Now Hiring: White Oak Borough Reporter

April 19, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

Tube City Community Media Inc. is seeking one or more freelance writers to cover occasional news and feature stories in the McKeesport area.

Contributors will be paid on a per-assignment basis. These are not salaried or contracted positions and these positions may be eliminated at any time, with or without warning.

The position currently to be filled is:

  • White Oak borough correspondent

Writers will be expected to, at minimum, attend the monthly council meetings and file a report within 24 hours. Other topics may, from time to time, be assigned.

High school and college students seeking work experience are encouraged to apply; Tube City Community Media is willing to work with students who need credit toward class assignments.

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Suicide Ruled in Death of West Mifflin Woman at County Jail

April 19, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: News

The death of a West Mifflin woman at the Allegheny County Jail on Tuesday morning has been ruled a suicide.

Jamie Gettings, 33, was found hanging in a cell at the Pittsburgh facility just after 2 a.m., said Allegheny County Jail Warden Orlando Harper.

"Medical (personnel) responded to render medical assistance, however, she passed away," Harper said in a statement. Allegheny County Police are investigating, he said.

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Dravosburg Legion Schedules April 29 Spaghetti Dinner

April 19, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The Sons of the American Legion of Dravosburg Post 380 will hold an "all-you-can-eat" spaghetti dinner from 2 to 6 p.m. April 29 at the legion hall, 51 Duquesne Ave., Dravosburg.

The cost is $8 for people 12 and older, $5 for ages 5 to 11, and under 5 eat free. Take out orders also will be available and there will be a basket raffle, a spokeswoman said.


Easter Services Planned Throughout District

April 14, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

Above: Lay minister Ray Albright and the Rev. David Else nail sins to a wooden cross at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Downtown, during Good Friday services there.

Christians around the world are marking Easter weekend, the three days that commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ as recorded in the New Testament.

Churches in the Western and Orthodox traditions calculate holy days using different calendars, but this year, both are celebrating Easter Sunday at the same time --- a relatively rare event that will not happen again until 2025.

Carol Frazier's blog, Mon Valley Happenings, tracks local church news and services. A listing of Mon-Yough area church services is available there.

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Jail Guard Fired for Providing Phone to Inmate

April 13, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A guard at the Allegheny County Jail has been arrested and accused of providing a cell phone to an inmate.

John "T.J." Wierzchowski III, 40, of West Mifflin is charged by Allegheny County Police with providing contraband to an inmate, criminal conspiracy and tampering or fabricating evidence.

Wierzchowski is free pending a preliminary hearing at 8 a.m. May 23 before Allegheny County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Manning.

In a prepared statement, county police Sgt. Mike Peairs and Lt. Richard Mullen said the cell phone was found April 4 on an inmate at the jail, triggering an investigation that led to Wierzchowski's arrest.


Police Log: April 10, 2017

April 10, 2017 |

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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Two Juveniles Charged As Adults in Kidnapping

April 10, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Two teen-agers have been charged in connection with an alleged kidnapping that began April 5 in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood and ended a few hours later with a suicide in Swissvale.

D'Ambrosse Garland, 17, of Pittsburgh's North Side and Zanaya McKenzie, 17, of Ambridge, Beaver County, are being held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing Wednesday (April 12) before Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey Manning.

Both are charged as adults, Allegheny County police Superintendent Coleman McDonough said in a prepared statement.

They are charged with conspiring with Andre Williams Jr., 20, of McKeesport to kidnap a 19-year-old woman and a 1-year-old child following a violent dispute early on the morning of April 5.

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Former Postmaster Gets Jail Time in Connection With Drug Shipments

April 10, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

The former postmaster of West Newton has been sentenced to four years in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiring with a drug trafficking ring out of Texas.

Joseph Borrelli, 49, of Glassport also was sentenced last week by U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab to five years of supervised release following his prison term, acting U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song said.

At trial, prosecutors said that Borrelli helped Dante Lozano of Brownsville, Texas, by providing addresses of vacant houses in Westmoreland County that were served by the West Newton post office.

Lozano would then mail packages of cocaine to those addresses, said investigators, who believe that between 2011 and 2015, dozens of packages totalling 18 pounds of cocaine were shipped into the Pittsburgh area that way.

When the packages to the West Newton area couldn't be delivered and were rerouted to Borrelli, prosecutors said he would deliver them to Jeffrey Turner, 36, and April Racan, 38, formerly of McKeesport and Elizabeth, for sale.

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New Zoning Ordinance Presents 'Vision' of City

April 10, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

A complete overhaul of McKeesport's zoning ordinance represents a vision of what the city could look like in the future.

One of the biggest changes is a newly created zoning district along the Monongahela River waterfront that allows single-family homes and townhouses like those at Homestead's Waterfront development.

On Wednesday, city council by an 7-0 vote adopted the 139-page comprehensive zoning ordinance, which is the outgrowth of a planning process begun in August 2013 with help from what was then called the Twin Rivers Council of Governments.

"This is really about envisioning what the city is going to look like after we're all gone, 20, 30, 40 years from now," Mayor Mike Cherepko said Wednesday. "This is designed to help us market the city."

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Man Dead After Alleged Abduction, Police Standoff

April 05, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport man is dead after what Allegheny County police are describing as a standoff following an abduction.

Andre Williams Jr., 20, died this morning in Swissvale after county police said he shot himself in the head with a handgun, said the Allegheny County medical examiner's office, which will perform an autopsy.

Allegheny County police Superintendent Coleman McDonough said in a prepared statement that the county homicide unit is investigating and would like to speak to anyone with information about the incident. Investigators may be reached at (412) 473-1300.

Police said the incident began just after 2 a.m. in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood when callers to Allegheny County 9-1-1 reported a violent domestic dispute was in progress in a home there.

Pittsburgh police arrived and determined that a 19-year-old woman and her infant child had been abducted, county police said. Pittsburgh police notified Swissvale police that a Ford Explorer believed to be involved in the incident may have headed to their borough.

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