WO Mayor Praises Police, EMS for Response to January Incident

April 02, 2019 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak Mayor Ina Jean Marton praised the borough's emergency responders for their handling of a Jan. 2 incident.

At council's March meeting, Marton thanked White Oak Police Sgt. Dan Opferman and Officer Greg Smith, the McKeesport Police Department, Allegheny County police SWAT and their negotiator, and White Oak EMS's WOTAC team for working together to negotiate with an armed, suicidal man barricaded in a home in the borough.

 
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White Oak Preparing Pool for Upcoming Season

March 28, 2019 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

The bathhouse and pool roof replacement project at Heritage Hill Pool has been completed, White Oak Borough Engineer Ken Hillman reported at the March 18 council meeting. 

As expected, the project is finished in time for the pool's 2019 season.

Hillman’s report included a recommendation for council to authorize payments in the amount of $31,808.70 and $14,131.90 to Tennis Roofing, Inc. for completion of the project. Council approved the recommendation.

“This is the first roof replacement purchased,” Councilman George Dillinger said. “The original one on the building was from 1975. Things have to be repaired and (kept up).”

 
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NV Twp. Posts Police, Fire Reports

March 27, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

During February, North Versailles Twp. police department received 722 calls, made 21 arrests and housed five inmates from East McKeesport and five from Turtle Creek. Firefighters answered 72 calls during February, according to Commissioner Russell Saula.

At March's meeting, township commissioners voted to approve payments in the amount of $2,611.28 to West Wilmerding VFC and $1,892.25 for Crestas VFC from the 2018 Fire Tax Money, Saula said.

 

City Woman Charged With Homicide in 2018 Hit-Run

March 27, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Leslie Robertson, 72, died March 15 of injuries suffered in a car accident last July. The driver has been charged with homicide in connection with his death. (Photo courtesy Robert A. Waters Funeral Home)


A McKeesport woman who was arrested last year after police said she struck a man with her car has now been charged with homicide in connection with his death.

Jakiia A. Williams, 33, was arrested Tuesday and is being held in the Allegheny County Jail without bond pending a preliminary hearing April 5 before Allegheny County Judge Kim Berkeley Clark.

The victim, Leslie Robertson, 72, died March 15 at a hospital in Shadyside of multiple traumatic injuries sustained in the accident, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office determined. His death has been ruled a homicide.

Robertson's funeral was March 21 at Bethlehem Baptist Church.

 
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New Cameras OK'd for Police Cars, Intersections in NV Twp.

March 27, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

North Versailles Twp. commissioners have approved the purchase of eight video cameras and related equipment for use in police cars.

At the March 21 meeting, the commissioners also agreed to purchase two license plate readers and two traffic cameras from Security Consulting Solutions, Inc. of Monaca, Beaver County. The equipment will be installed at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Westinghouse Avenue at a cost of $12,360.56.

North Versailles police Chief James Matrazzo said that when the new traffic cameras and license plate readers are installed, it would bring the total in the township to 12 each.

The township commissioners approved purchasing two additional cameras and license plate readers for the intersection of Routes 48 and 30 at a cost of $7,415.98, pending budget approval.

 
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Fire Defense Council Slates Monthly Meeting

March 27, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Mon Yough Fire Defense Council will hold its monthly business meeting at 7 tonight (March 27) at the Lincoln Borough Volunteer Fire Company hall on Liberty Way, a spokesman said. All member companies are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments to follow.

 

Reader's Viewpoint: Specks of Dust

March 21, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Letters to the Editor

(Submitted photo: Vickie Babyak)


Vickie Babyak of Dravosburg writes:

With recent events in the Mon Valley and worldwide --- I can't mention everything because it would be overwhelming ---- I fear people don't care what is happening.

Are we paying attention, educating ourselves, doing what we can for humanity?

Just because things have been going on for years doesn't mean we can't grow as a society. We need to stand up against hate, racism and bigotry, protect nature because we only have one planet, and come together with a sincere desire for change.

 
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Rostraver Sportsmen Schedule April Meeting

March 21, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Rostraver Sportsmen's & Conservation Association, 559 Cedar Creek Road, Belle Vernon, will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. April 15, a spokesman said. All members are encouraged to attend. Applications are now being accepted for membership. For more information, call (724) 984-6611 or email rostraversportsmen@yahoo.com.

 

Area Coin Clubs Schedule Upcoming Meetings

March 21, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Two local coin clubs have scheduled their April meetings, a spokesman announced.

The monthly meeting of the South Hills Coin Club will be held at 8 p.m. April 9 at Bethel Presbyterian Church, 2999 Bethel Church Rd., Bethel Park. All members and the general public are invited. This month's program to be announced. A 50/50 will be offered and children's prizes will be awarded.

The monthly meeting of the Mon Valley Coin Club will be held at 2 p.m. April 21 at 303 Chamber Plaza in Charleroi. All members and the general public are invited. Program for this meeting to be announced.

Applications are now being accepted for membership in both clubs. For additional information on either organization, call (724) 984-6611.

 

Wrestling Program Plans to Grow; Abandoned Church to Be Demolished

March 21, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

(Tube City Almanac file photo from 2007.)


The owner of a popular pro wrestling federation that's celebrating its 25th anniversary this year is looking to grow in McKeesport.

Pro Wrestling eXpress, or PWX, is planning to move into digital media education and training aspiring wrestlers, said owner and co-founder Jim Miller.

Along with the city, PWX is seeking an Allegheny County Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund grant to demolish the abandoned St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church on Beacon Street. PWX has its studio, headquarters and ring in the former Catholic school --- now dubbed "The Battleground" --- adjoining the church.

"It’s been such a blight and I’ve done nothing but chase out squatters and druggies," Miller said.

 
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