Diocese pays $4.4M in abuse compensation to 57 victims
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania diocese has announced a nearly $4.4 million payout to 57 victims of sexual abuse by its clergy and seminarians.
Mall reopens after police search for escaped prisoner
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A mall in western Pennsylvania has reopened, after police locked it down as they searched for an escaped jail inmate from Ohio.
Drive-in tradition hangs on in western Pennsylvania
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Every Friday during the summer, Cassandra Dzik packs up her car and heads to Evergreen Drive-In, the last remaining outdoor theater in Westmoreland County, with her sister,...
MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Honda is slowing production of Accord and Civic cars as U.S. buyers continue to favor SUVs and trucks.
The Japanese automaker said Thursday that it will temporarily...
Authorities release name of woman fatally shot by police
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Relatives say a Pennsylvania woman who was shot and killed by police after she pointed a gun at officers had suffered from mental health issues.
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say police shot and killed a woman who pointed a gun at officers and refused their commands to put it down.
Prison has become home to more female inmates
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — It's dimly lit on the K and L units inside the Westmoreland County Prison. The white concrete block walls, painted in blue trim, house its female inmates.
Craft beer market grows with the flow
IRWIN, Pa. (AP) — John Titus and Tim Molinari are taking the plunge into the competitive world of craft beer brewing, after toiling for months to open their New Crescent Brewing Co. taproom in a converted storefront in downtown Irwin.
Although craft brewers dot Route 30 in North Huntingdon and others are planned for Greensburg and Jeannette, the business partners aren't worried that their brewery will get lost among the crowd.
Antique show dealers see low prices, little youth interest
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — At the annual Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Antique Show & Sale in Hempfield over the weekend, items ran the gamut from antique jewelry to vintage toys, from kitschy pop culture items to sports memorabilia.
What's missing is a younger generation of antique collectors, dealers say.
Indiana lawmaker seeks tighter management of veterans fund
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana lawmaker is seeking to tighten up management of a grant program meant to help struggling veterans following revelations that the state agency that oversees it awarded some of the grants to its own employees.
Woman sentenced for allowing men to touch girl, 3, sexually
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman who admitted allowing men to have sexual contact with a 3-year-old girl will now have serve up to 20 years in prison.
Rebecca Shadle must serve nearly eight years before she can be considered for parole under the sentence imposed Thursday. She also must undergo sex offender treatment and can't have any unsupervised contact with children.
Diocese: Bishop of Greensburg suffers mild heart attack
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Greensburg says Bishop Edward Malesic has suffered a mild heart attack and will undergo a procedure.
Diocesan Chief Communications Officer Jennifer Miele says Malesic visited an out-of-town emergency room over Thanksgiving weekend over chest pains.
She says a preliminary diagnosis shows he had a minor heart attack but doctors want to diagnose and treat it further.
Man again gets death sentence in disabled woman’s torture
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has once again been sentenced to death for his role in the torture death of a mentally disabled woman.
A Westmoreland County jury handed the verdict down late Thursday night against Melvin Knight, rejecting defense claims that he should be sentenced to life in prison.
Knight initially received a death sentence in August 2013 for the killing of 30-year-old Jennifer Daugherty in a dingy Greensburg apartment in February 2010.
Pennsylvania dioceses outline child sex abuse victim funds
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Seven Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania said Thursday that they have taken steps to set up victim compensation funds, nearly three months after a chilling grand jury report documented decades of child sexual abuse by priests in the state.
3- to 7-year term imposed in case related to officer slaying
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A woman charged with hindering the apprehension of a man sought in the shooting death of a western Pennsylvania police officer has been sentenced to three to seven years in prison.
A Westmoreland County judge on Friday imposed the sentence on 40-year-old Lakita Cain of New Kensington, who pleaded guilty in May to one count of hindering apprehension.
Deputies catch fugitive with help of 4-year-old
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A fugitive in western Pennsylvania was no match for a 4-year-old.
Sheriff's deputies in Westmoreland County were searching for 24-year-old Jesse Vaughn Lawson last week on an arrest warrant for burglary and receiving stolen property.
While checking at an apartment in Greensburg, Lawson's girlfriend told them she hadn't seen Lawson in five days.
But the woman's 4-year-old son was more than happy to help.
Doctor admits to filling 332 prescriptions written to family
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania doctor has pleaded guilty to felony charges after officials say he filled 332 prescriptions for Hydrocodone medications he wrote in family members' names.
