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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Gift, Grant Aid Effort to Reopen Wilmerding Y

May 14, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News, North Versailles Twp. News

Celebrating a gift of $75,000 to the Wilmerding Community Center from Allegheny Petroleum Products Co. are CEO Jim Kudis and President Barb Kudis, state Rep. Brandon Markosek, Wilmerding Community Center board member Peter McGinty, Wilmerding Mayor Greg Jakub and state Sen. Jim Brewster. (Submitted photo courtesy Allegheny Petroleum Products Co.)

An effort to reopen the former YMCA in Wilmerding has gotten a big boost from a local business.

Allegheny Petroleum Products Co. has pledged $75,000 over three years to the new Wilmerding Community Center Inc. The gift was announced Friday.

Organizers are hoping the former YMCA will reopen this August --- on or about the one year anniversary of its closure.

Barb Kudis, president of Allegheny Petroleum, says the company hopes its gift spurs other donations. The 32-year-old company has been headquartered in Wilmerding for all but five years of its existence.

"We're a big supporter of the community," she says. "We have a lot of employees in the area, and the Wilmerding area has been a good partner of ours for many years."

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North Versailles Slates Mother's Day Bingo, Township Cleanup Day

May 02, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements, North Versailles Twp. News

Mother's Day Bingo will be held Saturday (May 4) at the North Versailes Twp. community center at 1 p.m., a spokesperson said.

A township cleanup day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18. Participants are asked to meet at Crestas ball field for refreshments and the distribution of supplies. Registration is requested with the Parks and Recreation department.

For more information on either event, call (412) 823-6602, extension 104, or email


Pittsburgh Premiere of ‘Bright Star’ Will Light EA’s Stage

April 08, 2019 |

By Bonnijean Cooney Adams | Posted in: Entertainment, North Versailles Twp. News

Musicians join actors onstage in this moveable house during East Allegheny's "Bright Star," with bluegrass/country music by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. (Bonnijean Cooney Adams photo)

If you go...


East Allegheny High School presents “Bright Star”
Where: 1150 Jacks Run Road, North Versailles Twp.
When: 7:30 p.m. April 11, 12 and 13, with an additional matinee at 2 p.m. April 13
Tickets: $12 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens for the evening performances. All tickets are $6 for the matinee. Available at the main office in the high school, by calling (412) 824-8012, or will be sold at the box office beginning 45 minutes before each performance. Additional show information at

“Laugh, cry, and find your way home again,” is the tagline director/producer Amanda Rosco suggested as a way for East Allegheny students to explain the essence of this year’s musical, “Bright Star.”

Written and composed by Steve Martin -- comedian, actor, musician, author, playwright and producer -- and Edie Brickell, the musical is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina just after World War II, with flashbacks to 1923.

The music is a mixture of bluegrass and country, and grew out of their collaboration on “Love Has Come for You,” a 2013 Grammy-winning bluegrass album with Brickell’s lyrics and singing and Martin on banjo.

“Bright Star” opened on Broadway in 2016, and was nominated for a number of awards.

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Easter Bunny Breakfast Planned in NV Twp.

April 02, 2019 |

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

North Versailles Twp. will host an Easter Bunny Breakfast for children, including an egg-decorating contest, on April 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the community center, 1401 Greensburg Ave.

Pre-registration is requested. RSVP to the Parks and Recreation department at (412) 823-6602, extension 104.


NV Twp. Posts Police, Fire Reports

March 27, 2019 |

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

During February, North Versailles Twp. police department received 722 calls, made 21 arrests and housed five inmates from East McKeesport and five from Turtle Creek. Firefighters answered 72 calls during February, according to Commissioner Russell Saula.

At March's meeting, township commissioners voted to approve payments in the amount of $2,611.28 to West Wilmerding VFC and $1,892.25 for Crestas VFC from the 2018 Fire Tax Money, Saula said.


New Cameras OK'd for Police Cars, Intersections in NV Twp.

March 27, 2019 |

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

North Versailles Twp. commissioners have approved the purchase of eight video cameras and related equipment for use in police cars.

At the March 21 meeting, the commissioners also agreed to purchase two license plate readers and two traffic cameras from Security Consulting Solutions, Inc. of Monaca, Beaver County. The equipment will be installed at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Westinghouse Avenue at a cost of $12,360.56.

North Versailles police Chief James Matrazzo said that when the new traffic cameras and license plate readers are installed, it would bring the total in the township to 12 each.

The township commissioners approved purchasing two additional cameras and license plate readers for the intersection of Routes 48 and 30 at a cost of $7,415.98, pending budget approval.

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Weekly Meetings Underway as NV Twp. Plans 150th Celebration

February 28, 2019 |

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

Weekly meetings are now underway at 6 p.m. Tuesdays for North Versailles residents interested in planning the township's 150th anniversary celebration.

At the February meeting, Commissioner Tracey Yusko reported that the two-day celebration will include a parade on Aug. 1, followed by an event at the Pitcairn-Monroeville Sportsmen's Club on Route 48, including bands, fireworks, rides and activities for children, as well as food trucks and community tables.

Yusko said she expects the event will have “the feel of a community picnic.”

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NV Twp. Commissioners to Address Stormwater Concerns

February 27, 2019 |

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

Water damage from sump pumps is causing concern for residents in North Versailles Twp.

During the public comment portion of the February meeting, resident Michael Frawley told township commissioners that he's never had a problem until a neighbor's sump pump was installed last summer, creating hazardous conditions.

“Five inches of water froze on the driveway causing my tenant to fall, requiring medical attention,” he said. “The water is running down my driveway, 24 hours a day --- it never stops.”

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Warning Issued After Rabid Raccoon Caught in NVT

February 21, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

A raccoon captured near the intersection of Maryland Avenue and Westbury Road in North Versailles Twp. has tested positive for rabies, the Allegheny County Health Department said.

The animal was brought to a health department facility earlier this week.

It is the fourth rabid animal --- and third rabid raccoon --- reported in Allegheny County so far this year.

County residents are being reminded to always avoid stray and wild animals, even if they appear healthy, to avoid exposure to rabies, a spokesman said. If an animal is acting strangely and appears to be infected, he said, call your animal control officer, local police or the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

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