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Mon Valley region prepares to celebrate Fourth of July in style

By Alexander Haney
The Mon Valley is preparing to celebrate the nation’s birthday on Saturday with fireworks, festivals, parades and other Fourth of July activities. MCKEESPORT ...

Yankee Doodle Dandies still going strong

By Carol Waterloo Frazier
When the country celebrated its bicentennial in 1976, members of a Clairton AARP group who enjoyed singing formed the Yankee Doodle Dandies. They’ve been together ever ...

More Mon Valley communities add banners honoring veterans

By Patrick Cloonan
The posting of banners honoring veterans of the nation’s armed forces is becoming a familiar sight in Mon-Yough communities this summer. “The banners are up from ...

Mon Valley motorists can expect more traffic woes

By Patrick Cloonan
A highway used by South Hills commuters will close Monday for 50 days, and a new restriction will force some motorists to find alternate routes ...

Homestead Cemetery records will be preserved

By Eric Slagle
Officials for Homestead Cemetery in Munhall are expected to file for bankruptcy next week. Cathy Morrow, president of the cemetery’s oversight board, said once the paperwork for the Chapter 7 bankruptcy is filed, the gates to the 34-acre graveyard along Main ...

Hazelwood man shot in Homestead

By Michael Divittorio
A Hazelwood man was hospitalized Friday after he was shot in Homestead. Police Chief Jeff DeSimone said the shooting occurred shortly after 4 p.m. near the intersection of Hays Street and West Fifteenth Avenue. He said the 21-year-old victim was shot in ...

Animal rights group protests in Pleasant Hills

By Eric Slagle
An animal rights group protested in front of a Pleasant Hills food retailer on Thursday over how the company sources its chickens. “Gordon Food Service Tortures ...

Homestead  to make street cycle-friendly

By Michael Divittorio
Homestead officials plan to make the borough’s main thoroughfare better for cyclists with help from Allegheny County. Borough manager Ian McMeans announced the acquisition of a $30,000 Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund grant through the county. It will pay for the redevelopment ...

McKeesport Area students navigate obstacles

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
McKeesport Area students put their creativity and critical thinking to the test Wednesday as Camp Invention participants took to a homemade go-kart track around Twin ...

McKeesport council approves sewage treatment plant lease

By Patrick Cloonan
McKeesport city council gave its blessing to what Mayor Michael Cherepko called the rabbit in his hat, his bid to secure a long-term lease of ...

Brewster among senators proposing new fireworks legislation

By Patrick Cloonan
Ten state senators have endorsed a proposed law that would allow Pennsylvania vendors to sell Class C, consumer-grade fireworks for in-state use by Pennsylvania residents. “Let’s ...

Another Lincoln Way project set to begin in White Oak

By Patrick Cloonan
Crews will be working on portions of Lincoln Way on both sides of Route 48 in White Oak, PennDOT said. A spokeswoman for District 11 in Bridgeville said single-lane alternating traffic will go on daily beginning Wednesday on a one-mile stretch ...

FBI searching for Homestead man indicted for sex trafficking in children

By Brian Bowling
The FBI is searching for a Homestead man indicted for sex trafficking in children. Mario W. “Digga” Grisom, 34, was out on a $3,000 bond after ...

W. Elizabeth mulls cost of new garage

By Alexander Haney
West Elizabeth council is close to making a decision about building a garage and carport for borough-owned vehicles. A representative from HBO Carports attended Wednesday’s meeting to discuss the cost of a 25-by-50-foot garage. The representative quoted a price of $14,340 for ...

Elizabeth Twp. scraps results of Civil Service test

By Michael Divittorio
Elizabeth Township commissioners are attempting to correct mistakes made during Civil Service Commission testing. At their special meeting Wednesday, commissioners invalidated the results of a test given June 1. The vote was 6-0, with Commissioner Chris Evans absent. Commissioners authorized advertising testing ...

McKeesport city council OKs Tomovcsik to head fire dept.

By Patrick Cloonan
McKeesport city council named a fire chief and made appointments to various panels on Wednesday. Many at the meeting applauded as Jeffrey D. Tomovcsik ...

Experts offer Fourth of July safety tips

By Alexander Haney
Fireworks traditionally are a part of Fourth of July celebrations when family and friends gather. Too often, however, those gatherings end with serious injury or death ...

Replacement fire chief, safety issues to top McKeesport agenda

By Patrick Cloonan
McKeesport city council has an action-packed agenda for its meeting on Wednesday: • A site plan for the Family Dollar to be built along Versailles Avenue; • A tightened home safety plan involving administrative search warrants; • The city’s second new fire ...

Former Kennywood worker held for court on child porn charges

By Eric Slagle
Criminal charges filed last month against a former Kennywood employee accused of possessing child pornography on a home computer have been held for court. Nicholas Lancos, ...

Fast-moving storms strand Mon Valley motorists

By Michael Divittorio
Fast-moving thunderstorms stranded motorists and caused flooding when they ripped through the Mon Valley on Tuesday evening. Glassport’s Citizens Hose Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 fire Chief Wayne Lewis, the borough’s swift water rescue team supervisor, said three people were rescued ...

