New Housing Opens in Homestead Boro.

June 06, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Community leaders and developers cut the ribbon Thursday (June 2) on a new mixed-use development in Homestead.

One Homestead is located on East Eighth Avenue at Amity Street and has 51 housing units, including three-story loft apartments, two- and three-story townhouse units, and one- and two-bedroom apartments with patios or sunrooms.

The complex incorporates original Eighth Avenue buildings --- including the old Homestead post office, recently used as the borough police station --- as well as new construction. The developer was A.M. Rodriguez Associates of Pittsburgh and Akron.

One Homestead "was a very challenging project, but it will stand the test of time," said Victor Rodriguez, president of the company. "We put a great deal of thought into the design. We look forward to continuing to work with the Borough of Homestead on new developments, including the opening of a new brewpub in the old Levine Hardware store on 8th Avenue.”

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O'Neil Blvd. to Close June 13 for Repair Project

June 06, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

O'Neil Boulevard will be closed near Founders Hall Middle School for most of June and July as crews work to stabilize part of the hillside.

A spokesperson for the Allegheny County Department of Public Works said the closure begins at 9 a.m. June 13 (Monday) at Porter Street, when construction workers from Pugliano Construction of Plum will begin reconstructing the hillside. The project has an estimated cost of $300,000.

The work will continue through the end of July. The official detour will take motorists over Eden Park Boulevard, Walnut Street, 30th Avenue and Patterson Avenue.


Replacement of Whitaker Traffic Light Underway

June 06, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Work has finally begun on the replacement of a traffic light at the Whitaker end of the Rankin Bridge.

A spokesman for the Allegheny County Department of Public Works said crews began replacing the signals on Route 837 near Bob's Autotorium this morning and repairs will continue, Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The repairs are expected to be complete by the end of June.

The traffic signals at the intersection were heavily damaged in April 2015 when a car driven by a Florida man crashed into two other cars and then into the side of Bob's Autotorium. During the collision, utility poles and the control system for the traffic lights were destroyed.

Temporary traffic signals have been in place at the intersection since then. According to PennDOT traffic maps, between 20,000 and 22,000 vehicles pass through the intersection on Route 837 every day.


Fishing Derby Rescheduled for June 11

June 03, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

File photo by Denise L. Ritter

The City of McKeesport Kids Fishing Derby (previously advertised for June 4) has been rescheduled for 8 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, June 11 at Lake Emilie in Renziehausen Park.

This event is for children age 16 and younger. Registration is 50 cents. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish and other contests. Children must be present for the duration of the event to claim their prizes. For more information, call 412-675-5020, ext. 610.

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TV Series Filming in City; Will Close Lysle Blvd.

June 01, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Update: Traffic closures will now be "intermittent" on Monday and Tuesday, according to the mayor's office.

A Netflix TV series being filmed in the Pittsburgh area will utilize the former offices of the McKeesport Daily News for some scenes.

Sources told Tube City Almanac that the landmark Art Deco building at the corner of Lysle Boulevard and Walnut Street will stand in as an FBI office a police station in the upcoming series "Mindhunter," a series based on a 1996 book about criminal psychologists working for the FBI.

UPDATED: Signs labeling the building as the "Sacramento Police Department" appeared over the weekend.

Construction crews today removed plywood that has been covering the windows of the Daily News since the paper was closed by its parent company, Trib Total Media, on Dec. 31.

UPDATED: Filming will cause "intermittent closures" of Lysle Boulevard from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday (June 6) and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday (June 7), with a full closure of Lysle Boulevard from 6 p.m. Tuesday until 2 a.m. Wednesday (June 8), said a spokeswoman for McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko.

The road will be closed between Locust and Market streets. Detours will be posted.

According to published reports, "Mindhunter" is set in the 1970s, and producers have been seeking 1960s and 1970s cars to use in background scenes. The series is being produced by Jennifer Orme Erwin and actors Kevin Spacey and Charlize Theron.

Shooting was budgeted at $80 million, according to a story by Jason Cato in the Tribune-Review.


Former Office Manager Sentenced in Fraud

June 01, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Glassport woman will serve 18 months in prison and pay restitution of nearly $250,000 after pleading guilty to defrauding her employer and the government.

Deborah A. Mattie, 48, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gustave Diamond, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton said.

Mattie is a former office manager for Finney Funeral Homes, court officials said. In January, she pleaded guilty to felony counts of forging checks, access device fraud and theft of government property, according to a spokeswoman for Hickton.

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Trail Council, Kiwanis Plan June 26 Swim-Bike-Run Event

May 31, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Registration is now open for the first-ever Going for the Goal Sprint Triathlon in McKeesport on June 26.

Benefiting the Kiwanis Club of McKeesport-White Oak and McKeesport Trail Council, the event will offer participants the opportunity to test their endurance with a quarter-mile swim at McKeesport Area High School, a 5-kilometer foot race through Renziehausen Park, and a nearly nine-mile bike ride on the city’s streets and bicycle trail.

A spokesman said the event will help support local programs benefiting children and improvements to the McKeesport section of the Great Allegheny Passage.

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White Oak Church Schedules Festival, Flea Market

May 31, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

St. Angela Merici Church in White Oak will hold its Family Festival on July 7, 8 and 9, a spokeswoman said.

Nightly highlights will include a flea market, basket raffle, Kids’ Kingdom, gaming area, midway games, bake sale and bingo.

Hours are 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday (the flea market will open at 6:30 Saturday).

The main food booth will feature stuffed cabbage, haluski, pierogies, grilled foods, homemade pizza, hot sausage and a nightly special, and there will be a food service booth with kids’ favorites such as walking tacos as well as a funnel cakes booth. Disc jockey K.C. Jones will provide nightly entertainment, magician Chuck Caputo will perform in the Kids' Kingdom, and local mascots will visit on Friday and Saturday.

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Marina 'Blessing' Set for Saturday Morning

May 27, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A blessing of the McKee's Point Marina, the boats, rivers, bike trail and people of the McKeesport area will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday by the McKeesport Area Ministerium and the Jericho People, a spokeswoman said.

The blessing is non-denominational and is open to the public.

A portion of the ceremony will be broadcast during the 12 noon hour on Tube City Online's Internet radio station, WMCK.FM.

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Route 51 Motel Owner Murdered; County Police Seek Clues

May 27, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News

County police are investigating the shooting death of the owner of a Route 51 motel and roadside landmark.

Allegheny County Police said officers responding to a 9-1-1 emergency call at 4:15 a.m. today found the victim behind the front desk of the Jefferson Hills Motel in Jefferson Hills, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Although the victim's name was not released, he was identified as the 78-year-old "owner of the establishment."

Property tax records list the owner of the Jefferson Hills Motel as Dehnad "Danny" Taiedi, also known as "Chief." He and his late wife, Linda, purchased the hotel in 2001 for $250,000.

Police said it appears that Taiedi was the victim of a robbery before the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call the Allegheny County Police Homicide Unit at (412) 473-1300. Callers can remain anonymous.

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