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McKeesport Daily News March 14, 2007

Glassport police investigating truck vandalism

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN Daily News Staff Writer rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport police are investigating vandalism that occurred to mail trucks within the last several days. The mirrors of mail trucks in front of the post office at 730 Monongahela Ave. were either stolen or broken on three different days within the last week, Glassport Police Chief Howard Kifer said.

Police believe the incidents occurred during evening, late night or early morning hours when the post office was closed. Glassport and federal postal police jointly are investigating the issue. “Anyone caught destroying property there will be federally prosecuted to the fullest extent,” Kifer warned.

Anyone who has information about the incidents may contact borough police at 412-672-4514.


McKeesport Daily News March 15, 2007

Glassport

Man cited for intoxication

Police said Jacob Skiffington, 26, of Glassport, was cited on two counts as the result of an incident shortly before midnight Tuesday along the 600 block of Ohio Avenue. Officers cited him for public intoxication and disorderly conduct, saying he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol to a degree where he was a danger to himself or others. Police said Skiffington was held until deemed sober in the borough’s lockup.

Dirt bikes prompts calls

Police said neighbors called to complain because Edward Fries, 42, of Glassport, was riding his dirt bike in the alley behind homes along the 900 block of Delaware Avenue. Officers said Fries had been warned several times about illegal dirt bike riding and was cited for disorderly conduct after an incident late Tuesday.


McKeesport Daily News March 16, 2007

Glassport

Recycling scheduled

Recyclable materials will be collected Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m.

Sign-on-pole laws enforced

Glassport police have issued a reminder to residents that placing signs on utility poles in the borough is prohibited by law. Anyone caught putting signs on poles will be subject to arrest, Police Chief Howard Kifer said.


McKeesport Daily News March 16, 2007

Glassport police warn of scam involving fictitious company

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN Daily News Staff Writer rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport police are warning about a scam that leads residents to send money to a fictitious company.

At least two residents have been affected by the scam so far, although their checks were stopped from being cashed by banks, Police Chief Howard Kifer said. “Nobody has been scammed so far,” he said, “but we’re trying to tell them not to send the money.”

In one of the incidents, a resident received a check for $2,900 in the mail with a form letter, according to police reports. The check was purported to be from a job fair surveyor at an Idaho credit union. The letter stated that the resident had been selected to become a “customer service estimator” for a company that services Wal-Mart, GAP and McDonald’s. The resident was asked to perform a “probational training assignment” to send a money gram of $2,620 from the provided check to Diane Lewis in Canada. The resident was instructed that an additional $80 would be taken from the check, and the resident would be able to keep the remaining $200.

The woman reportedly called Pioneer Federal Credit Union and was told the account is fraudulent and does not exist. She reported calling a phone number on the check and being transferred to a voice mailbox. Police said they took possession of the check, letter and evaluation form.


McKeesport Daily News March 17, 2007

After 11 years, Glassport inn to reopen

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN Daily News Staff Writer rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com

Laura Haywood didn’t need the luck of the Irish. Everyone told her there was no way she could purchase the old Ziemianski Inn at 500 Monongahela Ave. in Glassport two days after Valentine’s Day and have it open by St. Patrick’s Day.

Today, she’ll prove the doubters wrong. Haywood and her family will open the Notions Inn restaurant today at 7 a.m. A restaurant and pub opened in 1901 in the spot next to the borough’s municipal and police buildings. It acquired its most famous name in 1963, when the Ziemianski family took ownership. “Everybody said it was an elegant place to eat,” said Haywood, who lives in Forward Twp. “Everybody said it was the ‘in’ place.”

The building would remain open until 1996, the same year Laura and her husband Gene adopted two children from Honduras — Linsey, now 15, and Adam, now 13, both Elizabeth Forward students.

Laura, then a nursing supervisor at Braddock Hospital, listened as Linsey told her of her dream to be a chef and own her own restaurant. “She loves to cook and experiment with food,” Laura said. The family first looked at the building Jan. 8 before purchasing it Feb. 16,

— Daily News Photo Laura Haywood, owner of the Notions Inn in Glassport,
assembles the bar area. While Haywood said she plans to open the pub in the
near future, the restaurant is scheduled to open today.

setting a goal of having it open by today.

“I walked in here and fell in love with it,” Laura said. “So I surprised my daughter. We had four weeks with no experience. We came in and asked, ‘Where do we start?’”

Laura began staying in the apartment upstairs, speaking with her friends who own bars and restaurants and doing research via the Internet. “We work best under deadlines,” the owner said as she put the finishing touches on the restaurant earlier this week. “Everything is getting there. If we would’ve waited six months, we would’ve been scurrying the last three weeks. This way, we’re scurrying now. We’re working late nights and early evenings.”

Laura credited her husband for his help. “Without him helping me clean and move stuff, I wouldn’t be here,” she said. “He has been absolutely won­ derful.” The owner said she will rely on her social personality in lieu of restaurant experience “I like people,” she said. “I think it’s going to be a fun place.

That’s basically what you need — people skills and good food.” At first glance, the restaurant seemed to be in good condition, with tables, chairs, the bar and the kitchen still intact. But some work needed to be done in order to address building-main­ tenance issues.

“Every time you buy a building, you run into unexpecteds,” the owner said. “Just making the building safe ate up a lot of my startup money.”

Laura described the menu as “homemade food you’re in the mood for, but you don’t feel like making, and you can’t go out and order.” Each day of the week will feature specific dishes, including sandwiches, turkey, ham, fish, chicken dumplings, breaded pork chops, ribeye steak, pasta, potato salad, sauerkraut, breakfast and desserts.

The restaurant will be open Sundays through Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to midnight. The owner said she plans to open the lounge and serve alcohol in the near future.

— Daily News Photo The Notions Inn, formerly known as the Ziemianski Inn,
will open today at 500 Monongahela Ave. in Glassport.

For more information, call 412-672-2730 or 412-672-2732.


McKeesport Daily News March 20, 2007

Area men face multiple charges in separate Glassport incidents

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN Daily News Staff Writer rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com

Two men face a myriad of charges stemming from two recent accidents in Glassport.

Sean Manns, 39, of Homestead, is charged with recklessly endangering another person, traffic control signals, failure to drive on the right side of the road, failure to yield to oncoming traffic, overtaking a vehicle on the left in a no-passing zone, going the wrong way on a one way roadway, three stop sign violations, driving a vehicle at an unsafe speed, improper signals, careless driving, fleeing or attempting to elude police, reckless driving, an accident involving an unattended vehicle and driving under the influence.

Police said they noticed Manns driving the wrong way on Sixth Street and on Allegheny Avenue in Glassport Saturday at approximately 2:28 a.m. The driver allegedly refused to stop for a police car that was behind him and had its emergency flashers turned on. Manns reportedly failed to stop at stop signs on Eighth Street, and at Broadway and Ohio avenues and Wall Street and Ohio. According to police, he then failed to yield to a yield sign on the Clairton Bridge, continuing to flee from officers at an unsafe speed and moving into the oncoming traffic lane.

Police said the car almost hit another head on on N. State Street. The chase stopped on New England Hollow Road in West Mifflin, where the car struck an unattended vehicle. Police reported the man refused to exit the vehicle and had to be removed.

Officers said Manns was visibly intoxicated and failed a field sobriety test.

Derrek Haywood, 35, of Glassport, faces charges of driving the wrong way on one way roadways and an accident involving an unattended vehicle. Police reported Haywood was traveling the wrong way on Hemlock Alley when he turned left onto Eighth Street, and police activated their emergency flashers, Thursday at 3:08 a.m. Haywood’s car began to back up, almost hitting an occupied police car, according to the police report.

After calling the Allegheny County dispatch center, police learned the vehicle had been involved in an accident with an unattended vehicle. Haywood reportedly was not injured, but police said he did have difficulty standing.


McKeesport Daily News March 20, 2007

Glassport

Multiple charges filed

Chris Gamble, no age or hometown given, is charged with public intoxication, giving false identification to law enforcement and disorderly conduct.

Police said the man was stumbling and was nearly hit by a vehicle at the intersection of Eighth Street and Monongahela Avenue Saturday at 9:30 p.m.

Gamble reportedly had no identification, and refused to give his name, address or birth date to police. Later, the man gave false names to police before finally informing them of his real name, officers reported.

He was taken to Allegheny County Jail


McKeesport Daily News March 21, 2007

Supermarket blaze Glassport Foodland evacuated

— Photos by Cindy Shegan Keeley/Daily News
Foodland employees and patrons wait for the go-ahead to re-enter the store after Tuesday’s fire.

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN Daily News Staff Writer rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com

Firefighters were able to keep a blaze at Foodland in Glassport under control.

The fire reportedly broke out at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the supermarket at 937 Ohio Ave.

At a council meeting later that evening, Councilman James Foster complimented both of the borough’s fire companies — Citizens Hose Fire Co. No. 1 and Reliance Hose Fire Co. No. 2 — as well as the Clairton and Dravosburg volunteer fire departments that responded to the afternoon call.

Foster said damage was “minimal,” and there were no injuries.

The store reportedly reopened for business several hours later after receiving approval from Allegheny County Health Department.

Fire officials said the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.


McKeesport Daily News March 21, 2007

Glassport to restrict usage of Patterson

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN Daily News Staff Writer rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com

A borough-owned property in Glassport that some residents were using for recreation is being restricted.

Councilman James Uziel said at a meeting Tuesday that the borough will erect a heavy-duty gate at the Wall Street entrance to the 130­acre Patterson Property. A no­trespassing sign also will be put up. “We’re going to restrict the usage of that property as soon as we get the gate erected,” Uziel said.

There have been several issues stemming from public use of the land, Uziel explained. People — many from out of town — who ride dirt bikes and quads in the area often take their vehicles onto borough streets, which is illegal. Bikes and quads parked near houses have left a mess, and trucks parking in the area have blocked entrances to residents’ homes.

“We’ve been very tolerant over the years,” Uziel said. “We basically were allowing free access for people to ride their bikes, where most places make you pay.”

Residents still will be allowed to dump natural materials such as branches, cuttings, stone, dirt and rock, but no building materials, Police Chief Howard Kifer said. To do so, however, residents will need to obtain a key from the police department and return the key the same day. Uziel said other gates had been erected in the past but were broken. He said the new gate will be ironclad. “You’ll need a tanker to bust through,” he said.

Bikes can be ridden around the gate, but anyone caught doing so will be cited for trespassing.

A gas company currently is drilling the property for natural gas and paying the borough for the right to do so. Also, several parties have expressed interest in purchasing and developing the land. Council is in the process of obtaining appraisals. “We own this property, but we’re not going to own it for much longer. We’re looking to sell it. We’re looking for private development and tax revenue, so get used to it,” Uziel said.

“That property is not going to be available to residents and out-of-towners for recreational purposes, unless whoever acquires it allows people to do that.”

Council also OK’d a resolution recognizing Phil Sorrentino, a South Allegheny senior who won a PIAA championship in wrestling. “The state wrestling championship is the single greatest accomplishment in high school athletics,” Uziel said. “That was quite an achievement. Words can’t describe what he has achieved. He will always be known as a state­champion wrestler.”


McKeesport Daily News March 21, 2007

Glassport

Public intoxication noted

Three people are charged with public intoxication stemming from incidents that took place Tuesday.

• Joey Mansfield, 34, of Port Vue, and Chrysta Stone, 33, of Glassport, allegedly were intoxicated along the 500 block of Ohio Avenue at 12:40 a.m., police said.

• Sue Defrancisco, 47, of Monessen, was intoxicated along the 500 block of Hemlock Alley at 2:01 a.m., police said.

Phone scam reported

Police are reporting a phone scam that affected one resident. A call came from the number 202-664-1271 telling a senior resident that she needed a new health card. The caller reportedly asked the resident to send $302.17.

Glassport police are investigating the incident, along with Medicare officials in Pittsburgh.

Anyone who receives a similar call is asked to contact Glassport police at 412-672-4514


McKeesport Daily News March 26, 2007

Glassport officer hurt, woman faces charges

By DAVID WHIPKEY Daily News Staff Writer dwhipkey@dailynewsemail.com

One Glassport officer was injured following a two-vehicle traffic accident on Pacific Avenue. Glassport Police Lt. Ronald Benoit said the incident took place Sunday at approximately 2:30 a.m. in the vicinity of Pacific and Maryland avenues.

Benoit said the Glassport officer was assisting Liberty Police Chief Luke Riley on a traffic stop. The lieutenant said Riley pulled over a driver of a red car after the operator was involved in a dispute earlier in the morning. The Glassport officer joined in the stop and pulled up next to the stopped car, Benoit said. Shortly after, a female driver traveling on Pacific Avenue struck the officer’s vehicle, Benoit said. The police vehicle was pushed into the officer as a result of the collision.

Benoit said the officer was taken to Mercy Hospital via medical helicopter. “He was complaining of leg and back injuries,” the lieutenant said. The driver of the vehicle involved in the accident faces charges of driving under the influence and other traffic violations.

Glassport police did not release her name as of presstime. Allegheny County Police are handling the investigation and could not be reached at presstime.


McKeesport Daily News March 27, 2007

Glassport woman faces multiple charges

By DAVID WHIPKEY Daily News Staff Writer dwhipkey@dailynewsemail.com

Allegheny County police released the identity of a woman charged following an incident that sent one Glassport police officer to a Pittsburgh hospital.

Cara Lapslay, 19, of Glassport, was charged early Sunday with two counts of aggravated assault, aggravated assault with a vehicle, under- age drinking, driving under the influence of alcohol, and reckless driving, Allegheny County Police Lt. Christopher Kearns said Monday.

Police said Lapslay smashed her vehicle into the parked police cruiser of Glassport patrol Officer Ray Johnson shortly before 2:30 a.m. along Pacific Avenue. The cruiser was pushed into Johnson, who was standing next to another vehicle involved in a traffic stop. Johnson was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment of leg and back injuries.

Lapslay was arraigned at night court and placed on 10 percent of $5,000 straight cash bond. She faces an April 3 preliminary hearing before Glassport Magisterial District Judge Armand Martin. Proceedings begin at 1 p.m.


McKeesport Daily News March 28, 2007

Glassport

Multiple charges filed

Three people are charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

• David Hooker, 25, of McKeesport, allegedly was intoxicated in the parking lot of Reliance Hose Fire Co. No. 2 along Monongahela Avenue Saturday at 4:20 a.m. Police said the man refused to leave the premises after officers requested he do so.

• Ronald Plavko, 46, of Monessen, was intoxicated and urinating in public Saturday at 11:09 a.m. along the 600 block of Allegheny Avenue, police reported.

• Wendy Ressler, 32, of Glassport, reportedly appeared in public highly intoxicated along the 600 block of Allegheny Avenue Sunday at 12:30 a.m.

Public intoxication noted

Two people are charged with public intoxication.

• Robert Wagner, 40, of Pittsburgh, allegedly was urinating in public while under the influence of alcohol Sunday at 3:45 a.m. along the 600 block of Allegheny Avenue.

• Lisa Spratt, 42, of Glassport, was seen in public under the influence of alcohol Sunday at 12:25 a.m. at the intersection of Sixth Street and Monongahela Avenue, police reported Disorderly conduct charged

Two Glassport residents are charged with disorderly conduct.

• David Tamsula, 18, was involved in a fight in the middle of the 600 block of Hemlock Way Sunday at 12:45 a.m., police said.

• Police said Robert Butrym, 45, was disorderly Sunday at 12:15 a.m. at the intersection of Sixth Street and Hemlock Way.


McKeesport Daily News April 4, 2007

Hearing postponed for Glassport woman accused of causing police officer’s injury

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN Daily News Staff Writer rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com

A preliminary hearing for a Glassport woman who allegedly caused an accident that injured a police officer while driving under the influence has been postponed.

Cara Lapslay, 19, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, aggravated assault with a vehicle, underage drinking, DUI and reckless driving.

Allegheny County police said she smashed her vehicle into Glassport Officer Ray Johnson’s cruiser on March 25 shortly before 2:30 a.m. as the police vehicle was parked on Pacific Avenue. The impact pushed the car into Johnson, who was standing next to another vehicle involved in a traffic stop.

Johnson, who also serves as a firefighter for Citizens Hose Fire Co. No. 1, was taken to Mercy Hospital with leg and back injuries.

The hearing, originally scheduled to take place Tuesday, was postponed to May 8 at 1 p.m. before Magisterial District Judge Armand Martin. The delay came at the request of Johnson’s attorney, D. Scott Lautner, who could not be reached at presstime.

Fliers concerning the accident reportedly have been circulating around Glassport businesses.

Police Officer Shawn Deverse said police found a stack of the papers sitting on the bar of Reliance Hose Fire Co. No. 2 Saturday night. The flier reads: “Recently a Glassport Police officer was injured in the line of duty by an under age (sic), female drunk driver. It is our job as a community to come together and lend our support for this friend and neighbor in their time of need. So, please make a donation to the ‘He (expletive) Deserved It fund.’ All proceeds will go towards the young woman’s lawyer’s fees, court costs, fines, etc. Please be generous when making a donation, as there is no price for the service that she has provided to all of us. Thank you.”

Mayor Terry DiMarco said Reliance Hose firefighters were responsible for distributing the fliers. “My feelings are, when you talk about police officers and firefighters, you’re talking about a brotherhood,” DiMarco said. “Something should be done about it. I feel their officers are condoning (the fliers).”

Reliance Hose President Jim Ali said his company’s firefigh­ers weren’t involved in creating the fliers and he doesn’t know where they came from. “We tried to apologize to them,” Ali said, “but they didn’t accept it.” Ali speculated the dispute might stem from a rivalry between the two companies. “We didn’t start it, but they’re blaming us,” he said. “It’s an ongoing thing.” Ali declined to comment more specifically on what Citizens Hose did to create the dispute, citing legal reasons.


McKeesport Daily News April 5, 2007

Glassport Democrats endorse 5

By THE DAILY NEWS

Glassport Democratic Committee has endorsed several candidates for Glassport council on this year’s primary ballot.

Nancy Heath Crncic, James A. Pasinski, James V. Uziel, Donald J. Wiernicki and Theodore T. Zebroski all have been endorsed for the May 15 election.

Borough residents who would like to register to vote for the primary election may obtain mail in registration and absentee application forms from the borough building, the borough tax office or Democratic committee members.

Mail in forms must be post­marked by April 16 to be processed in time to vote in the primary. May 8 is the last day to process an absentee ballot.


McKeesport Daily News April 11, 2007

Glassport girl, 14, reported missing

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN Daily News Staff Writer rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com

A Glassport girl is missing after reportedly going to meet a man. Samantha Krimm, 14, told her mother that she was going to meet someone at approximately 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Glassport police Sgt. Cliff LaFever reported. The girl reportedly stepped outside, and at 10:30, she sent her mother a text message stating that she was staying at a man’s house. Krimm never returned home, and her mother contacted borough police Tuesday.

Her name has been entered into the National Crime Information Center’s database as a missing person. “At this point, it looks like she has left on her own,” the sergeant said. Krimm last was seen with dark brown hair, although she reportedly had talked about dyeing it black.

