Pittsburgh Man Convicted in White Oak, Wilmerding Robberies

April 03, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News, White Oak News

A federal jury in Pittsburgh deliberated for only 20 minutes before convicting an East Liberty man in the robberies of two Mon-Yough banks.

Leonard W. Gibbons, 56, faces up to 22 years in prison and a half-million dollar fine after being convicted of breaking federal robbery and firearms laws, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said today in a prepared release. Sentencing before Senior U.S. District Judge Donetta Ambrose was scheduled for July 30.

Prosecutors allege that on July 17, 2015, Gibbons stole nearly $8,000 from Compass Federal Savings Bank in Wilmerding. About four months later, on Nov. 19, 2015, Gibbons stole nearly $4,000 from First Commonwealth Bank in White Oak, prosecutors said.

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W.O. Announces Upcoming Easter Egg Hunt, Cleanup Day

March 22, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

Around 200 local children are expected to attend White Oak’s annual Easter celebration.

Youth will be split up according to age for the Easter egg hunt, slated for 10 a.m. March 31 at the pavilion at Heritage Hill Park. Goody bags with vouchers for Texas Road House children’s meals will be gifted to all who participate.

In other borough news, Councilman Lou Bender reported at this week's meeting that a borough cleanup day has been scheduled for 10 a.m. April 28. Volunteers who wish to participate should report to Heritage Hill Park at 9:30 a.m.

A rabies clinic in partnership with White Oak Animal Safe Haven is scheduled for 12 noon to 3 p.m. May 19 at the Public Works garage at the municipal building on Lincoln Way. Resident rate is $5 and proof of residency is required. Non-resident rate is $10.

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Saturday Craft Show Will Benefit Leukemia Society

March 21, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

A spring craft show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at White Oak Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, 1130 California Ave., a spokeswoman said.

More than 50 vendors are scheduled to participate, including dealers for Tupperware, Lularoe, Thirty-One, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Younique and many other companies.

Other vendors scheduled to participate include MB Letters, Creative Creations by Carol B., Kara's 100 Percent Soy Candles and Melts, Jordan Grace Co., Whaley's Wood Working, Cold Nose Bakery and The Chosen Wand.

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White Oak Council, Residents Discuss Blight

March 21, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak council and residents are worried about vacant and blighted properties in the borough.

Before Monday's council meeting, a public hearing was held on whether to proceed with the demolition of a home on State Street that burned in December. Two people died in the fire.

Brian Dinkfelt, code enforcement officer, said that the property was uninhabitable and a hazard. Borough officials said the home was not insured.

Borough Solicitor Krisha DiMascio said White Oak will attempt to recoup the cost of demolition.

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McKeesport Area Schools to Hold Lockdown Drill March 27

March 21, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News, McKeesport and Region 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 mholtzman@mckasd.net.

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Oldies Dances Slated at White Oak Legion

March 20, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

White Oak American Legion Post 701 will hold oldies dances from 7 to 11 p.m. April 7 and 21, a spokesman said.

Admission is $5 and music from the 1950s and '60s will be provided by DJs Candy and Mike.

The legion is located at 2813 Capital St. All proceeds benefit veterans programs. For more information, call (724) 984-6611.


Mayor Praises Police for Assistance on Massie Funeral

February 26, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak police and officers from surrounding departments deserve thanks for ensuring the safety of a funeral procession for local businessman Bob Massie Jr., Mayor Ina Jean Marton said.

Massie, 59, of White Oak was the owner of Bob Massie Toyota in North Huntingdon Twp., formerly on Route 48 in White Oak. The son of former White Oak Mayor Bob Massie Sr. and a longtime supporter of local charities, Massie died Feb. 8 in a one-car crash on Stewartsville Hollow Road.

The lengthy funeral procession --- almost two miles long, according to Marton --- traveled more than five miles on Feb. 14 from Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home in McKeesport to Penn Lincoln Memorial Park in North Huntingdon.

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W.O. Council Seeks Grants for Borough Improvements

February 23, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak borough will seek grants from Allegheny County's Community Infrastructure & Tourism Fund to improve the White Oak Athletic Association and the area along Lincoln Way.

Council this week voted to apply for a $50,000 grant to renovate the restrooms of the WOAA building, and a second grant for $50,000 for a "Lincoln Way Pedestrian Enhancement Project."

Borough Manager John Palyo said the Lincoln Way project will consist of improvements including new decorative signage, banners and benches.

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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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Crew Missions Seeks Volunteers For 2018

February 12, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News, White Oak News

(Submitted photo courtesy The Crew Missions)

The Crew Missions is looking for volunteers --- including individuals, groups, churches, nonprofit organizations and clubs --- to help local residents in need.

The Clairton-based charity completes household maintenance projects for elderly and disabled residents in the Clairton, Duquesne, Glassport, McKeesport, Pleasant Hills, West Mifflin and White Oak areas.

Since 2013, a spokesperson said, The Crew Missions has helped 79 homeowners.

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