McKeesport Area Schools to Hold Lockdown Drill March 27

March 21, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News, News, White Oak News

McKeesport Area School District will hold a lockdown drill for all of its buildings on Tuesday morning to practice security protocols in the event of an emergency.

Parents are being encouraged to talk to their children before the event to avoid kids being alarmed or panicked, said Mark Holtzman Jr., district superintendent.

The drill was prompted in part by the Feb. 14 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., in which 17 people were killed and another 17 wounded, but McKeesport Area officials have "always been concerned about school security," Holtzman said.

Any parent who wants information about the lockdown drill is being asked to call Holtzman's office at (412) 664-3600 or email

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Mon Valley Attorney Sentenced to Prison in Fraud Case

March 15, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A former attorney who was accused of funnelling money from one of his client's accounts into his personal businesses --- including the Mon Valley Independent newspaper --- has been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison for mail fraud.

Keith A. Bassi, 61, of Jefferson Twp., Fayette County, also must pay more than $505,000 in restitution and a $100,000 fine, and forfeit more than $235,515, U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said Wednesday.

The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.

A graduate of Yale and Duquesne universities, Bassi was a partner in the Charleroi law firm of Bassi, McCune & Vreeland and a well-known attorney in the mid-Mon Valley, serving as solicitor to several communities and school districts and as general counsel to the former Charleroi Federal Savings Bank, now CFSBank.

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Warrant Service Leads to Five Arrests

March 09, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Allegheny County sheriff's deputies serving a family court warrant Friday morning wound up recovering six bricks of suspected heroin and arresting five men on unrelated drug charges.

Tony Griffith, spokesman for the Allegheny County sheriff's office, said deputies and McKeesport police went to an apartment in the Crawford Village housing complex before 8 a.m. to arrest Troy L. Brown, 20, of Elizabeth Twp. on a warrant for failing to appear for a hearing in family court.

Upon arrival, Griffith said, police and sheriff's deputies found "multiple tenants" within the apartment, as well as "a lot of activity," and observed a brick of what they suspected to be heroin in plain view.

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Police Log: March 5, 2018

March 05, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

  • Arrest records published here were provided by the McKeesport Police Department.
  • Not all arrest records are published.
  • A report of an arrest does not mean the person identified has been convicted of a crime.
  • All people arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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Lysle Blvd. Bus Crash Under Investigation

February 26, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Port Authority police are investigating a collision between a car and a bus traveling from North Versailles Twp. to Glassport and West Mifflin, but no charges have been filed.

The crash happened just before 6:30 p.m. Friday on Lysle Boulevard near the McKeesport Transportation Center. The bus on the 55-Glassport route had stopped in the westbound curb lane to pick up and drop off passengers when it was struck from behind by a sport utility vehicle.

Five people on board the bus sustained minor injuries and were taken to local hospitals --- two to UPMC Mercy and three to UPMC McKeesport, said Adam Brandolph, Port Authority spokesman.

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Reward Offered for Information in City Man's Death Jan. 27

February 23, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

(Update: Correction appended.)

A reward is being offered in connection with the shooting death of a city man in January.

Craig Rhodes-Mitchell, 24, was found dead just after 10 p.m. Jan. 27 inside his apartment on the third floor of a building in the 1300 block of Centennial Street.*

Witnesses reported hearing a single gunshot, followed by someone running down the stairs, according to Allegheny County police. Police said Rhodes-Mitchell (above) had been shot in the head.

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City Man Faces Prison in Federal Fraud Case

February 21, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport man has been sentenced to nearly three years in federal prison in connection with a scheme to defraud an unidentified local business.

Daniel K. Miller, 54, also faces three years' probation and must pay more than $71,000 in restitution, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said this week in a prepared statement.

Miller was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon.

Federal prosecutors said Miller stole the identity of the company in 2010 and used its name and credit history to set up a fake website to buy and sell merchandise.

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North Hills Man Charged With Ramming Police Car

February 19, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A North Hills man is being held in Allegheny County Jail after McKeesport police said he deliberately rammed a police car with the stolen vehicle he was driving.

Antwuan Berry, 21, faces a preliminary hearing Feb. 26 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi. He is currently being held in lieu of $25,000 bond, court officials said.

The charges against Berry stem from an incident early on the morning of Feb. 3. City police said Sgt. Steve Kondrosky was on routine patrol along Lysle Boulevard when he spotted a car that had been reported stolen.

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Homeowner Scares Off Intruder; No Threat to School

February 19, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News, White Oak News

A home invasion on Thursday resulted in a lockdown at Francis McClure Elementary School in White Oak, but there was no threat to students, police said.

White Oak police Chief Mark Sargent said the incident began at 10:17 a.m. when a resident of a home in the 100 block of Carmella Drive heard his dog barking downstairs and went to investigate. The homeowner had a personal firearm for protection, Sargent said.

On the first floor, the homeowner found an intruder with a pistol stuck in his waistband, standing near the home's back door, Sargent said.

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County Police Investigate West Mifflin Shooting

February 09, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

An unidentified 20-year-old man is in critical but stable condition at a hospital after a shooting Thursday night in West Mifflin.

Allegheny County police Lt. Andrew Schurman said in a prepared release that the victim was shot in the 4700 block of Coal Road, near the Munhall border. The incident happened at about 8 p.m.

The county police homicide unit is investigating. No further information was released by police.


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