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McKeesport Daily News March 18, 2010

Glassport

Assault charge filed

Daniel Ciminaro, 58, of Glassport, was arrested for simple assault and terroristic threats on Saturday at 5:45 p.m. in the 600 block of Ohio Avenue, police said.

Three cited at club

After responding to a call about a fight, police charged three men with disorderly conduct at the Sons of Italy club on Sixth Street at 3:42 a.m. on Saturday. Charged were Glassport residents Anthony Turkovic, 28, and Ed Gilmore, 32, and McKeesport resident Brandon Cregan, 31.

Disorderly conduct cited

Todd Murray, 46, of McKeesport, was cited for disorderly conduct on Saturday at 3:20 a.m. in the 500 block of Indiana Avenue, police said.


McKeesport Daily News March 18, 2010

Letter to Editor

Think before speaking

To all you people who are politically unknowledgeable and are asking the question as to why the former mayor of Glassport is in last month’s picture with the new police car and not the new mayor, the answer is, since 1999 to the present, all the grants I secured while holding offices as building inspector, councilperson, president of council and mayor were worked on and submitted by me.

I might add that all the grants I received throughout the years were 100 percent grants, and needed no matching funds from the borough. All the grants I received during these years for police vehicles, trucks, street department (outfitted with plows and salt spreaders for snow removal), money for road improvement, money for both fire companies, money for police equipment, money for police quad, and money for other grants totaling more than $500,000 are very important to our community in keeping our town safe, while holding a line on our taxes.

If we had to purchase this much equipment, our taxes would have to be raised and, as a citizen of our community, I would not be very happy about paying higher taxes because someone is not doing their job.

It has been a past practice in our community and others that whoever works on the grant, and receives it, gets their picture in the paper.

Hence, you naysayers that are new to politics can go to the borough building and ask to see all the grants that were secured since 1999 and probably will be shocked to see that almost all of them were secured by me.

When you add up all the grants, you will see that I was hard at work trying to keep our taxes down and our town safe no matter what office I held.

So when you politically knowledgeable people like to fire the bullets that were fed to you, I say be a real person and wipe the egg off your faces. Seek knowledge before you fire your black bullets.

Terry DiMarco

Councilman Glassport


McKeesport Daily News March 24, 2010

Glassport issues February police report

By THE DAILY NEWS

Glassport police report that officers responded to 369 complaints in February.

On those calls, police made a total of 17 arrests, and issued 20 traffic citations and 16 non-traffic citations.

Non-traffic violations included disorderly conduct, theft, harassment and public intoxication.

Nine incidents involved juveniles last month. Three of those incidents involved family disputes, four incidents resulted in harassment charges being filed, one was for disorderly conduct and one was for criminal mischief. One incident involving a threat was handled at school.


McKeesport Daily News March 24, 2010

Glassporters chip in to ready fields for Little League

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

With Little League baseball season just around the corner, an athletic organization in Glassport is calling for improvements to the borough’s stadium.

Glassport Athletic Association member David Kowalski told council members at a regular meeting Tuesday that Glassport Stadium is in dire need of maintenance.

He also said the borough’s plans to install a working fire siren at the stadium are ill-conceived and should be changed to protect people’s hearing.

Kowalski said his organization is working to get the stadium ready for the start of Little League season next month and has been offered assistance from the Polish National Alliance in that endeavor.

But, Kowalski said, “We need for the borough to help maintain those fields once we’re done doing all the repairs.” The borough could help if it would cut grass, pull weeds and empty garbage at the stadium, he suggested.

Kowalski said the playing field right now is “very bad” and that the association is looking to make improvements to the surface with help from the PNA.

Councilwoman Nancy Crncic told Kowalski to wait until the borough has time to assess the condition of the field before doing anything, noting that the stadium is used by the South Allegheny football program in the fall.

“We have an agreement,” said Crncic, “that they are to put the field back in the condition that it was” in prior to the start of football season. Crncic said if the district does not restore the field to usable condition, the borough would not grant it permission to use the facility in future years.

Glassport Athletic Association is planning to field four teams this year that will play on two available fields at the stadium. Teams begin practicing today and the season starts at the end of April.

Council Vice President James Uziel said the borough’s street department does upkeep at the stadium, including buying fuel for mowers and repairing fences, but “we don’t have time to cut the grass.” With just four to five employees available in the spring and summer months, Uziel said the borough has other priorities such as repairing roads.

Responding to information that the association’s mower is currently inoperative, Uziel indicated the borough will still try to help.

“If it comes down to the GAA does not have a mower, we will let them use our sit-down mower,” Uziel said.

Upon hearing that offer, Glassport resident Janine Wagner volunteered to help cut the grass once a week.

Kowalski said he is concerned about the borough’s plans to install a fire siren near the stadium concession stand.

The siren once served Reliance Hose Co., which ceased to be an operating fire company two years ago after losing borough funding. The borough owns the siren and plans to install it at the field as a second signal to the borough’s fire department, Citizens Hose Co. No. 1.

“If that siren goes off when a game’s going on, there could be a lot of people with damaged hearing,” said Kowalski, who supplied council members with information about the danger high-decibel levels pose to human hearing.

Councilman James Foster said the borough considered a number of locations for the siren but didn’t have a lot of options when it committed to putting it at the athletic field last August.

“We have nowhere else to put it,” said Foster. “We have members down in that end of town that, if you don’t have your pager, that’s used to alert them.” Council members said they would consider whether it could be located elsewhere in the borough.

After the meeting, Citizens Hose Chief Wayne Lewis said his department currently is using one fire siren in emergencies and that device is in need of maintenance.

Should the siren at the stadium go online as a second emergency warning device, Lewis said there is a possibility that the decibel level could be lowered.


McKeesport Daily News March 26, 2010

Glassport

Mischief cited

Jason Murin, 35, of Elizabeth, was cited for criminal mischief and public intoxication on Tuesday at 10 p.m. in the 600 block of Delaware Avenue, police said.


McKeesport Daily News March 30, 2010

Abandoned Glassport house burns

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

A fire in an abandoned home in Glassport is under investigation.

Firefighters were called to a home at 841 Vermont Ave. at 2:05 a.m. Monday after receiving a call that there was smoke in the area. When they arrived they found the house on fire.

It is believed the blaze started inside the home and spread to a porch area outside the structure.

Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 Chief Wayne Lewis said the fire mostly was contained to the porch and living room. Crews had the blaze under control in about 30 minutes. The fire scene was cleared at 6:10 a.m.

Lewis said the home was empty but was in livable condition before the fire occurred. No utilities were connected to the structure.

Duquesne Annex fire company from West Mifflin assisted on the call.


McKeesport Daily News March 30, 2010

Glassport

Parking notice issued

Police are reminding the public that handicapped­designated parking spaces in residential areas are for individuals with disabilities who live in the area and not for the general public. Drivers who park unlawfully in these spaces will be ticketed.

Security measures urged

Due to recent reports of vehicle and home burglaries, Glassport police are urging residents to take measures to secure their property. Vehicle doors always should be locked and valuables should be stowed in the trunk or removed from automobiles when they are parked. Residents should lock all doors and windows to their homes at night or when they are away. Police encourage residents to notify the department or tell a trusted neighbor if they are going to be away for an extended period.

For more information, call police at 412-672-4514.


McKeesport Daily News March 30, 2010

Glassport

Street sweeping begins

Glassport street department Chairman James Uziel said street sweeping season is under way in Glassport. The northbound lane of Monongahela Avenue is swept Thursdays and the southbound, or riverside, side of the avenue is swept Fridays. Vehicles should not be parked in those lanes on those respective days between 7 and 9 a.m.

Meeting noted

Copper & Glass Federal Credit Union will have its annual meeting April 24 at 10 a.m. at R-Place in Elizabeth. Tickets are available at the credit union. Cost is $5. The deadline for ordering tickets is April 19. For more information, call 412-673-9028 or 412­673-2555.


McKeesport Daily News March 31, 2010

Glassport honors its 1st female firefighter

Glassport Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 junior firefighter Nicole Sorrentino, left, and firefighter Heather Moranelli McClellan pose with McClellan’s plaque designating her as a life member of the company.

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

When Heather Moranelli McClellan was having her First Holy Communion party at Glassport Citizens Hose Fire Hall and took a children’s tour of the fire station, she told her father Bo Moranelli that she wanted to be a firefighter.

“My dad said, ‘Girls aren’t firemen,’” McClellan said. “I said, ‘I’ll be the first.’ I can be a very determined person.” McClellan was the first female firefighter at Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 when she joined 20 years ago and just celebrated being its first female life member.

“I was proud back then and I’m still proud today,” she said. “I take my helmet off sometimes and little kids are like, ‘It’s a girl!’” At 16 years old, McClellan first joined Dravosburg Volunteer Fire Department, and fought her first big fire in 1988 at Clancy’s Pub. She did so because Glassport wouldn’t accept anyone under 18 at the time.

McClellan said one of the most memorable parts of her service was in 1988 when she saved a little girl’s life by giving her CPR. “She had a seizure and stopped breathing at her grandparents house in Glassport,” she said. Glassport borough officials recognized her for her actions. That was at the time when Glassport EMS was operating out of Citizens Hose. McClellan was a mem­ber of the EMS team, and not yet the fire company.

When she turned 18, she joined Citizens Hose Fire Co. No. 1. McClellan then had to leave Dravosburg VFD because, back then, a firefighter couldn’t be a member of two fire organizations.

During fire training, being the only female helped to motivate her.

“When I was climbing a ladder, I was just thinking, ‘They’ll make fun of you if you don’t do it,’” McClellan said.

She said while her fellow male firefighters did tease her a little, they wanted to see her succeed because they were like her brothers.

“I never expected special treatment because I was a girl,” McClellan said. “I was going into their environment.” The biggest fire she ever fought was the Glassport Industrial Center blaze in 1997.

“It was a three-day fire,” McClellan said. “We couldn’t just put it out because there were chemicals involved. There were several companies there because it was so intense.” She said the fire company is a very family­oriented place and she wanted to make her family proud by being a firefighter.

McClellan’s grandfather Frank Moranelli, father Bo Moranelli and brother Tony Moranelli all are firefighters. Her mother Bonnie Moranelli and her sister Amy Johnson are social members of the fire company.

“It has a family atmosphere,” McClellan said. “We have all of our functions there. My parents had their wedding reception there. A lot of people there watched me grow up.” She said the fire company does many good deeds for the community other than fighting fires and responding to vehicle accidents. For example, McClellan said she enjoys the Santa Treat every Christmas when Santa Claus rides around the bor­ough giving children candy.

“For some kids, that’s the only chance they get to see Santa,” she said. “They look forward to that all year.” The money for that is raised by a boot drive.

McClellan graduated from South Allegheny High School in 1989 and works as an administrative assistant for five general managers at U.S. Steel. She will graduate from La Roche College on May 8 with a bachelor’s degree in business management. McClellan, now living in Elizabeth, has two children, Sara McClellan, 11, and Jason McClellan, 6.

“My daughter sees me fight fires and I tell her, ‘You can be anything you want to be,’” she said.

Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 now has five female firefighters, including three junior firefighters.

Junior firefighter Nicole Sorrentino pre­sented McClellan with a life membership plaque at a March 6 banquet.

“I can honestly say I do look up to her,” Nicole said. “I was really honored to give her the award.”


McKeesport Daily News March 31, 2010

Glassport

Theft charge filed

Edward Dipenna, 30, of Baldwin, was arrested for theft Monday at 10:10 a.m. in the 800 block of Ohio Avenue, police said.

Multiple charges filed

• Lawrence Tusai, 28, of West Mifflin, was arrested for providing false information to police, driving under sus­pension, failure to stop and careless driving Friday at 3:46 a.m. at Ninth Street and Delaware Avenue, police said.

• Mary Jo Harvey, 44, of Glassport, was arrested for harassment and disorderly conduct March 21 at 7 p.m. at Sixth Street and Vermont Avenue, police said.


McKeesport Daily News March 31, 2010

Glassport

Census help offered

Assistance filling out the 2010 U.S. Census form is available at the Glassport Senior Citizens Center Monday and Tuesday, as well as April 12, 13 and 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Extra Census forms are available as are forms in large print, Braille and 50 languages.


McKeesport Daily News April 2, 2010

Glassport

Reminder issued

Glassport police are reminding citizens the Patterson property above town is off limits to the public.

Police will cite anyone riding off-road vehicles or discharging firearms on the property. Violators will be fined and could have their personal property confiscated by the police.

Senior events noted

There will be bingo games at the Glassport Senior Citizens on Tuesday. Doors open at 6 p.m. Games start at 7 p.m. Refreshments are available. The activity is open to the public.


McKeesport Daily News April 6, 2010

Glassport

Alcohol-related arrests made

A number of individuals were cited for drinking and related violations in relation to an incident Saturday at 11:30 p.m. at the Harrison Street riverbank.

• Gina Thompson, 27, of Glassport, was cited for violating the borough’s open container ordinance and a summary charge of scattering rubbish.

• Elias Zepeda, 19, of McKeesport, was cited for violating the borough’s open container ordinance and on summary charges of public intoxication and underage consumption.

• Kimberly Kruszka, 34, of Glassport, was cited for public intoxication, disorderly conduct and two counts of scattering rubbish.

• John Frank Rager Jr., 31, of Glassport, was cited for violating the borough’s open container ordinance, public intoxication and scattering rubbish.

Public intoxication charge filed

Paul G. Hrubovcak, 70, of Jefferson Hills, was cited for public intoxication in the 900 block of Ohio Avenue on Sunday at 1:52 a.m.


McKeesport Daily News April 8, 2010

Kruczek defends actions at traffic stop

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

A police chief accused of stranding a 74-year-old Elizabeth woman at a hardware store along Route 48 while her car was impounded said he was just doing his job.

Versailles police Chief William Kruczek said he conducted a traffic stop outside R.C. Walter’s Hardware store Friday around 2:30 p.m. for a vehicle with an expired registration sticker.

The vehicle was being driven by Jean Noga, and it belonged to her son Scott Noga of Lincoln, the chief said. Both Nogas are being cited with operating a vehicle with an expired registration.

Kruczek said he noticed the vehicle traveling along Walnut Street with a plate sticker dated November 2009, and continued to follow that vehicle across the Boston Bridge to the hardware store.

Kruczek said he checked with dispatch at least twice regard­ing the expired plate, and Jean Noga could not provide necessary paperwork showing the plate was valid.

She told Trib Total Media news exchange partner WPXI-11 that she did not realize the sticker had expired because the inspection stickers on the windshield were valid, told the chief her son could explain the situation, and Kruczek still had it towed away.

“I was kind of embarrassed standing there in the parking lot with all of the groceries because I had a lot of groceries,” Noga said.

“She probably wasn’t a happy camper, but I didn’t have any choice,” the chief responded. “I figure if it’s wrong, it’s wrong. In my mind there was nothing legal about the vehicle. The (inspection) stickers were good, but that wasn’t the issue at hand.” Kruczek said he called C&D Towing for a “police tow,” and reportedly was told by Jean Noga that her son was on his way to pick her up.

“She was not stranded,” the chief insisted. “It happened at 2:30 p.m. in front of a store. She told me he was coming, and he was on his way down.” A news segment aired Monday on WPXI regarding the issue, and showed a license plate with a valid inspection sticker.

Kruczek said the news broadcast used the wrong plate, and is making him out to be “the bad guy.” “A lot of people out there got a bad impression that the vehicle I got was wrong,” he said.

Jean Noga is the former Jean Herlehy of Glassport.


McKeesport Daily News April 9, 2010

Glassport

Mischief charged

James O. Bradley, 44, of Glassport, is charged with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct for an incident Wednesday at 11 p.m. in the 400 block of Monongahela Avenue. Police said Bradley scratched another person’s vehicle by beating on the hood. This also caused a public disturbance, according to police.


McKeesport Daily News April 16, 2010

Prisoner escapes from custody, recaptured a short time later

— Photo by Eric Slagle/Daily News

Garry Runion, right, is led out of the Magisterial District Court office in Glassport by Constable Joe Steffan Thursday afternoon after escaping from authorities about an hour earlier.

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

A prisoner who broke away from authori­ties outside a local court in Glassport was caught a short time later a few blocks away.

A resident caught Garry Runion, 23, of Port Vue, in an apartment at Eighth Street and Indiana Avenue and turned him over to Port Vue police at about 1:05 p.m. Thursday, about half an hour after he broke away from a constable outside the Magisterial District Court office at One Allegheny Square.

Constable Joe Steffan said he was in the process of loading Runion and another pris­oner into a vehicle to transport them to the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh when Runion broke away.

“He took off,” Steffan said of Runion, who was wearing a security body belt, hand cuffs and leg irons at the time. Despite the encumbrances, Steffan said Runion was quick. He ran up the street, into a yard and jumped a fence. The leg irons caught on the fence as Runion was climbing over it but he still managed to escape.

Steffan said he couldn’t chase the prison­er because he still had the other prisoner to contend with so he called for support. Police from Glassport, Port Vue, McKeesport and Duquesne responded and a Pennsylvania State Police helicopter was called to aid in the search for the escaped man.

After Runion was apprehended, he was taken back for an arraignment hearing before Magisterial District Judge Armand Martin.

Runion had been in front of the judge for an arraignment hearing on charges of theft and simple assault. Police said Runion had been picked up in Port Vue in the early morning hours of Thursday on a domestic call and had spent the night in the holding facility in McKeesport.

Runion is being held on $50,000 bail for the theft charge and $25,000 bail for the simple assault. Authorities said he likely will be charged with escape as a result of the incident. As he was being led out of the court a police officer asked Runion why he attempted the escape.

“It just happened,” Runion responded.

Runion sustained what appeared to be minor scrapes and abrasions in the chase. His injuries were visible after his capture because his sweatpants had slipped down to his ankles — apparently during the chase — and they remained that way in the court office when he went before the judge.

Clairton EMS transported him to UPMC McKeesport after he left the court office.


McKeesport Daily News April 16, 2010

South Allegheny Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of South Allegheny Community will gather in Queen of the Rosary Church at 4:45 p.m. Saturday to participate in the 5 p.m. Mass. The Rev. Casimer Kedzierski will officiate and present medals, certificates and patches to the Scouts.

Brownie Scouts receiving the “I Live My Faith” medal, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Father Damian of Molokai patches will be Julia Jasiewicz of Troop 22188, Casey Mitchell and Lauren Taylor of Troop 50564, and Mikayla McShane, Alyssa Minerd and Lauren Whitney of Troop 51225. Lauren Taylor also earned the St. Peter Claver patch. The Brownies worked with instructor Carol Dworek.

The “Mary, the First Disciple” certificates and the “Pray the Rosary” patch will be presented to the following Cadette Scouts: Anna Ferry and Victoria Whitney of Troop 50355, and Karen Thorwart and Renee Thorwart of Troop 50108. They worked with Barbara Sowko completing the requirements and service to receive this medal.

Ferry and Whitney also will receive the District III pin for having completed one Diocesan religious award and three National religious awards since being Girl Scouts. They girls will receive their Marian Medal at St. Paul Cathedral April 25 from Bishop David Zubick at the 2 p.m. Convocation Mass.


McKeesport Daily News April 19, 2010

Glassport

Cleanup items accepted

Glassport councilman Paul Trunzo has announced that a large trash container will be available to borough residents for items not regularly collected by the garbage truck. Materials and items that may be dropped off at the container include wood, glass, brick, block, paint cans, tires and other construction materials. The items may be brought to the container located behind the police station on April 23-25.

Council meetings scheduled

Glassport council’s workshop meeting will be April 20 at 7 p.m. Its regular vot­ing meeting will be April 27 at 7 p.m.


McKeesport Daily News April 20, 2010

Glassport

Marijuana citation filed

Edward Keith Plesniak, 41, of Glassport, was cited for possession of a noxious weed April 13 at 10:45 a.m. in the 700 block of Maryland Avenue. Police said the suspect had a small amount of marijuana.

Disorderly conduct cited

Walter Plesniak Jr., 45, of Glassport, was cited for disorderly conduct and public intoxication Thursday at 5:07 p.m. in the 600 block of Indiana Avenue, police said.


McKeesport Daily News April 20, 2010

Glassport United Methodist Church

A stuffed chicken breast dinner will be Saturday from 2-5 p.m. in Glassport United Methodist Church, 501 Ohio Ave. in Glassport. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children under 10. Tickets will be available at the door or by calling 412-678-8312 for presale tickets.


