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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Few Details Released in Duquesne Man's Death

January 14, 2018 |

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

Few details have been released in connection with the shooting death Friday night of a Duquesne man.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office has identified the victim as 24-year-old Shavell Davidson.

In a prepared statement, Allegheny County police Lt. Andrew Schurman said officers were dispatched to a home in the 100 block of South Seventh Street just after 7 p.m. Friday for a reported shooting.

When they arrived, they found Davidson suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, Schurman said.

The medical examiner's office said Davidson was pronounced dead at the scene inside a private residence.

Friends and family plan a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. Monday at the corner of Seventh Street and Kennedy Avenue, according to information posted on Facebook.


Former Duquesne Mayor Bids Farewell, Predicts 'Things Will Be Good' for Successor

January 05, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

The swearing-in of new Duquesne Mayor Nickole Nesby this week marked the end of Phil Krivacek's 18 years in that office.

Krivacek previously worked for the city as a firefighter and as city clerk for 14 years. Before becoming mayor, Krivacek served as school board president for six years and as a city council member for five years.

The former mayor called himself "fortunate to work with a lot of people who have done their job well.

“I’ve been here all my life and there are a lot of good people in this town that do a lot of good things,” Krivacek said. “I’m sure Mayor Nesby and her incoming council will do great working together for Duquesne and those who live here. Things will be good.”

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$1.5M Grant Will Aid Duquesne's American Textile

December 23, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Duquesne News

(Photo special to Tube City Almanac)

A Duquesne-based company that bills itself as one of the largest manufacturers of pillows and bedding accessories in the United States will receive a grant that could clear the way for future expansion, according to a state senator.

State Sen. Jim Brewster said American Textile Co. is receiving a $1.5 million grant to allow it to remediate part of the former U.S. Steel Duquesne Works, where its headquarters and a factory that employs more than 200 people is located.

Both part of the existing factory space as well as part of the neighboring property will be cleaned and cleared of contamination left over from steelmaking operations, Brewster said in a prepared statement.

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Auditor General: 'Significant' Failings in Duquesne City School Finances

December 15, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Duquesne News

In a scathing report, Pennsylvania's auditor general this week said he would refer a complaint to the state Ethics Commission about the Duquesne City School District.

But the state-appointed receiver for the district said the practices flagged by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale have now been "prohibited" and that the problems have not affected "instruction, programs and services" provided to Duquesne's 331 students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

"Full funding has been maintained for all student instruction, programs and services," Paul B. Long said Thursday in a letter to parents and the district's elected school board.

At issue in the 42-page report released by DePasquale this week were payroll advances that administrators --- including a former school superintendent --- made to themselves without any oversight from the elected school directors or Long.

DePasquale said the advances amounted to "personal no-interest loans" and called the practice "total insanity" and "outrageous."

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Free Tax Prep Services Available to Duquesne Residents

December 15, 2017 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News

Free tax preparation services are being offered to Duquesne residents who qualify, beginning next month, Mayor Phil Krivacek said. The service is sponsored by United Way.

A workshop to help residents prepare their taxes is slated for Jan. 16 through April 17, he said.

Beginning Jan. 10, appointments can be scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. by calling 2-1-1.

Additionally, a free Duquesne tax clinic will assist residents in filing their 2017 taxes. Those with a total household income of up to $45,000 or an individual income of $25,000 are encouraged to take advantage of the service from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. either Feb. 23 or March 23, Krivacek said.

Contact United Way at 2-1-1 for an appointment.


Acting Business Manager Named in Duquesne

December 15, 2017 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Mary Louise Bittner will serve as Duquesne's acting business manager.

At Wednesday's city council meeting, outgoing Mayor Phil Krivacek said Bittner will fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Frank Piccolino last month.

Bittner will serve until the next administration selects someone permanent for the position, Krivacek said. Newly elected mayor Nickole Nesby takes office after the first of the year.

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Duquesne Woman Faces Federal Prison in Drug Case

November 26, 2017 |

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

A Duquesne woman has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for her role in a heroin trafficking ring.

Brianna Timber, 23, was sentenced last week by U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer, said a spokeswoman for acting U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song.

Federal prosecutors said that Timber was recorded on federal Drug Enforcement Agency wiretaps conspiring with others to distribute heroin and launder the proceeds.

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Duquesne City Manager 'Will Be Missed,' Officials Say

November 15, 2017 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne City Manager Frank Piccolino announced his resignation at last week’s city council meeting.

“Thirteen and a half years ago, the city of Duquesne took a chance on a young man to guide operations for the next few years and I thoroughly embraced the opportunity,” Piccolino said. “After many years of growth and accomplishments, my time as city manager has come to an end.”

Piccolino thanked his family, staff, past and present council members, city employees, Mayor Philip Krivacek and others for their care and support over the years.

“The employees of the city of Duquesne are top of the line and I appreciate their efforts,” said Piccolino, who has taken a new job as municipal manager in Robinson Twp.

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