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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'Cinderella' to Take Stage at McKeesport Area High School

April 05, 2017 |

By Mary Shelly | Posted in: News

McKeesport Area High School will showcase Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" beginning Thursday in the high school auditorium.

Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Friday and Saturday, with an additional 2 p.m. matinee Saturday. 


Tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens, and $10 for adults. 
To help ease the crowd, patrons will not be able to select their seats for tickets purchased the night of the performances.

During the performances there will be a Chinese auction, a 50/50 raffle, as well as flowers to buy for the performers and a general concession. 


Since January, the cast, musicians and crew have practiced nearly every day after school, dedicating just over three months of work leading up to their performances. 


"Although I have been involved with the musical for the past six years as program designer and photographer, this is my second year in the role of producer," says MAHS staff member Carolyn Carreiro, co-producer with director Tina Stewart.

 
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Home's 'Deplorable' Condition Lands Child in Protective Custody

April 03, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News

An infant is in foster care after McKeesport police responding to a reported heroin overdose discovered the child living in what officers described as "deplorable" conditions.

According to an incident report, McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service paramedics and city police were dispatched to a home on Banker Street at 9:39 a.m. March 12 for a suspected overdose. When they arrived, paramedics were able to revive the overdose victim, 20, with a dose of the antidote Narcan.

 
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Carnegie Library of McKeesport Posts April Activities

April 03, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Carnegie Library of McKeesport photo

Book clubs, the return of "Wise Walks" and daytime movies are a few of the activities scheduled for April at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, a spokeswoman announced.

Activities are at the main library, 1507 Library Ave., unless otherwise noted. For more information, call (412) 672-0625 or visit www.mckeesportlibrary.org.

 
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Casino Night Will Benefit Port Vue 'Bark Park'

March 30, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Supporters of Cindy's Memorial Bark Park will hold a "Casino Night" Saturday (April 1) to raise money for the new dog-friendly facility on Romine Avenue in Port Vue.

The event will be held at the Vigilant Hose Co. hall, 1800 Romine Ave., a spokeswoman said. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and proceeds benefit Cindy's Memorial Bark Park.

Food, beer and mixers are included, but visitors should bring their own wine or spirits. A cash prize will be awarded based on the tickets.

For more information, call Kelsey at (412) 328-4805.

 

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