Jurors convicted Robert L. Burgess, 37, of two counts of first-degree murder and related crimes in the shooting deaths of Richard and Demetria Harper, both 32.

Orphaned daughters describe horror of parents’ Beaver Falls killings

Testimony came during a sentencing hearing Wednesday, a day after jurors convicted Robert L. Burgess of two counts of first-degree murder.

1 day ago

Parents provide conflicting accounts on childhood of Beaver Falls killer

Robert Burgess was convicted Tuesday of two counts of first-degree murder and related crimes in the 2008 deaths of  Beaver Falls couple.

about 12 hours ago

 Customers walk past mannequins wearing "white survival suits," one of this year's most popular Halloween costumes in the wake of the Ebola crisis, on Oct. 18 at Spotlight Costumes on the South Side.

Disney characters, decontamination suits popular Halloween costumes

Influences on Halloween dress-up this year include the films “Frozen” and “Maleficient” and the Ebola outbreak.

1 day ago

 Detail image of the 16 x 33 foot mural in  Rochester, Pa.

Artist works with public to create Rochester mural

More than 100 residents, including schoolchildren, helped Bernie Wilkie create a community mural in Rochester Borough.

about 19 hours ago

 The $6 million Post Exchange for military families and veterans that opened along with the new Pittsburgh Area Commissary in Moon has a two-chair barber shop for military haircuts. Barber Jeff Michel, a Vietnam-era Army veteran, cuts the hair of Tom Carter, from Beaver Falls, an Air Force veteran who fought in Vietnam.

Commissary opens in Moon

New $15 million commissary replaces the C.E. Kelly facility in Collier

about 19 hours ago

 Nathan Clifford, 12, a sixth-grader at Sto-Rox Middle School, and Joe Terrell, a Comcast employee, work on preparing a dish during a food preparation competition similar to the Food Network's "Chopped" show during a Beyond the School Walls mentoring program with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh.

Comcast helps to mentor Sto-Rox Middle School students

The students are part of a program called Beyond School Walls, sponsored by Comcast in conjunction with Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

about 19 hours ago

 During a reception, Collier Township manager Salvatore Sirabella, from left, Judge Gerard Bigley of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, and Collier police Chief Craig Campbell.

New Collier police chief aims to add manpower

Craig Campbell has 26 years of police service under his belt.

1 day ago

New South Fayette police chief details his vision

A proponent of transparency, Mr. Phoennik said visibility is important in the community.

about 19 hours ago

Exchange your Halloween costume at North Fayette library

The Western Allegheny Community Library in North Fayette has costumes to buy or exchange.

about 19 hours ago

When to go trick-or-treating in the West suburbs

Here are the trick-or-treat hours for West communities:

about 19 hours ago

Carlynton board expected to OK field changes

Carlynton Senior High School’s shot put field is expected to be moved because it is too close to site of discus throw.

about 18 hours ago

 Doris Dumrauf

Robinson woman turns yard into wildlife habitat

The Wildlife Federation requires that people interested in having a backyard habitat provide food, water and shelter for birds and insects.

about 19 hours ago

Samantha Bennett: GOP marrying politics to reality TV

A Web ad uses wedding gowns as candidates in the upcoming elections.

1 day ago

West scape: Stamp show scheduled in South Fayette


about 19 hours ago

West at a glance: Silent picture show in Carnegie; donate to Toys for Tots in Heidelberg

News, events and other happenings throughout the West communities.

about 19 hours ago

 Lucien V. and Kali V., who own the Hocus Pocus Occult Emporium in Oakland.

Modern observers of ancient rites find Halloween a time of introspection

Perhaps no practice in history has been as misunderstood and maligned as witchcraft.

1 day ago

Third water main break affects customers in South Fayette area

Customers can bring containers to a water buffalo at Boyce Plaza in Upper St. Clair, or to the 7-Eleven store on Boyce in South Fayette.

1 day ago

Police officer injured directing traffic in South Fayette

The officer, who was not identified, was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital with a “non-critical” injury, police said.

2 days ago

Beaver County slaying suspect’s fate in the hands of the jury

Robert L. Burgess, 37, is charged with homicide for his role in the shooting deaths of Richard and Demetria Harper, both 32.

3 days ago

Second water main break affects South Fayette-area customers

The new main break is along Boyce Road, near another break that impacted service for numerous customers Monday.

2 days ago

Bridge work causes huge rush hour backup on I-79

PennDOT spokesman Steve Cowan said sealing work on a bridge deck occurred overnight, but the sealant did not cure as quickly as anticipated.

2 days ago

Beaver County man convicted of selling stolen goods seeks new trial

Terry Sempf, 57, of New Brighton, was found guilty earlier this month of paying drug addicts to shoplift items from Walmart and

2 days ago

Parkway West reopens after bridge strike

PennDOT has stopped detouring traffic onto Route 22/30 ramps, but outbound delays are still heavy.

