School Tax Increase Possible for MASD Residents

May 28, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: News

McKeesport Area School District residents face a possible increase in property taxes next year.

At last week's meeting, the school board approved a preliminary 2019-20 budget of $69.1 million.

The millage rate is currently 19.48 and would increase 0.68 mills to 20.16. A property assessed at $50,000 would see its taxes increase by about $34 per year.

In other business, school directors congratulated Colin Lyons for coming in second place in the discus throwing competition category at the WPIAL AAA Championships on May 16. Lyons threw for 146-feet-5-inches, School Director Ivan Hampton reported on behalf of the athletic committee.

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McKeesport School Board OK's Police Chief, Officer Positions

May 28, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: Crime and Police News, News

McKeesport Area School District officials have approved the hiring of a police chief and police officer for the 2019-20 school year.

At last week’s school board meeting, school directors also voted to approve a $55,000 annual salary for the police chief and $50,000 for a police officer. School Directors Mindy Sturgess and David Donato left the meeting prior to the vote.

Currently, the district contracts with the City of McKeesport for a school resource officer.

“This is no reflection on our current SRO, who has done an outstanding job for many years,” said Mark Holtzman Jr., district superintendent. “It's an opportunity to have our own police department and save some money down the road.”

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NV Twp. Resident Upset About Renovations at Nearby Home

May 24, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

A Greensburg Pike resident told North Versailles Twp. commissioners last week that she feels like a prisoner in her own home because of work being done on a neighbor's house.

“I get no peace and quiet in my house, he is pounding, moving ladders and tools late into the evening,” Lisa Didiano said at the May 16 meeting.

She claimed that work on the two-bedroom duplex is being done by the owner's husband without proper permits.

Commissioners said they understand Didiano’s frustration and recommended that she call the police if the neighbor is creating a disturbance.

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City Teen Killed in Pittsburgh Shooting; Friends, Family Grieving

May 24, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

UPDATED to clarify that the shooting did not involve the prom.

A McKeesport teen-ager was killed early Friday morning in a shooting on Pittsburgh's South Side, less than a week before she was to graduate from high school.

Morgan Dunston, 18, died at UPMC Mercy Hospital, Uptown, of injuries received in the incident, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said. An online fundraising campaign has been created to help the family to defray funeral expenses.

Dunston was a senior at McKeesport Area High School, and friends said she was leaving a dance when the shooting occurred. Although McKeesport held its senior prom Thursday night, Dunston did not attend, said Kristen James, district spokeswoman.

"This young lady was an active student within our high school who was slated to graduate next week," said James, who called the shooting "senseless."

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Farmer's Market Vouchers Available at LifeSpan Locations

May 23, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

UPDATED to clarify that proxy forms are only required for people unable to get their vouchers in person.

Allegheny County residents 60 years and older who are on low or fixed incomes can get up to $20 in free, fresh produce from neighborhood farmer's markets this summer, with the help of a voucher program.

According to an spokesperson, the vouchers may be used through Nov. 30 to purchase produce that is grown in Pennsylvania or purchased directly from a Pennsylvania farmer.

The vouchers will be distributed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 11 at LifeSpan Senior Resource Centers across Allegheny County, including Olympia Shopping Center, Versailles; 530 Miller Ave., Clairton; and at 308 E. 8th Ave., Homestead, as well as at other participating senior citizen centers.

Vouchers are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible residents should bring valid ID with them.

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Fire Defense Council Sets Monthly Meeting

May 22, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The Mon Yough Fire Defense Council will be holding its monthly business meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday (May 22). The meeting will be held at the McKeesport City Council chambers, 201 Lysle Blvd. All member companies are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments to follow.


Philadelphia Man Dies Following Duquesne Shooting

May 16, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News

A Philadelphia man died after being shot multiple times Wednesday night at a home in Duquesne.

Ivan Walls, 45, was pronounced dead at a Pittsburgh hospital nearly three hours after the incident, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said.

In a prepared statement, Duquesne police said the incident happened inside a house in the 1100 block of Karl Avenue just before 7 p.m.

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NV Twp. Man Wounded in Shooting; Police Seek Suspect

May 15, 2019 |

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

A Braddock man is wanted by Allegheny County police in connection with a shooting Tuesday night in West Wilmerding.

Melvin McCane Jr., 36, is charged by county police with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and carrying a firearm without a license. Police said he is considered armed and dangerous.

The victim, a 45-year-old man whose name was not released by police, was in stable condition at a hospital.

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NV Twp. OK's $60k DCED Grant for Police Car, Intersection Cameras

May 15, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

North Versailles Twp. commissioners have approved acceptance of a $60,000 grant for police car and intersection cameras.

At the commissioners' April meeting, commissioners voted 6-0 to accept the grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Commissioner Tracy Yusko was absent.

The grant was obtained with with assistance of state Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny.

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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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