McKeesport Daily News April 24, 2010

Glassport

Parade planned for today

Glassport Athletic Association will have a parade today at 11 a.m. on Monongahela Avenue from Seventh Street to the Ninth Street ball fields to mark the start of baseball season. The parade will feature Little League players and public safety vehicles. It will be followed by games at the field.

Cleanup items accepted

A large trash container is available to borough residents through Sunday for items not regularly collected by the garbage truck. Materials and items that may be dropped off at the container include wood, glass, brick, block, and other construction materials.

Batteries, paint cans and tires cannot be accepted.

The items may be brought to the container located behind the police station.


McKeesport Daily News April 26, 2010

Suspect nabbed in fatal shooting

GARRET R. SAINIAK

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

A Lincoln man is dead and a former Glassport man is in custody after a weekend shooting outside the Sons of Italy hall in Glassport.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office said James Hoover, 31, of Lincoln, was pronounced dead of multiple gunshot wounds after the incident around 3 a.m. Sunday.

According to Allegheny County homicide detectives, Glassport police on routine patrol observed a disturbance on the street in front of the club around 3:15 a.m. Detectives said two people fled the scene as officers approached, but one of the pair was apprehended immediately. It was determined the disturbance was a physical altercation that led to a shooting.

At the scene one male was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and pronounced dead. A second male was transported to a local area hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound. These two men were brothers. They had been with a larger group celebrating the victim’s bachelor party. The person apprehended by the police was determined to be the shooter.

He later was identified by county police as Garret R. Sainiak, 27, who formerly lived in Glassport. County police said he faces charges of homicide, aggravated assault and violation of the Uniform Firearms Act.

County police said the second man was apprehended later but not charged as of Sunday evening.


McKeesport Daily News April 26, 2010

— Photos by Ben Filio/For The Daily News

Above, tee ball, softball, and baseball players from Glassport Athletic Association braved Saturday’s rainy weather to march in a parade through the borough that ended at Glassport’s newly renovated baseball field. At right, players, coaches and fans take part in the time-honored baseball tradition of paying tribute to our country by singing the national anthem.


McKeesport Daily News April 27, 2010

Glassport shooting suspect in custody

By Patrick Cloonan, MCKEESPORT DAILY NEWS Tuesday, April 27, 2010 Last updated: 7:59 am McKeesport E-Edition

As a Lincoln family prepares to bury a father of four children, a man is in Allegheny County Jail without bond, charged with shooting him following the victim's bachelor party.

Garrett R. Sainiak, 27, most recently of West Mifflin, is being held without bond in Allegheny County Jail pending a preliminary hearing Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Pittsburgh Municipal Court.

He is charged with criminal homicide in the death of James Hoover, 36, of Lincoln, as well as a violation of the Uniform Firearms Act, criminal attempt, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person in the wounding of one of Hoover's brothers.

Sainiak has a long record, dating back to 2001, with some three dozen cases adjudicated during that time, according to records available from the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts.

In Brentwood in March, he waived simple assault, retail theft and disorderly conduct charges to court, and was free on his own recognizance.

He was free on $5,000 bond after waiving a hearing in December on Duquesne counts of burglary, theft, criminal mischief and criminal trespass. At the time, his address was listed as being in Glassport.

In another case a year ago, Glassport charges of simple assault were dismissed when Sainiak agreed to plead guilty to a summary charge of harassment and was ordered by Magisterial District Judge Douglas W. Reed to pay $562 in fines and costs.

Hoover was going to marry his girlfriend of 11 years, Angela Mingo, 34, next weekend. Hoover had two sons from a previous marriage and with Mingo had a son and a daughter.

Reports indicate that Sainiak and another man confronted Hoover and his entourage around 3 a.m. Sunday at the Sons of Italy lodge in Glassport. Authorities said Sainiak was not a guest at Hoover's party.

Further details of the county homicide investigation were not available Monday.

Hoover was an employee of Tech Met in Glassport and also is survived by his sister and assorted other relatives. Friends are being received today at the Gilbert Funeral Home in the Boston section of Elizabeth Township, where funeral services are scheduled for Thursday at 11 a.m.


McKeesport Daily News April 28, 2010

Glassport residents want committee

By KELLY FENNESSY Daily News Staff Writer kfennessy@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport residents soon may have another way to voice their concerns about the borough.

At Tuesday’s meeting, resident Mark Stecak asked council to consider forming a citizens review board or other similar committee to allow residents to discuss town issues.

“We can meet and get people together to help change the town,” he said. “Just something where we get together and review issues like garbage, landlord problems and anything like that.” Stecak suggested finding representatives from each of Glassport’s six districts to form the committee, which also would include council members.

“I know there’ll be plenty of people interested,” he said.

Council agreed to pursue the idea and work to set up a meeting.

“I’d love to have something like this,” council president John DeSue said.

Councilman James Uziel said residents should continue to alert council, the mayor or the police about issues that arise throughout town. Residents complained Tuesday about overgrown property and noisy neighbors.

“If you see something that’s unsightly or detrimental to the neighborhood, by all means report it,” he said. “We need these phone calls. We have ordinances that cover all these things.”


McKeesport Daily News April 29, 2010

Glassport

Autism awareness event set

An Autism Awareness Scavenger Hunt Pub Crawl will occur in Glassport Saturday from 6-11 p.m.


McKeesport Daily News April 29, 2010

Hearing postponed in Glassport murder case

By THE DAILY NEWS

A preliminary hearing has been postponed for a suspect in the murder of a Lincoln man.

The hearing slated Wednesday for Garrett R. Sainiak, 27, most recently of West Mifflin, in the death of James Hoover, 36, was rescheduled for May 7 at 8:30 a.m. in Pittsburgh Municipal Court.

Sainiak is charged with criminal homicide as well as criminal attempt, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and a firearms violation.

Sainiak was arrested after the Sunday shooting in Glassport that claimed Hoover and wounded Hoover’s brother. He is being held in Allegheny County Jail without bond.

Police said the shooting followed an altercation between Sainiak and several men attending a bachelor party for Hoover, who was to be married Saturday.

Instead, Hoover’s funeral is taking place today at Gilbert Funeral Home in Boston.


McKeesport Daily News April 30, 2010

Glassport mayor vetoes ordinance

By KELLY FENNESSY Daily News Staff Writer kfennessy@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport Mayor Michael Evanovich is questioning the presentation of the borough’s salary ordinance.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Evanovich vetoed ordinance 1103, which lists the salaries for 16 borough employees, 13 of which are contracted and three of which are at­will.

The mayor cited two specific problems with the ordinance: A section which indicated an age of retirement and blank sections which should have contained salary figures.

“I was given a blank ordinance,” he said. “I won’t sign something that’s blank like this.” Council voted 6-0 to reconsider the ordinance, which in effect overrode the mayor’s veto. Councilman Eugene Skerkoski was absent.

Councilman James Uziel was concerned that, if the ordinance was not enacted, it would cause a delay in employees receiving their salaries, potentially leading to a union grievance.

“I believe it could cause an issue with union members not being paid,” said Lynne Finnerty of Dodaro, Matta and Cambest, sitting in for solicitor Gary Matta. “It could cause contractual problems with people who are under contract to be paid at a certain time.” Council president John DeSue said council already voted on salaries for the borough employees, meaning those numbers could be inserted in the ordinance. He also said the borough will remove a specific age in regard to retirement.

“This just needs cleaned up a little,” he said in reference to the ordinance. “We’ll get that fixed.” Evanovich said he’s willing to sign the ordinance into law once the changes are made.


McKeesport Daily News May 1, 2010

Glassport

Harassment charges filed

• Charles Hayden, 43, of Glassport, was cited for disorderly conduct and harassment April 24 at 2:45 p.m. in the 600 block of Allegheny Avenue, police said.

• Cheryl Wallace, 46, of Glassport, was cited for harassment April 25 in the 600 block of Monongahela Avenue, according to police.


McKeesport Daily News May 4, 2010

Glassport American Legion

Glassport American Legion Post No. 417 Monogahela Ave., will host a Mother’s Day dinner Saturday from 4-7 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit Glassport American Legion Post No. 443 Memorial Day program.

Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger and includes chicken or turkey dinner with all the trimmings and dessert.

Reservations can be made by calling 412-678-6621.


McKeesport Daily News May 4, 2010

Glassport

Development meeting set

Glassport Development Corp. will meet May 12 at 7 p.m. in the borough building. The meeting is open to the public.


McKeesport Daily News May 4, 2010

Glassport youth, family granted Disney World wish

— Photo by Eric Slagle/Daily News

Jesse Ingram of Glassport and his family are going to Disney World thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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

Jesse Ingram of Glassport says he’s going to “Isney World.” The youngster will make the trip to the Orlando park, also known as Disney World, with his parents and two sisters thanks to the Make­A-Wish Foundation.

Jesse has a chronic, life­threatening respiratory disease that requires him to take a regimen of medicines at home and has resulted in his being hospitalized on a number of occasions. When he was just a month old, Jesse was hospitalized for a month and a half during which time his lungs collapsed. He does better now, but still has attacks during which he can’t breathe and has to be rushed to the hos­pital by ambulance for treat­ment, his mother Heather Ingram said.

“We almost lost him three times,” she said.

Despite the ailment, Jesse, who’ll turn 3 on Sunday, enjoys life just like any kid his age would. He likes riding his scooter and is excited about seeing Donald Duck.

The Monday after the family returns from the week­long visit to Florida, Jesse will begin preschool.

Make-A-Wish representative Jeanine Brevak of Munhall is helping the Ingrams get ready for the trip by taking care of some of the logistical matters and even tending to details like getting Jesse a pair of goggles for swimming.

“We try to make the trip for the family as stress-free as possible,” said Brevak, who began volunteering with the foundation four years ago after her son, who has cerebral palsy, had a wish granted. She explained, “You want to give back somehow.” Nationwide, the foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes. In addition to theme park visits, the foundation also grants wishes involving celebrity and sports stars, career interests and fantasy and adventure experiences.

For more information about the local chapter of the foundation, visit www.wishgreaterpa.org.


McKeesport Daily News May 5, 2010

Glassport

Senior events announced

Glassport Senior Citizens Center will host the following events and activities in May:

• Birthday Day is May 19. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. and cake celebrating all members with May birthdays will be served at noon.

• Hot meals are served every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

• Exercise classes are offered every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10-10:45 a.m.

• The center will be closed May 18 for Election Day and May 28 and 31 for Memorial Day.

The center will host a bus trip to Rivers Casino June 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $20 per person. Registration and payment are due by June 7.

Borough meetings set

Glassport council will have its monthly workshop meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and its regular monthly voting meeting May 25 at 7 p.m. Both meetings will be in Glassport council chambers.


McKeesport Daily News May 7, 2010

NWA to remember late Glassport fan at Saturday event

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

A Glassport man is being honored for his longtime dedication to a local wrestling association.

Last year, Ray Mendez was inducted posthumously into the NWA East’s “Section of Honor,” a fans’ wing of the organization’s Hall of Fame, the “Circle of Respect.” On Saturday, Jacob Woll Pavilion in McKeesport’s Renziehausen Park will play host to Ray Mendez Fan Appreciation Night. Bell time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $12 for VIP tickets, and children 12 and younger get in for $6.

Ray Mendez died July 18, 2004, of kidney failure. He was in his 50s.

“He was a really good father,” Ray’s son Randy Mendez said. “He was always constantly doing things to make his kids happy.” One of those things was attending local wrestling shows and watching mainstream professional wrestling with the family whenever possible.

“My dad was hard-core into wrestling,” Randy Mendez said. “He never missed a show at all. He was at every one, front row. There was an event we went to and it was really cold. Not many people were going to show, and my dad was among the ones that showed. It’s just the action of it. It brings the whole family together.” “Ray Mendez was one of our most loyal fans,” said Quinn Magnum, NWA East’s grand slam winner and hall of famer. “Unfortunately (he) passed a couple years back. Ray always enjoyed the wrestling shows, and would often make sure many members of his fam­ily would come with him to the shows as he saw this as a way for his family to get together and have a fun time.” Magnum said the organization was able to pres­ent Randy and his brother Ray Mendez III with a plaque last year in honor of their family’s support of NWA East from the beginning, when events took place at the former Eastland Mall in North Versailles Township.

“That was a pretty emotional day,” Randy Mendez said about accepting the plaque. “It was an amazing day. It was an experience like no other. It says a lot.

They actually show their respect to the fans. I love it.

We appreciate all they did. They’re great people.” Randy Mendez said his family will be in attendance Saturday night.

Magnum said the organization plans to induct three more fans into the “Section of Honor” at the event.

A few things not finalized about Fan Appreciation Night are the matches. The program was designed to have the fans pick contests, and none of the matches have been formally announced. NWA East’s website, www.nwaeast.org , does list some of the combatants.

The Brass Knuckle title will be defended in a three­way dance between Devin DeVine, Jason Cage and a third participant. NWA East Tag Team titles will be up for grabs in a match between The Hellraisers and any team from The Uprising, Golden Reign, or The Mon Valley Monsters. The Hansen Brothers have issued an open challenge to two fan-chosen opponents.

And a “Beat the Clock” challenge has been issued between Ashton Amherst, Chris Taylor, Dash Bennett and three respective opponents. Whoever pins their opponent the quickest will earn an NWA East Heavyweight title shot on May 21.

Check the website for updates.


McKeesport Daily News May 13, 2010

Case dismissed against suspect in dog poisoning

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

Prosecutors have dropped charges against a Glassport man accused of poisoning a borough police dog.

Dustin Rivera, 24, who was arrested for allegedly trying to poison Glassport police dog Zen while the dog was in the backyard kennel of his handler, police Deputy Chief Shawn DeVerse last September, will not be prosecuted for the crime.

Questions about Rivera’s involvement with the incident arose in district court last December when a witness who’d implicated him — Bryan Charles Runion, 24, of Port Vue — could not answer basic questions about how he came to believe Rivera was responsible.

Runion told authorities he knew who committed the crime after he’d been picked up by Port Vue police for the non-payment of a fine.

He said Rivera had confessed to poisoning the animal while they were in a car, but when he was pressed for details about where the vehicle was when Rivera allegedly made the statement, what the men were doing, what date or time of day it was, Runion could not answer.

Allegheny County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert C. Reed approved the non-prosecution of the case Wednesday after the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office and Glassport police agreed that the charges should be dismissed.

DeVerse said the district attorney’s office asked him if he had a problem with the case against Rivera being dropped and that he gave his consent to that plan.

DeVerse said the case against Rivera was weak.

“I voiced my opinion from the start that this kid didn’t have anything to do with this,” DeVerse said. “(Runion) was just trying to keep himself out of trouble.” The poisoning is alleged to have occurred the morning of Sept. 14 while DeVerse was taking his children to school. The deputy chief said he was away for approximately 20 minutes. When he returned home, he noticed an antifreeze­soaked rag hanging on the fence above the dog’s back­yard kennel. Some of the antifreeze had dripped onto the kennel’s concrete floor and the dog was licking it up when DeVerse arrived home.

Police have no witnesses to the incident.

The dog recovered after treatment at a veterinary hospital and eventually returned to work.

DeVerse noted that the perpetrator of attack on the dog remains at large.

“I definitely want somebody to be arrested for this but want to make sure it’s the right person,” he said.

The charges that were dropped against Rivera are torturing a police animal, poisoning a domestic animal, loitering and prowling at night and criminal trespass.


McKeesport Daily News May 13, 2010

Glassport

Theft charge filed

Jason Castine, 34, of McKeesport, was cited for theft Tuesday with regards to an incident that occurred Nov. 5, police said.

Curfew enforcement noted

Police are reminding the public that Glassport’s curfew for those under 18 is 10 p.m. Violators will be cited.


McKeesport Daily News May 21, 2010

Glassport woman’s plea for relief from water woes going unheeded

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

A Glassport homeowner who says her yard and basement have been waterlogged since the borough undertook a road repair project above her house two years ago contends the municipality should fix the problem.

— Photo by Eric Slagle/Daily News Gloria Jaskolski says water seeping down the hillside behind her mother-in-law’s home in Glassport is causing a front retaining wall to collapse.Glassport officials say the borough is not responsible.

Frances Jaskolski, 88, said she began having drainage issues on her property in the 500 block of Spruce Alley approximately two years ago after borough crews did road work along Pacific Avenue on the hillside directly above her house.

Shortly after the work was completed, Jaskolski said she began noticing water in her basement, a problem she had never had in the 60 years she’s lived in her home.

But it’s been a constant problem since then and Jaskolski believes it’s beginning to affect other parts of her home.

Mold forms around the windows and the paint is cracking on the walls inside her home. Her backyard supports plant life commonly found in marshes, and the foundation of her detached garage and front wall are cracking and lurching forward, she says because there is so much water flowing downhill through her property.

“All I want is to stop that water,” said Jaskolski, who sweeps several times a day, to little avail, at the quarter-inch of water that trickles through her once-carpeted basement. With the help of her stepdaughter, Gloria Jaskolski, the elder Jaskolski has contacted some 18 different entities about getting the problem fixed — including the state Department of Environmental Protection, the Bureau of Mines, water company and elected officials — but has gotten little help.

In May 2009, the borough sent its engineering firm, The EADS Group, to investigate the problem. A report from the investigation found that the problem “appears to be a natural phenomenon that occurs along some hillsides where springs outcrop.” The engineer dye tested Jaskolski’s property and the area above it and the results showed no connection between the two areas. It also noted that the Bureau of Mines and water company had tested the area and concluded the water was not coming from a mine or a water line leak.

As recommendations, the report suggested that a French drain could be installed along the base of the hillside to collect and divert the water to another location, or that a dry well filled with stones could be dug away from the home to disburse water into underlying soils. But it adds that the problem is a “private concern.” Jaskolski said that, to her, the suggestion that she should install a French drain at her home for a problem that begins above it, amounts to “They’re blaming me. They say I got water and it’s my fault.” Borough councilman James Uziel said Jaskolski’s problem is serious and that the borough would take care of it if it were responsible.

“We don’t have any responsibility for this,” he said, referring to the EADS report. “If it was something we were responsible for, obviously we would take care of it.” Uziel said that in spring of 2008, borough crews installed flexible tubing in a wet area where a home once stood above Jaskolski’s house to a nearby catch basin to divert water away from the old foundation and, more important, away from Pacific Avenue.

For years, Uziel said, the water coming out of the hillside flowed down Pacific Avenue and caused slippery and hazardous conditions farther down the hillside.

— Photo by Eric Slagle/Daily News Frances Jaskolski, 88, of Glassport, says water began coming into her basement about two years ago, about same time the borough completed a project along the road above her home to divert spring water from the roadway into a catch basin.

Though Jaskolski believes that work was the cause of her water woes, Uziel does not agree based on the findings of the EADS report.

“We checked every angle,” said Uziel, who said the only plausible explanation for Jaskolski’s problem is that an underground spring wells up on her property. He said that construction work that occurred between Iowa Avenue and Oregon Street several years ago may have somehow resulted in the spring’s causing problems.

“If there was anything we could do to help this lady, we would,” Uziel said. “It’s just like an act of God.” DEP spokeswoman Helen Humphries said she was familiar with Jaskolski’s situation but there is nothing the state can do to address the problem, owing in part to it being an isolated problem of limited scope.

“It’s not something the state handles,” she said, noting that problems like Jaskolski’s are relatively commonplace. “It’s really more of a municipal problem.” Humphries said hom­eowners in circumstances like Jaskolski’s need to make identifying the source of the water a priority, even if that means hiring an environmental consultant. Depending on where the water is coming from, she said the homeowner also may have to consider hiring a lawyer.

Jaskolski said she’s in a bind because she can’t afford to hire a lawyer nor can she afford to make a lot of costly repairs to her home to rectify the problem. She says she plans to take up the issue again with borough council at its next regular meeting.


McKeesport Daily News May 24, 2010

Beautifying the borough

— Photos by Ben Filio/For The Daily News

In an attempt to help beautify the borough, Glassport Development Corp. sponsored a flower­planting project Saturday along Monongahela Avenue.

The GDC was assisted in the project by students from South Allegheny High School.

Above, SA student Ashley Ausburn of Glassport plants some flowers.

