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Brass plaque stolen from McKeesport veterans memorial

By Patrick Cloonan
McKeesport police are looking for a scrap metal thief or thieves whose latest target was a piece of history in the city’s Tenth Ward. A memorial ...

McKeesport man sentenced to house arrest in armed robbery

By Patrick Cloonan
A McKeesport man has been sentenced to a year of house arrest and five years probation as a result of pleading guilty to the armed robbery of another teenager near his White Oak home. Ryan J. Marshall, 18, entered his plea ...

McKeesport nonprofit, Youth Works ensure Allied Health students can continue training

By Carol Waterloo Frazier
Since 1999, Allied Health students at McKeesport Area High School have been learning what it’s like to work in a hospital. A grant that year from ...

Jamie’s Dream Team founder says she will press on despite new illness

By Michael Divittorio
The founder of a White Oak-based charity dedicated to making dreams come true for the sick and injured vows to continue working as she undergoes new medical treatments. Jamie’s Dream Team’s Jamie Holmes, 27, starts four weeks of chemotherapy at Children’s ...

North Versailles Township approves $6.79 million budget that keeps tax rates flat

By Michael Divittorio
North Versailles Township property owners will not pay more in real estate taxes or sewage fees next year. Commissioners voted 6-1 Thursday to adopt the township’s 2015 budget and unanimously adopted its tax ordinance. Commissioner George Beswick cast the lone dissenting ...

Elizabeth Forward marks 35th year of senior holiday breakfast

By Patrick Cloonan
For 35 years, Elizabeth Forward’s senior citizens and retirees from the community have been honored at a holiday breakfast at the high school cafeteria. “It is ...

Clairton students reference positive ‘Frozen’-themed lessons

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Playing on the popularity of Disney’s “Frozen,” Clairton preschool and elementary students enjoyed “A Night with the Ice Queen.” Families of students enrolled in Clairton’s Pre-K ...

McKeesport Area fourth-grader thrilled with gift from White Oak Lions Club

By Tribune-Review
McKeesport Area fourth-grader De’Jean Pace grinned from ear to ear Thursday morning when members of the White Oak Lions Club surprised him with an early ...

Power outage planned in Elizabeth, Forward

By Daily News
Residents in Elizabeth and some in Elizabeth and Forward townships should prepare to be without electricity Saturday morning. West Penn Power spokesman Todd Meyers said power will be shut off between 5 and 9 a.m. as the company replaces insulators of ...

Businessman responds to Brewster shale tax proposal

By Patrick Cloonan
A Duquesne-based businessman known for his efforts to promote the natural gas industry said any severance tax could drive hundreds of local producers out of business. “It’s only common sense,” said David J. Marks of Pennsylvania Energy Fuels LLC. “I see ...

Greensburg pit bull advocacy group plans fundraiser in Homestead

By Eric Slagle
Attorney Mark A. Smith of Homestead owns two pit bulls and is working to refute the negative stereotypes about the breed. This Sunday from 2-4:30 ...

Polka musician ‘Mr. December’ bringing his fiddle to McKeesport lodge

By Eric Slagle
If you’ve gone to a local polka or international music show in recent years, there’s a good chance you’ve seen John Huchrowski playing violin. Huchrowski ...

Teen who accused Clairton police of brutality pleads guilty to lesser charges

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
The criminal case involving a Clairton juvenile whose family accused city police of brutality during her arrest ended with a guilty plea to reduced charges. Merceedez Wright, 17, was arrested July 15 on charges of aggravated assault, harassment, resisting arrest, disorderly ...

West Mifflin soccer fields nearly done, but play will be delayed

By Patrick Cloonan
West Mifflin engineer Ray Antonelli told borough council on Tuesday that the Apdale soccer fields are near completion, but no games are likely on those ...

Munhall’s $8.3 million spending plan has no tax hike or furloughs

By Michael Divittorio
Munhall employees likely will not be furloughed and property owners should not expect to pay more in real estate taxes next year. Council unanimously approved its 2015 preliminary budget Wednesday, and authorized the spending plan to be posted in the office ...

Tax break extension bill has goodies for Mon-Yough area

By Patrick Cloonan
A tax break extension bill passed by Congress on Tuesday became what some lawmakers call a Christmas tree. The legislation, expected to be signed by President Obama, will benefit such entities as the Greater Pittsburgh Community and Westmoreland County food ...

West Mifflin man charged with risking catastrophe

By Patrick Cloonan
A West Mifflin man is in Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond pending a hearing next month in connection with a potentially explosive Thanksgiving weekend incident. Police Chief Ken Davies confirmed Tuesday night that Raymond Salac, 63, had ...

Salvation Army edges closer to campaign goals

By Patrick Cloonan
The Salvation Army’s Steel Valley worship and service center in Homestead is in striking distance of meeting its 2014 goal. As of Sunday, Steel Valley’s red kettles had taken in $36,416.29, nearly three times what it had collected at this time ...

Executive says Century III revival plan remains on track

By Patrick Cloonan
A top executive of the company that owns Century III Mall said recent events there do not affect the long-term plan for reviving the West ...

Glassport approves 3-mill tax hike in 2015 budget

By Eric Slagle
Glassport council on Tuesday adopted a $3.18 million budget for 2015 that calls for a tax increase of 3 mills. It represents a $996,000 increase in spending over this year’s budget. Mayor Rosemary Bradley said the tax increase will amount to about $120 ...

