Wilmerding Community Center Prepares for Grand Opening at Former Y Site

August 29, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News, North Versailles Twp. News

Wilmerding Community Center board member Melissa Allenbaugh shows the indoor swimming pool to John Callahan of North Versailles Twp. during the open house held on Aug. 24. The grand opening will take place Sept. 3. (Richard Finch Jr. photo special to Tube City Almanac)

Greg Jakub has been involved in the Wilmerding Community Center project ever since “the YMCA handed me the old keys and closed the door.”

At an open house Saturday at the former Wilmerding YMCA, Jakub, the borough's mayor, said he would like to see people coming to the center to socialize as well as exercise.

“We have people that used to come in here, they didn’t swim, they came to sit and gab and that’s what we want to have happen again,” Jakub said. “All the hard work is finally paying off, but we're still a work in progress and there are things that need to be done.”

The center officially opens to the public on Sept. 3.

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NV Twp. Resident Complains About Right-of-Way Maintenance

August 26, 2019 |

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

Jill Moran wants North Versailles Twp. to maintain the right-of-way adjacent to the property she and her husband purchased in January on Diane Drive.

“I own this house and we take (preserving) it very seriously,” she told commissioners at the Aug. 15 meeting. “In March we moved in and have been working hard to maintain the property, especially the yard.”

Moran said she is upset that she received a notice from the township regarding the right-of-way adjacent to her property.

“Some commissioner complained they couldn’t see when they pulled their car out on Diane and Foster, to the right, which is our property,” she said. “I don’t appreciate being welcomed to the township with a complaint that was not accurate.”

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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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