Plum superintendent Timothy Glasspool

Plum School District creates safety committee

The school board took a step to try to prevent inappropriate relationships between staff and students.

about 21 hours ago

 Chief Joe Hartman, USN, center, faces the color guard Monday as it snaps to attention at the Courthouse Plaza in Greensburg for the singing of the national anthem before the rededication of the Westmoreland County Civil War memorial statue.

A new home for an old statue rededicated in Memorial Day ceremony

The memorial, now in the heart of Greensburg, was rededicated to all veterans who served in all of America’s wars.

1 day ago

Penn Hills school board approves preliminary 2015-2016 budget and tax hike

Penn Hills school directors unanimously approved a $77.1 million preliminary budget for the 2015-2016 school year.

about 19 hours ago

 Police said an 11-year-old boy was critically wounded when he was shot with a BB gun in this playground of a former McKeesport school. Police charged a 312-year-old McKeesport man with the shooting. He told police the shooting was retaliation for the boy attacking his son.

Man charged with critically wounding boy with BB gun in McKeesport playground

A McKeesport man charged with the shooting tells police the incident on Sumac Street was in retaliation for the boy attacking his son.

2 days ago

Police search for couple after attempted theft of $3,200 in Walmart goods

The man became "violent and agitated" and shoved an employee, before the couple fled in a 2013 white Ford Taurus, police said.

2 days ago

 NBC's "American Ninja Warrior" films its show in Swissvale at the Carrie Furnace on Friday.

Carrie Furnace is steely backdrop for 'American Ninja Warrior' filming

In Pittsburgh, the bright lights of filming the action reality show “American Ninja Warrior” compete with the echoes of history.

3 days ago

Man jailed after trying to flee from police in Cambria County

State police say Michael Matta Jr., 45, of Highspire, led state police on a chase throughout Nanty Glo and Blacklick.

3 days ago

Woman arrested for setting fire to vacant McKeesport house

A woman was arrested by Allegheny County police after she admitted to setting the blaze that also damaged an adjacent, occupied home.

2 days ago

Plum teachers investigation kept private

Judge denies WPXI's request for Plum documents.

4 days ago

 Lolita during a 1995 performance at the Miami Seaquarium.

Kennywood protesters to demand release of Fla. orca

The “killer whale” is owned by Palace Entertainment, which also owns Kennywood, Sandcastle and Idlewild.

4 days ago

"Breaking Amish" reality star arrested in Indiana County

Jeremiah H. Raber was cited for shouting obscenities at state police.

4 days ago

 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.

5 days 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.

5 days ago

Wilkinsburg to fill police vacancies

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

5 days 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.

5 days 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.

5 days 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.

5 days 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.

5 days 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.

5 days 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.

5 days 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.

5 days 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.

5 days 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.

5 days ago

East scape: Take a music class in Greensburg

Events and other happenings throughout the east communities.

5 days 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.

5 days 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.

Building owner 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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 week 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.

6 days 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.

1 week 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 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

6 days 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago

District: Norwin teacher suspended for inappropriate texts to student

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

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago

Man fatally stabbed in Braddock

Stabbing is believed to have stemmed from a domestic dispute.

1 week 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


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