NV Twp. Resident Upset About Renovations at Nearby Home

May 24, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

A Greensburg Pike resident told North Versailles Twp. commissioners last week that she feels like a prisoner in her own home because of work being done on a neighbor's house.

“I get no peace and quiet in my house, he is pounding, moving ladders and tools late into the evening,” Lisa Didiano said at the May 16 meeting.

She claimed that work on the two-bedroom duplex is being done by the owner's husband without proper permits.

Commissioners said they understand Didiano’s frustration and recommended that she call the police if the neighbor is creating a disturbance.

 
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City Teen Killed in Pittsburgh Shooting; Friends, Family Grieving

May 24, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

UPDATED to clarify that the shooting did not involve the prom.


A McKeesport teen-ager was killed early Friday morning in a shooting on Pittsburgh's South Side, less than a week before she was to graduate from high school.

Morgan Dunston, 18, died at UPMC Mercy Hospital, Uptown, of injuries received in the incident, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said. An online fundraising campaign has been created to help the family to defray funeral expenses.

Dunston was a senior at McKeesport Area High School, and friends said she was leaving a dance when the shooting occurred. Although McKeesport held its senior prom Thursday night, Dunston did not attend, said Kristen James, district spokeswoman.

"This young lady was an active student within our high school who was slated to graduate next week," said James, who called the shooting "senseless."

 
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Farmer's Market Vouchers Available at LifeSpan Locations

May 23, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

UPDATED to clarify that proxy forms are only required for people unable to get their vouchers in person.


Allegheny County residents 60 years and older who are on low or fixed incomes can get up to $20 in free, fresh produce from neighborhood farmer's markets this summer, with the help of a voucher program.

According to an spokesperson, the vouchers may be used through Nov. 30 to purchase produce that is grown in Pennsylvania or purchased directly from a Pennsylvania farmer.

The vouchers will be distributed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 11 at LifeSpan Senior Resource Centers across Allegheny County, including Olympia Shopping Center, Versailles; 530 Miller Ave., Clairton; and at 308 E. 8th Ave., Homestead, as well as at other participating senior citizen centers.

Vouchers are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible residents should bring valid ID with them.

 
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Fire Defense Council Sets Monthly Meeting

May 22, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The Mon Yough Fire Defense Council will be holding its monthly business meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday (May 22). The meeting will be held at the McKeesport City Council chambers, 201 Lysle Blvd. All member companies are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments to follow.

 

Philadelphia Man Dies Following Duquesne Shooting

May 16, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News

A Philadelphia man died after being shot multiple times Wednesday night at a home in Duquesne.

Ivan Walls, 45, was pronounced dead at a Pittsburgh hospital nearly three hours after the incident, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said.

In a prepared statement, Duquesne police said the incident happened inside a house in the 1100 block of Karl Avenue just before 7 p.m.

 
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NV Twp. Man Wounded in Shooting; Police Seek Suspect

May 15, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News, North Versailles Twp. News

A Braddock man is wanted by Allegheny County police in connection with a shooting Tuesday night in West Wilmerding.

Melvin McCane Jr., 36, is charged by county police with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and carrying a firearm without a license. Police said he is considered armed and dangerous.

The victim, a 45-year-old man whose name was not released by police, was in stable condition at a hospital.

 
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NV Twp. OK's $60k DCED Grant for Police Car, Intersection Cameras

May 15, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

North Versailles Twp. commissioners have approved acceptance of a $60,000 grant for police car and intersection cameras.

At the commissioners' April meeting, commissioners voted 6-0 to accept the grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Commissioner Tracy Yusko was absent.

The grant was obtained with with assistance of state Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny.

 
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Intermodal Facility Coming to City's Waterfront; 50 Jobs Expected

May 15, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

An intermodal facility employing 50 people will be built on 18 acres of the former U.S. Steel National Works near the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge. (Tube City Almanac photo)


A Braddock-based network of companies that operates steel recycling, transportation and materials-handing businesses is building an intermodal facility on McKeesport's riverfront.

City officials and Regional Industrial Development Corp. have broken their silence about plans to create the truck, barge and railroad loading and unloading facility near the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge.

Work began several weeks ago when cranes and a barge appeared on the Monongahela River, but the tenant was not identified until Wednesday.

A new company, River Materials Inc., will use about 18 acres of the former U.S. Steel National Works site for warehousing, processing and recycling and intends to construct buildings for offices, storage and light manufacturing, as well as a railroad car and barge remediation facility, according to a press release.

 
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Owner of Car Suspected in Fatal Hit-Run Surrenders to Police

May 15, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

The owner of a car that is suspected of being involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident in Penn Hills has surrendered to police.

Allegheny County police said Modesty L. Hopper, 21, of McKeesport is being held in the Allegheny County Jail pending formal arraignment on a charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution.

