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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.
At last week's council meeting, Marton singled out White Oak police Chief Mark Sargent, Detective Mark Bushik, Sgt. Jessica Hetherington and Officer Bill Haines, as well as officers from McKeesport and North Huntingdon, for their assistance. "They did a wonderful job," she said.
In other business:
Marton gave the police department activity report for January.
White Oak police reported 19 arrests, including 18 adults and one juvenile. Of those, there were eight drug arrests, one DUI, one hit-and-run, four assaults, one false report to law enforcement, one identity theft, one robbery and one theft. Additionally, 45 traffic violations were reported.
Marton also thanked local police departments who assisted White Oak police when they were dispatched for a report of a home invasion reported on Feb. 15. Departments assisting included North Versailles Twp., Versailles, Penn State Greater Allegheny, McKeesport and Elizabeth Twp.
During the public comment section, resident Regina Crouch asked that council do something about vehicles driving recklessly and not stopping for school buses at the four-way stop at the intersection of Kansas Avenue and Guice Street.
Council said they would discuss the matter with Sargent. Borough Solicitor Krisha DiMascio also stated that, in the case of vehicles passing school buses with their red warning lights on, the bus driver can report the cars' license plate numbers.
Under state law, drivers convicted of passing a school bus with its red warning lights on face a 60-day license suspension.
On behalf of the White Oak Lions Club, member Rich Keller asked who owns the parcel of land located at the corner of Guice and Henderson Road. Keller said the Lions Club would like to install a LED sign for community use.
Borough Manager John Palyo said the property is owned by the state after the reconstruction of Lincoln Way, but White Oak is actively attempting to get ownership of the land. Council hopes to have more information for next month’s meeting.
Cami DiBattista is a freelance writer who covers municipal news from Duquesne and White Oak as well as other topics for Tube City Almanac. Editor Jason Togyer contributed to this story.
Originally published February 26, 2018.