At left, Rick McCauley of the GDC prepares some of the colorful blooms for planting.


McKeesport Daily News May 26, 2010

Glassport

Collection drive planned

Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 of Glassport will have a boot collection drive throughout the borough Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Funds collected will benefit the fire department and the June 6 Glassport Borough Fishing Contest.


McKeesport Daily News May 29, 2010

Glassport man charged in pedestrian accident

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

A Glassport man is being charged in an accident that sent a pedestrian to the hospital.

Robby John Heil, 31, is charged by summons with recklessly endangering another person, reckless driving and false reports.

The charges result from an accident May 22 at 2:55 p.m. when a vehicle hit a pedestrian on Washington Boulevard at Woodland Avenue in Port Vue.

The criminal complaint said that while Heil’s vehicle was not the vehicle that hit Suzette Evans, his SUV caused the other vehicle, driven by Elise Wright, to hit the victim.

Wright said she was traveling down Washington Boulevard toward Romine Avenue when a black SUV drove in front of her from Woodland Avenue. She then said she swerved to the right shoulder of Washington Boulevard to avoid a collision with the SUV.

According to the criminal complaint, Heil said he pulled out in front of a vehicle because he didn’t see it due to another vehicle in front of him. A witness at the scene said there was no vehicle in front of Heil and Heil pulled out without looking for traffic in the opposite direction.

Police said Evans was taken by medical helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian. She has since been discharged from the hospital.

Heil’s preliminary hearing is scheduled in front of Magisterial District Judge Armand Martin on June 22 at 1 p.m.


McKeesport Daily News May 29, 2010

Glassport

American Legion Post 443 will host a Memorial Day service Monday at 5 p.m. at the borough’s honor roll along Monongahela Avenue. A dinner will follow in the American Legion hall.


McKeesport Daily News June 1, 2010

Letter to Editor

Taking pride in Glassport

I would like to thank all the volunteers who took the time to come out on Sunday, April 25, to participate in “The Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania.” The event was an enormous success, with a great turnout of citizens, children and immeasurable help from our fire department.

Volunteerism is the driving force to make our community a better place to live. The effort taken in the cleanup of our town reflects that residents do have pride in Glassport.

Mayor Michael W. Evanovich

Glassport


McKeesport Daily News June 3, 2010

Glassport

Burglary suspect charged

Keith Scherba, 24, of North Huntingdon Township, was arrested for burglary, defiant trespass and two counts simple assault May 26 at 2:30 a.m. in the 800 block of Ohio Avenue, police said.

Assault charges filed

• Georgia Zowacki, 46, of Glassport, was cited for simple assault Friday at 9:58 p.m. in the 500 block of Delaware Avenue, police said.

• Barry Bishop, 50, of Glassport, was cited for simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct May 24 at 5:35 p.m. in the 600 block of Ohio Avenue, police said.

• Stacey Burke, 29, of Glassport, was cited for simple assault Friday at 9:58 p.m. in the 500 block of Delaware Avenue, police said.

Disorderly conduct cited

Two juveniles were cited for disorderly conduct Saturday at 2:10 p.m. at Rite-Aid, police said.

Multiple charges filed

Dianna Huffine, 26, of Glassport, was arrested for harassment, terroristic threats, criminal trespass, defiant trespass and disorderly conduct May 25 at 11:40 p.m. in the 800 block of Hemlock Way, police said.

Pair charged

Glassport residents Susan Farally, 25, and Melissa Farally, 24, were cited for simple assault in the 600 block of Delaware Avenue May 25 at 6:01 p.m., police said.


McKeesport Daily News June 4, 2010

Glassport

Alcohol-related charge filed

Barry Bishop, 50, of Glassport, was cited for public intoxication on Wednesday at 11:10 a.m. at Seventh Street and Monongahela Avenue, police said.


McKeesport Daily News June 4, 2010

Glassport

Meeting announced

Glassport Development Corp. will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the municipal building.


McKeesport Daily News June 9, 2010

Glassport

Alcohol-related charge filed

Jason Murin, 36, of Glassport, was arrested for public intoxication and harassment in Spruce Alley on Sunday at 8:37 p.m., police said. The suspect was held at the McKeesport prisoner holding facility until sober.

DUI suspect charged

Scott Craven, 37, of Glassport, was arrested for careless driving and DUI on Friday at 12:51 a.m. Police said Craven struck a utility pole when he attempted to make a turn from Monongahela Avenue onto Sixth Street in a Pontiac Grand Prix.


McKeesport Daily News June 10, 2010

Glassport

Kid Day set

Glassport Parks and Recreation will sponsor “Fun to Be a Kid Day” June 26 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Ninth Street Ballfield. Events include inflatable activities, horse rides, fire truck rides, crafts, police finger­printing for children and free refreshments. The event is free and open to all borough Glassport residents. Participants must register at the Municipal building by June 22.

Fishing winners named

Glassport has announced the results of the Mihoces/Urbanski/Inkes annual fishing contest.

The contest, which was Sunday at the Harrison Street dock, was open to borough youth and all who participated received a prize for competing.

Boys who caught the biggest fish were Carson Petras, first place; David Nehila, second; and Zander Rocco, third. Girls who caught the largest fish were Katie Loop, first; Jade Gray, second; and Destiny Nehila, third.

Road closure noted

Sixth Street in front of the old Queen of the Rosary Church has been blocked off due to hazardous structural conditions at the church. Police say drivers should use alternate streets around the church as a detour.


McKeesport Daily News June 11, 2010

Glassport

Alcohol-related citation filed

George McHalcik, 50, of Glassport, was cited for public intoxication Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at Seventh Street and Monongahela Avenue, police said.

Reminder issued

Due to recent reports of vandalism, police are reminding the public that trespassing is prohibited at the old high school at Second Street and Erie Avenue. Violators will be prosecuted.

Officer elections slated

Glassport Democratic Committee will elect its officers Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Glassport Senior Citizens Building, 544 Monongahela Ave. Call 412-672-8484 for more information.


McKeesport Daily News June 15, 2010

Glassport

‘Fun to Be Kid Day’ planned

Glassport Parks and Recreation will sponsor “Fun to Be a Kid Day” June 26 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Ninth Street Ballfield. Events include inflatable activities, horse rides, fire truck rides, crafts, police fingerprinting for children and free refreshments.

The event is free and open to all borough children 12 and younger and all residents are welcome. Participants must register at the municipal building by June 22.

Sports clinic coming to borough ballfield

Allegheny County Department of Parks will host a traveling sports clinic at the Ninth Street ballfield June 28-29 from 10 a.m. to noon and 12:30-2:30 p.m.

This free clinic offers instruction in sports technique and emphasizes fundamental rules and fair play.

Students over age 6 from South Allegheny School District can participate. All students who take part will receive a baseball cap.

For more information, visit the department’s website at www.allegheny.pa.us/parks.


McKeesport Daily News June 16, 2010

Glassport

Information sought

Glassport police are asking anyone who may have witnessed a burglary at Bob’s Bar at 642 Indiana Ave. early Sunday morning to contact them at 412-672-4514.

Police said someone broke into the bar through a basement door and took about $40 from the register and a charity collection box.


McKeesport Daily News June 23, 2010

Glassport plans to change curfew to 10 p.m. all year

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

After a number of juvenile incidents in the borough, Glassport is looking to change its curfew to 10 p.m. year round.

On Tuesday night, council authorized the advertisement of the amendment to the curfew applying to anyone age 17 and younger.

The curfew will be changed from 11 p.m. during June, July and August and on weekend nights.

Mayor Mitch Evanovich said police had turned over two 7-year-olds to their parents last month with one involved in harassment and the other involved in an assault. He declined to comment specifically on the incident.

“Our juvenile officer is dealing with the parents on this,” Evanovich said.

A vote on the curfew will be taken next month.

Borough officials said Sixth Street remains closed because a man is tearing off the roof of a building and it is too dangerous to have the street open.

Councilman Paul Trunzo said the Glassport Senior Citizens Center continues to thrive, serving lunches five days a week and having many activities. He said it served a record 60 meals last Tuesday.

Senior Citizens Center director Vina March said a borough couple has offered to pay for new flooring in the center. The couple preferred not to be named. Resident George Brandt then extended his services to install the floor.

Councilman James Foster asked residents to be careful in the storage of gasoline cans for equipment such as lawn mowers and weed wackers. He said a dog knocked over a gas can on a porch Sunday along N. Monongahela Avenue.

“That could of turned bad for the animal as well as the homeowner,” Foster said.

Councilwoman Nancy Crncic said 22 veterans’ names were added to the Glassport Honor Roll during the Memorial Day service.

Proposals for the demolition of properties at 717 Delaware Ave., 430 Euclid Ave. and 635 Allegheny Ave. through Twin Rivers Council of Governments have been posted. The bid proposal deadline is July 8.


McKeesport Daily News June 23, 2010

Kids Day set in Glassport

— Photo by Stacy Lee/Daily News

From left, Makayla Carroll, 5, Chazdine Harmon, 4, Ethan Gorr, 4, Emily Beaumont, 4, and Damien Skibinski, 3, get excited about Glassport Fun to be a Kid Day, which is scheduled for Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Ninth Street Ball Field. The event, which is sponsored by Glassport Parks & Recreation, will feature inflatable activities, horse rides, fire truck rides, karate demonstrations, spin art, balloon art and face painting. The police will be fingerprinting children and the Allegheny County 911 mobile operator will teach children the proper way to call 911 in an emergency. There will be free refreshments and free handouts to borough children age 12 and younger that have preregistered for the event.


McKeesport Daily News June 26, 2010

Kedzierski marks 50th anniversary

A Mass of Thanksgiving will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport to the celebration of the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski’s 50th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood.

Born in Szydlowo, Poland, he was ordained June 19, 1960, by Bishop Thaddeus Paulus Zakrzewski in Plock, Poland.

His first Mass was immediately following his ordination with his classmates in attendance at the National Shrine of the Blessed Mother of Czestochowa.

Until 1972, he served as parochial vicar in various parishes in the diocese of Plock.

Kedzierski arrived in the United States in 1972 and served as parochial vicar at St. Ignatius de Loyola in Carnegie from March 1973 to October 1978. He then went to serve as parochial vicar at St. James in Sewickley until he was named pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Glassport in August 1987.

In 1989, he was named pastor of St. Cecilia and administrator of Holy Cross until the formation of Queen of the Rosary parish in 1994, where he continues to serve.

Reflecting on his golden anniversary in the priesthood, Kedzierski said, “All of the ministries of the priesthood are most beautiful. The ministries of the priest are directed to the service of people and God. I enjoy all of them, especially daily Mass, visiting the sick and performing the sacraments.” He said he received a call from God early in his life. “To this day, I believe God called me.” To someone consider ing a life in priestly ministry, he describes the priesthood as, “the most beautiful vocation from God. It is a gift from God for the people and the one who was called.” After Mass a dinner reception, catered by Stratwood Catering, will be at the Boston Spectrum in Elizaeth Township.


McKeesport Daily News June 30, 2010

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports:

Disorderly conduct cited

• Ted Marsh, 37, of Port Vue, was cited for disorderly conduct in the 900 block of Vermont Avenue Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

• John Perza, 46, of Glassport, was cited for disorderly conduct Thursday at 10 a.m. along Harrison Street Extension. Police allege Perza threatened a borough employee.

DUI suspect charged

Janet Hite, 25, of McKeesport, was arrested for DUI, speeding, reckless driving and failure to obey stop and yield signs June 19 at 4:08 a.m. Police said Hite’s vehicle was observed traveling recklessly in the area of Reed Street and N. Monongahela Avenue. Police stopped Hite’s vehicle at Ann Street and W. Fifth Avenue in McKeesport’s Tenth Ward.


McKeesport Daily News July 8, 2010

Glassport center celebrates success under new leaders

— Photo by Jennifer R. Vertullo/Daily News

Glassport Senior Center volunteer Ted Zebroski helps Ruth Whirl, 96, of Glassport, fill her plate in the buffet line at the center’s second anniversary celebration Wednesday.

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

It was a lunchtime celebration of two anniversaries and two women at Glassport Senior Center.

Senior center director Vina March was the first woman of the hour Wednesday as the facility marked the anniversary of the second full year of operation under new management.

March became director of the center following the county’s decision in 2008 to discontinue support of the facility because of low membership numbers.

“It looked like the center was going to close,” recalled former Glassport councilman Ted Zebroski, who, with March, was active in keeping the center at 544 Monongahela Ave. open, despite the loss of support from the county’s LifeSpan program. He said it was March’s tenacity — and support from businesses, council, individuals and former mayor Terry DiMarco — that has helped keep the center afloat and membership growing.

When the center was under county management, Zebroski said, there were fewer than 25 members. “As of today,” he added, “we are 260 members strong.” The second woman celebrated at the event was Ruth Whirl, who turns 96 today. “It’s a wonderful place,” said Whirl, a Glassport resident who’s been a member of the senior center for years. A former secretary at the old Westinghouse apparatus repair services center in Glassport, Whirl said she nowadays goes to the center just about everyday.

Whirl was one of about 50 regular members enjoying a lunchtime feast that included pigs-in-a-blanket, chicken and other dishes.

Cindy Kimmel of Port Vue said she’d joined the center in the last couple of months.

“It would really be bad if they’d close it,” Kimmel said.

Another recent member, Nancy Coleman of Glassport, agreed. It’s just nice to get out of the house,” said Coleman, who visits the center about twice a week. She said she appreciates the center because she likes “the companionship and just being with folks.” March said she stepped forward to save the center two years ago because she knew there was a need for it in the community.

“(The county) said people didn’t participate in the activities but (the county) didn’t do anything for them,” said March. She said Glassport’s seniors “have a right to have a place to go because they built this town.” Glassport Mayor Michael Evanovich, council president John DeSue, council­woman Nancy Crncic and state Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Dravosburg, were among those attending the anniversary event.

DeSue was among several people at the event who noted the center lacks a regular source funding for its three-day-a-week hot meals program.

“We get no funding but we’re putting meals on the table,” said DeSue. “We need funding.” The center’s year-to-date total for hot meals served is 2,156. The cost of providing those meals is $6,148, according to Zebroski.

A small portion of the funding for the center comes from membership fees, which are $5 per year, but most of it comes from donations.

Members sang “God Bless America” to celebrate the center’s anniversary and “Happy Birthday” in honor of Whirl’s birthday.


McKeesport Daily News July 13, 2010

Glassport

Glassport police released the following incident reports:

Driver arrested

Alcohol-related arrest made

Robert Scott, 40, of West Elizabeth, was cited for public intoxication in the 800 block of Ohio Avenue on July 4 at 12:10 a.m.

Theft charges filed

Leroy Diluca, 53, of McKeesport, was arrested July 5 at 10:59 p.m. for DUI and driving without safety belts in the 2000 block of Washington Boulevard. Police said Diluca struck a utility pole at that location.

Assault suspect charged

Stephen Bittner, 24, of McKeesport, was arrested July 4 at 10:48 p.m. for simple assault, terroristic threats and three counts of reckless endangerment of another person in the 800 block of Ohio Avenue.

James Brown, 41, of Duquesne, was arrested for theft, forgery and access device fraud in the 600 block of Michigan Avenue on July 2 at 8:54 p.m.

Pair charged

Wayne Paxon, 61, of McKeesport, and John Rager, 31, of Glassport, both were arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, harassment, criminal mischief and public intoxication on Saturday at 11:07 p.m. at Fifth Street and Spruce Alley.


McKeesport Daily News July 17, 2010

Glassport

Voter registration offered

Glassport Democratic Committee members and volunteers will be available at Citizen’s Hose Co. No. 1 Annual Firemen’s Fair today from 6-8:30 p.m. to assist residents in registering to vote. Anyone who recently moved to town should stop by and complete the voters registration form or a change of address form. Voter registration must be current to vote in the November and future elections.


McKeesport Daily News July 22, 2010

Glassport

Police released the following incident reports:

Juveniles cited

• A 14-year-old female was cited for disorderly conduct and violating curfew for an incident that occurred Friday at 2:30 a.m. at Foodland.

• Two females, ages 14 and 16, were cited with disorderly conduct Tuesday at 5:57 p.m. for fighting in the 800 block of Hemlock Alley.

• A 16-year-old male was cited with disorderly conduct for fighting Tuesday at 5:57 p.m. in the 800 block of Hemlock Way.

Disorderly conduct cited

• Dianna Huffine, 26, of Glassport, was cited for disorderly conduct for an incident that occurred Saturday at 12:31 a.m. in the 800 block of Monongahela Avenue.

• Steven Floyd, 26, of Glassport, was cited for disorderly conduct July 15 at 4 p.m. in the 600 block of Delaware Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News July 27, 2010

Glassport

Committee to meet

Glassport Development Corporation’s fund-raising and non-governmental committee will meet Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Glassport borough building.

All members and those interested in learning more about GDC are invited to attend.


McKeesport Daily News July 28, 2010

Glassport reduces curfew to 10 p.m.

By KELLY FENNESSY Daily News Staff Writer kfennessy@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport officials hope a change in curfew will help reduce juvenile crime rates.

At Tuesday’s meeting, council approved a new year­round curfew of 10 p.m., which applies to anyone age 17 and younger. Previously, curfew was 11 p.m. during June, July and August and on weekend nights.

“Nothing good happens after 10 p.m. if you’re under 18,” Mayor Michael Evanovich said. “We’re really going to enforce this.” He noted the curfew ordinance states that, after a child is cited for violation twice, both the parent and child will be cited for each additional offense.

Evanovich said the fire siren will sound nightly at 10 o’clock.

The siren is set to be relocated to the top of Citizens Hose Co. No. 1, with work to begin Friday at 8 a.m. Councilman James Foster said the project will take a few days and the siren will sound periodically through­out the installation and testing. “We don’t want anyone to be concerned,” he said.

Also at the meeting, Councilwoman Nancy Crncic asked residents to continue to report to the police any vandalism or other problems at the newly renovated Ninth Street Playground. She said there have been “a few problems” with improper use of equipment and other mischief.

Vina March, director of the Glassport Senior Center, said the center will continue to operate as a cooling center any day the heat index is predicted to be above 90 degrees.


McKeesport Daily News July 29, 2010

Rape, assault hearing postponed for Glassport man

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

A preliminary hearing for a former Munhall man accused of raping one young girl and indecently assaulting another has been postponed.

Charles H. Gardner, 48, of Glassport, was expected to go before Magisterial District Judge Thomas R. Torkowsky Wednesday afternoon for two cases that stemmed from incidents that allegedly occurred at Gardner’s homes in two separate Munhall locations. Both preliminary hearings were postponed until Aug. 11 at 1 p.m.

They were postponed at the defense’s request so that Gardner could seek private counsel.

In one case, he is charged with indecent assault, rape, endangering the welfare of children, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and corruption of minors.

According to court documents, Allegheny County police observed a forensic interview on June 18 of a 14-year-old girl claiming Gardner sexually molested her at a residence along E. Ninth Avenue.

The 14-year-old said the incident occurred on May 4, 2007, when she was in fifth grade, and Gardner would allegedly remove some of her clothing and perform a sex act, according to court documents.

The 14-year-old said Gardner on more than one occasion, placed his hands underneath her shirt and onto her back, with the last times being in January and April of 2009, according to the criminal complaint. Gardner was interviewed on July 8, and police said he stated he made a mistake by touching the girl more than three years ago and hated himself for doing so.

In the other case, Gardner is charged with corruption of minors, indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children, aggravated indecent assault, and two counts of criminal attempt.

County police interviewed a 16-year-old girl on June 24 who said she was sexually abused by Gardner from the time she was in kindergarten through seventh grade.

The 16-year-old said the first incident occurred at Gardner’s residence on Hill Street in Munhall.

The 16-year-old said Gardner took her into his bedroom, removed some of her clothing and performed a sex act, according to documents.

The 16-year-old reported that similar incidents with Gardner occurred two times per week until she was 13 years old and in seventh grade.

Gardner is being held in Allegheny County Jail.


McKeesport Daily News July 29, 2010

Glassport

Mayor’s hours announced

Mayor Michael Evanovich will be available from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at the municipal building to hear questions and concerns from residents.

Call the borough at 412-672-7400 for more information.


