Owner of Dravosburg Company Pleads Guilty to Fraud Scheme

October 30, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

The owner of a Dravosburg-based contracting company pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, Acting U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song said today.

Donald R. Taylor, 78, of Eighty-Four, Washington County, entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer in Pittsburgh.

Taylor, the owner of Century Steel Erectors Co., testified in court that he conspired with Watson L. Maloy Jr., 77, of Union Twp., Washington County, to use Maloy’s company, W.M.C.C. Inc., as a "front" company to illegally obtain federally funded subcontracts on bridge projects being completed for the state Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

W.M.C.C. qualified for certain government jobs because it was a minority-owned small business, federal prosecutors said. Century Steel Erectors was not.

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EC Church Plans Pork Chop Dinner Saturday

October 30, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The Evangelical Congregational Church, corner of Walnut and Olive streets, will hold a stuffed pork chop dinner this Saturday (Nov. 4) from 4 to 6 p.m., a spokesman said.

The dinner will cost $10 for adults and $6 for children age 11 and under.

For more information, call (412) 673-7691.


'Working Class Images' Tells Valley Stories Through Four Artists' Work

October 30, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Above: "A Letter to SASKIA" by Robert Qualters is one of the works on display in "Working Class Images" at the Bost Building through Dec. 16. Courtesy Rivers of Steel Historic Area.

Works by four local artists are featured in a new exhibition that examines life and culture in the Mon Valley.

"Working Class Images" debuted at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Bost Building, 623 E. 8th Ave., Homestead, a spokesperson said.

The exhibit --- inside a gallery at the Rivers of Steel Historic Area Visitors Center, near the Waterfront and the former site of U.S. Steel's Homestead Works --- spans four decades and includes paintings, mixed-media installations and photography.

The artists whose works are on display include McKeesport and Clairton native Robert Qualters; Carnegie Mellon University professor Charlee Brodsky; West Homestead-based muralist Jennifer Rempel; and poet and painter Peter Oresick, who died in 2016 from brain cancer.

"The exhibit addresses the struggle of workers to attain economic wellbeing and rights within the workplace, as well as expressions of their inner lives,” said Joel Sabadasz, Battle of Homestead Foundation board member and coordinator for this project. “Themes of work, community, struggle, dignity, faith, democracy, patriotism, play, friendship and love are timeless reflections of the region’s working-class life and culture.”

Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday through Dec. 16, except for Thanksgiving weekend, when the Bost Building will be closed. A $3 donation is requested for admission and includes access to other exhibits as well as the gallery.

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Dyson: Americans Need to Talk About Issues We'd Rather Avoid

October 28, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Johnathan White, Penn State history lecturer, listens Friday as author and Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson answers an audience question at Wunderley Gymnasium in McKeesport. (Tube City Almanac photo)

Michael Eric Dyson is tired of people --- in the words of the James Brown song --- "talkin' loud and sayin' nothin."

The award-winning author of 20 books, ordained minister and Georgetown University sociology professor came to McKeesport on Friday night to encourage his audience at Penn State University Greater Allegheny to engage each other in debate on serious issues of race, equality, justice and politics --- but to make sure they have the facts first.

"We need to talk about this stuff that people would rather not talk about, but you have to be informed," Dyson said. "When you have that conversation, have the facts. Just because you 'feel' something, doesn't mean you have the facts."

Dyson's latest book, "Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America," is a searing indictment of apathy and complacency in an age when Nazis and white supremacists have come out of the shadows to march in American streets.

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County, White Oak Officials Cut Ribbon on New Wedding Shelter

October 27, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

County and White Oak officials on Thursday cut the ribbon for a new wedding garden shelter in White Oak Park.

Located just off McClintock Road in the western half of the park, the $60,000 facility replaces an older flower trellis that was not accessible for people in wheelchairs, and which did not provide protection from bad weather.

All of the preparation work on the site --- including regrading the land, pouring the concrete and doing the landscaping --- was done in-house by county personnel, a spokesperson said. The shelter itself was installed by Jeffrey and Associates.