Police allege that Hopper's Saturn sedan struck Joseph Morris, 51, of Penn Hills on April 28 and dragged him about a half-mile, the fled the scene. Morris was pronounced dead at the scene.

The car was located in the parking lot of Hi View Gardens on Sixth Avenue in McKeesport on May 10. Police said they have physical evidence that links the vehicle to the accident scene.

 

Arrest Warrant Issued in Connection With Route 837 Shooting

May 15, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News, North Versailles Twp. News

Allegheny County police have named a suspect in connection with a shooting on Route 837 in Duquesne that sent a motorist to the hospital.

In a prepared statement, county police Sgt. Venerando Costa said Tarone T. Jones (above), 39, of North Versailles Twp. is wanted in connection with the shooting May 3 of a 30-year-old man near the intersection of Route 837 and Grant Street.

On Tuesday, a warrant was issued for Jones' arrest by Magisterial District Judge Scott Schricker. Jones is charged with aggravated assault and attempted homicide.

 
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Program Will Examine 'Past, Present, Future' of Penn-McKee Hotel

May 15, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A special program at McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center will examine the "past, present and future" of the Penn-McKee Hotel.

The event at 1 p.m. June 29 will include McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko, Matthew Craig, executive director of the Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh, and Jason Togyer, executive director of Tube City Community Media Inc. It is open to the public, a Heritage Center spokeswoman said.

Located on Fifth Avenue near the McKee's Point Marina, the hotel was designed by noted Pittsburgh architect Benno Jannsen and was the site of the first debate between future presidents John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon.

 
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Greek Church Slates Food Festival on Saturday

May 15, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

Annunciation of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church will hold a food festival from 12 noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, a spokesperson said.

Featured items include lamb shanks, Greek-style chicken, gyros, pastitsio, spanakopita, grape leaves, rice pilaf, Greek pastries, honey balls and more.

The church is located at 1128 Summit St., White Oak. For more information, call (412) 673-1224.

 

Gift, Grant Aid Effort to Reopen Wilmerding Y

May 14, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News, North Versailles Twp. News

Celebrating a gift of $75,000 to the Wilmerding Community Center from Allegheny Petroleum Products Co. are CEO Jim Kudis and President Barb Kudis, state Rep. Brandon Markosek, Wilmerding Community Center board member Peter McGinty, Wilmerding Mayor Greg Jakub and state Sen. Jim Brewster. (Submitted photo courtesy Allegheny Petroleum Products Co.)


An effort to reopen the former YMCA in Wilmerding has gotten a big boost from a local business.

Allegheny Petroleum Products Co. has pledged $75,000 over three years to the new Wilmerding Community Center Inc. The gift was announced Friday.

Organizers are hoping the former YMCA will reopen this August --- on or about the one year anniversary of its closure.

Barb Kudis, president of Allegheny Petroleum, says the company hopes its gift spurs other donations. The 32-year-old company has been headquartered in Wilmerding for all but five years of its existence.

"We're a big supporter of the community," she says. "We have a lot of employees in the area, and the Wilmerding area has been a good partner of ours for many years."

 
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Police Seek Owner of Car in Fatal Hit-Run

May 14, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport woman is wanted by Allegheny County police in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident in Penn Hills.

County detectives said Tuesday they have obtained an arrest warrant for 21-year-old Modesty L. Hopper (above) in connection with the April 28 death of Joseph Morris, 51, of Penn Hills.

Police allege that Hopper's Saturn sedan struck Morris on Hershey Road in Penn Hills and dragged him about a half-mile to Universal Road, then fled. Morris, who was walking home from work, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 
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New Writers Group Aims to Inspire, Connect Local Creators

May 13, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

Photojournalist Martha Rial will lead a series of story-telling workshops at the former Daily News Building beginning this Tuesday. (Tube City Almanac photo)


The old newsroom of the McKeesport Daily News will echo once again with the sounds of writers and photographers working on their story-telling skills.

But many of the stories they tell will likely be personal ones --- and they'll be working in formats that many newspaper employees never got a chance to experiment with.

"Tube City Writers" will hold its first organizational meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday on the second floor of the building at 409 Walnut St., now called the Tube City Center for Business and Innovation.

Martha Rial, who won a Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 1998, will lead the meetings, along with author Nicole Peeler, an associate professor at Seton Hill University in Greensburg.

 
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Community Groups Plan Free Info Fair Wednesday in Duquesne

May 13, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News

More than 30 community groups, businesses and organizations will meet with residents to provide information and answer questions at an event Wednesday in Duquesne.

The free community resource fair will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. in the gymnasium at Duquesne Elementary School, 300 Kennedy Ave., and is being sponsored by the Duquesne City School District. Refreshments will be served and no registration is necessary, a spokeswoman said.