McKeesport Daily News August 3, 2010

Glassport

Meeting tonight

The fund-raising/non­governmental organizations committee of the Glassport Development Corp. will meet tonight at 7 at the Glassport borough building. All members and those inter­ested in learning more about Glassport Development Corp. are invited to attend. Questions can be referred to glassportdevelopment@yahoo.


McKeesport Daily News August 4, 2010

Glassport

Intoxication Cited

• Warren Cox III, 54, of Dravosburg, was cited for public intoxication on Friday at 6:10 p.m. in Oak Alley behind the police station, police said.

• Eugene Shultz, 79, of McKeesport, was cited for public intoxication on July 26 at 7:15 p.m. in the 600 block of Monongahela Avenue, police said.


McKeesport Daily News August 7, 2010

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports:

Alcohol-related arrest made

John F. Baytos, 48, of Glassport, was cited for public intoxication on Wednesday at 2:35 a.m. in the 600 block of Monongahela Avenue.

Assault charge filed

Laquala Hammonds, 31, of Clairton, was arrested for aggravated assault and reckless endangerment of another person on Tuesday at 2:20 p.m. at One Allegheny Square. Police said the suspect attempted to hit a woman on the sidewalk with her vehicle following a magisterial district court hearing.


McKeesport Daily News August 9, 2010

Glassport

Hearing slated

Glassport council will conduct a public hearing on Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the borough building at 440 Monongahela Ave. for the purpose of receiving public testimony on the proposed demolition of structures and property as follows: 604 Cypress Way, 401 Erie Ave., 710 Monongahela Ave., Lot/Block: 558-C-315, Lot/Block: 467-L-79, Lot/Block: 558-F-149.

Council meetings set

Council’s workshop meeting will be Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. in council chambers.

Council’s regular monthly meeting is scheduled for Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. in council chambers.


McKeesport Daily News August 12, 2010

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports:

Alcohol-related charge filed

Shawn Nolder, 38, of Glassport, was cited for public intoxication Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Ninth Street playground.

Harassment alleged

Christopher Genemore, 34, of Glassport, was cited for harassment Saturday at 12:23 a.m. after he allegedly shoved a female victim in the 600 block of Ohio Avenue.

Trespassing charge filed

Justin Wiernicki, 21, of Glassport, was cited for trespassing Saturday at 11 a.m. after he allegedly entered an abandoned building in the 500 block of Ohio Avenue.

Police arrest 2

Two men accused of threatening gunfire at a local bar have been arrested.

Police said they charged Michael Ceresa, 22, of Gambrills, Md., and Jeffrey Wells, 45, of Pittsburgh, with terroristic threats, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and public intoxication Monday at 11:34 p.m. after they allegedly threatened to “shoot up” Hersh’s Bar in the 800 block of Monongahela Avenue.

Responding police found Ceresa in a truck parked outside the bar and Wells passed out in a nearby alley. Both suspects were highly intoxicated, according to police.


McKeesport Daily News August 14, 2010

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports:

Intoxication cited

• John Frank Rager, 31, of Glassport, was cited for public intoxication at Fifth Street and Erie Avenue Friday at 6:45 a.m.

• Penelope McAllen, 23, of Glassport, was cited for public intoxication Thursday at 7:45 p.m. in the 1000 block of Indiana Avenue.

Reminder issued

Glassport police are reminding citizens to lock their vehicles and homes to prevent thefts. Residents should report all suspicious activity to police when they see it by calling 911.


McKeesport Daily News August 16, 2010

READERS’ VIEWPOINT

Patterson Property questioned

The fourth item on the agenda for discussion under the heading “Communications” of the Glassport council meeting on July 27 was written as follows: “Dept. of Environmental Protection — Pre-Excavation Meeting was held at the Patterson Property on July 6, 2010. Paul Minor was in attendance from PA DEP Solid Waste Specialist, George Pitcher, Project Manager for the EAD’s and consultant for the Glassport Borough, and Chuck Murn, Murin & Murn Contracting.

Mr. Murn’s bid has been accepted by Glassport Borough and the project plan is to begin the week of July 12th with first installing the erosion and sedimentation controls.

This will consist of 18-inch high silt fence properly located and the installation of rock filter outlets in the case of blowout. Investigative trenches will follow in 50-foot intervals, to locate the extent of illegal construction and demolition waste disposed on site.” This situation was then only briefly addressed at the meeting!!

Do you have any idea what was and is going on at the Patterson Property? We certainly don’t. And inquiries around town indicate that most people are also “in the dark.” Immediate questions that come to mind are: — Why, as taxpayers, do we not know anything about this?

— Why was a “pre-excavation” meeting held on July 6, 2010?

— Why was the DEP in attendance?

— What was the meeting about, with respect to the Patterson Property?

— What were the results/conclusions of the meeting?

— What exactly is the “illegal construction and demolition waste” that was disposed on the site? Where did it come from? How did it get there? How much is there? How long will it take to clean it up?

— Why is the Borough of Glassport required to pay the cleanup costs?

— How much will it cost? Where is the money coming from? If there is not enough money, where will additional monies come from?

If you want answers to these or any other questions you may have on this situation, then please plan on attending the next council meeting on Aug. 24.

Sign in and voice your questions/concerns/opinions.

A group of concerned Glassport taxpayers:

Norb Piekut
Kathy Piekut
Rosemary Bradley
John D’Angelo
Judy Feltz
Dave Kowalski J
anet Kowalski
Jim Morningstar
Ann Ostroski
Ken Piotroski


McKeesport Daily News August 17, 2010

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports:

Citations filed

• Brian Scott Selders, 46, of Clairton, was cited for public intoxication Sunday at 4:30 a.m. at Ohio Avenue and Wall Street.

• John F. Rager, 31, of Glassport, was cited for public intoxication on Friday at 7:12 p.m. in the 600 block of Spruce Alley.


McKeesport Daily News August 24, 2010

Crews work at the rear of a house at 435 Monongahela Ave. in Glassport that caught fire Monday afternoon.

Firefighters handle Glassport blaze

By MICHAEL DIVITTORIO Daily News Staff Writer

mdivittorio@dailynewsemail.com

The American Red Cross is assisting a Glassport family displaced by fire and White Oak veterinarians are assisting their dog.

Fire officials said the blaze was contained to the first floor and basement and that no people were injured.

Glassport fire Chief Wayne Lewis said his department received Monday afternoon and responded to a blaze at 435 Monongahela Ave. at 4:09 p.m.

“Smoke was coming out of the roof area,” Lewis said. “We responded very quickly and we’re still investigating, so I can’t tell you a point of origin or cause.” The fire was contained to the basement and first floor, he said.

Lewis also said he could not estimate total damage to the property, but noted the house is not a total loss. Firefighters responded quickly enough to safe the family’s pit bull, who was found on the first floor.

“That dog was down for the count, and our firefighters started animal CPR on him and turned him over to (Clairton EMS) and the dog got up and started barking,” Lewis said. “(The family) was ecstatic about it.” The dog given to White Oak Animal Safe Haven personnel and to a borough veterinarian for further treatment. The Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the blaze.

One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion and transported to UPMC McKeesport, Lewis said.

Duquesne firefighters also responded and Dravosburg firefighters were on stand­by.


McKeesport Daily News August 25, 2010

Glassport residents upset about illegal dumping at Patterson Property

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

Glassport residents are demanding answers about illegal dumping at the Patterson Property and an investigation by the state Department of Environmental Protection about that site.

Residents and borough officials said people have been dumping building materials and other items for many years at the 143-acre site zoned as a conservancy district.

Council approved a lease agreement with Beaver Landscaping Feb. 19, 2009, to use a portion of the property for a clean landfill for dumping such items as rock, brick, uncontaminated soil, concrete and other items commonly associated with construction.

At a packed council chambers Tuesday night, multiple residents questioned the use of the property by Beaver Landscaping, possible citations by the state DEP, and what is being done about illegal dumping.

Resident Rosemary Bradley asked councilors if the borough had the necessary certificates of insurance and other permits from the DEP and Allegheny County to start the operation in 2009.

“We worked with DEP to arrange the plan for the remediation of that site,” borough solicitor Gary Matta said. “They were in full participation and actually had to approve the plan the borough of Glassport put together with respect to that site.” Matta noted the problem was not with certificates, but, rather, there’s an issue of somebody dumping materials on the site, and the DEP is trying to find out who that somebody is.

Councilor Jason Uziel said the borough erected a heavy-gauge fence in April 2007 with locks to stop illegal dumping.

“From that point on until today those locks have been replaced 50 times,” Uziel said. “Not only have we replaced locks that were cut with bolt cutters and whatever kind of saws were used, the fence itself was actually almost cut in half by God knows what kind of a tool. It’s been a constant battle to replace those locks.” Uziel noted the area is very difficult to secure because there are several access points to the Patterson property, and someone dumped tires this past weekend.

That issue was reported to the police, Uziel said.

Resident Sandy Majzer said the borough should install cameras or electronic gates around the site.

“Catch some license plates. Do something,” she said.

The borough permitted residents to discard grass and other compost in years prior to the fence being installed.

“What happened in the process of allowing residents to do that, you get into contractors going up and taking advantage of the situation,” Uziel said. “It got to the point where every time you went up there you saw a new pile of debris.” Council contracted with Murin and Murn Construction to remove 2,020 tons of debris from the site at a cost of roughly $70,000.

Officials said that work was completed this week.

Council president John DeSue said an investigation was ordered by the DEP, there may be some litigation coming from this issue, and there is nothing else to do until a final report is given by the state.

“There were protections with contracts and so forth,” he said. “Everybody has an opinion. I’ve heard so much about that dump I’m sick of hearing about it... We have not one complaint on file with our secretaries and our police department, not one complaint. I’m beside myself. I’m doing as I’m told by the DEP. When they give us an order we have to abide by it.” Several residents questioned whether Beaver Landscaping should be responsible with what is being done on the property.

Councilors said that issue is part of the investigation.

Resident William Donofrio said Beaver Landscaping leased the property with the hopes of creating jobs and making the borough as well as the company some money.

He said a lot of people are being negative about the situation without knowing the whole story.

“If they’re wrong let them pay the price, but if they’re right don’t go chopping and killing each other over something we don’t know what the outcome’s going to be,” Donofrio said. “I’m not here for the blame game... let’s talk about solving the problem.” Resident Dan Miller said a lot of the residents were being kept in the dark about what was going on.

Mayor Michael Evanovich said the borough is trying to schedule a meeting with DEP officials this week to get more information.

Councilman Eugene Skerkoski said he received a preliminary report from DEP Monday, but it was not very detailed.

Councilman Terry DiMarco said Beaver Landscaping fixed some roads leading into the Patterson property, but the company had to stop work at the site because of the investigation and did not acquire all the necessary permits from DEP.

Borough officials said they will continue to monitor the Patterson property the best they can, and encouraged residents to contact police at 412-672-2025 if they see any dumping.

A spokesperson for DEP’s southwest regional office could not be reached for comment at presstime.


McKeesport Daily News August 26, 2010

Glassport

Police have released the following incident report:

Incident nets charges

Richard Kostyzak Jr., 22, of Glassport, is charged with public intoxication in connection with an incident Wednesday at 2:40 a.m. near the intersection of Scenic and High streets.


McKeesport Daily News August 27, 2010

Glassport refurbishing fountain for police, fire

— Photo by Michael DiVittorio/Daily News

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

Glassport’s parks and recreation department and Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 are working toward refurbishing the memorial fountain to honor past, present and future borough police and firefighters.

Fire Chief Wayne Lewis said his department got approval for the project in March, obtained the materials, met in July and began the labor earlier this month.

The fountain is located adjacent to the borough’s war memorial, next to the municipal building.

“We were always looking for a public safety memorial down there,” Lewis said. “We got together and started talking. We have enough resources in town, volunteers and stuff like that to help us. The fire department’s been putting out a little money for what’s going on. The borough and several businesses are participating, but the main offset of our cost is actually the free labor by the fire department.” Citizen Hose members were out Thursday afternoon delivering materials for bricklayers and other workers on the project.

“We’ve got some bricklayers coming in to fix this wall, and then we have a pool company coming in to put a liner inside of this,” Citizens Hose safety officer Jay Smith said. “Basically just trying to prep everything for these people to come in and do their jobs. Everything’s all volunteer.” Leezack Electric is donating the plumbing and electrical work on the fountain.

The fire company and parks and recreation department were recognized for their work by Councilor Nancy Crncic at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

“We are hoping this can be accomplished by Sept. 11 to combine a dedication of this fountain along with the American Legion service that is held annually on this date,” she said. “This will be a great accomplishment for this council and the borough of Glassport to once again have the greatest Honor Roll in the valley with a wonderful fountain.” Lewis said the project is on schedule and should meet the September target date.

Smith said there has been tremendous support from the community for this project.

“It’s a pride factor,” he said. “It takes a lot to put something like this together. The fountain hasn’t run in 18 years. We got a lot of people donating time and willing to do what needs to be done, whatever it is. It’s a pride factor more than anything.” “The community outpour for this and thanking us, I can’t even explain it,” Lewis said.

Smith said activities for the Sept. 11 dedication include a corn roast, barbecue, activating of the fountain, unveiling of the monuments and a program designed to have people donate or dedicate a brick in honor of a family member or friend.

The company also is trying to have the memorial be recognized by the National Fallen Firefighters Association.

“We plan on having a big ceremony with honor guard and things of that nature to unveil this,” Smith said.

“It’s going to be something special,” Lewis said.

Those wishing to donate toward the project can mail their donations to Citizens Hose Co. No. 1, P.O. Box 126, or drop donations off at the station at 525 Allegheny Ave. or at the event in September.

More information about the upcoming ceremony is expected to be finalized and released within weeks.


McKeesport Daily News August 28, 2010

Glassport considers crime watch revival

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

Glassport officials are trying to resurrect a block watch program to help residents report and keep informed of criminal activity.

Councilman Eugene Skerkoski spoke of the plans at Tuesday night’s council meeting after several residents commented on robberies, drugs and other criminal activity reportedly occurring in the borough.

“A couple weeks ago there was a daylight robbery two blocks up the street from me,” resident Dan Miller said. “I’ve got two councilmen siting at the table here, (they’re) my neighbors. I don’t hear from (anybody).” “It’s hard for block watch to work around here because the people that will get involved are usually in bed early in the evening,” Lt. Ron Benoit said. “They’re not watching the things that are going on out on the street. The places where we had the greatest cooperation was where we didn’t need the block watch. The area that we needed to cover, we didn’t have the people.” Mayor Michael W. Evanovich said the block watch program will give the borough, which usually has two officers working a given shift, an advantage.

“With two cars rolling at all times on a little over one square mile, they can’t be everywhere all the time. They’re constantly moving,” Evanovich said. “The block watch program gives us multitudes of help.” Glassport had a block watch program about 10 years ago, but it dwindled due to lack of attention, the mayor said.

Communities such as Duquesne and Clairton have active crime watches, and Munhall had a resurgence in its program about three years ago. Munhall officer Dan Boehme leads his borough’s group, Munhall Neighborhood Watch.

Boehme said police Chief Pat Campbell wanted to find ways to develop strong community connections and help keep people informed about what they can do to limit opportunities to become victims.

Munhall’s crime watch meets on an as-needed basis, and lately the group has met almost weekly to discuss various issues in the borough. It also conducts introductory sessions for residents who want to get started in crime watch.

Boehme said it has been a very effective tool to bolster resident-police relations.

Some of the ways Boehme helps keep the public informed about crime watch meetings and some police issues is online through the social networking site Facebook, and there is a resident-driven effort on Facebook called Perry Street Crime Watch that focuses on police and emergency matters throughout Munhall and neighboring areas.

Evanovich said he plans to examine area crime watch groups for tips on how to make Glassport’s effort successful.

“We may even go over and sit in their meetings if we get a chance just to borrow some ideas,” Evanovich said. “There are some very successful programs, and that’s something we want to turn ours into. We want to turn it into a success.” Boehme said Glassport officials, and those in other communities, must have patience if they want their crime watch to make a difference.

“It’s going to take time and persistence. Just don’t give up, see it through,” Boehme said.

Evanovich said the borough is working toward starting the watch in September and possibly having monthly meetings.

Residents will be informed about the program and its meetings once details are finalized, the mayor said.

“It takes time to get it going, but once it gets into operation we believe it will be very helpful,” the mayor said. “It will be an asset to the police department and the borough... The more people involved will make it a better program.” Miller also questioned why some police reports are not released to The Daily News .

“If this was in the paper, all these robberies going on in town, I guarantee I’d be cutting my grass with these doors locked,” Miller said.

Evanovich said information about investigations, such as drug cases that police continue to work on, could compromise police efforts if released to the press.

“We’re trying to use those people to get to the next set of people,” the mayor said at the meeting. “It’s a common practice.” Glassport police have released multiple reports to The Daily News over the years, most of which can be found in the blotter section of the paper on page 2.

Most recent reports include vehicle break-ins in the borough printed in Thursday’s edition, and a public intoxication report was printed in Friday’s edition.


McKeesport Daily News September 1, 2010

This new banner welcomes visitors to the refurbished Glassport Memorial Stadium, a state-of-the-art facility when it was built in 1950.

— Photos by Cindy Shegan Keeley/Daily News

South Allegheny coach Pat Monroe stands on the 20-yard line of the 60-year-old Glassport Stadium.

Football coach Pat Monroe, football boosters president Renee Tatrai and athletic director Eric Roche admire the renovated lockerroom.

Glassport, SA mark stadium milestone

By KELLY FENNESSY Daily News Staff Writer kfennessy@dailynewsemail.com

As the kickoff for the 2010 football season approaches, South Allegheny School District is gearing up to recognize a milestone year for its home turf.

Glassport Stadium, built as part of Glassport School District in 1950, is marking its 60th anniversary. At the time of its construction, it was the area’s best-lighted stadium with 136 flood lights, and included two large locker rooms, seating capacity of 4,167 and a large glass-enclosed press box and motion projection room.

To celebrate six decades, district officials and football boosters are hosting a pre­game reception and recognition of the 1966 Alle-Mon Championship team and the 1977 WPIAL AA Championship team Friday at 7 p.m.

“Anytime you have an opportunity to look back at people who poured their hearts into this game from this community, it’s very nice to be able to do that,” said head football coach Pat Monroe. “To see that these people have great accomplishments and are playing on the same field of battle that you’re on, it’s a really eye-opening experience for the players.” The day also provides an opportunity for visitors to remember the stadium’s rich history.

“The stadium has had a lot of great stories,” said Rich Zukauckas, who coached the 1977 team. “It’s always nice to reminisce with a lot of the kids and see them get the recognition now that they did back then. Parents and everyone from all the towns were always very supportive.” Monroe said seeing championship players will help inspire the current Gladiators team to succeed and help connect them to the stadium’s “great sports history over the years.” “It’s an honor for us to be able to recognize them,” he said. “The first game always has its drama; it’ll be nice to share it with so many people.” For football boosters president Renee Tatrai, the start of the season marks another year of involvement with the Gladiators team. Tatrai’s son John Mattie quarter­backed the 1977 team, and her grandson Dylan Fox is a junior wide receiver and backup quarterback.

To prepare for this season, the boosters worked to ready the locker rooms, coaches room and athletic trainers area.

“We wanted to do things that would make things easier for the coach and the boys,” Tatrai said. “It’s those little things that make a big difference. Everybody pulled together, and we got it done.” She said Amy Spernock, fondly known as the “guru of fund-raising,” helped coordinate various projects, including the refurbishing of the locker room floor.

“She was instrumental with her ideas,” Tatrai said. “She was literally in there on her hands and knees wiping floors and getting everything ready to paint.” District public relations coordinator Laura Thomson said area resi­dents and former players alike are excited to acknowledge the district’s champions.

“The community still talks about that (’77) team,” she said. “It was a really proud time in South Allegheny history. Those guys still come out and support the team now.” Thomson compared the Pittsburgh

Steelers championships of the 1970s and the effect it had on the region overall to the effect the Gladiators had on the district.

“We’re a steel town here as well,” she said. “The Gladiators really brought the South Allegheny communities together.” District officials hope everyone comes out to enjoy the start of a new football season while recognizing many accomplishments throughout Glassport Stadium’s history.

The celebration begins at 7 p.m. Friday with recognition of the 1966 and 1977 teams, as well as the unveiling of a plaque listing South Allegheny graduates who went on to play professional football.

