Suspect Held For Court in Home Invasion

February 05, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport resident faces formal arraignment in Allegheny County Court on March 4 in connection with a suspected home invasion during which she was shot in the leg by the homeowner.

Police said both people have a previous relationship and that the incident stemmed from an earlier argument.

Tanya M. Johnson, 34, was ordered held for court on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, simple assault (domestic violence) and making terroristic threats following a preliminary arraignment before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi. She is currently free on bond.

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Five Juveniles Charged With Break-Ins at Man's Home

February 05, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Five juveniles were arrested after McKeesport police believe they broke into a Jenny Lind Street man's home at least twice, vandalizing his bedroom and stealing items.

The teen-agers --- two 17-year-old males, a 16-year-old male, and two females, ages 13 and 16 --- were charged by police with burglary, criminal trespass and criminal mischief and their parents were notified.

At least three of the youths were residents of a group home on Olive Street, police said.

McKeesport police said the first incident occurred overnight on Jan. 13. Police said a 55-year-old resident of the 700 block of Jenny Lind returned home from work early Jan. 14 and found the front door of his home had been damaged.

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Duquesne to Create Outdoor Fitness Court

February 05, 2019 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

A $30,000 grant from the National Fitness Campaign will be used to create and implement an outdoor fitness court in Duquesne.

The facility, which is expected to be constructed by the end of the 2019 calendar year, will be free to use for community residents and visitors, Mayor Nickole Nesby announced.

At January's regular meeting, council approved a motion to hold a workshop and planning session on the second Tuesday of each month, with a voting meeting on a fourth Tuesday of each month. Both meetings will continue to be open to the public.

In other business:

Council has repealed a previous ordinance that would have increased the mayor's salary to $65,000 per year following the next mayoral election.

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Water Authority Offers Tips for Protecting Pipes During Freeze

January 29, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Cha già José photo via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0.)

With temperatures predicted to drop below 0 in the Mon-Yough area this week, the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County has issued tips for keeping water pipes from freezing:

Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses, so freeze conditions don't burst the faucet or pipe to which the hose is connected

Insulate pipes or faucets in unheated areas (garages, attics, crawl spaces) before freezing temperatures arrive

Consider installing "heat tape" or "heat cable" on all exposed water lines. Heat tape can be found at hardware and home improvement stores.

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School Canceled, Warnings Issued as Region Prepares for Freeze

January 29, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

(The Ohio River froze at Point State Park, Pittsburgh, in January 2014. Photo by Matt Niemi via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0.)

(This story will be updated with new information as it becomes available)

Local school districts are canceling classes and McKeesport is opening a warming shelter as a so-called "polar vortex" swoops into the Mon-Yough area this week.

McKeesport Area, Clairton, East Allegheny and South Allegheny school districts have canceled all classes and school-related activities for students on Wednesday and Thursday, according to spokespersons, while Norwin School District will be closed Wednesday.

Penn State Greater Allegheny also will be closed Wednesday.

The National Weather Service in Moon Twp. has issued a wind-chill advisory from 5 a.m. Wednesday through 5 p.m. Thursday. Forecasters said that with air temperatures dropping to near 0 degrees on Wednesday afternoon, and winds reaching 30 mph, the temperatures will feel like 20 below 0.

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Vacant White Oak Property Could Be Headed to Land Bank

January 28, 2019 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

(Allegheny County real estate photo)

White Oak council has given its approval for the transfer of a vacant house on Ohio Avenue to the Tri-COG Land Bank.

The one-story home at 1808 Ohio will only be transferred if McKeesport Area School District and Allegheny County consent, said Dave Pasternak, White Oak council president.

Pasternak said he's hopeful that the transfer, if approved, will result in the house being refurbished and sold to a new owner. According to county tax records, the house has been tax-delinquent for several years.

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County Controller Seeks Public Comment on UPMC, Highmark Split

January 28, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner will hold a public meeting at Carnegie Library of McKeesport to find out how residents are being affected by the upcoming split between UPMC Health System and Highmark.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the library, 1507 Library Ave.

Advance registration is suggested by calling (412) 672-0625.

A spokesman for Wagner said people who cannot attend are invited to submit their stories via the county controller's website.

UPMC has been feuding with Highmark for years. UPMC operates its own health insurance plan in competition with Highmark's Blue Cross and Blue Shield programs, while Highmark is the parent company of the Allegheny Health Network, which includes doctors and hospitals that compete with UPMC's.

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Legislators Plan Public Hearing on Clairton Works Fire, Aftermath

January 28, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

U.S. Steel: Repairs to pollution equipment expected to take four months

(U.S. Steel photo)

Four state legislators will hold a town-hall style public hearing in Clairton to discuss a Dec. 24 fire at U.S. Steel's Clairton Plant, and the aftermath.

State Sen. Jim Brewster said that joint Senate-House Democratic Policy Committee hearing will begin at 12 noon Feb. 7 at the Clairton Municipal Building, 551 Ravensburg Blvd.

Also scheduled to attend, along with officials from the Allegheny County Health Department, are state Sen. Jay Costa and state Reps. Austin Davis and Bill Kortz.

Meanwhile, U.S. Steel said that the pollution control equipment damaged in the fire could be out of service for up to four months, but that the company is working "around the clock to make the necessary repairs."

The company has set up a special website at to provide updates directly to the public.

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Duquesne Hoping to Emerge From Distressed Status

January 27, 2019 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

A distressed municipality for nearly 30 years, Duquesne is hoping to be self-sufficient in the near future.

At last week's council meeting, the city's Act 47 Coordinator, George Dougherty, reported that Duquesne is coming to the end of its final five-year Act 47 plan.

“Beginning in 2020, we have to get the finances and management in a place where the city will be able to float on (its) own and come out of Act 47 status,” said Dougherty, who was appointed by the state in October to represent the community. “I’m really hoping to see Duquesne move forward in becoming self-sufficient.”

Dougherty has been working to develop a budget for Duquesne, which has been an Act 47 municipality since 1991. Recently, he began drafting an "exit plan" from the assistance program.

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NV Twp. Commissioners OK Grant Application for Fairhaven Park

January 25, 2019 |

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

(North Versailles Twp. photo)

North Versailles Twp. will seek $140,234 from the Allegheny County Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund for renovations at Fairhaven Park.

At their January meeting, commissioners authorized Parks and Recreation Director Lisa Green to apply for a grant from the CITF fund.

In other business:

The cost to rent the hall at the township Community Center has gone up, from $175 to $250 for residents and from $300 to $400 for non-residents, effective immediately. Commissioners voted to approve the change.

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