Penn Hills Man Held in City Shooting

November 29, 2022 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Penn Hills man is being held in the Allegheny County Jail without bail in connection with a shooting Nov. 7 on Beacon Street in the city that sent the 45-year-old victim in the hospital in critical condition.

Quenton Hughes, 40, is charged by Allegheny County police with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a firearm. He faces a preliminary hearing Dec. 12 before Magisterial District Judge Kim Berkeley Clark in Pittsburgh.

Hughes surrendered to sheriff’s deputies without incident on Monday, police said.

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NV Twp. Slates Christmas Party Dec. 10

November 28, 2022 |

By Dianne Ribecca | Posted in: Announcements, North Versailles Twp. News

North Versailles Twp. will hold a Christmas party for children from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 10, said township Commissioner Tracy Yusko.

Kids will be entertained by Spice the Silly Magician, and there will be children’s crafts, activities and light refreshments. Expect a special guest visit from Mr. Grinch. Please register by Dec. 5 by calling (412) 823-6602, extension 104, or emailing


Twp. Board OK’s Park Terrace School Acquisition

November 28, 2022 |

By Dianne Ribecca | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

North Versailles Twp. will take over the former Park Terrace School property from East Allegheny School District.

At this month’s meeting, the commissioners unanimously accepted the donation of the lot. Township officials said the plans are to use the property for recreational purposes.

Located at 224 James St., Park Terrace School was dedicated to seventh and eighth grades between 1968 and 1982. The facility closed before the 1982-83 school year and both grades were consolidated at the junior-senior high school. The building was eventually torn down, leaving a vacant lot owned by the school district.

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Bitter Cold Doesn’t Deter Santa Parade Crowd

November 22, 2022 |

By Vickie Babyak | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

State Rep. Austin Davis, accompanied by his wife Blayre, served as grand marshal of McKeesport’s Salute to Santa Parade. In January he will be sworn in as Pennsylvania’s first Black lieutenant governor. (Vickie Babyak photo for Tube City Almanac)

Cold weather didn’t stop Mon Valley families from attending the Salute to Santa Parade on Saturday. Adults and children were bundled up along the streets in downtown, McKeesport, to view the parade and welcome Santa Claus for the upcoming holidays.

Austin Davis, incoming lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, served as grand marshal of the 57th Salute to Santa Parade and was accompanied by his wife, Blayre Holmes Davis.

Davis is a McKeesport native and has served as the state representative for the 35th Legislative District since 2018. He is the first millennial elected to statewide office in the commonwealth and the first Black lieutenant governor of the state. He will be sworn in on Jan. 17.

Despite the cold weather, Mon Valley families lined the streets to watch the Salute to Santa parade. (Vickie Babyak photo for Tube City Almanac)

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RIDC Donates Land for Trail Re-Routing

November 18, 2022 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Regional Industrial Development Corp. has donated 2.25 acres with a value of approximately $200,000 to the City of McKeesport for future relocation of a piece of trail that is part of the Great Allegheny Passage. The trail currently traverses through RIDC’s Industrial Center of McKeesport. (Submitted photo)

The owner of McKeesport’s industrial park has donated a right-of-way along the Monongahela River waterfront to allow for the re-routing of the Great Allegheny Passage biking-and-hiking trail to the mouth of the Youghiogheny River.

The donation of 2.25 acres, valued at $200,000, was announced this week by Regional Industrial Development Corp. It will enable trail users to see the Monongahela and Youghiogheny rivers while they also avoid the current, confusing routing that uses surface streets through the city’s Downtown business district.

“We’re in a unique opportunity here in that we have our own point” where the Monongahela and Youghiogheny rivers meet, said McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko.

“When we run the bike trail through there, it’s going to become a destination for cyclists,” he said. “Being able to ride around the point and tour our beautiful marina will really enhance the experience.”

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City Man Dead Following Crash in Pittsburgh

November 17, 2022 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A city man who died in a car crash on Pittsburgh’s South Side was not being pursued by McKeesport police at the time of the collision, McKeesport’s chief said.

McKeesport police Chief Adam Alfer said Thursday a city officer attempted to stop the vehicle on Wednesday night near the intersection of Evans and Versailles avenues, but stopped pursuing the vehicle when it crossed the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge and exited onto Route 837.

A short time later, Alfer said, McKeesport police learned the car had been involved in a crash on Pittsburgh’s South Side.

Pittsburgh police are investigating the collision near the intersection of East Carson Street and South 33rd Street, which sent four people to area hospitals.

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LaRosa Club Marks 1st Anniversary of Rebirth

November 17, 2022 |

By Elizabeth Laughlin | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Staff members of the LaRosa Youth Club include Jim Barry III, Amber Brooks and Jim Barry Jr. (Tube City Almanac photo)

Trust, respect, integrity, and love—these are the four pillars of the LaRosa Youth Club.

“The love in this building is palpable,” said Jim Barry Jr., chief executive officer of the LaRosa Youth Development Foundation.

Barry Jr. has been involved with the club since his childhood. He emphasized how much the organization fostered his personal development.