At 7:30 p.m., the Gladiators will take on Sto-Rox to start the 2010 season.


McKeesport Daily News September 1, 2010

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports:

Assault charges filed

Stephen Bittner, 24, of McKeesport, is charged with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and terroristic threats stemming from an incident July 4 at 10:48 p.m. in the 800 block of Ohio Avenue. Police said officers responded to a call of shots fired and found two spent shells. Witnesses said Bittner threatened to pistol-whip a woman and then fired the gun in the air, according to police.

Theft charged

• Kerry Felicety, 31, of Glassport, is charged with retail theft after an incident Saturday at 7:46 p.m. at a business in the 900 block of Ohio Avenue. Police said $7.17 was the value of goods taken.

• Jeffrey Dragger, 31, of Pittsburgh, is charged with theft by unlawful taking, public intoxication, disorderly conduct and three counts of prohibited acts stemming from an incident Saturday at 2 p.m. in the 600 block of Monongahela Avenue.

Conduct cited

Kyle Ross, 29, of Clairton, was cited with disorderly conduct after creating a public disturbance Aug. 23 at 3:50 a.m. in the 300 block of Monongahela Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News September 3, 2010

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports:

Man cited in trash dumping

A citation was issued Wednesday evening to John Perza of Glassport for throwing trash over a hillside in the Harrison Hollow area, with some trash landing in a creek below. Police said Perza’s name and address were found on some of the trash retrieved.

Incidents net charges

• Kyle Ross, 29, of Pittsburgh, is charged with disorderly conduct, reckless driving and driving on roadways laned for traffic in connection with an incident Saturday at 11:50 p.m. along the 300 block of Monongahela Avenue.

• Elizabeth Hipple, 26, of Pittsburgh, is charged with harassment in connection with an incident Tuesday at 9:52 p.m. along the 400 block of Monongahela Avenue.

• Jason Nolfi, 42, of Glassport, is charged with criminal trespass, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief in connection with an incident Monday at 4:54 p.m. at the Allegheny Rebar Center along Allegheny Avenue.

• Leeann Klemm, 40, of Clairton, is charged with simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct in connection with an incident Sunday at 1:16 p.m. along Atlantic Avenue.

Incident investigated

• Police are investigating a report of an assault on a 51-year-old Glassport man Tuesday at 3 p.m. along Monongahela Avenue. Police Chief Howard Kifer said the victim said he also was assaulted by a 48­year-old Glassport man on Aug. 17.

• Police are investigating a report of theft by unlawful taking on Sunday at 9 a.m. along the 400 block of Iowa Avenue. Kifer said a victim report­ed leaving a car parked along the avenue, and it was broken into and items were taken.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents or seeing suspicious activity in the borough should contact Glassport police at 412-672-4514.


McKeesport Daily News September 4, 2010

— Photo by Cindy Shegan Keeley/Daily News

Chuck Coleman, left, Frank Pickett and Bill Bogan reminisce about the merger that united Glassport and Port Vue-Liberty high schools in 1966.

— Photo by Cindy Shegan Keeley/Daily News

Members of South Allegheny’s first football team gather around the coach who led them to an Alle-Mon Conference championship, Pete Ballaban.

Merged ’66 SA team honored

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

It was the first year of the merger of Glassport and Port Vue-Liberty high schools, when the football team didn’t cut anyone who came out — and then won a conference championship.

With Glassport’s Gladiator mascot and Port Vue-Liberty’s blue and gold colors, the new South Allegheny team went 6-3 and won the 1966 Alle-Mon Conference title.

On Friday night, they were honored before the first game of the 2010 season for the South Allegheny Gladiators at Glassport Memorial Stadium.

“This is amazing,” Glassport Mayor and 1966 Gladiator Michael Evanovich said. “Some of these people I haven’t seen since I graduated.” “We hated those guys,” said John Dobies, a former Port Vue-Liberty Bulldog.

“We weren’t too fond of you, either,” replied Bill Bogan, who had worn Glassport’s red and black.

It was said in fun Friday — but reflected the feelings of 44 years ago.

“There was some animosity between the two areas,” former Port Vue-Liberty player Marty Grbach said.

“I think the football team brought us together. It set the tone for the entire school year.” “They were rivals before, they meshed well,” said Jim Herren, a 1957 Glassport grad who came back to be line coach in 1966 after a minor league football Hall of Fame career with the Wheeling Ironmen in the old Continental League.

“It was a real shock, and a real pleasure,” said Pete Ballaban, who came from Monongahela to coach the Gladiators. He headed the coaching staff for three years, moved to the athletic director’s job for 10 years, then was a teacher until his retirement in 1991.

“We probably had 120 kids,” said Rich Zukauckas, who was a student of Ballaban, then an assistant at South Allegheny in 1966. “We didn’t cut anyone.” “We had some really good players and we did really well,” Ballaban recalled, as former players gathered around him.

Ballaban’s successor as coach, Zukauckas, didn’t do too badly either during his 10­year tenure, which included a conference title for the Gladiators in 1976 and a WPIAL Class AA title the following year.

Zukauckas also was an assistant principal and principal at South Allegheny. Herren moved to Duquesne, then 24 years at Steel Valley, 23 as baseball coach.

“I had a lot of kids in college,” Herren recalled. He also coached a future pro among the Steel Valley Ironmen, Curt Leskanic, who played for four major league teams.

Herren’s boys at South Allegheny all made memories, too, which Dobies would carry to Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Mellon University, then into an engineering career that took him in 1976 to Kansas City.

Bogan went to Washington & Jefferson College, did ambulance work, got to know morticians and eventually became owner of funeral homes in Canonsburg and Bridgeville and human and pet cemeteries in Canonsburg.

Grbach called his coaches his icons and emulated them at Hempfield Area High School, where he was a teacher, assistant coach for 12 years including defensive coordinator for 10, and an administrator for 13 including principal for five years until his retirement in 2009.

Evanovich was drafted and served a year in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Infantry division.

He came home to Community College of Allegheny County, carried mail for four years and went into postal management. He was postmaster in Glassport for 32 years.

Chuck Coleman went from Port Vue-Liberty to South Allegheny to Midwestern University and then the University of Delaware. He was a Mellon Bank district manager for consumer lending in Delaware.

He came back from Bethany Beach, Del. — and said he wasn’t there Friday as Hurricane Earl brushed the Eastern Seaboard.


McKeesport Daily News September 4, 2010

Glassport police investigate thefts

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

Glassport police are investigating a recent rash of scrap and other thefts from yards, porches and other residential locations throughout the borough.

Police Chief Howard Kifer said he received several reports Friday afternoon regarding thefts allegedly occurring Monday.

A woman reported items were stolen from a building along the 600 block of Indiana Avenue, as well as thefts in the 500 block of Vermont Avenue and the 700 block of Delaware Avenue.

“We got to get this thing stopped. They’re taking anything that’s not nailed down,” Kifer said.

The woman reported seeing a white man approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall with curly brown hair walking his dog up and down an alley by Delaware Avenue, then he took a drill that was in a box at a residence and left, Kifer said.

Kifer encourages residents who see any suspicious activity in the area to call police at 412-672-4514.

Police continue to investigate last month’s rash of vehicle break-ins.

Kifer reported suspects were going around the borough looking for unlocked cars and stealing GPS systems, cash and other items.

The chief said residents should not store anything in the front seat of their vehicles, take down all GPS systems from the wind­shield or dashboard, and make sure doors and garage doors are locked.

Kifer also noted a community block watch program is in the works, and will continue to alert residents of criminal activity in the area.


McKeesport Daily News September 4, 2010

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports:

Incidents net charges

• John Rager, 32, of Glassport, is charged with simple assault, terroristic threats and harassment in connection with an incident Friday at 3:48 a.m. along the 400 block of Ohio Avenue.

• David Ketter, 44, of Glassport, is charged with criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and public intoxication in connection with an incident Thursday at 9:54 p.m. along the 300 block of Erie Avenue.

Police chief Howard Kifer said Ketter was seen allegedly loading a stolen stove


McKeesport Daily News September 8, 2010

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports:

Multiple charges filed

Hope Frantz, 22, of Glassport, was cited for simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment for an incident Monday at 3:50 p.m. in the 500 block of Indiana Avenue. Police said Frantz knocked on the door at a home along Indiana Avenue and slapped the victim on his face.

Teens charged after fight

Anthony Hall, 18, of Glassport, is charged with disorderly conduct and a 16-year-old Port Vue female is charged with aggravated assault after a fight over an iPod Sunday at 1:40 p.m. on Ohio Avenue at Fifth Street.

Domestic violence reported

David Baughman, 30, of Glassport, is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, endangering the welfare of children, terroristic threats, criminal mischief, public intoxication and two counts of recklessly endangering another person stemming from a domestic violence incident Friday at 10:38 p.m. in a home along Monongahela Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News September 9, 2010

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports:

Incidents net charges

• Anthony Hall, 18, of Glassport, is charged with disorderly conduct in connection with an incident Sunday at 1:40 p.m. near the intersection of Ohio Avenue and Fifth Street.

• Marvin Herren, 26, of McKeesport, is charged with simple assault in connection with an incident Aug. 12 at 12:20 a.m. along the 1000 block of Delaware Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News September 10, 2010

— Photo by Michael DiVittorio/Daily News

Glassport public works employees Lanny Raszewski, left, Wayne Rager and Ralph Peck trim the hedges around the borough’s memorial fountain while Ray Johnson and Dwayne Lewis III clean the inside in preparation for Saturday’s dedication.

Glassport sets ‘Day to Remember’

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

A dedication ceremony for Glassport’s newly refurbished memorial fountain has been set.

The fountain, located adjacent to the borough’s war memorial next to the municipal building, will be dedicated Saturday to past, present and future borough police and firefighters.

“A Day to Remember” events kick off with a prayer and service at approximately 8:45 a.m. followed by a corn roast and barbecue starting at 2 p.m. Monongahela Avenue will be closed from Fourth to Fifth streets from 4-8 p.m.

American Legion Post 443 officials will conduct a memorial service at 5 p.m., followed by the unveiling and dedication of the memorial fountain at 6. A fireworks display is expected to close out Saturday’s events.

Guest speakers include Glassport Citizen Hose Co. No. 1 fire Chief Wayne Lewis, fire company president Nick Sorrentino, a representative from the National Fallen Firefighters Association, Allegheny County Sheriff William Mullen and U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills.

Glassport’s parks and recreation department and borough firefighters have been working toward refurbishing the memorial fountain since August after Lewis got approval for the project and materials.

Both groups were lauded for their efforts at last month’s council meeting by Councilwoman Nancy Crncic.

“This will be a great accomplishment for this council and the borough of Glassport to once again have the greatest honor roll in the valley with a wonderful fountain,” she said.

Public works crews were trimming hedges and trees by the fountain Thursday morning.

Lewis said they have been a big help throughout the project.

“When we make a mess and pile it up, by 7:30 in the morning it’s clean,” Lewis said. “They’re here every day.” Citizen Hose safety officer Jay Smith assisted with material distribution last month while bricklayers, a pool company and Leezack Electric personnel donated their time to get the project done.

Flag poles have been installed. The water jets inside the fountain have been rebuilt.

“Everything will be in,” Lewis said. “We’ll be ready for Saturday. I expect no less than 400 people. Everyone I talked to (said) they’re bringing their kids down. They’re bringing their grandkids down.” Smith and Lewis thanked the community for its support.

“The community outpour for this and thanking us, I can’t even explain it,” Lewis said.

“It takes a lot to put something like this together,” Smith said. “The fountain hasn’t run in 18 years. We got a lot of people donating time and willing to do what needs to be done, whatever it is. It’s a pride factor more than anything.” Organizers are asking former borough police officers and firefighters to attend.

Those wishing to donate toward the project can mail their donations to Citizens Hose Co. No. 1, P.O. Box 126, or drop donations off at the station at 525 Allegheny Ave. or at the event Saturday.


McKeesport Daily News September 11, 2010

— Photo by Stacy Lee/Daily News

Numerous firefighters worked to put out the flames Friday in a house at 904 Indiana Ave. in Glassport.

5 people displaced in Glassport house fire

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

The Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause of a house fire in Glassport that displaced five people.

The Friday blaze started at approximately 1 p.m. at 904 Indiana Ave., Glassport Citizen’s Hose Co. No. 1 Fire Chief Wayne Lewis said.

“The second house started to catch fire when we pulled up,” he said. “We had power lines down in front of the house.” Lewis said the second home at 906 Indiana Ave. had minor damage.

He said the fire was under control within the hour and no injuries were reported.

Diane Stinner, a friend of the first home’s owner Donna Nolder, said Nolder left to take her grandson to school shortly before the fire broke out.

“She ran to the bank and then got a phone call that her house was on fire,” Stinner said. “She came home to this. She was in the middle of remodeling the house.

She just did the living room. She worked so hard.” Lewis said the house suffered heavy fire damage and it is still undetermined if it is habitable.

The family cat also ran out of the house when firefighters opened the door.

“This is a nightmare — a total nightmare,” Stinner said.

Clairton Volunteer Fire Department, Duquesne Annex VFD, Dravosburg VFD No. 1 and Pleasant Hills Volunteer Fire Co., along with Clairton EMS and South Allegheny area police departments also responded. Utilities companies were on scene, as well.

American Red Cross spokesman Brian Knavish said the organization is assisting one family consisting of three adults and two children with food and clothing. He said the family didn’t require assistance with shelter.


McKeesport Daily News September 11, 2010

Glassport

GDC sets public meeting

Glassport Development Corp. will hold a public meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the borough building along Monongahela Avenue.

For details e-mail glassport development@yahoo.com.


McKeesport Daily News September 13, 2010

Glassport’s memorial fountain was dedicated to past, present and future borough police officers and firefighters at Satuday's "Day to Remember" ceremony.

— Photo by Cindy Shegan Keeley/Daily News

Glassport unveils fountain, honors Sept. 11 victims

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

It was truly a day to remember in Glassport.

An honor guard featuring life members of Glassport, Liberty and Dravosburg fire companies, and some military personnel along with a bagpiper from Western Pennsylvania Firefighters Memorial Honor Guard stood at the ready as Glassport’s memorial fountain was turned on Saturday at 7:01 p.m.

The fountain, adjacent to the borough’s war memorial next to the municipal building, was dedicated after a memorial service by American Legion Post 443 and a tribute to those lost on Sept. 11, 2001, in honor of past, present and future Glassport firefighters and police officers.

Magisterial District Judge Armand A. Martin served as master of ceremonies.

“It’s nice to have a place where somebody could come by, walk through this park, read the plaque and reflect on the sacrifices that are made day to day in this borough and in this country,” Martin said.

“For the men and women of law enforcement, the fire departments and armed forces, out here in Glassport we have one place where we can recognize all of them.” Martin unveiled the dedication plaque in front of the fountain, and Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 president Nick Sorrentino called up some of the senior members of the fire department, as well as fire chief Wayne Lewis and Glassport icon Matty Sanutelli to unveil the benches and other monuments surrounding the fountain National Fallen Firefighters Foundation representative and Jefferson Hills firefight­er Mark Breier lauded the borough for renovating and dedicating the fountain.

“Public service is not the most glamorous or profit­able line of work, but (it’s) one of the most important to this town,” he said.

Glassport’s parks and rec­reation department and bor­ough firefighters and offi­cers have been working on refurbishing the memorial fountain since August, and some worked late into the night Friday to make sure everything was ready for Saturday’s dedication.

U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills called the firefighters and police officers “local heroes, and we are perpetually in their debt.” “We have a profound moral obligation to demonstrate our deep appreciation,” Doyle said. “From now on Glassport will have a monument honoring all the members of the Glassport police department, Citizen Hose Co. No. 1 and the old Reliance Hose Co. No. 2.

This memorial will constantly remind every­one in this community of the critical services that our police officers and firefighters provide and the risk that they take in order to do it.

“It’s also a fitting location to come together each year at this time to recognize their cour­age, dedication, service and sacrifice. Glassport’s Honor Roll has been improved by this effort, and it’s been blessed by all the labor, skills and materials that have been volunteered to make this happen.” Glassport firefighter John Vehec served on the memorial fountain committee, and said he got chills seeing its unveiling.

— Photos by Cindy Shegan Keeley/Daily News

Magisterial District Judge Armand A. Martin served as the master of ceremonies at Glassport’s memorial fountain dedication Saturday.

“It was a lot of work,” Vehec said. “I think it’s beautiful. I remember this fountain when I was a kid. I’ve lived in Glassport all my life. My dad and I would walk the streets of this town. We would always have to come down here and walk around the fountain and go look at these names up here on the memorial for serving time in World War II. It brings me chills to see this up and running again.” There was a 21-gun salute shortly after the fountain was activated. West Mifflin and Clairton ladder trucks hoisted an American flag behind the fountain, and emergency responders were not only recognized, but were called to action during the festivities.

While Lewis was set to give his speech, firefighters from Glassport, Dravosburg, Glassport police and paramedics from Clairton responded to two incidents.

One was for a man who fell on the street outside the American Legion Post 443 around 6:36 p.m.

He fell backwards and struck his head on the concrete.

The other incident was around 6:46 p.m. A woman fell on the sidewalk and became frantic.

Officials said both patients are expected to recover and were transported by Clairton EMS to Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

“You never know when your service is going to be needed,” Lewis said as he attempted to continue the ceremony.

Lewis stood poised at the podium as the police memorial flags for police, firefighters, and an Everyone One Goes Home flag were raised to half-staff.

The Rev. Doug McCracken, chaplain for McKeesport Fire Department, said a prayer and blessed the fountain.

Monongahela Avenue was closed from Fourth to Fifth streets for several hours. A fireworks display closed the proceedings.

Firefighters are accepting monetary donations for the maintenance and possible other projects for the fountain.

Those wishing to donate can mail donations to Citizens Hose Co. No. 1, P.O. Box 126, Glassport, 15045. Donations also can be made at the fire station at 525 Allegheny Ave.

This bench is one of the monuments unveiled around Glassport’s memorial fountain dedicated to past, present and future borough officers and firefighters.


McKeesport Daily News September 13, 2010

Glassport Lions plan activities

Glassport Lions Club board of directors will meet Tuesday in SOI Lodge 941 in Glassport at 7 p.m. President Carl Piccioni will preside.

The club will have its 70th anniversary Carter Night Friday at 6 p.m. in Max’N Odi’s Restaurant in Glassport.

Members will attend the District 14-B Fall Rally Sept. 27 in Sokol Hall on the South Side.


McKeesport Daily News September 14, 2010

Burglary during funeral reported

By THE DAILY NEWS

Glassport police are investigating a burglary that reportedly occurred while a family was at the funeral of the property owner.

Police Chief Howard Kifer said he received a call Monday at noon for a burglary of a residence along the 300 block of Nebraska Avenue.

The nephew of the deceased property owner called police that afternoon after noticing someone had robbed the home, the chief said.

Officers responded and found the suspect entered through a side kitchen window. They said the home was in disarray and there was evidence there was a burglary.

Kifer said the family was at the property owner’s funeral during the day, and the burglary occurred sometime during the funeral or possibly overnight.

Allegheny County police have been called to help investigate, and anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Glassport police at 412-672-4514.


McKeesport Daily News September 14, 2010

READER’S VIEWPOINT

SA bolsters community

The South Allegheny School District has been successful in conveying newsworthy stories via the SA Network News, SA Network Graduation Edition and the SA Network Alumni Edition.

Two talented professionals, Ms. Laura Thomson, director of public relations and Mrs. Julie Bradley, graphic arts teacher, are to be commended for their exemplary work in constructing, editing, and designing these impressive productions.

This school year, Ms. Thomson and Mrs. Bradley ventured into creating a 2010-2011 school calendar.

The calendar consists of “poster­like” photographs for each month, along with thought-provoking quotes.

The numerous pictures in the calendar reflect the SA students at all grade levels, as well as members of the community in attendance at school events.

The calendar is designed with valuable school information and serves as a useful tool to document personal data and appointments.

Recently, the SA Alumni Network News Edition captured the highest honor, the “Award of Excellence” from the Pennsylvania School Board Association in an educational publications contest. In addition, the SA Graduation Network News Edition was awarded “honorable mention.” The SA community should be proud of all the positive and educationally sound projects and events in our district.

