Sentencing Scheduled for State Representative Caught in Gambling Ring

August 16, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

State Rep. Marc Gergely will be sentenced Nov. 6 for his connections to a gambling ring that was broken up by investigators in 2012.

Gergely, 47, of White Oak, on Tuesday pleaded guilty before Allegheny County Judge Ed Borkowski to criminal conspiracy and violating state election laws by accepting cash contributions in excess of $100. Both charges are first-degree misdemeanors carrying penalties of not more than $10,000 in fines or five years' prison or probation.

Related charges of participating in a corrupt organization, conspiracy to participate in a corrupt organization, dealing in proceeds of illegal activity and criminal attempt to operate illegal gambling devices were withdrawn by prosecutors.

Gergely represents the 35th Legislative District, which includes Clairton, Duquesne, Lincoln, McKeesport, Munhall, South Versailles Twp., Versailles, Whitaker, White Oak and part of West Mifflin. He was first elected to the seat in 2002 and was re-elected last year after defeating McKeesport City Councilwoman Fawn Walker-Montgomery, who was running as a Republican.

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PennDOT, FHWA to Discuss Jerome Bridge Work at Meeting Wednesday

August 15, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

The city's iconic Jerome Street Bridge is getting a makeover, and the public is invited to learn more at a public meeting on Wednesday.

The Federal Highway Administration and representatives of District 11 of the state Department of Transportation will hold an open house and public meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the McKees Point Marina, corner of Fifth Avenue and Water Street, Downtown.

A district spokesperson for PennDOT said members of the team working on the project will be on hand to provide project details, information about traffic restrictions and detours, and answer questions and gather feedback.

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Jewelry, Purse Donations Needed for Library Sale

August 11, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Donations of gently used jewelry, purses, scarves and other accessories are now being accepted by Carnegie Library of McKeesport as it prepares for a sale in September.

A spokeswoman says that proceeds of the sale, part of the "Love Your Library" campaign, will be matched by the Buncher Foundation throughout September.

Items may be donated at the circulation desk in the main library, 1507 Library Ave., McKeesport. For more information, call (412) 672-0625 or visit

In other upcoming programs announced by the Carnegie Library of McKeesport:

  • An adult crafting session will be held on the library grounds at 10 a.m. Aug. 23. Participants will paint and decorate rocks. The event is free but participants should register in advance at (412) 672-0625.

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Crafts From Around the World Represented at Village

August 11, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

Crafts representing South America, Europe and Native Americans will be on sale when McKeesport's 58th International Village opens Tuesday.

The lineup of vendors in the global marketplace will include Eveleen Coope with Irish and Celtic crafts, Herminia Lees with Peruvian crafts, Angie Lipchick with assorted ethnic items, Preston Maruska with soy candles, Chris Miller and Laraine Kuchma with Austrian crystals, Richard Maldonado with Native American crafts and pan flutes, Ilona Ralston with Polish glass painting and face painting, Joe Rodkey with cutting boards and Hugo Maldonado with Ecuadorian and Inca crafts.

A spokeswoman says a popular kids' area featuring inflatables and other amusements also makes a return appearance when the village gates open at 3 p.m. Tuesday for the start of the three-day ethnic food and music festival in Renziehausen Park. Admission remains $2 and entertainment ends at 9 p.m. nightly.

Fireworks, sponsored by the McKeesport Lions Club and funded through sales of Turner Dairy iced tea, are scheduled for Tuesday night, weather permitting.

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Local Students Benefit From PNC, Salvation Army Backpack Program

August 08, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

More than 800 children throughout Western Pennsylvania, including 30 from the Mon-Yough area, will receive backpacks full of school supplies this month through the efforts of PNC Bank and the Salvation Army.
On Thursday, PNC Bank employees will distribute the backpacks to 113 of those students, including 10 each from McKeesport, Braddock and Homestead during an event at the Salvation Army’s Homewood Worship and Service Center on Frankstown Road in Pittsburgh, a spokeswoman said.

