West Mifflin Teacher Honored by State VFW Leaders

January 18, 2017 |

By Mike Mauer | Posted in: Announcements

A Mon Valley educator with more than two decades of experience has been named by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Pennsylvania as the VFW "Voice of Democracy Teacher of the Year."

Melissa L. Fulmer, an English teacher at West Mifflin Area High School, earned the VFW's top honor for encouraging dozens of her students to participate in the VOD program over the last two years.   

She will receive a VOD plaque on Saturday at the organization’s Mid-Winter Conference banquet held in the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Green Tree.

“I am honored to be acknowledged for encouraging students to voice their opinions and am proud of them for doing so in a respectful and meaningful manner,” Fulmer said.

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Pittsburgh Man Charged in Century Square Gun Theft

January 18, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A 19-year-old man from Pittsburgh's Knoxville section has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges he stole five rifles and ammunition from a West Mifflin sporting goods store.

Marquis Trammel, 19, is charged with stealing firearms from a licensed dealer and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, said a spokeswoman for acting U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song in Pittsburgh.

He also faces charged from West Mifflin police in connection with the Dec. 20 incident at Dunham's Discount Sports in Century Square shopping center off Lebanon Church Road.

According to Allegheny County court records, borough police arrested Trammel on Dec. 22 and burglary, five counts of theft by unlawful taking, unlawful possession of a firearm, criminal mischief, conspiracy and carrying a firearm without a license.

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Dura-Bond to Re-Open Former U.S. Steel Pipe Mill in McKeesport

January 12, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

(Photo above: Dura-Bond pipe manufacturing operations near Harrisburg. Dominion Gas Co. photo via YouTube.)

McKeesport's claim to be the "Tube City" appears to be alive again.

Westmoreland County-based Dura-Bond Industries, which operates pipe-coating operations in Liberty Borough and Duquesne, announced today that it is leasing and will re-open U.S. Steel's former McKeesport Tubular Operations plant, also known as the electric resistance weld mill.

The McKeesport mill is the second pipe-manufacturing operation to be re-opened by Dura-Bond, which also owns a former Bethlehem Steel pipe mill in Steelton, near Harrisburg.

Terms of the purchase were not released. The ERW mill in McKeesport is the last remaining vestige of McKeesport's National Tube Works, which once employed more than 7,000 people.

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County Police Seek Wilmerding Bank Robber

December 29, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Allegheny County police are looking for the man who robbed Compass Bank in Wilmerding Thursday afternoon.

A county spokeswoman said the suspect ran into the bank on Westinghouse Avenue at 3:15 p.m., jumped over the teller's counter and tried to take money from a drawer. When he was unable to get that drawer open, he turned to the next teller's window, grabbed approximately $2,600 in cash, jumped back over the counter and ran out of the bank.

Police said he was last seen fleeing on foot up Commerce Street.

The suspect was described as a white male with blue eyes, a medium build, and 5-feet-10-inches tall. He was wearing a dark gray jacket, gray workout pants and brown hilking boots. He wore gloves on his hands and his face was covered with a black or dark blue mask or scarf.

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Traffic Stop Leads to Narcotics Charges for Pittsburgh Man

December 29, 2016 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Lawrenceville man faces a preliminary hearing Feb. 27 after McKeesport police said they found 451 stamp bags of suspected heroin in his possession during a traffic stop.

Jason R. Galley, 41, also faces unrelated narcotics charges in Wilkins Twp. and the city of Pittsburgh, according to court records. He is being held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of bond on the Pittsburgh charges, court officials said.

A stamp bag of heroin typically contains around 1/10th of a gram of heroin.

McKeesport police said officers on patrol just before 11 p.m. Dec. 2 saw a dark-colored SUV driving the wrong way on Sumac Street. They followed the vehicle and stopped it near the intersection of Versailles and Patterson avenues, police said.

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Man Faces Charges in Two November Break-Ins

December 29, 2016 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Clairton man is being held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of bond after McKeesport police charged him with burglarizing two houses in the 2900 block of Versailles Avenue.

David D. Foster, 43, is charged by McKeesport police with burglary, criminal trespass, receiving stolen property, theft by unlawful taking, criminal mischief and possessing instruments of crime. He faces formal arraignment at 9 a.m. Feb. 16 before Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey Manning.

Police said officers responded to a burglary report on Nov. 6 at a house in the 2900 block of Versailles. As they searched the area, they spotted an open window at a neighboring house, and went inside, where they found two stolen TV sets, with remote controls, along with a screwdriver and a pair of gloves.

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'Proud Partner' MYCS Receives Chamber Gift

December 29, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

Mon Yough Area Chamber of Commerce this month made gifts totalling $3,500 to McKeesport-based Mon Yough Community Services.

Maury Burgwin, executive director of the chamber, said that the initiative of MYCS Director of Development Nancy Shelton "made the gifts possible."

Following Shelton's lead, Burgwin said, MYCS employees have volunteered their time throughout the year to work at chamber events, including a benefit auction.

"I can't tell you how proud we've been to partner with MYCS," he said.

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Library Slates Upcoming Programs

December 22, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Carnegie Library of McKeesport has slated programs for January. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information about any program, call (412) 672-0625 or visit the library's website.

The library is located at 1507 Library Ave., off of Versailles Avenue.

Sit and Be Fit: "Sit and Be Fit" will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4 and 18 at the library. The program promotes exercises that can be done in the winter months. The exercises are low impact and gentle, a spokeswoman said.

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State AG: School Bus Firm Had Unlicensed Drivers, Uninspected Vehicles

December 21, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News

The state attorney general today accused a McKeesport school-van operator of using drivers with criminal records and using vehicles that were not properly inspected or insured.

Martin W. Betchy, 35, and his company, Three Rivers Transit LLC, are charged with insurance fraud, theft by deception, criminal attempt to commit theft by deception, criminal use of a communication facility, deceptive or fraudulent business practices, endangering the welfare of children and unlawful use of a computer and other computer crimes.

In one case, the AG's office claims, one of Three Rivers Transit's drivers was taking four students to a school for special-needs children, but had never passed a driver's test or obtained a license.

Another driver worked for Three Rivers Transit for more than a year while her license was suspended for drunken-driving, the attorney general claims, and one of the vans used for school transports didn't have a first-aid kit or other required safety equipment.

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Advertising Rates

December 19, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

In the wake of the closure a year ago of the McKeesport Daily News, we've had several inquiries about advertising at Tube City Almanac and our sister site, McKeesport Obituaries.

We are still finding our way around; Tube City Community Media remains an all-volunteer organization, and we don't have anyone who is actively able to sell advertising. The advertising you do see on the sites is supplied by Google Adsense, and we net $2 or $3 per day from it --- not enough to pay anyone.

But since people are asking, and we do want to provide a service to the community, current rates will be as follows, until further notice:

  • A static photo, image or logo, with up to a 50-word description, will be $25 per week on either site.
  • A 30-second video advertisement, posted on either site for 30 days, will be $150.
  • A 60-second video advertisement, posted on either site for 30 days, will be $250.

I hope that sounds fair. Our traffic has gone up about 300 percent since the loss of the paper. We're not looking to gouge anyone, but we'll never grow if we don't bring in some revenue.

We can do the video in-house, based on your script and photos, unless you have something already.

And we can take a check or money order made out to Tube City Community Media Inc., or a PayPal donation to tubecitytiger@gmail.com.


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