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Duquesne teen to stand trial on charges he shot, killed unborn child

By Adam Brandolph
A Duquesne teenager will stand trial on charges that he shot a 15-year-old girl in the abdomen, killing her unborn child, a judge ruled Wednesday. …

Area first responders interact at active-shooter workshop

By Jennifer R. Vertullo 4:09 a.m.
First responders in East Allegheny communities teamed up with Allegheny County officials to begin defining their roles in active-shooter situations and other high-risk incidents. North …

Glassport police name new chief

By Michael Divittorio 3:51 a.m.
Glassport Police Department has new leadership. Council promoted Sgt. Cliff LaFever to police chief at a special meeting on Wednesday. Councilman Eugene Skerkoski made the …

Residents express thanks to county housing authority

By Michael Divittorio 3:51 a.m.
The Allegheny County Housing Authority has improved the quality of life for many individuals by providing safe and sanitary housing for low-income families and senior …

Elizabeth Township police chief put on leave, manager terminated

By Eric Slagle 3:51 a.m.
Police and personnel issues persist in Elizabeth Township where, in the past two weeks, the police chief has been placed on paid administrative leave and the township manager has been let go over a residency requirement. Township police Chief Robert …

East Allegheny teachers respond in contract dispute

By Patrick Cloonan 3:51 a.m.
A long-running contract dispute continues between East Allegheny School District and its 128 teachers. The president of the East Allegheny Education Association said her members still seek a contract within recommendations state fact-finder Robert Gifford made and the district rejected …

McKeesport home invasion suspect waives extradition

By Patrick Cloonan 3:51 a.m.
A suspect in a violent Sunday McKeesport home invasion has waived his extradition to Pennsylvania from a Bowling Green, Ohio, jail. The Wood County sheriff’s office said on Wednesday that Pennsylvania authorities now have 10 business days to pick up …

U.S. Steel looks to expand its Research & Technology Center in Munhall

By Patrick Cloonan 1:46 a.m.
While U.S. Steel’s Tubular Division idles its McKeesport operations, the Pittsburgh-based steelmaker is looking to hire additional personnel at its Research & Technology Center in …

Antiques appraiser shares expertise with Mon Valley crowd

By Christy Walters 1:06 a.m.
Lori Verderame, appraiser from Discovery Channel’s “Auction Kings,” brought her expertise to the Mon Valley on Wednesday. The event at the Youghiogheny Country Club was …

Pleasant Hills Night Out attracts large crowd

By Christy Walters
Pleasant Hills continued its dedication to community-oriented policing on Tuesday night by hosting the borough’s 21st annual National Night Out celebration. Pleasant Hills police Chief …

McKeesport councilman fined, given probation in gambling ring

By Patrick Cloonan
McKeesport City Councilman Daniel K. Carr pleaded guilty on Tuesday to three misdemeanor charges in the state’s “Operation Pork Chop” gambling investigation. He admitted he …

Whitaker man to serve 2 life sentences for West Mifflin murders

By Patrick Cloonan
A Whitaker man will serve two consecutive life sentences with no hope of parole in the murder of two men in the Mon View Heights …

Strike remains possible for East Allegheny teachers

By Patrick Cloonan
The first day of classes for East Allegheny students is supposed to be Sept. 2. But in a letter posted last week on the district website, East Allegheny’s school board told parents “to prepare for the possibility that the school …

McKeesport police arrest teen on gun charges

By Eric Slagle
Police arrested a 17-year-old male from North Versailles Township on gun charges during the weekend after he ran from a traffic stop in downtown McKeesport. Police said the teen was a passenger in a Ford Explorer, which attracted police attention …

Pleasant Hills council awards paving contract

By Michael Divittorio
Pleasant Hills officials awarded the borough’s road paving project to Morgan Excavating. Council accepted the Belle Vernon-based business’ $456,335 bid earlier this month. It was the lowest of six bids submitted by three companies. Roads needing attention include Robinson Drive …

Steel Valley school board president seeks donation policy

By Michael Divittorio
Steel Valley school board president Donna Kiefer said she wants every donation to the district to be submitted for board approval. “I feel people are not following board policy,” Kiefer said at a workshop meeting on Monday. “They accept donations, …

Glassport Scout completes Eagle Project

By Eric Slagle
A Glassport teen’s Eagle Scout project is turning out to be a strong reflection of his commitment to his community. Jarod Michael Palmer, 16 — …

Suspect in McKeesport home invasion arrested in Toledo

By Patrick Cloonan
A suspect has been arrested near Toledo, Ohio, in connection with a Sunday McKeesport home invasion in which three people were wounded, two critically. Allegheny County homicide detectives said on Monday that Jerrod Buford, 35, of North Versailles Township was …

White Oak man ordered to pay fine in gambling ring case

By Patrick Cloonan
A White Oak restaurateur was fined $300 on Monday but received no probation for his role in the McKeesport gambling ring authorities call “Operation Pork …

