Victim in NVT Parking Lot Death ID’d

July 25, 2023 |

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

A North Versailles Twp. man was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound in the parking lot of a defunct movie theater just after 7 a.m. Monday morning.

Daniel A. Sloane, 37, was pronounced dead at the scene, the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office said. The manner of death is still pending an investigation and autopsy.

Sloane’s body was discovered outside the vacant Phoenix Big Cinemas in the 1700 block of Route 30. The medical examiner’s office said that North Versailles police were investigating.

No further details about the death have been made available. Messages left for township police Chief James Matrazzo and an Allegheny County spokeswoman were not immediately returned.


EA Board Names Acting Superintendent

July 17, 2023 |

By Dianne Ribecca | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

The principal of Logan Elementary School has been named acting superintendent of the East Allegheny School District.

At a special board meeting on June 26, Joseph Dilucente was hired to fill the role for one year, starting July 1.

The appointment was necessary after the school board voted in February not to renew former Superintendent Alan Johnson’s contract, which expired June 30.

Although Johnson was not present at the special board meeting, Toni Valicenti, board secretary and director of fiscal affairs, thanked him for his efforts to lead the district during the COVID pandemic.

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Toddler Killed By Car in NV Twp. Parking Lot

July 05, 2023 |

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

A 1-year-old girl died Tuesday afternoon after being struck by a car in a parking lot in North Versailles Twp.

Arionna Porter was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt-force traumatic injuries, the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office said Wednesday. Allegheny County police are investigating.

In a prepared statement, homicide detectives said the accident occurred just before 4:30 p.m. at the Eastland Apartments on East Pittsburgh-McKeesport Boulevard.

The driver of the vehicle, whose name has not been released by police, remained on scene, detectives said. An investigation has been initiated. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call the County Police Tip Line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous.


Local Schools Are Welcoming International Pupils

June 16, 2023 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

Logan Elementary kindergarten teacher Cathy Maloney with current ESL students and their siblings at the annual ESL Community Night held in May. (Submitted photo courtesy of East Allegheny Education Association)

As students eagerly begin their summer vacation, teachers and staff of Logan Elementary School in North Versailles Twp. are reflecting on an unusual school year. Enrollment in an English as a Second Language, or ESL, program tripled during the school year, from eight pupils in 2021-22 to 23 students in 2022-23.

Twelve countries are represented within the Logan community, according to East Allegheny School District. Many of the students are from Spanish-speaking countries but there also is representation from Afghanistan, Ghana, Iran and Latvia.

In one kindergarten classroom, taught by teacher Cathy Maloney, seven out of 23 students were in the ESL program.

“Four out of seven we knew about. The other three came in later,” says Maloney, who offered to take the additional three students who arrived after the school year had begun to help maximize ESL resources.

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One Dead After NVT Crash, Police Investigating

May 18, 2023 |

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

Allegheny County police are investigating a head-on collision Tuesday that killed a 65-year-old driver.

Police said the accident happened just before 3:30 p.m. under the George Westinghouse Bridge in North Versailles Twp.

Investigators said an SUV driven by a 19-year-old man was traveling west on East Pittsburgh-McKeesport Boulevard, toward East Pittsburgh, when it crossed the center line and collided with an eastbound passenger van.

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Veterans Group Offers $615K for Old GV School

April 18, 2023 |

By Dianne Ribecca | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

A non-profit veterans organization had the winning bid for a former elementary school in North Versailles Twp.

Wellness for Veterans, located in Blairsville, must raise $615,000 or risk losing its opportunity to purchase the former Green Valley Elementary School at 3290 Crestview Drive, which was offered at public auction.

East Allegheny School Board this month accepted an offer from Wellness for Veterans. The group must deposit $20,000 to secure the sale and complete the transaction in 120 days, officials said.

Steve Miller, founder and chief executive officer of Wellness for Veterans, said he is feeling the pressure to come up with the money or lose the building.

