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Duquesne Elementary School students join the ranks of junior constables

By Patrick Cloonan
Nine Duquesne Elementary School students have new responsibilities after being sworn in as junior constables in a Friday ceremony. “It’s fun,” fifth-grader Desiree Gray said. “And it’s ...

Munhall resident pleads guilty but mentally ill for killing his mother

By Eric Slagle
A Munhall man accused of fatally shooting his mother in 2013 has pleaded guilty but mentally ill. Anthony Scholl, 43, entered the plea to one count each of third-degree murder and felons not to possess a firearm when he appeared before ...

White Oak seeks funds to stabilize road

By Eric Slagle
White Oak officials are seeking funds from Allegheny County Economic Development to help pay for repairs along a deteriorating borough road. Borough council conducted an emergency ...

McKeesport Area students share views during Black History Month panel talk

By Michael Divittorio
McKeesport Area High School students believe youths of all races need to work together in a positive manner to change the way they are viewed ...

Steel Valley to post teacher, administrator salaries online

By Michael Divittorio
Salaries of Steel Valley School District teachers and administrators soon will be posted on the district’s website. School directors voted 6-3 Thursday to direct the administration to publish those salaries “in an effort to be more transparent to our stakeholders,” according ...

Crowd demands answers from Steel Valley directors over playoff eligibility controversy

By Michael Divittorio
Steel Valley School District residents want answers about an incident involving high school boys basketball coach Drew Schifino and one of his star players being ...

McKeesport incident among derailments that prompt Casey to push ‘crude-by-rail’ rule

By Patrick Cloonan
A June 7 CSX freight train derailment on a bridge overlooking the Marina at McKees Point was one of at least three in the last ...

Allegheny County Airport set for $4M sidewalk, parking lot upgrade

By Patrick Cloonan
Allegheny County Airport Authority is preparing to spend nearly $4 million to upgrade sidewalks and parking spaces at West Mifflin’s Allegheny County Airport. On Monday, PennDOT’s ...

Duquesne police arrest suspect in robbery, get warrants in assault

By Eric Slagle
Duquesne police report that progress is being made on some recent street crimes. Police Chief Richard Adams said charges have been filed against a man accused of an assault on Grant Avenue last month and four warrants have been issued for ...

Elizabeth Forward action to raise some school lunch prices

By Patrick Cloonan
Elizabeth Forward school board approved a fourth year renewal of an ongoing food service management agreement with Nutrition Inc. to cover cafeteria services in 2015-16. The action at Wednesday’s meeting includes 10-cent increases in lunch prices, to $2.10 for the ...

Work to merge Twin Rivers, Steel Valley councils of governments drags on

By Patrick Cloonan
Twin Rivers Council of Governments’ pending merger with its Steel Valley counterpart is taking longer than initially thought. Twin Rivers council president Monica Glowinski said in December that the paperwork could be done by April. But Twin Rivers officials, at their executive ...

Hearing delay granted in fatal McKeesport arson case

By Patrick Cloonan
An Allegheny County prosecutor received a delay in a preliminary hearing for a McKeesport man charged in the Tenth Ward fire in October that killed ...

McKeesport police use stun gun in arrest of Penn Hills man on slew of charges

By Eric Slagle
McKeesport police used a stun gun to subdue a Penn Hills man during his arrest on drug, weapons and other charges. Al-Tariq Sharif Ali Byrd, 36, was arrested at 6:11 p.m. Monday in the 800 block of Leech Street. He is ...

Duquesne City School District administrators cite student progress

By Patrick Cloonan
Duquesne elementary school students are making progress, according to Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System figures as broken down by Duquesne City School District administrators. According to the state Department of Education, the system is a statistical analysis of Pennsylvania state assessment ...

Clairton City School District seeks savings in food service management

By Patrick Cloonan
Clairton City School District will seek proposals for a new food service management company for the 2015-16 school year. The Clairton school board authorized the request for proposals at its meeting Wednesday. The action is the result of a situation that was ...

Elizabeth Forward budget ‘healthy’; makeup days added in March

By Patrick Cloonan
An Elizabeth Forward auditor said the district’s budget is in very good shape. Mark C. Turnley, a certified public accountant, told the school board Wednesday that the district ended 2013-14 with a fund balance of $3,216,325, or 8.3 percent of ...

McKeesport Area principal, 8 others take retirement offer

By Michael Divittorio
Founders’ Hall Middle School principal Karen Chapman, who has worked more than 30 years in McKeesport Area School District, is among nine district employees retiring in June. School directors unanimously approved the retirements along with several other personnel moves Wednesday. Chapman’s ...

Public comment policy varies in Mon Valley school districts

By Patrick Cloonan
While Steel Valley school board no longer will take public comments at its agenda workshops, residents in other Mon-Yough districts still can speak out, though ...

Elizabeth Township woman pleads guilty in several drug cases

By Patrick Cloonan
An Elizabeth Township woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to five counts of acquiring or attempting to acquire drugs by misrepresentation in a series of cases over the past 11 months. Bethany Lyn Pope, 32, was charged with numerous counts by the state ...

West Mifflin Area school directors lose committee posts over letter

By Eric Slagle
Two West Mifflin Area school directors are no longer serving on board committees after sending letters to three law enforcement agencies requesting investigations into district administrative practices. Last week Gina Caito resigned from the three committees on which she served, and ...

