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County task force executes more than a dozen drug-related arrest warrants

The Westmoreland County Drug Task Force charged 14 alleged drug dealers during a sweep conducted Friday.  Latrobe Police Detective John Sleasman, the WCDTF coordinator, said Monday the sweep was the culmination of multiple drug investigations by More...

Derry Twp. man dies in trench collapse

A Derry Township man was killed Monday afternoon after he was trapped in a trench collapse while working in Rostraver Township.  Vaughn L. Kopetsky, 60, was exiting the trench around 3:25 p.m. More...

Excess grant money to fund peer, individual and group therapy for inmates

Inmates at the Westmoreland County Prison in need of mental health services will receive the help they need thanks to a pilot program that will provide peer, individual and group counseling services paid for by $194,000 in unused block grant funding. More...

General News

Stray bullet travels through window killing boy eating snack

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police in Kentucky say a stray bullet fired during an outdoor fight traveled through the window of a nearby home, killing a 7-year-old who was eating a bedtime snack at his kitchen table. More...

Sheriff: 3 deaths in Florida storm-water drain accidental

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Investigators have determined three Florida Keys road workers died accidentally in a stormwater drain filled with poisonous gases earlier this year. More...

Girl pleads ‘true’ to lesser charge in dad’s slaying

WARREN, Ohio (AP) — A 15-year-old Ohio girl charged in the fatal shooting of her sleeping father has pleaded “true” to a reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter Monday. More...

Editorial

Do Americans really want legalization?

It’s easy to find surveys that show that Americans are willing to have marijuana legalized in their states. But how did they come by this opinion? It turns out that many tens of millions of dollars have been spent to shape these opinions. More...

Voter ID laws make it harder for minority citizens to vote

By declining to hear an appeal regarding an overturned pernicious vote-suppression law in North Carolina, the Supreme Court of the United States has in effect offered cautionary guidance to the Trump administration.  More...

Old habits die hard

Bad habits are hard to break. And one of the bad habits folks who serve in state government develop is overspending, especially when it comes to compensation — their own!  Take former Gov. Ed Rendell. More...

Lifestyles

Benedictine ordained by Bishop Malesic in basilica

A Benedictine from St. Vincent Archabbey was ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, May 20 by the Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg, at St. Vincent Archabbey Basilica. The Rev. More...

ALA Unit 407 essay contest winner advances to states

Jayne Bennett (secretary/treasurer of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 407 of Blairsville) lauds essay champ Lilly Buckles (fourth-grade student of Blairsville Elementary School). More...

Latrobe-GL Parks & Rec offering swim lessons

Latrobe-GLSD Parks & Recreation is offering swimming lessons this summer at the Rogers-McFeely Memorial Pool in Latrobe.  The class schedule is as follows:  LEARN TO SWIM   Ages: 6 to 14 (American Red Cross beginner and intermediat More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Two arrested in drug charges in Latrobe More...

LCRP seeks council’s support for LED light upgrade downtown

Looking ahead to a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) project that will include the installation of new traffic signals, crosswalks and curb cuts in Latrobe’s downtown business district, the Latrobe Community Revitalization Program ( More...

No reported injuries in Pleasant Unity fire

Multiple fire crews responded Monday afternoon to a blaze that left two people homeless and destroyed a Unity Township home.  There were no reported injuries in the fire, which was reported at about 12:40 p.m. More...

Man flown to burn unit after Derry Twp. fire

A Derry Township man was flown to a Pittsburgh area burn unit after accidentally lighting himself on fire by smoking while using an oxygen tank Monday night.  Derry Township Volunteer Fire Co. No. More...

Molten metal sparks oil fire at Latrobe Specialty Metals plant

A reported fire in the melt room at Carpenter Technology Corp.’s Latrobe Specialty Metals drew a large response from area fire departments, but Latrobe Fire Chief John Brasile said the blaze was contained to a small area and did not do any stru More...

Local & State News

Gun rights rally puts concealed weapons rules in crosshairs

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Turzai says he’ll keep speaker’s job if he runs for governor

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai said Monday that he won’t step down from his position atop the Republican-controlled chamber should he get into the race to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s re-election bid next year. More...

Penn gets $9.25M grant for research on concussions

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The foundation started by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has given a $9.25 million grant to the University of Pennsylvania for concussion research.  The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the research will study what happen More...

World News

Mississippi lawmaker apologizes for calling for lynching

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi lawmaker has apologized for saying Louisiana leaders should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments, only after his comment sparked broad condemnation in both states.  More...

Trump condemns ‘evil losers’ who carried out concert attack

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday condemned the “evil losers” responsible for a deadly attack on concert-goers in England and called on leaders in the Middle East in particular to help root out violence.  More...

Trump’s Yad Vashem visit highlights mixed Holocaust record

JERUSALEM (AP) - President Donald Trump’s brief visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial may prove to be the most explosive stop during a hypersensitive trip to Israel. More...

Sports

Shawley, Clark, Kokoska key Wildcats’ seventh-inning comeback against Montour

GL advances to WPIAL Class 5A semifinals against Chartiers Valley

Greater Latrobe senior Ryan Shawley knew the pressure was squarely on Montour relief pitcher Sam Medvitz. So Shawley relaxed, stepped in the box and delivered the best moment of his high school career to this point. More...

Lady Rams use long ball, capitalize on chances to beat Cambria Heights in quarterfinals of district softball playoffs

Monday’s District 6 Class AAA girls’ softball playoff game between Ligonier Valley and Cambria Heights was all about chances. The ones the Lady Rams capitalized on, and the ones the Highlanders didn’t. More...

’Cats on cruise control

Greater Latrobe’s Jared Kollar struck out 11 and walked four for the Wildcats, giving up three runs on just five hits. He didn’t factor into the decision as No. More...

Entertainment

UK police arrest man in Manchester connected to apparent concert suicide bombing

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The latest on the blast at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England (all times local): 12:01 p.m. More...

Reaction to explosion at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

(AP) — Reaction to the fatal explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England: “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.” — Ariana Grande, via Twitter. More...

Zack Snyder exits ‘Justice League’ after daughter’s death

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The recent death of director Zack Snyder’s daughter has driven the prominent filmmaker to step away from finishing the ensemble superhero movie “Justice League.”  More...

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