City Teen Dead in Sunday Shooting

June 03, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport teenager was found dead Sunday afternoon after a shooting in the city's Third Ward.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office said Ciquann Dudley Jr., 17, was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting in the 1300 block of Tube Works Alley.

Allegheny County police said he had been shot multiple times. His death has been ruled a homicide.

Friends and family said Dudley was a student at McKeesport Area High School. He is the second student killed in less than a month.

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Cheerleader Moms Urge MASD to Review Disciplinary Policies

May 30, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: News

Faced with mothers complaining their daughters were being bullied in a cheerleading program and that discipline handed out is unduly harsh, McKeesport Area school board members have agreed to take a look at policies and rules governing all athletic programs in the district.

None of the cheerleading coaches were at May's school board meeting, but plenty of complaints were lodged by mothers who said their daughters had suffered from what they called bullying.

One mother, Amanda Webb, said she had a problem with the way her ninth-grade daughter was dismissed from the squad by a fellow student.

Webb said her daughter practiced with the squad all summer and “they just threw her away.”

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NV Twp. Prepares for Summer Paving Projects

May 29, 2019 |

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

Paving on four streets in North Versailles Twp. should be completed in mid-June.

At this month's commissioners meeting, Township Engineer Dave Gilliland said work will be wrapped up shortly on Old Farm Road, Mahoning Avenue, Crestas Road and Girard Avenue. The 2019 paving project will probably begin in July, Gilliland said.

Commissioners also approved a resolution presented by board President Frank Bivens to authorize the township manager to execute agreements pertaining to paving projects on U.S. Route 30.

Bivens said the project on Route 30 will start in Forest Hills and come all the way out to the county line.

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NV Twp. Posts Police, Fire Reports

May 29, 2019 |

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

North Versailles Twp. commissioners posted the monthly reports for the police and fire departments.

During March, North Versailles police department received 728 calls, made 23 arrests and housed five inmates from East McKeesport and eight from Turtle Creek. Firefighters answered 49 calls during March.

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Two Oldies Dances in June at White Oak Legion

May 28, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

DJs Candy and Mike will spin music from the 1950s and early '60s when American Legion Gen. Smedley D. Butler Post 701 in White Oak holds its next oldies dances.

The dances are scheduled for June 8 and 15, a spokesman said. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music continues until 11 p.m. Admission is $5 and all proceeds benefit veterans' programs.

The legion is located at 2813 Capital St. For more information, call (724) 984-6611.


Chorale Slates Spring Concert June 9 in White Oak

May 28, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

The Mon Yough Chorale will present its annual spring concert at 3 p.m. June 9, a spokeswoman said.

Entitled "Longing," the concert will be held at Sampson's Mills Presbyterian Church, 1665 Lincoln Way, White Oak, Dianne Ribecca said. Tickets are $8 and available at the door.

Refreshments will be served immediately following the concert, in the church hall. The concert is scheduled to be recorded for re-broadcast on WMCK.FM Internet radio, Ribecca said.

For more information on the chorale's spring and summer schedule, visit the website.


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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