HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Residents of Fred Rogers' home state of Pennsylvania will be encouraged to exhibit acts of kindness in honor of the beloved PBS children's show host.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Meah Ezykowsky was lying unresponsive in her bed when her mom rushed into their Latrobe home, knowing something was wrong.
Cops: Constable scammed victims over non-existent warrants
LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Officials say a Pennsylvania constable used the threat of non-existent arrest warrants and other court matters to scam money from people, telling them he could take care of their issues for a fee.
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WWII pilot’s remains interred at Arlington, along with son’s
LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — The remains of an Air Force pilot from Pennsylvania whose plane crashed off Croatia during World War II have been interred.
Police say woman drove into airfield, punched state trooper
LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania woman is accused of punching a state trooper after driving onto an airfield and falsely identifying herself as an FBI agent.
WWII pilot’s remains will join those of his son at Arlington
LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — The remains of an Air Force pilot from Pennsylvania whose plane crashed off Croatia during World War II are coming home and will be interred alongside those of his son, a Vietnam War veteran, at Arlington National Cemetery.
The remains of Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Eugene P. Ford will be buried Dec. 4, the Defense Department's POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Wednesday.
Pennsylvania college renames hall after allegations reported
LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — A West Pennsylvania college has renamed its student activity center after receiving credible allegations of sexual abuse against the hall's previous clerical namesake.
It's a beautiful day in Mister Rogers' neighborhood! But if you want to visit, you'll have to head to Pennsylvania.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the classic PBS children's television show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," hosted by the late Fred Rogers. A new documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" has helped rekindle interest in his legacy.
LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Luke Miney of Latrobe is organizing another party at the scenic Beam Rocks overlook in Somerset County along the Westmoreland border.
Miney's gatherings atop Laurel Mountain aren't traditional parties people associate with Beam Rocks. Instead, the affairs can be described as literally environmentally cleansing.
High school roundup for April 25, 2018: Fox Chapel baseball snaps losing skid
Jonathan Simon made sure Fox Chapel's losing streak stopped.
Simon pitched a complete game, striking out seven, to help Fox Chapel beat Armstrong, 5-1, in a Section 1-5A baseball game Wednesday.
Simon also doubled for the Foxes (5-5, 4-3), who snapped a four-game losing streak. Mitch Miles doubled in a run.
Baldwin 5, Mt. Lebanon 2 — Nick Dolan knocked in two runs to help Baldwin (2-8, 2-6) earn a Section 3-6A win.
Business owners can get some tips about guarding their enterprises against cyber threats Tuesday at Westmoreland County Community College's Latrobe campus.
Set for 9 to 10:30 a.m., the program is part of a Chamber University series coordinated by the Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Community Chamber of Commerce.
The weather won again last week, so schedules continue to be a mess. Slowly, though, sections are getting back on track as they continue to loathe the weather-permitting asterisks.
Franklin Regional baseball was down a couple starters, got outhit, had a trio of errors in one inning, and had to use its ace pitcher in relief when its five-run lead began to leak oil late.
Despite all of those factors working against them, the Panthers still managed to collect their fourth straight victory Wednesday afternoon, 5-3 over host Latrobe on the turf at Graham-Sobota Field.
Greater Latrobe Senior High School senior Marianna Schrack and Vincentian Academy senior Thomas Ik-Hyun Kim each received a $5,000 scholarship Wednesday during Trib Total Media's annual Outstanding Young Citizen Awards banquet at the Quality Inn in New Kensington.
From crime scene investigators to cabaret performers, students will have opportunities to explore careers in the sciences, the arts and service industries through new courses next fall at Greater Latrobe School District.
The school board Tuesday approved six new courses — including Principles of Biomedical Science, for students in grades 9-12 who have completed or are concurrently enrolled in biology.
A Derry Area High School graduate will return to Westmoreland County to join the administrative staff at neighboring Greater Latrobe School District.
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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.
The Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its Week 5 boys volleyball polls for Class AAA and AA on Monday morning based on a vote of the 40 WPIAL head coaches.
There are no changes to the top two in AAA where No. 1 North Allegheny and No. 2 Penn-Trafford maintained their positions.
Bethel Park and Butler traded places, as the Black Hawks now are No. 3, with the Golden Tornadoes at No. 4.
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Yough’s Jarett Bach, Latrobe’s Sarah Blair
Claim to fame: Bach allowed one hit and struck out 13 batters in 52⁄3 innings to lead Yough (1-1, 1-1) to a 2-0 victory over Deer Lakes in Section 1-4A on April 6.