Police described her as 4 feet 5 inches tall, 117 pounds, with brown eyes and a scar above her right eye. She was last seen wearing a black-and-white striped shirt, black pants and black boots with heels.

Police said they believe the girl may be with a 22-year-old man with tatoos and piercings, whom they couldn’t locate. Police were not releasing his name at presstime.

Anyone with information about Krimm’s whereabouts should contact Glassport police at 412-672-4514.


McKeesport Daily News April 12, 2007

Glassport

Pancake breakfast set

The Citizens of Glassport Parks and Recreation Association will sponsor a pancake breakfast April 22 from 9 am to 1 pm at the Senior Citizens Center, Sixth Street and Monongahela Avenue The cost is $4.50 for adults and $3.50 for children between 6 and 10

There is no charge for children 5 and younger.

Meals include two sausage patties, coffee or tea, and milk or juice

Tidy-up Day set

Residents will meet at the honor roll along Monongahela Avenue April 28 at 11 am for Tidy-up Day

FCU meeting planned

Copper & Glass FCU’s annual breakfast meeting will take place April 21 at 10 am at the Sons of Italy Breakfast will be free for members and $5 for nonmem­bers Tickets are required, and can be obtained at the credit union office, 531 Monongahela Ave, by Monday


McKeesport Daily News April 12, 2007

Missing Glassport girl found in Munhall

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN Daily News Staff Writer rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com

A Glassport girl who went missing was found in Munhall.

Samantha Krimm, 14, was discovered at roughly 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Glassport Police Sgt. Cliff LaFever said.

Krimm told her mother she was going to meet someone at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Glassport police. The girl reportedly stepped outside, and then sent her mother a text message at 10:30 stating she was staying at a man’s home. The girl never returned home, and her mother contacted police Tuesday.

LaFever said Krimm left on her own accord.

The investigation was turned over to Allegheny County police, who could not be reached at presstime.


McKeesport Daily News April 13, 2007

Glassport

Tax office open

Glassport tax office will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through October. Taxes can be paid with check or money order only. No cash is accepted. Payments may be made during nonbusiness hours by using the mail slot on the front doors of the office or by mailing the payment. If a receipt is required, include a self-addressed stamped envelope.


McKeesport Daily News April 16, 2007

Glassport

Council meeting set

Glassport council will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Sorrentino day set

Glassport council and Mayor Terry DiMarco have proclaimed Tuesday “Phil Sorrentino Day” in the borough


McKeesport Daily News April 18, 2007

Glassport lauds hometown hero

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN Daily News Staff Writer rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com

South Allegheny wrestler Phil Sorrentino became a state wrestling champion last month. But in his hometown of Glassport, he’s more than that. He’s a source of local pride.

Council and Mayor Terry DiMarco proclaimed Tuesday as “Phil Sorrentino Day” in Glassport. During Tuesday’s council meeting, DiMarco presented an official proclamation to Sorrentino from state Sen. Sean Logan, D-Monroeville. “Please accept this proclamation as a small token of my congratulations,” Logan wrote.

Councilman James Uziel credited Sorrentino’s dedication. “I don’t think people realize there is a lot of self-sacrifice involved in this sport,” he said. “It’s not only the constant training, but you have to maintain whatever weight that you’re categorized as. “Basically, Phil probably couldn’t eat for four years. It’s really rare for a kid in high school to have such discipline to do that. This is, for sure, the ultimate accomplishment in high school athletics.” “I’d like to congratulate you not only on your sports endeavor, but for being a role model for your under­classmen at South Allegheny,” Councilman Eugene Skerkoski added. “Way to go, for you, and for Glassport, too,” Council President John DeSue said.

After the meeting, Sorrentino’s response was brief. “I just want to say thank you to anyone who has congratulated me,” he said. In other news:

• Mine subsidence continues to be a problem along Oregon Avenue, where the road continues to wear away and water is flowing into some homes, Uziel reported. The borough’s street department is addressing the issue.

• The borough’s skating park is in need of maintenance work due to a combination of the weather and wear and tear by regular use, Councilman Mickey Stetor reported. “As soon as the weather breaks, we’ll be fixing that,” he said.

• Council agreed to purchase a used street sweeper from Jack Doheny Supplies Ohio Inc. for $59,500.

• El Grande Industries Inc. was chosen to complete borough paving jobs at a cost of $881,814.25.

• Due to the primary election, next month’s council meeting has been moved to May 22 at 7 p.m.


McKeesport Daily News April 21, 2007

Glassport police adding foot patrols

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN Daily News Staff Writer rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport police are stepping up borough patrols. Additional police time is being used to go on foot patrol in both the residential and business areas of the borough, Sgt. Shawn Deverse announced.

The measure is being taken in response to resident suggestions of additional patrolling. “We are trying to address their requests for more patrols in the area,” Deverse said. “If they see an officer in the area, I would think it would be a sense of security for these people. We just would like to be more visible in the area to make people a little more comfortable.”

Several months ago, council approved an additional 16 hours per week of police patrolling, the sergeant reported. “The mayor (Terry DiMarco) has left it to our discretion what we use it for,” he said. Now, police have received the OK from council and the mayor to use the extra man­hours for walking patrols, Deverse said.


McKeesport Daily News April 21, 2007

Glassport Assembly of God

Guests for Missions Emphasis Weekend is planned tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Glassport Assembly of God, 210 Fifth St., Glassport. The Rev. Bill and Hilda Bradney have been involved with ministry in Costa Rica and Paraguay for 38 years. Through their ministry in Bible school, they have taught classes, served in administrative posts, developed extension and night schools, and directed building pro­grams. She also helped develop women’s min­istries and Missionettes, conducted chldren’s crusades and mentored pastor’s wives and he’s served as field chairman and coordinated AG ministries in the field. They currently are serving as missionaries-in-residence at Valley Forge Christian College.


McKeesport Daily News April 26, 2007

Glassport

Race night planned

Glassport and Port Vue Democratic Committees will have a Night at the Races Friday at 6 at the Glassport Son’s of Italy along Sixth Street. There will be free admission, food and soft drinks.


McKeesport Daily News April 27, 2007

‘The Future Is Mine’ high school students visit Glassport studio

By STACY LEE Daily News Staff Writer slee@dailynewsemail.com

Area high school students were able to see a real movie studio at work for as part of “The Future is Mine.”

A group of about 20 students attending the Consortium for Public Education’s annual conference toured Mogul Mind LLC in Glassport this week.

TFIM, now in its seventh year, focuses on helping students explore career options and gives them opportunities for real-life work experience.

Students visited local businesses as part of that initiative. “I wanted to keep it really broad, basically showing them aspects of what we do,” studio manager and producer Shaun O’Donnell said.

This is the first year Mogul Mind hosted the students, although the studio previously allowed students to watch a commercial shoot at the Forbes Career and Technology Center in Monroeville.

Students from several area high schools got their studio tour at HOTCARDS. COM, a graphic design company under the Mogul Mind umbrella. Manager and lead designer Casey King answered questions, talked about the business and showed the company’s designs.

South Allegheny High School senior J.P. Spanbauer has been an intern at HOTCARDS. COM for two years.

— Daily News Photo Shaun O’Donnell gives “The Future is Mine” students advice at Mogul Mind LLC in Glassport.

Daily News Photo Intern J.P. Spanbauer and HOTCARDS.COM manager Casey King, center, demonstrate one of the computer programs the design company uses.

“I enjoy the possibility of imposing my artistic views on the mass media,” J.P. said. “I get my own art out there.” “I really like to express my thoughts through design,” Charleroi Area High School senior Casey Worthing said after spending time with King to learn more about graphic design.

King advised the students to obtain as many design program books as possible. “Everything you can reference in a book cuts production time so much,” he said.

O’Donnell discussed careers in producing, directing and screenwriting. “On a set, it is a matter of knowing what you’re doing, and speed,” he said. “If you want to direct, you have to understand everything around you.” O’Donnell showed the students a working set, lighting fixtures, the green room and make­up room. He suggested a program called Final Draft for aspiring screenwriters, and advised students to write down even their smallest ideas for screenplays.

William Tenenbaum talked about the editing, explaining that the process can be either “off the cuff,” or specific to the clients’ desires. “This is where the pre-production and production plans come together” he said. “Editing is a meticulous process.”

The students also met Mogul Mind CEO and actor John Yost. “In everything you do, you have to follow your dreams and your heart,” Yost told them. “Everyone lives in their comfort zone, and is scared (outside of it). If you knew you could not fail, what would you do? That’s exactly how I live my life. Great risks equal great rewards.”

Yost said many people, including his family, told him he wouldn’t make it in the movie business. “If you don’t have measurable goals, there is no way you can tell your achievements,” he said.

Cathy Walker, a Forbes CTC teacher and tour sponsor, said Mogul Mind has invited her technology students to tour the facility. She worked with them on the commercial. “I was most impressed at how well they worked together as a team,” she said of the staff.

“It’s also impressive to go to a place where everyone loves what they do.” Mogul Mind wants to expand its studio and is looking at places around Pittsburgh.

In addition to HOTCARDS.COM, Mogul Mind includes BlackBox Studios, S.net, the Film Mafia and Sonic Pictures.

“Everyone lives in their comfort zone, and is scared (outside of it). If you knew you could not fail, what would you do? — John Yost


McKeesport Daily News April 28, 2007

Glassport

Fishing contest planned

Mayor Terry DiMarco, Police Chief Howard Kifer and the police department will have a free fishing contest for children ages 5 to 15.

The event will take place June 3 at Harrison Street Park from 8 a.m. to noon. Sign-ups will be accepted at the borough building through May 25.

Borough officials are thanking local businesses that are sponsoring the event.


McKeesport Daily News April 30, 2007

Glassport AL 443

The Glassport American Legion will be have its annual Poppy Day throughout the borough Thursday. Donations for the Memorial Day Service May 28 can mail them to Glassport American Legion Post 443, 417 Monongahela Avenue, Glassport, 15045.


McKeesport Daily News May 5, 2007

Glassport

Streets to be swept

Glassport will be employing its new street sweeper beginning May 12. Among other possible routes, the sweeper will be used on a route that moves on N. Monongahela Avenue, Monongahela Avenue and the 900 block of Ohio Avenue to the Clairton Bridge.

The sweeper will be used on that route southbound every Thursday and northbound every Friday.

Residents on those streets are reminded to park on opposite sides of the road.

Candidate forum planned

The Glassport Democratic Committee will sponsor the “Rally in the Valley Meet the Candidates Night” Friday from 7 to 10 at the Glassport Sons of Italy along Sixth Street. Admission is free.


McKeesport Daily News May 9, 2007

Glassport woman waives charges

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN Daily News Staff Writer rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com

A Glassport woman will stand trial on allegations that she injured a police officer while driving drunk.

Cara Lapslay, 19, waived two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of aggravated assault with a vehicle, underage drinking, driving under the influence and reckless driving to court Tuesday before South Allegheny Magisterial District Judge Armand Martin.

Allegheny County police reported Lapslay smashed her vehicle into Glassport Officer Ray Johnson’s cruiser March 25 shortly before 2:30 a.m. The impact pushed the car into Johnson, who was standing next to another vehicle and was involved in a traffic stop on Pacific Avenue. Johnson was taken to Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh with leg and back injuries as a result of the incident.

Lapslay will be arraigned formally July 31 at the Allegheny County Courthouse .


McKeesport Daily News May 12, 2007

READERS’ VIEWPOINT

What about child’s needs?

You would think that with all the problems going on in the schools at this time, that the schools would try to prevent things happening instead of waiting for them to happen.

I have a friend who has a child that is a special needs student. He has been going to a school in another district. At the time he started school, our district did not have the classes he needed. This child has excelled in this school with the help of his teachers, his parents, and the other children, who have treated him with kindness and friendship.

He has become a student just like them. They don’t look at him as different, they have become his friends. This semester he has all As and Bs — quite an accomplishment for him. Now he is going to be returned to his home district because now they have the program and classes he needs. I would have to think that this is going to be very hard on this child, being assigned to a new school with children and teachers that he doesn’t know. This is traumatic for any child, let alone one who is autistic.

I just don’t understand why you would try to change something that is working so well. His parents were told that if he failed to achieve, he would be sent back to the other school. I’m sorry I don’t understand the reasoning behind this. Why would you want to have him fall back instead of moving forward? This child is loving, smart, and happy. He has friends that care.

The children who live on his street give this child a hard time and won’t play with him. Why would you want to subject him to these issues on top of everything else?

This is the way that all the problems start. Children who are bullied and teased are lashing back the wrong way. They don’t have the courage to go to a teacher for fear of more retaliation against them. We need to pay more attention to their problems and stop thinking that they will work out, they are only children. What might be a small problem to you is a big problem to them.

I do believe that if this child was in a different program or an emotional support student, they wouldn’t be in such a hurry to bring him back to his own district. I am sorry that I do not know the laws and rules that apply in this situation. I do think that the schools have to pay for students that go to another district, but I could be wrong. But it does seem to me that it doesn’t matter what is best for this child, but what is best for the district. I don’t understand what is so important about uprooting this child to bring him back to his own school district.

No Child Left Behind is all we hear. What about No Child Pushed Around? We should all pray for all the children, teachers and administrators that have all lost their lives because of these senseless shootings.

Bring God back in our schools. Get back to the ways that we all remember growing up ! And last of all, pay attention to the needs of the children.

Francine Heil Glassport


McKeesport Daily News May 16, 2007

Glassport

In the race for four four-year council seats, Nancy Heath Crncic, incumbents Theodore Zebroski and James V. Uziel and current council President John S. DeSue, with 481, 473, 446 and 414 votes, respectively, qualified for the Democrat nod.

Edged out were Donald J. Wiernicki (373) and incumbent James Foster (243).

Three Republican and two Democratic write-in votes were cast. For the Democratic nomination for one two-year seat, James A. Paskinski defeated DeSue 422-296.


McKeesport Daily News May 16, 2007

Glassport Class of ’47

Plans are being finalized for the reunion for the Glassport High School Class of 1947, set for June 15 at the Holiday Inn, Route 51, Belle Vernon.

Committee members include Eli Cubra, Laura Krol Govola, Stanley Kaska, Edward Vehec, Jean Dworek Vidnovic and Joan Steffan Wysni.

Invitations have been mailed to alumni and reservations must be forwarded to Vidnovic no later than May 25.

Any questions about the reunion can be directed to Wysni at 412-673­9261 or Vidnovic at 724-925-6095.

A Mass is planned June 9 at 5 p.m. at Queen of the Rosary Church for all members, including those who are deceased, of the Class of ’47.


McKeesport Daily News May 17, 2007

Glassport man gets hefty jail term in home invasion, assault

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN Daily News Staff Writer rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com

A Glassport man has been sentenced to 24 to 48 years in prison for a 2004 home invasion and sexual assault in McKeesport.

Robert Cash, 21, was convicted earlier this year on two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, one count of criminal conspiracy and five counts each of terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

The charges were the result of a home invasion along Idaho Street in McKeesport Nov. 17, 2004. Cash and two accomplices entered the home dressed in black and toting several handguns and a sawed­off shotgun, according to McKeesport police. The three men held two young women, their mother and their two children at gun­point while sexually assaulting the two young women. The men also reportedly stole clothing, DVDs, a video recorder and a dog.

Robert Cash was arrested after being found in a residence along Sixth Avenue in McKeesport shortly before 7 p.m. Dec. 1, 2004. On Wednesday, Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge David R. Cashman sentenced him to 71 years probation following his prison time.

Cashman reportedly referred to Robert Cash as a “pig.” Joshua Cash and William Chafflin, the two men also charged in the incident, are scheduled to stand trial before Cashman May 29.


McKeesport Daily News May 19, 2007

Glassport firefighters take extra step to prepare for Patterson emergencies

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN Daily News Staff Writer rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com

Firefighters from Glassport Citizens Hose Fire Co. No. 1 are taking extra steps to prepare for potential emergencies in the area known as the Patterson Property. Dirt bike and quad riders, many of them from out of town, often use the 130-acre stretch of land that is owned by the borough, Councilman James Uziel said.

Hunters also frequent the property, Assistant Fire Chief Ken Carroll said. In March, borough officials erected a heavy­duty gate at the property’s Wall Street entrance, and posted a no-trespassing sign. Police warned that anyone caught entering around the gate would be cited for trespassing. But according to Carroll, the measures haven’t stopped riders. “It still goes on,” he said. “On any given day, you can hear the motorcycles and quads.”

The assistant fire chief said the fire company will plan its responses to riding accidents, and to situations in which a hunter or a child is reported missing. “They use that property all through the summer,” he said. “These are real-life scenarios. It’s probably a matter of time before one happens.”

Those three scenarios will be simulated in special training for Citizens Hose firefighters today. Members will be divided into teams and employ ATVs, maps, GPS and ropes. McKeesport police will be present to give demonstrations of canine searches. “It will be as real as we can make it,” Carroll said. Firefighters from Reliance Hose Co. No. 2, Liberty, Port Vue, Lincoln, Dravosburg, Clairton and Central Volunteer Fire Co. in Elizabeth Twp. also have been invited to observe or participate. “If something like this ever happens, we would definitely need the manpower of those other companies,” Carroll said.

Glassport residents are permitted to dump natural materials such as branches, plant cuttings, stone, dirt and rock on the property, but they must obtain a key from the police department and return it the same day. Several parties reportedly have expressed interest in purchasing and developing the land, and the borough is examining the possibility of selling it.


McKeesport Daily News May 24, 2007

Glassport schedules summer street paving

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN Daily News Staff Writer rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com

Street paving is about to begin in Glassport. At a council meeting earlier this week, borough Engineer George Pitcher of the EADS Group Inc. announced El Grande Inc. will perform street paving this year, starting June 11 at 7 a.m. Pitcher said residents will be notified about moving their vehicles in the future.

Five borough properties have been marked for demolition this year: 1002 Delaware Ave., 499 Oregon Ave., 412 Arch St., 532 Ohio Ave. and 611 Peach Way.

Listed for demolition next year, in order, are 638 Ohio Ave., 638 Ohio Ave. Rear, 640 Ohio Ave. Rear and 625 Summit Ave. Demolition will be paid through community development block grants.

Council also closed off portions of Broadway and Minnesota avenues and Elm Alley.

Work on the Edmundson Drive hillside — where earth and sewer lines have been moving — was added as an expense in the CDBG Year 34 Program.

Sixth Street, between Allegheny and Monongahela avenues, will be closed Aug. 10 and 12 due to the Sons of Italy’s Feast of the Assumption Celebration.


McKeesport Daily News May 25, 2007

Glassport

Offices to close on holiday

The Glassport tax collector’s office will be closed Monday in observation of Memorial Day Regular hours from 9 am to . pm will resume Tuesday and continue Monday through Thursday throughout the summer


McKeesport Daily News May 29, 2007

Firefighters extinguish Glassport blaze

By PATRICK CLOONAN Daily News Staff Writer pcloonan@dailynewsemail.com

Firefighters from three area communities battled a house blaze along N. Monongahela Avenue in Glassport.

The Monday afternoon fire reportedly caused damage to the interior of a structure on the west end of the borough. It was battled by volunteers from both Glassport companies, Citizens Hose and Reliance Hose, as well as Clairton and Dravosburg departments.