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Election Day Spaghetti Dinner Planned in Dravosburg

October 26, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Dravosburg Community Archives will hold a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at Amity Presbyterian Church, 400 Euclid Ave., a spokeswoman said.

All proceeds will benefit the borough's 115th anniversary celebration, to be held in 2018.

Tickets for ages 13 and over are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Tickets for children ages 5 to 12 are $5, and children age 4 and under eat for free.

The meal includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, a beverage and dessert.

Tickets are on sale now at American Legion Post 380 in Dravosburg and at the Dravosburg Volunteer Fire Department No. 1, or call (412) 469-2710.

Take-out orders will be available and there also will be a 50/50 and a raffle on the day of the dinner.


Former Mon Valley Man Sentenced for Parole Violations

October 26, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

TW: Sexual assault, domestic violence

A former McKeesport and Monongahela resident who was released from federal prison after seven years violated the terms of his parole by committing new crimes, federal prosecutors said.

Now, Santana Wygant, 40, faces another three years in prison, plus an additional five years of supervised release.

Wygant was sentenced last week by U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer in Pittsburgh, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song.

Fischer imposed the maximum sentence allowed, Song said.

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Local Police, UPMC McKeesport to Participate in Drug Take-Back Day

October 26, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Local police departments as well as UPMC McKeesport hospital are participating in the 14th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The event is designed to remove unused prescription pills, capsules and patches from medicine cabinets, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

UPMC McKeesport hospital will collect unused drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday (Oct. 27) in the first-floor lounge of the Crawford Building.

These other Mon-Yough area sites will collect unused drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 28) in the following locations:

  • Allegheny County Police Department, Wilmerding Station, 315 Station St., Wilmerding
  • Clairton Police Department, at Rite-Aid Pharmacy, 623 St. Clair Ave., Clairton
  • East Pittsburgh Police Department, at Lanigan Funeral Home, 700 Linden Ave., East Pittsburgh
  • North Huntingdon Twp. Police Department, 11279 Center Hwy., North Huntingdon Twp.
  • Pleasant Hills Police Department, 410 E. Bruceton Road, Pleasant Hills
  • West Mifflin Police Department lobby, 1020 Lebanon Road, West Mifflin
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Record-Breaking Concert Raises $158K for McKeesport's Auberle

October 25, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Above: Blues guitarist and vocalist Melinda Colaizzi performs during the 13th annual Voices Carry benefit concert. The Oct. 3 event raised $158,358 for McKeesport-based Auberle. (Photo courtesy Auberle.)

This year's Voices Carry concert raised $158,358 for McKeesport-based Auberle, breaking previous records, the social-services agency for children and families has announced.

More than 500 people attended the Oct. 3 concert at Stage AE on Pittsburgh's North Side, including 47 dedicated volunteers, said Deb Hilton, marketing, communications and events manager.

The 13th annual Voices Carry featured vocal performances by Donnie Iris, Jeff Jimerson, Scott Blasey of the Clarks, Chris Higbee and Chris Jamison, a newcomer who made it to the semi-finals on NBC-TV's talent show "The Voice" and is now working at WBZZ-FM (100.7).

WDVE-FM (102.5) radio personality Randy Baumann served as emcee.

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Route 837 to Close Near Glenwood Bridge Tonight, Tomorrow

October 25, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Route 837 from Pittsburgh into West Homestead will be closed tonight and Thursday night so that crews can repair broken concrete and remove shielding around the Glenwood Bridge interchange, a spokesperson said.

The closures will occur Oct. 25 and 26, weather permitting, between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m., said the district spokesperson for the state Department of Transportation.

The southbound portion of 837 will be closed at Becks Run Road to all vehicles except emergency vehicles.

The posted detour will include the Hot Metal Bridge, Second Avenue, Irvine Street and the Glenwood Bridge. Delays are possible.

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