"It was a team performance. They made some plays behind me, and I couldn't have done without my teammates. It was a good way to start with it being the first section game," Bach said.
What was working for you on the mound against Deer Lakes?
J.T. Schimizzi has never been to Alaska, and he can't wait to move there next fall. Blake Rossi feels the same way about his upcoming move to Texas.
What has the pair excited about leaving Latrobe is a dream opportunity to play in the North American Hockey League, one of the elite junior hockey leagues in the United States.
Latrobe City Council on Monday voted 5-2 in support of Sheetz's plan to sell beer and wine at its store at Ligonier Street and Route 982.
The Altoona-based convenience store chain's request to transfer a restaurant liquor license from a former Pizza Hunt franchisee in neighboring Unity now will be considered by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports:
With the season stuck in park for almost two weeks, many local teams are beginning to get outside again as fields become playable — OK, passable.
• Section 2-6A is expected to be a tight race, and two of the better teams will meet in North Huntingdon as Hempfield visits Norwin.
• Returning WPIAL and PIAA champion Latrobe is at Gateway in a game to watch in Section 3-5A.
Jeannette’s Cunningham, Latrobe’s Graytok named Westmoreland Trib Players of the Year
Jeannette's Tre Cunningham and Latrobe's Laura Graytok have been named the Basketball Players of the Year for the Westmoreland Tribune-Review.
Boys Player of the Year
Jeannette, 6-4, Senior, guard/forward
Tre Cunningham sometimes gets razzed about having a flat 3-point shot. His shot may lack arc, but when Jeannette needed a long-range spark in tight games, Cunningham was ready to deliver — no matter how it looked.
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Latrobe’s Mira Rolin set to join new hockey program at Concordia-Ann Arbor
Latrobe senior Mira Rolin will be getting in on the ground floor as a member of the Concordia Ann Arbor women's hockey team.
Rolin plans to commit soon to play for the Cardinals in their inaugural season in 2018-19.
"The opportunity to start with a new team and meet new players from all around the country will be exciting," she said.
A Latrobe man's troubled youth, when he was in and out of police custody and repeatedly battled drug addiction, make him a candidate to have his murder case prosecuted in juvenile court, a social worker testified on Monday.
Last year was for learning. This year is for results.
That's the plan laid out for the Latrobe boys volleyball team.
The Wildcats finished fourth in the WPIAL Section 3-AAA standings at 8-6 and made the WPIAL tournament in 2017. However, they lost to Shaler, 3-0, in the first round.
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports:
As weather conditions improve and fields begin to dry to playable standards, many teams are desperate to find early-season rhythm.
A few local games are on the schedule as teams begin to return from Easter break, including Mt. Pleasant at Derry at 2 p.m., and Mt. Lebanon at Hempfield (4:15).
Isaiah DiAndreth had flied out, reached on an error and walked when he came to the plate for a fourth time in the top of the seventh inning.
The Hempfield senior shortstop was anxious to get a hit and displayed the composure of a third-year starter as he waited for his pitch. The result — a one-out shot to the gap in left-center — gave his team some breathing room in a season-opening victory.
Former Latrobe, Seton Hill grappler Ty Lydic to compete at international event
Ty Lydic is looking forward to a new experience this weekend.
The Latrobe native and Seton Hill graduate assistant in the admissions department will spend Easter in New York City with his family while he competes in the Bill Farrell Memorial International Open at the New York Athletic Club.
Lydic, a volunteer assistant wrestling coach at Seton Hill, will be competing against some of top wrestlers in the world.
A health care symposium in Latrobe on April 20 will focus on "unconscious bias" in the workplace.
Excela Health is hosting the symposium, titled "Unconscious Bias: Recruiting a Diverse Workforce and Creating a Culture of Acceptance," at Excela Square at Latrobe, 100 Excela Health Drive, Latrobe.
The event will include a panel discussion featuring Excela Health physicians and members of the Westmoreland County Diversity Coalition.
Police: Woman faked pregnancy to hitch ambulance ride from Latrobe to Greensburg
For the second time this year, a woman is accused of faking a medical problem and using an ambulance for transportation into Greensburg, city police allege.
Patrolman Kerry Dieter filed complaints of theft of services and possession of drug paraphernalia against Leeann N. Armstrong, 25, of Greensburg.
Much of James Bolton Sr.'s life revolved around the fire department. His wife, Betty, has a good idea why.
