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West Jefferson Hills students return to classes on Monday

By Patrick Cloonan
The first day of 2014-15 classes for West Jefferson Hills students on Monday continues a time of transition for the district that encompasses West Elizabeth, …

Mon River Arts joins the hunt for RAD funding

By Patrick Cloonan
There’s a new bidder from Elizabeth and one less McKeesport entity seeking funding in the 2015 round of Allegheny Regional Asset District grants. The funds come from the 1 percent Allegheny County sales tax. Presentations by would-be assets begin on …

UPMC McKeesport receives bomb threat, investigation continues

By Carol Waterloo Frazier and Eric Slagle
Police gave the all-clear about 45 minutes after a bomb threat was called in to UPMC McKeesport on Thursday morning. Susan Manko, director of media relations for UPMC, said someone called the emergency department and said there was a bomb. …

International Trade Commission says 6 nations dumped gas, oil in U.S. market

By Patrick Cloonan
The International Trade Commission ruled on Friday that six nations dumped gas and oil pipe onto the United States market. “A U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of certain oil country tubular …

Former state constable scheduled to repay stolen funds

By Patrick Cloonan
A former state constable from Elizabeth reportedly plans to turn over money he allegedly withheld from the magisterial district court in Forward Township. At a hearing on Friday in Pittsburgh, the attorney for Corey Evans confirmed that his client would …

FBI closes police brutality case against Clairton

By Eric Slagle
Clairton officials say the FBI notified them on Friday that it does not plan to bring charges against the city’s police department in a matter stemming from an alleged case of police brutality. The FBI did not return calls for …

North Versailles commissioners question spending procedure

By Michael Divittorio
North Versailles Township board of commissioners president George Thompson said he will conduct phone votes for future spending after being called out at a meeting on Thursday for alleged unilateral purchases. “I’m going to phone vote (even) if it’s (for) …

Elizabeth Township man violates probation in forgery case

By Patrick Cloonan
An Elizabeth Township man remains in Allegheny County Jail on a probation violation from a 2012 forgery case. Darren Sabo, 40, allegedly violated that probation with another forgery and was charged with impersonating a public servant and tampering with records. …

Family, friends gather in McKeesport to remember cousins on 1-year anniversary of their murder

By Michael Divittorio
Family and friends gathered for a vigil on Friday to observe the one-year anniversary of the unsolved murder of two McKeesport cousins. Carlos Hudson, 41, …

Elizabeth Township road likely to reopen in September

By Eric Slagle
An Elizabeth Township road with a long history of problems related to mine subsidence should reopen to traffic soon. Blythedale Road has been closed between …

North Versailles commissioners approve new fire policy

By Michael Divittorio
North Versailles Township commissioners on Thursday approved a new policy for their three volunteer fire departments while a standing-room-only crowd filled the commissioners’ chambers and fire trucks capped the parking lot like bookends. Many in attendance spoke before the policy …

West Mifflin Area solicitor steps down

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
West Mifflin Area School District Solicitor George Gobel kept a promise he made last month — that he would step down after the August board meeting. Gobel ended 23 months as the district’s legal counsel by resigning on Thursday. His …

Port Authority adjusts bus schedules

By Patrick Cloonan
Changes to Port Authority of Allegheny County’s schedules come Aug. 31 include more runs that stop at the bus shelter in the Century III Mall …

For Duquesne priest, Ice Bucket Challenge is personal

By Carol Waterloo Frazier
A Catholic priest in Duquesne has invited his bishop to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Saturday. The Rev. Dennis Colamarino, pastor …

Munhall officials discuss communication problems, nonemergency phone numbers

By Michael Divittorio
Munhall officials are discussing whether a new nonemergency phone number is needed for the police department after councilman Rick Brennan reported various communication problems. “I just think that what we have now is not working,” Brennan said at a meeting …

McKeesport’s Neal to seek musical career in Los Angeles

By Michael Divittorio
A McKeesport Area High School graduate will perform a farewell show at the Rex Theater this weekend before heading off to Los Angeles to pursue …

Surprise jump in students forces hiring at Elizabeth Forward schools

By Patrick Cloonan
The Elizabeth Forward school district anticipated a reduction in its student body from 2,355 in 2013-14 to 2,302 in 2014-15. But on Wednesday, Superintendent Bart Rocco said the district instead is on course to start on Aug. 28 with 2,377 …

West Mifflin prepares for first day of school

By Eric Slagle
When West Mifflin Area School District students head back to class on Monday, those returning to Clara Barton Elementary may notice the windows and many …

Duquesne City School District set to dive into Common Core

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Duquesne City educators are moving into the 2014-15 school year with intentions to further the district’s comprehensive plan, and are employing new curriculum and instructional …

Judge gives Elizabeth Township Authority 3 weeks to decide lawyer fees

By Eric Slagle
A local district court judge has given the Elizabeth Township Authority three weeks to determine how much a law firm involved with the dissolution of the preceding authority board should be paid for its services. The authority recently filed suit …

Traffic accident, weather problems cause Mon-Yough roads to close

By Patrick Cloonan
A traffic accident and weather problems tied up a number of Mon-Yough area roads on Wednesday. Shortly before noon a car collided with a tractor-trailer …