 
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McKeesport Class of '67 Ready for Milestone Birthday

May 13, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Members of the McKeesport Senior High School Class of 1967 are turning the big 7-0.

And they're inviting former classmates to join them for a shared birthday celebration.

According to Barb Mendlowitz Weimer, who's chairing the Class of 1967 reunion committee, the big birthday bash will begin with a golf outing on Aug. 9 at Victory Hills Golf Course, near Round Hill Park in Elizabeth Twp.

Events will continue Aug. 10 at Jacob Woll Pavilion in Renziehausen Park with a barbecue buffet and dance.

 
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Homestead Grays Bridge Paving Begins Today

May 13, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Mon-Yough commuters who use the Homestead Grays Bridge should expect delays this week.

An Allegheny County spokeswoman said paving begins at 7 p.m. tonight and is expected to continue until 6 a.m. May 19, weather permitting.

The bridge will be reduced to one lane in each direction between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. during those operations. There will be alternating lane closures and the ramps to the bridge will be closed during part of the work, the county spokeswoman said. Drivers should be on alert for changing traffic patterns, the spokeswoman said. Police will be directing traffic.

 
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Concert Series Will Focus Attention on City's Waterfront

May 10, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

CONFLICT OF INTEREST NOTE: The author has a conflict of interest. See editor's note at the end of this story.

A roots-rock group called The Seams will perform May 24 at McKeesport's new amphitheater along the Youghiogheny River. The concert will kick off a new series of Friday night events designed to attract attention to the area around the bike trail, marina and Palisades. (Photo courtesy The Seams)


A new amphitheater at Gergely Park along the Youghiogheny River will be inaugurated with a series of Friday night concerts designed to get people excited about redeveloping McKeesport's waterfront.

The concerts, announced this week by Mayor Michael Cherepko's office, will include ethnic food trucks, barbecue, raffles, artists and door prizes, as well as a beer tent for ages 21 and over.

The series opens at 7 p.m. May 24 with a concert by The Seams, a roots-influenced rock band comprised of Mon Valley area natives. Admission will be free.

The events are being organized under the auspices of the McKees Point Development Group, a volunteer committee that has been studying ways to attract new businesses and investment to the area around the McKees Point Marina and the Great Allegheny Passage hiking-biking trail, starting with the abandoned Penn-McKee Hotel.

 
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Vehicle in Fatal Penn Hills Hit-and-Run Tracked to City

May 10, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

(Photo courtesy Allegheny County police)


A car wanted in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident in Penn Hills has been tracked to McKeesport.

Allegheny County police Inspector Andrew Schurman said Friday morning that investigators located the car, a silver-blue Saturn sedan, parked at Hi-View Gardens apartments on Sixth Avenue.

In a prepared released, Schurman said police acted on a lead received through the county's tip line. More information is expected later on Friday, he said.

Police said Joseph Morris, 51, of Penn Hills, was struck by a car on the night of April 28 and dragged about a half-mile.

 
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Repairs to Close Route 837 Ramp During Parts of Monday, Tuesday

May 09, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News

The ramp that connects the Duquesne-McKeesport Bridge to Route 837 south in Duquesne will be closed on Monday and Tuesday so that crews can complete pavement repairs.

A district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation said the closure will happen, weather-permitting, from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Traffic headed toward Dravosburg and Clairton from the bridge will instead be asked to use the South Linden Street exit, and then turn left onto Route 837 at the traffic light.

The work is part of the $2.42 million preservation project at the Duquesne-McKeesport Bridge, the PennDOT spokesman said.

 

Glassport Man Jailed in Connection With Kentucky Girl's Disappearance

May 09, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Glassport man is being held without bond in the Allegheny County Jail after police accused him of transporting a 16-year-old girl from her foster home in Kentucky and hiding her in his apartment.

Rory E. Shelton Sr., 56, is charged by Allegheny County police with interfering with the custody of children and obstruction of justice. Court officials said Shelton faces a preliminary hearing May 21 before Magisterial District Judge Armand Martin.

Paducah, Ky., police said Shelton also faces charges in that state, including custodial interference, a felony. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible, Paducah police said.

 
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Pittsburgh Man Dies After Evans Ave. Stabbing

May 09, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Pittsburgh man has died after being stabbed Wednesday afternoon on Evans Avenue.

Irvin Green, 48, was pronounced dead just after 6 p.m. at a hospital emergency room, said a spokesperson for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office.

In a prepared statement, Allegheny County police Sgt. Venerando Costa said McKeesport police and paramedics were dispatched at 5:39 p.m. to the 1200 block of Evans Avenue for a report of a stabbing.

 
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Clean-Air Groups to Meet Thursday in Clairton

May 08, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Several local groups, including a new one calling itself "Citizens for Clean Air," will hold a meeting on Thursday to discuss recent air-quality issues related to the Dec. 24 fire at U.S. Steel's Clairton Plant.