Water pipe fixed, Penn State Greater Allegheny classes to resume

By Patrick Cloonan
Life is returning to normal at Penn State Greater Allegheny after a water pipe broke in the Frable building, cutting off campus computers and communications. “At ...

Duquesne City School District projects $350,000 deficit

By Patrick Cloonan
Duquesne City School District’s court-appointed receiver said Tuesday that efforts are being made to turn back a projected $350,000 deficit for this school year. Paul B. Long blamed the deficit on increased enrollment in charter, private and parochial schools. “Tuition is above ...

Elizabeth mayor plants seed for community garden

By Michael Divittorio
Elizabeth Mayor V. Ann Malady wants to find a spot in the borough for a community garden where residents can grow fruits and vegetables. “Residents have expressed an interest with me in having a garden,” Malady said during Tuesday’s council meeting. ...

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s 2nd Fun Run set for Saturday

By Michael Divittorio
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s second annual Fun Run on Saturday may help people warm up while fighting hunger this winter. Registration and a stretching session will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the food bank parking lot, at 1 N. Linden ...

‘My baby is gone,’ father says after dog kills his toddler in West Mifflin

By Megan Guza  and Eric Slagle
A father said Monday he was devastated when a family dog attacked and killed his 2-year-old girl in West Mifflin. “My baby is gone,” the child’s ...

Fatal West Mifflin dog attack recalls similar 2012 McKeesport incident

By Patrick Cloonan
The Sunday night dog-related tragedy at a house in West Mifflin shares similarities with an incident three years ago in McKeesport. On Feb. 16, 2012, ...

Pipe problem cancels Penn State Greater Allegheny classes

By Patrick Cloonan
A problem with a water pipe in the Penn State Greater Allegheny administration building forced university officials to cancel classes Monday and Tuesday at the ...

DA to seek death penalty in Duquesne fatal arson

By Patrick Cloonan
Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. said he will seek the death penalty in the case of a South Park man charged with killing his estranged wife by knocking her unconscious, binding her hands and setting fire to ...

Steel Valley school board silences comments at workshop meetings

By Michael Divittorio
Citizens no longer are allowed to speak publicly at Steel Valley school board workshop meetings. Board president Donna Kiefer announced the change during Monday’s workshop before the board adjourned to discuss personnel management. It came as a shock to high school senior ...

Police arrest Munhall woman in stabbing of boyfriend

By Patrick Cloonan
A Munhall woman was arrested on charges including attempted homicide in the stabbing of her boyfriend Sunday night in an apartment along the 400 block of East Eighth Avenue. Paulette Williams, 44, was taken into custody after the 11:20 p.m. incident. ...

Police don’t believe recent McKeesport shootings are connected

By Eric Slagle
Authorities continue to investigate two Friday shootings. Brandon Barley, 60, was killed near his home in the 2900 block of Jenny Lind Street at 9:02 p.m. Friday. “The victim arrived home and was shot in the alley behind his home,” Allegheny County ...

Man suspected of robbing Elizabeth gas station with machete arrested

By Michael Divittorio
An Elizabeth Township man wanted in connection with an armed robbery of a BP gas station in Elizabeth turned himself in to Allegheny County police. Elizabeth police Officer-in-Charge Tim Butler said Richard Denicola, 31, surrendered to authorities Friday afternoon. He is charged ...

Steel Valley school board has no plans to balance budget with higher taxes

By Michael Divittorio
Steel Valley School District officials do not plan to raise taxes to balance the proposed 2015-2016 budget. “I refuse to raise taxes,” school board president Donna Kiefer said at the end of district business manager John Zenone’s preliminary budget presentation at ...

Black History Month program planned in McKeesport

By Patrick Cloonan
President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act nearly half a century ago. At 6:30 p.m. Friday in the cafeteria at McKeesport Area High School, a local activist group will sponsor a Black History Month panel, led and facilitated by ...

1 injured, 1 killed in McKeesport shootings

By Michael Divittorio
A man was killed in McKeesport on Friday night a few blocks from another shooting scene in the city earlier that evening. Police responded to a call for an unknown problem with a gun at a home in the 2900 block ...

Duquesne welding company to expand into McKeesport warehouse

By Tom Fontaine
The Allegheny County Redevelopment Authority voted Friday to sell a McKeesport warehouse to the owner of a Duquesne welding company who is attempting to expand his business. “We need more space badly,” said Ken Vegely, president and owner of Vegely Welding. Vegely ...

Nonprofit donates items to Kane center’s Flea Market

By Carol Waterloo Frazier
Getting something for a special someone is always exciting. But going shopping is not always easy or possible for residents of nursing facilities. Kane Regional Center in ...

Cold snap delays work on area road construction projects

By Eric Slagle
Harsh weather conditions this week delayed work on two local road construction projects. Subzero temperatures halted work on a 140-day sewer line relocation project on Mifflin ...

Emergency evacuation plan for Waterfront explored

By Michael Divittorio
Munhall, West Homestead and Homestead fire departments are working with Allegheny County Emergency Management to develop an emergency evacuation plan for the Waterfront. Munhall Bureau of Fire Chief Ed Pletsch announced the plan at a council meeting Wednesday. “This is the first ...