Steel Valley board contemplates raising lunch prices

By Michael Divittorio
Steel Valley School District officials are considering raising student lunch prices. The current cost for elementary lunches is $1.75, and $2 for middle and high school meals. Students who qualify for reduced price meals pay 30 cents at the elementary …

Steel Valley considers athletics policy on coaching positions

By Michael Divittorio
Steel Valley school directors could approve an interscholastic athletics policy on Thursday that would require coaching positions to be declared open every three years. Current policy is coaching positions are opened at the board’s discretion with no time limit, Superintendent …

Civic organization donates to Clairton Police Department

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
With donations from a local civic organization, Clairton Police Department purchased new materials for use in crime scene response and investigation. Wilson American Citizens Club …

Judge refuses to reduce bail for McKeesport robbery suspect

By Eric Slagle
One of four suspects arrested in connection with two back-to-back street robberies in McKeesport on July 15 has waived his case to court. Trevon McCrary, 19, of Duquesne appeared briefly before McKeesport Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi Jr. on Monday …

West Mifflin woman held for court, accused of leaving baby unattended

By Eric Slagle
Criminal charges have been held against a West Mifflin woman arrested for allegedly leaving a 1 ½-year-old child unattended in a vehicle while she drank in a McKeesport bar. Champayne L. Bray, 22, appeared before McKeesport Magisterial District Judge Eugene …

PHEAA, FAFSA scams threaten students, families

By Patrick Cloonan
Two state agencies are warning about scams. Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency said students and their families should be wary of scams promising a state grant or offering aid in completing applications for such grants in exchange for a fee. …

Evacuees return to Young Hotel apartments in Pitcairn

By Kyle Lawson
Residents forced out of the Young Hotel apartment building in Pitcairn over the weekend because of falling concrete were able to return on Monday. Pitcairn …

Century Town Homes residents, Clairton officials frustrated

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Clairton officials are overcoming legal hurdles to find solace for Century Town Homes residents who feel they have been victimized by the irresponsibility of their …

Elizabeth’s Riverfest is a family oriented event

By Michael Divittorio
Janet and Vince Hammill have attended Riverfest in Elizabeth for more than three decades. The Millvale couple celebrated this year’s two-day festival with family and …

Pleasant Hills Night Out event marks 21 years

By Eric Slagle
Most folks are familiar with the experience of going to see a parade. It usually means a trip in a car, then searching for a parking space and a place along the parade route where there is hopefully an unobstructed …

McKeesport home invasion sends people to hospital

By Michael Divittorio
Three McKeesport residents were injured during a confrontation inside a home along the 1500 block of Scott Street early Sunday morning. McKeesport Capt. of Detectives Tim Hanna said a gun and knife were used in the altercation, which took place …

North Versailles commissioners revise fire department policy

By Patrick Cloonan
North Versailles Township’s board of commissioners is advertising a new policy for its three volunteer fire departments, for possible approval on Aug. 21. “We just …

Elizabeth Township fire displaces family

By Eric Slagle
Fire swept through a family’s home in Elizabeth Township on Friday. No people were home when the fire was reported at about 10:30 a.m. but …

Munhall officials seek green space, parks

By Michael Divittorio
Munhall officials would like to produce green space and develop parks in the Waterfront and on Steel Valley School District property. Council president Dan Lloyd briefly mentioned negotiations at the July 16 council meeting, and expanded on the borough’s vision …

Jefferson Hospital names new CEO, president

By Carol Waterloo Frazier
When Louise Urban arrived at Jefferson Hospital in 1991, she was a registered nurse in the intensive care unit. In the last decade, she has …

Mon Valley called ‘ground zero’ for blight

By Patrick Cloonan
The Mon Valley is a “ground zero” for blight, said the author of a guide to dealing with abandoned properties. “We have to look at …

Steel Valley area youth attend water camp

By Michael Divittorio
Youth from the Steel Valley area and other communities learned about the importance of water at Pennsylvania American Water Co.’s Wonderful World of Water camp. …

Elizabeth prepares for annual Riverfest

By Patrick Cloonan
The combination of preparations for Elizabeth’s annual Riverfest and a midday coal train added to the usual traffic tieups on Wednesday in downtown Elizabeth. A …

North Versailles Township receives fully loaded street sweeper

By Eric Slagle
With air conditioning, power steering, side and rear view cameras and a stereo, the new machine arrived fully loaded. But the vehicle in this case …

EPA brings Clean Power Plan hearings to Pittsburgh

By Patrick Cloonan
The Environmental Protection Agency said spaces are available for speakers at a “Clean Power Plan” hearing on Aug. 1 at the federal building in Pittsburgh. That is the proposal an EPA spokeswoman called “a commonsense plan to cut carbon pollution …