Intermodal Facility Coming to City's Waterfront; 50 Jobs Expected

May 15, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

An intermodal facility employing 50 people will be built on 18 acres of the former U.S. Steel National Works near the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge. (Tube City Almanac photo)


A Braddock-based network of companies that operates steel recycling, transportation and materials-handing businesses is building an intermodal facility on McKeesport's riverfront.

City officials and Regional Industrial Development Corp. have broken their silence about plans to create the truck, barge and railroad loading and unloading facility near the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge.

Work began several weeks ago when cranes and a barge appeared on the Monongahela River, but the tenant was not identified until Wednesday.

A new company, River Materials Inc., will use about 18 acres of the former U.S. Steel National Works site for warehousing, processing and recycling and intends to construct buildings for offices, storage and light manufacturing, as well as a railroad car and barge remediation facility, according to a press release.

 
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Owner of Car Suspected in Fatal Hit-Run Surrenders to Police

May 15, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

The owner of a car that is suspected of being involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident in Penn Hills has surrendered to police.

Allegheny County police said Modesty L. Hopper, 21, of McKeesport is being held in the Allegheny County Jail pending formal arraignment on a charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution.

Police allege that Hopper's Saturn sedan struck Joseph Morris, 51, of Penn Hills on April 28 and dragged him about a half-mile, the fled the scene. Morris was pronounced dead at the scene.

The car was located in the parking lot of Hi View Gardens on Sixth Avenue in McKeesport on May 10. Police said they have physical evidence that links the vehicle to the accident scene.

 

Arrest Warrant Issued in Connection With Route 837 Shooting

May 15, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News, North Versailles Twp. News

Allegheny County police have named a suspect in connection with a shooting on Route 837 in Duquesne that sent a motorist to the hospital.

In a prepared statement, county police Sgt. Venerando Costa said Tarone T. Jones (above), 39, of North Versailles Twp. is wanted in connection with the shooting May 3 of a 30-year-old man near the intersection of Route 837 and Grant Street.

On Tuesday, a warrant was issued for Jones' arrest by Magisterial District Judge Scott Schricker. Jones is charged with aggravated assault and attempted homicide.

 
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Program Will Examine 'Past, Present, Future' of Penn-McKee Hotel

May 15, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A special program at McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center will examine the "past, present and future" of the Penn-McKee Hotel.

The event at 1 p.m. June 29 will include McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko, Matthew Craig, executive director of the Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh, and Jason Togyer, executive director of Tube City Community Media Inc. It is open to the public, a Heritage Center spokeswoman said.

Located on Fifth Avenue near the McKee's Point Marina, the hotel was designed by noted Pittsburgh architect Benno Jannsen and was the site of the first debate between future presidents John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon.

 
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Greek Church Slates Food Festival on Saturday

May 15, 2019 |

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

Annunciation of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church will hold a food festival from 12 noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, a spokesperson said.

Featured items include lamb shanks, Greek-style chicken, gyros, pastitsio, spanakopita, grape leaves, rice pilaf, Greek pastries, honey balls and more.

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

 

Gift, Grant Aid Effort to Reopen Wilmerding Y

May 14, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News, North Versailles Twp. News

Celebrating a gift of $75,000 to the Wilmerding Community Center from Allegheny Petroleum Products Co. are CEO Jim Kudis and President Barb Kudis, state Rep. Brandon Markosek, Wilmerding Community Center board member Peter McGinty, Wilmerding Mayor Greg Jakub and state Sen. Jim Brewster. (Submitted photo courtesy Allegheny Petroleum Products Co.)


An effort to reopen the former YMCA in Wilmerding has gotten a big boost from a local business.

Allegheny Petroleum Products Co. has pledged $75,000 over three years to the new Wilmerding Community Center Inc. The gift was announced Friday.

Organizers are hoping the former YMCA will reopen this August --- on or about the one year anniversary of its closure.

Barb Kudis, president of Allegheny Petroleum, says the company hopes its gift spurs other donations. The 32-year-old company has been headquartered in Wilmerding for all but five years of its existence.

"We're a big supporter of the community," she says. "We have a lot of employees in the area, and the Wilmerding area has been a good partner of ours for many years."

 
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Police Seek Owner of Car in Fatal Hit-Run

May 14, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport woman is wanted by Allegheny County police in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident in Penn Hills.

County detectives said Tuesday they have obtained an arrest warrant for 21-year-old Modesty L. Hopper (above) in connection with the April 28 death of Joseph Morris, 51, of Penn Hills.

Police allege that Hopper's Saturn sedan struck Morris on Hershey Road in Penn Hills and dragged him about a half-mile to Universal Road, then fled. Morris, who was walking home from work, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 
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New Writers Group Aims to Inspire, Connect Local Creators

May 13, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

Photojournalist Martha Rial will lead a series of story-telling workshops at the former Daily News Building beginning this Tuesday. (Tube City Almanac photo)


The old newsroom of the McKeesport Daily News will echo once again with the sounds of writers and photographers working on their story-telling skills.

But many of the stories they tell will likely be personal ones --- and they'll be working in formats that many newspaper employees never got a chance to experiment with.

"Tube City Writers" will hold its first organizational meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday on the second floor of the building at 409 Walnut St., now called the Tube City Center for Business and Innovation.

Martha Rial, who won a Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 1998, will lead the meetings, along with author Nicole Peeler, an associate professor at Seton Hill University in Greensburg.

 
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Community Groups Plan Free Info Fair Wednesday in Duquesne

May 13, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News

More than 30 community groups, businesses and organizations will meet with residents to provide information and answer questions at an event Wednesday in Duquesne.

The free community resource fair will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. in the gymnasium at Duquesne Elementary School, 300 Kennedy Ave., and is being sponsored by the Duquesne City School District. Refreshments will be served and no registration is necessary, a spokeswoman said.

 
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McKeesport Class of '67 Ready for Milestone Birthday

May 13, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Members of the McKeesport Senior High School Class of 1967 are turning the big 7-0.

And they're inviting former classmates to join them for a shared birthday celebration.

According to Barb Mendlowitz Weimer, who's chairing the Class of 1967 reunion committee, the big birthday bash will begin with a golf outing on Aug. 9 at Victory Hills Golf Course, near Round Hill Park in Elizabeth Twp.

Events will continue Aug. 10 at Jacob Woll Pavilion in Renziehausen Park with a barbecue buffet and dance.

 
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