Correspondents Wanted to Cover Duquesne, White Oak

July 20, 2017 |

By Advertising | Posted in: Announcements

We are looking for writers to cover White Oak and the City of Duquesne. Writers are paid for assignments on a per-assignment basis.

The positions currently to be filled are:

  • Duquesne City correspondent
  • White Oak borough correspondent

Writers will be expected to, at minimum, attend the monthly council meetings in either Duquesne or White Oak and write a story for Tube City Almanac within 24 hours. Other topics may, from time to time, be assigned.

High school and college students seeking work experience are encouraged to apply! Tube City Community Media is willing to work with students who need credit toward class assignments.

Previous experience as a writer on a high school or college newspaper, or non-fiction blog, is helpful.

 
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The Mon-Fayette Expressway is Alive! (Again. Maybe.)

July 20, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Editorial Cartoons

© 2017 Tube City Community Media Inc. / Jason Togyer
 
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Job Fair Invites Applicants to 'Jump Start' Their Careers

July 20, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A job fair in Homestead on Aug. 4 will match "real employers with real jobs," according to its sponsors.

"Jump Start Your Job Search," sponsored by Mon Valley Initiative and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Re-Entry Coalition, will include 11 different employers and five different job training programs, a spokeswoman said.

The event will be held from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, 475 E. Waterfront Drive, at the Waterfront shopping complex.

A special, by-invitation-only session is being held from 9 to 11 a.m. Everyone who attends will have a chance to win one of five $20 gift cards.

Camille Smith, MVI workforce development specialist and financial coach, said attendees should bring their resumes, if they have one, and dress neatly.

 
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City Man Charged in Connection With House Fire

July 19, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Police News

(UPDATED with comments from McKeesport fire Chief Jeff Tomovcsik.)

A McKeesport man faces a preliminary hearing Monday after police said he deliberately set the fire that damaged his residence on May Street.

Michael J. Wright, 48, is charged by McKeesport police with arson, causing or risking a catastrophe and reckless endangerment of other persons. He is being held in Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bond pending the hearing at 1 p.m. before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi.

According to a police report, firefighters were called just after 11 a.m. June 4 when witnesses reported seeing smoke coming from a residence in the 900 block.

 
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Bang-Up Job: VFW Volunteers Refurbish Howitzer Near Kennywood

July 19, 2017 |

By Mike Mauer | Posted in: News

Thanks to two local men and West Mifflin Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 914 Intrepid, a ceremonial howitzer near Kennywood Park recently received a much-needed facelift.

Ken Curcio and Garrett Tomko, both from West Mifflin, refurbished the monument earlier this month as part of a community service project. The howitzer sits in Mitchell Paige Memorial Park at the intersection of Homeville Road and Commonwealth Avenue, and is seen by thousands of motorists as well as students at nearby West Mifflin Area High School.

According to VFW Post 914 Commander Jake Bradich, the results couldn’t be better.

“Like the men and women who serve in our armed forces, you always expect a piece of military hardware to look sharp,” said Bradich, an Army combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  “I’m glad we’re able to help honor our veterans in this way, and I thank everybody in the VFW and in the borough who helped make this possible.”

 
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Road Work Planned Thursday in White Oak, NVT

July 19, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Motorists in White Oak, North Versailles Twp. and Monroeville can expect brief delays as crews perform repair work on area roadways, a district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation announced.

Beginning Thursday, workers will be replacing curbs and traffic light sensors on the following roads:

  • Route 48 (Jacks Run Road) between Lincoln Way and Route 30;
  • Route 48 (Mosside Boulevard) between Cambridge Square Drive and Route 22;
  • Northern Pike between Pitcairn Road and Route 22 in Monroeville; and
  • Haymaker Road between Route 22 and Beatty Road in Monroeville.
 
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Crime Stoppers Asks Public's Help in Solving June 19 Homicide

July 18, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Police News

Pittsburgh Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help as police try to solve the June 19 killing of 24-year-old Diaz Petty.

Petty was found at 11:07 p.m. that night lying on the ground in the 1000 block of Lysle Boulevard, suffering from a gunshot wound, police said. He was taken to the hospital but died of his injuries.

Allegheny County police homicide detectives are investigating. They say that Petty had been seen earlier in the evening with another man and a woman about a block away on Fifth Avenue. Petty and the other man were having an argument, police said, when gunshots were heard.

 
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McKeesport Man Sought By Police in Connection With Sunday Homicide

July 18, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Police News

A McKeesport man is wanted by Allegheny County police in connection with the shooting death of a 23-year-old woman Sunday night.

Daniel Bizzelle, 25, is charged with homicide, attempted homicide, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and firearms violations, Allegheny County police said in a release.

Two people were gunned down just after 10 p.m. Sunday in the 1000 block of Fifth Avenue.

Police have said they believe that Samantha Klavora, was an innocent bystander and that a 38-year-old man whose name has not been released was the actual target of the shooter or shooters. The man was critically injured and taken to the hospital, police said. No details about his condition have been released.

Bizzelle is approximately 5-feet-9 and 160 pounds, police said, and has a tattoo of a gun on the left side of his neck, as well as tattoos on both forearms. Police said he has ties to Clairton as well as McKeesport.

Anyone who heard or saw anything surrounding the shooting is asked to call McKeesport police at (412) 675-5015 or the Allegheny County Police Homicide Unit at (412) 473-1300. Callers can remain anonymous.

Allegheny County police may also be reached on Facebook and Twitter.
 

Property Owner to Be Cited in Connection with Compost Fire in Clairton

July 17, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: News

A fire in a large compost pile in Clairton that's been burning, on and off, since last week appears to have broken out from natural combustion, Allegheny County officials said Monday.

However, a county spokeswoman said, the pile was created by illegal dumping of debris, and the fire is having a negative impact both on the air quality in the neighborhood, as well as a nearby creek.

The property owner will be cited by the Allegheny County Health Department's Solid Waste Program for improper disposal of waste and for the conditions that led to the fire, the county said in a statement.

The Clairton Fire Department was dispatched to a site off of Worthington Avenue several times last week for what firefighters thought might be a mine fire, Allegheny County officials said.

 
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Suspects Sought in Fifth Ave. Shooting

July 17, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Police News

One person was killed and another wounded during a shooting Sunday night on Fifth Avenue, Downtown, and Allegheny County police think they may have been victims of retaliation.

Samantha Klavora, 23, died at the hospital of gunshot wounds to the abdomen following the incident between Martin and Center streets, said a spokesperson for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office. Her death has been ruled a homicide.

The other victim, a 38-year-old man, was wounded and is in critical condition, Allegheny County police said. His name was not released.

Investigators believe he was the intended target and that Klavora was shot because she was standing near him, county police said in a statement.

 
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