14-Year-Old Killed in Shooting at Ridge Street Home

April 26, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A 14-year-old was shot to death at a home on Ridge Street Tuesday afternoon, Allegheny County police said.

The teen-ager, a student at Founders' Hall Middle School, was identified by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office as William Chaffin. Chaffin was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, police said.

McKeesport police were dispatched to a home in the 1300 block, just off Versailles Avenue, at 2:35 p.m. when callers reported that a young man had been shot.

County police Sgt. Scott Scherer said in a statement that Chaffin was a visitor to the home where the shooting occurred, and a close friend of the occupants.

All of the parties involved in the incident have been identified, Scherer said, and no charges have yet been filed. However, Scherer said, all of the investigative information will be turned over to Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr., who will decide whether charges are warranted.

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Four Honored by Mayor, Council for Living 'McKeesport Message'

April 25, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Above: Jason DeFelice, U.S. Air Force senior master sergeant (retired), and McKeesport Mayor Mike Cherepko. Tube City Almanac photo.)

Four people were honored this month by McKeesport Mayor Mike Cherepko and the McKeesport Message Committee for upholding the values of respect, dignity, hope and love.

A subgroup of the mayor's Select Committee on Crime and Violence, the committee accepts nominations from the public and makes the selections four times per year.

Citations were presented at the April 5 city council meeting to U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. (retired) Jason DeFelice; Sharon Soles; Coach Gerald Grayson; and McKeesport Area High School senior Hannah Klingensmith.

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White Oak Church Plans Greek Food Festival May 13

April 24, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

Annunciation of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church will hold a Greek Food Festival from 12 noon to 8 p.m. May 13, featuring lamb shanks, gyros, pastitsio, spanakopita, chicken, grape leaves, rice pilaf, Greek pastries, loukoumades (honey balls) and more.

The church is located at 1128 Summit St., White Oak. For more information about the church, call (412) 673-1224 or visit the website.

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Area Residents Pitch in During Weekend Cleanups

April 24, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

(Above: Mary Rose Bendel, director of adult education and outreach at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, hands out gloves and trash bags to young volunteers on Saturday morning. Tube City Almanac photo.)

LISTEN: Residents talk about Earth Day cleanups (Duration: 9:29)

More than 150 people turned out Saturday morning at Earth Day-themed cleanup events throughout the city of McKeesport, while in neighboring communities such as Port Vue and Glassport, residents woke up early to get organized.

Tom Callahan of Port Vue was helping to man one of several large trash bins set up behind the Romine Avenue ballfields. "I do this every year," he said, adding that he was planning to be back at his post on Sunday morning as well. "It's a lot of garbage so far," Callahan said.

In the city, leaders of cleanup groups met at the Palisades on Water Street for breakfast and to plot strategy before meeting up with 15 groups of volunteers ranging from six people to more than 20 people throughout McKeesport.

One woman volunteered to clean the intersection of Walnut Street and Eden Park Boulevard by herself.

Mayor Mike Cherepko said the turnout was heartening.

"I would be lying if I said I was surprised, because here in the city of McKeesport, that's one thing that we're always blessed with is volunteers," he said. "No matter what it is --- no matter what the occasion --- this is just another example of people pulling together for the betterment of the city."

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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.


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