No injuries were reported.


McKeesport Daily News May 29, 2007

Letter to the Editor

READERS’ VIEWPOINT

Councilman thanks voters

I would like to thank all the citizens of Glassport for coming out to vote on May 15 and I would especially like to thank those residents who cast their vote for me, showing that they were not fooled by a mostly self-serving Democratic Committee who endorsed themselves for office.

I guess this is not an uncommon occurrence in some communities, as referenced in other letters to the editor from Versailles May 11 and one dated May 16 from Lawrenceville in another publication.

Candidates chosen by the committee for endorsement should have the best interests of their town at heart, not ones than can be controlled by a behind-the-scenes individual who thinks, “That’s politics.”

People elect a committee person from their district, but they are not aware of how their committee person is representing them. They even vote by secret ballot for who they want to endorse. What message does this send to the people they represent?

I have been on council the past four years, the last two years as council president, and have kept my word about putting the town first. This council has worked like a well-oiled machine.

We are now financially out of the red and into the black and are following through on promises. If more residents would attend our meetings, they would see what a great job this council has done. Nothing can be accomplished without hard work and cooperation, and also input from the people who live in this community.

People who live here and care about Glassport should take a more active part in helping to make our town a better place to live. If you have concerns or questions, come to a meeting and voice them. We will try our best to help.

Again, thank you for your support, and I promise I will keep Glassport first. John J. DeSue Glassport council president


McKeesport Daily News June 1, 2007

Glassport

Fun To Be a Kid Day set

The Citizens of Glassport Parks and Recreation Association and the borough will sponsor Fun To Be a Kid Day June 23 from noon to 4 p.m. Many activities are planned, and refreshments will be served. Each participating child also will receive a com­memorative T-shirt. Children ages 12 and young­er can sign up at the borough building or Stetor’s Red Hot Dollar through June 14.


McKeesport Daily News June 5, 2007

Glassport

Public drunkenness charged

Two people are charged with public drunkenness.

• Police said Stephen Greyshock, 38, of Bethel Park, was intoxicated and endangering himself and others at the intersection of Eighth Street and Monongahela Avenue Friday at 1:05 a.m.

• Police allege Linda Perry, 44, of Glassport, was intoxicated and stumbling along the 600 block of Delaware Avenue Sunday at 4:50 a.m.

Underage drinking reported

Two teens face charges of underage drinking.

• Anthony Piplica Jr., 19, of McKeesport, was cited at the intersection of Fifth Street and Hemlock Way Saturday at 10:15 p.m., according to police reports.

• Andalino Buti, 19, of Glassport, was intoxicated and damaged the kitchen door to a relative’s home along Delaware Avenue Saturday at 9:44 p.m., police said. He also is charged with criminal mischief.

Multiple charges filed

Several people face charges of disorderly conduct and public intoxication.

• Donald Presson, 28, of Glassport, was involved in a dispute while intoxicated along the 500 block of Ohio Avenue at 2:10 a.m. Saturday, police said.

• Michael Gaspick, 50; Debra Kish, 51; Daniel Gnazzo, 49; and Veronica Gasdick, 53, all of Glassport, face charges stemming from an incident along the 600 block of Indiana Avenue at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Police said the four residents were creating a disturbance while intoxicated.

• Robert Butrym, 45, of Glassport, and Mark McMasters, 38, of Turtle Creek, reportedly were causing a disturbance along the 600 block of Hemlock Way Sunday at 8:40 a.m.

• Janet Cogar, 45, of Glassport, was intoxicated and causing a disturbance along the 700 block of Ohio Avenue Sunday at 8:40 a.m., police said.

Disorderly conduct charged

Chad Richey, 25, of Glassport, and Jason Thompson, 25, of Clairton, are charged with disorderly conduct. Police said the men were involved in a fight at the intersection of Ninth Street and Monongahela Avenue Sunday at 12:34 a.m.


McKeesport Daily News June 6, 2007

READERS’ VIEWPOINT

Fishing contest a success

On June 3, Glassport held its annual Children’s Fishing Contest on the riverbanks at Harrison Street. This free event is sponsored by Mayor Terry DiMarco, his wife Rose and the Glassport Police Department.

A lot of time and effort is put forth to make this a special day for the children of Glassport, and it should not go unnoticed. Approximately 70 children ages 3-15 participated this year.

Every child who registered received a hat, free refreshments, and EVERY child received a prize, whether they caught a fish or not!

The prizes this year included items such as bicycles, TVs, DVD players, CD players, skateboards, gift cards, fishing poles, camping equipment, and much more.

Funding for this event is raised throughout the year by donations from local businesses, residents, borough officials, council, friends and family. There were many who volunteered their time and support to contribute to the success of the event — Glassport borough workers, No. 1 Fire Department, River Rescue, Clairton EMS and local residents who assisted with fish patrol, registration, cooking, clean-up, etc.

This is my second year as a volunteer for this event, and I am honored to be part of such a great community event. I believe I speak for everyone that participated, when I say “thanks” to Mayor DiMarco, Rose, and the Glassport police for all they did to make this such a great success for the children of the town.

I can’t wait until next year!

Jamie Trunzo Glassport


McKeesport Daily News June 6, 2007

— Daily News Photo

Glassport street department Foreman Jim Finneran, council President John DeSue and py g g pCouncilman James Uziel display the borough’s new “Elgin Whirlwind” street sweeper.

Glassport gets new tool for cleaning up borough streets

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN Daily News Staff Writer rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport will be getting tough on the dirt on its streets, but the process will be easier Council recently purchased a new street sweeper for $59,500 from Jack Doheny Supplies Ohio Inc.

A $10,000 grant through state Rep Bill Kortz, D-Dravosburg, contributed to the funding.

The new vehicle will suck up dirt from the road It also is able to clean storm sewers and catch basins The borough’s previous street sweeper only blew the dirt to the sides of the street.

“It’s worth every penny,” council President John DeSue said “It’s a lot better than the old one,” street department Foreman Jim Finneran added.

While the former street sweeper only was employed on certain days each week, the borough has plans to use the new one almost every day to employ its multiple functions.

Councilman James Uziel said In the past, the borough mostly cleaned only main streets Now, officials hope to hit each residential street at least once annually “If the people knew their street was going to get sweeped, I don’t think they’d object to moving their cars.”

Uziel said DeSue said the purchase is another sign that Glassport is traveling in a positive direction “It’s another part of the puzzle to moving this town forward,” he said.


McKeesport Daily News June 11, 2007

READERS’ VIEWPOINT

Glassport’s best interests at heart

As chairperson of the Glassport Democratic Committee, I send out a big thank you to the voters for their great support we received for our endorsed candidates in the primary election.

I would like to respond to the letter published in the Daily News on May 29 written by John DeSue, president of Glassport council.

I’m sorry Mr. DeSue, who edged out one of the endorsed candidates, was not magnanimous enough to take his victory (as small as it was) and move on. Some of his accusations must be answered. The newly elected persons would have liked to move forward, working as a body, but the “behind the scenes” council is already working in their own favor.

First, as far as the secret ballot by the Democratic Committee that was referred to by Mr. DeSue, the last time I looked, it ensured the committee members the right to vote their choice, without any reprisal from a so-called “political individual.”

It is easy to say you put Glassport first, Mr. DeSue, when you already have your son hired. Nepotism on council was one of the concerns of Glassport citizens as we approached the last election. Concerned citizens of Glassport, don’t think for one minute there won’t be more relatives hired in the future. If you do care about your town, as you say you do Mr. DeSue, shouldn’t the most qualified the person be hired for positions in the borough?

Stay tuned, and yes, please come to council meetings.

When the Democratic Committee was forming a slate of candidates, one councilman called and warned me not to have any women on the slate. This “good old boys club” didn’t want to work with women. He said he “liked things as they are without women on council.”

Well, our woman candidate lead the ticket and beat councilman DeSue by a whopping majority.

I ask you, who listened to the electorate, the Democratic Committee or he, Mr. DeSue.

Throughout the election process, the Democratic Committee entertained, talked with and got opinions from various groups of all ages. We proceeded accordingly, even if it did not include Mr. DeSue. We do have the best interest of our town at heart. Do you, Mr. DeSue?

Arlene Schinosi Glassport Democratic Committee chairperson


McKeesport Daily News June 15, 2007

Glassport cracking down on drugs

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN Daily News Staff Writer rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport police are cracking down on drug problems in the borough.

Mayor Terry DiMarco recently put Sgt. Shawn DeVerse in charge of a drug task force. “(DiMarco) wants to get things done,” DeVerse said. “The narcotics are getting bad in town.”

DeVerse said he and Officer Ray Johnson have spent the entire week so far looking to make drug busts, and were successful in two “controlled deals” involving undercover officers.

The first took place Monday at 7:30 p.m., according to the police report. A quarter-ounce of crack cocaine was exchanged outside Foodland, 937 Ohio Ave., according to police. Raymonn E. Gilmore, 23, and Dana McDougald, 21, both of Clairton, reportedly drove away from the grocery store on Ohio Avenue to its intersection with Wall Street, where police conducted a traffic stop. In addition to the crack cocaine, police recovered a small plastic bag, a small amount of marijuana and $395 that was used to complete the buy, DeVerse said.

Gilmore is charged with possession of crack cocaine and possession with intent to deliver, while McDougald is charged with possession with intent to deliver.

The next morning at 12:30, police stopped John Perlick, 39, of Glassport, at the intersection of Ninth Street and Indiana Avenue, according to the police report. Police said Perlick was en route to completing another controlled deal. In that incident, police recovered four small bags of suspected crack cocaine and $100. Perlick is charged with possession of crack cocaine and possession with intent to deliver. All three suspects were taken to Allegheny County Jail. DeVerse said the sweep is expected to continue in the coming weeks. “We’re going to continue to clean up the drugs the best we can,” he said.


McKeesport Daily News June 20, 2007

Glassport

Tax payments due

Glassport’s 2007 borough taxes will be due at face amount on July 1. Payments made at the Glassport tax office by June 30 are eligible for discount. South Allegheny School District taxes for 2006 that are not paid at the Glassport tax office by June 30 will be referred to Keystone Municipal for delinquent collection. Tax payments should be made by check or money order. The tax office is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Parking restrictions set

No parking will be allowed on Elm Street, Ontario Street or Wall Street between the Patterson Property and Ohio Avenue for the remainder of the week due to paving.


McKeesport Daily News June 20, 2007

Glassport may use old pool site for new park

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN Daily News Staff Writer rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com

While a swimming pool in Glassport is unlikely to reopen, borough officials are discussing the possibility that surrounding land could be converted into a park.

Mayor Terry DiMarco said several residents had approached him about putting in a park on the three acres of land along Ohio Avenue that includes the pool and a baby pool. While the larger pool would be filled in, the baby pool, which is cheaper to operate, would remain.

Changes to the land could be made through a combination of borough funding and grants, the mayor suggested. “I thought it was a good idea,” DiMarco said after presenting the idea to council for the first time at a meeting Tuesday.

The pool closed in 2004 because of the expense of maintenance and repairs, DiMarco said. The borough was losing at least $32,000 per year to costs associated with the pool. The final year it was open, there were days when only nine people used it, even on days hotter than 90 degrees.

“It’s something that occurred over a period of years,” Councilman Mickey Stetor said. “It was a mismanagement of the funds, maybe no maintenance of the pool done over years and years and years. One year it got shut down, and it was shut down a second year. Well, forget about it; after that, it’s not getting open.” Stetor said it would cost at least a “couple hundred thousand (dollars) just to even think about doing it.”

In the past, council sent 30 letters asking for grants to help keep the pool open, according to Councilman Eugene Skerkoski. None of those grants was obtained.

DiMarco said it is next to impossible to receive grants for pools, as there are larger ones in Pittsburgh that have been closed, and the trend has continued around the area. “They’re going to shut them all down soon,” the mayor said. “It’s too expensive.”

The discussion stemmed from several residents stating that there are no recreational activities for their children in the borough. Stetor encouraged residents to get involved by attending meetings of the Citizens of Glassport Parks and Recreation Association, which take place every other Thursday at 7 p.m. at the library along Monongahela Avenue. “The committee has done a lot of good things for this town,” Stetor said.


McKeesport Daily News June 29, 2007

Glassport police sweep nets six drug suspects

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN Daily News Staff Writer rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com

In one night, Glassport police arrested six people accused of selling drugs. Police made all the arrests between 8 and 10 p.m. Thursday. Each suspect allegedly sold drugs to undercover police officers.

Tommy Taylor, 37, of Glassport, sold marijuana while working at a restaurant and bar, police said. He is charged with two counts each of possession of marijuana and delivery of marijuana.

Aaron Keith, 39, of Glassport, faces charges of possession and delivery of powdered cocaine.

Robert Yeager Jr., 40, of Glassport, is charged with three counts of possession of crack cocaine and two counts of delivery of crack cocaine.

Stuart Mohamed, 50, of McKeesport, is charged with three counts each of possession of crack cocaine, delivery of crack cocaine and criminal conspiracy to deliver crack cocaine.

Vernon Yeager, 43, of Glassport, faces charges of possession and delivery of crack cocaine.

Kevin Victor, 37, of Glassport, is charged with possession and delivery of cocaine and possession and delivery of alprazolam. S

tate constables Joe Steffan and Joe Parkinson transported all suspects to Allegheny County Jail, Glassport police said.

Police also arrested Krista Barker, 35, of Clairton, on a warrant during Glassport’s Community Days celebration Sunday at the honor roll along Monongahela Avenue. She faces charges of possession of cocaine, delivery of cocaine and criminal conspiracy to deliver cocaine.

Police still have an outstanding felony warrant for Carthele Smith, 37, of Clairton, who faces charges of possession of cocaine, delivery of cocaine and criminal conspiracy to deliver cocaine.

The investigation was spearheaded by a task force created by Mayor Terry DiMarco and headed by Sgt. Shawn DeVerse. DeVerse credited officers Ray Johnson, Jason Shallenberger and Nick Caito and other members of the police force for their diligent work.

“The investigation has been going on for about a month now, and is still very active,” DeVerse said. “There will be more arrests to come.” Anyone who has information about drug­related incidents is asked to contact borough police at 412-672-4514.


McKeesport Daily News July 3, 2007

Glassport

Public intoxication noted

Five people are charged with public intoxication stemming from incidents that took place Sunday.

• Kathleen Gouker, 60, of Glassport, was visibly intoxicated at the intersection of Vermont and Broadway avenues at 9:45 p.m., police said.

• Nicholas Suckfiel, 25, of Port Vue, Justin Barna, 22, of McKeesport, and Dave Hooker, 25, of McKeesport, were noticeably drunk at Sixth Street and Oak Way at 2:27 a.m., police said.

• Jason Bacha, 22, of West Mifflin, was intoxicated to the point he was endangering himself and others at the intersection of N. Monongahela Avenue and Harrison Street at 1 a.m., according to police.

Multiple charges filed

Charles Gouker, 63, of Patton, is charged with driving under the influence and operating a vehicle without lights. Police said Gouker was intoxicated while driving at the intersection of Vermont and Broadway avenues Sunday at 9:43 p.m.


McKeesport Daily News July 9, 2007

Glassport

Public intox reported

Edward Dineen, 41, of Glassport, is charged with public intoxication in connection with a Thursday incident at 11:30 p.m. along the 300 block of Monongahela Avenue. Police said Dineen appeared to be highly intoxicated and a danger to himself.


McKeesport Daily News July 10, 2007

Glassport

Harassment charges filed

Two Glassport residents are charged with harassment.

• Kevin Cadieu, 39, was involved in a fight at his home along the 400 block of Ohio Avenue Friday at 9:50 p.m., police said. He allegedly was intoxicated to the point he was endangering himself and others. Cadieu additionally is charged with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

• Vernon Yeager, 43, verbally harassed a woman at the intersection of Fifth Street and Ohio Avenue Sunday at 10:35 a.m., according to police.

Disorderly conduct charged

Two people are charged with disorderly conduct.

• James Vuksic Jr., 27, of Pittsburgh, reportedly urinated in public while intoxicated at the intersection of Harrison Street and N. Monongahela Avenue Sunday at 3:30 a.m. He additionally is charged with public drunkenness.

• Shannon Kemple, 35, of Glassport, possessed drug paraphernalia Saturday at 4:45 a.m. along the 700 block of Monongahela Avenue.

Police report DUI

Manuel Grueso, 61, of Glassport, is charged with driving under the influence. Police said they noticed Grueso driving while intoxicated in the 500 block of Ohio Avenue Saturday at 2 a.m.


McKeesport Daily News July 19, 2007

Glassport marks structures for demolition in October

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN Daily News Staff Writer rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport officials are continuing an initiative to demolish dilapidated buildings.

At a meeting this week, Council President John DeSue said three properties are expected to be torn down in October. The structures are located at 1002 Delaware Ave., 412 Arch St. and 611 Peach Way.

The borough received $20,200 for demotions through Community Development Block Grants. The work will cost $20,300, with the borough providing the additional $100.

The Glassport work comes under $159,000 that will be used to demolish 25 structures in nine Twin Rivers Council of Governments municipalities. W & J Contractors will complete the projects.

While the borough also had discussed razing 499 Oregon Ave., the structure was not considered this year because it still is occupied. For next year, properties at 638 Ohio Ave. Front, 638 Ohio Ave. Rear, 640 Ohio Ave. Rear, 625 Summit St., 218 N. Monongahela Ave., 1809 Washington Blvd., 526 Monongahela Ave., 1110 Ohio Ave. and 722 Maryland Ave. are on Twin Rivers COG’s list to be torn down.

On Tuesday, council approved a resolution declaring 638 Ohio Ave. Front property an “emergency” and applying for emergency demolition funds through Twin Rivers COG. The home caught fire on June 5 and July 3. Officials suspect the fires could have been arson. Council members hope the home is scheduled to be razed immediately.

Reconstruction of a retaining wall along Michigan Avenue also is scheduled for 2008. In other business:

• Borough officials have purchased several vacant lots along Monongahela Avenue through an Allegheny County grant. Council is considering use of the properties for off-street parking. Councilors are scheduled to meet with Twin Rivers COG Executive Director John Palyo and Solicitor Falco Muscante concerning the issue.

• Council hired Nicholas Caito and Jason Shallenberger as full-time police officers.

• Paving on borough streets continues, with work being performed by El Grande Inc. After the first paving, crews will go back over the streets with a top coat. Engineer George Pitcher reminded residents to move their vehicles. Signs will be posted on homes and nearby poles notifying residents of roads to be paved.


McKeesport Daily News July 21, 2007

Glassport Lions officers

— Submitted Photo

Officers for 2007-08 of Glassport Lions Club have been installed during a ceremony at the Buttermilk Hollow Elks Club by Vice District Governor Jay Wells.

The newly elected officers, from left, are George Branick, first vice president; Carol Schmotzer, treasurer; Linda Aquilante, president; and Elmer Kruzek, recording secretary.

Other officers are Joe Spangolo, second vice president; Jim Morningstar, third vice president; and Anthony DeJulius, financial secretary.