The meeting is being held at 6 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ, 508 Reed St., Clairton.

A spokesperson said that the meeting is being hosted by the Breathe Project, Clean Air Council, Clean Water Action, Group Against Smog and Pollution, PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center and PennFuture.

Elected officials also have been invited to the event to listen to residents’ concerns. The event is open to the general public.

For more information, visit the Eventbrite link.

 
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Ex-Kane Careworker Charged With Photographing Residents

May 03, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Dravosburg woman who worked as a practical nurse at McKeesport's Kane nursing center has been charged with taking photos of patients without their consent.

Allegheny County police allege the photos were taken to "humiliate" the patients.

Ashley A. Smith, 30, was arrested Friday and charged by county police with 16 counts of neglect of a care-dependent person, four counts each of criminal use of a communications facility, invasion of privacy and sending lewd photos, and one count of possession and dissemination of child pornography.

Court officials said Friday night that Smith is free on $50,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing May 13 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi.

 
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City-Wide Clean-Up Planned Saturday

May 03, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Volunteers from across McKeesport will participate Saturday in the fifth-annual "Respect Our City, Respect Our Earth" cleanup day.

Individuals and neighborhood groups will be participating to clear trash and other debris from streets, sidewalks and vacant lots, in the event sponsored by the Great American Cleanup and McKeesport Mayor Mike Cherepko.

The event begins at 10 a.m. at various locations in the city and continues until 2 p.m. Bags, gloves and safety vests will be provided for volunteers, a spokesperson said, and lunch will be served to any neighborhood groups that registered in advance.

 
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Lions, Local Officials Schedule Blood Drive

May 03, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The McKeesport Lions Club will join state Sen. Jim Brewster, Mayor Michael Cherepko and state Rep. Austin Davis to host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Donna Byrne of the McKeesport Lions said the blood drive is being dedicated to first responders as well as victims of last year's shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill.

 
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Police Seek Suspect in Route 837 Shooting

May 03, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News

(Duquesne police photo via Facebook)


A 30-year-old man was in critical condition Friday afternoon after being shot on Route 837 in Duquesne.

Duquesne and Allegheny County police said the shooting happened just after 10:30 a.m. during an argument at a traffic light. The suspect fled in a dark-colored sedan in the direction of Homestead.

In a prepared statement, county police Inspector Andrew Schurman said that it appears the victim was driving his SUV on Route 837 when he stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of Grant Street. The victim got out of his car and approached another vehicle, on foot, Schurman said.

 
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North Versailles Slates Mother's Day Bingo, Township Cleanup Day

May 02, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements, North Versailles Twp. News

Mother's Day Bingo will be held Saturday (May 4) at the North Versailes Twp. community center at 1 p.m., a spokesperson said.

A township cleanup day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18. Participants are asked to meet at Crestas ball field for refreshments and the distribution of supplies. Registration is requested with the Parks and Recreation department.

For more information on either event, call (412) 823-6602, extension 104, or email nvtparks@verizon.net.

 

MASD Settles Lawsuit Over Black Student Union

May 01, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: News

Six of the 11 McKeesport Area High School students who sued the district and Superintendent Mark P. Holtzman Jr. were all smiles at a news conference in Duquesne on Monday evening.

Sitting alongside their attorney, Witold “Vic” Walczak, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, they talked about their hopes for the proposed McKeesport Black Student Union.

“I feel like it's a way to get young teens together and to talk about stuff that’s going on, it's a safer environment,” said Ayriauna West, a ninth-grader.

Under the terms of a settlement between the district and the students, school officials must recognize the club within 10 days as “a non-curricular student activity” and ensure the club receives “the same rights, privileges and benefits that it provides to any other non-curricular student activity.”

 
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LifeSpan Invites Residents to North Shore Walk, Renzie Picnic

May 01, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

LifeSpan, a Homestead-based agency that serves seniors throughout the Mon Valley and South Hills, is encouraging local residents to signup for Highmark's Walk for a Healthy Community.

The walk will be held May 11 at Stage AE on Pittsburgh's North Side.

All funds raised by LifeSpan will go directly to LifeSpan, a spokeswoman said. Donations may be made through the Highmark walk website at www.walkforahealthycommunity.org.

 
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Letter to the Editor: Cannabis Story Clarified

May 01, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Letters to the Editor

Sven Hosford of Dispense Magazine writes:

I saw your recent story about the event in McKeesport ("Companies Gather to Educate Public About Medical Marijuana's Uses, Benefits," April 30).

Thank you for your coverage of Erik and his pressing. A great guy doing good work. Thank you for covering him.

Our magazine is focused on supporting the medical cannabis industry, and there are a couple of inaccuracies that jump out:

 
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