Duquesne Officials Offer Parking Update

April 09, 2024 |

By Tom Leturgey | Posted in: Duquesne News

City officials recently took a tour of Duquesne streets to identify problem parking areas, including cars blocking emergency vehicles and parked on sidewalks.

The group included Mayor R. Scott Adams, Police Chief Tom Shaw, Solicitor Myron Sainovich and Public Works Director Steve Arbasak.

Among other issues, Sainovich said, “we wanted to see if fire trucks could make turns.”

Many of the concerns are centered around the area of Overland and Clearview avenues and Richford Street. In some areas, officials said, are forced to walk in the middle of streets because so many cars are pared on sidewalks.

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Duquesne Moves On Some Blighted Properties

April 09, 2024 |

By Tom Leturgey | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne City Council unanimously approved the disposal of three blighted properties through the Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program.

At April’s meeting, council approved a resolution authorizing the acquisition and subsequent disposition of 122 Overland Ave. to Jamie Gatewood of Duquesne.

County tax records indicate that the property includes a one-story 768 square foot home listed in “Grade D” condition. According to an online obituary, the previous owner passed away in 2017.

Two vacant parcels of land on Viola Street only identified by lot and block numbers were obtained by Mustard Seeds and Soil Properties of Glassport. According to its website, the company does property flips and other services.

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Home-Rule Study Going on Ballot in Duke City

April 04, 2024 |

By Tom Leturgey | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne City Council will ask residents to serve on a committee that will study the adoption of a home-rule charter.

By a 4-1 vote, with Councilman Aaron Adams dissenting, council voted to approve a referendum to create a seven-member Government Study Commission.

Duquesne is currently governed by the state’s third-class city code, which can only be changed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly. A home-rule charter would give the city more flexibility to adopt new ordinances, codes and bylaws.

Braddock, McKeesport and Monroeville are among the local home-rule communities in our area. Braddock created its government study commisison in 2018 and approved its home-rule charter in 2019.

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Braddock Woman Charged in Duquesne Shooting

April 01, 2024 |

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

A Braddock woman faces homicide charges in connection with the death on Saturday night of an East Hills man.

Latiya D. Hicks, 24, is being held in the Allegheny County Jail pending a preliminary hearing April 12 in Pittsburgh Muncipal Court. She is charged with fatally shooting Lamont Nichols, 30, of Pittsburgh inside an apartment on North Second Street in Duquesne.

Allegheny County police said that Hicks was arrested at the scene.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Allegheny County Night Court, when Duquesne police officers asked “where is the shooter?” Hicks identified herself and directed them to her handbag, where a 9-mm handgun was found.

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County: Body Found in W.O. Was Missing Man

March 29, 2024 |

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

(Photo via Facebook)

The remains discovered in a wooded area of White Oak earlier this month have been positively identified as those of a Duquesne man who had been missing since May 2023.

The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office said Friday that a body reported to White Oak police on March 16 was that of 72-year-old Nicholas “Butch” Miljus Jr., formerly of West Mifflin. The cause and manner of death have not yet been released.

An Army veteran, Miljus, who was known around the community as “Cookie Man,” was reported missing to Duquesne police by his daughter in September 2023. According to reports, Miljus had been evicted from his residence in May 2023, and police said the last transaction on his bank account had been reported in June.

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Mobile Market Begins Service in Duquesne

March 21, 2024 |

By Tom Leturgey | Posted in: Duquesne News

Shoppers explore the Giant Eagle Mobile Market during its first visit to Duquesne on Sunday. The market will return every Sunday afternoon for 90 minutes, bringing fresh and packaged foods. (Tom Leturgey photo for Tube City Almanac)

Grocery shopping in Duquesne has gotted a little more convenient. Giant Eagle’s Mobile Market made its first stop in the city on Sunday.

On a sunny, 47-degree afternoon, the Mobile Market swung into the Duquesne Plaza Shopping Center just off Route 837. Giant Eagle’s Gwen Johnson and driver Ryan Mancini jumped out of the truck that pulled the trailer, pulled out retractable ramps at designated “Entrance” and “Exit” points and within minutes were ready for residents who stopped in for essentials.

The mobile market is scheduled to return every Sunday afternoon for 90 minutes.

Johnson, who runs the day-to-day operations for the Mobile Market, had just wrapped up its Sunday stop in Rankin Borough. The grocery store on wheels now has 11 stops on its weekly schedule, including outside of the Glen Hazel High Rise and Second Avenue in Hazelwood. Some spots, like Rankin, have about twenty shoppers a week, while others welcome 60 or more.

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Duquesne Seeks Grants for Demo, Trail Work

March 14, 2024 |

By Tom Leturgey | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne will seek grants to fund demolition of dangerous abandoned buildings and other improvement projects.

At this month’s council meeting, Councilwoman Denise Brownfield discussed the possibility of using Gaming Economic Development Tourism funds to demolish dangerous properties in the city. Duquesne recently was awarded $75,000 for a demolition project that’s estimated to cost $285,000.

Officials are to prioritize which properties among the 17 listed should be razed first. In Brownfield’s report, it was recommended that the city seek bids to demolish 32, 33 and 125 on South Seventh Street, as well as 733 Klere St., 138 and 151 Auriles St., and add 11 to 31 South 7th Street as alternatives.

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Duquesne Council Tables Parking Limitations

March 08, 2024 |

By Tom Leturgey | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne City Council on Tuesday night tabled a proposed ordinance to limit parking on a part of Overland Avenue.

For months, officials have talked about the need to discuss upgrades on parking conditions of Overland between Clearview Avenue and Richford Street. Solicitor Myron Sainovich told a resident during public comment that a parking ordinance had been drafted but he “wasn’t happy with it.”

Instead, he floated the idea of Mayor Scott Adams and Police Chief Tom Shaw joining him on a tour of Overland, as well as other streets in the city where parking has been a problem.

“We have to look at some places, and fill in blanks,” he said. “We hope to go out next week.”

In addition to parking, Sainovich and other leaders want to discuss the need for stop signs, sidewalk concerns and the like.

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Duquesne Posts Easter Event, Community Day

March 08, 2024 |

By Tom Leturgey | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne will host an Easter egg hunt and — for the first time in nearly two decades — hold a parade on community day.

Officials announced that People Residing in Duquesne Equally (PRIDE), Duquesne PartnerSHIP and the city are sponsoring an Easter egg hunt celebration on March 30 in Polish Hill Park.

Set up begins at 10 a.m. and the event begins at 12 noon, with festivities wrapping up at 2 p.m.

This summer, for the first time in 17 years, Duquesne will hold a parade on community day. The walking parade will begin at 10 a.m. Aug. 3 at the corner of Fourth Street and Grant Avenue, and proceed up to Polish Hill Park, said Mayor R. Scott Adams.


Duquesne Comes Together to Support VFD

February 26, 2024 |

By Tom Leturgey | Posted in: Duquesne News

A large crowd of Duquesne residents came out Saturday for a fundraiser to support the fire department. (Tom Leturgey photo for Tube City Almanac)

Duquesne residents filled the Croatian Club on Saturday for a spaghetti dinner fundraiser to benefit the city’s Volunteer Fire Department.

On the sunny cold afternoon, trucks from the fire department lined Grant Street and volunteer fire fighters welcomed patrons to the club. Duquesne fire Chief Frank Cobb said that he was enthused with the response from the community.

“Last year we sold out with 250 dinners, and we have prepared 350 this year. We hope to sell out again,” he said, perched in the corner of the dining hall.

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