Serving as one-year directors are John Palmiero, Tom Urbanski, Ted Street, Bob Stefanic and Ray Wolf. Appointed as two-year directors are Nancy Coleman, Steve Posa, Ron Tsyzkiewicz, Linda Rendulic and Vic DeMaio.

The appointment of Linda Aquilmante marks the first installation of a female president of the Glassport Lions in its 67-year history.


McKeesport Daily News July 25, 2007

Glassport

Car break-in reported

Multiple items were stolen during a car break-in Tuesday between 1 and 8 a.m. along Erie Avenue, police said. A pry bar was used to enter the vehicle.

Police report 157 CDs were taken from the car, as well as a cell phone valued at $185 and a baby stroller worth $200.

Police Chief Howard Kifer advised residents in the area to report suspicious activity to police at 412-672-4514.


McKeesport Daily News July 27, 2007

— Photo by Cindy Shegan Keeley/Daily News

Jason Castine and Thomas Harmon examine the carcass of a 14-foot python they discovered on the bank of the Monongahela River in Glassport Thursday afternoon.

Tipping the scales

Dead python found in Glassport

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

It wasn’t your garden variety snake.

A couple walking with their sons along the banks of the Monongahela River on Thursday stumbled upon the carcass of a 14-foot python — a reptile more common in Southeast Asia than Southwestern Pennsylvania.

The snake was inches from the edge of the river, and a wildlife control officer said it may have washed ashore after being hit in the water by a passing motor boat.

It was unclear where the snake came from, but experts say people often buy such snakes as pets before discovering they cannot afford to feed them.

A wildlife control officer removed the carcass, which was to be disposed of at a local dump.


McKeesport Daily News July 27, 2007

Glassport

Council meetings set

Glassport council has scheduled a public hearing Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m. concerning the demolition of property at 638 Ohio Ave. Front.

Council’s caucus will follow at 7.

Council’s regular meeting will be Aug. 21 at 7 p.m.


McKeesport Daily News August 8, 2007

Glassport

Public intoxication noted

Three Glassport residents are charged with public intoxication.

• Susan DeFranscisco, 48, was causing a disturbance while intoxicated in the 700 block of Ohio Avenue Friday at 8:20 p.m., police said.

• Janet Cogar, 46, allegedly was unable to stand while under the influence of alcohol Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Ohio Avenue Rear.

• Tommy Taylor, 37, was visibly intoxicated Tuesday at 2:20 a.m. at the intersection of Sixth Street and Allegheny Avenue, according to police.

Disorderly conduct charged

Ann Kolick, 61, of Glassport, is charged with disorderly conduct. Police said Kolick refused to depart the scene of an incident along the 500 block of Ohio Avenue Rear Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

Driving charges filed

Two McKeesport residents are charged with driving under the influence and driving at an unsafe speed.

• Jeffery Mason, 34, exceeded the speed limit while driving under the influence Sunday at 3:11 a.m. near the intersection of Fifth Street and Monongahela Avenue, according to police.

• Michael Hrizo, 22, was driving unsafely near the intersection of Sixth Street and Monongahela Avenue Saturday at 2:10 a.m., police reported. When officers pulled over the man, they said he was intoxicated and his license was suspended. Hrizo also is charged with driving while operating privileges suspended or revoked, habitual offender, following too closely and careless driving.

Harassment reported

Amanda Everett, no age given, of Glassport, is charged with harassment. Police said Everett struck a juvenile in the face in the 600 block of Vermont Avenue Saturday at 2:30 p.m., accord­ing to information provided by the child’s mother.


McKeesport Daily News August 9, 2007

Glassport

Criminal mischief charged

Anthony Piplica Jr., 19, of McKeesport, is charged with criminal mischief.

Police said Piplica intentionally broke a window of a home along the 800 block of Peach Way Wednesday at 12:10 a.m.

Weeds, grass laws enforced

Police have charged several local property owners with high weeds and grass for vio­lating a borough ordinance. Police mailed citations Friday at 9 a.m. The following are the land­owners charged and the locations of their properties.

• Chester Chadwick, of Glassport, 700 block of Sixth Street;

• Butch Tyszkiewicz, of Glassport, 400 block of Erie Avenue;

• Victor Paterra, of McKeesport, 100 block of Erie Avenue;

• Jenny Bills, of Glassport, 300 block of Iowa Avenue;

• Ava Long, of McKeesport, 400 block of Erie Avenue;

• Robert Kusluch, of Pittsburgh, 500 block of Monongahela Avenue.

Multiple charges filed

Shawn Felicietty, 36, of Glassport, is charged with simple assault, terroristic threats and public drunkenness. Police said Felicietty threw a coffee table at a female relative in his home along Delaware Avenue Rear Tuesday at 8:41 p.m. He also allegedly struck the woman in the face.

After Felicietty left his home with a number of alcoholic beverages, police said they found him visibly intoxicated along the street a short time later.


McKeesport Daily News August 11, 2007

READERS’ VIEWPOINT

Glassport’s ‘showcase of blight’ article

quoting Glassport police Chief Howard Kifer in The Daily News on Saturday, Aug. 4. The article boasts a crackdown on weeds in Glassport. For years, we have been attempting to get something done about the conditions that exist on the property at 1809 Washington Blvd. This property is by far the worst one in the borough when it comes to violation of the ordinance.

Kifer stated that grass and weeds at some locations measure up to 20 inches. He has obviously never taken a ride to Washington Boulevard where the weeds are measured in feet, not inches.

The backyard of this property is as thick as a rain forest. Poison ivy and poison oak are encroaching on our property, damaging our trees and shrubs. In spite of repeated complaints, nothing has been done about these deplorable conditions.

The house on the property is in disrepair with a general rundown appearance, which has attracted vandals and thieves, who recently broke in and stole all of the copper and anything of value.

All of this in a neighborhood that, prior to these conditions, had no crime.

In addition, the property invites vermin such as rats, raccoons and skunks.

We noticed that citations were issued, but this property was not listed. In our opinion, it should have been the first one on the list. We invite Chief Kifer, the mayor, and all of council to come and visit this showcase of blight in our neighborhood and judge for themselves whether or not they would tolerate similar conditions in their own neighborhoods.

Edward Pasinski and neighbors Glassport


McKeesport Daily News August 14, 2007

Glassport

Weekend activity reported

• Travis Dice, 24, of Glassport, was charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication stemming from an incident Saturday at 3:10 a.m. in the 500 block of Allegheny Avenue. Dice began fighting with officers, police said.

• Jennifer Scabillons, 22, of Glassport, was charged with public intoxication stemming from an incident Saturday at 3 a.m. in the 500 block of Allegheny Avenue, police said.

• Tyler Tudek and Ryan Hvozdik, both 22, of Glassport, were charged with disorderly conduct for fighting on Saturday at 3:20 a.m. at the intersection of Sixth Street and Allegheny Avenue, police reported.

• Penelope McAllen, 20, of Pittsburgh, was charged with public intoxication after police were called for noise complaints Sunday at 3:50 a.m. in the 800 block of Monongahela Avenue, police said.


McKeesport Daily News August 21, 2007

Glassport man acquitted in stabbing

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN Daily News Staff Writer rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com

A jury has acquitted a Glassport man who had been accused in the stabbing murder of a McKeesport woman. The Allegheny County jury acquitted Dennis Mazon, 43, on Monday in the courtroom of Common Pleas Judge Anthony Mariani.

Mazon had been charged with third-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter in the death of Sandra Konik, 58, in 2005. The jury didn’t believe prosecutors made a case that was beyond reasonable doubt, according to court officials.

A concerned friend of Konik alerted a maintenance worker, who found the woman dead in her Atlantic Avenue apartment in McKeesport’s Tenth Ward on April 6, 2005. Konik suffered multiple stab and slashing wounds to the head, chest and neck, the county coroner’s office said. There were no signs of struggle or forced entry into the home, according to county police.

McKeesport and county police arrested Mazon on April 12, 2005. At the time, police said they had strong leads connecting Mazon to the crime and establishing a probable cause.


McKeesport Daily News August 21, 2007

Glassport

Disorderly conduct charged

Two Glassport residents are charged with disorderly conduct.

• Jessie Lykens, 19, caused a disturbance along the 700 block of Hemlock Way Saturday at 11:20 p.m., police said.

• Candice Dilembo, 47, allegedly yelled at officers during a traffic stop at the intersection of Eighth Street and Vermont Avenue Saturday at 1:45 a.m., police said.

Multiple charges filed

Bradley Cirillo, 28, of Clairton, faces two charges each of disorderly conduct and public intoxication. Police said Cirillo refused to leave the 600 block of Ohio Avenue Rear — after being asked to do so several times — Saturday at 3:20 a.m.

The man was charged again after allegedly being intoxicated 13 minutes later at the intersection of Sixth Street and Hemlock Way.


McKeesport Daily News August 22, 2007

Glassport likely to merge borough’s fire companies

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN Daily News Staff Writer rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport council members agree that the borough should have only one fire company, but the companies themselves are in disagreement over the issue. A study by the Allegheny County Department of Community and Economic Development earlier this year recommended that Glassport combine Citizens Hose Fire Co. No. 1 and Reliance Hose Fire Co. No. 2 into one company, thereby allowing for better equipment and smaller insurance payments.

Mayor Terry DiMarco said he believes having one department ultimately would make the community safer. “When you have one fire company and they’re all trained the same way, they all become more of a unit,” he said. Councilman Eugene Skerkoski echoed the mayor’s sentiments at Tuesday’s meeting. “I think we’re all in agreement that we’re going to go to one fire department,” he said. None of the council members present objected to that statement.

Councilman Mickey Stetor was absent.

“I believe this is a monumental task that both fire companies have been unable to achieve for many, many years,” Skerkoski said. “It’s placed in our court, and we’re moving on it.”

The councilman said borough officials need input from both fire companies before making a final decision. Citizens Hose President Nicholas Sorrentino said he has advised his company’s members to talk to residents and explain why having one company would be beneficial. “We are trying to do our part on that,” he said.

Reliance Hose President Jim Ali, however, said the two companies each voted twice to remain separate. “There’s nothing broke,” he said. “I don’t know why they’re trying to fix something.” Ali pointed out that as many as three other companies must be called for assistance on some fire calls. He questioned whether a merger would adversely affect manpower during responses.

Council voted Tuesday to freeze all disbursements of fire-tax money until a final decision is made on the proposed merger.

The vote was requested by Sorrentino, who expressed concerns with spending money when the future of the fire companies remains unclear. “We as a fire department believe that no tax money should be disbursed until this is solved,” he said. “If there is a new fire department, per se, everything I do is a waste of time. I think this issue is pretty important; it needs to come to the forefront.”

The only dissenting vote was cast by Councilman James Foster, chairman of the fire committee. “I believe that money shouldn’t be frozen,” he said. “It should be distributed. As of right now, you have two volunteer fire companies. You need that money to update equipment and training. That’s what that money is for; that’s why borough residents pay the tax.”

Council members also discussed plans to create a complex that would include a new fire station, police department and municipal building.


McKeesport Daily News September 5, 2007

Glassport

Public intoxication noted

John Guy, 37, of McKeesport, is charged with public intoxication. Police said Guy was stum­bling and speaking in a loud tone in the 400 block of Euclid Avenue Saturday at 1:20 a.m.


McKeesport Daily News September 19, 2007

Glassport responsible for upkeep of ramps to Mansfield bridge

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN Daily News Staff Writer rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com

Photo by Cindy Shegan Keeley/Daily News Glassport officials learned they are responsible for access ramp maintenance on the W.D. Mansfield Memorial Bridge.Glassport officials learned they are responsible for access ramp maintenance on the W.D. Mansfield Memorial Bridge.

Glassport officials have learned that, if they want the W.D. Mansfield Memorial Bridge’s access ramps to be properly maintained, they’ll have to do it themselves.

In a letter last month to Allegheny County Councilman Bob Macey, D-West Mifflin, borough council requested that the county repair the ramps, which are cracked and pocked by deep potholes. At the time, borough officials were under the impression that the ramps were the county’s responsibility, Glassport Councilman James Uziel said Tuesday. Macey responded that responsibility for the ramps was signed over to Glassport in 1949. He forwarded documentation of the agreement to the borough office. The bridge was dedicated on Oct. 24, 1951.

Council President John DeSue said Glassport at one time considered charging a toll for use of the ramp. “I wasn’t even born in 1949,” Uziel said. “I didn’t know about that agreement. None of us knew that. I think there was a miscommunication between us and county officials.

There are no hard feelings between us.” The bridge is scheduled to undergo a $25 million rehabilitation in early 2009. The ramps will be paved as part of the project, if Glassport agrees to pay for the repairs.

In the meantime, borough workers already have begun some of their own maintenance work. Yellow caution lines have been marked with fresh paint, and the area has been swept. Pothole patching is scheduled to begin this week. “We do intend to patch some of the larger potholes,” Uziel said. “The problem is that the ramp is heavily used, and it’s difficult to do (road work) during the day.”

Uziel said council may work with police to redirect traffic. “We’re not going to do a total rehabilitation of the ramp, because that would require a total shutdown, and I don’t think we can do that,” Uziel said.

Uziel said he wanted to “clear the air” concerning comments he and other officials made about the bridge. “There was no malice toward anybody,” Uziel explained. “We weren’t criticizing anybody. We get along fine with our local representatives.” State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Dravosburg, said several weeks ago that the bridge, which connects his hometown of Glassport with McKeesport, “really gives off an aura of blight.”

Macey assured the bridge is safe to drive across and is in no danger of collapse.

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— Photo by Cindy Shegan Keeley/Daily News Glassport officials are responsible for repairing cracks pgsuch as this on the access ramps to the Mansfield bridge.


McKeesport Daily News September 22, 2007

Glassport police ensuring people ‘buckle up’

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN Daily News Staff Writer rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com

With extra patrols planned for next week, Glassport police hope residents will slow down and buckle their seatbelts.

The department has received $1,500 through the state’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign to beef up traffic patrols Sunday through Sept. 29. Police will be cracking down on people who speed or fail to obey traffic signs, Sgt. Shawn DeVerse said. Those involved in other violations who fail to wear a seatbelt also will be cited for that offense.

As a secondary violation , failure to wear a seatbelt cannot be charged unless it comes with a primary offense, DeVerse said. The largest initiative will take place Friday, when six to seven officers conduct a traffic detail on the north end of town. “I want the citizens to be aware that if they’re pulled over, they’ll be cited,” DeVerse said. “We want the borough residents to know ahead of time. We don’t want a surprise attack.”

The state police issue such grants several times throughout the year. “As long as we keep up with the program and sending in the paperwork, they’ll keep funding us,” the sergeant explained.

Clairton police also will increase patrols this week on Route 837 in an effort to encourage motorists to use safe driving habits.

Daily News Photo Glassport police Sgt. Shawn DeVerse demonstrates proper use of a seatbelt for Assistant Borough Secretary Andrea Foster.


McKeesport Daily News September 26, 2007

Several break-ins reported in Glassport

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN Daily News Staff Writer rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport police are warning residents about numerous break-ins and thefts. A rash of car thefts Monday evening along Fairview Avenue followed another string along Michigan Avenue late last week, police said. “We never know where they’re going to hit,” Lt. Ron Benoit explained.

In most cases, numerous CDs were taken, although some loose change also was reported stolen.

Police reported most of the affected vehicles either had a door unlocked, a lock that was broken or a partially open window.

Wednesday at 12:10 a.m., a concrete block was thrown through a window at a store in the 300 block of Monongahela Avenue. But the blare of the facility’s newly installed alarm caused the intruders to depart the scene without going inside. Police said burglars entered the building five times within the past 18 months, usually stealing cigarettes.

Several other borough businesses also have reported break-ins recently. “We’ve been doing heavy patrols in the business area,” Benoit said. Benoit advised residents to keep their vehicles locked.

Anyone who witnesses a break-in is asked to call 911 immediately. Those who have information about prior incidents should call the police station at 412­672-4514.


McKeesport Daily News October 2, 2007

Glassport

Multiple charges filed

James Brown Jr., 38, of Clairton, is charged with burglary, criminal mischief and criminal attempt. Police said a resident called Thursday at 2:40 a.m. about suspicious activity at the Dairy Delight at Eighth Street and Monongahela Avenue. Brown was found entering a back window, police said. He allegedly attempted to enter the front door by kicking and damaging it.


McKeesport Daily News October 12, 2007

Glassport man gets special reminder of firefighter days

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN Daily News Staff Writer rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com

A longtime Glassport resi­dent now has a reminder of his days as an honorary firefighter.

Matthew “Matty” Geracitano, 71, a resident at Johh J. Kane Regional Center in McKeesport, was presented with a model fire truck on Thursday as a remembrance of time he spent as a member of Citizens Hose Fire Co. No. 1 and Reliance Hose Fire Co. No. 2.

Former neighbor Howard West, who now lives in Los Angeles, sent the truck to Geracitano.

Another childhood friend, Glassport resident Lou D’Angelo, gave it to Geracitano.

West remembered Geracitano as someone that everyone in Glassport knew, because the man regularly walked along Monongahela Avenue. “He was always around, walking around town,” West said. “He was always in a good mood and had a smile, saying hello to everybody. That was Matty’s domain.”

Upon joining the fire companies, Geracitano often rode in parades and went to football and basketball games with other members.

“They really took him under their wing,” his sister Lydia Picciuto, of Gold Canyon, Ariz., said. Even in recent months, Geracitano has ridden in fire trucks during local parades. “I know that, inside, Matty was the proudest guy in the whole world,” West said.

D’Angelo and West were talking via phone recently, and West learned that Geracitano now is in Kane. “(West) wanted to buy him whatever he wanted in the world,” D’Angelo said.

The Glassport resident suggested that Geracitano — who still sometimes wears a fire­fighting helmet — would like to have a model fire truck. West looked to find the truck that most closely resembled the vehicles that travel through the borough. “I’m hoping Matty enjoys the fire truck as much as I enjoyed getting it for him,” West said.

On Thursday, Geracitano’s sister and his niece Pat Yekich, of Pleasant Hills, were visiting Kane. They were unaware that a special presentation was scheduled. Geracitano proudly displayed his picture with Ben Roethlisberger from when he visited Steelers training camp this summer. “He’s so knowledgeable; he knows everything about sports,” Yekich said.

Glassport Mayor Terry DiMarco, a Kane employee, also was present for the ceremony. As D’Angelo handed Geracitano the truck, the smile that is so familiar to everyone in his hometown stretched across his face. “It’s great,” the Kane resident said.

Facility staff have offered to build a shelf where the fire truck can be parked in Geracitano’s room.

Photo by Cindy Shegan Keeley/Daily News

Glassport resident Lou D’Angelo, right, presents Matthew “Matty” Geracitano with a model fire truck to remember his years as an honorary borough firefighter.

Photo by Cindy Shegan Keeley/Daily News

From left, Matthew “Matty” Geracitano advises nephew Lou Sanutelli, sister Lydia Picciuto and niece Pat Yekich on the best location for his new fire truck model.


McKeesport Daily News October 15, 2007

Glassport Women’s Club

Glassport Women’s Club will meet Thursday at 1 p.m. in the the Glassport Library.

