Monessen-Area Group Will Launch New Newspaper May 2, 'If Not Sooner'

February 10, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A group of Monessen-area business leaders says its newspaper will begin operations May 2, "if not sooner."

At a chamber of commerce event Tuesday in Monessen, Mid Mon Valley Publishing LLC announced that The Mon Valley Independent will be a six-day-a-week, afternoon newspaper.

The Mon Valley Independent is the first new newspaper launched in the wake of the closing on Dec. 31 of Monessen's Valley Independent and the McKeesport Daily News by their parent company, Trib Total Media.

Mid Mon Valley Publishing has announced plans to circulate the new newspaper in Mon-Yough communities such as Elizabeth, Sutersville and West Newton, but McKeesport is not part of its current coverage plans.

“When Trib Total Media closed our newspaper, it was a sad day for our area,” said Keith Bassi, a Charleroi attorney and one of the investors behind Mid Mon Valley Publishing.

“There are a lot of people who want to have a newspaper to read," he said. "They want to follow the news and sports of the area. They want to know what is going on in their community, who dies, and anything else that is pertinent."

John Eckert, a North Charleroi resident who previously worked for Trib Total Media, was named the general manager. The managing editor will be Jeff Oliver, who worked for The Valley Independent for over 33 years writing news and sports, while the advertising director will be Linda Schaum, who also has over 30 years with The Valley Independent in advertising.

 
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Project Prom Gets Underway at Century III

February 10, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Photo by Salt of the Earth, via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons

The county's annual Project Prom will hold a gown giveaway from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 5 at Century III Mall in West Mifflin, a spokesman said.

Sponsored by the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Project Prom provides new and gently used formal gowns for local teen-agers who want to attend a spring formal celebration, but may not be able to afford to purchase them.

The gown giveaway continues from 3 to 6 p.m. March 7 to 11 and March 15 to 17.

An assortment of free, beautiful gowns of all colors and styles will be distributed to teens who meet the eligibility requirements. The teens will have plenty of options in brand new and gently used prom gowns. There will also be a selection of accessories, such as purses and jewelry, to accompany the gowns. Volunteers will be available to assist during the shopping experience. Preregistration is not required.

 
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City, County Seek Public Input in Community Development Process

February 09, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport officials are encouraging all area residents --- including those who don't live within the city --- to participate in an online survey hosted by Allegheny County.

The survey will help determine where county and municipal officials will invest federal grant funds to address housing, economic development and community development needs from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017.

The city of McKeesport, the municipality of Penn Hills and Allegheny County each receive funding from the Community Development Block Grant, or CDBG program, run through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"It's very important for needs of not just McKeesport, but the entire region to be assessed and prioritized," said A.J. Tedesco Jr., McKeesport community development director.  The results of the survey will help "ensure that money available can go to where it is needed," he said.

 
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Police Log: Feb. 9, 2016

February 09, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

  • Arrest records published here were provided by the Southwest Regional Police Department.
  • 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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West Mifflin Firm Acquired by Michigan Company

February 04, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A West Mifflin company providing computer and network support for major corporations in the Pittsburgh area has been acquired by a firm based in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Compu-Fix, located on Thompson Run Road, has been purchased by Service Express Inc., it was announced last week. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Both companies are privately held.

Founded in 1980, Compu-Fix provides maintenance and repairs on computing systems for more than 300 customers, ranging from small local businesses to Fortune 500 companies, a spokesman said.

The company has 22 employees.

Compu-Fix's founder and CEO, David Babcock, said the two companies are "very complementary" in terms of the services and products they offer. "We are confident that we will be able to provide immediate incremental value to our customers out of the gate as a result,” he said in a statement.

SEI maintains servers and computer networks for hospitals, manufacturing plants, universities, banks, financial institutions, government agencies and other clients across 33 offices in 15 states, a company spokesman said.

Those offices include one in Bridgeville. Neither company said whether the West Mifflin location will remain open.

 
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Police Log: Feb. 3, 2016

February 03, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

  • Arrest records published here were provided by the McKeesport Police Department.
  • 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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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 www.wmkpradio.org, 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.

 

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