In order for a school to flourish, it is necessary for the community to be informed and involved. Through the efforts of Ms. Thomson and Mrs. Bradley, the members of the SA community are reaping the benefits of their diligent work. Hats off to Ms. Thomson and Mrs. Bradley! Gladiator Pride is blossoming as a result of your endeavors!

Kathleen Smedley

SA Class of ‘68

Glassport


McKeesport Daily News September 15, 2010

Glassport

Hearing, meeting set

A public hearing regarding possible demolition of a property at 710 Monongahela Ave. is slated for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the borough building. A workshop meeting is slated for that day at 7 p.m. and the monthly meeting is slated for Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.


McKeesport Daily News September 16, 2010

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports:

Party nets charges

Police Chief Howard Kifer reported 17 individuals younger than 21 have been charged with underage drinking in connection with an incident Saturday at 1:40 a.m. along the 500 block of Ohio Avenue.

Juveniles charged

• A 14-year-old Glassport girl is charged with harassment and disorderly conduct in connection with an incident Saturday at 2 p.m. along the 500 block of Ohio Avenue.

• A 14-year-old Glassport girl is charged with harassment in connection with an incident Saturday at 3:20 p.m. near the intersection of Fifth and Ohio avenues.

• An 11-year-old Glassport girl is charged with harassment in connection with an incident Friday at 5:21 p.m. along the 700 block of Vermont Avenue.

• A 16-year-old Glassport boy is charged with underage drinking in connection with an incident Saturday at 1:30 a.m. along the 1000 block of Indiana Avenue.

• A 17-year-old Glassport girl is charged with purchasing alcohol by a minor Saturday at 1:30 a.m. along the 1000 block of Indiana Avenue.

Harassment charged

• Charles Grayson, 45, of McKeesport, is charged with harassment in connection with an incident Friday at 9:34 p.m. along the 800 block of Ohio Avenue.

• Eric Walker, 18, of Glassport, is charged with harassment in connection with an incident Friday at 9:58 p.m. at Glassport Stadium.

• Kira Deerfield, 19, of Port Vue, is charged with harassment in connection with an incident Friday at 9:50 p.m. No address was given for the incident.


McKeesport Daily News September 18, 2010

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports:

Multiple citations filed

Peter Mayfield, 21, of McKeesport, was cited for disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and public intoxication on Thursday at 12:45 a.m. in the 200 block of N. Monongahela Avenue.

Police said Mayfield was lying in the road and became combative when approached by police.

After he was detained, police said he kicked out the window of a police vehicle and damaged its door.

Assault suspect charged

David Baughman, 31, of Glassport, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated assault, simple assault and two counts of reckless endangerment of another person in connection with an incident Sept. 3 at 10:38 p.m.

Police said that on that day they responded to a home in the 500 block of Monongahela Avenue for a domestic disturbance. When they arrived, police said a woman with a scratched face reported she’d been assaulted by Baughman, who at one point during the assault held a 22-month-old child over his head.

Police said the county Department of Human Services Office of Children, Youth & Families has been notified of the incident.

Ordinance noted

Police are urging local pet owners to clean up after their pets and to keep them leashed in public places. Those who fail to do so will be cited under local ordinance, according to police Chief Howard Kifer.

The chief said residents should report violations of this ordinance to the department at 412-672-4514.


McKeesport Daily News September 22, 2010

Glassport

Police have released the following inci­dent reports:

Intoxication cited

• Gregory Brant, 51, of Glassport, is cited for public intoxication in connection with an incident Wednesday at 7:59 p.m. along the 700 block of Monongahela Avenue.

• Jason Murin, 36, of Glassport, is cited for public intoxication in connection with an incident Friday at 8:40 p.m. near the intersection of Sixth Street and Michigan Avenue.

Harassment charged

Tonia Kifer, 24, of Glassport, is charged with harassment in connection with an incident Friday at 5:20 p.m. along the 300 block of Erie Avenue.

Assault charged

A 17-year-old Port Vue girl is charged with aggravated assault in connection with an incident Sept. 5 at 1:40 p.m. near the intersection of Fifth Street and Ohio Avenue.

DUI charged

Jessica Younge, 29, of McKeesport, is charged with driving under the influence and failure to obey traffic control devices in connection with an incident Sunday at 1:27 a.m. near the intersection of Monongahela Avenue and Seventh Street.


McKeesport Daily News September 25, 2010

Glassport High School reunion planned

Glassport High School class of 1955 will have its 55th class reunion at Seven Springs Golf Course, 359 Pineview Drive, Elizabeth.

The committee has planned a two-day event beginning Oct. 15 with hors d’oeuvres at 7:30 p.m. at $10 per person and Oct. 16 beginning with cocktails from 6-7 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner at 7:30 at $25 per person. There will be a cash bar. The buffet will feature three entrees, one appetizer, two side dishes, two salads and one dessert.

For more information, call Lavina Kerklo at 412-673-2648.


McKeesport Daily News September 28, 2010

Glassport crime watch is returning

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

Glassport’s new crime watch is being activated.

The first meeting is slated for Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the borough building at 440 Monongahela Ave. It is free, open to the public, and is being led by Glassport police Lt. Ronald Benoit.

Police have been working diligently with borough officials to revive the borough’s crime watch program since last month’s council meeting.

At that meeting, some residents took councilors to task for an alleged lack of communication about criminal activity in the borough.

Police Chief Howard Kifer talked Monday about the upcoming meeting and what crime watch means to the borough.

“We had a crime watch before, years back,” he said. “The key thing is that, without the people’s help it will not work. If they don’t get involved it’s not going to work. If nobody calls us we’re not going to get the call. We’re doing this for the public.” Kifer said residents who attend the crime watch meeting will learn how to report crime and what to watch for.

“We want people to be more observant, to check out any suspicious people,” the chief said. “If they don’t know, then please call police.” Residents can contact borough police by calling 412-672-4514, or through Allegheny County 911, or the non-emergency number 412-675-5011.

Those who cannot attend Wednesday’s meeting can contact the borough police department for more information.

Communities such as Duquesne and Clairton have active crime watches, and Munhall had a resurgence in its program about three years ago. Munhall officer Dan Boehme leads his borough’s group, Munhall Neighborhood Watch.

Boehme said police Chief Pat Campbell wanted to find ways to develop strong community connections and help keep people informed about what they can do to limit opportunities to become victims.

Munhall’s crime watch meets on an as­needed basis. It also conducts introductory sessions for residents who want to get started in crime watch.

Boehme said it has been a very effective tool to bolster resident-police relations.

Some of the ways Boehme helps keep the public informed about crime watch meetings and some police issues is online through the social networking site Facebook, and there is a resident-driven effort on Facebook called Perry Street Crime Watch that focuses on police and emergency matters throughout Munhall and neighboring areas.

Boehme said Glassport officials must have patience if they want their crime watch to make a difference.


McKeesport Daily News September 29, 2010

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports.

Incidents net charges

• James Dreer, 25, of Wall, is charged with harassment in connection with an incident Monday at 3:40 a.m. along the 500 block of Ohio Avenue.

• John Rager Jr., 32, of Glassport, is charged with harassment in connection with an incident Monday at 3:40 a.m. along the 500 block of Ohio Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News September 29, 2010

Water Woes

— Photo by Michael DiVittorio/Daily News

Pennsylvania American Water Co. crews worked to repair a water main break along a 3 1 / 4 - inch line in front of Copper & Glass Federal Credit Union along the 500 block of Monongahela Avenue in Glassport Sunday. Foreman Kevin Potch said the break occurred early Sunday morning, the company was repairing the line that afternoon and will pave the affected area. Peoples Natural Gas crews worked across the street to repair a break along a 3 1 / 4 - inch line in front of Geary Distributing Co. at approximately the same time.


McKeesport Daily News September 29, 2010

Glassport street department focused on beautifying borough

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

Glassport officials are continuing their efforts to keep the borough beautiful.

Council vice president Jim Uziel said it was business as usual for the public works department when workers repaired Fourth and Ninth street steps, cleaned under trees along Main Street, cut weeds and patched potholes all over town, and repaired curbs on Broadway and Vermont avenues.

“I think we have a very good street department,” Uziel said after Tuesday’s council meeting. “It’s real important (to keep up with the work) because we don’t have the money to make major fixes like major road repairs. Especially this year because we spent so much money on snow removal. That kind of hit into the budget as far as any major road repair. We’re just trying to keep up with the potholes, patching, things like that.” The borough has four full-time and one part-time public works laborers, and may hire another full-timer by the end of the year.

Resident Judy Feltz lauded Uziel and the public works department for painting the traffic lines along Pacific Street.

Uziel noted the borough doesn’t have street painting equipment and the work had to be done by hand.

He is asking other munici­palities and Allegheny County for assistance in painting lines along Monongahela Avenue and has contacted Port Vue officials regarding a salt spreader.

“Other municipalities have certain pieces of equipment that every once in a while we can borrow so we’re going to see what we can get,” Uziel said.

Public works crews also cut the grass and trimmed around the Honor Roll, memorial fountain, and the youth center near the intersection of Delaware Avenue and Seventh Street.

Uziel noted borough crews clean sewers regularly to prevent residential flooding.

“We’re constantly cleaning those out because of the topography of the town,” he said. “Everything from the hillside is washing down. We’re always keeping the sewers clean because if we don’t, in periods of intense rain or snowfall everything backs up and people’s basements get flooded. That’s one of the main things we do all the time. Right now it’s pretty much preventative stuff like that.”

In other matters, Mayor Michael Evanovich said a crime prevention meeting is set for tonight at 7 in the borough building.

Clean-up day is scheduled for Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. till noon. Volunteers are needed. Participants should meet at the borough building that morning. The borough will provide bags and gloves.

Councilwoman Nancy Crncic lauded the efforts of the volunteers and Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 for their efforts to restore the memorial fountain by the Honor Roll.

The fountain was dedicated to past, present and future borough police officers and firefighters at a ceremony on Sept. 11.

Crncic also announced trick­or-treat is set for Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. A borough Halloween parade will begin at 5 p.m.

Council unanimously OK’d an agreement with South Allegheny School District for use of the Glassport Ninth Street Ballfield by the district’s varsity football team. Councilors adopted a resolution opposing House and Senate bills regarding forced local government mergers and consolidations. A Lemon Alley retaining wall project has begun should be completed by Nov. 10.


McKeesport Daily News September 30, 2010

Glassport residents hope crime watch effective this time

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

Glassport officials are counting on resident involvement and active reporting of suspicious incidents to revitalize the borough’s crime watch.

“We have a good town. It just needs a little bit of polish,” Mayor Michael Evanovich said at Wednesday night’s crime watch meeting.

Evanovich welcomed attendees, and Glassport police Lt. Ronald Benoit conducted the proceedings and fielded questions about drug activity, property issues, and people moving in and out of the borough late at night, among other topics.

Benoit said Wednesday’s meeting was to “break the ice” and educate residents about the crime watch.

“You wouldn’t be here if you didn’t have some concern about something happening in the borough,”Benoit said. “I’d like to dedicate a whole meeting to just sit down and talk about addressing everybody’s individual problems and get a little feedback from the crowd as to different ways we might want to approach a problem or solve that problem.

“Today is basically to tell you what’s out there and different things that we can do.” Benoit discussed several ways to prevent crime, from securing doors and windows to checking the lighting of an area. “You keep the area lit up, it’s less likely we’re going to have people that are around there trying to commit crimes,” Benoit said.

The lieutenant also discussed proper reporting of an activity and calling Allegheny County 911, its non-emergency number 412-675-7155, and the Glassport station number 412-672-4514.

Benoit warned that most of the time Glassport police are on patrols, and the best way to get an officer immediately is by calling 911.

“This borough is pretty fantastic when it comes to reporting crime,” he said. “If somebody sees something, (residents) are pretty diligent. They’re on the phone with us.” Benoit said witnesses should try to take note of any suspicious activity they see and try to give the best descriptions they can of suspects and vehicles.

Approximately 40 people attended Wednesday’s meeting, including two officers and several councilors.

Benoit encouraged residents to set up block watches so that residents could concentrate on activity in their specific areas.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s one square block. It doesn’t matter if it’s a whole section of town. If you can get the people together to do it, then that’s fantastic,” Benoit said. “We (police) are not going to be here to run this for you. We’re going to be here to support you and help you and guide you in what you’re doing with that.” The borough had a crime watch in previous years, but it failed due to lack of resident participation, Benoit said.

Some residents lauded the return of the crime watch while others involved in the previous attempt expressed concern that this effort also may dissolve.

“When I moved to Glassport years ago it was a beautiful little town, and it could be made that way again if we got a lot of the dopers, the trash out of here,” resident Pat Chalfant said. “I have a neighbor who is 73 years old and (she is) scared. She’s even scared to sit out on her porch in the evenings anymore. So I think (crime watch) is great.” Resident Jamie Trunzo said she was at meetings similar to Wednesday’s at the American Legion about three years ago with three times as many attendees, and nothing improved after several meetings. Trunzo said she is skeptical, but positive about this effort.

Evanovich said he knows the crime watch will be successful if residents are dedicated in helping the police.

“What we’re looking for is the core people on each block who are willing to take that time to set up their own little block,” the mayor said. “Last time on my block we only had three people, but the phone system worked.” Other methods of educating people about crime watch and crime prevention discussed at Wednesday’s meeting include setting up a booth at Community Day or Fun to be a Kid Day.

Benoit said the borough also is working to establish a citizens patrol.

Participants must be willing to undergo a background check and testify in court about any incidents they see, the lieutenant said.

Evanovich said he hopes to set a schedule of meetings, possibly having them on the fourth Wednesday of every month.

Some residents were pushing to have meetings every two weeks.

The next crime watch meeting is slated for Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at the borough building.


McKeesport Daily News October 4, 2010

Lions Club host board meeting

Glassport Lions Club will hold a board of directors meeting Tuesday 7 p.m. at the Sons of Italy Lodge in Glassport. Carl Piccioni will preside.

The club will host its 44th annual Rigatoni Night Oct. 14 at the Sons of Italy Lodge beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event is open to all the lion club’s in District 14B.


McKeesport Daily News October 5, 2010

Glassport

Democrats to meet

Glassport Democratic Committee will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the senior center at 544 Monongahela Ave. to discuss the upcoming November election, rally/Night at the Races event on Oct. 16, and any other matters.

Alice Thompson, district coordinator of the Get Out and Vote Campaign, will update the committee on the upcoming election and candidates.

Anyone wishing to volunteer for events and help get people out to vote on Nov. 2 should come to the meeting and sign up.


McKeesport Daily News October 6, 2010

Vehicle break-ins reported in Glassport

By THE DAILY NEWS

Glassport police are investigating a new batch of vehicle break-ins.

Police Chief Howard Kifer reported two such incidents occurred Monday night, one along the 600 block of Cypress Way and the other along the 900 block of Vermont Avenue.

Kifer said a JVC head unit/CD player valued at $300 and a Garmin GPS unit also valued at $300 were stolen from a vehicle along Cypress Way, and various electronics were stolen from a vehicle along Vermont Avenue.

There are no suspects, and officers continue to investigate August’s rash of vehicle break-ins, the chief said.

Kifer reported suspects were going around the borough looking for unlocked cars and stealing GPS systems, cash and other items.

The chief said residents should not store anything in the front seat of their vehicles, and take down all GPS systems from the windshield or dashboard.

“Don’t leave anything out that people can see when they come through,” he said. “Lock your doors.” Kifer also encouraged residents to contact police if they see or hear anything suspicious.

Glassport police can be reached at 412-672-4514 or by calling 911.


McKeesport Daily News October 8, 2010

Glassport

Meeting scheduled

Glassport Development Corp. will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the borough building. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, e-mail glassportdevelopment@yahoo.com .


McKeesport Daily News October 9, 2010

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports:

Criminal activity reported

• Daniel Keister, 42, of Glassport, is charged with two counts of harassment and one count of public intoxication in connection with an incident Thursday at 5:01 p.m. at an apartment along the 700 block of Monongahela Avenue.

• Rick Smith, no age given, of Pittsburgh, is charged with theft by unlawful taking in connection with an incident on Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. along the 1000 block of Ohio Avenue.

• Gerald Cendroski, 64, of McKeesport, is charged with DUI in connection with an incident on Thursday at 7:36 p.m. near the intersection of Cherry Alley and Sixth Street.


McKeesport Daily News October 12, 2010

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports:

Drinking charges filed

• David Smith, 33, of Glassport, is charged with public intoxication in connection with an incident Monday at 5:14 a.m. in the 400 block of Ohio Avenue.

• Charles Ciorra, 64, of Clairton, is charged with DUI and careless driving in connection with an incident Sunday at 11:05 p.m. along the 500 block of Monongahela Avenue.

Incident nets charges

Kevin Morrow, 54, and a 16-year-old boy, both of Glassport, are charged with harassment in connection with an incident Friday at 8:28 p.m. near the intersection of Sixth Street and Vermont Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News October 14, 2010

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports:

Incidents net charges

• Jill Roberts, 47, of McKeesport, is charged with disorderly conduct in connection with an incident Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. along the 500 block of Monongahela Avenue.

• Anthony McCallister, 53, of Glassport, is charged with public intoxication in connection with an incident Wednesday at 12:24 a.m. along the 500 block of Ohio Avenue.

• Ronald Lucas, 45, of Liberty, is charged with DUI and reckless driving in connection with an incident Tuesday at 9:15 p.m. along the 500 block of Monongahela Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News October 15, 2010

Glassport

Election details given

Those who are not able to be physically present on Election Day may be eligible to vote by absentee ballot. Allegheny County Board of Elections must receive applications for absentee ballots by Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. Absentee ballots can be picked up at the borough building or senior citizens center, 544 Monongahela Ave., during regular business hours.

Residents can contact their committee representa­tives for assistance.

District 1 representatives are Nancy Piazza Whaby and Sam Piazza; that polling location is the municipal building near the intersection of Fifth Street and Monongahela Avenue.

District 2 representatives are Angelo Norelli and Marlene Caldro; that poling place is at the municipal building.

District 3 representatives are Rosemary Bradley and Dave Kowalski; that polling place is at the senior citizens center.

District 4 representatives are Andrea Foster and Jim Foster; that polling place is at the Glassport Community Center at 701 Delaware Ave.

District 5 representatives are Judy Feltz and Jamie Colecchi; that polling place is at Queen of the Rosary Social Hall at 530 Michigan Ave.

District 6 representatives are Belinda Lewis and Tony Valerio; that polling place is at the Glassport Community Youth Center at 701 Delaware Ave.

District representatives also are available to provide rides to polling places.

Race night set for Saturday

Glassport Democratic Committee is sponsoring a Night at the Races Saturday starting at 7 p.m. at the Glassport American Legion at 411 Monongahela Ave. Doors open at 6 with a buffet.

Horses and sponsors of the races are welcome. There will be food, refreshments, door prizes and more. People are encouraged to come meet the committee and candidates.

For more information or to sign up for a horse or sponsorship, call 412-678-3644.


McKeesport Daily News October 21, 2010

Glassport

Police have released the following incident report:

3 people charged

Scott Millington, 45, Justin Wiernicki, 21, and Charles Coddington, 50, all of Glassport, are all charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession of heroin in connection with an incident Saturday at 9:23 p.m. along the 700 block of Cypress Alley. Police said Coddington also is charged with failure to stop at stop signs in connection with the incident.


McKeesport Daily News October 23, 2010

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports:

Incidents net charges

• Joseph Kerr, 27, of Glassport, is charged with public intoxication in connection with an incident Thursday at 12:30 a.m. near the intersection of Sixth Street and Cypress Alley.

• Krystal Sleasman, 25, of Glassport, is charged with promoting prostitution and prostitution in connection with an incident Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. along the 500 block of Vermont Avenue.

• Justin Wiernicki, 21, and Jason Nolfi, 42, both of Glassport, are charged with retail theft in connection with an incident Thursday at 4:45 p.m. at the Foodland along the 900 block of Ohio Avenue. Nolfi also is being charged with aggravated assault in connection with the incident.


McKeesport Daily News October 23, 2010

Glassport

Trick-or-treating is Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m.

Glassport Parks and Recreation will sponsor a parade for borough children 12 and younger Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. Participants must preregister at the borough building by Wednesday. Line-up is at Monongahela Avenue and Sixth Street. The parade will proceed to the Honor Roll for costume judging and treat bag distributing.

