout the east communities.

1 week ago

East at a glance: McKeesport to get another Family Dollar store

News and other happenings throughout the east communities.

1 week ago

Samantha Bennett: Internet, for dummies

The Web has proven its worth as a rapid-fire spreader of phony conspiracy theories and outright stupidity.

1 week ago

No injuries in Brighton Heights shootout involving off-duty officer

The off-duty Penn Hills police officer was shot at after he came across the suspect, who was pointing a gun at another man.

1 week ago

Woman charged with killing husband shortly after he obtained protection order

Although a district judge said the fact that Mrs. Katchur had guns raised a red flag, he had no power under state law to order them removed.

1 week ago

Turtle Creek man pleads guilty in neighbor’s death

Danny Washington was sentenced to 1 1/2 to 3 years in prison, with credit for 10 months already served in jail, as part of a plea agreement.

1 week ago


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