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NVT Commissioners: Police Officers Likely Saved Shooting Victim's Life

July 24, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

North Versailles Twp. Commissioner Russell Saula acknowledged township police officers for going “above and beyond” to help save the life of a shooting victim earlier this month.

The officers responded to a shooting inside the North Versailles Walmart the evening of July 5. A 25-year old female was shot several times and taken to an area hospital in critical condition.

“I don’t know if everybody understands the severity of that woman’s” injury, Saula said at Thursday’s meeting. “Two of our cops, Steve Shawley and Travis Pomaibo, probably, if they didn’t save her life, they helped save her life.”

Police Chief James Matrazzo said the victim would have “bled out” from a bullet wound to her hand that traveled through the victim’s femur and pierced her femoral artery, according to information from the trauma surgeon who operated on the victim.

 
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Penn Hills Woman Charged in Walmart Shooting

July 08, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News, North Versailles Twp. News

A Penn Hills woman faces a preliminary hearing July 18 in connection with a shooting Saturday inside the North Versailles Twp. Walmart.

Rojanai Germaine Alston, 22, is charged by Allegheny County police with aggravated assault and attempted homicide. Court officials said Alston is free on $25,000 bond pending the hearing before Magisterial District Judge Roxanne Eichler.

Alston is accused of shooting a 25-year-old woman inside the store's electronics department just after 9:30 p.m. The victim, whose name has not been released, was hospitalized in critical condition, police said.

 
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NV Twp. Posts Police, Fire Reports

June 30, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

During May, North Versailles Twp. police department received 890 calls, made 27 arrests and housed eight inmates from East McKeesport and nine from Turtle Creek, commissioners reported at their June 20 meeting.

Firefighters answered 40 calls during May.

Also at the June 20 meeting, commissioners voted to approve payments in the amount of $2,967.38 to West Wilmerding VFC from the 2018 Fire Tax Money and $27,886.35 for Crestas VFC from the 2018/2019 Fire Tax Money, Commissioner Russell Saula said.

The amount approved for Crestas VFC includes an annual loan payment for a fire truck in the amount of $24,835.33, according to Saula.

Commissioners voted 7-0 to approve $800 for the purchase of a camera to be placed in the dispatch center.

 


NVT Commissioners Approve $58K for Demolition of Five Structures

June 24, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

North Versailles Twp. officials are getting closer to tearing down five buildings as part of their 2019 demolition project.

In February, commissioners initiated the legal process and began to solicit quotes for asbestos inspections. Condemnation hearings were held April 25.

None of the owners appeared at the condemnation hearings and no one objected to the township recommendations to raze and condemn the structures, township solicitor Greg Evashavik said at the May 16 meeting.

Commissioners by 7-0 vote awarded a contract for $58,275 to DJ Demolition of Braddock to demolish five structures.

 
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NV Twp. Prepares for Summer Paving Projects

May 29, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

Paving on four streets in North Versailles Twp. should be completed in mid-June.

At this month's commissioners meeting, Township Engineer Dave Gilliland said work will be wrapped up shortly on Old Farm Road, Mahoning Avenue, Crestas Road and Girard Avenue. The 2019 paving project will probably begin in July, Gilliland said.

Commissioners also approved a resolution presented by board President Frank Bivens to authorize the township manager to execute agreements pertaining to paving projects on U.S. Route 30.

Bivens said the project on Route 30 will start in Forest Hills and come all the way out to the county line.

 
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NV Twp. Posts Police, Fire Reports

May 29, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: Crime and Police News, North Versailles Twp. News

North Versailles Twp. commissioners posted the monthly reports for the police and fire departments.

During March, North Versailles police department received 728 calls, made 23 arrests and housed five inmates from East McKeesport and eight from Turtle Creek. Firefighters answered 49 calls during March.

 
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NV Twp. Resident Upset About Renovations at Nearby Home

May 24, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

A Greensburg Pike resident told North Versailles Twp. commissioners last week that she feels like a prisoner in her own home because of work being done on a neighbor's house.

“I get no peace and quiet in my house, he is pounding, moving ladders and tools late into the evening,” Lisa Didiano said at the May 16 meeting.

She claimed that work on the two-bedroom duplex is being done by the owner's husband without proper permits.

Commissioners said they understand Didiano’s frustration and recommended that she call the police if the neighbor is creating a disturbance.

 
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NV Twp. Man Wounded in Shooting; Police Seek Suspect

May 15, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News, North Versailles Twp. News

A Braddock man is wanted by Allegheny County police in connection with a shooting Tuesday night in West Wilmerding.

Melvin McCane Jr., 36, is charged by county police with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and carrying a firearm without a license. Police said he is considered armed and dangerous.

The victim, a 45-year-old man whose name was not released by police, was in stable condition at a hospital.

 
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NV Twp. OK's $60k DCED Grant for Police Car, Intersection Cameras

May 15, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

North Versailles Twp. commissioners have approved acceptance of a $60,000 grant for police car and intersection cameras.

At the commissioners' April meeting, commissioners voted 6-0 to accept the grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Commissioner Tracy Yusko was absent.

The grant was obtained with with assistance of state Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny.

 
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Arrest Warrant Issued in Connection With Route 837 Shooting

May 15, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News, North Versailles Twp. News

Allegheny County police have named a suspect in connection with a shooting on Route 837 in Duquesne that sent a motorist to the hospital.

In a prepared statement, county police Sgt. Venerando Costa said Tarone T. Jones (above), 39, of North Versailles Twp. is wanted in connection with the shooting May 3 of a 30-year-old man near the intersection of Route 837 and Grant Street.

On Tuesday, a warrant was issued for Jones' arrest by Magisterial District Judge Scott Schricker. Jones is charged with aggravated assault and attempted homicide.

 
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