East End Garage Owner Shot During Dispute; Customer Charged

December 01, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News

An Elizabeth man was killed Friday afternoon in his East End auto repair shop in what police described as a dispute with a customer.

John T. Benedek Jr., 41, died in the emergency room at UPMC McKeesport hospital, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said.

Benedek was the co-owner and operator of J&M Automotive Services on East Fifth Avenue near Hartman Street. The garage opened in 2017, according to tax records and posts on Facebook.

 
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County's 25th RAD Budget Includes $111K More for McKeesport's Renzie Park

November 29, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

(Above: Crews renovate a pavilion at Renziehausen Park this summer. Photo courtesy Tom Maglicco, City of McKeesport.)


Allegheny County's 25th Regional Asset District budget includes $908,000 for capital improvements and operating expenses at McKeesport's Renziehausen Park --- an increase of $111,000 over last year.

Also included in the budget, approved Thursday, is $8,600 for the McKeesport Little Theater and $6.89 million for the Allegheny County Library Association, which provides support to the Carnegie Library of McKeesport, Braddock Carnegie Library and other member organizations.

The Regional Asset District is funded largely by Allegheny County's 1 percent sales tax, created in 1993. The first RAD budget provided just $53 million to 46 organizations.

In 2019, RAD will disperse $108.6 million to support 104 different non-profit groups and organizations. It's the first time the RAD budget has ever topped $100 million, according to a spokeswoman.

 
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Officials: No Hazmat Situation at McKeesport Kane Center

November 29, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

A patient from Kane Community Living Center in McKeesport died at the emergency room Thursday after suffering respiratory distress.

Despite rumors that the patient was exposed to a hazardous chemical or other contaminant, emergency officials said there was no evidence of that, and the facility was open as normal on Thursday evening.

McKeesport police, firefighters and McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service were dispatched to the 360-bed facility at the foot of Ninth Avenue at about 1:20 p.m. Initial reports from Allegheny County 9-1-1 were that a patient was in cardiac arrest after being exposed to a "powdery substance."

Those reports were incorrect, McKeesport fire Chief Jeff Tomovcsik said Thursday night.

 
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White Oak Making Holidays Brighter for Families --- and Pets

November 28, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

In keeping with the holiday tradition of giving back to the community, White Oak Borough employees and council are collecting new hats, scarves and gloves to be distributed to those in need this winter season.

Items are being collected at the borough building and will distributed though foodbanks at Sampson’s Mills Presbyterian Church and Ma’s Pantry.

Additionally, the White Oak Police Department, in conjunction with the borough, will be collecting toys for children in need this holiday season. Please consider dropping off new, unwrapped toys now through Dec. 12.

A unique opportunity for residents and friends to have their pet’s photos taken with Santa ‘Paws’ is slated for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 1) at the borough building.

 
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Leaf Collection Available for City Residents

November 28, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

The snow may be flying, but the leaves are still dropping, leaving (you see what we did there?) a Tube City Almanac reader to wonder what he should do with them.

A spokeswoman says McKeesport residents who have leaves that need to be picked up may call the city's public works department at (412) 675-5020, ext. 631, to arrange a collection.

The leaves should be in piles along the curb --- or the edge of the property --- to be swept up. Leaves can also be placed in bags for pick up.

No other debris or trash should be mixed in with the leaves, including branches. However, branches can be picked up separately.

 
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City Man Jailed on Rape, Child Abuse Charges

November 27, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

TW: Rape, child abuse

A Maple Street man is being held without bail in the Allegheny County Jail pending a preliminary hearing on rape and sexual assault charges. Police said the victim was his own daughter.

A preliminary hearing for the 38-year-old suspect is scheduled for Dec. 17 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi in McKeesport.

McKeesport police said the alleged incident happened three years ago in Maryland. The victim, who is now 16, became pregnant following the assault, police said.

 
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Police Log: Nov. 27, 2018

November 27, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Arrest records published here were provided by the McKeesport Police Department.
Not all arrest records are published.
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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City NAACP Slates Holiday Party Dec. 8

November 27, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport Unit of the NAACP will hold its annual holiday party from 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at The Common Ground Building (former YWCA), 410 Ninth Ave., a spokeswoman said. For more information, email buffy0185@aol.com.

 

Duquesne Man Struck, Killed on Bridge

November 23, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Duquesne man was killed Wednesday night while crossing the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge.

Albert J. Vavra, 71, was pronounced dead at the scene, the Allegheny County medical examiner's office said.

Police said Vavra was on foot, crossing the traffic lanes, just after 6 p.m. when he was struck by a passing vehicle. The motorist, who was not identified, immediately stopped and called 9-1-1, police said.

The accident is under investigation. No further details were released.

 

State Grant Will Aid Trail Improvements in Elizabeth Twp., Lincoln

November 23, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

A $170,500 state grant will help restore and repair portions of the Great Allegheny Passage that travel through Elizabeth Twp. and Lincoln Borough.

The grant was made by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to the Regional Trail Corp., a spokesperson said. It will pay for rehabilitation of 9.8 miles of the hiking-biking trail between the Buena Vista section of the township and a portion of the trail that bypasses the Dura-Bond plant in Liberty Borough.

The project includes installation of new access gates, improvements for people using wheelchairs, new signage and other repairs.

 
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