District Court Moves from T.C. to Duquesne

January 03, 2023 |

By Tom Leturgey | Posted in: Duquesne News

Magisterial District Judge Scott Schricker (center) and his office staff recently completed a move of District Court 05-2-47 from Turtle Creek to the Duquesne Plaza shopping center on Route 837. Hours and phone numbers remain the same. (Tom Leturgey photo for Tube City Almanac)

Magisterial District Judge Scott H. Schricker got an early Christmas gift when his office moved from Turtle Creek to Duquesne.

Schricker, of Duquesne, says that his office had outgrown the office front in Penn Plaza, Turtle Creek, and after months of renovation, a much larger spot opened in the Duquesne Plaza, next door to where the Save-A-Lot grocery store had been. Schricker, and his staff of five moved into the contemporary facility in early December and have been holding hearings without disruption.

The long-serving magistrate and his staff had been in the Turtle Creek office since Schricker took office in 2004. In addition to Duquesne and Turtle Creek, Schricker’s district also includes Braddock, North Braddock and East Pittsburgh boroughs.

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Duquesne-Based Printer Nearly Doubles Facilities

December 27, 2022 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Duquesne News

After three years in Duquesne’s industrial park, Laurel Print & Graphics is preparing to almost double the size of its facilities.

Regional Industrial Development Corp., the Pittsburgh-based non-profit that operates the City Center of Duquesne, announced this month that Laurel has signed an amended seven-year lease to expand into additional space in the Millwrights Building, located on the former site of U.S. Steel’s Duquesne Plant.

The move will expand Laurel’s current 10,000-square-foot facility to roughly 19,800 square feet, a RIDC spokeswoman said.

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Duquesne Budget Holds Line on Taxes, Has Surplus

December 19, 2022 |

By Tom Leturgey | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne’s 2023 budget is expected to hold the line on real-estate and earned-income taxes.

City council will vote on the proposal at Tuesday’s meeting.

The preliminary spending plan, developed by interim city Manager George Newsome and Councilman Derek Artim, was posted on the city’s website Dec. 7.

Duquesne officials say there will be no increase in the real estate or earned income tax in 2023. The municipal real estate tax rate is a blended $21.33 per $1,000 and the earned income tax rate is 1.65 percent for residents and 1.30 percent for non-residents.

Also unchanged is the 1-mill of current real estate tax dedicated to the fire department expenditures. This amount does not include the approximate $20,000 from the Firemen’s Relief fund.

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‘Rust’ Comes to Duquesne for TV Shoot

December 09, 2022 |

By Tom Leturgey | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne’s city hall stood in for the Fayette County Courthouse this month when “American Rust” filmed some scenes there. The web-based TV series is expected to return in early 2023. (Thomas Leturgey photo for Tube City Almanac)

Parts of Duquesne were transformed into the fictional Fayette County community of Buell this month when the cast and crew of “American Rust” came to town.

Crews filmed exterior scenes in front of City Hall on Second Street, and even employed some Duquesne police officers for overtime, said Interim City Manager George Newsome.

Based on a novel by Phillip Meyer, “American Rust” is a gritty police drama with Jeff Daniels playing sheriff Del Harris and Maura Tierney as his love interest.

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Duquesne Officially Removes Police Chief

December 07, 2022 |

By Tom Leturgey | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne City Council has officially terminated former police Chief Tom Dunlevy.

At this week’s meeting, council voted 5-0 to adopt a resolution terminating “Employee X” from the police department.

City Solicitor Myron Sainovich confirmed that Dunlevy was the unnamed employee and noted that former chief did not attend recent meetings with Duquesne officials prior to the decision.

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Man Rescued from Duquesne House Fire

December 07, 2022 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Duquesne News

A Duquesne man was taken to the hospital Tuesday morning after he leapt from the front porch of his Kennedy Avenue home to escape a fire.

The victim, in his early 50s, was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital, Uptown, where he was treated for smoke inhalation and released, said Frank Cobb, Duquesne fire chief. The house is likely a total loss, Cobb said.

The Allegheny County fire marshal is investigating the cause of the blaze, which was reported at about 5:30 a.m. Cobb said when crews arrived, fire was visible on the first floor of the two-story wood frame home at 1410 Kennedy Ave.

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Kennywood Blvd. Delays Possible Next Week

December 02, 2022 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News

Delays are possible next week on Kennywood Boulevard while crews inspect the bridge that crosses the Union Railroad yard, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation said.

Single-lane restrictions will occur in both directions on the Route 837 bridge over the Union Railroad tracks between Overland Avenue and North Second Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 5-8, weather permitting, said Steve Cowan, PennDOT spokesman.

Crews from The Markosky Engineering Group, Inc. and the Sofis Rigging Co. will conduct the inspection work. Motorists should be prepared for changing traffic patterns.


Ordinance Officer Sought in Duquesne

November 04, 2022 |

By Tom Leturgey | Posted in: Duquesne News

One of the common themes of Duquesne City Council meetings is the governing body’s continued attempt to do something about neglected properties–buildings as well as vacant land—but they admit that process is slow.

And practically every meeting, a resident has a tale of how they take pride in their homes, but are saddled with an eye sore–or four–on their street.

At council’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Mayor Scott Adams attempted to lessen fears by saying that the city hopes to hire an ordinance officer to cite property owners who chose to ignore their properties when it comes to overgrown conditions and general “filth.”

Council also discussed diverting $44,000 from a Duquesne Place Playground project to the demolition of blighted properties. There was also talk of another grant in which $125,000 would be used for street paving, and $51,000 earmarked to clear lots.

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Duquesne Adds Three New Police Officers

November 04, 2022 |

By Tom Leturgey | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne Police Department now has 13 full-time officers, including acting Chief Tom Shaw, as a trio of new officers were hired at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Brandon Morris, Ryan Drohn and Tobias Yuhouse were officially added to the force, according to council’s unanimous vote. Drohn and Yuhouse have already started patrols, and Morris is set to take his first shift Nov. 6.

All are experienced officers, according to Shaw. Duquesne’s police department has lost a few officers in recent months, largely due to better pay elsewhere; however, Council has successfully added the new hires.

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Duquesne Working to Address Vacant Properties

October 26, 2022 |

By Tom Leturgey | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne officials will seek a state grant to purchase license-plate readers for the police department.

At the October meeting, Mayor Scott Adams said the city is seeking $100,000.

The mayor said he also hopes that the state can obtain funding with the help of state Sen. Jim Brewster to purchase a new pickup truck with snow-plowing and road-salting capabilities for the public works department

In other business, the city is moving forward with programs to address the number of vacant and abandoned properties in Duquesne, Adams said.

The city’s goals include both redeveloping vacant properties and removing abandoned structures, Adams said.

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