Thomas Seefeld

Police chief reflects in wake of rare violence in quiet Murrysville

In a town that has only seen one homicide in more than a decade, Chief Thomas Seefeld says the knife attacks will be remembered for years.

1 day ago

Woman who wanted to be alone found in Linn Run State Park

Daylong search called off after would-be rescuers learned she was safe.

about 21 hours ago

Man vs. train: Winner is never in doubt

Four people have been hit and killed by freight trains in the Pittsburgh area in the past month.

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 Gregory Keener from the 2013 Murrysville High School yearbook.

Of four Franklin Regional students still hospitalized, one in ICU

Greg Keener, 15, a sophomore, remains in the ICU at Forbes Hospital, and he is in critical condition.

1 day ago

Former postmaster sentenced for theft of postal funds

Lawrence F. Stoken III, 47, of Export, will serve six months of house arrest for misappropriating more than $13,000.

2 days ago

 A bus drives at Franklin Regional High School after the first day of school following last week's stabbing attack.

'Perfect storm' leads to acts of mass violence

To become enraged enough to try to stab multiple people requires a predisposition to harm others coupled with other factors, experts say.

3 days ago

 Supporters hold signs in front of Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church in Murrysville as students arrive for classes Wednesday at Franklin Regional High School.

Emotional first day back at Franklin Regional

Attendance was at more than 90 percent as high school students returned to the classes on Wednesday.

3 days ago

Recovering birds of prey get new barn in Youngwood

Wildlife Works Inc. rehabilitates birds of prey and other animals. The barn, or flyway, allows the birds to strengthen their wings.

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She creates pysanky in memory of her mom

Ginette Simpson's work benefits her parish, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church in New Alexandria.

3 days ago

Penn-Trafford school board open to tax incentive

The board also discussed funding levels for local libraries.

3 days ago

North Huntingdon commissioners fire police officer

The North Huntingdon commissioners on Wednesday night voted to fire long-time township police Officer William Sombo.

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EastScape: the East Xtra Bulletin Board

Happenings in the East suburban area:

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Several people stabbed in Westmoreland County apartment

New Kensington city police responded at 10:29 p.m. to the 500 block of Fifth Avenue, a county emergency dispatch supervisor said.

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 Supports hold signs early this morning in front of the Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church as students return to Franklin Regional High School.

Classes resume at Franklin Regional High School

Students returned to school the morning after residents, parents and alumni braved the chilly weather for a community candlelight event.

4 days ago

Murrysville council delays vote on gas drilling ordinance

Council tabled a decision that would allow the creation of bid specifications for subsurface gas drilling under a park.

3 days ago

 "Balanced Garden" by Duncan MacDiarmid with flowers painted by Victor Capone.

Exhibition at the Westmoreland focuses on Earth's natural wonders

"Earth Nest" by artist Duncan MacDiarmid at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art complements April's Earth Day themes.

4 days ago

 Traffic is directed Tuesday morning as students and parents arrive at Franklin Regional High School.

Franklin Regional students back today

Hundreds of students visited the school Tuesday during an optional opportunity to readjust to their surroundings.

4 days ago

 Traffic is directed early this morning as students and parents arrive at Franklin Regional High School.

There is no perfect solution to preventing school violence

Increased physical security measures can only go so far if mental health supports are not in place in schools to help students and teachers.

5 days ago

Latrobe man struck by train dies

The Westmoreland County coroner's office identified him as Tyler L. Quakenbush, 21, of Latrobe.

4 days ago

 Lisa Stewart, a teacher at Franklin Regional’s Sloan Elementary School, adds her message of encouragement Saturday to others on a banner placed in a strip mall along Route 22 in Murrysville. The banner will be displayed near the high school when classes resume this week.

Severely wounded Franklin Regional student improves

Classes are set to resume this week in the Westmoreland County high school, and physical and emotional healing are moving forward.

6 days ago

 Harold Hribal, father of the stabbing suspect, center, and FBI agents enter Mr. Hribal's house in Murrysville.

Telephone threats to Franklin Regional students investigated

When the calls were placed was not clear, but the caller is thought to be 16-year-old stabbing suspect Alex Hribal.

5 days ago

 Jenna Joyce, 8, a third-grader at Sloan Elementary School, signs a 28-foot-by-4-foot banner supporting the students of Franklin Regional High School in a parking lot off of Route 22 in Murrysville on Saturday. The banner will be hung near the school when classes resume.

Murrysville: Once near-perfect, now shaken, resilient

When Sam King and Alex Hribal met in the school's hallway, lives -- and a way of life -- hung in the balance.

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The faces of that fateful day at Franklin Regional

The PG reached out to as many of the injured students and their families as the paper could identify in an effort to tell the story.

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 Nate Scimio

Nate Scimio | Senior

Nate Scimio is perhaps the most public face of all the victims -- with 13,000 followers on Instagram as of Thursday night

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Nick Snyder l Junior

Nick Snyder said he plans to lean heavily on family, friends, coaches and teammates as he comes to grips with his brush with death.

