UPMC McKeesport Slates 4th Community Day

June 07, 2024 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

UPMC McKeesport is joining with the city’s faith-based “Call to Action” community health team to host the fourth annual McKeesport Community Day on from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Saturday (June 8) on Market Street at Fifth Avenue, Downtown.

McKeesport Community Day will be a “free, joy-filled day” for the whole family, featuring the Bill Henry Band, health screenings, children’s activities, raffles, giveaways, food and refreshments and more, said Sarah Diest, UPMC spokeswoman.

UPMC McKeesport aims to promote health awareness and healthier lifestyles through free health screenings, health education, and access to local resources, she said.

“UPMC McKeesport’s goal is to foster connection within the community, while sharing how important it is to prioritize your health,” said Kari Bedillion, vice president of operations for UPMC East and UPMC McKeesport. “We are looking forward to celebrating the community of people we are thankful to care for.”

The event is being made possible thanks to the support of UPMC McKeesport, McKeesport Hospital Foundation, UPMC McKeesport Medical Executive Committee, UPMC Health Plan, UPMC Western Behavioral Health, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Beulah Park United Methodist Church, Sister to Sister Outreach Ministries and Zion Baptist Church.

For more information, call (412) 664-6774.


Homeowner Apologizes Over Party Gone Wrong

June 06, 2024 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

The owner of a Marshall Drive home where two people were shot during a backyard pool party has apologized to neighbors and said he wants to avoid a repeat of the incident.

Jake Howell said the May 26 incident — where two guests exchanged gunfire following an argument — was a family cookout that “turned tragic.” Howell, an electrical engineer who has lived in McKeesport for three years, called the events “painful.”

“I’ve never had anything like that happen before and it’s scary,” Howell said Wednesday following a city council meeting attended by a large group of other Haler Heights residents.

The incident happened around a backyard swimming pool at Howell’s home near Renziehausen Park.

Allegheny County police allege that Vance Lee Sykes, 30, of New Castle threw a 13-year-old girl into the pool. When he was confronted by other guests, police said, Sykes is accused of retrieving a handgun from a car and shooting another person.

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Dress for Success Plans Library Event

June 05, 2024 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Photo courtesy Dress for Success Pittsburgh via Facebook)

Dress for Success Pittsburgh will hold an event from 1 to 3 p.m. June 17 at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 1507 Library Ave., a spokeswoman said.

The non-profit group provides business-ready clothing, shoes and accessories for women and female-identified persons who are applying for jobs and need wardrobe items to attend employment interviews.

Attendees can also receive personal care items, connections to interview and resume support, and other assistance.

Registration in advance is suggested by calling (412) 672-0625 or visiting the library’s website.


Grover Street Fire Under Investigation

June 05, 2024 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

A two-alarm fire Tuesday afternoon that destroyed an abandoned house on Grover Street has been ruled accidental by the Allegheny County fire marshal’s office, but the cause remains under investigation.

According to county officials, the blaze was reported to Allegheny County 9-1-1 just before 5 p.m.

First-responders found the two-story wood-frame structure at 2719 Grover St. completely engulfed in flames and a second alarm was sounded, McKeesport deputy fire Chief Tom Perciavalle said.

No utilities were connected to the home and the blaze is suspicious in nature, Perciavalle said. Allegheny County property tax records indicate the house was owned by a White Oak woman, but according to published reports, she died in 2022.

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Man Jailed in Connection With Shooting

June 03, 2024 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Lawrence County man is jailed without bond pending a preliminary hearing on charges that he shot a fellow partygoer at an event on Marshall Drive in the city’s Haler Heights section.

Vance Lee Sykes, 30, of New Castle, formerly of Pittsburgh, is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license and recklessly endangering another person in connection with the Memorial Day weekend incident.

Sykes also was wounded during the incident, according to a criminal complaint, which alleges that at least five shots were fired — two by Sykes, and third by another, unnamed person.

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County Police Investigating Haler Heights Incident

May 31, 2024 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Allegheny County police continue their investigation of a shooting incident Sunday night in Haler Heights that sent two men to local hospitals with what were described as non-life-threatening injuries.

Details remain sketchy. The incident was reported at around 7 p.m. at a home in the 100 block of Marshall Drive, emergency personnel said.

Neighbors have speculated that a party was in progress at a private home and that an argument began, but county police have declined to confirm any details.

Pennsylvania is one of a handful of states that exempts police reports from public open-records laws.

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Preliminary EA School Budget Includes Tax Increase

May 30, 2024 |

By T.J. Martin | Posted in: East McKeesport News, North Versailles Twp. News, Wilmerding News

East Allegheny School District property owners could see their first property tax increase in more than a decade.

The school board has approved a preliminary 2024-25 budget containing a mileage tax increase of just over 1.05 mills. School board members Tisha Thomas and Merle Pusey voted against the preliminary budget and Robert Trout was absent.

The preliminary budget must be voted on at next month’s school board meeting.

Director of Fiscal Services Toni Valicenti said the state dictates a maximum millage increase that every district can impose and the proposed increase in East Allegheny is half of the maximum allowed by the state.

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Police: North Side Man Forged Paychecks

May 29, 2024 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A man from Pittsburgh’s North Side is being held in the Allegheny County Jail after McKeesport police allege he forged and attemped to cash more than $4,700 in paychecks from a city contracting business.

Sherman S. Jones, 46, is charged by McKeesport police with six counts each of forgery and passing bad checks, three counts of access device fraud, and theft by deception.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 3 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi.

In an affidavit of probable cause, McKeesport police said that a plumbing contractor in the city reported Nov. 14 that someone had forged six paychecks from their business and attempted to cash them at a check-cashing store in Homestead.

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NAMI McKeesport Schedules June Meeting

May 29, 2024 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The McKeesport support group of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. June 5 in Room 122 of the Frable Building, Penn State Greater Allegheny, a spokeswoman said.

The meeting is open to families and friends of loved ones living with mental illness.

A “care and share” session will be held. This opportunity offers understanding and support unique to those who are affected by mental health conditions of loved ones, the spokeswoman said.

For more information about the McKeesport meeting, call (412) 527-6600. For the NAMI Helpline, call (412) 366-3788 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Fundraiser June 7 Benefits Penn State Scholarships

May 29, 2024 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

Brandon Short, center, and his wife Mahreen, right, with their late daughter Karli, left, outside the library at Penn State Greater Allegheny in McKeesport. Brandon Short is a Penn State alumnus and a member of the university’s Board of Trustees. Karli Short was murdered in 2021. Her ex-boyfriend is awaiting trial on charges connected to her death. (Submitted photo courtesy Short family, all rights reserved)

Friends and family of Karli Short will hold a fundraiser June 7 to raise money for the scholarship fund in her name at Penn State Greater Allegheny in McKeesport — and for additional scholarships which will soon be extended to students at the University Park campus.

The third-annual Karli Short Better Tomorrow Scholarship Fund dinner will be held at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown Pittsburgh. Tickets are available online and start at $225.

Short, 26, a personal care worker who also had a catering business, was found dead outside her Christy Park home on Sept. 13, 2021. She was approximately four months pregnant at the time.

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