Donations Needed to Support Annual Village Broadcast

July 20, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport's International Village is Aug. 16, 17 and 18 --- less than a month away!

We are once again producing a video webcast of International Village, and your donations are now tax-deductible as allowed by law. (P.S.: Webcasts from previous years are still online.)

But it all costs money. We would like to raise at least $750 to defray our expenses ... including our hosting, along with Skymagik Internet Services, of the International Village website --- which we do at no cost to city taxpayers.

If you're at all able to make a tax-deductible donation, we would very much appreciate it. PayPal will instantly email you a receipt, and we will send you an acknowledgement by U.S. Mail. (Be patient --- we were really slow at getting those out last year, but we are going to try to do better this year.)

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If your business or organization would like to advertise during our International Village webcast, we need your information right away! Contact me at or (412) 614-9659.

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Area Ministers Express Appreciation for City Police

July 20, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

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McKeesport police Sgt. Francis Angert hugs Diane Elias, owner of Di's Kornerstone Diner, as members of the McKeesport Area Ministerium present officers with gift cards Tuesday as a token of appreciation. Tube City Almanac photo.

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McKeesport-area religious leaders yesterday greeted city police officers as they began their shifts to thank them for their service, and to buy them a meal.

With cooperation from Di's Kornerstone Diner in Olympia Shopping Center, the McKeesport Area Ministerium provided $15 gift cards to all 55 full-time and part-time McKeesport police officers. They also visited police officers during roll call at 7 a.m., 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. Tuesday.

The spontaneous act of kindness was a reaction to the shootings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., and heightened tensions between the public and law enforcement.

"Although you may not be told this very often, people really do appreciate what you do," Salvation Army Lt. John Esker Jr. told police before they started their afternoon shift, "and we're here to say thank you."

Ministerium leaders shook hands and, in some cases, hugged police officers as they left for patrol. Participants included Esker; Rev. Earlene Coleman, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church; Boniface Igba, spiritual director of Auberle; Gladys Hunt-Mason of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh; the Rev. Peter Giacalone of the Rainbow Temple Assembly of God; and Marty Smith, a retired pastor formerly with the McKeesport Alliance Church.

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66 Lose Homes in Duquesne Apartment House Blaze

July 19, 2016 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: News

A massive fire in a Duquesne apartment building forced 66 people from their homes on Tuesday afternoon.

Residents of the Laurel Building in the Hilltop Parkview Manor complex off of Commonwealth Avenue in Duquesne's First Ward are being assisted by the American Red Cross, a county spokeswoman said. All of the tenants are believed to be staying with friends and relatives.

Red Cross and Allegheny County disaster relief workers will be back on the scene at 10 a.m. Wednesday, along with investigators from the Allegheny County fire marshal's office. The building suffered fire, smoke and heavy water damage, said Matt Brown, chief of Allegheny County Emergency Services.

All of the apartments on the first floor burned, and the roof over most of the second-floor apartments has collapsed, he said.

Low water pressure in the area hampered efforts to fight the blaze, Brown said. Tanker trucks brought water to the fire and volunteer firefighters responded from as far away as Swissvale and Monroeville.

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Three Children Charged in City Arsons

July 19, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Police News

Three children --- all under age 13 --- have been arrested by McKeesport police and charged in connection with two separate arsons in the city this month.

Another fire last week in a garage on Garbett Street is regarded as a possible arson, and investigators from the McKeesport police and Allegheny County fire marshal's office have developed leads in the case.

The blazes left McKeesport officials frustrated.

"We're in the schools every year to talk to these kids" about fires, McKeesport fire Chief Jeff Tomovcsik said. "They know what the consequences are, not just for them, criminally, but you're destroying people's property and risking the lives of your neighbors and the firefighters responding to the calls."

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County Police Investigating Crestas Terrace Shooting

July 16, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Police News

Two men were wounded this morning in a shooting in North Versailles Twp.'s Crestas Terrace neighborhood, Allegheny County police said.

Township police were dispatched at 4:15 a.m. to Crestas Avenue after shots were fired at a car driven by Devon Jeter, 32, of McKeesport. Jeter and his passenger, Rashad Rowe, 37, also of McKeesport were injured and taken by ambulance to Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville, county police said.

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