Mon-Yough Communities Slate Earth Day Cleanups Saturday

April 21, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

An eighth-grader from West Mifflin Area Middle School took first place in a county-wide contest to create a poster to celebrate Earth Day tomorrow.

Meanwhile, many communities --- including McKeesport, East McKeesport, Glassport, Jefferson Hills and Port Vue --- are preparing to mark the 47th annual Earth Day on Saturday with community-wide clean up events, while West Homestead will have a flower-planting event.

Lauren Jacobs' colorful poster, shown above, won the poster contest, sponsored by the Allegheny County Health Department. This year's theme was "brighter paths in preserving energy."

Jacobs' poster features suggestions such as using energy-efficient light bulbs, installing solar panels, and trying alternative and renewable energy sources.

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Two Dead in Overnight Shooting; Motive, Suspects Unclear

April 20, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

UPDATED with identity of the second victim, cause of death of the first victim.

Two people are dead following a shooting early Thursday morning near the Crawford Village housing complex in the city.

The victims are Raffel Greene, 49, of Clairton, and Jessica Taylor, 32, of Finleyville, Washington County, according to the Allegheny County police and the medical examiner's office.

Neither victim is a resident of Crawford Village, a police spokesman said in a statement, and it's still unclear what they were doing in the area.

County police said McKeesport officers were dispatched just after midnight to Building 39 after callers to 9-1-1 reported hearing shots fired.

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Drug Take-Back Day April 28 at McKeesport, Monroeville Hospitals

April 19, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

UPMC McKeesport and its sister hospitals will participate in a prescription drug "take-back" day on April 28.

A spokeswoman said the event is being organized in cooperation with the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration in an effort to get unused prescription drugs --- particularly painkillers, which have the potential for abuse --- off the streets.

Drugs will be collected from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first floor of the Crawford Building at UPMC McKeesport's Aging Institute Resource Room, and in the main lobby of UPMC East hospital in Monroeville.

Additional collection locations include UPMC Presbyterian hospital and Magee-Womens Hospital in Oakland; UPMC Mercy hospital in the uptown section of Pittsburgh; UPMC Mercy South Side hospital; Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in Lawrenceville; Hillman Cancer Center in Shadyside; and various locations at the University of Pittsburgh campus in Oakland.

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Now Hiring: White Oak Borough Reporter

April 19, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

Tube City Community Media Inc. is seeking one or more freelance writers to cover occasional news and feature stories in the McKeesport area.

Contributors will be paid on a per-assignment basis. These are not salaried or contracted positions and these positions may be eliminated at any time, with or without warning.

The position currently to be filled is:

  • White Oak borough correspondent

Writers will be expected to, at minimum, attend the monthly council meetings and file a report within 24 hours. Other topics may, from time to time, be assigned.

High school and college students seeking work experience are encouraged to apply; Tube City Community Media is willing to work with students who need credit toward class assignments.

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Suicide Ruled in Death of West Mifflin Woman at County Jail

April 19, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

The death of a West Mifflin woman at the Allegheny County Jail on Tuesday morning has been ruled a suicide.

Jamie Gettings, 33, was found hanging in a cell at the Pittsburgh facility just after 2 a.m., said Allegheny County Jail Warden Orlando Harper.

"Medical (personnel) responded to render medical assistance, however, she passed away," Harper said in a statement. Allegheny County Police are investigating, he said.

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Dravosburg Legion Schedules April 29 Spaghetti Dinner

April 19, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The Sons of the American Legion of Dravosburg Post 380 will hold an "all-you-can-eat" spaghetti dinner from 2 to 6 p.m. April 29 at the legion hall, 51 Duquesne Ave., Dravosburg.

The cost is $8 for people 12 and older, $5 for ages 5 to 11, and under 5 eat free. Take out orders also will be available and there will be a basket raffle, a spokeswoman said.


Easter Services Planned Throughout District

April 14, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Above: Lay minister Ray Albright and the Rev. David Else nail sins to a wooden cross at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Downtown, during Good Friday services there.

Christians around the world are marking Easter weekend, the three days that commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ as recorded in the New Testament.

Churches in the Western and Orthodox traditions calculate holy days using different calendars, but this year, both are celebrating Easter Sunday at the same time --- a relatively rare event that will not happen again until 2025.

Carol Frazier's blog, Mon Valley Happenings, tracks local church news and services. A listing of Mon-Yough area church services is available there.

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Jail Guard Fired for Providing Phone to Inmate

April 13, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A guard at the Allegheny County Jail has been arrested and accused of providing a cell phone to an inmate.

John "T.J." Wierzchowski III, 40, of West Mifflin is charged by Allegheny County Police with providing contraband to an inmate, criminal conspiracy and tampering or fabricating evidence.

Wierzchowski is free pending a preliminary hearing at 8 a.m. May 23 before Allegheny County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Manning.

In a prepared statement, county police Sgt. Mike Peairs and Lt. Richard Mullen said the cell phone was found April 4 on an inmate at the jail, triggering an investigation that led to Wierzchowski's arrest.


Police Log: April 10, 2017

April 10, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

  • Arrest records published here were provided by the McKeesport Police Department.
  • Not all arrest records are published.
  • A report of an arrest does not mean the person identified has been convicted of a crime.
  • All people arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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Two Juveniles Charged As Adults in Kidnapping

April 10, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Two teen-agers have been charged in connection with an alleged kidnapping that began April 5 in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood and ended a few hours later with a suicide in Swissvale.

D'Ambrosse Garland, 17, of Pittsburgh's North Side and Zanaya McKenzie, 17, of Ambridge, Beaver County, are being held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing Wednesday (April 12) before Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey Manning.

Both are charged as adults, Allegheny County police Superintendent Coleman McDonough said in a prepared statement.

They are charged with conspiring with Andre Williams Jr., 20, of McKeesport to kidnap a 19-year-old woman and a 1-year-old child following a violent dispute early on the morning of April 5.

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