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Greg Keener | Sophomore

Saturday morning was Greg Keener's third surgery since being stabbed in the liver Wednesday while in a hallway at Franklin Regional High

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Brandon Brown | Senior

Brandon Brown is a musician and an honor student who loves to write, even penning a few hypothetical episodes of his favorite show,

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Matthew Seligman | Sophomore

Matthew Seligman's family moved from Rhode Island to Murrysville when he was in sixth grade -- a tough time for a change of scenery.

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Julianna Carolla | Senior

Julianna Carolla, a victim of the stabbing attack at Franklin Regional High School, plans to become a nurse.

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Connor Warwick | Sophomore

Connor Warwick is a 16-year-old honor student who also plays basketball, tennis and dek hockey.

1 week ago

Kate Lonergan | Junior

A day after Kate Lonergan was injured friends took her hiking and made her laugh so hard, she feared she'd tear her stitches.

1 week ago

 Kolden Cook

Kolden Cook | Sophomore

Kolden Cook plays hockey, so he's used to getting roughed up. He usually has the pads to handle it.

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Derek Jones | Junior

Derek, 17, has been in the school district since kindergarten. He plays guitar, sings in a chorus and is on a bowling team.

1 week ago

Jeff Lasalle | Sophomore

Jeff Lasalle, 16, was cut "all the way through his arm," according to a relative.

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Brett Hurt | Sophomore

A weight-lifter in his spare time, he said he hoped to recover in time for the prom in May.

1 week ago

 Suspect Alex Hribal is escorted by sheriff deputies after his arraignment in the stabbing of students at Franklin Regional High School.

Suing parents for child's violent acts is difficult

Experts say there is a fairly high threshold for victims to successfully sue the parents of an underage assailant.

1 week ago

Franklin Regional announces schedule for reopening

Teachers at Franklin Regional High School will return to work Monday and students will follow on Tuesday and Wednesday

1 week ago

Juvenile facility called better for suspects

The Franklin Regional suspect's stay in juvenile detention was made possible by a 2010 law change.

1 week ago

 Penn-Trafford students signed a banner to give to Franklin Regional after 22 were injured in a stabbing attack at Franklin Regional High School.

Area joins to support Franklin Regional victims

Some in neighboring communities have set their rivalries aside to support Franklin Regional Senior High School.

1 week ago

 Juniors Katia Barwinske, 16, and Andrew Lehn, 16, lay flowers on the steps of Franklin Regional High School on Friday, two days after more than 20 people were injured there in a mass stabbing.

Four Franklin Regional students remain critical after stabbing

A 17-year-old boy who suffered a stab wound through the liver is scheduled to undergo a fourth surgery this weekend.

1 week ago

 Flowers sit in front of the entrance to Franklin Regional High School, the site of Wednesday's knife attack.

Measures to prevent violence in schools fall short, experts say

Teaching alternatives to violence and improving their access to mental health services are among the best ideas to prevent violence.

1 week ago

 A Murrysville police officer waits outside the home of alleged Franklin Regional High School stabber Alex Hribal.

Motive behind attacks remains a mystery

Bullying has been ruled out as a cause after an attorney meets with the stabbing suspect and his parents.

1 week ago

 Sophomore Brett Hurt, left, who was stabbed in the attack at Franklin Regional High School, has his picture taken in front of the school by his friend, senior Jack Bradley. Brett went to the school after he was released from the hospital.

Stabbing victim, 16, says friend 'saved my life'

Brett Hurt, one of 21 students stabbed in the attack at Franklin Regional High School, protected a girl who then helped him.

1 week ago

 Suspect Alex Hribal is escorted from the magistrate’s office after his arraignment Wednesday.

The 'shy kid in the corner' charged in Franklin Regional knife attack

Armed with two 8-inch knives, 16-year-old Alex Hribal is accused of stabbing and slashing his way through a crowded hallway.

1 week ago

 Franklin Regional High School junior Gracey Evans hugs boyfriend Jacob Fritch at her home Wednesday afternoon. She applied pressure to a fellow student’s stab wound until he could be treated.

Many heroes emerged during rampage

When tragedy strikes, and notably when the victims are young people, heroes are an important part of the healing process, experts say.

1 week ago

 Amber Egyud, left, chief nursing officer, and Mark Rubino, center, chief medical officer at Forbes Regional Hospital, and Reese Jackson, hospital CEO, listen to a question Wednesday during a news briefing about the victims brought to the hospital.

At hospitals, well-rehearsed drills created a ready response for victims

Several regional hospitals said their practice and preparation for mass-casualty incidents served them well.

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Mass knife attacks are 'very uncommon'

Experts say there have been only seven mass stabbings in a public place in the U.S. since 1901.

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About Franklin Regional School District

Franklin Regional High School has a reputation as a high achieving and relatively safe school.

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About the victims at Franklin Regional

The 24 people, nearly all of them students, were taken to six local hospitals after Wednesday's stabbings at Franklin Regional High School.

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What they're saying ...

"I am stunned by the senseless tragedy at Franklin Regional High School. Our schools should be places where children can learn and grow

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