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Reward offered in six-year-old homicide in Clairton

By Michael Hasch
Pittsburgh Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of a man who has been on the run since a shooting in Clairton six years ago. James Garland Watts, 48, who is …

Duquesne City School District in tug-of-war over contract proposal

By Jennifer R. Vertullo 4:46 a.m.
Duquesne City School District is caught in a collective bargaining tug-of-war over a contract proposal that would base teachers’ salary increases on student performance. The …

Munhall dispatch to switch to county 911 by end of May

By Tim Karan 4:46 a.m.
Munhall plans to shut down its emergency dispatch center by the end of May, but the pending move to Allegheny County 911 still doesn’t have the full support of borough officials. Council voted 6-1 on Wednesday to close the dispatch …

West Mifflin mayor seeks to use county airport ‘to its fullest potential’

By Patrick Cloonan 4:46 a.m.
West Mifflin Mayor Chris Kelly wants Allegheny County Airport used for discount commercial airline service. In a letter to acting Allegheny County Airport Authority executive …

East Allegheny wins Kennywood’s Education Days contest

By Patrick Cloonan 4:46 a.m.
Kenny Kangaroo hopped through East Allegheny High School on Wednesday to hail the winning video in Kennywood’s Education Days contest. “It was fun to do,” …

Duquesne fire displaces 2 families

By Eric Slagle 4:46 a.m.
An early morning fire in Duquesne on Wednesday displaced two families. The fire started about 4:45 a.m. and burned three houses in the 100 block …

South Allegheny enters agreement for website advertising

By Michael Divittorio 4:55 a.m.
South Allegheny School District is contracting with an advertising firm to generate new revenue through the district website. The school board unanimously approved an agreement on Wednesday with Thought Process Enterprises to provide advertising on www.southallegheny.org from August of this …

McKeesport workshop focuses on summer programs, policy updates

By Michael Divittorio 4:55 a.m.
McKeesport Area school directors discussed approving summer camps and programs and updating two board policies at a workshop meeting on Wednesday. The board plans to approve six upcoming camps and have the first readings of policies for the use of …

Repairs slated to South First Avenue in Elizabeth

By Patrick Cloonan
Repairs are scheduled to begin on Monday at 9 a.m. on parts of South First Avenue in downtown Elizabeth, needed because of leaks to a water main that are compromising the railroad track that runs along the street. “CSX and …

State to provide materials for Duquesne sinkhole repair

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Duquesne public works crews are scheduled to fill a sinkhole with state-provided stone before the holiday weekend. A state Department of Environmental Protection inspector for …

2 key Operation Pork Chop defendants delay pleas

By Patrick Cloonan 4:58 a.m.
Two key Operation Pork Chop defendants delayed their pleas, while five others still are slated to enter guilty pleas Thursday in a Pittsburgh courtroom. “I can’t answer any questions,” defense attorney Angela Rene Carsia said when asked why Ronald “Porky” …

County still waiting for Versailles bar owner payments

By Patrick Cloonan 4:58 a.m.
While it sent padlocks to a second area bar, the Allegheny County Treasurer’s office still is waiting for word from the owner of the first. “We haven’t heard from him,” an official in Treasurer John Weinstein’s office said Wednesday, six …

Clairton marks Month of Young Child with parade, assembly

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Clairton City School District encourages teachers, parents and the community to celebrate early childhood education. The elementary school hosted its annual Month of the Young …

McKeesport Area students may ‘have their cake and eat it too’

By Michael Divittorio
McKeesport Area School District students may have all of their breakfasts and lunches paid for through a federal program. Kelly Patterson, regional director of the district’s food service management company Nutrition Inc., introduced the possibility at a workshop meeting on …

Carrick man acquitted in 2009 slaying in McKeesport

By Adam Brandolph
A Carrick man who spent five years in jail will be a free man, because a jury acquitted him on Wednesday of charges related to a 2009 slaying in McKeesport. Police charged Robert Pace, 25, with homicide, robbery, conspiracy, burglary, …

Several Duquesne homes damaged in fire

By Tribune-Review
No one was hurt when fire spread through three houses in Duquesne on Wednesday morning. The fire was reported about 4:45 a.m. at a home …

Dravosburg residents try to save PNC Bank from closing

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
State Rep. Bill Kortz believes a community effort can stop a Dravosburg PNC bank branch from closing. Kortz, a Dravosburg resident, approached council on Tuesday …

Mon Valley communities plan cleanup day activities

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Communities large and small are rounding up volunteers to give local neighborhoods a spring cleaning. Maintaining the Earth Day tradition of clearing trash and debris …

U.S. Steel presents tuition scholarship money for Catholic education

By Patrick Cloonan
At Serra Catholic High School on Tuesday, U.S. Steel presented $60,000 through Bridge Educational Foundation toward the first Allegheny County grants to be available under …

Carnegie Library of Homestead spotlighted in CNN iReport

By Tim Karan
The rest of the world is learning this week what Steel Valley residents have already known for a century: the Carnegie Library of Homestead is among the most unique libraries on the planet. The 116 year-old facility in Munhall is …