Donna Kurucz will preside and the Club Collect will be read by Sandy Urbanski.

Reporting will be Betty Gaydos, secretary/treasurer, and Anne Dzurko, library coordinator.

Hostesses will be Kurucz and Urbanski.


McKeesport Daily News October 16, 2007

Smoke report leads to Tube City IMS Corp. evacuation

By MICHAEL DIVITTORIO Daily News Staff Writer mdivittorio@dailynewsemail.com

Contrary to an old saying, if there’s smoke, that doesn’t always mean there’s fire. That apparently was the case Monday at Tube City IMS Corp. in Glassport.

Glassport assistant fire Chief Ken Carroll said his crew responded to a 10:30 a.m. alarm at the corporation’s 12 Monongahela Ave. location, where smoke reportedly was coming from the building.

Firefighters later determined the cause to be a malfunctioning air conditioning unit on the roof of the main building. None of the corporation’s 70 staff members was injured, spokesman Jim Leonard said. “It’s just some smoke,” Leonard said after employees returned to their workplace at 11:06. “Everything is fine.”

Carroll said there were reports of an odor of something burning, but firefighters detected no flames inside. “When we arrived, nothing was showing outside,” Carroll said. “We disconnected the AC unit on the roof where smoke was coming from.”

Leonard said both the main building, where the smoke was reported, and an IT building across the parking lot were evacuated. “We did that as a safety precaution,” he said.

Firefighters cleared the scene Monday shortly before noon.

Glassport police assisted in directing traffic as fire trucks sat on both sides of Monongahela Avenue, creating a one-lane passage for motorists for approximately a half hour.

Tube City IMS Corp. provides outsourced steel services worldwide. It operates 68 plants throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, China and Indonesia, with its Tube City Division headquartered in Glassport, and its IMS Division in Horsham, Pa.

— Daily News Photo

Glassport police and firefighters responded to an alarm from and evacuation of Tube City IMS Corp. in Glassport.


McKeesport Daily News October 17, 2007

No fire merger, but Citizens Hose to get funds

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN Daily News Staff Writer rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com

While Glassport’s two fire companies will continue to exist independently for the time being, fire tax money will be distributed exclusively to Citizens Hose Fire Co. No. 1. Council approved that arrangement Tuesday as members of Citizens Hose and Reliance Hose Fire Co. No. 2 packed chambers amid rumors that council would make a decision concerning the proposed merger of the two companies.

Allegheny County Department of Community and Economic Development recommended consolidation earlier this year in a study that said one united company would have better equipment and smaller insurance payments. Council froze distribution of all fire tax money in August.

All councilors present voted in favor of Tuesday’s decision.

Mickey Stetor was absent for the third consecutive month. Most Reliance Hose members left the meeting following the vote, although company President Jim Ali remained. “I don’t know how this is going to go over there,” Ali said of his fire company.

The decision followed last week’s 2 1 / 2 -hour caucus meeting, council Fire Chairman James Foster said, the majority of which dealt with the two fire companies and a possible merger. “We looked at manpower, timely response and training,” he said. Foster said an “overwhelming amount of issues” made the borough choose Citizens Hose as the sole recipient of the money.

“It’s gotten to a point where we’ve fallen so far behind because the resources have been lost,” Foster said. “If we had one fire department, we could put everything in one basket, and we could obtain grant money to better the community and update the equipment, training and facilities.” At the same time, Foster credited members of both organizations. “Anyone who

Top would risk his life for nothing is a hell of a person,” he said. “There’s no good or bad. It just came down to economics.” A dissipating tax base due to population decline and fewer businesses in the borough made the funding of two fire companies difficult, Foster said.

Councilman Jim Uziel pointed out a major trend of merging fire companies, police departments and municipalities. “It’s just the way of the future,” he said. “You can’t stop it. Times have changed.” “Hopefully this creates one great fire company for this community,” council President John DeSue said. “It was something we thought we had to do.”

Foster said council has met with the members of both companies several times in an attempt to create a compromise. He said his hope had been that freezing the tax money would lead to a resolution. “We just had no alternative,” Foster said.

Uziel said he dreaded the vote. “I hated it,” he said. “I didn’t even want to come here tonight. But we’re elected to make this decision.” The decision was particularly difficult for Foster and Councilman Eugene Skerkoski, both members of Reliance Hose. “I have 24 years down there,” Foster said. “Nobody feels worse about this than me.”

Council still is willing to examine the issue until Jan. 1, when the borough must decide whether to continue carrying Reliance Hose’s insurance, Skerkoski said. “If something can be worked out, we’re more than willing to listen,” he said. “Maybe the two companies can get together.”

Ali said he hopes the companies can find common ground. “We need fire protection,” he said. Attorney D. Scott Lautner, who is representing Citizens Hose, said the fire company would accept members of Reliance Hose and allow them to keep their time served, pending a background check.

“We’d like to sit down with their chief and their organization and continue to negotiate with them, and keep the resources that are in Glassport in Glassport,” he said. Tuesday’s meeting began with Reliance Hose Fire Chief John Lewis presenting a restructuring plan for his department. Lewis called the plan “an alternative to what (councilors) have in mind.” The plan dealt with changes in training, recruitment, retention and finances.


McKeesport Daily News October 23, 2007

Glassport

Public intoxication noted

Robin Coddington, 42, of Glassport, is charged with public intoxication. Police said Coddington was about to drive her vehicle while intoxicated in the Rite Aid parking lot along Monongahela Avenue Friday at 6:40 p.m.

Criminal trespass charged

Robert Barncord, 26, of Port Vue, and Jake Holmes, 21, of Glassport, are charged with criminal trespass. Police said the two men were stripping and burning copper wire at a building along Allegheny Square Friday at 2:52 a.m.


McKeesport Daily News October 26, 2007

Glassport

School-tax payments due

Wednesday is the deadline for the second payment for Glassport taxpayers participating in the South Allegheny School District installment plan. A 10 percent late fee will be assessed beginning Nov. 1.

The tax office is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., through the end of October. Starting Thursday, the tax office will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


McKeesport Daily News November 2, 2007

Glassport

Boot drive planned

Citizens Hose Fire Co. No. 1 will have a boot drive Saturday along Monongahela Avenue starting at 10 a.m. Proceeds collected will go toward candy the fire com­pany will distribute to children during the “Christmas Treat” Dec. 22.

Glassport Rosary Society

Glassport Rosary Society will meet Monday at 7 p.m. in the social hall at Queen of the Rosary Parish. Prayer service for the Poor Souls will take place with members remembering the deceased of the Rosary Society and the Parish.

Reports are to be given and a regular bingo will be played. Group IV, led by Alice Jean Corigliano and her team, will provide the snacks.


McKeesport Daily News November 7, 2007

Glassport

Three incumbent Democrats and one newcomer will serve four-year terms on Glassport council.

James V. Uziel received 518 votes, Theodore T. Zebroski got 512, and John J. DeSue earned 467. Nancy Heath Crncic received 558 votes.

Democrat James Pasinski received 632 votes in his unopposed bid for a two-year council seat.

One write-in vote was cast. Seven write-in votes were cast for the auditor’s post.


McKeesport Daily News November 7, 2007

Glassport

Public intoxication noted

Three people are charged with public intoxication stemming from Friday incidents.

• Janet Krogar, 46, of Glassport, was found sleeping in public in the 500 block of Hemlock Alley at 10 p.m., police said.

• Valery Weyman, 48, of Glassport, was intoxicated in the 800 block of Hemlock Alley at 6:28 p.m., police reported.

• Pamela Ely, 42, of Clairton, reportedly refused to leave after being a passenger at a traffic stop in the 700 block of Monongahela Avenue at 5:10 p.m., police said.


McKeesport Daily News November 10, 2007

Firefighters battle 2 blazes in Glassport

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN Daily News Staff Writer rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com

Local firefighters remained busy, battling two blazes in Glassport within blocks and hours of each other. The first fire broke out at a home at 703 Ohio Ave, Friday at about 10 a.m., said Bruce Snyir, assistant chief of Citizens Hose Fire Co. No. 1. No one was inside when crews arrived at the scene.

Firefighters from Citizens Hose, Reliance Hose Fire Co. No. 2, Dravosburg and Clairton were able to contain the fire to the attic and put it out within 10 minutes. The second floor suf­fered water damage. Glassport, Port Vue and Clairton police and Clairton EMS also responded.

Many of the same companies were called to another blaze about two hours later, when an apartment building at 608 Ohio Ave. caught fire. Snyir said the first floor was fully engulfed when he arrived on the scene. Flames traveled to the third floor and onto the top of an adjacent home at 610 Ohio. Although no one was inside either structure at the time, people had been living in the first and second floors of the apartment.

Firefighters from Citizens, Reliance, McKeesport, Dravosburg, Duquesne, West Mifflin, Port Vue and Liberty battled the blaze for two hours and 15 minutes, according to Snyir.

The apartment building was deemed a total loss, while the condition of the adjacent home was not known at presstime. Snyir said battling two blazes was tiring, with some firefighters dealing with heavy smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion. “You have to keep doing what you’re doing,” Snyir said. “Everybody did a fantastic job.”

The Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s Office still was inves­tigating the causes of the two fires at presstime. Snyir said he doesn’t believe they were related. A spokeswoman for the Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross said her agency was providing a combination of food, shelter and clothing assistance to 10 adults and five children in six affected families.

Crews shoot water between buildings to prevent further spread of the blaze at an apartment building at 608 Ohio ,Ave. which was deemed a total loss.

— Photos by Raymond Pefferman/Daily News

Crews were able to contain the blaze at 703 Ohio Ave. to the attic.


McKeesport Daily News November 12, 2007

Glassport Lions Club

Board of Directors of Glassport Lions Club meets tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the Sons of Italy Lodge 941 in Glassport. President Linda Aquilante will preside. Co­hosts for the meeting are George Branick and Tom Urbanski.


McKeesport Daily News November 13, 2007

Glassport

Public intoxication noted

Sharon Sisk, 50, of Clairton, is charged with public intoxication. Police said Sisk was stumbling while intoxicated at Ninth Street and Hemlock Alley Thursday at 12:28 a.m.

Multiple charges filed

Robert William Thomas, 20, of White Oak, is charged with driving under the influence and careless driving stemming from an incident in the 800 block of Monongahela Avenue Friday at 6:57 a.m.


McKeesport Daily News November 14, 2007

Glassport crews track gas odor

By THE DAILY NEWS

Crews are investigating a possible gas leak in Glassport.

A gas-like smell was reported near the 200 block of Monongahela Avenue Tuesday evening, said Wayne Lewis, fire chief of Citizens Hose Fire Co. No. 1.

The fire company responded at about 9 p.m., temporarily diverting traffic around Monongahela Avenue as firefighters searched for the source of the odor.

Lewis said the gas likely was coming from under the roadway. Crews from Dominion Peoples were scheduled to examine the area.


McKeesport Daily News November 14, 2007

Glassport Women's Club

Glassport Women's Club will meet Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Glassport Library. Donna Kurucz will preside and Sandy Urbanski will read the club collect. Reports will be given by Betty Gaydos, secretary/treasurer, and Anne Dzurko, library coordinator. Hostesses will be Florence Gerstner and Anne Dzurko.

Glassport United Methodist Church

A soup sale at Glassport United Methodist Church, 501 Ohio Ave., will take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $6 per quart and $3 per pint. Soup choices are chicken noodle, chili, vegetable and beef vegetable, potato, ham and bean, stuffed pepper, clam chowder and wedding. Take-out orders only. For pre-orders call 412-678-8312.


McKeesport Daily News November 15, 2007

Glassport

Light-up Night in Glassport is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 8 with a parade at 6:30 p.m. from the Rite-Aid to the Honor Roll. An after-party will take place at the American Legion with refreshments and treat bags.


McKeesport Daily News November 16, 2007

Glassport

Multiple charges filed

Anthony Poster, 44, of Port Vue, is charged with driving under the influence and driving while operating privileges suspended or revoked stemming from an incident at Spruce Alley and Eighth Street Wednesday at 9:54 p.m., police said.


McKeesport Daily News November 16, 2007

Glassport

Police patrols heightened

With funding through the state’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign, Glassport police have said they will be in “full force,” with heightened patrols Sunday through Nov. 25. Police will be enforcing heavily all traffic violations.


McKeesport Daily News November 28, 2007

Police hunt for armed robbery suspect

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

An armed man who robbed Puff Discount Tobacco in Glassport got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Glassport police say two clerks and a bystander were not injured when a man carrying a revolver demanded cash from the store’s registers Saturday at 7:25 p.m.

During the holdup, the robber told store employees he would shoot if they tried to summon help by sounding an alarm, according to police. Police say the suspect, a black male approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, was wearing blue jeans, white tennis shoes, a purplish-brown hooded sweat jacket and a black ski mask at the time of the robbery.

Glassport Police Sgt. Shawn DeVerse said the suspect is believed to have fled on foot. He said a store security camera captured an image of the robber that should be helpful to investigators. In addition to Glassport, police from McKeesport, Clairton, Liberty, Lincoln and Port Vue responded.

Anyone with information about the robbery should contact Glassport police at 412-672-4514.


McKeesport Daily News November 29, 2007

Glassport

Couple charged

A Glassport couple faces charges for their reportedly unneighborly behavior. Sue Defrancisco, 48, was charged with public intoxication. Mark Wesoloski, 50, was charged with disorderly conduct.

Glassport police said the couple was in their yard in the 600 block of Allegheny Avenue yelling at their neighbors Tuesday at 10:45 p.m. Defrancisco was held until she was deemed sober in McKeesport lock-up, police said.


McKeesport Daily News November 30, 2007

Glassport

Woman charged

Lesley Sylvander, 37, of Glassport, was charged with disorderly conduct for creating a disturbance in the 300 block of Monongahela Avenue Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Glassport police said a minor was also charged in the incident.

Man charged for theft

Chris Gamble, 46, of Glassport, was charged with two counts of theft Wednesday at 2:57 p.m. for allegedly stealing merchandise from two stores along Monongahela Avenue.

Police said Gamble stole a portable stereo from Rite-Aid and a cigarette rolling kit from Puff’s Discount Tobacco. Police used a security camera in the drug store to identify Gamble.


McKeesport Daily News December 8, 2007

Glassport

Two charged for fighting

John Swantek, 43, of Glassport, and Mark Washington, 33, of McKeesport, are charged with disorderly conduct after police responded to complaints of a disturbance at Swantek's home in the 500 block of Ohio Avenue. Police said the two men were fighting when they arrived. Washington was also charged with public intoxication.

Intoxicated man charged

Jeffrey Napoletano, 48, of Glassport, was charged with public intoxication outside his home in the 500 block of Michigan Avenue Dec. 4 at 1:30 a.m. Police said Napoletano was screaming because he'd been locked out of his house.

DUI suspect gives false ID

Robert Allen Parker, 46, of Glassport, was charged with DUI, failure to stop at a stop sign, operating a vehicle with a suspended license and falsifying reports to law enforcement after a traffic stop on Monongahela Avenue Dec. 6 at 11 p.m. Police said Parker ran a stop sign. When they pulled him over, they said he smelled of alcohol. Parker reportedly gave police several false names at the time of his arrest. Police said he eventually told them his real name at the police station where Parker was held until sober.


McKeesport Daily News December 10, 2007

Glassport Women’s Club

Glassport Women’s Club will gather Thursday at 6 p.m. at LaRomana’s in Glassport for the annual Christmas dinner. Florence Tomedolsky will offer the invocation. Members are to provide a paper or personal item for the group’s project, Womansplace. Table arrangements and favors are in charge of Betty Gaydos, Donna Kurucz and Sandy Urbanski.


McKeesport Daily News December 11, 2007

Glassport

Taxes due

Glassport officials remind residents that delinquent real estate taxes will be sent to Keystone Collections the first week of January. To avoid further costs and penalties, payments can be made to the Glassport Tax Office. Business hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday. The mailing address is 439 Monongahela Ave., Glassport, 15045. Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope to receive a receipt of payment.


McKeesport Daily News December 12, 2007

Glassport man charged with kidnapping

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

A Glassport man who allegedly forced a minor into his home then led police on a chase was charged with kidnapping and a host of other charges.

The Sunday afternoon incident resulted in Keith Rucinski, 25, of Glassport, being charged with simple assault, stalking, kidnapping, unlawful restraint, luring a child into a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, criminal attempt, driving with a suspended license, failing to drive at a safe speed, fleeing or attempting to elude police, reckless driving, two counts of failing to stop at a stop or yield sign and three counts of reckless endangerment of another person.

Glassport police Chief Howard Kifer said officers received a call at about 4 p.m. that Rucinski had forced a juvenile female, with whom he had a relationship, into his vehicle in the 800 block of Delaware Avenue.

The chief said the suspect then took the girl to his house in the 300 block of Ohio Avenue where he “forced her into his home and wouldn’t let her out.”

Inside the home, the couple had a fight. Eventually the girl was able to lock herself in a bedroom and call her mother, the chief said.

When the girl went into the bedroom, Rucinski fled the scene in his vehicle.

The juvenile’s mother went to Rucinski’s house, where she found her daughter and then called police.

Glassport police radioed other departments to be on the lookout for Rucinski. Liberty police spotted him traveling in the 2800 block of Washington Boulevard and followed him. Lincoln police joined the chase in the area of Bell Bridge Road. Elizabeth Township and Elizabeth police finally stopped Rucinski on Lincoln Boulevard approaching Lovedale Hollow Road.

Glassport police arrested Rucinski and took him to Allegheny County Jail. A jail employee said Monday Rucinski was being held on $50,000 bond. His hearing is set for Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. in the Magisterial District Court in Glassport.


McKeesport Daily News December 14, 2007

Reliance Hose closing its doors After serving Glassport for 105 years

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

The end, or at least an end, is near for Reliance Hose Fire Co. No. 2 in Glassport.

The fire company, one of two serving the borough, was financially cut off from a local fire tax revenue by council two months ago. That move effectively ended the company’s hopes of staying an active firefighting force and made Glassport No. 1 Citizens Hose Co. the official department for the borough.

As part of the measure, council agreed to continue paying for Reliance’s insurance on its equipment until the end of the year. With January just two weeks away, Reliance members say their 105-year history of fighting fires is about over. “We’re out of business. We’re going to sell our stuff and carry on,” said Reliance President Jim Ali, referring to the company’s firehouse full of equipment.

An 85-foot aerial truck, two pumper trucks and an old ambulance converted into a fire support vehicle are some of the pieces of gear the company says it will sell or even give away. Ali said the company’s bylaws require that the equipment go to a non-profit organization but he does not want to see it go to Citizens. “I’d give it away before I’d sell it to them,” said Ali, who is among a number of Reliance members bitter about the way things worked out. “We could even donate it to other companies (with the exception of Citizens) who are hurting.”

When council voted to continue on with just one fire company serving the city, it also voted to award all of its .75 mills fire tax to the surviving department. It had frozen the fund, which totals about $68,000, earlier in the year, while it pondered which department to eliminate.

