Two Duquesne Council Members Resign

July 25, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Two members of Duquesne city council have resigned.

Council members John Gyure and June Wilson submitted their resignations, effective with this month's meeting. Wilson said her resignation was for health and family reasons. Gyure did not respond to a request for comment about his resignation.

Council voted 3-0 to appoint Elaine Washington to one of the vacant seats. Washington is expected to be sworn into office at the next council meeting.

Duquesne Mayor Nickole Nesby said council will accept applications to fill the other vacancy.

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Personnel Changes Top Agenda at Duquesne Council

June 19, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne has done away with a requirement that police officers live within the city.

At last week's meeting, Mayor Nickole Nesby said Duquesne eliminated the rule so that the city can make an "honest effort" to make sure all races and both sexes are represented on the police force.

She publicly encouraged potential candidates to apply for openings in the police department.

Council approved police Chief Tom Dunlevy’s recommendation to offer a permanent position within the department to Lee Bartalicius. In other personnel moves, council accepted the retirement of longtime employee Jeanne Dowdle and voted to name Quincy Zitelli the city's acting code enforcement officer.

Council voted to terminate code enforcement officer Allan Chiesi. Nesby said the city would make no public comment about Chiesi's termination.

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Teenager Dead in Duquesne Shooting; Police Seek Suspects

June 16, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News

(UPDATED with name of young man who was killed.)

A shooting Saturday morning in Duquesne left one young man dead and another hospitalized.

Duquesne police said in a release that officers were dispatched to the corner of Auriles Steet and Viola Alley at 1:18 a.m. when multiple callers reported hearing shots fired.

Upon arrival, police said, they found a white Chevrolet Impala stopped on Newford Alley, with the doors open. Inside the backseat, police found a 15-year-old, suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim, identified by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office as Daevion Raines, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Two Former Mon Valley Men Convicted in Robbery 'Spree'

May 22, 2018 |

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

It took less than a half-hour for a federal jury to convict two former Mon Valley men in connection with what prosecutors described as a "robbery spree."

Kahlil Shelton, 23, of Duquesne, and Deron Howell, 25, of Swissvale, are scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 1 by U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson in Pittsburgh.

Both could face life sentences, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said Monday.

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Duquesne Achieves Better ISO Fire Rating

May 13, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne has improved its fire preparedness rating by five points, according to a national agency.

At last week's Duquesne City Council meeting, fire Chief Frank Cobb said the Insurance Service Office, Inc., has moved the community from a 9 to a 4, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the best and 10 the worst.

The city had last been rated in 1989, Cobb said. The rating reflects the overall effectiveness of the department, he said.

Cobb said 24 calls for service were answered by the department for April. The chief also thanked Mayor Nickole Nesby and city council for funding repairs to the department's ladder truck.

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Duquesne Fire Dept. Awaits Results of Insurance Inspection

May 09, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Fire company Vice President Chas Woolsey, junior firefighter Nate Beck and fire Chief Frank Cobb look over equipment at the Duquesne fire station. (Cami DiBattista photo for Tube City Almanac)

Firefighters and city officials in Duquesne are awaiting the results of an evaluation of the fire department's readiness.

The evaluation is being done by the Insurance Services Office, Inc., said Duquesne fire Chief Frank Cobb. The last ISO inspection of Duquesne was done in 1989, he said.

ISO assigns a Public Protection Classification rating between 1 and 10, with 1 being the best and 10 being the worst. Duquesne's PPC rating was seven, Cobb said.

“They seemed pleased,” he said. “It’s looking pretty good and we’re anticipating a much lower rating than we received several decades ago.”

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Education Innovator Sings Praises of Duquesne Elementary

May 04, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Ted Dintersmith greets students at Duquesne Elementary School on Wednesday. (Photo special to Tube City Almanac)

Duquesne Elementary School students enjoyed demonstrating some features of one of their school’s "makerspaces" to a special guest on Wednesday.

Ted Dintersmith, a former venture capitalist turned philanthropist and public education advocate, is on a 50-state tour to promote his documentary film, "Most Likely to Succeed," based on the best-selling book about education which he co-authored.

Dintersmith, whose newest book is called "What Schools Could Be," was in Pittsburgh this week to deliver a lecture at the O'Reilly Theater, Downtown.

When Dintersmith visited Duquesne Elementary, students demonstrated how to use virtual reality displays.

“We’re using virtual reality to visit the Holocaust museum,” said fourth-grader Lyniah McFadden.

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Duquesne's Nesby Discusses Visions for City Shared During Town Hall Meeting

May 02, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Around 30 people attended Duquesne’s first town hall meeting, which was held last week to provide community members with an opportunity to discuss their vision of the city’s future.

“The first meeting went well,” Mayor Nickole Nesby said at Duquesne's recent city council meeting. “We had a nice turnout and covered several subjects such as new businesses in the areas and employment opportunities, pending grant applications, the Mon-Fayette Expressway, our health insurance plan and recent audits and payments of past due bills.”

Attendees were encouraged to volunteer for one of the new committees established in an effort to address areas in need of improvement within the city.

The next "town hall" meetings are slated for 6 p.m. on May 8 and 22 at Duquesne Elementary School. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

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Duquesne Mayor Schedules 'Town Hall' Meeting

April 16, 2018 |

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

Residents of Duquesne are being invited to attend a town hall meeting to learn about happenings in the city. 

The special meeting is slated for 6 to 8 p.m. April 25 in the Duquesne School District Auditorium on Kennedy Avenue.

Mayor Nickole Nesby will be there to answer questions, listen to ideas and hear comments about the city, programs, developments, service priorities and infrastructure needs.

Residents are encouraged to attend, join the discussion and get involved.

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New Solicitor Appointed in Duquesne

April 16, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne City Council has appointed John Rushford as the municipality's new solicitor.

A senior attorney at Cafardi, Ferguson, Wyrick, Weis & Stotler, Rushford has more than 20 years' experience representing municipal governments.

The appointment was made at Tuesday’s council meeting.

Mayor Nickole Nesby said she was happy council made the appointment. “John has represented public and private entities in all areas related to governmental affairs including contract negotiations, grievance arbitration, personnel matters, constructions issues, tax assessment appeals, zoning (and) planning and development issues,” she said.

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