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EA Students Take a Royal Journey in ‘Anastasia’

April 11, 2023 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: Entertainment, North Versailles Twp. News

The cast of East Allegheny High School’s “Anastasia” rehearses the show-stopping “Paris” dance number. (Kristen Keleschenyi photo for Tube City Almanac)

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Where: East Allegheny High School, 1150 Jacks Run Rd., North Versailles

When: 7:30 p.m. April 13 and 14; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 15

Tickets: Available at

The story of a princess with amnesia is about to come to life at East Allegheny.

The high school’s spring musical, “Anastasia,” opens on Thursday (April 13). The story revolves around Anastasia “Anya” Romanov, who is trying to find out about her past, but ends up befriending two con men who have ulterior motives.

Although the show is not a Disney musical, it has all the elements of one — a princess, great song and dance numbers, and (of course) there’s a love story. The show is based on the 1997 animated film of the same name, and a 1956 live-action film.

Musical director Amanda Rosco said this particular musical paired well with the students who came out to audition and their skill sets. The licensing rights to “Anastasia” just became available to schools last musical season, and EA is only the third school in the area — Belle Vernon Area being the closest and most recent — to present it to an audience.

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NV Twp. Slates Easter Egg Hunt, Other Events

March 27, 2023 |

By Dianne Ribecca | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

The North Versailles Twp. Parks & Recreation Department has announced a full schedule of events for April:

North Versailles Twp. children can enjoy Art and Apple Juice for free at the North Versailles Community Center from 6 to 8 p.m. April 4. Groups will be sectioned into grades K-3 and 4-6. Students will be instructed by East Allegheny High School art students and teachers on how to paint an age-appropriate painting. Kids can paint pictures to take home while enjoying snacks and juice. Goodwill donations will be accepted for the EAHS Art Scholarship fund.

The North Versailles Twp. Parks & Recreation Department will hold an Easter Egg Hunt at Crestas Park, 2298 Milligan St., from 12 noon to 2 p.m. April 8. Kids will enjoy outdoor games and a magician show, while Bud Bunny will be available for a meet and greet. RSVP to or call (412) 823-6602 ext. 104 by April 5.

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Ma’s Pantry Marks 40 Years of Local Support

March 24, 2023 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

Photo: Ma’s Pantry volunteers Debbie Griffith (treasurer), Karen Kane, Louise Beswick (secretary), Paula Greenwald, Nikesh Datta, John Hall and Alan Eichler (president) with their certificate from State Senator Jim Brewster’s office. (Kristen Keleschenyi photo for Tube City Almanac)

A local food pantry is celebrating 40 years of helping their neighbors in need.

Ma’s Pantry was created in 1983 by the Ministerial Association of North Versailles and East McKeesport.

The association was made up of five churches including Broadway Alliance, First United Methodist, Linway Presbyterian, Saint John’s Evangelical Lutheran and Saint Robert Bellarmine Roman Catholic Church. This multi-denominational effort was unprecedented at the time but the need in the community went beyond religious affiliations.

“They did not think it would last 40 years,” says Karen Kane, who has been volunteering with the pantry since 2004. “They thought it would meet the immediate need of the mills shutting down, but the whole country has been economically challenged.”

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New Traffic Lights Vex Some NV Twp. Residents

March 22, 2023 |

By Dianne Ribecca | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

New traffic lights installed at the entrance to the former Eastland Mall aren’t configured correctly, residents of Maryland Avenue told North Versailles Twp. commissioners this month.

At the township commission’s March meeting, residents said the signals at the intersection of Maryland Avenue and East Pittsburgh-McKeesport Boulevard were installed in anticipation of a new Amazon distribution center opening at the property, but the job isn’t finished.

That said that motorists who turn left from Maryland onto the boulevard are immediately confronted with a red light. This configuration causes confusion about whether you should stop immediately after making the left turn or continue.

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