Friends, Colleagues Remember County EM Chief

July 21, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

Bob Full’s turnout gear and helmet were displayed at the entrance to the Forest Hills Volunteer Fire Department in tribute to the former chief of Allegheny County Emergency Services, who died Friday at 65. (Bob Janis photo/special to Tube City Almanac)

Friends and colleagues are remembering a longtime firefighter and emergency responder who helped create Allegheny County’s 9-1-1 emergency dispatch center.

Bob Full died Friday at age 65.

A life member of the Forest Hills volunteer fire department, Full served as Allegheny County fire marshal from 1998 to 2011 and chief deputy director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency from 2011 to 2015, and was a familiar, calming presence at disaster and emergency scenes.

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NV Twp. Will Consider Chicken Ordinance

July 21, 2020 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

North Versailles Twp. will consider an ordinance that would allow residents to keep chickens on their own property.

At the July meeting, Solicitor Greg Evashavik presented a draft of the ordinance to commissioners for their consideration. The ordinance, expected to be put to a vote at the Aug. 20 meeting, is available for review at the municipal building.

Raising backyard chickens as a hobby has become increasingly popular in recent years and is permitted in many Mon-Yough municipalities.

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New NV Twp. Commissioner Sworn Into Office

July 21, 2020 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

Joseph Kutch takes the oath of office as the new commissioner for North Versailles Twp.’s Second Ward. Also shown is township solicitor Greg Evashavik. (Kristen Keleschenyi photo)

Joseph Kutch has been sworn in as North Versailles Twp.’s new commissioner for the Second Ward.

At the July meeting, township commissioners appointed Kutch to fill the remainder of the term of Commissioner Daryl Mitchell, who died June 15.

The meeting was held in the township community center to ensure social distancing requirements could be met.

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City Man, 20, Dead in Shooting

July 17, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A 20-year-old McKeesport man was found dead Thursday night in an alley just off of Dinsmore Street.

Keith Jones Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene just after 10 p.m., the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office said.

In a prepared statement, county police said McKeesport police and paramedics were dispatched after a caller to 9-1-1 reported that a man was lying in Spear Alley.

Jones had been shot multiple times, county police said.

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Renters, Landlords May Qualify for Assistance

July 17, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Mark Moz photo via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons)

A program to assist tenants and landlords in Allegheny County during the COVID-19 pandemic received nearly 400 applications in its first four days.

In addition, the county is also providing some utility assistance.

The Rent Relief Program, administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, was created by the state legislature in May and is funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

Allegheny County is projected to receive an allocation of $22.5 million, said Amie Downs, county spokeswoman.

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International Village Tribute Opens at Center

July 17, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

(McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center, via Facebook)

McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center is paying tribute to the city’s annual International Village with a special exhibit as well as a cooking lesson.

The three-day ethnic food and music festival, which has been held every year since 1960, was scheduled to be held in August. It has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“International Village is a long standing staple in our community,” said Teresa Trich, the museum’s community outreach director. “We at the Heritage Center have been proud to be involved with this yearly event. This year, with the cancellation of International Village, we have a new exhibit that will transport you to the Old World.”

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EA Board Tables Vote on School Reopening

July 14, 2020 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

East Allegheny school directors have delayed action on a proposed health and safety plan for reopening the district.

At a special meeting held Monday, the board voted to table the first draft of the plan, which was posted for public review on the district’s website July 9. The meeting was held online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

New school superintendent Alan Johnson cautioned that the plan would probably need to be modified as the school year approaches because of the way things are changing so rapidly.

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Duquesne Man, 20, Sought in
Connection With Homicide

July 10, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News, North Versailles Twp. News

Calvonte Moore, 20, of Duquesne has been charged in connection with a shooting Wednesday in North Versailles Twp. (Photo courtesy Allegheny County police)

A Duquesne man is wanted by Allegheny County police in connection with a fatal shooting Wednesday morning in North Versailles Twp.

Calvonte Moore, 20, shown above, is charged by Allegheny County police with criminal homicide and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with the death of Jamey Green, 29, of West Mifflin, at the Green Valley Flats Apartments.

County police Lt. Venerando Costa said Friday that township police and paramedics were dispatched at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday to the apartment complex after a caller reported a man had been shot.

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Renzie Road Closed Through Late July

July 10, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Renzie Road in Elizabeth Twp. has been closed for most of July so that crews can repair a landslide.

Steve Cowan, district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, said the closure affects the stretch of Renzie Road between Route 48 and Greenock Buena Vista Road.

The posted detour uses Zimmer Hill Road, Moray Lane and East Smithfield Street.

Weather-permitting, work will be completed later this month, Cowan said.


Letters to the Editor

July 10, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Letters to the Editor

Portion of a December 1932 airplane navigation chart. (Library of Congress collection)

Curious about airport near Tinplate Hil

As a member of the “sport” aviation community, I was having a discussion with like-minded individuals about an aerial picture of the Duquesne bridge area of McKeesport that I saw years ago. 

In the picture was a small airport (a grass field) along the shore of the Monongahela River just downstream from the bridge on the McKeesport side.

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