Penn State Campus Radio Station Comes Back

February 03, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The radio station at Penn State's Greater Allegheny campus in McKeesport has returned after an absence of several years.

On Monday, WMKP Radio resumed a regular schedule from 12 noon to 6 p.m., a spokesperson said. The station, available at, operates Monday through Friday.

“We are interested in students who are enthusiastic about radio, eager to learn, able to attend training sessions this winter, and willing to make a commitment to the station,” said Zack Furness, assistant professor of communications and WMKP general manager.  

WMKP originally began in 1971 in a makeshift studio made from a simple desk that held equipment with repurposed microphones, used turntables, and egg cartons on the walls to enhance the acoustics.

In 2006, James “Jay” M. Weitzel Jr., a 1974 graduate, donated $25,000 and this allowed the campus to create the station booth in the Student Community Center, which was named in his honor. Weitzel has fond memories of the days he spent at the station.

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Cash, Drugs Recovered Following Traffic Stop

February 03, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Left to right: Caudill, Joseph, Staton. Photos supplied by McKeesport Police Department.

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More than a pound of marijuana and $6,000 in cash were confiscated by McKeesport police following a traffic stop Tuesday night on Park Street.

Now, three people face charges in the incident, which also netted prescription painkillers and muscle relaxants.

McKeesport police said city officers, along with the Allegheny County police department, noticed a strong odor of marijuana after pulling over a car driven by Michael A. Caudill, 22, of North Versailles Twp. for a traffic violation.

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Robbery Suspect Held in Purse-Snatching

February 03, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A 19-year-old man was arrested Jan. 28 on charges that he robbed a resident of the McKeesport Towers apartment building, Downtown.

Anthony L. Payne-Stinson, of no fixed address, is being held in Allegheny County Jail pending a formal arraignment March 11 at the Allegheny County Courthouse.

McKeesport police said an elderly woman reported that on the morning of Dec. 1, she got onto the elevator in the building's lobby. A man got onto the elevator behind her and rode with her to the 12th floor.

When the doors opened, the man knocked the victim to the ground, stole her purse, and fled the building, police said. Payne-Stinson was identified from video surveillance and witness statements, police said, and a warrant was obtained for his arrest. He was arrested Jan. 25 and arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi in McKeesport.

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Police Seek Suspects, Leads in Fatal Shooting

February 01, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

One person is dead and another is in a Pittsburgh hospital after a shooting overnight near Evans Avenue.

McKeesport police say they were called just before 8 p.m. Sunday to a report of "shots fired" in the 1800 block of Fern Alley.

Upon arrival, police said, they found several people standing around a white Jeep, trying to help the occupants, who had been shot.

Police said the driver was pronounced dead at the scene, while the passenger was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment. Their names have not yet been released.

The Allegheny County police homicide unit is leading the investigation. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call McKeesport police at (412) 675-5015 or 9-1-1. Callers may remain anonymous.


Homestead Man Named in Federal Drug Indictment

January 28, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Three western Pennsylvania men have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh for heroin and fentanyl trafficking resulting in serious bodily injury and deaths, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The indictment charges Andre Higgs, 32, of Pittsburgh, Romar Watts, 34, of Homestead, and Brian Borruto, 40 of Ebensburg, with conspiring to distribute and distributing at least one kilogram of heroin and a quantity of fentanyl that resulted in the deaths of at least two people in March and April 2015.

The indictment also charges Higgs with heroin trafficking on four additional occasions between February 2015 and November 2015.

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McKeesport High Added to 'Super Bowl High School Honor Roll'

January 28, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

Four McKeesport Area High School graduates who played at the top levels of the National Football League will visit their alma mater next week on the eve of the 50th Super Bowl.

Retired NFL players William Miller (Class of 1957), Mike Logan (Class of 1992), Brandon Short (Class of 1995) and Russell Stuvaints (Class of 1997) will present the district with a Golden Football from Wilson Sporting Goods as McKeesport Area High School is placed on the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll.

The ceremony will take place in Neenie Campbell Gymnasium during the halftime of the Feb. 5 boys' basketball game when the Tigers host Gateway High School.

High schools across the nation are receiving a commemorative Wilson Golden Football for every player or head coach who graduated from their school and was on an active Super Bowl roster, a spokesperson said.

The program celebrates high schools and communities that have contributed to Super Bowl history, a spokesperson said, and is designed to link past Super Bowls with this year’s game and honor the high schools and communities that have positively impacted the game of football.

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TV Program Will Explore Unsolved Murders in African-American Community

January 26, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A group of investigative reporters will examine on TV why so many homicides go unsolved --- particularly in the African-American community.

"Aftermath: Unsolved Murders in the Black Community" is a one-hour discussion program that will be hosted by longtime TV and radio personality Chris Moore. The program will air at 8 p.m. Feb. 4 on Pittsburgh's WQED-TV (13) and be re-broadcast at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 7.

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Police Log: Jan. 25, 2016

January 25, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Provided by the Southwest Regional Police Department:

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Local Officials Urge Caution, Patience During Weekend Snowstorm

January 22, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: News

As the Mon-Yough area braces for its first significant snowfall of 2016, local officials are reminding residents to keep roads clear for snowplows and salt trucks, and to be patient.

Police in White Oak requested that residents "not park on the street unless absolutely necessary," advice that was echoed by police in Wilkins and North Huntingdon townships.

A spokeswoman for McKeesport Mayor Mike Cherepko urged residents to be "careful and patient" as crews work to clear streets this weekend.

"As our plows and salt trucks make their way through the city’s near 100 miles of roadways, please stay safe in your homes," she said. "Be sure to be good neighbors and lend a helping hand to those in need of assistance, whether that means shoveling an extra sidewalk or checking in to make sure folks are doing well."

The National Weather Service in Moon Twp. says the McKeesport area is likely to receive 3 to 7 inches of snow between 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Winds gusting up to 25 mph will make blowing and drifting snow a problem as well, meteorologists said.

A winter weather advisory has been issued for the Mon-Yough area. Heavier snowfalls are expected south of McKeesport in Washington, Fayette and Greene counties, where the weather service has issued more serious winter storm warnings.

The predicted low overnight will be 20, and tomorrow's high will be 26. Saturday night, temperatures will turn much colder, with wind chill making the temperature feel like 1 below zero.

But the weather service cautioned that even minor changes in the direction of the passing storm could cause increases in the amount of snow in our area. Parts of Ohio and Maryland were already reporting 3 to 4 inches of snow as of 3 p.m. Friday.

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McKeesport Councilor Seeks State House Seat

January 22, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

A McKeesport city council member today formally announced her plans to seek the state House of Representatives seat currently held by White Oak's Marc Gergely.

V. Fawn Walker-Montgomery said she is running for the Republican nomination in the 35th District. The primary election is April 26.

The district includes McKeesport, Clairton, Duquesne, Lincoln Borough, Munhall, South Versailles Twp. (Coulter), Versailles Borough, Whitaker and White Oak, and parts of West Mifflin.

Walker-Montgomery's announcement had been expected; she said in October 2015 she intended to run for the 35th District seat this year. Candidates may begin circulating nomination petitions next Tuesday (Jan. 26) and can file their official nomination papers Feb. 17.

"The area is filled with crime, low economic and business development, hopelessness and high amounts of government corruption," Walker-Montgomery said Friday in a prepared statement. "This has divided us for too long. But if we can all come together --- across party, racial and gender lines --- we can bring hope, safety and prosperity to the 35th District."

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