NV Twp. Crash Claims Life of Liberty Man

September 07, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News, North Versailles Twp. News

Allegheny County police are investigating a motorcycle crash in North Versailles Twp. that claimed the life of a Liberty Borough man.

Ryan E. Kushner, 37, died Saturday at UPMC Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, Uptown, said the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office.

County police said Kushner was riding his motorcycle on Route 30 near the Walmart just before 1 p.m. when his bike was struck by a Chevrolet SUV driven by a 62-year-old man.

Kushner was pronounced dead at the hospital about an hour later, officials said.

Allegheny County homicide detectives and the department’s collision reconstruction team are investigating.

The medical examiner’s office said Kushner died of injuries to the head and torso caused by the wreck. His death has been ruled an accident.

Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call the county police tip line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous, police said.


Cash Named One of League’s 25 All-Time Best

September 07, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Sports

New Orleans Pelicans submitted photo

Swin Cash, McKeesport native, Olympic gold medalist and hall-of-fame basketball player, greets New Orleans Pelicans fans in 2019. Cash, who played 15 seasons in the WNBA, has been named one of the 25 greatest and most influential players in the league’s history. (New Orleans Pelicans photo)

City native and Olympic champion Swin Cash has been named one of the top 25 players in the history of the WNBA — and is eligible to be named the league’s “greatest of all time” during the upcoming finals.

On Sunday, the league commemorated its 25th season by naming “The W25,” a list of the “25 greatest and most influential players” in WNBA history, and announced a contest where fans can “Vote for the GOAT,” the greatest WNBA player of all time.

A McKeesport Area High School and University of Connecticut graduate, Cash, 41, played for the Detroit Shock, Seattle Storm, Chicago Sky, Atlanta Dream and New York Liberty during her 15-year professional basketball career.

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City Council OK’s Demolition Contract

September 03, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

The effort to clear blighted buildings from the city’s Downtown continues.

At Wednesday’s meeting, McKeesport City Council unanimously awarded a $264,000 contract to Advanced Builders, Inc., to demolish commercial buildings at 903, 907 and 911 Fifth Ave., and 1013 and 1017 Fifth Ave.; 328 Sixth Ave.; and 422 Shaw Ave.

City officials said the demolition is part of Phase I of the McKeesport Downtown Blight Remediation Program.

Work will include asbestos removal, demolition, disposal and excavation “to provide a cleared and mowable lot.”

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Feline Friends Welcome New Living Space

August 30, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

Members of White Oak Rotary Club and staff and volunteers of White Oak Animal Safe Haven dedicated the facility’s new cat patio — catio — on Thursday. (Sarah Turnbull photo for Tube City Almanac)

The White Oak Animal Safe Haven dedicated its new catio Thursday evening.

Members of the White Oak Rotary Club, as well as shelter staff and volunteers, gathered at the shelter to thank the rotary club for its efforts in building the catio.

According to shelter founder Ina Jean Marton, “It’s an honor to be here again. The cats have more room and they love it. I want to thank the rotary and the shelter for all their hard work.”

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Penn State to Re-Dedicate Science Building

August 29, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements, McKeesport and Region News

The renovated Ostermayer Laboratory building on Penn State’s McKeesport campus houses classrooms and laboratories for chemistry and biology. (Submitted photo courtesy Penn State University)

The president of Penn State University will join Greater Allegheny officials and faculty on Sept. 9 for the re-dedication of the newly renovated Ostermayer Laboratory building on the McKeesport campus.

The ceremony Sept. 9 will be presided over by University President Eric J. Barron and Jacqueline Edmondson, chancellor and chief executive officer of Penn State Greater Allegheny, a spokeswoman said.

Home to classrooms and chemistry and biology laboratories, the 22,000-square-foot Ostermayer Building was constructed in the early 1970s and opened in 1973.

The recently completed $14 million renovation brings state-of-the-art laboratory and safety equipment to the building, as well as more energy efficient systems, improved classrooms and teaching areas, a new entrance and lobby and spaces for students and faculty to collaborate on projects.

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Probe Reveals Trouble at PNC-Owned Apartments

August 28, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Two local apartment complexes are now getting national attention after an investigation revealed that they're racking up dozens of health and safety violations — and their owner is one of the country’s largest banks.

An investigation by WESA-FM, Pittsburgh’s NPR station, and the non-profit PublicSource website reported that since PNC Bank purchased Hi-View Gardens and Midtown Plaza Apartments in 2018, tenants have been complaining about cutbacks in maintenance that they allege have led to broken heating systems, roach and mouse infestations, water leaks and mold.

The story was picked up this week by the nationally broadcast program, “Here & Now,” which airs on more than 450 public radio stations across the United States.

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Duquesne Man Faces Firearm Charge

August 28, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A federal grand jury in Pittsburgh has indicted a Duquesne man on a charge of violating federal firearms laws.

Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman said the indictment accuses Keyjuan King, 22, of unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to the indictment, police saw King walking through a parking lot holding a handgun and approaching an occupied vehicle nearby. Police said they approached King and asked him to show them his hands, but he turned and fled on foot.

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Church Plans ‘Taste of Serbia’ in October

August 27, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Slow-roasted lamb sandwiches and haddock filets will both be on the menu when “A Taste of Serbia” returns to St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church.

A spokeswoman said pre-orders will be taken Sept. 12 to 26. The event will be held 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 1 and 12 noon to 7 p.m. Oct. 2.

The church is located at 901 Hartman St. in McKeesport. Limited outdoor seating will be available in the courtyard and in addition to pre-orders, walk-up orders will be taken both days while supplies last.

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Man Charged in Burglary, Vehicle Towed

August 26, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

What police said began as a domestic dispute ended with a Port Vue man in custody and his vehicle impounded.

Tyrek J. Johnson, 27, is charged by McKeesport police with burglary, harassment, making terroristic threats, simple assault and unlawful restraint. He is free on $5,000 percentage bond pending a preliminary hearing Aug. 30 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi.

Separately, city police also have cited Johnson for a violation of the state vehicle code. Police said Johnson has been driving a Ford Taurus police interceptor with tinted rear windows and a spotlight.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic This Friday

August 26, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s McKeesport Family Center will host a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic this Friday (Aug. 27) from 3 to 5 p.m., a spokeswoman said.

The vaccination is free and the clinic is open to all adults and children 12 years of age or older. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information or to make an appointment, call (412) 672-6970.

The family center is located in the Wander Building, 339 Fifth Ave. at Locust Street, Downtown.

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