3 days ago

Water line repairs to affect service in South Fayette, Collier area

Pennsylvania American Water Co. said Boyce will be closed between Mayview Road and Washington Pike for the rest of the day.

3 days ago

22-year-old man shot to death in Stowe

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office said Tyray Evans was shot inside a home on Pleasant Ridge Drive.

4 days ago

 Joe McGurk checks to make sure that Leah has swallowed her vitamin pill before giving her other medications. Leah has Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. To get her brain to stop seizures, Leah takes six medications a day.

Beaver Falls family hopes for legalization of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania

The McGurk family advocates for medical marijuana law in Pennsylvania to help their two girls with severe epilepsy.

5 days ago

Beltway plans change in South Fayette

Some residents are worried about how the change will affect emergency response times, noise levels and development.

1 week ago

 To the right of The Palace Theatre’s Loge section is this mural that “represents Ancassin and Margaret seated on their throne, which was presented to them by the magic wand of the good fairy queen.”

Mixed media: Movie theaters have changed, but murals remain a staple

Murals, an important decorative element of movie theaters in the early part of the last century, are still included in new venues.

1 week ago

 A 100-year-old pin oak tree in Carnegie Park is a topic of discussion in the borough.

Supporters rally 'round old oak tree in Carnegie

Carnegie is trying to decide whether to lose a tennis court to save a 100-year-old tree.

1 week ago

Zoning change OK'd for Kirwan Heights

The amendment approved by Collier will permit inns, hotels and convenience stores.

1 week ago

 Jim Christiana

Christiana seeking re-election to represent Beaver and Washington counties.

Incumbent Republican Jim Christiana is facing Democrat Paul Cain in his bid for a third term representing Beaver and Washington counties.

1 week ago

 Representative Nick Kotik, 45th District

Education a big topic for 45th District candidates

Democrat Nick Kotik, who has been in office since 2003, faces Republican Ben Gross, a corporate attorney from Rosslyn Farms.

1 week ago

 Twin Rivers teacher Ed Camic guides students Aliyah Burger and Devin Long in the SMALLab.

SMALLab teaching tool provides for interactive learning

Five local school districts use SMALLab — McKeesport Area, Elizabeth Forward, West Allegheny, Seneca Valley and Pittsburgh Public Schools.

1 week ago

Moon Area may place solar panels on its schools

The school district hopes to generate at least half of the electricity it requires.

1 week ago

Sto-Rox board member resigns

Elizabeth Smith of McKees Rocks was instrumental in changing the way members were elected to the board.

1 week ago

Fleeing Ambridge bank robber who stopped for cigarette gets 10 years in prison

Paul Carman, who had robbed another bank in 2008 and went to prison, said he has had a lifelong battle with heroin and alcohol.

1 week ago

One person saved from burning home in Scott

Firefighters responded at 5:23 p.m. to the one-alarm blaze in the 400 block of Noblestown Road.

1 week ago

Blackhawk superintendent says district likely to face teacher furloughs

She said the furloughs are likely if a state hearing examiner’s decision ruling that it must implement its teacher contract stands.

1 week ago

 Markers line the Parkway West near the Carnegie exit, limiting outbound traffic to two lanes in late August.

Carnegie off-ramps to close as Parkway West traffic pattern changes

The inbound off-ramp is scheduled to close at 10 p.m. Friday, and the outbound off-ramp at 10 p.m. Saturday.

1 week ago

Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School case to be heard again next month

Nick Trombetta's lawyers want the judge to throw out the government's charges or limit its evidence gleaned from the recordings.

1 week ago

 The honor guard marches in  front of the new Commissary  during the grand opening ceremony in Moon Township.

New commissary, department store open in Moon for military personnel, vets

The commissary sells groceries at discounted prices to military personnel, veterans and their families.

1 week ago

McKees Rocks Bridge inspections to prompt lane closures

Lane closures are possible in both directions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through next Monday.

1 week ago

Cliff Mine Road in Findlay to close for weekend bridge work

The closure will be in effect from 8 tonight until 6 a.m. Monday.

1 week ago

South Fayette residents air concerns over Southern Beltway plans

New plans would entail closing Millers Run Road and installing cul-de-sacs positioned to the east and west of the Route 50 interchange.

2 weeks ago

 Liz Sullivan, left, gives Maggi a treat during obedience drills at the WPA Humane Society Canine Good Citizen class, the forerunning class to the therapy dog certification.

Therapy dogs undergo rigorous classes, testing to do their job

These visitors spread cheer just by being there.

2 weeks ago

Collier requires degrees for police

Commissioners voted 4-1 to make 4-year degrees part of the qualifications, along with a drivers’ license.

2 weeks ago

Green Tree looking at law to ban deer feeding

The council president asked members to look at Mt. Lebanon’s ordinance, passed in June 20112.

2 weeks ago


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