The LaRosa Youth Club, located on Ravine Street and formerly known as the LaRosa Boys & Girls Club, provides a safe space for children in the community. The organization offers tutoring services, recreational sports, computers and hot meals during after-school hours.

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Salute to Santa Parade Kicks Off Saturday

November 16, 2022 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

(Submitted photo courtesy of State Rep. Austin Davis)

McKeesport resident and incoming lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania Austin Davis will serve as grand marshal of the city’s 57th Salute to Santa parade this Saturday.

Weather-permitting, Tube City Online will broadcast the parade live beginning at 11 a.m. on its YouTube channel.

One of the largest Christmas parades in Western Pennsylvania, bands, community groups and fire and police units will stage at the McKees Point Marina on Water Street and proceed up Fifth Avenue, Downtown, past McKeesport City Hall at Fifth and Sinclair avenues.

“As always, we’re very excited about the Salute to Santa parade,” McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko said. “We know it kicks off the holiday season for a lot of people in the City of McKeesport, and it’s always great to see so many different organizations that participate. Hopefully, we get a good crowd this year.”

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Man Arrested After Taking Back Repossessed Car

November 14, 2022 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Wilmerding man is being held in the Allegheny County Jail after McKeesport police said he forcibly took back a car that had been repossessed.

Raymont T. Dallas, 25, is accused of assaulting an employee of American Recovery Corp. on Lysle Boulevard, taking a Ford Mustang he had previously owned, and crashing through a fence into traffic, nearly striking several other vehicles.

A foot chase later ensued on the campus of McKeesport Area High School, police said, scattering students before McKeesport and White Oak police and state investigators forcibly took Dallas into custody. Two police officers were injured, one seriously, according to a report.

Dallas is being held without bail pending a preliminary hearing Nov. 21 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi.

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Post-Gazette Workers Continue Strike

November 07, 2022 |

By Danielle M. Smith - Public News Service | Posted in: State & Region

Election Day is busy at most news outlets, but some employees of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette are picketing instead — still on strike for what they consider unfair labor practices of the newspaper’s parent company.

Some workers have been off the job since Oct. 6; others since Oct. 18.

Kitsy Higgins, advertising account representative at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, claimed workers at the Pulitzer Prize-winning paper have spent five years with no bargaining agreement, and some people have gone 15 years without pay increases.

“We’re looking for a fair contract, which is reasonable — an increase in wages, especially for 2022; and insurance," Higgins said. “Along with just to bargain in good faith, which we’re not having right now, which is unfortunate.”

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Serra Faces Wash High in Playoff’s First Round

November 04, 2022 |

By Jason A. Mignanelli | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News, North Versailles Twp. News, Sports

Serra Catholic’s Eagles will take on the Washington High School Prexies in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs tonight at the Norwin High School stadium.

The 7-3 Eagles are coming off of a 28-0 loss last week to the Steel Valley Ironmen (9-0). Tonight’s game is a rematch of the third game of the season, when Serra Catholic defeated Wash High (6-4) in a very close game, 35-34. 

“It is always difficult to beat a team twice,” said Michael Betler, assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Serra Catholic. “They have the added motivation of beating us since we won the last game. We have some film on them from last time, so we can see what they did against us, but I am sure they will make adjustments, just like we will.”

In other matchups of local interest, the 9-1 McKeesport Area Tigers were defeated by (7-3) Thomas Jefferson High School on Oct. 28 by a score of 20-10. McKeesport (5-1 in conference play) will have a home playoff game in the first round of the AAAA WPIAL football playoffs, and are hosting (6-4) Mars High School at 7 p.m.

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Ordinance Officer Sought in Duquesne

November 04, 2022 |

By Tom Leturgey | Posted in: Duquesne News

One of the common themes of Duquesne City Council meetings is the governing body’s continued attempt to do something about neglected properties–buildings as well as vacant land—but they admit that process is slow.

And practically every meeting, a resident has a tale of how they take pride in their homes, but are saddled with an eye sore–or four–on their street.

At council’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Mayor Scott Adams attempted to lessen fears by saying that the city hopes to hire an ordinance officer to cite property owners who chose to ignore their properties when it comes to overgrown conditions and general “filth.”

Council also discussed diverting $44,000 from a Duquesne Place Playground project to the demolition of blighted properties. There was also talk of another grant in which $125,000 would be used for street paving, and $51,000 earmarked to clear lots.

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Duquesne Adds Three New Police Officers

November 04, 2022 |

By Tom Leturgey | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne Police Department now has 13 full-time officers, including acting Chief Tom Shaw, as a trio of new officers were hired at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Brandon Morris, Ryan Drohn and Tobias Yuhouse were officially added to the force, according to council’s unanimous vote. Drohn and Yuhouse have already started patrols, and Morris is set to take his first shift Nov. 6.

All are experienced officers, according to Shaw. Duquesne’s police department has lost a few officers in recent months, largely due to better pay elsewhere; however, Council has successfully added the new hires.

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