The state attorney general's office announced Tuesday that 65-year-old Ralph Capone of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, had pleaded guilty to fraud, forgery, identity theft and felony charges related to the prescriptions.
Woman admits taking money to let men touch girl, 3, sexually
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a Pennsylvania woman has admitted she allowed men to have sexual contact with a 3-year-old girl.
Rebecca Shadle pleaded guilty Tuesday to child endangerment, trafficking of a minor for sexual purposes, aggravated indecent assault and conspiracy. A judge will decide how much prison time the 39-year-old Greensburg woman receives, but prosecutors say they will ask that she serve at least 10 to 20 years.
Indiana’s Honda plant grows but no dramatic community impact
GREENSBURG, Ind. (AP) — Economists say no single community has been dramatically transformed by a southeastern Indiana Honda factory, despite soaring production numbers since the assembly plant opened a decade ago.
The factory emerged in 2008 and is now making two of the country's best-selling vehicles, the Civic and the CR-V. The plant can also produce about 250,000 vehicles a year and employs 2,400 people, The Indianapolis Business Journal reported.
The Latest: Pastor removed after diocese received allegation
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the Roman Catholic Church child sex abuse scandal in Pennsylvania (all times local):
The Roman Catholic pastor of a southwestern Pennsylvania parish has been removed from ministry after the local diocese received what it calls a credible allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor.
Court says lawyers can reveal clients’ grand jury testimony
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A new court ruling says lawyers for Pennsylvania grand jury witnesses are allowed to talk publicly about their clients' testimony, putting limits on a wider secrecy requirement that had been imposed.
The state Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with lawyers for the Greensburg and Harrisburg dioceses of the Roman Catholic church.
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A retired Roman Catholic priest in Pennsylvania has pleaded guilty to reduced charges of indecent assault in a case where the victim came forward after watching the movie "Spotlight" to say he'd been molested 25 years ago.
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors are objecting to a reported plan of a man charged in the slaying of a Pennsylvania police officer to marry a witness.
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a man police say was killed when he crashed head-on into another vehicle while attempting to flee from officers near Pittsburgh.
The Westmoreland County coroner's office identified the man killed in the c rash shortly before 3:30 a.m. Tuesday as 37-year-old Jack Bierer Jr. of Greensburg.
Approach to managing communities varies
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Businesses have them. So do school districts.
Whatever they're called — superintendents, chief executive officers or presidents — they're managers.
Local governments need them too, but most of Pennsylvania's 2,560 municipalities operate without them, according to Rick Schuettler, executive director of the Pennsylvania Municipal League.
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania man suspected of drug offenses who tried to hide his identity was given away by his tattoo, which spelled out his name.
The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reports the man was riding inside a car that was stopped in Greensburg on Wednesday on the suspicion of being involved in a drug deal.
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The father of a man accused of having killed a western Pennsylvania police officer has been acquitted of witness intimidation and other charges.
A Westmoreland County jury deliberated for a little over an hour Friday before acquitting 47-year-old Gregory Baucum of all charges — strangulation, simple assault, two counts of retaliation against a witness and witness intimidation.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Bishops for six Catholic dioceses have agreed to "make public" the findings of a grand jury investigation into widespread sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said bishops in the Harrisburg and Greensburg dioceses reversed their positions Monday and agreed to the release of the grand jury's findings.
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — One of the 21 people wounded in a knife attack at a suburban Pittsburgh high school has filed a lawsuit alleging the attacker's parents and others didn't do enough to prevent the rampage.
Alex Hribal was convicted of stabbing and slashing his way through the hallways of Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville when he was 16.
Sounding off: Let’s all fund Trump’s Mexico wall with $400 loans
During the campaign, President Trump was emphatic that, if he was elected, he would build a border wall and make Mexico pay for it. He has expressed extreme dismay that the recent omnibus spending bill did not front American taxpayer dollars for the endeavor, so I offer a suggestion: Create an internet-based entity similar to a GoFundMe account and solicit loans. Estimates place the cost of construction at approximately $25 billion. If everyone who voted for the president (officially 62,984,825) would commit to loaning just $400 apiece, Trump could build the wall then repay the loans when he recoups the cost from Mexico, thereby bypassing Congress. #WIN-WIN!
