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6 shot at Clairton speakeasy; police seek suspects

By Eric Slagle  and Tom Fontaine
Six people were shot when a fight erupted in the early morning hours Friday at an unlicensed bar in Clairton. Homicide detectives are seeking witnesses who ...

Court-appointed receiver approves pact between Duquesne, teachers union

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
After more than two years of negotiation, Duquesne City School District and its teachers union have a collective bargaining agreement. The district’s court-appointed receiver, Paul B. Long, ratified the tentative contract at a special meeting Friday. The agreement was reached Sept. ...

Vacant Wilmerding houses burn; none hurt

By Patrick Cloonan
No injuries are reported in an early Friday morning fire that destroyed two vacant houses along Welsh Avenue in Wilmerding. Allegheny County Emergency Services Chief Alvin ...

N. Versailles commissioners likely to hold line on taxes

By Michael Divittorio
North Versailles residents may not see a real estate tax increase next year. Commissioners voted 6-1 Thursday to tentatively adopt the 2015 budget, with George Beswick casting the only nay vote. Beswick said he opposes the budget because it is balanced with ...

Tractor-trailer overturns, ruptures gas line in West Mifflin

By Patrick Cloonan
A tractor-trailer driver was trapped briefly in his rig Friday morning when it overturned on Streets Run Road near Lutz Hollow Road in West Mifflin. Emergency units called to the scene of the 11:24 a.m. crash said a load of steel ...

Extra expenses encountered for redevelopment project in Duquesne

By Patrick Cloonan and Sam Spatter
Unforeseen problems have led to additional costs for the 15-acre Cochrandale redevelopment project in Duquesne. At its meeting Friday, the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County was advised of an unforeseen need to remove 14 storage tanks, as well as an overrun ...

School bus accident in Pleasant Hills sends 4 to the hospital

By Patrick Cloonan
Four people escaped serious injury when a First Student school bus carrying two special needs students and two adults collided with a Kia sport utility ...

North Versailles Township marks return of police K-9 unit

By Michael Divittorio
North Versailles Township has a K-9 unit again. Senior Magisterial District Judge Robert L. Barner swore in Laky, a 2e_SNbS1⁄2-year-old Belgian Malinois, at a commission meeting ...

Mon Valley service groups, volunteers prepare early Thanksgiving meals

By Patrick Cloonan
Thanksgiving isn’t until Thursday, but some local churches and service groups are celebrating early with dinners for those who might not be able to afford ...

McKeesport plans to hold line on taxes, municipal fees

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
McKeesport officials will hold the line on taxes and municipal service fees as they plan to start 2015 with a near-$19 million spending plan. During a review meeting Thursday, Mayor Michael Cherepko presented his annual budget message disclosing a preliminary budget ...

Audit reveals slight surplus in Clairton school budget

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
A review of Clairton City School District’s 2013-14 fiscal audit has confirmed that the district has a $17,000 surplus. District officials had projected a $294,000 loss because of a collective bargaining agreement with Clairton Education Association and U.S. Steel’s successful ...

Report shows Elizabeth Forward stayed within budget

By Patrick Cloonan
Elizabeth Forward finished 2013-14 within budget, according to a report accepted Thursday by the school board. District director of finance and operations Richard Fantauzzi said expenditures totaled $37.137 million while revenues totaled $37.4 million. That adds $263,000 to a $2.85 million fund ...

Mayor’s comments out of line, West Mifflin Area school directors say

By Eric Slagle
West Mifflin Area officials reacted Thursday to disparaging remarks West Mifflin’s mayor made this week about rental fees for school district facilities. “The mayor’s office is right across the hall from the superintendent’s,” is how school director Phil Shar sized up ...

3 Steel Valley men face trials in home invasion

By Eric Slagle
Three men from the Steel Valley area accused of robbing an elderly Munhall couple in their home and stealing their car around 3 a.m. on Nov. 6 await trial as a result of decisions before a local judge Wednesday. Defendants ...

Baltimore man killed in McKeesport crash

By Margaret Harding
A man died Wednesday from injuries suffered in a Saturday crash in McKeesport, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office. Doctors at UPMC Presbyterian pronounced Truth Henderson, 22, of Baltimore, Md., dead at 8:41 a.m., the office said. Henderson was ...

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank ramps up for holiday season

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
As families prepare to enjoy a traditional turkey feast with loved ones, many are reaching out to food pantries to help less fortunate neighbors. Whether ...

McKeesport middle school students get taste of crime-scene investigations

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
McKeesport Area eighth-graders are applying their classroom skills to the science of crime-scene investigation. Students in Founders’ Hall Middle School’s Academy in Math and Science program, ...

No hike predicted in Port Vue real estate levy, based on preliminary budget

By Michael Divittorio
Port Vue residents will pay a new levy next year. By a pair of 6-0 votes, council approved a 1-mill fire tax and a preliminary budget with no increase in the 7.4-mill real estate tax rate at a special meeting Wednesday. Council ...

West Mifflin mayor upset over donations ending up with school district

By Patrick Cloonan
West Mifflin’s mayor is unhappy that borough funds given to nonprofits are winding up in the West Mifflin Area School District’s coffers in the form of rental fees for use of district facilities. “It is absurd and I am insulted by ...

