Holiday Celebrations Scheduled in Duquesne, McKeesport, White Oak

November 16, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News, White Oak News

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Duquesne, McKeesport and White Oak are all getting ready for the Christmas season.

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Duquesne’s annual "Tis the Season" celebration is slated for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 25.

Festivities will begin in Duquesne City Park and conclude with a community celebration in city hall. Local youth will perform in the city’s annual pageant, which includes a live nativity scene.

After the pageant, children may visit with Santa, and everyone can share refreshments and community camaraderie.

 
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Flu Vaccinations at Duquesne City Hall Nov. 13

October 30, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News

The Mon River Fleet will offer free influenza vaccinations from 12 to 3 p.m. Nov. 13, at Duquesne City Hall, 12 S. Second St., city officials said.

Residents ages 18 and over are invited to attend and get a flu shot on a first-come, first-serve basis. The opportunity is made possible by the McKeesport Hospital Foundation and UPMC.

 

Duquesne Council Reports on Recent Conference

October 21, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne city council members and city Manager Che Sayles recently attended the 46th annual Joint Conference of Townships, Boroughs and Authorities.

At council's Oct. 9 meeting, Councilwoman Fawn McDaniel reported that the event included sessions with themes such as "using 21st century technology to manage age old problems of local government," "ABC’s of communication" and "the changing role of the municipal solicitor."

The event was organized by the Allegheny County and Western Pennsylvania Association of Township Commissioners.

In other business, council accepted the resignation of City Controller Jade Burleigh.

Mayor Nickole Nesby said recent health issues have prevented Burleigh from being able to fulfill the position.

 
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Duquesne Police Chief Notes Improvements to Department

October 21, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News

Calls to Duquesne police for assistance are up --- but so are arrests.

Duquesne police Chief Tom Dunlevy reported the increases during the Oct. 9 city council meeting.

Through the third quarter of 2018, Dunlevy said, calls for service are up 40 percent compared with the previous period in 2017, while arrests are up 21 percent. Traffic stops are up 56 percent and traffic citations are up 59 percent, but traffic accidents are down 26 percent, he said.

“I’m very proud of the accomplishments of the department so far this year,” said Dunlevy, who became the Duquesne police chief in January.

 
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Duquesne Hires New Solicitor, Will Pursue Ethics Complaint Against Treasurer

October 20, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne City Council has appointed a new solicitor --- the city's fourth this year --- and says it will pursue an state ethics complaint against the city's treasurer.

At its Oct. 9 meeting, council appointed Myron Sainovich to replace John Rushford as the city's solicitor. Rushford was hired in April.

In addition, council voted to file a complaint with the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission against city Treasurer David Bires for what Mayor Nickole Nesby said is a conflict of interest. Bires chairs the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Duquesne, which is currently being sued by the city.

“Council and I believe that his actions need to be investigated," Nesby said. "As chairman of the redevelopment authority, we believe there is a conflict of interest and he should resign from one of the positions.”

 
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Duquesne Police, Fire Post Monthly Report

October 10, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News

Duquesne police Chief Tom Dunlevy reported 564 calls for service for the month of August, resulting in 52 arrests. 

Calls for service included 24 abandoned vehicles, 25 criminal mischief calls, 10 juvenile complaints, 33 domestics, 17 disturbances and 10 thefts. A full list of calls for service can be viewed on the department’s Facebook page or at the police department.

 
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Duquesne Council Getting Tough With Delinquent Water Bills

October 09, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne water customers owed the city nearly $64,000 at the beginning of September --- but city officials said delinquent accounts are not going to be allowed to slide any longer.

At council's Sept. 25 meeting, Councilwoman Elaine Washington said that a review of the city's accounts found that some residents had past-due balances of more than $4,000. In some cases, she said, residents who had unpaid water bills were allowed to open new accounts without paying off the old bills.

That arrangement is no longer acceptable, Washington said, and bills must be paid in full monthly.

 
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Duquesne May Pursue Lawsuit Against Non-Profits

October 08, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne officials are planning to take legal action against three non-profit agencies that own vacant properties in the city.

At the Sept. 25 meeting, council authorized the city solicitor to bring a lawsuit against the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Duquesne, the Allegheny County Housing Authority and the Allegheny County Redevelopment Authority.

“One-third of the land in Duquesne is owned by one of these three entities and we are actively trying to address the blighted properties in the city,” Mayor Nickole Nesby said. “In total, these three governmental agencies have held properties for over 16 years, denying the city nearly $385,000 in delinquent tax funds.”

Government agencies are typically exempt from local, school district and county real estate taxes.

 
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One Dead in Duquesne Shooting; Man's Death Ruled Homicide

September 23, 2018 |

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

(Updated 10 p.m. Sunday)

A Pittsburgh man died following a shooting Saturday afternoon in Duquesne.

A spokesman for the Allegheny County police said Duquesne police and McKeesport paramedics were dispatched to the 1100 block of Grant Avenue just after 4:30 p.m. when callers to 9-1-1 reported that a man had been shot.

When police and paramedics arrived, they found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office on Sunday identified the victim as Bronson Szallar, 22. A spokesperson said Szallar was found near the intersection of Pitts Avenue and Wilmot Street. Szallar's death has been ruled a homicide.

 
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New Technology Programs Enhance Learning at Duquesne School

September 13, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

(Students at Duquesne Elementary School learn how to use a MakerBot 3D printer. Duquesne City School District photo via Facebook)


Duquesne City School District students were excited to learn about some new programs and opportunities awaiting them when they began school this year.

A new coding program called Codes and Bots --- complete with a new lab space for elementary students to utilize --- an addition to the curriculum for the 2018-2019 school year.

Dubbed the CAB Lab, the area has been stocked with virtual reality googles, 3-D printers, iMacs, LEGO racers, light tables and other new equipment. Additionally, iPads were distributed to all students for use during school hours.

 
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