Glassport Assembly of God, 210 Fifth St., will host Light the Night Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. The event features free popcorn, hot dogs, candy, games and prizes. Call 412-672-9002 for more information.

Bingo slated

Glassport American Legion Auxiliary will sponsor a Crock Pot bingo Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at the legion to benefit veterans programs. Cost is $20 per paper package. The event also features Chinese auc­tions, raffles and food. Call 412-678-6621 for ticket information.


McKeesport Daily News October 28, 2010

Glassport reimbursed for blizzard cleanup

Borough gets $ 1 2 . 3 K from state

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

Glassport officials have received approximately $12,327 from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency for reimbursement of funds spent in blizzard cleanup.

Federal officials announced in April the release of approximately $50 million in disaster aid to cover expenses stemming from the winter storms in February. Allegheny County was declared a state of emergency that month, and Glassport was one of many Mon Valley communities seeking federal aid.

Borough officials announced at Tuesday night’s meeting that some financial relief had arrived.

“We would have liked to have gotten more, but we’ll take what we can get,” Mayor Michael Evanovich said. “It’s not a negotiation. You give them the information. They do what they do. When it’s done they give you your check, and move on to the next disaster. We hope we don’t get another one.” Evanovich and borough emergency management coordinator Ken Carroll submitted a request for about $25,000 in order to help pay for contractors that came to the borough to assist with plowing and snow removal, and to pay for other emergency expenses accrued at the time.

“We actually had the fire company taking people to stores and picking up prescriptions and helping out the elderly because everybody was basically paralyzed,” the mayor said. “It took a great effort to get all that done. A monumental task is what that was.” Municipalities could ask for reimbursement for a 47-hour period under recently modified federal regulations. The storms came Feb. 5-6 and 9-11. Glassport, like other municipalities, did not get as much money as officials requested.

“They split the storms into two storms. That’s why we all didn’t get our money,” Evanovich said. “When we applied to FEMA for the money they separated the storms and only classified the first couple days viable for money. It seemed like it was about half of what people were looking for, somewhere in that vicinity.” Information was gathered by PEMA and submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The state also was declared a state of emergency, and many areas had to meet certain criteria regarding damage and expenses in order to be eligible for funds.

Allegheny County received 24 inches of snow and reported costs in excess of $9.7 million, more than double a reported $4.1 million requirement.

After getting 28 inches, Westmoreland incurred more than $1.5 million in costs, topping a $1.2 million requirement.

Expenses for which communities can be reimbursed include overtime, equipment rentals, search and rescue and operation of emergency shelters.

In other matters, borough code enforcement officer Michael Lupinacci resigned after serving Glassport for six months. Borough officials said he resigned earlier this year because he recently was appointed police chief in Lincoln. Evanovich said police are handling the code enforcement duties, and he is not sure if the borough will seek another code enforcement officer.


McKeesport Daily News October 29, 2010

Glassport ordinance proposed

Sewer checks could become mandatory in property sales

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

Glassport Councilman Terry DiMarco is proposing an ordinance that would require property owners to dye test sewer lines before selling their properties.

DiMarco suggested the ordinance at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

The matter is being reviewed by borough solicitor Gary Matta, and could be available for advertisement at the November meeting.

“It’s common in a number of municipalities that I represent,” Matta said of the dye-testing ordinance.

DiMarco, sewer commit­tee chairman, said he got the idea for the ordinance after speaking with a resi­dent along Washington Boulevard who was paying sewage bills until he found his home was not tapped into the borough sewer lines, but into a septic tank. “I feel bad for people like that because there are people that don’t know (they’re not connected),” DiMarco said.

“Unfortunately when they find out they got to spend another $2,000 and how much the plumber costs and everything else. I want to eliminate this.” There is a $2,000 tap-in fee to borough sewer lines.

The resident came before council earlier this month to discus making some changes. “He said he could run his own line, which is legal as long as when you make the tap-in you have a registered plumber do the tap-in for you,” DiMarco said.

“That’s Allegheny County rules.” DiMarco said there was a valid reason the home along Washington Boulevard was not connected to borough sewers. “We don’t have a sewer pipe that goes near their homes just yet,” DiMarco said. “We’re trying to get a couple more lines.” DiMarco said the borough underwent a major sewer project in 1999-2000 and installed various lines in its lower section.

There are about eight or 10 houses in the upper section of the borough on hills that are not tapped in to the sewer lines.

Matta said a draft of the ordinance will be prepared by next month’s meeting.

“Nothing will happen like this again to unsuspecting home purchasers,” DiMarco said.


McKeesport Daily News November 2, 2010

Glassport

Police released the following incident reports.

Disorderly conduct alleged

• Charles Hayden, 44, of Glassport, is charged with disorderly conduct in connection with an incident Saturday at 9:32 p.m. along the 600 block of Allegheny Avenue.

• Betty Richez, 27, of Glassport, and Wendy Taylor, 35, of McKeesport, are charged with disorderly conduct in connection with an incident Sunday at 3:20 p.m. along the 500 block of Ohio Avenue.

• Mark Johnson Sr., 52, of McKeesport, is charged with disorderly conduct and harassment in connection with an incident Friday at 4:48 p.m. along the 700 block of Delaware Avenue.

Incidents net charges

• Paul Mierecko Jr., 53, of Glassport, is charged with public intoxication in connection with an incident Saturday at 3:04 a.m. near the intersection of Ninth Street and Ohio Avenue.

• Louis Hough, 50, of Clairton, is charged with DUI, prohibition at specific places and careless driving in connection with an incident Sunday at 10:39 p.m. near the intersection of Seventh Street and Allegheny Avenue.

• Matthew Medved, 24, of Glassport, is charged with harassment and terroristic threats in connection with an incident Oct. 13 at noon along the 600 block of Cypress Way.


McKeesport Daily News November 2, 2010

Glassport

Meeting slated

Glassport Crime Watch meeting is slated for Wednesday at 7 p.m. in council chambers. A representative from the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Department will be a guest speaker. For more information, call 412-672-7400 .


McKeesport Daily News November 4, 2010

Sheriff’s office gives a boost to Glassport Crime Watch group

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

Glassport’s crime watch program received a boost from the Allegheny County Sheriff’s office.

Deputy Sheriff Jason Tarap, a crime prevention specialist, fielded questions and listened to complaints and compliments at Wednesday night’s meeting.

He spoke about the importance of a crime watch and what crime prevention means.

Tarap said some departments have moved officers from crime prevention/crime watch to patrol to help boost arrests.

“When we start seeing those type of things, it makes it tough on us because this is something we’re all passionate about, especially myself,” Tarap said. “I truly believe crime prevention works.” Tarap stressed that residents should report criminal activity instead of trying to police the borough themselves.

“It’s you seeing it, hearing it and reporting it to the police,” he said. “For you to not take a reactive state of mind (by) going after the individual, that’s doing something.

“We’ve seen people get hurt when they decide they’re going to do a little bit more.” The deputy sheriff asked residents to name a complaint they see on their street regularly.

Many said motorists speed through stop signs, and that they witness drug dealing and have to endure loud music, nuisance tenants and landlords, and traffic­related issues. One resident spoke about racial incidents.

Police Chief Howard Kifer, police Lt. Ronald Benoit and Tarap said all incidents should be reported to police first, and Tarap said that residents can take their concerns to the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office if they are not getting results.

The deputy sheriff also said that using the media can be a crime prevention tool, and he lauded The Daily News for its reporting.

“Great paper,” Tarap said. “I’ve been in that paper a lot of times. I think it’s a super paper. They write what they actually hear and see. They don’t try to twist the words. We can utilize that to our advantage.” Tarap’s visit came at the request of Benoit, the department’s crime watch liaison.

“He goes all around the county making presentations on all types of topics involving crime prevention,” Benoit said of Tarap.

“Lt. Benoit is actually one of my (students),” Tarap said. “He came through crime prevention, and I was one of the master instructors here in the western part of Pennsylvania.” Resident Patty Chalfant lauded Glassport police and said the department resolved a problem for her family and neighborhood a few years ago.

“Thank God for the Glassport police,” Chalfant said.

Tarap distributed copies of the county sheriff office’s “Citizens Against Crime” handbook. It has more information about crime prevention and what people should watch out for in various situations.

After Tarap’s presentation, the crime watch group named resident Dave Kowalski as its coordinator.

“Dave has put together meetings on his block,” Benoit said. “He’s assisted other people to get their block organized and have meetings. Dave’s done a great job with things that he’s done to this point. He’s shown that he can handle this job.” Kowalski thanked Tarap for coming to the borough, and said he believes his visit will have an impact.

“The whole program will help us understand (crime watch) a lot better,” Kowalski said. “He gives a great presentation. He understands how important this is.” Kowalski signed up a few more volunteers during and after the meeting.

“They know me, and when they see me coming, it’s for this reason,” Kowalski said. “That’s just the way it’s (going) to be until I have enough people to load up across the street, until every block has somebody represented.” The next crime watch meeting is scheduled for Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at the borough building. Crime watch signs will be posted at the borough entrances as well as on poles and windows in the coming weeks.

Organizers said future meetings may be conducted at the American Legion across the street.

For more information about crime watch and how to get involved, call 412-672-7400.


McKeesport Daily News November 5, 2010

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports:

Incidents net charges

• Ken Lewis, 45, of Glassport, is charged with criminal mischief and harassment in connection with an incident Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. along the 600 block of Ohio Avenue.

• Tina Michalski, 26, and Steven Michalski, 27, both of Glassport, are charged with harassment in connection with an incident Monday at 7:58 p.m. along the 400 block of Oregon Avenue. Clint March, 52, of Glassport, is charged with disorderly conduct in connection with that incident.


McKeesport Daily News November 6, 2010

Glassport chief stresses need to lock vehicles

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

Glassport police are investigating another rash of vehicle break-ins.

Police Chief Howard Kifer said his department received at least four such reports Friday morning from residents along Washington Boulevard and Ola Avenue.

The break-ins happened sometime overnight Thursday, and there have been no signs of forced entry, the chief said.

Items stolen include cell phones, cash and other electronics.

Kifer said residents need to take extra care with their valuables, lock their cars and watch for suspicious activity in the borough.

Police have no suspects, but believe some of those responsible for the incidents could be from neighboring towns, Kifer said.

Glassport police continue to investigate vehicle break­ins from last month.

Kifer reported such incidents occurred along the 600 block of Cypress Way and along the 900 block of Vermont Avenue.

A JVC head unit/CD player valued at $300 and a Garmin GPS unit also valued at $300 were stolen from a vehicle along Cypress Way, and various electronics were stolen from a vehicle along Vermont Avenue.

Kifer expressed frustration Friday regarding the break­ins, and said all incidents have happened to unlocked vehicles.

“No one’s come forward with anything yet,” Kifer said of the October investigations. “(Residents) must keep their vehicles locked. Have the people next door watch and call us. Any strange vehicles in the area, call us. If you’ve got a GPS, take it out.

“You tell them and tell them, and the same thing happens. We’re doing our job and yet it’s still happening.” Residents can report suspicious activity by calling 911, or the borough police station at 412-672-4514.


McKeesport Daily News November 9, 2010

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports.

Drinking alleged

• Angela Busby, 33, of Pittsburgh, is charged with public intoxication in connection with an incident Friday at 11 p.m. near the intersection of Lincoln and N. Monongahela avenues.

• Donald Buzzard, 31, of Glassport, is charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct in connection with an incident Thursday at 10:15 p.m. along the 600 block of Ninth Street.

• Stacy Hollerich, 33, of Glassport, is charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct in connection with an incident Thursday at 10:15 p.m. along the 600 block of Ninth Street.

Incidents net charges

• Wesley Gadsden, 24, of Pittsburgh, is charged with disorderly conduct in connection with an incident Oct. 15 at 7:20 p.m. near the intersection of Harrison Street and Ohio Avenue.

• Joshua Will, 31, of Glassport, is charged with possession with intent to deliver, disorderly conduct, possession of controlled substances, and turning movement without required signals in connection with an incident Saturday at 4:17 p.m. along the 500 block of Cherry Alley.


McKeesport Daily News November 9, 2010

Glassport

Winners announced

Glassport parks and recreation have announced the winners of this year’s Halloween parade costume contest.

Winners for prettiest/ cutest costume are Kendra Borkowski, Chazdine Harmon, Alexa and Thomas Sacco and Brylee Carter. Winners for scariest costume are Malanna Snipe and Elizabeth Mamaeff. Winners for most original costume are Logan Fox, Josh Davis and Nathan Beauchamp.

Winners can pick up their prizes at the borough office at 440 Monongahela Ave.

Senior events noted

Glassport Senior Citizens Center will host the following events and activities in November:

• Bingo is scheduled for tonight at 7. Doors open at 6.

• November birthdays will be celebrated on Nov. 17. Turkey dinner will be served at noon.

• Hot meals are served to members every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

• Exercise classes for members are offered Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

• The center will be closed Nov. 25 and 26 in observance of Thanksgiving.


McKeesport Daily News November 13, 2010

Glassport

Parking restriction noted

There will be no parking on the east side of Monongahela Avenue between Fifth and Seventh streets Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a sewer cleaning project.

All vehicles parked in the area during that time will be towed.


McKeesport Daily News November 19, 2010

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports:

Incidents net charges

• Gregory Brant, 51, of Glassport, is charged with criminal trespass and criminal mischief in connection with an incident Nov. 12 at 12:50 a.m. along the 600 block of Ohio Avenue.

Brant also was arrested later that day at 2:51 a.m. at that location for defiant trespass and criminal trespass.

• Kenneth Will, 22, of Pittsburgh, is charged with public drunkenness in connection with an incident Nov. 13 at 1 a.m. along the 400 block of Monongahela Avenue.

• A 16-year-old Port Vue boy is charged with underage drinking in connection with an incident Sunday at 12:50 a.m. along the 300 block of Oak Way.

• Josh Will, 31, of Glassport, is charged with possession with intent to deliver, disorderly conduct, possession of controlled substances, and illegal use of turn signals in connection with an incident Nov. 6 at 4:17 p.m. along the 500 block of Cherry Alley.


McKeesport Daily News November 23, 2010

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports:

Theft alleged

James Lombardi, 47, of Clairton, is charged with retail theft in connection with an incident Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Foodland along the 900 block of Ohio Avenue.

Incident nets charges

Lea Keeney, 50, of McKeesport, is charged with DUI, driving on the right side of roadway and failure to stop at stop signs in connection with an incident Saturday at 4:30 a.m. along the 700 block of Monongahela Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News November 24, 2010

Glassport residents petition for demo

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

Glassport residents are petitioning to get a vacant apartment building along Ohio Avenue demolished.

Residents Lisa Dagger and Rebecca Layhue each live adjacent to the building, located at 608 Ohio Ave. They presented council with a petition at Tuesday night’s meeting signed by 38 residents seeking action against the structure.

“It’s an eyesore really. I’m embarrassed by it,” Dagger said. “When I first moved in last February, two times I (saw) kids trying to get in. The cops came and they actually put a board across the door so the kids couldn’t get in. A couple months ago the boards came down.” Dagger said she saw oth­ers around the property, and that the roof appears to be collapsing.

Layhue said cockroaches, mice, rats and high grass surround the vacant apartment.

“You can see stuff crawling around in the grass,” Layhue said.

“If they tore it down it would make the block a lot better,” Dagger said.

Council vice president Jim Uziel said he will have the borough’s building inspector take a look at the property and check into its ownership.

Borough officials announced structures at 717 Delaware Ave., 635 Allegheny Ave. and 430 Euclid Ave. will be demolished by Ever Ready Contractors.

Mayor Michael Evanovich announced the borough received a $400 donation from resident Dan Costello and his family toward the police vest fund. Evanovich said Costello and his wife recently moved to Glassport from Clairton and wanted to help the community. The mayor said two of the current vests are almost worn out and the borough is accepting donations for replacements.

Resident Angelo Norelli lauded borough employees’ efforts in cleaning up the 300 block of Ohio Avenue. Norelli said public works crews and others did a great job removing leaves and additional items.

Uziel said there have been many problems with the borough’s street sweeper, and crews were cleaning the streets as much as possible. “We’re pretty lucky to have the guys we have,” Uziel said.

The borough is accepting applications for public works laborers. Anyone interested in a position should contact the borough office at 412-672-7400.

Councilors purchased a salt spreader from Port Vue at a cost of $999. Uziel said it will be installed on a 1-ton dump truck.

Borough offices will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving. Garbage collection will be delayed by one day. An ordinance regarding dye testing in the borough is expected to be formally advertised soon and could be ready for adoption at next month’s meeting. Councilman and sewer committee chairman Terry DiMarco proposed the ordinance at last month’s meeting. It would require property owners to dye test sewer lines before selling their properties.

The borough’s parks and recreation department will sponsor the annual Christmas “Holiday Night of Lights” on Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. The event will begin with the lighting of trees along Monongahela Avenue and the Honor Roll displays. Santa Claus will arrive by fire truck at the American Legion Post 443. Borough children ages 10 and younger can visit Santa and receive a gift. Refreshments and hot chocolate will be provided. Tiffany Sopp School of Dance from West Mifflin will provide entertainment.


McKeesport Daily News November 26, 2010

Residents say Glassport youth center renovation will benefit kids

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

Glassport residents are hoping a renovation project at the borough’s youth center will lead to more programs for younger citizens.

At Tuesday night’s council meeting, resident Dave Kowalski, the borough’s crime watch coordinator, inquired about the use of the youth facility at 701 Delaware Ave. Several people within the crime watch group have asked if the borough can have some type of youth program there to help get children off the streets, Kowalski said.

Councilwoman and parks and recreations committee chair Nancy Crncic said the youth center has multiple uses, and a major renovation/cleaning project is continuing at the facility. “We used it for the elections that just took place,” Crncic said. “I would say (renovations) started at the beginning of October. “We had that floor finished. We’ve had the boilers checked, and so many things have been done. We had the roof, minor repairs done.” Public works crews and residents have been putting time and effort toward making the former Holy Cross Catholic Church facility functional. Crncic said the exterior of the structure is in dire need of cleaning. “The outside is horrible. If we can get some money to do that next year it would look half way decent,” she said.

Mayor Michael Evanovich said there are recreational options for Glassport youth besides the youth center, including Glassport Athletic Association and South Allegheny youth soccer and football. “Teenage kids are the ones out looking for something to do,” the mayor said. “It’s hard to please teenagers.” Crncic said the youth center was used for various teenage activities, but most were unsupervised.

“We won’t permit that unless it’s supervised,” Crncic said. “At one time they did things like that and that’s how it got in bad shape. Maybe in the future we can set up a program. Not right now since we’re getting it going again. We’ll use it for rental.” Councilors said once the project is completed and enough revenue is made they may open the youth center for other programs.

Anyone interested in renting the center can contact Ron Tyszkiewicz at 412-678-4272.

Evanovich, who also is involved in the crime watch, said he hopes more youths participate in that group. “We’re trying to bring the community together. It’s going to take time,” the mayor said.


McKeesport Daily News November 27, 2010

Glassport mayor issues October report

By THE DAILY NEWS

Glassport police responded to 461 calls for service in October, Mayor Michael Evanovich reported.

Officers made 33 arrests, issued 13 traffic citations and 82 non-traffic citations. Officers investigated 12 juvenile incidents including missing persons, harassments, threats and trespassing, Evanovich reported.

Glassport firefighters and EMS personnel responded to 17 fire calls and 44 ambulance calls, respectively, Councilman James Foster reported.


McKeesport Daily News December 2, 2010

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports:

Incidents net charges

• Kevin Kucera, 28, of Port Vue, is charged with indirect criminal contempt in connection with an incident Sunday at 1:28 a.m. along the 600 block of Summit Way.

• Charles Boring, 66, of Glassport, is charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication in connection with an incident Saturday at 7:01 a.m. along the 600 block of Indiana Avenue. Boring also is charged with harassment in connection with an incident Wednesday at 9:10 p.m. along the 600 block of Indiana Avenue.

• Arthur Fine, 45, of Glassport, is charged with simple assault in connection with an incident Sunday at 5:56 a.m. along the 700 block of Monongahela Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News December 6, 2010

Glassport celebration

Glassport's parks and recreation department hosted the "Holiday Night of Lights" community celebration Sunday at American Legion Post 443.

Above, borough youngster Diamond Vanatta, 6, tells Santa Claus what she?d like for Christmas.

