Emergency crews respond to a house explosion on Rebecca Avenue in North Braddock this morning.

Couple escape house explosion in North Braddock

The incident involved a home on Rebecca Street and was reported around 11 a.m., according to Allegheny County emergency officials.

about 2 hours ago

Owner of Penn Hills tombstone business sentenced to jail

Curtis Eakman, 53, of Clearfield County, will also spend 12 years on probation and must pay $98,470.39 in restitution.

about 1 hour ago

Driver pulls out of parking spot, ends up in river

The driver was backing out of a spot in Addison, Somerset County when her 2014 Toyota Yaris slid backwards down an embankment.

about 5 hours ago

 The Plum school board plans to hire two permanent high school teachers to replace science teacher Jason Cooper and English teacher Joseph Ruggieri, who stand accused of having sexual relationships with female students.

Plum schools to hire two teachers to replace those facing sex charges

The new faculty will replace high school teachers Jason Cooper, who resigned, and Joseph Ruggieri, who the school board terminated.

about 16 hours ago

Southbound Lincoln Way to close in White Oak

The closure is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. today until July 19.

1 day ago

Father protests move of DART classroom from East Allegheny

Erik Meredith, the father of a 4-year-old boy with special needs, said he received a letter telling him his son’s DART class would be moved.

about 14 hours ago

Edgewood council recognizes several members of public safety dept.

Several members of the Edgewood Department of Public Safety were cited at tonight's council meeting for delivering a child on June 15.

about 16 hours ago

 Allen Carter, 14, gets help from his English teacher, Wendy Koval, at the Rankin Promise program in Rankin.

System breakdown leaves student trapped in alternative program

Allen Carter spent more than a year in Rankin Promise, an alternative education program in which students spend an average of 230 days.

2 days ago

Police continue to investigate East Liberty homicide

Thomas Johnson Jr., 24, of Penn Hills, died after he was shot in the head in East Liberty on Friday evening.

1 day ago

Families displaced after Wilkinsburg house fire

The fire marshal is investigating a one-alarm at a Wilkinsburg home, according to an Allegheny County emergency dispatch supervisor.

1 day ago

New traffic headaches in store for Mifflin Road motorists

A 50-day closure for reconstruction begins at 7 a.m. Monday, when PennDOT begins the next phase of construction there.

3 days ago

 Anthropologists Carrie LeGarde, left, and Jennie Jin look over remains at a lab at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The K208 lab is responsible for the identification of remains of Korean War soldiers.

Apollo sergeant lost in Korean War finally comes home

Sixty-five years after Sgt. Joseph Snock of Apollo was captured, his remains have been identified.

4 days ago

Young man shot in back on Homestead street

The shooting occurred shortly after 4 p.m. at the corner of Hays Street and West Fifteenth Avenue.

3 days ago

 Fireworks are seen from Grandview Avenue atop Mt. Washington last Fourth of July.

Look to the sky all year for fireworks

Fireworks displays on July 4 dwindle as the industry shifts to offering pyrotechnics throughout the year.

4 days ago

 "Flip-flops" by Deb Andrison

Quilling among the art displayed at Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival

Among the festival displays will be Deb Andrison’s quill art, which is created by coiling strips of paper into works of art.

4 days ago

Donations down but Fourth of July parade participation up in Latrobe

Several festivals with fireworks mark traditional Fourth of July celebrations in Westmoreland County.

4 days ago

Pilot for a Day program makes local kids' dreams come true

Penn Hills youngster Trenton Bentley was fitted in his own uniform, sworn in as an honorary second lieutenant and shown all around the base.

4 days ago

Gateway school budget cuts contracts, adds slight tax hike

Monroeville residents with a house valued at the average $107,900 should see an increase of $46.88 per year on their taxes.

4 days ago

Penn Hills schools pass $97 million budget balanced by $12 million loan, tax hike

The school board voted 6-1 to approve the budget, which includes the maximum real estate tax hike allowed by the state index.

4 days ago

Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s AP summer institute preps teachers for fall courses

These summer institutes are subject-specific and provide teachers with the support and training needed to teach AP courses.

4 days ago

Duquesne University plants a SEED for students to excel in science

Through Project SEED, economically disadvantaged high school students get to take part in actual scientific research.

4 days ago

Penn State helps DIYers go from farm to fork

Two classes –– Midsummer Night’s (Berry) Jam and Ferment This (From Kimchi to Kraut) –– were designed to take advantage of summer’s bounty.

4 days ago

McKeesport school district offers family literacy program to combat 'summer slide'

Students read a book and play a corresponding game at the district’s summer family literacy program. Parents are also encouraged to attend.

4 days ago

McKeesport Area raises school property taxes

The average homeowner is expected to pay an additional $25 in property taxes under the new budget.

4 days ago

Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor to sponsor talk on history of baseball

Just in time for the All-Star game on July 14, the nonprofit is scheduling a talk, "Transformation of Baseball Across the 20th Century."

4 days ago

 Jamie Patten

Resume: A newsmaker you should know / Jamie Patten’s career moves from film to wine

Jamie Patten, of Highland Park, opened Allegheny Wine Mixer in Lawrenceville in 2012.

