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Glassport expects to demolish 5 abandoned homes by end of year

| Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 2:31 a.m.

Glassport officials said on Tuesday that five dilapidated properties should be torn down by the end of the year.

The properties at 625 Summit Ave., 532 Ohio Ave., 401 Erie Ave., 618 E. Eighth St. and 707 Peach Alley are the last on Twin Rivers Council of Governments' demolition list for the year.

They are slated to be down by December, councilwoman Nancy Crncic reported.

The work is through the council's Safe Neighborhood Demolition program.

Councilman Dave Kowalski said the borough's crime watch program saw a jump in activity when a string of armed robberies was reported in the vicinity of Glassport Memorial Stadium after a high school football game on Sept. 20.

The next crime watch meeting was well attended and the program gained several new participants, including 11 who have pledged to be block captains. Kowalski said the program has 18 block captains.

Mayor Michael Evanovich said police need help from the public. He asked residents to lock all doors and call 911 when they see suspicious behavior.

The September robberies, reportedly carried out by three men, are being investigated by the Allegheny County police but remain unsolved.

Evanovich said he received information from county investigators that the weapon used in the holdups may have been a toy handgun.

Kowalski said he has learned from the Steel Valley Trail Council that rerouting of the Clairton Connector bike trail linking the Great Allegheny Passage and Montour Trail is moving forward.

Last month, council approved the route change, which takes cyclists down Monongahela Avenue through the borough's central business district.

Kowalski said trail officials are getting stencils that will be used by the borough street department to paint lines indicating that motorists and cyclists should share the road.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or eslagle@tribweb.com.

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