White Oak to make budget info available

By Patrick Cloonan
On Dec. 1, White Oak residents will be able to review past spending and preview a possible future budget. Council finance chairman Ron Massung said Monday that the borough’s 2013 financial statement will be available online Dec. 1. Beginning the same day, ...

Attorney returns to alma mater to help McKeesport students chart life path

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Attorney Ryan James, a 2003 graduate of McKeesport Area High School, visited his alma mater Wednesday to speak with students about their career paths. James met ...

No tax hike for Elizabeth Twp. in 2015

By Michael Divittorio
Elizabeth Township property owners should not see a real estate tax increase next year. Commissioners on Monday unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance fixing the 2015 millage rate. It remains at 3.926 mills with 3.426 mills for general purposes ...

Munhall OKs fire chief

By Michael Divittorio
Munhall council unanimously approved deputy fire Chief Edward Pletsch as the borough’s chief effective Jan. 1. Matt Pisarcik is stepping down when his second four-year term ends, in accordance with the Munhall Bureau of Fire’s bylaws. Pisarcik said he has mixed emotions ...

South Allegheny dress code changes pass despite pleas to hold off

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
South Allegheny students and parents approached the school board Wednesday petitioning directors to reconsider dress code amendments before their final approval. Directors unanimously approved the second and final reading of a revised dress code policy after nearly one hour of complaints ...

Troupe transfers beloved ‘Charlie Brown’ TV special to stage

By Carol Waterloo Frazier
With the holidays just about here, what better way to get in the Christmas spirit than to join Charlie Brown and his friends? Mon River Arts ...

Mon-Yough Salvation Army kettle drive gets early start

By Patrick Cloonan
Kettles have come out early at some Mon-Yough businesses as the McKeesport Salvation Army center hopes for a better response than in past years from ...

U.S. Steel increases commitment to innovation, including Waterfront center

By Patrick Cloonan
Changes announced this week by U.S. Steel will have little effect on Mon-Yough operations, except for the Research and Technology Center in Munhall. U.S. Steel spokeswoman Sarah A. Cassella referred callers to the company’s second-quarter results, which included plans to beef ...

Lincoln council holds line on borough’s millage rate

By Michael Divittorio
Lincoln property owners should not see a hike in real estate taxes next year. Council voted 4-0 Tuesday to advertise its 2015 budget and tax ordinance, which maintains a 6.5 millage rate. Councilman Paul Vereb was absent. The 0.2-mill fire tax, included in ...

Glassport seeks civic improvements

By Eric Slagle
Glassport council is scheduled to meet next week to approve borrowing between $3.6 million and $4.2 million for construction of a new police station and community center and paving throughout the borough. Solicitor Gary Matta told council Tuesday the borough ...

West Mifflin takes steps to repeal gun-loss ordinance

By Patrick Cloonan
West Mifflin on Tuesday took a step toward repeal of a 2009 ordinance requiring that lost or stolen handguns be reported within 72 hours. By a 6-0 vote, council authorized drafting a law that would overturn Ordinance 1165. White Oak took ...

Dravosburg leaders get a look at budget

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Dravosburg officials are examining the borough’s 2015 spending plan before putting it up for public review. The budget of approximately $864,000 was distributed to councilors Tuesday evening. It holds the line on property taxes at 7.03 mills — 6.55 mills for ...

Candle pinpointed as possible cause of fatal Versailles fire

By Eric Slagle
A candle in a second-floor bathroom has been identified as a possible source of a fatal fire in Versailles. Allegheny County spokeswoman Amie Downs said it’s ...

Crews weatherproof lines under Wilmerding bridge

By Patrick Cloonan
A weatherproofing job Monday under a Wilmerding bridge was routine for Almega Co., a company with a half-century of experience working with steel bridges and ...

White Oak plans repeal of gun law

By Patrick Cloonan
In reaction to a new state law, White Oak council on Monday unanimously authorized advertising the repeal of an ordinance that prohibits the carrying of firearms on borough property. Solicitor Krisha Mackulin advised that the choice was to repeal the ...

McKeesport area defendants involved in cocaine case

By Patrick Cloonan
A Downey, Calif., man pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute 11 pounds or more of cocaine in a case that involved several McKeesport area defendants, the Pittsburgh U.S. attorney’s office said Monday. U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton said Michael Dwayne Blackwell, ...

Elizabeth Township buys former Girl Scout camp

By Michael Divittorio
Elizabeth Township commissioners on Monday approved the purchase of a former Girl Scout camp for $525,000. With a series of 5-2 votes, the board adopted resolutions related to buying the former Camp Yough, a 33-acre site at 429 Duncan Station Road ...

Liberty’s sewage system could go on the selling block

By Eric Slagle
Liberty officials say the borough’s sewage system could be put on the market by the end of the month. Solicitor George Gobel said the borough could sell the system e_SEmD which services about 1,100 customers and feeds into a treatment facility ...

McKeesport celebrates community with 50th Salute to Santa parade

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
McKeesport contiuned its holiday tradition on Saturday by inviting folks from across the Mon Valley to ring in the season with the Salute to Santa ...

West Homestead switching to CodeRED emergency notification system

By Michael Divittorio
West Homestead is changing its emergency notification system from Nixle to CodeRED. Nixle offers free and paid notification services for police departments, county emergency management offices, municipal governments and their agencies. West Homestead has used the service for more than four years. ...