A year ago, the state Department of Community and Economic Development released a feasibility study that said the borough should phase out one of the departments to save money. The department could continue on as a firefighting force, he said, but it would have to pay for insurance and other operating costs on its own. He said it can’t afford to do that. He said the company should be able to cover its overhead through the end of the year without local tax support but “it’s going to be tight.”

The borough is reviewing a list of expenses submitted by Reliance. It may be able to reimburse the company for some expenses out of this or next year’s fire tax, provided they are from equipment purchases.

Though Reliance’s days of battling blazes look to be over, it may carry on as a social club for firefighters, Ali said. The second floor of the firehouse is home to a recreation hall with a liquor license that can be rented for special occasions. Ali said he’s also had inquiries about renting out the garage area below for an automotive shop or storage area.

So far, about nine members of Reliance have switched over to Citizens, according to Scott Lautner, an attorney for Citizens. Ali would not confirm that number. Though the two departments have responded to many of the same fire calls, negotiations for an amicable merger have been all but nonexistent. “Reliance won’t even come to the table,” said Lautner, noting that members of that company have not responded to his requests, formal or otherwise, for a meeting to discuss merging the forces.

In October, Lautner sent Reliance a letter stating that all members of the company were welcome to join Citizens provided they pass a criminal background check and go through a probationary period their first year of service. The probation provision is a point of contention for a lot of older members at Reliance who think the requirement insults the dignity of veteran firefighters, but Lautner said it shouldn’t be viewed that way. Lautner said the probation period is standard for all enrolling members of Citizens, not just those who’d be coming over from Reliance. He said new and veteran members all would be credited for that first year of service once it was completed.

Citizens also offered to create for incoming Reliance members three governing positions within the organization, but Reliance members said that offer still would only give them minority representation in company affairs. The open enrollment period expires at the end of the year. “We assume the guys who want to fight fires will come over. The ones who want to complain will stay where they’re at,” Lautner said.

Spirits were low at Reliance during a recent visit. The weight room where firefighters used to work out during downtime was practically empty. A member of the company said some of the guys had removed the equipment some time ago, fearing the borough would proclaim eminent domain over the structure and take it and other valuables. The walls in the weight room were missing some of the old photos and awards the company had collected over the years.

Some members are looking for positions in volunteer companies in neighboring boroughs. Others, like Ali, said they probably will hang their fire helmets up for good. “I’m done,” he said. The official name of the borough’s surviving department will remain Citizens Hose. That too has agitated some die-hard Reliance members.

Outgoing Glassport Councilman Jim Foster defends the borough’s decision to keep the old name for the company instead of changing it to a less-charged name like Glassport Fire Department, as some in the community would have preferred, on grounds it offered the simplest solution. Dissolving two companies, renaming Citizens, building new facilities all would have added extra steps and costs to the process, he said.

Foster, who was a lifelong member of Reliance but joined Citizens this fall after the borough made its decision, said he made the switch based on his desire to remain an active fire­fighter in the borough, even though he admits he nowadays just assists on calls, leaving the ladder climbing to younger members. “If your heart is in serving the community, you’ll do it,” he said.


McKeesport Daily News December 14, 2007

Glassport

Parking fees waived

There will be no meter charges to drivers parking on Monongahela Avenue in Glassport from Dec. 17 through Jan. 1.

Mayor Terry DiMarco’s office announced Thursday the break on meter feeding was in observance of the Christmas holiday season.

Trash days noted

Glassport borough is reminding residents that they shouldn’t put their garbage out until the night before it is scheduled to be picked up. The borough said animals have been tearing open bags of trash put out for pick-up too far in advance.

The borough reminds homeowners it is their responsibility, not the trash collector’s, to clean garbage messes left behind by animals.

Towing operators sought

Glassport is accepting applications for towing operators for the new year. Specifications of the contracted positions can be picked up in the borough office at 440 Monongahela Ave. between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. The borough is requesting bid proposals for the positions be submitted in time for review at the borough’s regular meeting on Tuesday.


McKeesport Daily News December 19, 2007

Glassporters to pay more taxes in 2008

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Taxes and sewage rates are going up in Glassport.

Glassport council on Tuesday approved measures that increase the tax rate by 1.39 mills to 8.99 mills for 2008 to support its $1,747,380 budget for the new year.

Sewage bills for Glassport are going to go up by $4 per month, bringing the total cost to $18 per month per 5,000 gallons treated.

Though no one on council was happy about the rate hikes, members tried to look at the bright side. Initially, the board had been considering a tax hike of 2 mills, but members said they were able to reduce operating costs and make the increase less significant. “The council worked very hard to reduce the advertised rate of 9.6 mills,” council President John DeSue said.

One of the ways the borough lowered its budget for next year was to cut out plans to buy a new police car that would have cost about $27,000, he said. For a person who owns a home assessed at $40,000, the millage increase will amount to about $50 more in taxes each year, DeSue said.

The increase in sewage rates was said to be long overdue, and the revenue will be used to pay for repairs and upgrades to the treatment system, which is owned by the borough. “We’re not in this for a profit. We’re in this to break even,” Councilman James Uziel said of the sewage rate increase.

Borough officials said the tax hike is necessary mostly because of a $1 million loan the borough received from PNC Bank last year to pay for road paving projects. DeSue said the borough has paved a significant number of streets already and has plans to continue paving secondary streets and alleys on into 2008. He said the borough will be paying off the loan for the next 10 years at a cost of $31,000 per quarter.

“Obviously, we didn’t have a million around to pave roads. I don’t know of any community that does. So we got the money and we paved the roads,” DeSue said. “We’re in good shape. The fact that we could borrow money to pave roads — if we weren’t in class A shape, we couldn’t do that.”

Police will receive the largest share, 28 percent, of the new budget. Public works will receive 25 percent. Other cuts go to: borough government, 14 percent; debt payments, 11 percent; benefits and insurance, 11 percent; fire, 6 percent; and recreation, 1 percent.

Glassport police Sgt. Shawn DeVerse said the department received a new police vehicle about eight months ago. So he wasn’t too upset to hear that another new vehicle would be put on hold. “We usually get a car every two years,” he said. “So we technically weren’t even due for one this year. We were just hoping to get one. It really won’t throw a wrench in our plans at all for the year.”


McKeesport Daily News December 21, 2007

Glassport

Santa to come to borough

Santa Claus will ride through Glassport on a Citizens Hose Fire Co. No. 1 truck Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. Candy will be distributed to borough children.

Office closes for holidays

Glassport’s tax office is closed today through Jan. 2 for the holidays. The office will reopen Jan. 3. The borough property tax for 2007 and the third installment of the 2007 school tax are due by Dec. 31. The office will accept payments with a December postmark without a late penalty. Also, there is a special tax payment slot at the offices at 439 Monongahela Ave.


McKeesport Daily News December 27, 2007

Glassport

Four charged

A fight involving four men in front of a business at Ninth Street and Monongahela Avenue resulted in all of those allegedly involved being charged with disorderly conduct. Police say no one was hurt in the Dec. 8 incident, which took place at 2:32 a.m.

Those charged are Ronald Kellerman, 34, of Glassport, Thomas Naylor Jr., 34, of Glassport, John Naylor, 30, of Glassport, and Gregg Smith, 45, of Elizabeth.

Woman charged

Sharon Sisk, 50, of West Mifflin, is charged with public intoxication in connection with an incident Dec. 20 at 3:35 a.m. at the corner of Eighth Street and Monongahela Avenue. Police said Sisk was staggering down the sidewalk shortly before her arrest.


McKeesport Daily News December 29, 2007

Police arrest 2 in doctor’s office break-in

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport police arrested two men and are searching for a juvenile in connection with a break-in that occurred at a doctor’s office. Officer Ray Johnson said police apprehended the two adult suspects Friday as the result of a department investigation and recovered a computer and monitor that were stolen Oct. 10 from Dr. Sean Choi’s medical office along Seventh Street.

James Rager, 21, of Glassport, was arrested at 10:30 a.m. at his home on an outstanding warrant. He is charged with burglary, receiving stolen property, loitering and prowling at night, criminal conspiracy and theft.

Eric Ukasik, 20, of Glassport, was arrested at 12:30 p.m. near the corner of Fourth Street and Monongahela Avenue and charged with receiving stolen property and criminal mischief.

Police are searching for a 16-year-old who they say acted with Rager. When apprehended, the youth will be charged as a juvenile with burglary, receiving stolen property, loitering and prowling at night, criminal conspiracy and theft, Johnson said.

Police allege Ukasik purchased the stolen computer from Rager for $250.

Johnson said both men were arraigned Friday and are being held in the Allegheny County Jail on $25,000 bail.


McKeesport Daily News December 31, 2007

Founded in 1960, Glassport’s library closes

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Samuel A. Weiss Public Library in Glassport has checked out.

The library, which had been operated by the Glassport Women’s Club for years in the borough’s municipal building, officially closed its doors to the public on Dec. 17.

“We’re broken-hearted about it,” said Anne Dzurko, who has been the coordinator for the all-volunteer library for the last 30 years. She said the club made the decision to close the library, which was only open a few hours on Tuesday nights, because it couldn’t find volunteers to staff the facility. Many of the club’s members are elderly, she noted.

She also said a general lack of funding had led to the library’s decline over the passing years. “We couldn’t afford to buy any more books and we weren’t up to date,” she said.

Founded in 1960, the library retained a feeling of that earlier era with volunteers keeping track of materials and borrowers via an old-fashioned card catalog.

Dzurko said the club wants to set up a meeting with the Allegheny County Library System to see if the library can be saved, but members also are making arrangements in case it cannot.

The club has formed a committee to determine what to do with the library’s materials. Dzurko said library officials have contacted the McKeesport Heritage Center about donating the historically valuable materials such as records from old businesses and pieces of locally produced glassware. She said library officials also are looking to donate books to a local church and school.

The women’s club had hoped the borough would be able to help save the library, but it does not appear that is going to happen.

Glassport council President John DeSue said borough officials looked into the matter and determined “we couldn’t afford to pay somebody to run it.” DeSue said the borough met with county library officials about the local facility but they weren’t able to offer the help the borough needed. “They could advise us but they could not help financially,” DeSue said.

Noting that Glassport residents can obtain books by way of the Allegheny County Bookmobile, DeSue said council could not justify allocating funds to keep the old library operating.

The borough is considering placing the borough offices and council chambers in the part of the municipal building that had been used for the library. That arrangement hopefully would be on an interim basis, DeSue said. The borough ultimately wants to build a public safety building behind the current municipal building that would be home to the borough’s fire, police and administrative departments.


McKeesport Daily News January 3, 2008

Glassport

Public drunkenness charged

Two men were charged with public drunkenness over the weekend in Glassport.

Richard Hallick, 42, of Glassport, was arrested Saturday in the 200 block of Ohio Avenue. No time for the arrest was available, police said.

Gary Tuttle, 54, of Glassport, was arrested Sunday at 1:25 a.m. in the 800 block of Monongahela Avenue, police reported.

Woman arrested

Kerrie Hawkins, 36, of Port Vue, was charged with disorderly conduct Wednesday at 4:15 a.m. for letting the air out of a vehicle’s tires on Hemlock Way, police said.

Two charged at party

Danielle Coddington and Elizabeth Kudla, both 18, of Glassport, were charged with disorderly conduct at their apartment in the 700 block of Monongahela Avenue on Tuesday at 3:51 a.m.

Police said they were called to the apartment because a party there was creating a disturbance.

Disorderdly conduct charged

Three Glassport men who were involved in a fight at the corner of Fifth Street and Ohio Avenue on Sunday at 1:05 a.m. were charged with disorderly conduct. Those arrested were Jonathan Byers, 19, Jake Holmes, 21, and David Moore, 24, police reported.

Couple charged

Police responding to a domestic incident along Erie Avenue in Glassport at 10:40 p.m. on Friday resulted in charges for two people.

Daniel Dixon, 26, of Glassport, was charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication, police said.

Cindy Karnash, 49, was charged with aggravated assault, obstruction of administration of the law, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness, police reported. Police said Karnash struck an officer who was sent to investigate a disturbance at the home.

Woman charged

Valerie Weyman, 48, of Glassport, was charged with simple assault and public drunkenness on Sunday at 1:20 a.m. Police said they arrested Weyman after she set her boyfriend’s hair on fire in a bar in the 800 block of Monongahela Avenue. The boyfriend was not injured in the incident, police said.

Man charged

Joseph Carapella, 18, of Glassport, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Broadway Avenue and Spruce Alley. Police said Carapella was in possession of an undetermined amount of marijuana.


McKeesport Daily News January 4, 2008

Glassport

Tax deadline extended

The deadline for paying borough taxes has been extended from Dec. 31 to Jan. 17. Payments can be made at the tax collection office at 439 Monongahela Ave. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Payments also can be mailed before Jan. 17 or put in the payment slot in the front door of the tax collection office. Include a self­addressed stamped envelope if a receipt is required.

Council meetings set

Glassport council will reorganize Monday at 6 p.m. Council’s caucus meeting will take place Jan. 14 at 7 p.m., followed by council’s voting meeting Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. All meetings will take place at council chambers along Monongahela Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News January 5, 2008

Glassport police urge extra precautions following rash of break-ins

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Police in Glassport are advising citizens to take extra measures to secure their homes, businesses, cars and garages because of a recent rash of break-ins. Three bars were broken into during the past week and police say they have received other reports of people trying to break into homes or steal gas from parked vehicles.

“Make sure your homes and garages are locked and watch your gas tanks. If need be, get a locked gas cap on your vehicle,” Glassport police Chief Howard Kifer said Friday. Kifer said police are investigating early morning break-ins that occurred at Bob’s bar and the Polish National Alliance Lodge along Indiana Avenue and Chuggers bar along Monongahela Avenue during the past week. He said the thief or thieves appear to have been after money in all three incidents, striking primarily at video poker and other entertainment machines. Kifer said police are investigating those break­ins and are asking Allegheny County police for help, but he would not discuss the details of the investigation.

Chuggers owner Gregg Cegelski said someone used a pry bar to crack open the lock on the front door of his business early Thursday morning and then broke open three video poker machines, a trivia game machine, his cash register and a locked drawer. The suspect also attempted to break open a CD juke box mounted on the wall, but did not succeed. The burglar only took money, leaving other items, including liquor, untouched, Cegelski said. Coins from the trivia machine were scattered on the floor. “They weren’t worried about quarters. They were only worried about the dollar bills,” Cegelski said.

Though not a lot of money was lost as a result of the break-in because Cegelski had emptied most of the machines, he said he wished he’d have known that the two other bars in the neighborhood had been broken into before his. “If I’d have known, I might not have left any money in the bar,” he said.

Kifer said the department is getting a lot of calls about break-ins and other petty crimes. On Thursday police got a call that someone was entering an abandoned home in the 700 block of Peach Alley. Kifer said that break-in is believed to be drug related.

Police in recent days also received a phone call from a resident complaining that someone had broken into their vehicle’s gas tank and siphoned fuel. The chief said he didn’t have a lot of details available on that incident because the person who contacted them did not file an official police report.

Glassport residents say a lot of criminal activity is going on around town. “It seems like every couple of weeks there is a home invaded,” said resident Stephanie Peck, whose house was broken into on New Year’s Eve. Peck said her family went out for the evening and returned to find their back door open, a kitchen window lock broken and dresser drawers in the house hanging open. Though coins from a jar appear to be the only items missing, Peck said the incident is very disconcerting. “I’m worried about our safety,” said Peck, who is having an electronic burglar alarm system installed because of the break-in. “It’s expensive, but I want to be safe.”

In late November, Puff Discount Tobacco along Monongahela Avenue was robbed by a man with a revolver who got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Peck said other houses and cars in her neighborhood have been the target of thieves over the past several months. She said she is frustrated by what she considers a lackluster approach by police to apprehending the thieves. Peck said police visited her house and took notes after the break-in occurred but there was evidence of the crime at the house that she thinks police overlooked or ignored.

Kifer said he could not immediately locate the specific report on the break-in at Peck’s house Friday to comment about the incident.

— Photo by Cindy Shegan Keeley/Daily News Chuggers owner Gregg Cegelski holds parts of a video game that was damaged when someone burglarized his bar this week.


McKeesport Daily News January 8, 2008

Glassport

Glassport council has something it hasn’t had in a while: a female councilor. Nancy Heath Crncic was one of five councilors sworn in by Senior District Judge Edward Burnett at council’s annual reorganization meeting Monday.

“I’m pleased to be a woman on this board with all these gentlemen,” Crncic said after the ceremony. “I hope we can work as a team and pull this borough back together.”

Joining her in taking the oath were Councilmen James V. Uziel, John J. DeSue, Theodore T. Zebroski and James Pasinski. Zebroski and Pasinski, who came onto the board as appointed members, now are serving as elected officials.

Mayor Terry DiMarco said he is excited about the new team. “I’m itching to get started with you guys,” he said. DeSue, who was re-elected to another term as board president, said he also is excited. “This town’s got a good start and we’ll take it further,” he said. Uziel was re-elected board vice president.

Familiar faces reappointed to borough positions include Gary Matta as solicitor, Nancy Piazza-Whaby as secretary, Andrea Foster as permanent assistant secretary and Steve Volpe as building inspector. The EADS Group was chosen to serve again as the borough’s engineering firm.


McKeesport Daily News January 8, 2008

Glassport burglary suspects arrested

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport police say an undercover operation and a call from a resident led to the arrest of two local men in connection with a rash of recent break-ins at borough businesses.

Police arrested John Foster, 23, of Glassport, Sunday at 2:50 a.m. as he reportedly was burglarizing Charley’s Lounge along Monongahela Avenue after a resident phoned police to report the break-in. Police said Foster entered the building through a rear window and still was inside when officers surrounded the building. Police charged Foster with multiple counts of criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking, possession of an instrument of crime, burglary, criminal trespass, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy to commit burglary in connection with break-ins at Charley’s, the Polish National Alliance Lodge, Bob’s Bar and a residential garage along Vermont Avenue. Sgt. Shawn DeVerse said police plan to bring additional burglary charges against Foster in connection with break-ins at Chuggers bar and Unique Boutique, a floral shop that closed recently.

Police said the spree began Dec. 30. The suspect is believed to have stolen more than $3,000 total in the burglaries, none of which has been recovered, police said. Foster was in possession of a crowbar believed used in the crimes when police arrested him. Police said he used the bar to pry open locked doors to businesses to gain entry and, once inside, to crack open videogames, cash registers and locked drawers.

Jamie Lombardi, 44, of Glassport, was arrested for allegedly being an accomplice in helping plan the break-ins. Police said Lombardi is not believed to have participated in the burglaries directly. He is charged with multiple counts of criminal conspiracy for thefts at three of the bars.

Foster and Lombardi are being held in Allegheny County Jail awaiting preliminary hearings on Jan. 15. Foster’s bail is set at $2,000, Lombardi’s is $1,000.

DeVerse said four undercover police officers and two uniformed officers were on duty when they arrested Foster. The undercover police had spent the evening in the area where the break-ins were occurring. They figured if the break-ins continued, then Charley’s or the Glass House, which hadn’t been burglarized yet, would be next on the list. Some officers were as close as half a block away when the call came in that a burglary was in progress. “It was a whole department effort,” DeVerse said. “That’s why it worked.” DeVerse said they already had an idea of who the suspect was before they caught him because a surveillance camera in the PNA Lodge caught the burglary on video.