McKeesport man arrested in pair of armed robberies

By Eric Slagle
A McKeesport man was arrested Monday and charged in two recent convenience store robberies. McKeesport police arrested Gregory Devon Sayles, 20, as a suspect in the ...

Dravosburg tax hike will help fund fire company pump truck

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
To help the borough’s fire department pay for a new pump truck, Dravosburg council increased property taxes by 0.52 mills for 2015. With passage of a $873,603 budget Tuesday, council unanimously authorized increasing the property tax rate from 7.03 to 7.55 ...

Steel Valley district’s coaches keep their jobs

By Michael Divittorio
Steel Valley school directors reappointed their fall supplemental head coaches for the 2015-16 school year at a special meeting Tuesday. The board voted 6-1 to maintain Rodney Steele as varsity football coach and unanimously appointed other coaches. Director Coyleen Steele abstained ...

Lincoln council keeps taxes flat in passing new budget

By Michael Divittorio
Lincoln property owners will not see a hike in real estate taxes next year. Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to adopt its 2015 budget, but unanimously voted to adopt its tax ordinance, which maintains a 6.5 millage rate. Councilman Nick Vay cast the ...

West Mifflin OKs budget, repeals gun law in response to Act 192

By Patrick Cloonan
West Mifflin councilors on Tuesday approved a 2015 budget that holds the line on property taxes, and repealed a 2009 ordinance requiring anyone who discovers a firearm is lost or stolen to report it to police within 72 hours. “Regrettably, yes,” ...

StatMedevac wins safety award

By Patrick Cloonan
A West Mifflin-based air ambulance service is one of five Pennsylvania businesses honored with this year’s Governor’s Awards for Safety Excellence. “We have a proud ...

Sentence reduced in triple Crawford Village homicide

By Eric Slagle
A McKeesport man who was 17 when he killed three people in Crawford Village in 2010 had his sentence reduced Monday. Isaiah Hereford, 21, in prison for a sentence of life without parole, will now serve a life sentence with an ...

DA: Fired Century III Mall manager stole $51K

By Patrick Cloonan
Century III Mall’s former manager is free on $25,000 bond pending court action on charges that he stole more than $51,000 from the West Mifflin shopping complex. John Sabino, 51, of Wexford spent $67,121.90 at Rivers and other casinos, according to ...

Constables accused of oppression in Munhall

By Michael Divittorio
Two state constables have been charged with official oppression and other crimes allegedly committed while serving a warrant in Munhall. Michael Lowman, 45, and Christian Constantini, 25, of Pittsburgh, were charged Monday with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, official oppression ...

Rec center, play area proposed for former Camp Yough

By Michael Divittorio
A Girl Scout camp in Elizabeth Township that closed last year could be used as a community center and for other recreational purposes — if ...

White Oak repeals gun law, passes budget

By Patrick Cloonan
In a meeting Monday that took 16 minutes, even with a diatribe about personnel matters from a former council candidate, White Oak council dispatched an agenda that includes a 2015 budget with no tax hike and repeal of a gun ...

Elizabeth Township holds line on taxes

By Michael Divittorio
Elizabeth Township property owners will not be paying more in real estate taxes next year. Commissioners unanimously voted Monday to maintain the millage rate at 3.926, with 3.426 mills for general purposes and .5 mill for the fire service. One mill ...

McKeesport traffic stops lead to 3 heroin arrests

By Eric Slagle
Two recent McKeesport traffic stops led to three arrests and the recovery of significant amounts of heroin. On Friday, police stopped a vehicle on Coursin Street for a lighting violation. The stop resulted in the arrest of Justin Smith, 34, ...

Members of Wolf transition team have Mon-Yough ties

By Patrick Cloonan
A White Oak man said he was tasked by Gov.-elect Tom Wolf with evaluating the state Department of Corrections. “They reached out to me,” said ...

Liberty residents sound off on possible sale of sewage system

By Eric Slagle
Liberty officials have said the borough would hold a public meeting if council takes action to sell the municipality’s sewage system. The public got a jump-start on that meeting when dozens of residents attended council’s regular meeting Monday to discuss aspects ...

Penn State Greater Allegheny scholarship recipient tours high schools to share tips for success

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Penn State Greater Allegheny freshman Andrew Kuzma, who funded his college education with local scholarships, is sharing the secrets of his success with high school ...

Sunoco Logistics spokesman disputes talk of 3rd pipeline

By Patrick Cloonan
As repairs begin this week on a Forward Township road damaged by the Sunoco Logistics Mariner East 1 gas transmission pipeline, plans continue for a larger — Mariner East 2 — pipeline to run parallel to that first one. Amid ...

Family, friends of murder victims rally in Duquesne to stop violence

By Michael Divittorio
Mon Valley area organizers and family members of murder victims beared below-freezing temperatures Saturday afternoon for one purpose — to stop the violence. “We stand in ...

McKeesport man charged in hit-and-run accident that injured woman, 82

By Eric Slagle
McKeesport police have arrested a man in connection with a weekend hit-and-run that seriously injured an 82-year-old woman. Justin Joseph Warman, 26, of McKeesport was arrested ...