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NV Twp. Commissioners Envision Park on Donated Land

October 21, 2018 |

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

Build it, and people will come --- at least that's the hope of Sam Juliano, vice president of the North Versailles Twp. commissioners. He wants to see about 90 acres of undeveloped land in the township's Green Valley section turned into a multi-purpose park.

At their October meeting, commissioners voted to enter into an agreement with TARQUINCoRE, LLC of Pittsburgh, which represents the property's owners, to accept the donation of nearly 90 acres of land currently owned by a real estate trust.

Commissioners George Beswick and Daryl Mitchell were absent. The land is located off of Maryland Avenue.

According to Juliano, the issue has been under discussion for several months. ”Now it's back on the table,” he said. ”Our commissioners did an assessment of this generous offer and determined there is an interest in acquiring ownership of five parcels.”

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Duquesne Police Chief Notes Improvements to Department

October 21, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News

Calls to Duquesne police for assistance are up --- but so are arrests.

Duquesne police Chief Tom Dunlevy reported the increases during the Oct. 9 city council meeting.

Through the third quarter of 2018, Dunlevy said, calls for service are up 40 percent compared with the previous period in 2017, while arrests are up 21 percent. Traffic stops are up 56 percent and traffic citations are up 59 percent, but traffic accidents are down 26 percent, he said.

“I’m very proud of the accomplishments of the department so far this year,” said Dunlevy, who became the Duquesne police chief in January.

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Duquesne Hires New Solicitor, Will Pursue Ethics Complaint Against Treasurer

October 20, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne City Council has appointed a new solicitor --- the city's fourth this year --- and says it will pursue an state ethics complaint against the city's treasurer.

At its Oct. 9 meeting, council appointed Myron Sainovich to replace John Rushford as the city's solicitor. Rushford was hired in April.

In addition, council voted to file a complaint with the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission against city Treasurer David Bires for what Mayor Nickole Nesby said is a conflict of interest. Bires chairs the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Duquesne, which is currently being sued by the city.

“Council and I believe that his actions need to be investigated," Nesby said. "As chairman of the redevelopment authority, we believe there is a conflict of interest and he should resign from one of the positions.”

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Characters From Region's Past Will Be Remembered During 4th Annual Cemetery Tour

October 18, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

(Photo courtesy McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center)

William Sample, one of the soldiers who carried President Lincoln from Ford's Theater on the night he was shot, will receive a new headstone on Saturday morning.

During a ceremony at 11 a.m. at McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery, members of McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center also will dedicate a new headstone at the grave of George Simmons, the city's first African-American policeman.

The ceremonies, which will begin near the old mausoleum, will kick off the heritage center's fourth-annual cemetery tour. Actors will portray 10 prominent McKeesport-area residents of the past who are buried at the cemetery.

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New President Named at UPMC McKeesport, East Hospitals

October 17, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(UPMC photo)

Mark O'Hern has been named the new president of UPMC McKeesport and UPMC East hospitals, the health system announced.

He succeeds Mark Sevco, who has been promoted to chief operating officer of UPMC Pinnacle, based in Harrisburg.
O'Hern, of Murrysville, had served as vice president of operations for UPMC McKeesport and UPMC East since 2014, when the two hospitals were placed under the same management.

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N. Hills Man Charged in Fatal West Mifflin Crash

October 17, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

An Avalon man faces a preliminary hearing Friday in connection with the death of a McKeesport woman in a traffic accident.

Robert L. Darrisaw Jr., 23, is being held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bond, court records indicate.

Allegheny County police charged Darrisaw on Oct. 12. In a statement, county police Lt. Andrew Schurman said that Darrisaw has been identified as the driver of a car that broadsided another vehicle near the intersection of Lebanon Church Road and Buttermilk Hollow Road in West Mifflin just before 4 a.m. Sept. 23.

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Police Believe McKeesport Man Was Shot in Rankin, But Say Witness Isn't Cooperating

October 15, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport man is dead following a drive-by shooting Saturday morning that police believe happened near the Rankin Bridge.

Dijuan Bray, 24, died Sunday afternoon at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Oakland, of wounds sustained in the incident, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office. His death has been ruled a homicide.

Allegheny County police said Bray was a passenger in a Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck, similar to the one pictured below, when someone shot at him and the driver.

In a prepared statement, county police Lt. Andrew Schurman said Bray and the driver arrived at the emergency room at UPMC McKeesport Hospital at 3:42 a.m. Saturday. Both were suffering gunshot wounds to the head, Schurman said.

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McKeesport Lions Raising Money Saturday at Olympia

October 15, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport Lions Club will hold a White Cane Day event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 20) in front of the Olympia Shop 'n Save.

A spokeswoman said the Lions will be collecting money for local sight-related charities. Pictured during a similar event in April are Lions Club members Marie Domingo, Milan Washowich and Colin Clarke.

(Submitted photo courtesy McKeesport Lions Club.)


Emergency Demolition of Bowman Ave. Building Will Cost $65K

October 14, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

The emergency demolition of a former school building on Bowman Avenue in Highland Grove will cost McKeesport taxpayers about $65,000, Mayor Michael Cherepko said.

The west wall of the building started to collapse on Wednesday, endangering a nearby house and forcing a temporary street closure. No injuries were reported, but residents of the house were evacuated, the mayor said.

Following an inspection of the building by City Engineer James Garvin, Cherepko said McKeesport officials awarded an emergency demolition contract to Lutterman Excavating of Greensburg.

Most of the building had been demolished by Friday night.

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Export Firm Relocating to City's Industrial Park

October 11, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: News

Manor III is one of the buildings in RIDC's industrial park in McKeesport. (RIDC photo)

A Westmoreland County distributor and manufacturer of equipment used in the nuclear power and mining industries is relocating to McKeesport.

Ralph A. Hiller Company is leasing Manor III, a 12,500-square-foot building at the Industrial Center of McKeesport, said a spokeswoman for RIDC, which owns the property.

The company specializes in valves, tubes, gauges and other devices used to distribute and control steam as well as water and other fluids.

In a prepared statement, Tom Beck, Hiller's general manager, said the company --- currently located near Export --- wanted to stay in the Pittsburgh area and needs room for possible future growth.

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