DeVerse also said officer Ray Johnson did much of the leg work developing leads in the case. Glassport Mayor Terry DiMarco said he requested funds from the borough last week to cover overtime costs for the undercover detail. He said additional undercover patrols may be conducted, given the success of the one over the weekend. “I’m going to make sure with council we have the money to do this whenever it is needed,” DiMarco added. “The police did a good job on this one.”


McKeesport Daily News January 8, 2008

Glassport

Man charged with harassment

Scott Wisneski, 36, of Glassport, is charged with harassment in connection with an incident Sunday at 12:45 a.m. at a residence in the 700 block of Monongahela Avenue. Police said Wisneski hit a woman there.

Man charged twice in a day

Raymond Vavra, 54, of Glassport, is charged with making terroristic threats to police along Monongahela Avenue at 4 a.m. Sunday while officers were engaged in police business near his home. Later, at 10 a.m., Vavra went to the police station to file a complaint against police, at which time he was charged with public drunkenness, police reported.

Men charged with drunkenness

• Colin Perhacs, 24, of Glassport, is charged with public drunkenness in an incident Sunday at 1:45 a.m. near the corner of Eighth Street and Vermont Avenue, police said.

• Josh Rager, 18, of Glassport, faces charges of public drunkenness and underage drinking at the same time and place, police reported.

Man charged in theft

James Gauker, 40, of Liberty, is charged with theft from a motor vehicle, criminal conspiracy, and receiving stolen property Sunday. Police said Gauker allegedly stole a toolbox from the back of a truck in mid-December.

Man charged

Jeffrey Napoletano, 52, of Glassport, is charged with simple assault and harassment in connection with an incident over the weekend at a residence along Michigan Avenue.

Police seek attack suspect

Police are searching for Michael Brewer Jr., 21, of Swissvale, in connection with an incident that occurred at 5:35 a.m. Monday in a residence along Vermont Avenue. Police said Brewer allegedly attacked a woman who lives there, causing serious damage to the victim’s eye. The woman was transported to UPMC Presbyterian by Clairton EMS. Police said two children witnessed the attack.


McKeesport Daily News January 12, 2008

Promises need fulfilled in Glassport

Letter to the Editor

I could see if Glassport was something to look at. It’s not! The once-beautiful town is now an eyesore. What I don’t understand, or even if it’s legal, is how these Glassport politicians can raise taxes according to the value of your property. How do they expect the elderly to survive? The majority of Glassport is now Section 8 housing, the money comes from the state. Are those taxes going up?

Furthermore, what about all those empty lots that the borough claims they don’t know who owns them? According to (Mayor Terry) DiMarco, he was quoted as saying in January of 2007, no matter what, he would get those cleaned. Nothing has been done.

What these politicians need to do is take a pay cut like the rest of hardworking Americans, and stop doing favors.

Joann Decolati - Glassport


McKeesport Daily News January 12, 2008

Glassport

ASSEMBLY OF GOD

210 Fifth Ave.

Sunday — Early Service, 9 a.m.; Journey Kids Exit 9 (3-K), 9 a.m.; Journey Kids Exit 16 (grades 1­6), a.m.;MorningService,11a.m.; Journey Kids Exit 11(3-K) 11 a.m.; SS Journey (grades 1-6), 11 a.m.; I-Path Student Ministries, 6:30 p.m.; Evening Service, 7 p.m.

Wednesday — Evening Explosion: Adult Bible Study, Royal Rangers for Boys and Missionettes for Girls, 7 p.m.

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CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST

614 Michigan Ave.

Sunday — Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Morning combined service of Preaching and Fellowship, 10:45 a.m.

Wednesday — MBA, 7:30 p.m.

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FIRST BAPTIST

519 Ohio Ave.

Sunday — Sunday School Coffee and Fellowship, 9:45 a.m.; Bible Study, 10:15 a.m.; Worship led by Pastor Ira Kelly, 11:15 a.m.; Worship in Chapel at John Kane Regional Center, 2:30 p.m.

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GLASSPORT UNITED METHODIST

501 Ohio Ave.

Sunday — Sunday School, 10:15 a.m.; Worship Service, 11:15 a.m.

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ST. JOHN LUTHERAN

641 Vermont Ave.

Sunday — Sunday Service with Mrs. Judith Phelps delivering ser­mon, 11 a.m.

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QUEEN OF THE ROSARY

530 Michigan Ave., Glassport

Saturday — Mass, 5 p.m. Sunday — Service, 11 a.m. Monday through Friday — Mass, 8 a.m.


McKeesport Daily News January 16, 2008

Glassport fires Ferree as animal control officer

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport council fired animal control officer Ken Ferree and hired Triangle Pet Service in his place.

Council’s action to dispatch the often-controversial McKeesport-based dog catcher at a meeting Tuesday was, of course, not without controversy. Early on during a public comment portion of the meeting, Ferree produced a letter that he received from council President John DeSue on Dec. 12 notifying him that council had unanimously decided to hold the animal control officer’s contract on a month-to-month basis while it reviewed his service proposal.

Ferree, who said he’s had yearly contracts with Glassport for the last 15 years, said the letter was in retaliation for numerous incidents he’s had with a dog belonging to borough Secretary Nancy Piazza-Whaby. It is believed that the dog, a 4-year­old Labrador/husky/German shepherd mix named Thunder, has broken off a chain in Piazza-Whaby’s yard between six to 10 times in the past four years.

Most recently, Ferree had a run-in with the animal in October that later resulted in a Magisterial District Court judge finding the secretary guilty of failing to have the proper shots for her pet. The hearing was Dec. 11, a day before council sent the letter to Ferree.

Ferree does not think the timing of events was coincidental. “That night, they had a special executive session, and the following day Nancy Piazza-Whaby types up a letter (saying) that we will no longer need your service because everything is put on hold for a month-to-month basis,” he said.

Council members said the vote to change the dog catcher’s contractual status was taken during a council workshop session.

Ferree said that isn’t the only example of borough officials taking improper action against him on behalf of the secretary. He questioned the support she received from Glassport police Chief Howard Kifer, who testified on her behalf at the hearing. “She came with Chief Kifer in the police car while they were both on duty. How many police chiefs do you know who would personally escort the secretary out of Glassport to West Mifflin at District Justice (Richard D.) Olasz’s office and testify in her behalf against me?” he said.

Kifer defended himself, saying he went to the hearing to testify that the chain the dog had escaped from had been repaired. “It was not to intimidate anyone but to tell the court a problem had been fixed,” Kifer said after the meeting.

Ferree said the borough owes him $225 and that he has not been paid in the past two months.

Piazza-Whaby said after the meeting that Ferree caught her dog several times when it got loose and always demanded cash when she picked up her pet. She said Ferree was rude at those times and refused to give her receipts for payments. Shortly after Ferree addressed council, the board voted unanimously to hire Triangle Pet Control, which is based in McKees Rocks. The base cost of the latter service is $100 per month, which is $5 more than Ferree charges monthly. Both services charge additional fees based on overtime hours and services.

DeSue said the decision to retain Ferree on a month-to­month basis was done in part to give new council members an opportunity to review and vote on his contract. Councilman Eugene Skerkoski said he supported hiring Triangle based on the whole cost of the contract, not just the base cost.

Councilors said Ferree recently refused when he was summoned by the police department to pick up a dangerous dog. Ferree defended that refusal, saying he did so because of the letter. He said he had concerns that his insurance would not cover his services if he was on a month-to­month basis.

Ferree left the meeting shortly after council voted on his contract. “I guess I should have kept my mouth shut,” he said on his way out. “I just lost my job.”

Borough Solicitor Gary Matta said afterward, “I don’t believe his outburst had any influence on council’s decision (to hire Triangle).” Ferree Kennels has been criticized by animal rights activists on numerous occasions because of its use of carbon monoxide euthanization methods.

A year ago, McKeesport fired Ferree and hired Triangle because of pressure from the public.

In May of last year, protesters gathered in front of the kennel because West Elizabeth had contacted Ferree to resolve a cat overpopulation problem in that community.

Forward Township let go of Ferree in June and hired Triangle.

Still, many communities recently voted to retain Ferree, including East McKeesport, South Versailles Township, Versailles, Elizabeth, Port Vue, West Mifflin and West Homestead.


McKeesport Daily News January 17, 2008

READERS’ VIEWPOINT

Glassport mayor responds

I would like to respond to an article about promises needing to be fulfilled in Glassport. I am going to do this fast and easy so that the lady who wrote this can understand.

We had to raise taxes to have money to pay our police, street department and sewage workers. They all received raises, and medical insurance is constantly going up. When council and the mayor went over the budget for Glassport, we all deemed it necessary to raise the taxes.

Something you might forget is that council and the mayor are all taxpayers of Glassport. If you owned property and paid taxes, you would probably understand this.

“The majority of Glassport is now Section 8 housing” is another statement you made. The true figure is 52 units are Section 8 and out of the 52, 21 units or maybe even more are in apartment buildings. There are approximately 2,000 houses in Glassport. Fifty-two units out of 2,000 houses is definitely not a majority, as you stated.

Ms. Decolati, I did have the lots cleaned that we were able legally to do. I even got payments from the owners by taking them to court.

When you stated that the politicians need to take a pay cut, I don’t know if you are talking about any politician or the mayor and council of Glassport. I assume you mean us, and I would like to tell you, since I am the highest paid, I get $150 a month before taxes. This works out to $.008333 per hour, and this is not counting the gas I pay for to go to meetings and other related expenses. My accolades go out to politicians who put the time in their own towns for no money.

One thing I want you to know is since I came on council, I went after over $400,000 in grants and received them. The money went to three police vehicles, two street trucks with plows and salt spreaders, police vests, computers, and computers for police cars. This is all paid for with the borough taxes, but I got grants for these, which enabled the borough to keep our taxes low.

All in all, I think I earn my $.008333 per hour, and I hope that I don’t have to take a pay cut.

Mayor Terry DiMarco Glassport


McKeesport Daily News January 21, 2008

Glassport mayor injured in car crash

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport Mayor Terry DiMarco is recovering from a vehicle accident that occurred over the weekend. Details were not available about the accident that happened around 2:45 p.m. on Saturday near Puff Discount Tobacco on Monongahela Avenue, but DiMarco reported from a hospital early Monday that he is OK, though in a lot of pain from injuries he sustained in the three­vehicle crash.

According to the mayor, he was on his way home from work at the John J. Kane Regional Center when he lost control of his Dodge SUV, sideswiping a pick-up truck and crashing into the back of a dump truck.

The mayor said he thinks he blacked out behind the wheel, possibly due to low blood sugar. “They told me I’m very lucky,” said the mayor, who was still in Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh early Monday. DiMarco said his vehicle was totaled and he suffered two bruised ribs, a bruised lung and a cut on his finger. “I should have been dead,” he said.

Glassport police said Allegheny County police are handling the case. Details on the other drivers involved were not available Monday. The mayor said he thinks the driver of the dump truck also was transported to the hospital after the crash.


McKeesport Daily News January 22, 2008

Glassport

Two women charged

Glassport police arrested two women over the weekend for allegedly drinking to the point they were considered a danger to themselves and others.

Valerie Weyman, 48, of Glassport, was charged with public intoxication on Friday at 10:30 p.m. at the Broadway Bar, police said.

Laurie Karnash, 50, of Glassport, was charged with public drunkenness on Sunday at 3:17 a.m. in the Foodland parking lot.

Minor arrested

Alex Thomas, 18, of Liberty, is charged with DUI, underage drinking, careless driving, terroristic threats, and driving at an unsafe speed. Police stopped Thomas’ vehicle as it was entering Glassport from the W.D. Mansfield Memorial Bridge, police said.


McKeesport Daily News January 23, 2008

READERS’ VIEWPOINT

Tax hike not the solution

A few days ago, there was a letter in your newspaper from the mayor of Glassport, explaining why there was a need for a tax hike in the city. The reasons given by the mayor were less than acceptable to the regular people, considering higher taxes mean giving up something else in the process.

The fact that the leadership of Glassport has let the people down is not the fault of the people of the city, but of the said leadership in which it has elected to create a community that prospers. Until the leadership of Glassport understands that, then there will be no change, just higher taxes whenever the city has to pay for something else.

Why not try to get more businesses in the city? Is it that the city will charge these businesses too much for settling in Glassport? I do not have the answer to that question, and frankly, I doubt the mayor does as well. This is not an issue that should be spun for the people to look at it in a positive light. It should be a situation that is taken care of before it gets worse. Raising taxes helps no one, not even the city or state that raises them. Look at Pennsylvania as a whole, and you will see that!

Shawn Dougherty Glassport


McKeesport Daily News February 2, 2008

Glassport

Public intox charged

Bryan Gilbert, 41, of Glassport, is charged with public intoxication. Police said they arrested Gilbert at noon on Wednesday after he fell asleep in a diner. He was held by police until he was sober.


McKeesport Daily News February 6, 2008

Glassport

Juvenile charged

A 15-year-old Glassport resident is charged with disorderly conduct and harassment stemming from an incident that occurred Sunday at 6:10 p.m. Police said the suspect allegedly attacked another youth.

DUI suspect stopped

Justin James Keys, 27, of McKeesport, is charged with DUI, driving on the wrong side of the road, and driving the wrong way on a one-way street, police said. Police followed Keys several blocks before stopping him in a parking lot on Saturday at 4:12 a.m.


McKeesport Daily News February 14, 2008

Glassport

Man charged

Robert Barncord, 26, of Port Vue, is charged with public drunkenness. Police said Barncord was walking along Monongahela Avenue in a highly intoxicated state on Tuesday at 11:15 p.m.

Woman charged

Krista Barker, 26, of Clairton, is charged with harassment. Police allege Barker was intoxicated and making harassing gestures toward an officer on Saturday at 3:15 a.m. at Sixth Street and Allegheny Avenue when they arrested her.


McKeesport Daily News February 15, 2008

Glassport council moves chambers

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

When Glassport council convenes for its next regular monthly meeting, its members will meet in new downstairs quarters.

Council has moved its chambers from the second floor of the municipal building to a street-level meeting area in the recently closed Samuel A. Weiss Public Library. Its first regular meeting in the new chambers will take place Tuesday night at 7.

The library, which was in the municipal facility, closed Dec. 17 due to a lack of operating funds and volunteers. The chambers have been on the second floor of the building up a long, narrow flight of stairs.

Council President John DeSue said the new ground­level library chambers will “make it better for citizens not having to walk up those steps, which were never ADA­compliant.”

The borough also is using the library for its administrative offices.

DeSue said there are no immediate plans for the upstairs chamber. Eventually, the borough would like to build a public safety building behind the current municipal building that would be home to the borough’s fire, police and administrative departments.

DeSue said the borough and Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 are continuing to look at that possibility.

The Glassport Women’s Club which ran the library is still in the process of disposing of library materials. A club spokeswoman said there will be two events at the library next week for regional librarians to come in and claim the old materials for their collections. The club plans to hold a public open house after that to disburse with the remaining materials. A date has not been set for the public event.


McKeesport Daily News February 15, 2008

Glassport men have hearing for break-ins

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Two Glassport men who were arrested in connection with a string of break-ins at local taverns during the holidays had their preliminary hearings in Magisterial District Court.

Twenty-four charges against John Foster, 23, of Glassport, were waived to higher court at a hearing in Glassport on Feb. 5 before Senior District Judge Edward Burnett. Foster’s bail was changed to a nonmonetary amount on the condition that Foster be released to a half-way house known as The Renewal Center. Specifically, Foster is charged with five counts of theft by unlawful taking; four counts each of burglary, criminal mischief, and criminal trespass; three counts each of receiving stolen property and conspiracy to commit burglary; and one count of possessing an instrument of crime. A single count of conspiracy to commit theft by unlawful taking was with­drawn.

Jamie Lombardi, 44, of Glassport, who was arrested for allegedly being an accomplice to Foster but was not believed to have actually taken part in any of the burglaries, had three counts of conspiracy to commit burglary against him withdrawn by the court.

Police arrested Foster in the early morning hours of Jan. 6 as he reportedly was burglarizing Charley’s Lounge along Monongahela Avenue. The arrest ended an alleged week-long burglary spree by Foster in the borough that included break-ins at Chugger’s, the Polish National Alliance Lodge and Bob’s Bar.

Foster was in possession of a crowbar at the time of his arrest, which police believe he used in the crimes. Foster allegedly used the bar to pry open locked doors to businesses to gain entry and, once inside, to crack open video games, cash registers and locked drawers. Foster is believed to have taken more than $3,000 in the break-ins.


McKeesport Daily News February 15, 2008

Glassport

DUI suspect charged

Harry Roberts, 70, of Clairton, is charged with DUI and careless driving.

The suspect was stopped at Monongahela Avenue and Seventh Street Wednesday at 5 p.m. after police observed him crossing into the oncoming lane of traffic in his pick­up truck.

Police initially were alerted to be on the lookout for Roberts after a clerk in a local store called them. The clerk told police the suspect had been in the store smelling of alcohol and had just left.


McKeesport Daily News February 19, 2008

Glassport bridge reopens after reports of loose barges

By PATRICK CLOONAN Daily News Staff Writer pcloonan@dailynewsemail.com

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating an overnight incident involving coal hopper barges near the Clairton-Glassport Bridge.

“The bridge was closed for about 2 1 / 2 hours,” PennDOT District 11 spokesman James Struzzi said this morning. “(Our inspectors) found no damage.”

However, the Coast Guard also said some early reports of two barges filled with coal hitting the bridge were inaccurate. “They never came free,” Coast Guard Lt. Matt Meskun said. “They never hit the bridge. They were securely moored a few feet up from the bridge.” T

he bridge spans the Monongahela River between Elizabeth-Glassport Road in Glassport and Route 837 (N. State Street) in Clairton. A call to 911 triggered responses first from Glassport and then from Clairton police. “Someone called 911 and reported an eight­barge breakaway, six empty hopper barges and two filled with coal,” Meskun said. “The initial report was that two (loaded with coal) were resting against the bridge.” “Our officers viewed about six barges that were tied together but were away from the shoreline,” Clairton police Chief Robert Hoffman said. “There were two additional barges that were floating around. We contacted the Coast Guard and the (Clairton Volunteer) Fire Department.” However, Meskun said, further investigation found that initial reports of barges hitting the bridge were inaccurate.

Strong winds late Monday moved six empty barges away from their moorings. Meskun said the assistance of towing vessels was requested to move the barges back into place. There also was confusion about two barges filled with coal that were moored near the bridge. “They were securely moored,” Meskun said. “At this time it does not appear that there was any negligence.”

After the PennDOT inspection, authorities cleared the scene at 2:45 a.m.


McKeesport Daily News February 20, 2008

Subway explores Glassport location

By MICHAEL DIVITTORIO Daily News Staff Writer mdivittorio@dailynewsemail.com

A new business is expected to come to Glassport. Prasad Bandhu, owner and operator of Subway restaurants in Monroeville, Penn Hills and Dravosburg, discussed his plans to bring a Subway to Glassport with council during its Tuesday meeting.

