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: McKeesport and Region 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

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Local Officials Urge Caution, Patience During Weekend Snowstorm

January 22, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: McKeesport and Region 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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Police Log: Jan. 19, 2016

January 19, 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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Local Penn State Historian Discusses MLK's Work and Ongoing Legacy

January 18, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News, Podcast

Many universities --- including Penn State's Greater Allegheny Campus in McKeesport --- were closed today for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

But instead of taking the holiday as a day off, about 90 students from the McKeesport campus and six other Penn State campuses in Beaver, Altoona, Behrend, DuBois, Fayette and New Kensington gathered in McKeesport, and then fanned out through the Pittsburgh area to volunteer at charities such as McKeesport Little Theatre, Auberle,  Braddock Carnegie Library and Braddock Free Store, and for public spaces such as White Oak Park.

The event is a tradition that began eight years ago, in an effort to use Penn State Pride to give back to the community, a campus spokeswoman said.

To kick off the event, history instructor Johnathan White gave a keynote address to students before they headed out to their volunteer sites.

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County Police Seek Public's Help in Two Shootings

January 17, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Allegheny County police are asking for the public's help in solving two shootings in the Turtle Creek valley area, less than an hour apart, on Saturday afternoon.

The motives in the shootings --- in Turtle Creek and then about two miles away in North Braddock --- are not clear, police said. Police did not indicate that the shootings were connected in any way.

The first incident happened at about 3:25 p.m. Saturday in the Penn Plaza shopping mall along Route 130. Turtle Creek police were dispatched in response to 9-1-1 calls about a shooting.

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Braddock Radio Station Purchased By Local Public Media Group

January 14, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

The Pittsburgh area will soon have a jazz radio station again after nearly five years without one.

Pittsburgh Public Media announced today the acquisition of WZUM (1550), an AM station licensed to Braddock, for $75,000. (WZUM airs Tube City Community Media's weekly talk show, "Two Rivers, 30 Minutes.")

A letter of intent and asset purchase agreement was signed by WZUM’s owners, AM Guys LLC, and by Chuck Leavens, president of Pittsburgh Public Media.

The sale is pending approval by the Federal Communications Commission, a process that could take several months, Leavens said. When the sale is complete, PPM intends to add jazz programming to WZUM along with other public-interest features, Leavens said.

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