"When Jim was about 6 years old, his dad was killed in an automobile accident," she said. "Eventually his mother bought this little trailer that was heated by a space heater."
When the malfunctioning space heater sparked an electrical fire, James Bolton Sr. had lost his father and watched his home burn down before age 10.
Latrobe artist Adalberto Ortiz moves on from career in set design to passion for painting
As a young man growing up in New York City, Puerto Rican native Adalberto Ortiz considered designing buildings for a living.
But he realized projects on such a grand scale might take years to come to fruition.
He found more immediate fulfillment in a career as a set designer and, recently, a return to one of his original creative outlets — painting.
The Sheetz convenience chain hopes to begin selling beer and wine at its Latrobe store, with the approval of the state Liquor Control Board and the support of city council.
Council will hold a public hearing at the beginning of its April 9 meeting to consider Sheetz's proposal to transfer a restaurant liquor license from a Pizza Hut on Route 30 in Unity to the Sheetz store at Route 982 and Ligonier Street in the city. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.
The Barbie car might have needed snow tires to roll into a new baseball season at Latrobe, but it made its return for another run of accolades.
Latrobe coach Matt Basciano gives out the small toy-turned-attaboy-award — complete with Ken in the driver's seat, a wild-haired Barbie riding shotgun and a buckled-in baby between them — to a deserving player after each win.
Organizers call them "the best in the West."
The top senior basketball players in Western Pennsylvania will once again gather for the annual Roundball Classic on April 20-21 at Geneva College in Beaver Falls.
There will be three games Friday night with a girls game at 6 p.m. and boys games at 7:30 and 9.
The games have players from the WPIAL and City League. The second boys game also has a team from District 10 (Erie area).
The WPIAL softball season will officially begin Friday, and Hempfield (Class 6A), West Allegheny (5A), Belle Vernon (4A), Ellwood City (3A), Frazier (2A) and West Greene (A) will begin defense of their district titles. Hempfield, Mt. Pleasant (4A), South Park (3A) and West Greene (A) claimed 2017 PIAA titles.
Here's a look at some of the top teams and players in the WPIAL:
William Miller Sr. did not have the outward appearance of a "tough guy," according to his daughter.
But when it came to his country, the former Green Beret, master paratrooper and Korean War veteran was a force to be reckoned with, earning medals and presidential citations during his military career.
William G. Miller Sr. of Latrobe died Tuesday, March 10, 2018, of leukemia. He was 88.
Miss the Ches-A-Rena? Relive your roller skating glory days at these rinks
The Ches-A-Rena will soon be a memory, and several other roller skating rinks have gone the way of the dinosaur, such as Romp N Roll in Shaler and Ardmore Roller Palace in Forest Hills.
But that doesn't mean there aren't still places to go roller skating in Western Pennsylvania. Most charge around $6 per session.
If you have kids or just want to relive your youth, head out to these roller rinks.
Former Latrobe man arrested on warrant; brother surrenders on weapons charges
A few hours after Westmoreland County sheriff's deputies apprehended a former Latrobe man wanted for more than a month on theft charges, his older brother, wanted for firing a handgun at an occupied home, decided it was time to surrender, too, authorities said.
Zachary T. Jording, 21, who has lived in Latrobe and Greensburg, was arrested just before 8 a.m. Tuesday after deputies received a tip that he moved to an apartment on North Third Street in Jeannette.
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Hempfield’s Gavin Mayo, Latrobe’s Rylee Jackson
Sport: Swimming and diving
Claim to fame: Mayo finished fourth in the 50-yard freestyle in 20.81 seconds at the PIAA Class AAA championships March 14 at Bucknell. Mayo also was part of Hempfield's 200 freestyle relay team that finished 13th (1:26.94).
"I'm really happy with how I did at states. I got my second-best time in the 50 free, and I was very happy with it. I'll take it," Mayo said.
Joyce Kennedy was a kind and loving person who liked to work with children and selflessly helped others, her family said.
"She would do anything for anybody, and expected nothing in return," said her husband, Thomas Kennedy.
Mrs. Kennedy helped people because she loved them and never drew attention to the sacrifices she made, said her daughter Jennifer DeCerb.
Long before the days of computerized property tax information, Suzie Frenchik began working for Westmoreland County in the addressograph office in the 1960s, when the lists of taxable properties were typed on metal plates for the tax collection books, said a longtime friend and co-worker.
Barbara Vadas of Derry Township, Mrs. Frenchik's friend of 54 years, recalled how they moved to the elections office in the days when voters used paper ballots.