Dravosburg Church Plans Autumn Auction Oct. 29

October 05, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

First Christian Church, 100 Duquesne Ave., Dravosburg will hold an auction Oct. 29, a spokeswoman said.

The event, to benefit the church, will be conducted by Donald Strickler of Strickler Auction Services.

Items to be auctioned will include quilts, small appliances, Lenox Christmas giftware, Royal Dolton China, Avon Cape Cod ruby glassware, Fostoria crystal and ceramics.

Food, beverages and baked goods also will be available.

A preview begins at 11 a.m. and the auction begins promptly at 12 noon.


UPDATE: Suspect Sought in Maple Street Shooting

October 04, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

(Updated: Oct. 5 with suspect's name and arrest warrant.)

A 22-year-old Pittsburgh man currently on probation after pleading guilty to drug charges is wanted in connection with a fatal shooting on McKeesport's Maple Street.

Derrick Means (above) is considered armed and dangerous, McKeesport police said Wednesday, and Allegheny County police have obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Means is wanted in connection with the death of Ronald Means, 29, of Pittsburgh's West End. McKeesport police responding to a 9-1-1 call reporting shots fired just after 9 p.m. Monday found Carter lying on the sidewalk in the 1300 block of Maple St. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Means is described as a black male, approximately 6 feet tall, with his hair in dreadlocks. McKeesport police said he was last seen driving a dark colored Dodge Magnum with Pennsylvania license plate number KDE-1979. The vehicle also has an "Uber" sticker in the front windshield, police said.

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Four Children Safe After Parents Found Dead in Home

October 04, 2016 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Two people were found dead inside an Evans Avenue house after their 7-year-old daughter told school officials she was unable to wake her parents.

The girl and her three siblings --- ages 9 months, 3, and 5 --- are now in the custody of Allegheny County Children, Youth and Family Services, Allegheny County police Lt. Andrew Schurman said.

McKeesport police and MARS paramedics responded to the home at 917 Evans at 5 p.m. Monday after the girl told a school employee that she had been unable to wake her parents that day.

Police entered the home and found Christopher Dilly, 26, and Jessica Lally, 25, inside. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

There was no evidence of foul play, Schurman said, but there evidence of drug use in the home.

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Event Saturday Will Raise Funds for Proposed Port Vue Dog Park

September 30, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

Cindy McGraw-Davic lost her fight with small-cell lung cancer almost exactly one year ago, at the age of 46.

Her friends and family don't intend to let go of her memory, or her passion for her pets.

On Saturday, they'll gather at Port Vue's Romine Avenue Fields --- on the site of the old Romine Avenue Elementary School --- to raise money for a new dog park in the borough.

"Bark in the Park" will feature 35 vendors, crafters and artists along with a Chinese auction, face painting and games from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dogs, of course, will be welcome.

Also scheduled to attend are the characters "Chase" and "Marshall" from the TV show "PAW Patrol," officers from the McKeesport police K-9 unit, and the Rev. Hyung-Suk Joe of Port Vue United Methodist Church, who will do a blessing for pets.

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Workshop Oct. 10 Designed to 'Tackle' Financial Problems

September 30, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Conflict of Interest: See editor's note at the end of this story.)

Mon Valley Initiative will invite local residents to "tackle" their financial goals at a free workshop Oct. 10.

Sponsored by Pittsburgh-based Neighborhood Allies, the event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at MVI's office, 305 E. Eighth Ave., Homestead, and will include refreshments and door prizes.

Pre-registration is requested at (412) 464-4000, ext. 4001, or by emailing gbachy@monvalleyinitiative.com.

Barry Courson of Monroeville-based Waddell & Reed will discuss “mental roadblocks” that prevent people from making smart decisions about how they spend and save money, while Bobby Smith, a financial coach and workforce development specialist at MVI, will lead a trivia game to test participants on their own spending and saving habits.

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Walkers Raise Awareness of HIV/AIDS During Saturday Event

September 28, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The McKeesport Collaborative HIV/AIDS Working Group and its partners are preparing for the 16th Annual HIV/AIDS Walk, set to take place this Saturday.

The walk is now an annual tradition that gathers hundreds of people committed to raising awareness for HIV/AIDS, and is still the only one of its kind in Allegheny County.

The 16th Annual HIV/AIDS Walk will start and end at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 716 Walnut St., Downtown. Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m.

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Concert Raises $150K for McKeesport's Auberle

September 28, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A concert Sept. 20 at Stage AE on Pittsburgh's North Side raised more than $150,000 for McKeesport-based Auberle.

Spokeswoman Deb Hilton said the 12th Annual "Voices Carry" event was the most successful ever for the charity, which provides both in-community and residential services for at-risk children, teen-agers and young adults throughout Western Pennsylvania.

More than 450 people attended the event, which was sponsored in part by Huntington Bank and hosted by Randy Baumann of WDVE-FM (102.5). Entertainers included Donnie Iris, Jeff Jimerson, Scott Blasey of the
Clarks and Etta Cox

Voices Carry was launched to raise awareness and funds for Auberle’s 16 program areas that provide services to over 3,400 at-risk children and families each year, Hilton said. This year's event set records both for attendance and for the amount of money raised, she said.


Expert to Discuss Medicare Payment Changes at Free Talk Oct. 12

September 28, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

In an attempt to control rising healthcare costs, the U.S. Congress directed the Department of Health and Human Services to create an "innovation center" that would test new ways of delivering medical treatment --- and new ways of paying for that treatment --- for people on Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.

But what do these new "innovation models" mean for senior citizens who are receiving Medicare benefits? Cindy Gensamer, a vice president of Ohio-based Absolute Rehabilitation and Consulting Services Inc., will come to McKeesport to deliver a free talk entitled "Medicare Innovation Payment Models: What does that really mean for the senior with Medicare coverage?"

The talk, at 12 noon Oct. 12, is sponsored by the family council at Kane Regional Center, 101 Ninth Ave., McKeesport, as part of their family education series, a spokeswoman said. Light refreshments will be served.

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City Police Officer Fired After Social Media Post

September 27, 2016 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

* CORRECTION, NOT PERFECTION: See editor's note.

A probationary police officer who had worked for the City of McKeesport for only a few weeks was fired Tuesday after a photo she posted on social media -- which included a racial slur --- went viral.

The police officer, identified by other sources as Melissa Adamson, was terminated immediately, Mayor Michael Cherepko said.

On Tuesday, a Facebook user shared a photo from the Snapchat online service that apparently originated from Adamson's account. The photo showed Adamson in a Pitcairn police department uniform with the caption, "I'm the law today n---a." *

Adamson is white. The photo spread quickly via Facebook and was picked up by Pittsburgh television stations, as well as national media outlets.

"This post displays a degree of conduct and character that is far different from what I would expect from an officer in this city," Cherepko said Tuesday night. "It is absolutely unacceptable."

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White Oak Church Plans 'Races' Night Oct. 15

September 27, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

St. Angela Merici Parish in White Oak will hold its annual "Night at the Races" fundraiser on Oct. 15, a spokeswoman said. The event will be held in the parish's Father Drap Hall and doors open at 6 p.m.

Admission is $10 and includes a buffet meal and beverages. Horses can be purchased for $5 and race winners receive $25. Other events will include a Chinese auction, 50/50 drawing, door prizes and other social games.

For more information, visit the website at www.stangelamericiparish.org or call (412) 672-9641. The church is located at 1640 Fawcett Ave.


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