Police Log: Feb. 11, 2016

February 11, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Police News

  • Arrest records published here were provided by the McKeesport Police Department.
  • A report of an arrest does not mean the person identified has been convicted of a crime.
  • All people arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 
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PennDOT Slates Restrictions on 837 Near Hays

February 11, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

State Route 837, southbound toward Homestead, will be restricted to one lane next week so that crews can repair a bridge, said a district spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The restrictions on the bridge that passes the WHEMCO building in West Homestead will begin at 7 a.m. Feb. 15 and continue around-the-clock, weather permitting, through Feb. 19 at 5 p.m., the PennDOT spokesman said. The work was originally scheduled to begin Feb. 8 but was postponed due to inclement weather.

Crews from J.F. Shea Construction Inc. will repair the bridge. The work is being done in preparation for major improvements that are planned for this year on the Glenwood Bridge interchange at the south side of the Monongahela River.

Six structures in the interchange are scheduled to be rehabbed this year, including deck replacement and concrete repairs. Work is expected to begin Feb. 22, PennDOT said.

 

FBI, Police Sweep Nets Guns, Drugs

February 11, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Police News

A sweep Tuesday by McKeesport police, the county sheriff's office, FBI agents and other law enforcement agents netted 21 arrests, three firearms and pre-packaged heroin with an estimated street value of $20,000.

The so-called "Impact Initiative" in what an FBI agent referred to as "the most troubled areas" of the city was made public Thursday morning.

Scott Bernazzoli of the FBI's Pittsburgh field office said the McKeesport operation could become a model for similar joint federal-local sweeps in other parts of Allegheny County.

"The operation shows the impact (that) coordinated efforts can have on communities," said Gregory Nelsen, assistant special-agent-in-charge of the FBI's Pittsburgh field office.

Names of the persons arrested have not yet been released.

 
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Black History Month Program Traces Evolution of American Music

February 10, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Noted artist, musician, lecturer and teacher Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas will trace the evolution of the signature African-American musical contributions from their origins to the present duringthe annual Black History Month program at the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center.

Asche's talk, "From Spirituals to Jazz: From Folk Art to High Art," will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 20 at the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center, 1832 Arboretum Drive, Renziehausen Park.

The program is free and open to the public. Call (412) 678-1832 for more information.

 

Monessen-Area Group Will Launch New Newspaper May 2, 'If Not Sooner'

February 10, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A group of Monessen-area business leaders says its newspaper will begin operations May 2, "if not sooner."

At a chamber of commerce event Tuesday in Monessen, Mid Mon Valley Publishing LLC announced that The Mon Valley Independent will be a six-day-a-week, afternoon newspaper.

The Mon Valley Independent is the first new newspaper launched in the wake of the closing on Dec. 31 of Monessen's Valley Independent and the McKeesport Daily News by their parent company, Trib Total Media.

Mid Mon Valley Publishing has announced plans to circulate the new newspaper in Mon-Yough communities such as Elizabeth, Sutersville and West Newton, but McKeesport is not part of its current coverage plans.

“When Trib Total Media closed our newspaper, it was a sad day for our area,” said Keith Bassi, a Charleroi attorney and one of the investors behind Mid Mon Valley Publishing.

“There are a lot of people who want to have a newspaper to read," he said. "They want to follow the news and sports of the area. They want to know what is going on in their community, who dies, and anything else that is pertinent."

John Eckert, a North Charleroi resident who previously worked for Trib Total Media, was named the general manager. The managing editor will be Jeff Oliver, who worked for The Valley Independent for over 33 years writing news and sports, while the advertising director will be Linda Schaum, who also has over 30 years with The Valley Independent in advertising.

 
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