Lisa J. Knecht

Westmoreland day care owner gets prison term for role in child endangerment

The snake lurking there, a judge said, was the woman’s husband — a convicted child molester — who interacted with the children.

about 16 hours ago

 The 14th Quartermaster Memorial for the fallen troops who died and served in the Scud Missle Attack in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

Neglected Desert Storm memorial in Greensburg stirs outrage, cleanup

What angered veterans the most was that the neglected memorial was under the noses of those who should have cared the most.

about 16 hours ago

 Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald responds  to charges by Controller Chelsa Wagner.

Fitzgerald, Wagner try to bury the hatchet over lunch

Both described the meeting as an effort to forge a more productive approach to the issues of county government.

about 16 hours ago

Moon residents lobbying for Port Authority bus ‘‍tweak’

Groups in Moon want to have it both ways: Port Authority bus service that picks up passengers rather than running empty on return trips.

about 16 hours ago

Judge hears closing arguments in fatal drunken-driving case

Judge Thomas Flaherty will announce his verdict in the homicide by vehicle trial on Monday.

about 16 hours ago

 Homestead Cemetery.

Homestead Cemetery in Munhall on the verge of bankruptcy

The Mifflin Township Historical Society and Munhall are seeking help for Homestead Cemetery, which could file for bankruptcy by June 30.

about 16 hours ago

 Thomas Hildebrandt, director of reproduction management at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife in Berlin, speaks Thursday at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

Pittsburgh Zoo honors expert in elephant conservation

Thomas Hildebrandt is the first recipient of the Pittsburgh Zoo’s Conservation Legacy Award.

about 16 hours ago

 The bronze plaque, to be located in the lobby of the City-County Building on Grant Street, would list the name, rank, branch of service and date of death of local soldiers who died in action.

Ferlo leads endeavor to honor area soldiers killed in recent wars

Former state Sen. Jim Ferlo is collecting money for a plaque for veterans who died in and near the Mideast since 1993.

about 16 hours ago

UPMC must get new attorneys in wrongful death suit, judge rules

An attorney representing UPMC improperly advised a witness for the person who filed the lawsuit, Judge R. Stanton Wettick decides.

about 16 hours ago

 Burgh Man, a.k.a. Mark Bedillion, teaches Aleisha Starkey, left, and Ashley Cooper the finer points of spinning plates on a stick on the Clemente Bridge during the 2014 OpenStreets event.

Pittsburgh streets to open Sunday for free outdoor activities

BikePGH expects 10,000 in Pittsburgh’s streets Sunday from Downtown to Lawrenceville for OpenStreetsPgh, which runs from 8 a.m. to noon.

about 16 hours ago

Man killed in construction accident

A man was pinned by a Man Lift against an overpass roof on Kelly Avenue in Wilkinsburg.

32 minutes ago

 Nate Harper  walks out of  the Federal Courthouse in Pittsburgh after sentencing in 2014.

Former Pittsburgh police chief Nate Harper released from prison

Former Pittsburgh police chief Nate Harper was released from federal prison Friday.

about 2 hours ago

Chinese national charged in test-taking scam released on bond in Boston

A magistrate released Siyuan Zhao on a $25,000 bond on GPS monitoring and ordered that he be sent to Pittsburgh to face trial.

about 6 hours ago

Woman injured in Hazelwood apartment fire

A woman was injured Saturday in a Hazlewood Towers apartment fire.

about 7 hours ago

Mercer County school district among 28 to win technology grant

The grant was announced today to help further support STEAM — science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics — projects.

1 day ago

 John Ruch, president of Historic Harmony, in the Mennonite cemetery and meetinghouse in Jackson. Both are protected under preservation easements through the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation.

Preservation easements protecting some historic properties in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation has experts inspect the exteriors and grounds of each site annually.

1 day ago

Summer storms move across southwestern Pennsylvania, no significant damage reported

A supervisor for Westmoreland County 911 center said they had received some calls for trees down in Murrysville and Penn Township.

about 18 hours ago

Westmoreland County woman sentenced in child endangerment case

Lisa J. Knecht could serve up to 27 years in state prison.

1 day ago

One killed, 5 injured in Indiana County crash involving school van

The driver of the school van, a 37-year-old female from Clymer, died in the collision, which occurred on Rt. 403 at Kenwood Road at 3:43 p.

about 5 hours ago

 Bishop David Zubik.

Dioceses go to high court on contraception rule

The Catholic dioceses are challenging a provision requiring that contraceptives are made available to workers at their charitable agencies.

about 17 hours ago

Plan made to replace North Side high-rise

In addition to planning a new high-rise for Northview Heights, the Pittsburgh Housing Authority made changes in Larimer’s redevelopment.

1 day ago

Man injured in North Huntingdon house fire

The house was destroyed in the fire, which broke out just before midnight on Veronica Lane.

1 day ago

Oakland bank robbery suspect should have changed his socks

Pittsburgh police arrest a suspect wearing that bright footwear within minutes of a bank robbery today in Oakland.

1 day ago

Parkway West weekend closure cut short by weather forecast

The highway will close from 10 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday from Interstate 79 to Parkway Center.