Duquesne man arrested again for Megan’s Law violations

By Michael Hasch
A former Duquesne man who must register under Megan’s Law for the rest of his life was arrested on Monday afternoon on three warrants charging him with violating the registration rules. Russell Lavain Jennings, 62, who was released from jail on ...

McKeesport woman headed to trial on arson charge

By Eric Slagle
A McKeesport woman who pleaded guilty last year to arson remains jailed in lieu of $20,000 bail in connection with a fire on Evans Street. Melinda Sue Callahan, 38, was held for court on Monday by Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi ...

Steel Valley looks for replacements for 2 principals

By Michael Divittorio
Steel Valley School District officials are looking for two new principals. School directors last week accepted the resignations of Park Elementary’s Lauren Baughman, who also was coordinator of elementary education, and the middle school’s Melissa Cheslock. Baughman’s is retroactive to June 19. ...

Projects to impact McKeesport motorists

By Patrick Cloonan
Work will take place this week on foundations for traffic signals in downtown McKeesport and at a key juncture in the city’s Tenth Ward. But poles ...

Brewster picked for Smith’s seat on Senate Appropriations Committee

By Patrick Cloonan
On the eve of a new fiscal year, one local senator will replace another on the state Senate Appropriations Committee. Sen. James R. Brewster, a Democrat ...

Duquesne man who took plea deal jailed on assault, other charges

By Patrick Cloonan
A Duquesne man is in Allegheny County Jail on charges that he assaulted one woman and received a wallet stolen from another woman. Duquesne police Chief Richard Adams said Dominique Holt, 26, was arrested Friday on a second-degree misdemeanor count of ...

McKeesport man held for court in BB gun incident

By Eric Slagle
A man accused of shooting an 11-year-old boy with a BB gun in McKeesport in May will go before an Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas judge. Albert Clark, 31, of McKeesport was arrested on charges that he fired a pellet ...

Clairton school district draws from savings to balance budget

By Eric Slagle
Clairton City school board adopted a $15.1 million operating budget for the 2015-16 school year Monday. Directors gave unanimous support for the spending plan, which holds property taxes at the current rate. Board president Richard Livingston said the budget is balanced without ...

Jerome Bridge traffic signals removed in McKeesport

By Patrick Cloonan
Traffic signals are temporarily gone on the Tenth Ward side of the Jerome Bridge in McKeesport because the pole holding the lights was removed after ...

Elizabeth volunteer firefighters achieve certifications

By Patrick Cloonan
Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Co. members strive for excellence on land and water. Efforts on land have resulted in half of the volunteers achieving the highest possible ...

Disaster resiliency group looks to relocate to Steel Valley

By Patrick Cloonan
Seventeen months after he set up shop in Clairton — and five since he left — David Adams plans to open an office for the ...

McKeesport retains ‘Playful’ moniker

By Patrick Cloonan
McKeesport officials confirmed over the weekend that KaBOOM! and the Humana Foundation have named the city for a third straight year as a “Playful City ...

Damaged light pole closes McKeesport bridge

By Natasha Lindstrom
The Jerome Street Bridge in McKeesport closed to motorists Saturday night while crews repaired a damaged traffic light pole. The road closed about 8:20 p.m. after the pole at the west end of the bridge near River Road gave out, causing ...

Pipe repaired, service restored in West Mifflin

By Eric Slagle
Rushing water from a burst 8-inch cast iron pipe caused a portion of Cherry Street in the Homeville section of West Mifflin to collapse early Friday. Pennsylvania American Water Co. spokeswoman Josephine Posti said the water undermined the roadway. A pickup ...

Mon Yough leaders respond to appeals court ruling on gun ordinances

By Eric Slagle
Local leaders are taking a wait-and-see stance since a state appeals court ruled this week against a law that enabled organizations like the National Rifle Association to sue municipalities for enacting local ordinances. The leaders of some communities that enacted laws ...

2 officers join Elizabeth force

By Michael Divittorio
Elizabeth council added two part-time officers to the borough’s police force. Council unanimously hired Rachel Harper and Ryan Abbot on Tuesday. Abbot works as an officer for Brentwood Borough School District and Hanover Township police. Harper is an officer for Westmoreland County ...

North Versailles radio station owners extend operations

By Patrick Cloonan
The owners of several North Versailles-based radio stations have extended their operations into West Virginia. Pending Federal Communications Commission approval, Robert and Ashley Stevens will swap WKJL-88.1 in Clarksburg, W.Va., and WRIJ-106.9 in Masontown, just north of the West Virginia border, ...

Motorists, municipalities brace for Mifflin Road closing

By Patrick Cloonan
Residents and officials from Baldwin to West Homestead are bracing for a 50-day closing of Mifflin Road starting July 6 between Lebanon Road and Doerrville ...

Pittsburgh man who beat, raped estranged wife to serve 5 to 10 years in prison

By Tribune-Review
A Pittsburgh man who beat and raped his estranged wife while her 16-month-old child slept in another room will serve five to 10 years in prison, an Allegheny County judge ordered Wednesday. James Leon Thomas, 33, of the city’s Oakland neighborhood ...