Area Police Warn of Telephone 'Can You Hear Me' Scam

February 06, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Wilkins Twp. police are warning area residents about another possible telephone-based marketing scam.

In a release over the weekend, police warned that some telemarketers are reportedly calling people and asking them "Can you hear me?" When the person being called responds "yes," the telemarketer records that as proof that the person they called has agreed to purchase a product or service, and then bills or charges the person.

The Better Business Bureau of Western Pennsylvania reports that they have also received reports of the scam dating back to October, in which the callers identified themselves as being from a home security agency, a cruise line or associated with Social Security.

(However, a writer for the non-profit website, which tracks misinformation and hoaxes that circulate on the Internet, was unable to confirm whether anyone has actually been scammed in this manner. Meaning that the hoax itself may be a hoax.)

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White Oak Church Hosts 'Mardi Gras' Dance Feb. 19

February 06, 2017 |

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

St. Angela Merici Church will hold a Mardi Gras "Paczki" polka dance featuring Henny and the Versa J's from 3 to 7 p.m. Feb. 19, a spokeswoman said.

Tickets to the dance in the church's Father Drap Hall are $15 each and include one paczki (a Polish doughnut-style pastry), beer, mixers and soda. Food also will be available for purchase, but guests can bring their own snacks or wine and spirits.
The church is located at 1640 Fawcett Ave., White Oak.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call the church office at (412) 672-9641 or visit the church website at and click the "Donations" tab.


Croatian Club Slates Valentine's Day Social, Pirohi Sale

February 06, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The Yukon Croatian Club is holding a funnel cake social on Valentine’s Day. It is open to the public and will be held in the club social hall between 5:30 and 9 p.m. Varieties are funnel cake topped with the traditional powdered sugar ($5) or with cherries or strawberries ($6). Add a scoop of ice cream for $1.

Hard and soft ground beef tacos and wraps filled with veggies and either steak or chicken will also be available.

Meanwhile, this Saturday (Feb. 11) is the deadline to order freshly-made and cooked frozen pirohi from Sv. Nikola Brodar CFU Lodge 432.

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Arrest Made in Versailles Shooting Death

February 01, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A 28-year-old man died after being shot this morning inside a home in Versailles, Allegheny County police said.

An Elizabeth man has been charged in connection with the shooting and is currently awaiting extradition back to Pennsylvania from a small town just south of Columbus, Ohio.

Allegheny County police Lt. Andrew Schurman said Versailles police and an ambulance responded to a house in the 4600 block of Third Street at 3:47 a.m. today when a 9-1-1 caller reported that someone had been shot.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office said Andrew McGee of McKeesport was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

A charge of criminal homicide was filed this afternoon against John R. Sethman III. Schurman said police believe Sethman is responsible for the shooting and said he fled to Ohio after the incident.

No motive was disclosed by police, who said the investigation is continuing.

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Two Found Dead in Craig Street Home

February 01, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

McKeesport police are investigating the deaths of two people whose bodies were found inside a home in the 1100 block of Craig Street.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office said Frederick Brown, 43, and Tracey Fry, 49, were pronounced dead at the scene at 8:42 p.m. Saturday.

No further details were released. A cause and manner of death are pending autopsies and toxicology tests, said a spokesperson for the medical examiner's office.


'Hand'-y PSGA Students Learn Engineering, Provide Helping Hands

January 30, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: News

(Editor's Note: This story was written by Linda Curinga, manager of marketing and communications at Penn State Greater Allegheny.)

Students in an engineering design class at Penn State Greater Allegheny learned about 3-D printing technology as well as the challenges faced by people who need assistive devices when they participated in a contest to design and make their own prosthetic hands.

The students, who were taking instructor Alandra Kahl's Introduction to Engineering Design class during the fall semester, participated in the nationwide challenge put on by the E-Nable Project and the Prosthetic Kids Hand Challenge.

“It’s always a plus when students can find a way to help others in the community while learning and expanding their knowledge base," Kahl says. "This project helped students to learn and hone basic design skills, and will, hopefully, be able to make it easier for children to perform daily tasks."

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Citizens Honored for Embracing Respect, Hope, Dignity, Love

January 23, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport Mayor Mike Cherepko and city council this month honored another group of local residents for living the "McKeesport Message" of "Respect, Dignity, Hope and Love."

Biographies of the winners, written by Jennifer Vertullo, assistant to the mayor, follow.

Living the Message awards are intended to showcase these individuals and give the community an opportunity to share its good news. Awards are given quarterly.

Using 250 words or fewer, describe how the individual of your choice embodies one of the four words.

For more information, contact the mayor’s office at (412) 675-5020, ext. 605. Nominations can be mailed to Jennifer Vertullo, assistant to the mayor, City of McKeesport, 500 Fifth Ave., McKeesport, PA 15132, or emailed to

The deadline for the next round of nominations is Feb. 15.

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Police Log: Jan. 19, 2017

January 19, 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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West Mifflin Teacher Honored by State VFW Leaders

January 18, 2017 |

By Mike Mauer | Posted in: Announcements

A Mon Valley educator with more than two decades of experience has been named by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Pennsylvania as the VFW "Voice of Democracy Teacher of the Year."

Melissa L. Fulmer, an English teacher at West Mifflin Area High School, earned the VFW's top honor for encouraging dozens of her students to participate in the VOD program over the last two years.   

She will receive a VOD plaque on Saturday at the organization’s Mid-Winter Conference banquet held in the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Green Tree.

“I am honored to be acknowledged for encouraging students to voice their opinions and am proud of them for doing so in a respectful and meaningful manner,” Fulmer said.

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Pittsburgh Man Charged in Century Square Gun Theft

January 18, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A 19-year-old man from Pittsburgh's Knoxville section has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges he stole five rifles and ammunition from a West Mifflin sporting goods store.

Marquis Trammel, 19, is charged with stealing firearms from a licensed dealer and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, said a spokeswoman for acting U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song in Pittsburgh.

He also faces charged from West Mifflin police in connection with the Dec. 20 incident at Dunham's Discount Sports in Century Square shopping center off Lebanon Church Road.

According to Allegheny County court records, borough police arrested Trammel on Dec. 22 and burglary, five counts of theft by unlawful taking, unlawful possession of a firearm, criminal mischief, conspiracy and carrying a firearm without a license.

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