Munhall council president says layoffs possible

By Michael Divittorio
Munhall may be forced to lay off personnel in order to make ends meet, the borough council’s president said at a meeting Wednesday evening. “I’m surprised that we’re where we are today,” Dan Lloyd said when asked by resident Ronald …

Glassport council moves forward with police station; councilman resigns

By Eric Slagle
Glassport is moving forward with efforts to build a new police station. Council on Tuesday approved a measure to set up a line of credit with First Commonwealth Bank in connection with the proposed new police station. The action came …

South Allegheny directors approve purchase of 120 Chromebooks

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
South Allegheny school directors unanimously approved the purchase of 120 Google Chromebooks and carts for a mobile lab setup to enhance the district’s middle and high school math curriculum. Invoices, for the Chromebooks and carts, totaling approximately $32,900 were approved …

Elizabeth Forward district’s school support staff OKs 3-year contract

By Patrick Cloonan
Elizabeth Forward School District has a new contract with its support personnel. District director of finance and operations Richard Fantauzzi said the Elizabeth Forward Educational Support Professional Association overwhelmingly approved a three-year pact on Tuesday. The contract includes a 2.5 …

Lincoln amends its seismic testing laws

By Michael Divittorio
Lincoln has amended its seismic testing ordinance so that a company can properly use its equipment while the borough maintains high safety standards. Council approved the amendment by a 4-0 vote on Tuesday. Vice president Kris Beedle was absent. The …

West Mifflin may demolish fire-damaged home

By Patrick Cloonan
A house ravaged by fire may be knocked down by West Mifflin public works crews to prevent possible damage to a neighboring house. Borough Solicitor Nick Evashavik told the neighboring home’s owner, Larry Howells, at Tuesday’s council meeting the house …

West Mifflin loses KaBOOM! playground bid

By Patrick Cloonan
West Mifflin won’t be a KaBOOM! community anytime soon. “We were recently informed that we were not selected at this time for the KaBOOM! playground grant,” borough recreation director Anthony DiCenzo told West Mifflin council on Tuesday night. “We were …

Lack of lawyers delays preliminary hearings in 2 gun cases

By Patrick Cloonan
Lack of defense counsel caused Munhall Magisterial District Judge Thomas R. Torkowsky to continue a preliminary hearing for a week for two men charged with firearms violations. Family members told Torkowsky they contacted attorneys to represent Marquese Underwood, 19, of …

White Oak school starts foreign language academy program

By Eric Slagle
Nicholas Martino, 9, learned a little Spanish last year when he was in third grade. He liked the experience and has high hopes for the …

Retired McKeesport police officer to pay fine for involvement in gambling ring

By Patrick Cloonan
A retired McKeesport police officer was fined $150 on Tuesday for an action chronicled by state officials in their Operation Pork Chop gambling investigation. A …

Former Elizabeth Forward custodian’s attorney denies allegations

By Patrick Cloonan
A former Elizabeth Forward School District custodian is free on bond while his attorney seeks to throw out charges that he propositioned and groped four female co-workers. “We have ample evidence of normal communication between my client and these individuals …

Lincoln adopts vicious dog ordinance

By Michael Divittorio
Anyone harboring a dangerous dog in Lincoln will have to register it and take other safety measures as part of a new law. Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted the vicious dog ordinance by a 4-0 vote. Council vice president Kris …

West Mifflin plans to make use of state rent-collection law

By Patrick Cloonan
West Mifflin councilors tackled a busy agenda on Tuesday, including an increase in salt prices. “It is a 40 percent increase in the salt price from last year,” councilman Dan Davis said of the $79.29 per ton price Cargill will …

Pleasant Hills OKs proposal for Weiss Meats warehouse

By Michael Divittorio
Pleasant Hills council has unanimously approved a proposal for a new warehouse for Weiss Meats. The family-owned business, also known as Weiss Brothers Inc., wants to develop a facility adjacent to its location at 100 Terence Drive. Project engineer Jack …

West Mifflin man’s sentencing continued in endangerment case

By Patrick Cloonan
Sentencing has been continued until Sept. 10 for a West Mifflin man charged with reckless endangerment during a June 2013 traffic stop in Duquesne. Timothy J. Minkus, 32, of West Mifflin pleaded guilty on May 27 to nine counts before …

Duquesne Annex residents voice concerns about crime

By Patrick Cloonan
Nervous Duquesne Annex residents brought concerns about crime to West Mifflin council on Tuesday night. “Cars are being broken into, homes are being broken into. The latest thing is people siphoning gas from cars,” Laura Momich said. “Kids are doing …

McKeesport Zoning Board denies gentlemen’s club occupancy permit

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
McKeesport’s zoning board has denied Birdseye Enterprises LLC’s appeal for an occupancy permit to open the proposed Saints and Sinners gentlemen’s club. The board conducted …

Allegheny County seeks proposals for redevelopment in Duquesne

By Patrick Cloonan
Allegheny County is seeking proposals for commercial redevelopment of the 15-acre Cochrandale site in Duquesne. “It’s shovel ready,” county director of economic development Dennis Davin …