Library Seeks Support, Slates September Events

August 29, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

September is Love Your Library Month, and all month, Carnegie Library of McKeesport is collecting unworn and unwanted jewelry to be sold to benefit the institution, said Mary Rose Bendel, director of adult programs and community outreach.

Persons interested in making a donation should call the library at (412) 672-0625 for more information.

Other programs happening in September include "Wisewalk," which runs Tuesday afternoons through Nov. 8. Walkers are invited to meet at the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center in Renziehausen Park for a hour-long walk through the park. Refreshments are available at the end of the walk.

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McKeesport Man Killed in Route 30 Crash

August 27, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport man was killed early Saturday morning in a crash on the Westinghouse Bridge, Allegheny County police said.

Olin Simpson, 44, was driving a vehicle that collided with another car just before 3:30 a.m., police said. Simpson was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver and passenger of the other car were taken to local hospitals. Their names and conditions were not released.

Route 30 was closed for several hours between Center Street and Clyde Avenue during the investigation, but reopened just after 7 a.m., police said. County and East Pittsburgh police are investigating.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office said Simpson died of multiple traumatic injuries.


Colleagues Remember McLaughlin as Tough, Fair

August 26, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Above: Rege McLaughlin is shown in McKeesport city hall shortly after being sworn in as mayor in 2010. (Tube City Online file photo.)

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McKeesport is "a good town, but a tough town," said state Sen. Jim Brewster, and former Mayor Rege McLaughlin was tough "both physically and mentally."

"I think he would like to be remembered as a guy who was willing to help anybody, but who didn't take any guff from anyone," said Brewster of McLaughlin, who died Tuesday at age 82 in a hospice in Mt. Lebanon.

Persons close to McLaughlin said the former mayor and city council president was suffering a recurrence of prostate cancer.

"Rege worked in the mill, so he knew what it was like to work hard," said Brewster, who served with McLaughlin on city council. "He had owned his own business. He was a family man. So there wasn't much that you could tell him that he didn't know something about."

McLaughlin's death is "a sad day for McKeesport," said Mayor Mike Cherepko, who also served with McLaughlin on city council and succeeded him as mayor.

"Rege was obviously a true public servant," Cherepko said. "He did whatever he could to make McKeesport a better place to live and work, and he was very well respected, not just in his capacity as mayor, but because he had such deep ties to the community."

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Fade Out: Southland 9 Cinemas Closed

August 26, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

(Above: Unidentified Southland 9 employees pose on the theater's last day. Photo via Facebook.)

Less than four months after the opening of the new Century Square Luxury Cinemas in West Mifflin, an older multiplex at nearby Southland Four Seasons Shopping Center has closed.

Georgia-based Carmike Cinemas has closed the Southland 9 theaters in Pleasant Hills, located behind the shopping center on Route 51. An announcement on the theater's Facebook page said the closing was effective yesterday.

The Southland 9's page on the Carmike website was deleted overnight.

Gina McKenzie, a spokeswoman for Carmike, said in an emailed statement Friday afternoon that members of the Carmike Cinemas rewards program and owners of annual popcorn buckets may continue to use them at the Galleria 6 in Mt. Lebanon and the Carmike 10 at South Hills Village. Both are less than 10 miles from Southland.

McKenzie declined comment on how many Southland 9 employees were affected by the closure, and whether any of them were offered jobs at other theaters.

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Port Vue Resident Robbed in Home Invasion

August 23, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Police are looking for two men who forced their way into a house in Port Vue and robbed an unidentified victim of jewelry and other valuables.

Port Vue police said the robbery happened early Monday morning --- just after midnight --- at a home in the 1300 block of Coronado Drive, not far from Sacred Heart Cemetery. The victim was not injured, borough police said.

Allegheny County police detectives are assisting Port Vue police with the investigation. A county police spokeswoman said the robbers, described as two white males, forced open a door while the victim was asleep in bed. The robbers then went into the bedroom and threatened the victim with harm, police said.

No further description was released by police.

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Reward Offered in Connection With Unsolved Homestead Murder

August 23, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Police are asking for the public's help as they work to solve the murder of a 20-year-old man at a playground in Homestead.

Homestead police responded to the area near McLean Park on Sarah Street just before 2 a.m. March 1 when callers reported hearing multiple gunshots. When they arrived, police said, they found the body of Tyrell Jones, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Homestead police and the Allegheny County Police Homicide Unit are investigating. Pittsburgh Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of the individual responsible for Jones' death.

Anyone with information should call Pittsburgh Crime Stoppers at (412) 255-TIPS. Callers may remain anonymous.


Air Force C-130 to Appear at West Mifflin Community Day Sept. 10

August 23, 2016 |

By Mike Mauer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules --- similar to this one shown flying above Pittsburgh's Mt. Washington --- will take center stage when West Mifflin celebrates its community day Sept. 10 at Allegheny County Airport.

One of a line of transport aircraft that have supported U.S. military personnel since 1957, the venerable C-130 will join dozens of local community groups, a live radio broadcast and performances by The Bel Airs and the North Side Kids at West Mifflin Community Day.

Refreshment booths will sell pork, ribs and chicken from Bad Azz BBQ, while various vendors, including non-profit groups and athletic teams, will supply other foods and beverages. Hours are 12 noon to 6 p.m.

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Teens Charged After Police Chase Ends in Crash

August 22, 2016 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A 16-year-old from Clairton faces multiple charges after McKeesport police said he led them on a brief chase with a stolen car that ended when he tried to ram another car out of his way.

The teen-ager is charged by McKeesport police with aggravated assault, receiving stolen property, fleeing or attempting to elude police, carrying a firearm without a license, recklessly endangering other persons, obstruction of law enforcement, possession of instruments of crime, carrying a prohibited offensive weapon, reckless driving and driving without a license.

McKeesport police said the driver was remanded to the custody of Allegheny County juvenile authorities following his arrest.

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CFU Lodge Seeks Donations for Rummage Sale

August 22, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Donations will be accepted for the upcoming "Trash 'n Treasure" rummage sale at the Yukon Croatian Club, 109 Union St. in Yukon.

A spokeswoman said the sale is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 17. Donations of household items, antiques and collectibles will be accepted at the club from 4 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14, 15 and 16.

Although small appliances in working order will be accepted, the club cannot accept computers, televisions, clothing or large pieces of furniture. Proceeds will benefit Croatian Fraternal Union St. Nicholas Lodge 432.

For more information, call (724) 722-4100.


Port Vue Preschool Accepting Applications

August 22, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Port Vue United Methodist Church is still accepting applications for its preschool for the 2016-17 school year, a spokeswoman said.

Classes begin Sept. 6 and are open to children ages 3 and 4. Registration costs $35 and is non-refundable, and children must have a valid immunization record and birth certificate.

For more information, call (412) 672-7289 or visit the church's website. The church is located at 1565 Washington Blvd.


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