The Murrysville resident said he plans to establish a Subway at an old dentist’s office, located at 609 Monongahela Ave.

“It’s a good location,” Bandhu said. “Nice community. There have been a lot of requests from people here for a Subway.”

Bandhu inquired about Glassport’s demographics, such as population, whether most people drive, and about nearby parking. Mayor Terry DiMarco said the borough has a population of roughly 4,700, with a majority of them driving.

Council Vice President Jim Uziel said council is acquiring a vacant lot next to the old dentist’s office to be used for off-street parking. The lot is divided into two sections, a 50-foot piece and a 75-foot piece. Uziel said council is purchasing the lot from the previous owner through a grant, and should have the deal finalized by either May or June.

Bandhu said he is purchasing the Gateway Minimart near the intersection of Monongahela Avenue and Sixth Street. He plans to change the name to the Glassport Minimart. “We’re going to redo the store and change it,” Bandhu said. “We’re going to have more products, more groceries and food stamps for the public. (Currently) there’s no food stamp machine there.”

The Subway owner said renovations for the new store and minimart should begin in less than two months. DiMarco said he is pleased Bandhu came to the meeting and showed interest in the borough. “We are always looking for new businesses,” the mayor said. “We can’t wait,” the vice president added.

DiMarco is almost fully recovered from injuries he sustained in an automobile accident in January. “I feel good,” he said at Tuesday’s meeting. “A little sore.” DiMarco said he received numerous phone calls, letters and get-well food during his recovery period. “I didn’t know I was that well liked until I almost died,” the mayor said.

Council also listened to the concerns of Glassport Athletic Association President Jeff Hinerman. Hinerman said the South Allegheny Soccer League was trying to use the ballfields along Ninth Street, the only fields the association uses for its baseball teams. “They’re trying to take over the field,” he said. “I’m here to find out what’s going on.”

Uziel explained that representatives from the soccer league discussed using the field with council, and wanted to inform the public. “We own the field, but it’s always been under the jurisdiction of the GAA,” the vice president said. “Recently, soccer came into town. We were of the opinion that we would like to see both sports teams accommodated if possible.” The vice president noted soccer is becoming very popular in the borough, and did not want to eliminate the possibility of SASL using the field.

“If we have a lot of kids in Glassport signed up for soccer,” he said, “we would like to see them accommodated also. We were leaving it up to both sports organizations to work it out.”

Hinerman said his league of five teams, including one girls softball team, uses the field primarily Monday through Saturday, and would not have an official schedule made up until mid-April. “GAA baseball needs a base­ball field to play on,” Hinerman said. “I’ll be glad to work with (SASL) around our schedule.”

Nancy Crncic, chairperson of the borough’s parks and recreation committee, said GAA has first priority when it comes to using the Ninth Street Park and Ballfield.


McKeesport Daily News February 20, 2008

Glassport

Teens charged

Four male teens from Glassport who were misbehaving in local businesses on Friday at 7:20 p.m. are charged with disorderly conduct.

Police said the youths, ages 12, 13, 14 and 15, were chewing snuff and spitting on the floor and in washing machines at a laundromat near the corner of First Street and Monongahela Avenue. Police said the teens also were causing trouble at a local pizza shop the same evening.

Man charged

Ronald Gergley, 38, of Glassport, is charged with disorderly conduct. Police said Gergley came to the police station with a complaint then became verbally loud with officers and refused to leave the station at 7:59 p.m. on Friday.

Man charged

Jamie Lombardi, 44, of Glassport, is charged with disorderly conduct. Police said the suspect was arguing with a neighbor in the 800 block of Monongahela Avenue on Friday at 5:20 p.m.

Police charge two

Two Glassport men were charged Sunday at 2:24 a.m. for allegedly fighting with each other in the 400 block of Monongahela Avenue, according to police. Alexander Holland, 21, and John Truxal, 19, both are charged with disorderly conduct.


McKeesport Daily News February 21, 2008

Glassport officials address lingering COPS FAST grant problems

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport borough is in the process of tidying up administrative and legal problems affecting its police department from several years ago.

At a meeting this week, council gave the nod to its solicitor to prepare a report for the U.S. Department of Justice on the borough’s efforts to repay a grant that it improperly administered several years ago.

Council also accepted the resignation of a police officer it fired in 2005 because of his residency.

The report is an account of the borough’s repayment of a federal COPS FAST grant that was used improperly to pay police salaries. The now-discontinued grant program was designed to provide funding for community police officers in small jurisdictions. The grants provided 75 percent of funding for the hiring of new officers or for veteran officers who were redeployed into community policing jobs.

Glassport was approved for the grant in the mid-1990s. Several years later, Glassport officials discovered the borough had run afoul of program guidelines when it failed to replace two full-time officers who’d left the police department. Instead of hiring replacements, the borough fell back on its part-time officers but continued accepting the grant funds and used them to pay police salaries, violating the terms of the grant.

Mayor Terry DiMarco, noting that he and most of the administration have changed since the error occurred, said the mistake on the part of the borough was almost excusable owing to the complexity and vagueness of the original grant agreement. “The book was about 500 pages. Most normal people wouldn’t be able to read all that and figure out what they could and couldn’t do,” he said. “It was a very easy mistake to make.”

The borough reported the mistake to the justice department and agreed in February 2004 to pay back the $279,472 it had wrongly received through the grant, according to Solicitor Gary Matta.

Initially, the department wanted Glassport to hire the two officers it originally should have replaced, with their salaries being considered payment on the borough’s debt to the justice department. Matta said the borough did not have sufficient resources at that time to hire two police officers so the department let the borough hire just one officer, which it did.

Matta was not able to immediately provide the current amount still owed on the debt. Matta said council’s action this week to accept the resignation of an officer who was fired in November 2005 should clear the way for the eventual hiring of the second full­time officer originally ordered by the justice department.

On Tuesday, the resignation of former Glassport police officer Shane Countryman became retroactively effective as of December 2007. Council fired Countryman more than two years ago because he lived in Liberty. All Glassport police are required to live in the borough, according to Matta. The borough’s decision to dismiss Countryman was upheld at an arbitration hearing. The officer then filed a federal complaint over his dismissal but that case has been settled out of court.

As part of the settlement, the borough agreed to change Countryman’s employment record to reflect that he resigned from his position. Matta said Countryman also received “some compensation” from the settlement.

Countryman, who is training with Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, said through a representative that he is prohibited from discussing the case as part of the settlement. Glassport currently has six full-time and 15 part-time officers.


McKeesport Daily News February 22, 2008

No one is injured when train strikes truck in Glassport

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

When trains and automobiles tangle, the train usually wins. The driver whose pick-up truck was hit at a rail crossing in Glassport by a passing CSX coal train on Thursday can therefore consider himself lucky, as no one was injured in the mishap and the truck was able to be driven from the scene.

Bradley Eckart, 36, of Pleasant Hills, had just driven through the intersection of Ninth Street and Allegheny Avenue on his way to work at the industrial park on the other side of the CSX rail line that runs parallel to Allegheny Avenue when his pick-up truck was clipped by the lead locomotive engine of a coal train that was heading south, according to Glassport police.

— Daily News Photo This rail crossing at the intersection of Ninth Street and Allegheny Avenue in Glassport is where a train struck a pick-up truck on Thursday. No one was injured in the accident.

The train was traveling about 25 mph when it hit the right rear quarter panel of the truck at about 7:23 a.m. Police said no one was injured in the accident and the truck was able to be driven from the scene.

The train was being operated by engineer David Wadsworth, 46, of Daisytown, and conductor John Krutz, 50, of Uniontown.

Officer Ron Benoit said Eckart told police he hadn’t looked before crossing the tracks but heard the train’s whistle just a moment before it struck his vehicle. Benoit said one of the train operators told police the truck appeared like a flash in the corner of his eye. The operators weren’t even sure if they’d struck the vehicle at first until they stopped the engine a short distance up the tracks, the officer said.

The tracks at Ninth Street are marked only with two wooden crossing signs. Drop gates or at least flashing railroad signals are present at most other rail crossings in Glassport. “Hopefully we can get some crossing signals up here. There’s a lot of businesses back there in that park,” Benoit said of the Ninth Street crossing. Noting that Seventh and Eighth street crossings have lights and crossing arms, he said, “If they have them for the other two they should have them here.”

CSX spokesman Bob Sullivan said it is generally up to state or local government to determine what type of signals are installed at railroad crossings and not the responsibility of the railroad. Sullivan said the train involved in the accident in Glassport had three engines and 128 empty cars and was on its way from Buffalo, N.Y., to Grafton, W.Va. Benoit said the accident should serve as a reminder to motorists to be cautious and patient when they are approaching and crossing railroad tracks. “Stop, look and listen,” he said. “That’s the big thing.”


McKeesport Daily News February 22, 2008

Glassport library giving away inventory

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

— Daily News Photo Allie LaValle, a librarian from the Auberle Home in McKeesport, looks for books at the Samuel A. Weiss Public Library in Glassport to add to her library’s collection. The Glassport yg g ylibrary closed in December and is giving away its materials.

Glassport borough may have moved its council chambers into the former Samuel A. Weiss Public Library on the ground floor of the municipal building, but the place still looks more like a library than it does a place of government.

Glassport Women’s Club, which ran the library for years until it closed in December, is in the process of closing up shop. This week they held two open houses for library professionals around the region to claim materials and fixtures for their facilities.

Four libraries have taken, or expressed an interest in taking, some materials back for their collections, but the Glassport library still has a lot of books and other materials to give away. On March 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the library will host an open house for local residents interested in claiming its remaining books.

Residents who attend the event should bring with them a box or shopping bags to carry their materials. Former library volunteers said some great books already have been claimed — titles from the “Cherry Ames” were snapped up quickly — but many other classics remain and are looking for homes. “Hardy Boys” books and works by author Zane Grey are some of the works former library associates believe will go quickly. Sandy Urbanski from the women’s club said the goal is to put the library’s general collection into the hands of readers.

Some of the library’s special collection is being donated to the McKeesport Heritage Center and other items will remain in Glassport. A collection of glassware made at the local U.S. Glass Company works, which operated in Glassport from 1895 to 1936, will remain in the new council chambers.

A library in Sharpsburg is planning to take all the shelves once they are cleared of books. Allie LaValle, the librarian at Auberle in McKeesport, visited the professional open house Thursday and snapped up a globe with a floor stand. “We really appreciate it because everything we get is donated except for some special orders,” LaValle said. The librarian was somewhat limited as to what she could take because of space concerns but said what she couldn’t fit in the collection at the Hartman Street facility she would take to other education programs in the Mon Valley.

The Glassport library closed late last year because aging members of the women’s club were having problems finding operating funds and volunteers to run the facility. Founded in 1939 and expanded in 1960, the library in its final years was only open a few hours a week. Glassport council had looked in to keeping the facility in operation but ultimately let it close, citing its need for the building as one of its reasons. Council members also noted the area is served by the Allegheny County book­mobile.

Council hopes to eventually move borough offices and police out of the current building and into a new facility it would share along with the fire department. Despite those plans, however, the borough is in the process of having a carport added onto the rear of its present building.

Council President John DeSue said the carport will be used to shelter police vehicles and is supposed to be removable for when the new public safety building is constructed. He said the cost of building the new carport is about $8,000.


McKeesport Daily News February 23, 2008

Glassport rec group unhappy with change

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

In changing the way Glassport plans and budgets for parks and recreational activities, a borough resident believes council is shutting out volunteers.

Doug Sicchitano, president of Citizens of Glassport, Parks and Recreation Association, said that’s how he feels about a recent move by Councilwoman Nancy Crncic to effectively disband his organization and bring recreational planning responsibility under closer control of the borough. “They’ve rendered us ineffective, and it’s useless to remain a group,” Sicchitano said. He received a letter from Crncic earlier this month saying his group “will no longer be necessary for activities in the borough.”

The Citizens association has been around for about a year. It was formed by former councilman Mickey Stetor, who at the time was head of the parks and recreation committee, a position now held by Crncic. The association’s five volunteer members acted in loose partnership with the municipality and were responsible for planning events that included movie nights, an Easter egg hunt, holiday parades and other activities for children.

The group also had expressed interest in taking over the now­closed Samuel A. Weiss Public Library, but had trouble finding support and volunteers in the community.

In her letter, Crncic complimented the work and dedication of the association’s volunteers and extended an invitation for them to remain active with the committee, but Sicchitano said he probably won’t. “You get tired of fighting the fight,” he said. “It seems like nobody’s interested in progressing.”

Crncic defended her letter and her actions to take control of the recreation committee. “It’s not like I’m saying we don’t want you. I’m just saying we’re going to do it a little differently,” Crncic said.

Crncic, who is new to the board this year, noted in an interview, as she did in the letter, that she had scheduled a meeting with the association earlier this month. Only two members attended, and Sicchitano was not one of them.

Crncic said she discussed her plans to take a more hands­on approach to overseeing the committee than her predecessor did. The mayor and borough solicitor were supportive of the idea.

Borough assistant secretary Andrea Foster, who was a member of the Citizens association, said she plans to continue volunteering with the committee now that Crncic is on board. “I’m staying because I’m here for the kids,” Foster said. “I think it’s going to be a good thing.”

Glassport allocates approximately $10,000 of its $1.7 million operating budget to parks and recreation.

The recreation committee is planning a free pancake breakfast with a visit from the Easter Bunny at the Sons of Italy Club in Glassport on March 22 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.


McKeesport Daily News February 29, 2008

Glassport

Landlord cited for garbage

Daniel McCandless, 57, of McKeesport, is charged with engaging in a prohibited activity for allowing garbage to accumulate behind a property he owns in the 300 block of N. Monongahela Avenue. Police said McCandless is landlord of the rental property. If convicted, he faces a fine of $25 to $1,000.

Woman charged

Barb Boring, no age available, of Glassport, is charged with three counts of passing bad checks. Police allege Boring passed the checks between Oct. 16, 2007, and Feb. 22.


McKeesport Daily News February 29, 2008

Queen of the Rosary Society of Glassport

Queen of the Rosary Society of Glassport will meet Monday at the social hall. A short video will be shown as well as recitation of the Blessed Mothers’ stations.

The group will be collecting $20 for bus service for those attending the St. Emmas retreat in April. The Rev. Angelus Shaughnessy of EWTN will be the retreat master.

Betty Pater and her team members will serve a meager meal.


McKeesport Daily News March 7, 2008

Glassport man indicted on child pornography charges

By THE DAILY NEWS

A Glassport man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of child pornography. Daniel J. Hart, 39, of Glassport, could face 50 years in prison and a fine of as much as $750,000 for receiving, transporting and possessing images and videos depicting sexual exploitation of minors, according to U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig W. Haller presented the case to the grand jury. The alleged offenses occurred between August 2007 and February 2008. If convicted, the suspect’s sentence would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history of the defendant.


McKeesport Daily News March 7, 2008

Glassport

The following cases were heard before Magisterial District Senior Judge Edward Burnett.

Withdrawn

• Joseph Grdich, 41, no address available, use or possession of drug paraphernalia and three counts of receiving stolen property.

• Robert Kenneth Blair Jr., 45, of Clairton, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment of another person.

• Robert Allen Parker, 46, of Glassport, driving on a suspended license, filing a false report, failure to obey a stop sign, habitual offender and two counts of DUI.

• Dawn Jean Miller, 49, of Port Vue, theft of services.

• John E. Rawlings, 42, of Pittsburgh, theft by deception and criminal mischief.

• Thomas L. Mikels, 25, of Clairton, intent to possess a controlled registered substance, manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance with intent, improper display of plate, improper use of license class and driving with a suspended or revoked license. Charges of possession of marijuana and use or possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed. A disorderly conduct charge was moved to a non-traffic court.

• Maryum Akilah Bilal, 25, of Clairton, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and three counts of forgery.


McKeesport Daily News March 8, 2008

Elizabeth man held for court on sex counts

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

An Elizabeth man accused of sexually assaulting a juvenile over a four-year period in Glassport beginning in 1998 is being held for court on numerous charges.

Harry A. Warnick III, 28, of Elizabeth, was charged by Allegheny County police on Jan. 29 after a 21-year-old male reported the suspect had abused him sexually while the suspect was dating the victim’s mother. According to court documents, the abuses allegedly occurred between 1998 and 2003, when the victim was between the ages of 12 and 16 and living in Glassport. The victim reported the abuses to Brentwood police in October and Allegheny County police began investigating the matter in November.

Warnick is charged with statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors, rape of a person less than 13 years old, indecent sexual assault of person less than 16 years old, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault of a person less than 13 years old, corruption of a minor, and endangering the welfare of children.

He was held for court at a preliminary hearing in Magisterial District Court in Glassport last week. He is being held at SCI Laurel Highlands correctional facility in Somerset. His next hearing is set for May 6 at 1 p.m. in Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.


McKeesport Daily News March 10, 2008

Glassport

Two charged in grocery theft

Glassport police arrested two men who stole more than $250 in groceries from Foodland.

Franklin Gribschaw, 28, of Waltersburg, is charged with retail theft and criminal conspiracy Brad Davis, 46, of Waltersburg, is charged with retail theft, criminal conspiracy, unlawful use of a registration plate, driving on a suspended or revoked license, driving with a license suspended for DUI, and driving without insurance.

Police arrested the pair at 1:02 p.m. on Thursday. They allege Gribschaw filled a cart with groceries then left without paying for them while Davis waited for him outside in a vehicle.

Police said there was also an outstanding arrest warrant for Gribschaw from the county.

Accident victim charged

Joseph J. Welding, 21, of Glassport, is charged with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Glassport police charged Welding after he was involved in a vehicle accident in Dravosburg. Glassport police Chief Howard Kifer said the suspect took the vehicle and a purse from his aunt, who lives in Glassport.

McKeesport police, who responded to the accident, reported Welding was driving a vehicle at a high rate of speed northbound on Elizabeth Street in Dravosburg when he failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway near the intersection with Maple Avenue. The vehicle struck a guardrail and flipped on its roof, skidding upside down across the roadway before hitting a hillside.

Prism Health Services transported Welding to UPMC Presbyterian. The vehicle was towed from the scene. The vehicle is owned by Tracie Brown, police reports said.


McKeesport Daily News March 11, 2008

Glassport

Two charged over weekend

Glassport police charged two individuals with public intoxication over the weekend in unrelated incidents.

• Janet Cogar, 46, of Glassport, was picked up by police on Sunday at 9:55 p.m. at Carol’s Cafe and held until deemed sober. Police said Cogar already was intoxicated when she arrived at the cafe and would not leave when asked, police said.

• Gary Tuttle, 54, of Glassport, was cited on Friday at 11:50 p.m. after police found him passed out, apparently from drinking too much alcohol, in the 800 block of Hemlock Way, according to police.


McKeesport Daily News March 12, 2008

Glassport

Applications taken for police

Mayor Terry DiMarco said applications are being accepted for part-time police officers. Applications can be picked up in the borough secretary’s office, 440 Monongahela Ave., Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Anyone with questions can call 412-672­7400.

Also, the regular monthly meeting of borough council will be held as usual Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the borough library, also at 440 Monongahela Ave.


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