4 days ago

East scape: Fundraisers, sales, children's activities and more

Events and other happenings throughout the east communities.

4 days ago

Notables: Penn Hills

Charis Allen, 17, of Penn Hills is the winner of the first Teen Writer Luminari Award.

4 days ago

Trial set for one Plum teacher charged with sexually assaulting student

Jason Cooper, 38, of Verona is scheduled to appear before Judge David R. Cashman on Aug. 12 for motions court and a trial.

4 days ago

Man ordered to stand trial in fatal Braddock Hills stabbing

Darrell Carter, 51, of Braddock, is accused of killing Robert Sellmon II, 63, on April 26.

5 days ago

Former Jeannette wrestling coach held for court on sex charges

Two 16-year-old girls testify Joshua Westfall kissed one and inappropriately touched the other.

5 days ago

 New Kensington cobbler Gene Montemurro, 82, sets a rubber heel cap on a pair of women’s shoes.

Recent robbery has New Kensington cobbler thinking about retiring after 66 years

“The pressure from my family to retire is unbelievable,” says 82-year-old Gene Montemurro.

6 days ago

 Plum Senior High School teacher Joseph Ruggieri is accused of having a sexual relationship with a female student.

Judge revokes bond for Plum teacher accused of having sex with student

Judge Jeffrey Manning ordered that Joseph Ruggieri, 40, remain jailed and undergo a behavior clinic evaluation.

6 days ago

Wilkinsburg woman arrested in June bank robbery

Alexis Mahone-Green, 61, was taken into custody by deputies at a relative's home in East Liberty this morning.

5 days ago

State grant sought for Murrysville playground

Murrysville is applying for $127,000 for the installation of playground equipment at the Miracle League Field in the Rotary Sports Complex.

5 days ago

 The Wilkinsburg school board hired former Gateway superintendent Joseph Petrella as the district’s deputy superintendent.

Wilkinsburg school board hires former Gateway superintendent

The board hired Joseph Petrella as the district’s deputy superintendent and heir apparent to the permanent top job.

6 days ago

 Doug Cole, Monroeville police chief, announce plans to install a new set of security cameras that will monitor a larger section of the Monroeville Mall.

Monroeville Mall installing new security cameras

The move is the latest in a series of changes that followed a string of violence there earlier this year.

1 week ago

Vandergrift man accused of statutory sex assault

Jonathan Ryan Davis, 21, of Vandergrift, faces a preliminary hearing July 7 after admitting to police that he had sex with a 14-year-old

6 days ago

Elderly Harmar man killed in Westmoreland County crash

The crash occurred at 3:30 p.m. along Route 380 at Utopia Road in Washington Township.

6 days ago

 The driver of this white pickup truck, above, was critically injured when a tractor-trailer truck smashed into it on Route 22 this morning in Salem, Westmoreland County, fire officials said.

Driver critically injured in tractor-trailer crash on Route 22

The crash occurred around 6:15 a.m. in the eastbound lanes at Cloverleaf Drive in Salem, Westmoreland County.

1 week ago

Coroner: Officers legally justified to shoot Latrobe robbery suspect

Scott Murphy, 46, was killed by troopers in 2013; police had linked him to a car found leaving the scene of an armed robbery.

6 days ago

 Silver-gilt dinner service made by Gorham in 1889 and used by Washington Augustus Roebling, a civil engineer.

Scaife estate items selling briskly at Christie's in New York

Several objects collected by the late newspaper publisher sold for far more than their estimated worth.

6 days ago

 Richard Mellon Scaife

Use of Scaife trust for newspapers, charity was not a waste, attorneys assert

Attorneys for Scaife trustee Yale Gutnick today answered objections filed by Richard Mellon Scaife’s daughter and son early this month.

1 week ago

Penn Hills school board passes budget balanced with $12 million loan

The board approved in a 6-1 vote a final budget with $87.8 million in costs and $97 million in revenue.

1 week ago

 A Plum Senior High School teacher is back in jail after being charged with contacting an alleged victim in an ongoing sex case.

Plum teacher faces second intimidation charge

Joseph Ruggieri is one of two Plum Senior High School teachers accused of having sex with female students.

1 week ago

 A firefighter moves a hose into position outside a house into which a small plane that took off from Lancaster, Pa., had crashed in Plainville, Mass., Sunday.

Lancaster, Pa. plane crashes into Mass. home, killing 3

The plane wound up behind the two-story colonial, where a section of the tail and a charred wing rested on a hillside in the yard.

1 week ago

Traffic restrictions start today on Business Route 22 in Monroeville

Inspection of the bridge over Thompson Run Road is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Thursday.

1 week ago

Two Johnstown men arrested on drug charges

William Eugene Huddleston, 31, and Clarence Mario Cosby, 33, were arrested on June 24 on multiple drug charges.

1 week ago

Westmoreland County man convicted in straw gun purchase case

Deandre Jones, 29, of Irwin pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Clarksburg, as did Robert Pannell, 34, of Bridgeport, W.Va.

1 week ago

Penn Hills school board appoints superintendent

The board approved the promotion of acting superintendent Nancy Hines to superintendent for a three-year term ending in June of 2018.

1 week ago