Other students at Thursday’s event from Pittsburgh’s Homewood, West End and North Side areas and from the South Hills also will receive backpacks with school supplies, according to the Salvation Army.

This is the second year that PNC has supported the Salvation Army’s back-to-school backpack program. The backpacks, containing a variety of necessary items, are being distributed by the Salvation Army for needy pupils in kindergarten through eighth grade.

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Truck Driver Injured in Highland Grove Wreck

August 08, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A truck driver was injured Tuesday morning when the trailer-load of stainless steel scrap he was hauling flipped over on Bowman Avenue in the city's Highland Grove neighborhood.

McKeesport police said the driver was taken to a local hospital by McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service. His name and condition were not immediately available and the cause of the accident remains under investigation, police said.

Police said the accident was reported at 8:12 a.m. when the southbound rig, bound for ELG Metals in Port Vue, overturned between Highland Avenue and Fairmont Street.

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See a Sleazy Ad Here? Please Tell Us

August 08, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

Readers: Most of the ads you see on this website are served to us by Google. We don't have a lot of control, although I do block some types of advertisers from running.

This morning, I noticed a number of ads --- like this one --- that seemed a little sleazy:

I clicked on them, and sure enough, they were both scam artists. One of them was selling a diet pill that's not approved by the FDA, and the other was trying to install viruses on people's computers. I reported them to Google and tried to block the ads from appearing again on any of our websites.

If you see an ad that seems sleazy, please alert me as soon as possible at We can't catch all of them, but I do try. And thanks for reading Tube City Online.


Mayor's Committee Honors Four for Living City's Message

August 08, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Above: Keith Murphy was one of four people honored at Monday night's special city council meeting for living the "McKeesport Message." Tube City Almanac photo: Jason Togyer)

Four city residents were presented with proclamations on Monday night for living the "McKeesport Message" of Respect, Dignity, Hope and Love.

McKeesport Mayor Mike Cherepko made the presentations before a special meeting of city council.

The recipients were nominated by the McKeesport Message Committee, a subgroup of the mayor's Select Committee on Crime and Violence.

Honored were Regis Mellinger for the value of "Respect," Keenon Mikell for "Dignity," Keith Murphy for "Hope" and Dee Connor for "Love." Biographies of the awardees are below.

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County Workers Placing Rabies Vaccine in Region

August 07, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

For the 16th consecutive year, workers from the Allegheny County Health Department are placing rabies vaccine baits in an attempt to curb the spread of the disease.

Now through Aug. 11, more than 300,000 of the baits are being distributed across the county by health department employees on foot and in vehicles, said Melissa Wade, health department spokeswoman.

The baits are specifically designed to be eaten by raccoons and inoculate them with the rabies vaccine, Wade said. Residents should confine their pets to their property or keep them on leashes, she said. Although the rabies baits are not harmful to dogs and cats, county officials want them to be eaten by raccoons --- not pets.

The department is also asking the public to make a special effort to bring any food indoors that raccoons might eat, and to make sure that garbage containers kept outdoors have secure lids.

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Community Media Board Elects Directors, Officers

August 07, 2017 |

By Advertising | Posted in: Announcements

Tube City Community Media Inc. has elected its board of directors and officers for 2017-18.

The non-profit corporation held its annual meeting on Sunday at White Oak Park. Tube City Community Media owns and operates the websites Tube City Online, Tube City Almanac and McKeesport and Mon-Yough Obituaries, as well as Internet radio station WMCK.FM.

It also produces a weekly 30-minute podcast, "Two Rivers, 30 Minutes," available from iTunes and other services, and which is heard Sunday morning on WEDO (810) in McKeesport and WZUM (1550) radio in Braddock.

Members of the board of directors for 2017-18 are Alycia Bencloski, Andi Cartwright, Doug Goffus, Bob Janis, Dan Malesky, Mike Mauer, Judy Rosenfeld, Tom Schroll Jr., Jennifer Sopko, Chris Stillwell and Jason Togyer.

Goffus was elected chair of the board, Sopko was elected secretary and Bencloski was elected treasurer, said Togyer, who also serves as executive director.


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