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Caldwell: Duquesne Council Wants End to Lengthy Meetings

September 30, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: Duquesne News

A Duquesne city councilman acknowledged that recent meetings have been “lengthy and contentious,” but said elected officials are working towards a common goal.

“People need to understand the mills are gone from the city and so is the tax base they supported,” Councilman Tim Caldwell said after the Sept. 24 meeting. “It’s a different era. Once we get our finances in order we’ll be on top of our game. Despite what people are saying, Duquesne is coming up.”

Duquesne has been under Act 47 financially distressed status since 1991, but is working on a plan to exit that process by 2022. Caldwell said council also is focused on bringing in partners to redevelop blighted properties.

 
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Duquesne Council OK's New Timeline for Police Board Inquiries

September 30, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne City Council has directed the mayor or police chief to respond to complaints submitted to the new citizens' police review board within 30 days.

At the Sept. 24 meeting, council approved a motion presented by councilwoman Terra Henderson-Murphy designed to streamline the process.

The move came after residents filled council chambers, many of them speaking out about their frustrations with how the review board process has been handled up until now. Prior to the meeting, there was no established timeframe for complaints to be investigated.

“Residents don’t feel they're being heard,” Councilman Tim Caldwell said after the meeting. “They are concerned they are not getting answers right away.”

 
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Afterschool Academy Will Teach Career, Life Lessons for Grades 9-12

September 30, 2019 |

By Chris Baumann | Posted in: Duquesne News, McKeesport and Region News

In August, members of the LaRosa Boys & Girls Club and Duquesne-West Mifflin Boys & Girls Club participated in a STEM summer camp led by McKeesport's Blueroof Technologies. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania are opening an after-school career preparation academy in October at the former McKeesport Daily News Building, Downtown. (Photo courtesy Boys and Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania, via Facebook.)


The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania is opening a Workforce Development Academy called Career Works in the beginning of October in Downtown McKeesport.

Located in the Tube City Center for Business and Innovation --- the former Daily News Building at 409 Walnut St.--- the program will primarily focus on developing career opportunities for highschool students grades 9-12.

Students from any area school district are welcome to participate and applications are being accepted online. The program will meet from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. weekdays beginning Oct. 1 through June 1.

Career Works will offer academic development, soft skill development, career coaching, internship programs and many other valuable career-related resources, said Lisa Abel-Palmieri, president and chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania.

“Our organization has been offering career development for over a decade, but we want to serve a broader teen demographic,” she said.  “We want to retain students past the K-8 level. In the past they have tended to lose interest in the organization due to a lack of programming for their age range.”

 
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Food Bank Eyes Expansion With State Grant's Help

August 06, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Duquesne News

Refrigerated trucks are loaded at Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in Duquesne. By 2025, the organization hopes to deliver 20 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables each year to people in 11 counties. (Photo special to Tube City Almanac)


The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is planning to double the amount of fresh produce it provides to needy people throughout Western Pennsylvania by 2025.

To make that possible, the Duquesne-based organization is planning a renovation of its facility in the RIDC industrial park that would expand its cold storage area as well as its "cold dock" --- the part of the warehouse where fresh vegetables and fruit are received and repacked for distribution.

Officials last week announced that the food bank's project has been awarded $1 million from the state's Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

For nutritional and health reasons, food banks are moving away from pre-packaged boxed and canned foods and towards fresh foods, said Justin Lee, chief operating officer for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

 
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Fired Employee ‘Frustrated’ as Duquesne Appeals Arbitrator’s Ruling

August 05, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Duquesne News

The City of Duquesne is appealing an arbitrator's decision to reinstate a police secretary accused of misusing a criminal justice database.

Lori Achtzehn had worked for the city for more than 40 years before being fired by city council in March 2018.

On June 25, an arbitrator ruled that the firing violated the terms of the city's contract with Teamsters Local 205, which represents Duquesne rank-and-file employees, and ordered Achtzehn reinstated with back pay.

Duquesne believes the arbitrator was wrong and is appealing to Allegheny County Common Pleas Court, said Myron Sainovich, city solicitor.

 
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Former PD Chief Named to Duquesne Council, Over Mayor's Objection

July 01, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: Duquesne News

Former Duquesne police chief Richard S. Adams has been named to a vacant seat on city council, over the objections of Mayor Nickole Nesby.

At its June meeting, council voted 3-1 to name Adams to fill the seat vacated by the May 28 resignation of Fawn McDaniel. Nesby voted no.

Nesby had earlier made a motion to appoint William Danko to council. The motion failed 2-2, with Nesby and Councilman Tim Caldwell voting "yes" and Councilwoman Terra Henderson-Murphy and Councilwoman Elaine Washington voting “no.”

Danko “will bring new ideas to the city of Duquesne," Nesby said. "He can also bring experience as well as diversity to council."

 
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33 Charged as Drug Sweep Touches Mon Valley, East Suburbs

June 12, 2019 |

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

More than 30 people --- many from the Mon Valley --- were rounded up early Wednesday morning by FBI agents and local police and arrested on federal drug charges related to trafficking cocaine, heroin, crack cocaine and firearms.

In a prepared release, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh has issued three separate, but related indictments which were unsealed this week.

Brady said that charged by federal prosecutors in a conspiracy to possess and distribute heroin, cocaine and crack between August 2018 and May of this year are:

 
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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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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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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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