Former PTO treasurer at Greensburg school accused of theft
The former treasurer of the Nicely Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization in Greensburg was arraigned Friday on multiple theft and forgery charges for allegedly stealing nearly $5,000 from the organization since August.
Rachael A. Olbeter, 37, was arraigned before District Judge Chris Flanigan on charges of theft, receiving stolen property, theft by deception, access device fraud, forgery and identity theft.
Pitt-Greensburg sets records for walks, homers at D’Youville
Inside a school lockdown drill: ‘Intruder in the building’
Just after 10 a.m. on a Thursday in April, a man in a dark hoodie and jeans walked into Greensburg Salem High School. He paced the halls carrying a baseball bat. Some students were in class, others played in the gym. Suddenly, an announcement blared over the loudspeaker: "Intruder in the building."
Greensburg Central Catholic students sing and strut ‘Godspell’
As Greensburg Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School students take the stage during a rehearsal for "Godspell," their spring musical, performing arts teacher and musical director Joette Salandro checks lighting, sound and actor positions.
It's her 27th year directing, and the second time for "Godspell."
"I love the show. I love the music. I wanted to give a lot of kids the chance to shine, and this show does that," Salandro says.
High school thespians come together for ‘Night of the Stars’
Veteran actor, performing arts enthusiast and Greensburg attorney John Noble always has a new idea for taking his beloved showcase of musical theater, "John Noble's Westmoreland Night of the Stars," to the next level.
Last year he expanded the show to two nights to accommodate the growing number of participating schools and capacity crowds at The Palace Theatre.
A plan to turn the former State Correctional Institute-Greensburg prison into a full-service campus for veterans merits close attention by the Hempfield supervisors.
As Hempfield Supervisor Rob Ritson notes, the 96-acre site off Route 119 could be a commercial benefit because of its size and access to the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 70.
Out & About: 2018 Communities of Salt and Light Awards Dinner presented by Catholic Charities
Extra prayers were said on April 19 before the 2018 Communities of Salt and Light Awards Dinner, when a power outage struck Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon just as final preparations were underway.
The annual dinner is presented by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg.
Westmoreland high school week ahead: Week of April 16, 2018
Section 2-6A baseball is expected to produce a tight race that lasts late into the season, so every matchup is important. One of those includes Plum (5-3, 1-2) at Penn-Trafford (4-3, 2-1), weather permitting. The teams split their two-game series last season.
• Other top games in the area include Greensburg Salem (4-3, 3-2) at Derry (1-5, 1-4) in Section 1-4A and West Greene (2-2, 2-2) at Greensburg Central Catholic (3-2, 3-0) in Section 2-A.
Greensburg’s ‘Mini Hulk’ shines in TLC’s ‘My Little Life’
For Vince Brasco, challenges are just opportunities in disguise.
The 25-year-old Greensburg man was born with dwarfism and has some accompanying health issues, but he doesn't let that get in the way of anything he wants to do.
He's a bodybuilder, an animal shelter volunteer and a volunteer firefighter, and he's working on becoming a motivational speaker.
He's also featured in the current season of TLC's "My Little Life," a six-episode series currently airing at 10 p.m. Tuesdays.
Gateway softball benefits from on-field experience
The Gateway softball team won only two games last season.
The Gators equaled that total through only four games this year with back-to-back victories over Greensburg Salem and Armstrong last Wednesday and Thursday.
Those games were part of a busy stretch for Gateway after rough weather kept the team off its field for the better part of a month since preseason practices began March 5.
First-ever arts walk showcases all Greensburg has to offer
Wherever you walk in downtown Greensburg on April 14, you'll find art in the form of indoor and outdoor happenings, performances, exhibitions and activities.
The inaugural Greensburg ArtsWalk is set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day.
The event has been organized to showcase the diversity — and abundance — of visual and performing arts that the area has to offer, and the people who create it.
Turtle Creek man accused of selling heroin that killed 2 in Greensburg, Murrysville
Investigators went up another level and on Tuesday arrested a Turtle Creek man who they believe supplied the fentanyl-laced heroin that killed two people in Greensburg and Murrysville last year.
Demetrius Christmas, 29, is being held without bond in the Westmoreland County Prison.
Authorities said in court papers that Christmas supplied the drugs to Jeremy S. Mason, 33, of Manor, who is accused of distributing them to Paul Lucas, 21, and Jeffrey Gettemy, 30.