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Man, 29, Critical After Maple St. Shooting

January 25, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A 29-year-old man is in critical condition at a Pittsburgh trauma hospital after police said he was shot Saturday morning on Maple Street in the city.

Allegheny County police Sgt. Michael Caruso said McKeesport police and paramedics were dispatched at 2:16 a.m. to the corner of Maple and Dinsmore streets when callers reported hearing shots fired. Police found the victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his legs and abdomen.

The victim, whose name was not released, was flown by medical heiicopter to Pittsburgh. Further details about his condition have not been released.

 
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Speaker: MLK’s Legacy Includes Fighting
for Social, Economic Justice

January 25, 2020 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Jeff Ballou, Penn State alumnus and news editor at Al Jazeera’s English language channel, speaks to Jacqueline Edmondson, chancellor of the Greater Allegheny campus, following a Martin Luther King Jr. Day speech on Monday. (Tube City Almanac photo)


A speaker at Penn State Greater Allegheny on Martin Luther King Jr. Day challenged students — and the university itself — to take a bigger stand against economic inequality, including the rising cost of a college education.

Jeff Ballou, former president of the National Press Club, a Penn State graduate and a Pittsburgh native, said Monday that modern audiences make a mistake when they “freeze” Martin Luther King Jr. at a single moment in time — his “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington in 1963.

“You think everyone celebrates Dr. King,” said Ballou, a former student at the McKeesport campus. “Well, not in 1967.”

 
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Police Seek Missing City Teen

January 23, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

McKeesport police are asking for public's help in locating a teen-ager who they believe may have run away from home.

Daisha Reyes-Burgos, 14, was last seen at 6 p.m. Monday, police said. She went missing from a home on Sixth Street.

Police said Reyes-Burgos needs medication and did not take it with her. She is approximately 4-feet-8-inches tall.

Anyone with information is asked to call McKeesport police at (412) 675-5015, or dial 9-1-1.

 


Reader’s Viewpoint: Resident Sees Red Over Bunola Road Closure

January 23, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Letters to the Editor

(Editor’s note: This letter was originally published with “name withheld upon request.” Patty has now asked us to use her name.)


Patty Smith of Elizabeth Twp. took issue with “PennDOT: Drivers Ignoring Signal on Bunola River Road,” a brief published Jan. 22:

I saw red when I saw that article. That is only a mere fraction of the story! PennDOT only gave you one side.

The reason drivers are ignoring the signals is because the signals blink red a lot of the time at both ends — and you cannot see the light at the other end.

People have no way of knowing if cars are going up or down the hill. They have to take their lives into their own hands and attempt to travel the stretch of road and pray they do not meet anyone coming in the opposite direction.

 
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PennDOT: Drivers Ignoring Signal on Bunola River Road

January 22, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A popular shortcut just south of Elizabeth Borough is being closed indefinitely after state Department of Transportation officials say drivers have been ignoring traffic lights placed there following a landslide.

Bunola River Road near Locks & Dam Number 3 in Forward Twp. will be closed at 10 a.m. Friday morning, a PennDOT spokeswoman said.

The road has been restricted to one lane of alternating traffic, controlled by a traffic signal, following a landslide. Due to the number of vehicles who are ignoring the traffic signal, the spokeswoman said, the potential for a crash has increased.

 
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New Organization Slates Fundraiser Thursday in Duquesne

January 22, 2020 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News, Entertainment

Under the name “Demonstration,” Michael Roberts and Marcus Glover are raising money to build a community center in the East End or Mon Valley by selling apparel. The two are hosting a mixtape party and concert at 24 in Duquesne on Thursday. (Photos via Instagram.)


Marcus Glover and Michael Roberts are working the streets in Pittsburgh's East End and Mon Valley communities, selling athletic apparel from their mobile “storefront,” a small white folding table.

Last summer, the friends started “Demonstration,” a non-profit organization they hope to grow into a brick-and-mortar community center as a safe haven for disadvantaged youths.

They're organizing a mixtape release party to be held at 9 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 23) at 24 (formerly Kanczes City Saloon) on Duquesne Boulevard near Kennywood. The event will feature live music by Aaron Goode and the Goodfellas as well as rap and jazz music, according to Glover.

The desire to reach out and help kids evolved out of the pain that Roberts and Glover experienced as teenagers, each losing a loved one to street violence.

“We started talking and sharing stories,” Glover said. “I told him about how my best friend was murdered at 15, he told me his story, his older brother was murdered when he was 15, we bonded over our similar tragedies. Everything we are trying to do with our organization is from personal experience.”

 
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Kortz Announces Retirement from Legislature

January 21, 2020 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Politics & Elections

State Rep. Bill Kortz speaks at a rally of Pennsylvania motorcyclists. The Dravosburg Democrat, an avid motorcycle rider, announced his retirement on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy state Rep. Bill Kortz.)


State Rep. Bill Kortz confirmed Tuesday that he will not seek re-election to the Pennsylvania General Assembly in November.

In announcing his retirement, the Dravosburg resident called his 14 years as a legislator “a tremendous honor and a privilege” but said it was time for him “to take care of my health and step aside for future leaders” of his Mon-Yough district.

A former steelworker at U.S. Steel’s Irvin Plant with 30 years of service, Kortz, 65, a Democrat, was first elected to the legislature in 2006 and represents the 38th District, which includes Dravosburg, West Mifflin, Glassport, Port Vue, Liberty, Pleasant Hills, South Park, Baldwin and Whitehall.

The legislature was in session on Tuesday and Kortz was not available for an interview.

 
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New W.O. Council Takes Seats, Sets Projects

January 21, 2020 |

By Christy Walters | Posted in: White Oak News

New members of White Oak Borough Council participated in their first monthly business meeting Monday night.

Council members Julie Opferman and George Pambacas, who were elected in November and sworn in at the council reorganization meeting on Jan. 6, joined the table, and Councilman Chuck Davis headed his first regular meeting as council president.

Another new face at the table was attorney Patricia L. McGrail. Council voted to name McGrail and her law firm as the borough's solicitor for 2020.

 
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Fire Defense Council Plans Meeting

January 21, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Mon Yough Fire Defense Council will be holding its monthly business meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 22) at Vigilant Hose Co. of Port Vue, 1800 Romine Ave. All member companies are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments to follow.

 


Public Invited to Learn More
About U.S. Steel Investment Plans

January 21, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Aerial view of U.S. Steel’s Edgar Thomson Plant shows proposed expansion of facility. (Courtesy U.S. Steel)


The public is being invited to attend one of two free community education sessions being held by U.S. Steel as the corporation prepares to invest approximately $1.2 billion in upgrades to its facilities in Braddock, Clairton and West Mifflin.

The sessions will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 and 29 at U.S. Steel’s training facility at 1 S. Linden St., Duquesne, in the RIDC industrial park, and will last about one and a half hours.

Both sessions will have identical content, the company said in an prepared announcement.

Bus transportation will be available to and from Duquesne from Braddock and Clairton. The buses will depart Clairton Municipal Building, 551 Ravensburg Blvd., at 5:15 p.m., and Braddock Borough Building, 415 Sixth St., at 5:30 p.m.

 
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