1 day ago

Residents to appeal move toward gas drilling near Mars Area schools

Middlesex on Wednesday approved new zoning rules that open up more than 90 percent of the township for gas drilling and development.

1 day ago

 The 19-day-old peregrine falcon chick is observed during  its first exam at the Cathedral Of Learning.

Peregrine falcon chick passes physical, but not with flying colors

The National Aviary in Pittsburgh has a live camera focused on the nest, and observers have seen a series of developmental issues.

about 17 hours ago

New Castle man gets prison for rape of girl seen on flea market tablet

Donald A. Miller, 44, of New Castle was sentenced Thursday. He pleaded guilty to child rape in November.

1 day ago

 Khalil Singletary

Man arrested in Allentown shooting near school

Police said Desean Brown was shot in the stomach and is in critical condition at UPMC Mercy.

1 day ago

Man killed in Armstrong County house fire

The fire was reported at 8:43 a.m. at 642 Bunker Hill Road.

about 23 hours ago

Townhome renovation plan awaits Clairton’s OK

A plan to renovate and sell a cluster of deteriorating townhomes in Clairton needs city council’s OK to move forward in bankruptcy court.

1 day ago

Rash of suspicious fires reported at Pitt

Campus police are searching for a suspect, who they described as a white male, about 5 feet 11 inches tall of medium build with shaggy hair.

1 day ago

Gateway School District may furlough at least five teachers

Declining enrollment and budget constraints are the reasons for the reduction

1 day ago

Hulton Bridge to close for two weeks in June

The closure is one of two planned for the bridge as a $64.8 million PennDOT project to replace the bridge with a four-lane span continues.

1 day ago

Low-income students in McKeesport to receive Bridge Foundation scholarships

The Bridge Foundation, U.S. Steel and elected officials donated $60,000 for low-income families to send their children to private schools.

1 day ago

Peters roadwork to address flooding

The township is planning a major renovation of Moccasin Drive and Old Washington Road over the summer.

1 day ago

Some supervisors question Pa. House bill that would cut six-year terms to two years

A state House bill would provide for second-class township supervisors to be elected to two-year terms.

1 day ago

Westmoreland County drug court could start late this summer

The court-ordered therapy program is seen as an alternative to incarceration.

1 day ago

 Cara Zanella, of North Huntingdon, practices May 7 at Center Ice Arena with her ice dance partner, Lance Holton of Seven Springs.

Skating brings North Huntingdon woman freedom from pain of arthritis

“It puts me into such a peaceful state of mind,” said Cara Zanella, who skates in part for the physical therapy it offers.

1 day ago

Murrysville to use task force report as guide for gas well development

The mission of the task force was to evaluate the impacts of the state Supreme Court 2012 decision that overturned portions of Act 13.

1 day ago

 World War II veteran Clarence "Code" Gomberg of Stanton Heights and Josh Berger, 12, a sixth grader from Community Day School in Squirrel Hill, replace the weathered American flags with new flags at Adath Jeshurun Cemetery in Hampton on May 20.

Students place fresh flags on veterans' graves

Each year, middle school students from Community Day School in Squirrel Hill visit the Adath Jeshurun Cemetery in Hampton.

1 day ago

 Dee Ruckert, with Pastel Presentations by Dee, creates one of her chalk painting presentations at the Grand Valley Inn, in Fallston.

'Chalk Talk' combines art and music

Dee Ruckert of New Sewickley, Beaver County, creates chalk artwork for audiences as music plays in the background.

1 day ago

Board, administration comes under fire for sale of Penn Hebron school

Penn Hills plans to use the school building site for a new municipal building.

1 day ago

 South Allegheny High School senior Seth Hitchens is shown parts of the laser cutter by J.D. Whitewolf of Red Ant Lasers.  The company is helping students build a laser cutter in teacher Doug Marino's technology education class.

South Allegheny students learn about laser cutters

A portable laser cutter should prove useful for a wide range of subjects at the high school.

1 day ago

Pennsylvania Polka and Ethnic Food Festival coming to Monroeville

The event will be held at the Monroeville Convention Center May 30 and 31.

1 day ago

 Chris Patton, a senior at Sto-Rox High School, applies sealer to one of the Adirondack chairs.

Sto-Rox Students' Adirondack chairs to raise funds for teacher's son

Sto-Rox High School construction technology students built the chairs, which will be auctioned to benefit a boy who has Batten disease.

1 day ago

Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival to draw huge crowd

Butler’s jeep festival seeks to unseat Daytona’s recent claim to the Guinness world record.

1 day ago

 Madison Schratz and Lucas Carroll.

Canonsburg students among those selected for Nordenberg scholarship at Pitt

Two Canon-McMillan students have been named to the Nordenberg Leadership Scholars Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

1 day ago

Golf classic aims to raise money for South Fayette Foundation

The foundation has brought in $23,000 since 2010. The classic will be held July 13 at Southpointe Golf Club in Cecil.

1 day ago

Big Blue Quest raises awareness of colon and rectal cancers

The walk/run will be held Saturday at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville.

1 day ago

Outing offers chance to cycle, walk and pray on Panhandle Trail

The “Love Bike Pray” trip begins in McDonald on Sunday and raises money for South Hills Interfaith Ministries.

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