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Firefighters douse blaze at abandoned McKeesport house

By Patrick Cloonan 7:32 a.m.
McKeesport firefighters made quick work of a midday blaze Tuesday on the porch of a long-abandoned house on Petty Street in the city’s Fifth Ward. “All ...

Former Clairton resident killed

By Jennifer R. Vertullo 7:23 a.m.
Clairton City School District honored the memory of former student Marcaysia Dawkins with a moment of silence Tuesday evening. Dawkins, 19, who recently graduated from Lithonia High School in Georgia, was shot and killed at a bus stop near Atlanta on ...

McKeesport Area, South Allegheny, Elizabeth Forward musicians head to holiday parades

By Eric Slagle 7:23 a.m.
Watching the Thanksgiving Day parades on television is a tradition many associate with the holiday. Fewer folks get to see those parades — Philadelphia, New York ...

Clairton waits for legal opinion on tax resolution

By Jennifer R. Vertullo 9:56 a.m.
Clairton City School District is awaiting a legal opinion before acting on a tax resolution to help the city with recent sales of tax delinquent properties. School board president Richard Livingston said the city asked the district to extend the period ...

Lost election inspires South Allegheny student’s clothing project

By Eric Slagle 7:23 a.m.
The adage about making lemonade when life gives you lemons would apply to Ayden Sloss. The sixth-grader from South Allegheny Elementary School ran unsuccessfully for student ...

McKeesport’s Sixth Grade Academy work reported on schedule

By Michael Divittorio 9:56 a.m.
A project designed to bring McKeesport Area School District middle schoolers together with the latest technology, the Sixth Grade Academy, is on schedule. “This is what the contractors are telling us,” school director Scott Smith said at a Tuesday board meeting. Smith ...

Membership fees predicted for continued Heritage van use in the Mon Valley

By Patrick Cloonan 7:23 a.m.
Don’t expect to see a fare box anytime soon on Heritage vans serving 12 Mon-Yough communities — but do expect some sort of an annual ...

Casey supports food donation tax break extension

By Patrick Cloonan 7:23 a.m.
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. said he hopes to get legislation passed before year’s end to extend a tax break for food donations that aid ...

McKeesport firefighters recovering from stormy weekend

By Eric Slagle
A weekend storm injured four McKeesport firefighters and damaged a pumper truck. Chief Kevin Lust said two firefighters who were on the truck Saturday morning when it went over a hillside by the ramp to the Duquesne-McKeesport Bridge are out of ...

Holiday tradition continues as Mon Yough Catholic students, Kane McKeesport seniors mingle

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
A dozen residents of John J. Kane Regional Center of McKeesport broke bread with 25 eighth-graders from Mon Yough Catholic School at Round Hill Park ...

Glassport OKs $3.9M loan for civic projects

By Michael Divittorio
Glassport council on Monday approved borrowing $3.9 million for a new police station and a number of other projects. At the special meeting, council unanimously adopted an ordinance to increase the borough’s indebtedness via a loan from S&T Bank. Councilman Paul ...

High winds topple trees, knock out power across Mon-Yough area

By Patrick Cloonan
It appears as though a midweek snowstorm may miss the Mon-Yough area, but high winds did not, felling trees and affecting utility services from Jefferson ...

Vigil walk to help finish Noah’s Ark

By Patrick Cloonan
An idea from a loved one of a victim of violence has grown into a Saturday fundraiser for Noah’s Ark Community Center in McKeesport. A vigil walk will be Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. at the still-incomplete center at 206 ...

Pittsburgh man held for trial on rape charges from McKeesport incident

By Eric Slagle
Charges have been held against a Pittsburgh man accused of raping a woman in her McKeesport home earlier this month. James Leon Thomas, 33, remains in the Allegheny County Jail on $75,000 bail following his appearance before McKeesport Magisterial District Judge ...

High winds knock out power, injure man at Cranberry construction site

By Jason Cato
A powerful nor’easter is expected to dump rain and snow from northern West Virginia through New England, delivering treacherous travel conditions for Western Pennsylvanians who ...

West Mifflin not getting Verizon FiOS anytime soon

By Patrick Cloonan
The Verizon FiOS fiber optic system of bringing television signals into homes is available in some but not all Mon-Yough communities. Last week a Verizon spokesman acknowledged that it may be some time before all municipalities, and all neighborhoods in those ...

Interest strong in redeveloping former Long Run Children’s Learning Center in White Oak

By Eric Slagle
The building that once housed Long Run Children’s Learning Center in White Oak remains vacant and on the market, but the real estate agency listing ...

Firearm owners organization supports gun restriction lawsuits

By Patrick Cloonan
Solicitors have referred to possible lawsuits by the National Rifle Association when explaining efforts to draw up repeals of gun restrictions. But as attorneys in West Mifflin, White Oak and elsewhere review gun controls that may exceed state law, their concerns ...

McKeesport Area Ministerium honors Matuch, Jones for community service

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
The McKeesport Area Ministerium gave thanks to its members with a Sunday prayer service and awards ceremony to honor those who have dedicated their lives ...

McKeesport groups reach out with holiday meals

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
McKeesport’s religious and volunteer communities reached out to the city’s less fortunate over the weekend, serving holiday lunches and dinners in advance of Thanksgiving. People gathered ...

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 ...