73-home subdivision plan approved for Westwood Golf Club

By Patrick Cloonan
Five years since he bought the former Duquesne Golf Club at a sheriff’s sale, Elizabeth Township businessman Mark Latorre finally will build houses there. On Tuesday, West Mifflin council unanimously approved Latorre’s plan to subdivide part of Westwood Golf Club …

Forward officials announce furniture sale

By Patrick Cloonan
Forward Township has office furniture it can offer to help clear the way for demolition of its former municipal building. At Monday’s board of supervisors meeting, Supervisor Dave Magiske talked about the building known as well as the old Axleton …

Indiana company gets OK to sell former West Mifflin municipal building

By Patrick Cloonan
An Indiana company gets the job of selling West Mifflin’s old municipal building. Borough council on Tuesday approved Kuzneski & Lockard Inc. as listing agent for the 36,000-square-foot building at 3000 Lebanon Church Road. The borough vacated it for new …

Husband-wife resignations leave Lincoln short-handed

By Michael Divittorio
Lincoln has two vacancies left by the resignations of a husband and wife. Council voted on Tuesday 3-1 to accept the resignation of Councilwoman Ruth Kvasnak. It voted 3-1 to accept the resignation of her husband, Martin Kvasnak, from the …

Glassport council to crack down on absentee landlords

By Tim Karan
Glassport is looking to crack down on issues stemming from absentee landlords and their problematic properties. Mayor Rosemary Bradley said during a council meeting Tuesday that the borough is planning a summit with landlords later this month to go over …

Duquesne police make drug arrest

By Patrick Cloonan
Police found something up the sleeve — or more accurately, the pants leg — of a Duquesne man during a traffic stop Monday. Police Chief Richard Adams said an officer noticed a large plastic bag sticking out from the pants …

Corbett signs child abuse protection bills

By Patrick Cloonan
At a gathering near Philadelphia Tuesday, Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law four pieces of legislation aimed to further protect Pennsylvania children from child abuse. One bill was introduced by Sen. Kim L. Ward, R-Hempfield Township, to clarify the definition …

Parole denied for man convicted in 1997 slaying of 14-month-old

By Patrick Cloonan
The Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole said Monday it denied parole for Vaughn Mathis, the Wilkinsburg man convicted in the 1997 slaying of 14-month-old …

Number of Mon-Yough municipalities collecting own garbage is shrinking

By Patrick Cloonan
In a shrinking number of municipalities, garbage still is picked up by the public works crews rather than a contracted hauler. “I’ve been doing this …

Forward supervisors, residents seek township road improvements

By Patrick Cloonan
Forward Township supervisors and residents on Monday night questioned Allegheny County’s commitment to maintenance, even after a Jan. 10 road tour. “They’ve been patching for …

Versailles council addresses contractor concerns

By Eric Slagle
Versailles officials have voiced concerns about contractors working in the borough. The issue was discussed during Monday’s council meeting when police Chief Charles Roka asked if construction firms should be paying fees to the borough. Roka said he was unclear …

East Allegheny board to take time to evaluate oil, gas agreement with EQT Production Co.

By Michael Divittorio
East Allegheny School District officials want to evaluate land and the potential financial gain of an oil and gas lease agreement with EQT Production Co. before signing on the dotted line. School directors changed a motion at Monday’s meeting from …

East Allegheny teacher contract talks continue without resolve

By Michael Divittorio
Contract negotiations — or lack thereof — between East Allegheny Education Association and the school district once again were discussed at Monday’s school board meeting. About 30 teachers attended the public session in the high school auditorium. Some wore white …

Forward Township police purchase new vehicle, provide resource officer for schools

By Patrick Cloonan
Forward Township police are getting another vehicle and providing a resource officer for the Elizabeth Forward School District. At Monday’s board meeting, township supervisor Ron Skrinjorich said a state grant obtained through the school district will fund the training and …

Raid nets drugs, body armor at Wilmerding house

By Patrick Cloonan
With a SWAT team providing backup, Allegheny County agents raided a Wilmerding home for drugs and related items Monday morning. A spokesman for Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. said one rifle, one piece of body armor, ammunition …

Committee finalizes plans for SS McKeesport ceremony

By Michael Divittorio
McKeesport resident and Army veteran Robert A. Sokol has chaired the committee in charge of commemorating the sinking of the SS McKeesport for more than …

South Allegheny student wins 1st place in Reflections, develops swim cap to help brother

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
South Allegheny sixth-grader Jonathan Riggs took first place in the state Reflections program for literature, but there is more behind his “Believe, Dream, Inspire” essay …

Mon Valley programs among recipients of HUD funding for the homeless

By Patrick Cloonan
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is continuing support of “Continuum of Care” programs in Allegheny County with a $14.3 million grant. “There …

Annual UPMC McKeesport Invitational set for August

By Carol Waterloo Frazier
Plans are in full swing for the 37th annual UPMC McKeesport Invitational. Festivities are Aug. 2 for the tennis event at The Club in Monroeville, …