Penn Hills Man Held for Trial in Pursuit, Crash

November 01, 2016 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Penn Hills man faces formal arraignment Dec. 14 in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court in connection with a police pursuit that began in McKeesport and ended, on foot, several miles away under the George Westinghouse Bridge in East Pittsburgh.

On Monday, Paul Snoe II, 21, waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi Jr. in McKeesport. He is currently free on recognizance bond, court records indicate.

According to a criminal complaint filed by city police Lt. Robert Eastman, Snoe was the driver of a Ford Flex that had been reported stolen from Dormont. Eastman spotted the vehicle just after 9 a.m. Oct. 14 near the intersection of Grandview and Versailles avenues and notified other police units to stop the car.

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Trick-or-Treat Hours Posted in Local Communities

October 31, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

With Halloween upon us, local communities posted trick-or-treating hours tonight.

Hours for trick-or-treat are 6 to 8 p.m. in McKeesport, Elizabeth Twp., Glassport, Liberty, North Huntingdon Twp., Port Vue, White Oak and Wilkins Twp., spokespersons for those communities said.

In addition, police officers and firefighters will be patrolling streets in Wilkins to slow down traffic and protect trick-or-treaters and their parents.

Trick-or-treat hours in Dravosburg and West Mifflin are 6 to 7:30 p.m., spokespersons said.

A parade and costume contest for kids 13 and younger will be held in Dravosburg beginning at 5 p.m. at the borough building on Maple Avenue.

Liberty Borough will have a Halloween parade beginning at 5:30 p.m. tonight at the corner of Scene Ridge and River Ridge roads. Participants should line up beginning at 5:15 p.m., a spokesperson said.

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Route 837 Closed Next Week for RR Crossing Work

October 28, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Route 837 in Dravosburg will be closed next week so that a contractor hired by Norfolk Southern Railroad can repair a railroad grade crossing.

The closure begins at 9:30 a.m. Monday (Oct. 31) and continues, weather-permitting, through 5 p.m. Nov. 4, said a district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

PennDOT is not doing the work, the spokesman said, but is announcing the closure to make sure the public is aware. The crossing is near the Kinder Morgan (former Boswell Oil Co.) facility.

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McKeesport Presbyterian Church Holds Festival This Saturday

October 28, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport Presbyterian Church will be hosting a Fall Fest in the church parking lot from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 29). There will be great food including chicken BBQ, games, prizes, face-painting, music, and more. The event is free but donations will be accepted.

The church is located at the corner of Versailles and Union Avenues and 1510 Versailles Ave. in McKeesport. For more information, call (412) 678-2000.


Area Schools to Mark Veterans' Day With Tributes

October 23, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Two local high schools have announced plans to honor area veterans in November.

McKeesport Area High School will host a reception, concert and multimedia presentation at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 7 in the auditorium, 1960 Eden Park Blvd. The McKeesport Area High School orchestra, band and choir will perform and the public --- in addition to all area veterans and military personnel --- is invited to attend.

Light refreshments will be served following the event.

From 12 noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 8, West Mifflin Area High School, 91 Commonwealth Ave., will host a free lunch for veterans, sponsored by teachers and administrators. Lunch includes pasta, chicken, salad, dessert and a beverage. Reservations are requested no later than Nov. 4.

For more information, call Senior Master Sgt. Oreste (Otis) DiCerbo or Maj. Scott Harbula at (412) 896-0789, or email


Local Churches Post Italianfest, Election and Thanksgiving Events

October 23, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 336 East 10th Ave., Homestead, will hold an Italianfest from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 5. The event includes a pasta dinner with vegetables, tiramisu or cannoli, and a beverage, and live music will be provided during the event by Kevin Solecki. Items will be for sale and a raffle also will be held.

Doors open at 4:30 and a $25 donation is requested. To make a reservation or get more information, call (412) 461-5920 or (412) 835-2887.

West Side United Methodist Church, 307 Atlantic Ave., 10th Ward, will hold an election day bake sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 8, a spokesperson said. In addition, the kitchen will be open. The church is wheelchair accessible.

St. Mark Roman Catholic Church will hold a Thanksgiving community luncheon beginning at 1 p.m. Nov. 17, a spokesperson said. All are welcome.

A prayer service will be held at 1 p.m. and a lunch of hot turkey, stuffing, gravy, vegetables, salad and dessert will be served at 1:30. The cost is $15 and reservations are requested by Nov. 3. The event is at the Port Vue worship site, 1125 Romine Ave. For more information, call (412) 678-6275.


New Penn State Mom Discovers Family History at Nearby Center

October 19, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

(Conflict of Interest Warning: See note at the end of this story.)

While newly minted college freshman Jonathan Doonan attended orientation at Penn State Greater Allegheny, his mom, Michelle Doonan, went off on a tour of the nearby McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center.

He was discovering classes, academic programs, clubs and sports teams available at the local Penn State campus. She was discovering a piece of her family history.

By chance, Michelle Doonan met a woman --- Pat Begandy, a volunteer tour guide at the center --- whose husband had served with her own grandfather during World War II.

“I couldn’t believe it! It was a wonderful coincidence that I would happen to meet this woman at the center, and she knew of my grandfather,” Doonan said.

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Yukon CFU Indoor Picnic on Oct. 23

October 16, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Food, fellowship, good music and dancing are on tap at the Yukon Croatian Club on Oct. 23 as CFU Lodge 432, 109 Union St., Yukon welcomes Stari Prijatelji to its indoor picnic.

The band will play from 2 to 6 p.m. The club opens at 12:30 p.m., so come early to visit with friends and to enjoy a lunch of ethnic foods. Those who pre-ordered lamb from Mike Mezick may pick it up beginning at 12:30 p.m.
The club is just off exit 53 on I-70. For more information, call (724) 722-4100.


'Toy Bash' Will Benefit Dravosburg Firefighters

October 16, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A "toy bash" will be held Nov. 12 at the McKeesport Palisades, 100 Fifth Ave., to benefit Dravosburg Volunteer Fire Department No. 1, a spokeswoman said.

Doors open at 2 p.m. and the drawings begin at 3.

Events will include a 50/50 drawing, a Chinese auction and a "pick of the table." Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the fire hall, 598 Ravine St, Dravosburg, or call (412) 466-2405.


Christy Park UMC Slates October Events

October 16, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Christy Park United Methodist Church has slated events for the last week of October, including a pancake breakfast, a cooking class for kids, and a "trunk-or-treat" event on Halloween.

"Kid's Kitchen" will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26 at the church, corner of 29th and Beale streets, McKeesport, a spokeswoman said. If your child likes to bake, come to the church for an evening of fun.

A pancake breakfast and bake sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 noon Oct. 29.

"Trunk or Treat" will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 and children of "all ages" are welcome to participate. There will be hot chocolate, candy, hot dogs and "maybe even a trick or two." There is no charge for the event but children should be accompanied by a grown-up.

For more information about the church, call (412) 678-3110, or visit them on Facebook.


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