Duquesne Partnering With Auberle to Clean Up Blighted Properties

March 15, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Correction: A story on Feb. 19 had the spelling of Jade Burleigh's name incorrect. The original story has been corrected and we apologize for the error. 

Duquesne is partnering with McKeesport-based Auberle this summer to provide employment to young adults and clean up blighted and abandoned properties.

Auberle will offer work for up to 100 participants between ages 14 and 24 clearing blight, Duquesne Mayor Nickole Nesby said this week.

Those interested should sign up with Tim Kelly at (412) 673-5800 or contact the city. The deadline to register is March 31.

The program is part of the administration’s effort to address blighted properties in Duquesne.

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Duquesne Council Reviews Reports, Citizen Comments

February 23, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Applications for the new Duke City Youth Council are due to Duquesne City Hall no later than March 1.

At city council's most recent meeting, Duquesne Mayor Nickole Nesby also reported that the city's Redevelopment Authority has up to $160,000 in one of its funds that may be available for community and economic improvements, such as street reconstruction.

In other business, Police Chief Tom Dunlevy reported a total of 559 calls to the Duquesne Police Department last month, which resulted in 43 arrests and 75 citations.

Council by 4-0 vote approved the hiring of Andrew Carter as a new police officer, pending completion of a background check, which was approved 4-0.

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Duquesne Mayor Swears in New City Controller

February 19, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

CORRECTION: This story as originally published Jade Burleigh's name spelled incorrectly. The spelling was incorrect on paperwork supplied by a city official. We apologize for the error.

(Duquesne Mayor Nickole Nesby swears in newly appointed city Controller Jade Burleigh. Cami DiBattista photo, special to Tube City Almanac)

Jade Burleigh was sworn in as the new Duquesne City Controller at Tuesday’s council meeting.

Burleigh has a bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Phoenix. A vice president at BNY Mellon, he will fill the term of former city Controller Beth Kracinovsky, who resigned last month.

Council also appointed Duquesne resident Tammy Pratt to serve as the emergency management coordinator for the city.

“After attending the local government academy, we realized the emergency plan for Duquesne hasn’t been updated in the last 25 years,” Mayor Nickole Nesby said. “Tammy has volunteered to work with us and the local 9-1-1 (center) to update our plan.”

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Crew Missions Seeks Volunteers For 2018

February 12, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News, White Oak News

(Submitted photo courtesy The Crew Missions)

The Crew Missions is looking for volunteers --- including individuals, groups, churches, nonprofit organizations and clubs --- to help local residents in need.

The Clairton-based charity completes household maintenance projects for elderly and disabled residents in the Clairton, Duquesne, Glassport, McKeesport, Pleasant Hills, West Mifflin and White Oak areas.

Since 2013, a spokesperson said, The Crew Missions has helped 79 homeowners.

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Former City Man Sentenced on Drug, Gun Charges

February 09, 2018 |

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

A former McKeesport man accused of selling the heroin that killed a woman in 2016 has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

Henry T. "Bundles" Little-Proctor, 27, pleaded guilty to five counts of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws and was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Cathy Bisson in Pittsburgh.

U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said Little-Proctor distributed both heroin and fentanyl, a highly potent painkiller up to 75 more times than morphine, between 2015 and July 2016.

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Crime Stoppers Offers Reward in Duquesne Shooting

February 08, 2018 |

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

A $1,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of suspects in connection with the shooting of two people on Jan. 21 in Duquesne.

Police said the victims --- two men and a woman --- had left a private social club in the early hours of the morning and were parked in the 1000 block of Lincoln Avenue.

At approximately 4 a.m., a silver car pulled alongside their vehicle and someone began shooting into their car, police said.

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Duquesne Officials Establish Duke City Youth Council

February 06, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

A new youth organization is being launched by Duquesne city officials to give young people a chance to work together constructively.

Duquesne City Council unanimously approved creation of the Duke City Youth Council.

Councilwoman Fawn Taylor-McDaniel introduced plans for the newly established organization, which aims to provide fun and positive experiences to youth in the Duquesne community.

“Being a part of the Duke City Youth Council will allow youth to become more involved in their community, be a voice in the community, socialize and have fun, and it presents them an opportunity to volunteer during city activities,” McDaniel said.

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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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