Police Investigate Possible Abduction Attempt in Rankin

August 02, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Police News

Rankin and Allegheny County police are investigating a possible attempt by a man to lure a young girl into a car in that borough.

Police said the incident happened at 10 p.m. July 28 while the victim, who is 8 years old, was out with older family members. The girl told police that as she was walking toward a family member's home from Oak Alley to Fifth Street, she was approached by a silver sedan with tinted windows.

The car may have been a Cadillac --- or similar to a Cadillac --- and the license plate contained the letters "LX," the girl told police.

 
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International Village: Ain't Too Proud to Beg

August 01, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

Photo by Mohamed Nananbhay via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons.

Our readership is up 262 percent over the same period last year, according to Google Analytics.

So why haven't we received a single donation from the public yet for our video broadcast of McKeesport International Village? Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Goose-egg.

Is it our breath? Do we have B.O.? Is someone spreading a vicious rumor that we're Cleveland Browns (ptui!) fans?

So, seriously, here's the deal: International Village is 15 days away. We intend to broadcast video of the entertainment, live from the main stage, all three nights (Aug. 16, 17 and 18). But it costs money --- especially paying for the Internet connection and the storage on the streaming server.

We would like to raise $750. Right now, we're at ... $0. So we're $750 short of our goal.

Any extra not spent on the International Village broadcast will go directly toward keeping our websites --- Tube City Online, McKeesportObituaries.com and WMCK.FM --- operational.

If you're at all able to make a tax-deductible donation, we would very much appreciate it. Thank you in advance!


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This Sunday on 'Two Rivers, 30 Minutes'

July 30, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

Our weekly program, "Two Rivers, 30 Minutes" is getting ready to start its third year on the radio and as a free downloadable podcast.

Tomorrow, we'll talk to Keith Giles of First Step Recovery Homes about ways getting people off of drugs and alcohol, and into productive careers.

That's at 8 a.m. Sunday on WEDO (810) and WZUM (1550), at 3 p.m. on Internet radio WMCK.FM, and whenever you like as a free download via iTunes, Stitcher and our own website.

Support for "Two Rivers, 30 Minutes" comes from the McKeesport Hospital Foundation.

 

Port Vue Police Seek Suspected Scammers

July 29, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Police News

Port Vue police are warning residents to beware of two suspected con artists who are going from door-to-door, claiming that they're selling memberships to an Elizabeth Twp. area fitness club. Police say it's a scam.

The suspects were described by police as a white man in his 30s, 5-feet-10, 180 pounds, with short dark hair, and a white woman in her 20s, 5-feet-3, 115 pounds, with a thin build and brown hair in a pony tail.

Anyone with information may call Port Vue police (non-emergency only) at (412) 672-2255 or in case of an emergency via 9-1-1.

 

School District Filling Vacancies

July 29, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport Area School District is trying to fill several vacant positions, and is accepting resumes from qualified applicants.

District spokeswoman Kristen Davis said MASD is hiring food service (cafeteria) workers, registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, instructional assistants and crisis intervention specialists.

Applicants who want more information or details about the positions should call (412) 664-3762.

 

Police Log: July 26, 2016

July 26, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Police News

  • Arrest records published here were provided by the McKeesport Police Department.
  • A report of an arrest does not mean the person identified has been convicted of a crime.
  • All people arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 
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Donations Needed to Support Annual Village Broadcast

July 20, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport's International Village is Aug. 16, 17 and 18 --- less than a month away!

We are once again producing a video webcast of International Village, and your donations are now tax-deductible as allowed by law. (P.S.: Webcasts from previous years are still online.)

But it all costs money. We would like to raise at least $750 to defray our expenses ... including our hosting, along with Skymagik Internet Services, of the International Village website --- which we do at no cost to city taxpayers.

If you're at all able to make a tax-deductible donation, we would very much appreciate it. PayPal will instantly email you a receipt, and we will send you an acknowledgement by U.S. Mail. (Be patient --- we were really slow at getting those out last year, but we are going to try to do better this year.)

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ADVERTISING:

If your business or organization would like to advertise during our International Village webcast, we need your information right away! Contact me at tubecitytiger@gmail.com or (412) 614-9659.

 
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Area Ministers Express Appreciation for City Police

July 20, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

Tube City Almanac photo

McKeesport police Sgt. Francis Angert hugs Diane Elias, owner of Di's Kornerstone Diner, as members of the McKeesport Area Ministerium present officers with gift cards Tuesday as a token of appreciation. Tube City Almanac photo.

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McKeesport-area religious leaders yesterday greeted city police officers as they began their shifts to thank them for their service, and to buy them a meal.

With cooperation from Di's Kornerstone Diner in Olympia Shopping Center, the McKeesport Area Ministerium provided $15 gift cards to all 55 full-time and part-time McKeesport police officers. They also visited police officers during roll call at 7 a.m., 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. Tuesday.

The spontaneous act of kindness was a reaction to the shootings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., and heightened tensions between the public and law enforcement.

"Although you may not be told this very often, people really do appreciate what you do," Salvation Army Lt. John Esker Jr. told police before they started their afternoon shift, "and we're here to say thank you."

Ministerium leaders shook hands and, in some cases, hugged police officers as they left for patrol. Participants included Esker; Rev. Earlene Coleman, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church; Boniface Igba, spiritual director of Auberle; Gladys Hunt-Mason of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh; the Rev. Peter Giacalone of the Rainbow Temple Assembly of God; and Marty Smith, a retired pastor formerly with the McKeesport Alliance Church.

 
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66 Lose Homes in Duquesne Apartment House Blaze

July 19, 2016 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: News

A massive fire in a Duquesne apartment building forced 66 people from their homes on Tuesday afternoon.

Residents of the Laurel Building in the Hilltop Parkview Manor complex off of Commonwealth Avenue in Duquesne's First Ward are being assisted by the American Red Cross, a county spokeswoman said. All of the tenants are believed to be staying with friends and relatives.

Red Cross and Allegheny County disaster relief workers will be back on the scene at 10 a.m. Wednesday, along with investigators from the Allegheny County fire marshal's office. The building suffered fire, smoke and heavy water damage, said Matt Brown, chief of Allegheny County Emergency Services.

All of the apartments on the first floor burned, and the roof over most of the second-floor apartments has collapsed, he said.

Low water pressure in the area hampered efforts to fight the blaze, Brown said. Tanker trucks brought water to the fire and volunteer firefighters responded from as far away as Swissvale and Monroeville.

 
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Three Children Charged in City Arsons

July 19, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Police News

Three children --- all under age 13 --- have been arrested by McKeesport police and charged in connection with two separate arsons in the city this month.

Another fire last week in a garage on Garbett Street is regarded as a possible arson, and investigators from the McKeesport police and Allegheny County fire marshal's office have developed leads in the case.

The blazes left McKeesport officials frustrated.

"We're in the schools every year to talk to these kids" about fires, McKeesport fire Chief Jeff Tomovcsik said. "They know what the consequences are, not just for them, criminally, but you're destroying people's property and risking the lives of your neighbors and the firefighters responding to the calls."

 
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