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Special Election Tomorrow Determines 35th District's New State Rep.

January 22, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Politics & Elections

Voters in the 35th District will head to the polls Tuesday to elect a new state legislator.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Clairton, Duquesne, Lincoln, McKeesport, Munhall, South Versailles Twp., Versailles, Whitaker, White Oak and five neighborhoods of West Mifflin.

Democrat Austin Davis (above left) and Republican Fawn Walker-Montgomery (above right), both of McKeesport, are running in the special election to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of former state Rep. Marc Gergely. Gergely resigned after pleading guilty to criminal conspiracy and violating state election laws for his connection to a video-poker and gambling ring.

Walker-Montgomery is a former two-term McKeesport city councilor, while Davis is executive assistant to Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Click on either candidate's name to learn more:

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Three Wounded in Area Shootings

January 22, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News

Three people were injured Sunday in shootings in Duquesne and Turtle Creek, Allegheny County police said.

The shootings were not fatal, though homicide detectives are investigating.

In the first incident, county police said two victims were sitting in a car in the 1000 block of Lincoln Avenue in Duquesne at 3:57 a.m. Sunday when another car pulled alongside of theirs. Someone inside the other car then opened fire on the first vehicle, county police said in a prepared statement.

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Thank You, McKeesport and Mon-Yough Area

January 22, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Commentary-Editorial

I want to thank, publicly, the following people, organizations and businesses who contributed to our year-end fund drive. If I missed anyone, I apologize. (UPDATED: I realize I'd missed any donations made online. The list is now updated.)

  • Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth
  • Tom Carter
  • E.R. Crawford Estate Trust Fund
  • Robert Dacey
  • Mary Ellen Driver
  • E.C. Finney Funeral Home, Glassport
  • I.M. Finney Funeral Home, Dravosburg
  • S.M. Finney Funeral Home, Clairton
  • Sharyn H. Fletcher
  • Jo Ann Hartos
  • Judith E. Hornfeck
  • Vicki Johnston
  • Janet Kulis
  • Doris T. Lynch
  • Joan A. Mayhue
  • Harry R. Miller
  • Ruth Ann Molloy
  • Mortuary Society Inc., Clairton
  • Rose M. Sakas
  • John Stevens
  • Young Funeral Home, Butler, Pa.
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McKeesport's 'Crown Jewel' Prepared for Sale

January 19, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

(Photo special to Tube City Almanac) Your new Pittsburgh-area headquarters is waiting at the corner of Walnut and Lysle.

If not Amazon, says city resident Regis Mellinger, why not Apple Inc.? The company has announced plans to re-invest $350 billion in the U.S. economy --- why couldn't it be in McKeesport?

Mellinger, a sales associate for Howard Hanna Wilson Baum Agency and the operator of the "Positive McKeesport" Facebook group, knows it's far-fetched to think that Apple or Amazon would want to open an office in the city.

But Mellinger doesn't think it's a crazy idea to envision the 112-year-old People's Union Bank Building --- which has just gone up for sale at $400,000 --- as the headquarters for a high-tech company, or as loft apartments.

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White Oak Rec Board Slates Middle School Dance

January 18, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

The White Oak Recreation Board will host its monthly dance for middle school students from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, a spokesperson said.

The event will take place in the Francis McClure Intermediate School gym. Admission is $5 at the door and a concession stand will be open. For more information, contact Ethel at (412) 378-1550 or follow the White Oak Recreation Board on Facebook.

Future dance dates are Feb. 9, March 16, April 20 and May 18.


New Detox Unit at UPMC McKeesport Addresses 'Growing Epidemic'

January 18, 2018 |

By Lynne Glover | Posted in: News

A view of the new inpatient detox and rehab unit at UPMC McKeesport --- the only one of its kind in Allegheny County. (Submitted photo courtesy UPMC)

Every day in Allegheny County, between six and 14 people are admitted to a hospital emergency room after an overdose, according to a 2016 study by the county's departments of Health and Human Services.

With its soon-to-open detoxification and rehabilitation unit, UPMC McKeesport is “stepping up to address the growing epidemic,” says Mark Sevco, hospital president.

Epidemic indeed: In 2016 and 2017, there were 35 fatal overdoses in the McKeesport zip code, 15132.

On Jan. 10, one day before UPMC McKeesport held an open house for its soon-to-open inpatient detox and rehab unit, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf declared the heroin and opioid epidemic a statewide disaster emergency.

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Clairton Couple Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide

January 17, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A married couple died at their home Wednesday morning in Clairton in what appears to have been a murder-suicide, Allegheny County police said.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office has identified the victims as Robert Lewis, 72, and his wife, Louise, 73. A spokesperson said both were pronounced dead at their home in the 900 block of School Street from apparent gunshot wounds.

Homicide detectives said that Robert Lewis appeared to have shot his wife, and then turned the gun on himself, but that their investigation was ongoing.

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Former City Man Indicted on Child Pornography Charges

January 17, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A former Christy Park resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury after being accused of coercing several minors to engage in sexual activity, and then making videos of them.

Scott Joseph Payne, 31, is charged with three counts of coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, three charges of production of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, and one charge of possession of such material, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said Wednesday.

The indictment was returned Tuesday in Pittsburgh, Brady said in a prepared statement.

According to court records, Payne is currently being held in the Allegheny County Jail after violating terms of his probation for a previous conviction on child pornography charges.

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Free Tax Prep Services Available Through April 17

January 17, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Mon Valley residents who need help filing their income taxes may be eligible for one of several free tax clinics being provided around the district.

The clinics are being held in McKeesport, Duquesne, Braddock, Clairton, Homestead, Turtle Creek and Elizabeth beginning Jan. 27, said Stephanie Eson of Human Services Center Corp. in Turtle Creek.

The clinics are being sponsored in part by the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Human Services Center and other agencies.

Although the clinics are free, appointments must be scheduled in advance by calling 2-1-1, Eson said. To be eligible, taxpayers must have had a 2017 income of $25,000 or less if filing as an individual, or a household income of $45,000 or less.

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New Police Chief Named in White Oak

January 16, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak Borough has named Mark Sargent as its new police chief.

Council this week voted to offer the position to Sargent.

“I feel Mark will do a great job,” said Councilman Lou Bender, who previously served as police chief before retiring from the position in December. “He has tons of experience. He’s been on the police force for 22 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and teaches at a local police academy. He’s a great officer and would make a wonderful police chief.”

In other business, council voted 6-1 to allow the transfer of a restaurant liquor license from Pleasant Hills into White Oak. The license will allow the Speedway on Route 48 to sell beer, wine coolers or malt beverages.

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