Davis Takes Oath as District's New Rep

February 05, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Duquesne News, McKeesport and Region News, Politics & Elections, White Oak News

With his wife, Blayre, holding the Bible, Austin Davis took the oath of office as the new state representative serving Clairton, Duquesne, McKeesport and neighboring communities. (Screenshot from Pennsylvania House of Representatives video feed)

Austin Davis took the oath of office in Harrisburg on Monday to become the newest member of the state's General Assembly.

Surrounded by his parents, family and friends, Davis, 28, of McKeesport was sworn in with his wife, Blayre, standing alongside him, holding the family bible.

Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge David Spurgeon administered the oath.

Davis won a special election Jan. 23 to fill the remaining months of former state Rep. Marc Gergely's term. Gergely resigned after pleading guilty to charges connected with a video poker and illegal gambling ring operating in the Mon Valley.

Davis will represent the 35th District, which includes Clairton, Duquesne, Lincoln, McKeesport, Munhall, Versailles, South Versailles Twp., Whitaker, White Oak and parts of West Mifflin.

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Library Feels Like 'Home' to New Director

February 05, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Duquesne News, McKeesport and Region News, White Oak News

(Photo special to Tube City Almanac)

Working at the Carnegie Library of McKeesport feels like home to Colleen Denne of Elizabeth Twp., who took over as director on Jan. 3.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a master's degree in library science, Denne, who grew up in Liberty Borough, says she feels very connected to her new job.

"My dad's family is from Duquesne, and my mom's family is from McKeesport," Denne says. "These are my roots. This is my home library. I don't think it would mean as much to me anywhere else."

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Two Arrested in Robbery at Duquesne Store

February 02, 2018 |

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

Two juveniles are charged with robbery and related offenses after a hold-up at a discount store in Duquesne.

The young men, ages 15 and 17, will be charged as adults, Duquesne police Chief Thomas Dunlevy said.

The robbery happened just before 9 p.m. Thursday at the Dollar General store on Hoffman Boulevard.

One of the suspects put a silver-colored pistol against the clerk's head and demanded money, Dunlevy said. The employees were not injured.

After taking money, the suspects fled, police said, and store employees called 9-1-1.

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New Superintendent Named for Duquesne Schools

January 31, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Duquesne News

A school administrator from York County has been named the new superintendent of the Duquesne City School District.

Sue A. Moyer will begin work in Duquesne on March 1, said a spokeswoman for the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. Moyer's hiring was approved by both the elected school board and the receiver for the financially troubled district, Paul B. Long.

Moyer currently works as federal programs coordinator in the York City School District, which serves more than 5,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

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Duquesne Mayor Seeks Applications for New Commission

January 29, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne Mayor Nickole Nesby and city council are creating a Health and Human Service Commission and are asking for residents to participate.

Nesby said the new commission will attempt to address services currently lacking in the community.

Council is also soliciting applications from members of the community to actively participate in boards that oversee redevelopment, zoning, commercial and industrial development, the library and any other area that needs to be addressed.

Applications to volunteer are available at City Hall, Nesby said.

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Mayor Names New Department Heads in Duquesne

January 26, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

The City of Duquesne will face many changes in the upcoming months --- including many new faces in the city administration.

The first city council meeting presided over by Mayor Nickole Nesby included new Councilwoman Fawn Taylor-McDaniel, new City Treasurer David Bires and recently promoted police Chief Tom Dunlevy.

Dunlevy, formerly a sergeant in the Duquesne police, also has served as a member of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency's regional task force.

Nesby said one of her primary goals in office as the new mayor of Duquesne is the safety of the community.

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Davis Wins Special Election for 35th District Seat

January 24, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Duquesne News, McKeesport and Region News, Politics & Elections, White Oak News

Austin Davis won't get a break --- either from working or campaigning.

The 28-year-old McKeesport resident will be the next state representative for the 35th Legislative District after defeating 37-year-old Fawn Walker-Montgomery of McKeesport on Tuesday in a special election.

Davis expects to wrap up his current job as executive assistant to Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald next week, and be sworn in as a state legislator a few days later.

Then, Davis, a Democrat, will be running in the May 15 primary for a chance at a full term in office.

"I do like to keep a robust schedule, but no, there's not much downtime," Davis said Wednesday.

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Rally on Friday Will Protest Route 61 Bus Cuts

January 23, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News

Bus rider Derek Gordon displays one of the postcards being distributed by Pittsburghers for Public Transit. (Submitted photo courtesy Pittsburghers for Public Transit.)

Two community groups will hold a rally Friday morning in Pittsburgh to protest possible cuts to buses serving McKeesport, Duquesne, Braddock and Swissvale.

The protest, being organized by Pittsburghers for Public Transit and Just Harvest, will urge the board of directors of Port Authority of Allegheny County to amend plans for its proposed Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT, loop so that the project doesn't unfairly burden riders of the 61A, 61B and 61C buses, said Laura Wiens, director of the transit group.

The planned BRT loop would connect downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland with more frequent buses using dedicated bus lanes.

Under the proposal, 61-route buses that currently connect McKeesport, Braddock and Swissvale with downtown Pittsburgh would terminate in Oakland, where passengers would have to transfer to a BRT bus to continue their trip.

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Three Wounded in Area Shootings

January 22, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News

Three people were injured Sunday in shootings in Duquesne and Turtle Creek, Allegheny County police said.

The shootings were not fatal, though homicide detectives are investigating.

In the first incident, county police said two victims were sitting in a car in the 1000 block of Lincoln Avenue in Duquesne at 3:57 a.m. Sunday when another car pulled alongside of theirs. Someone inside the other car then opened fire on the first vehicle, county police said in a prepared statement.

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New Emergency Shelter Available to Mon Valley Families in Need

January 14, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

A new shelter for families who need someplace to live in case of an emergency will address a longstanding need in the Mon Valley.

Opened last week in Duquesne by McKeesport-based Auberle, the shelter can accommodate up to 20 individuals at one time and will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Affordable housing is already really difficult to obtain, and in the Mon Valley there are a lot of issues with people being able to maintain employment and find affordable housing, which leads to housing instability and crisis,” said Aisling McIntyre, Auberle's housing director, who is supervising the staff and opening of the facility.

“The goal of the program is to keep families safe, assist them with securing more permanent housing and link them to available resources,” McIntyre said.

Auberle is seeking donations of new items for people who stay in the Family Emergency Shelter including diapers, baby wipes, towels, washcloths, baby formula and more.

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