At left, Brian Woolheater, 8, and James Orbin, 9, both of Glassport, prepare to sample some of the available food.


McKeesport Daily News December 7, 2010

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports:

Criminal activity alleged


McKeesport Daily News December 10, 2010

Glassport

Police have released the following incident report:

Disorderly conduct alleged

Victoria Geis, 51, of Glassport, is charged with disorderly conduct in connection with an incident Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. along the 300 block of Monongahela Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News December 14, 2010

Glassport

Police have released the following incident report.

Fight nets charges

Heather Payo, 30, of Clairton, is charged with simple assault, resisting arrest, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct in connection with an incident Thursday at 4:15 p.m. at a supermarket along the 900 block of Ohio Avenue.

Citation issued

Gregory Brant, 51, of Glassport, is charged with theft in connection with an incident Dec. 2 at 9:30 a.m. at a diner along the 600 block of Monongahela Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News December 16, 2010

Glassport

Meetings scheduled

Glassport council's workshop meeting is Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the municipal building. Its regular meeting is Dec. 28 at 7 p.m.

Office closed

Glassport tax office will be closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 3. Taxpayers who have yet to make their third installment payment of their South Allegheny School District property taxes are reminded the due date is Dec. 31. Installment payments can be made by mail/payment slot. Business hours will resume Jan. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

VFC to meet

Glassport Citizen's Hose Fire Co. No. 1 will meet tonight at 7 at the station for its regular monthly meeting.


McKeesport Daily News December 17, 2010

Glassport

Santa visit planned

Santa Claus will be riding around Glassport with Citizen's Hose Fire Co. No. 1 on Saturday at 10 a.m. to pass out treats to children. The fire company thanks donors to the recent boot drive who made this possible.


McKeesport Daily News December 21, 2010

Glassport

Police released the following incident reports:

Retail theft charged

Denise Lennon, 59, of McKeesport, is charged with retail theft by summons for an incident Nov. 18 at 12:30 p.m. at a business in the 200 block of Ninth Street. Police said the items taken were valued at $32.


McKeesport Daily News December 22, 2010

Glassport expecting to hold millage steady in 2011

By Michael DiVittorio, MCKEESPORT DAILY NEWS

No hike is anticipated in borough taxes for Glassport residents next year.

Council president John DeSue announced at Tuesday night’s workshop meeting that borough officials plan to keep the millage rate in 2011 at 8.99 mills, which includes a .75-mill fire tax.

“We don’t work on (the budget) this time of year. We work on it all year long,” DeSue said. “We have a great group of people. We’re frugal.”

Sewage rates also are not expected to increase.

The proposed spending plan lists expenses and revenues at $1,821,950. The proposed sewage budget lists expenses and revenues at $536,000.

Revenues include $725,000 in real estate taxes and $67,000 in fire taxes. Expenses include $516,000 for public safety.

A copy of the budget is available for viewing at the borough office and councilors are planning to adopt the budget at next Tuesday’s meeting.

DeSue noted that council is going to take a closer look at road projects after expenses for snow removal are tallied.

Also being considered for next week’s meeting is a dye testing ordinance.

The ordinance was proposed by sewer committee chairman and Councilman Terry DiMarco in October.

It would require property owners to dye test sewer lines before selling their properties.

DiMarco said he got the idea for the ordinance after speaking with a resident along Washington Boulevard who was paying sewage bills until he found his home was not tapped into the borough sewer lines, but into a septic tank.

Council also is considering a resolution for a tax anticipation note and a salary ordinance, two matters of business many municipalities deal with every year, DeSue said.

Mayor Michael Evanovich announced the borough received a donation to its police vest fund from residents Eugene and Janice Herrmann.

Council also is considering a proposal from Kriebel Resources to install a 1,100-foot pipeline along a paper street near the Glassport-Port Vue border across from the W.D. Mansfield Memorial Bridge.

Mark Scelsi, the company’s professional landman, was at the workshop meeting making his pitch.

Scelsi said he plans to work only on the Glassport side because it is easier to deal with one municipality and not two, and “we like the area. We really do.”

DeSue was able to get Scelsi to increase his offer from $3,000 to $5,000 for use of the borough right-of-way.

The pipeline will be able to help Kriebel Resources drill shallow natural gas wells on property leased by the borough and surrounding residents, Scelsi said.

Council is expected to take action on the proposal next week.


McKeesport Daily News December 28, 2010

Georgia man charged in Glassport incident

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

A Georgia man known to frequent the Glassport area is facing charges after allegedly threatening a borough woman with a gun.

Kenneth Hicks, 56, of Trenton, Ga., is charged with aggravated assault with a weapon, criminal attempt, recklessly endangering another person and terroristic threats in connection with an incident on Christmas Eve at 11:45 p.m. along the 600 block of Ohio Avenue, police Deputy Chief Shawn Deverse reported.

Deverse said Hicks was involved in an altercation with a 68-year-old Glassport woman, and allegedly held a gun to her head and threatened to kill her.

The woman was able to get out of the residence and call police, Deverse said.

Hicks was transported to the Allegheny County Jail.

Corrections officers recovered six grams of suspected cocaine while searching through Hicks’ medications, Deverse said.

Glassport police went back to the county jail to obtain the evidence, and charged Hicks with possession of controlled substances and possession with intent to deliver in connection with those findings.

No injuries were reported in connection with the incidents.


McKeesport Daily News December 28, 2010

Glassport police warn residents about burglaries

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

Glassport police have issued a reminder to resi­dents to take extra safety precautions in the wake of recent residential burglaries. Police Deputy Chief Shawn Deverse reported Monday that borough officers and Allegheny County police are investigating multiple incidents.

“We’ve had close to two dozen residential burglaries since mid-November,” Deverse said.

“A lot of jewelry (was) taken, small items, money if it’s laying around. We’ve had some forced entry, but we mostly had our share of people leaving their doors unlocked, making it easy for guys to walk in.” No injuries have been reported.

Deverse said residents should make sure the doors on their homes and vehicles are secure, and should keep their porch lights on.

Residents should call 911 to report any suspicious activity.


McKeesport Daily News December 29, 2010

Glassport sets rates with no hike

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

Glassport residents will not have to pay more in real estate taxes or sewage charges next year.

Council unanimously adopted ordinances approving the 2011 budget, tax levy, and sewage budget at Tuesday night’s meeting by a 6-0 vote. Councilman Terry DiMarco was absent.

Council set the millage rate at 8.99 mills, which includes a .75-mill fire tax. One mill generates approximately $91,240.

“I’d say it’s a prudent effort, but it’s done all year,” Councilman Eugene Skerkoski said about the budget. “We receive expenses and revenues on a monthly basis, which is gone over at the caucus meetings so that we don’t have to cram everything in at the end of the year. It’s an annual process.” Councilwoman Nancy Crncic lauded the financial management of council president John DeSue for being able to help develop a borough spending plan with no tax increase.

“I give a lot of credit to John DeSue, who follows this on a weekly basis. We stay on top of it and we’re not blindsided by anything,” Crncic said. “Give credit where credit’s due.” The budget lists revenues and expenditures at $1,821,950. Revenues include $725,000 in real estate taxes, $67,430 in fire tax funds, $329,100 in Act 511 taxes, $117,000 for licenses and permits, $33,500 in fines and forfeits, $19,800 in interest earnings, $125,000 in state shared revenue and $4,000 in miscellaneous revenue.

Expenses include $245,050 in administrative costs, $16,500 for tax collection, $33,200 in buildings and plants, $516,400 for police, $115,950 for the fire department, $500,200 for public works, $12,000 for recreation, $132,000 for debt service, and $121,050 for insurance.

A copy of the budget is available for viewing at the borough office.

Council also unanimously adopted an ordinance requiring property owners to dye test sewer lines before selling their properties.

There is an inspection fee of $35, and the property owner must obtain a document of certification from the borough, according to the ordinance. The ordinance also stipulates anyone violating any of its provisions may be charged and fined $500 for each violation.

A copy of the ordinance is available at the borough office.

Council approved an agreement with Kriebel Resources to use a right­of-way along a paper street near the Glassport-Port Vue border across from the W.D. Mansfield Memorial Bridge.

The agreement is part of a $5,000 proposal from the company’s professional landman to install a 1,100-foot pipeline in that area.

The pipeline is necessary because a resident wants a natural gas well drilled on his property, and the line will facilitate the gas, council vice president Jim Uziel said.

Uziel said the agreement is a revenue producer, and that he is happy to have the company in the borough.

Mayor Michael Evanovich announced receipt of a $3,780 50/50 grant from the Federal Grants Division of the Office of the Justice Commission for the police vest fund, meaning whatever is spent from the grant must be matched by the bor­ough.

The borough is in the process of replacing outdated bullet-proof vests in the department.

Uziel announced borough officials will select a new public works laborer from a pool of applicants, and interviews may be conducted next month.

Uziel said that he wants all elected officials to be involved in the hiring process because he is frustrated with allegations of hiring improprieties, favoritism and political moves.

“I don’t want to hear that,” Uziel said of the allegations.

Councilors are expected to advertise an ordinance setting monthly sewage rates at $18 for the first 5,000 gallons and $3.60 for each 1,000 gallons of water thereafter.

The ordinance could be adopted next month.


McKeesport Daily News January 1, 2011

Glassport vows more stop sign enforcement

— Photo by Jennifer R. Vertullo/Daily News

Glassport police and borough officials have promised that stop sign enforcement will be a major project for officers this year after they received several complaints g gabout the intersections along Monongahela Avenue.

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

Glassport Mayor Michael Evanovich is demanding stricter traffic enforcement in the wake of near misses and multiple complaints from residents regarding motorists’ ignorance of stop signs and speed limits.

The mayor said he was nearly struck twice by a vehicle a few blocks from his house, and received numerous calls from residents about people speeding and driving careless along borough streets.

Evanovich said at Tuesday night’s meeting that there will be an increase in traffic detail starting the first week of the year.

“We’re going to be stepping that program up a little bit, so if you get pulled over and get a ticket please don’t call me and ask me about it,” the mayor said.

“If you get it you probably deserved to have it. We’re having some stop sign issues, and it’s not just Glassport. We all travel every place, and when you go out of town it’s the same everywhere. For some reason, stop signs have lost their validity. We will step up that program starting next week.” Enforcement of the mayor’s pledge may be challenging because the borough has a limited number of officers available per shift.

Deputy police Chief Shawn Deverse said he cannot take officers off emergency calls to start writing tickets, but will have officers taking a closer look at traffic violations.

“In the new year we’ll concentrate some of our down time on traffic control and start detailing the men at certain locations,” Deverse said.

“Third Street and Monongahela (Avenue) is a big one for the stop signs. Up on Iowa Avenue and Euclid Avenue, people are complaining a lot. With two guys on a shift running calls constantly, we’re having a hard time paying attention to traffic. We’ll start trying to dedicate men to traffic and see if we can slow it down a little bit.” According to borough reports, officers dealt with 24 traffic-related calls for service in November and issued five traffic citations.

— Photo by Jennifer R. Vertullo/Daily News

Glassport Mayor Michael Evanovich talks with police officer Dan Kolick at the intersection of Monongahela Avenue and Third Street, one of many areas targeted for more stringent stop sign enforcement in 2011.

“For the month of December I think we wrote six traffic citations, and I believe they’re all mine,” Deverse said.

“I happen to be on a shift where I have a little bit of down time. Eight at night till four in the morning gives me a little more leeway to initiate traffic (detail). Some of these guys on the other shifts, 4 to 12 and daylight, they’re running a little busy.

“We can’t pull them off the calls and sit them at an intersection. We are getting a lot of complaints about traffic. We are going to make an effort to control it. Sometimes when people see the red and blue lights on and a police car pulling somebody over, after you see that so many times maybe you start slowing down coming through that area.” Magisterial District Judge Armand A. Martin, who serves Glassport, Clairton, Port Vue and Liberty, said the amount of traffic cases from Glassport varies from week to week.

The judge said he hears roughly 60 to 70 summary cases, which involve traffic and nontraffic citations, on Mondays with Glassport cases starting around 2:30 p.m.

People who receive traffic tickets can either plead guilty and pay the fine or plead not guilty and request a hearing.

Martin said those who choose to have a hearing and are found guilty of the viola­tion will have to pay that fine plus court costs.


McKeesport Daily News January 3, 2011

Glassport AG listing events

Glassport Assembly of God Church is announcing planned events for Saturday.

Men’s Ministries breakfast is set to begin at 10 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. The event is open to all men of the church. The group meets the first Saturday of each month.

Also planned for Saturday is the Revival Service at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on either event, call the church office at 412-672-9002.


McKeesport Daily News January 4, 2011

— Photos by Jennifer R. Vertullo/Daily News

A handcuffed Eric Raines makes a cell phone call outside the Glassport office of Magisterial District Judge Armand A. Martin. Raines was one of several individuals arrested Monday during a warrant roundup.

Warrant sweep results in multiple arrests

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

The new year brought a roundup of area residents with outstanding warrants from Glassport Magisterial District Judge Armand A. Martin’s office.

Liberty, Glassport and Port Vue police, and state constables picked up seven people and two others turned themselves in to authorities during a Monday morning warrant sweep.

Liberty police officer Ray Johnson brings warranted suspect Kendra Ginglesperger to Magisterial District Judge Armand A. Martin’s office Monday morning.

Liberty police officer Ray Johnson, who organized the sweep with Glassport assistant police Chief Shawn DeVerse, said 10 out of 25 warrants were served on Monday, with one person wanted on two warrants.

“There are more warrants coming,” state constable Joe Steffan said.

“Come see the judge or you’ll be picked up,” Johnson added.

Police said Edward Colclaser, 24, of Port Vue, tried to flee from the officers.

“He didn’t run from police,” his mother insisted at Martin’s office on Monday. “He ran to get a cigarette.” Colclaser had a Liberty police warrant for unpaid fines and told Martin he didn’t have time to come to the magistrate.

Kendra Gindlesperger, 32, of Clairton, and Ronald Beck, 33, of McKeesport, had outstanding arrest warrants stemming from a fight on Friday at approximately 3:05 a.m. in the 2700 block of Liberty Way. Johnson said Liberty police responded to the call to find a male face down on the street bleeding from his face and complaining of a broken ankle. That man, identified as Jeremy Sickler, 31, of McKeesport, was taken to UPMC McKeesport by Elizabeth Township Area EMS. He was charged Friday with disorderly conduct and public intoxication.

Brittany Weimer, 25, of Cincinnati, and Edward Gilmore, 35, of Lincoln, were charged with public intoxication. They were taken to McKeesport lock-up and held until deemed sober.

Liberty police charged Gindlesperger with aggravated assault, simple assault, criminal conspiracy, public intoxication, disorderly conduct and harassment. Beck faces charges of simple assault, resisting arrest, harassment, disorderly conduct and public intoxication.

Beck’s bond was set at $5,000 straight while Gindlesperger’s was set at $500.

Other suspects apprehended on warrants during Monday’s sweep included:

• Randee Coe, 35, of Lincoln, on a Liberty police war­rant for unpaid fines

• Brian McLean, 35, of Clairton, on a Clairton police warrant for accidents involving damage to unattended vehicles

• Eric Raines, 48, of Liberty, on an Allegheny County Sheriff’s Department warrant for child support

• Shawn Weber, 31, of Glassport, on a Glassport police warrant for disorderly conduct

• Charles Willard, 32, of Liberty, on two warrants from Liberty police for disorderly conduct

• A 17-year-old Glassport male on a warrant for unpaid fines

Other law enforcement personnel who assisted in the Monday roundup were Liberty police officers William Roper and Vince Faiello, Glassport police officer Nick Caito and Lt. Ron Benoit, Port Vue police officer Christopher Adams and state constable Dean Bradley.

“Warrants tend to get backed up,” Martin said. “Sometimes we need to do this to get caught up.

“We’re always fair to people who come in and deal with the situation. It makes it more difficult when we have to go out and get them.” Johnson thanked Glassport Mayor Michael Evanovich for allowing officers to hold suspects at Glassport’s police station.

— Photo by Jennifer R. Vertullo/Daily News

Glassport police officer Nick Caito and Liberty police officer Ray Johnson bring suspects to the Glassport office of Magisterial District Judge Armand A. Martin.


McKeesport Daily News January 4, 2011

Glassport

Police released the following incident reports:

Assault charges filed

• Zachary Clark, 25, of Elizabeth, is charged with harassment, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and simple assault in connection with an altercation on Friday at 8:10 p.m. in the 700 block of Monongahela Avenue.

• John Rager, 32, of Glassport, is charged with simple assault and harassment stemming from an incident on Thursday at 4:43 a.m. in the 400 block of Iowa Avenue.

• Lauren McPherson, 20, of Glassport, is charged with simple assault in connection with an alleged assault on Thursday at 12:02 a.m. in the 200 block of Sixth Street.

Public intoxication cited

David Stoats Jr., 25, of Glassport, was cited for public intoxication for an incident on Saturday at 2 a.m. in the 300 block of Monongahela Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News January 12, 2011

Glassport

There were seven warrant arrests by state constable Joe Steffan last week after the initial Jan. 3 roundup of warrants out of Magisterial District Judge Armand A. Martin’s office. Warrant suspects were:

• Lloyd Aguilar, 62, of Glassport, public intoxication.

• Shirley Bell, no age available, of Glassport, truancy.

• Joseph DeFelice III, 25, of Glassport, speeding, registration certificate of title required and required financial responsibility.

• Kerry Felicety, 47, of Glassport, retail theft.

• David S. Palyo, 30, of Glassport, driving while operating privilege suspended, exceeding maximum speed limit.

• Jeffrey Napoletano, 55, of Glassport, public intoxication.

• Jennifer Tabor, 46, of Glassport, disorderly conduct.


McKeesport Daily News January 15, 2011

Glassport

Police have released the following incident report.

Warrant arrest made

Michael Odoski, 35, of Glassport, was arrested Wednesday at 10:50 a.m. along the 700 block of Indiana Avenue for a felony warrant on charges of failure to appear in court for violating a Protection From Abuse order.


McKeesport Daily News January 19, 2011

Glassport

Police have released the following incident report:

Juvenile cited

A 12-year-old Glassport girl is charged with harassment in connection with an incident Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at a bus stop along the 900 block of Ohio Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News January 22, 2011

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports:

Fight nets charges

Heather Belfiore, 22, of Glassport, is charged with harassment in connection with a fight Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. near the intersection of Ninth Street and Michigan Avenue.

Warrant arrest made

Robert Hennon, 47, of Glassport, was taken into custody Thursday at 12:15 p.m. at an apartment along the 500 block of Allegheny Avenue. He was wanted by Bethel Park police on charges of endangering the welfare of children, promoting prostitution and aggravated assault.


McKeesport Daily News January 26, 2011

Glassport

Police have released the following incident report:

Drinking charges filed

Jason Nolfi, 42, of Glassport, is charged with public intoxication in connection with an incident Saturday at 6:05 a.m. along the 600 block of Cherry Way.


McKeesport Daily News January 26, 2011

Glassport considers creating dog park

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

Glassport residents are seeking a dog park in the borough.

Robert Stecak presented a variety of information about how to create and operate a dog park to council at Tuesday’s meeting, and offered to lead a committee to get the project under way.

“I’ll even clean up the you-know-what,” he told council.

Stecak, 66, has a 2-year­old Great Pyrenees named Jackson.

“I’ve had dogs all my life,” Stecak said. “The dog I got now is like a polar bear. He’s huge, and I got to take him to everybody else’s park. I got to take him to White Oak, South Park, and Greensburg is opening theirs up now. I’m thinking, ‘Why can’t we have one right here?’ “There’s a lot of people that would help (build a dog park). We’d take care of it. There’s nothing here, and I love dogs.” Stecak said the borough needs to start a committee, find a place to put a dog park, see if there are grants available, and have the solicitor review the laws and regulations of having a dog park.

He also submitted photos of various dog parks in his packet for council.

A proposed site for the possible dog park is near a bike trail behind the police station.

“It’s nice if we can get it,” Stecak said about the area. “There’s a lot of room back there. I’m just taking a chance. All the dimensions are there, and it’s set up to where big dogs have their own (area) and little dogs have their own. You don’t want little dogs in with big ones, they’ll get run over.” Council president John DeSue said council will discuss the issue at next month’s workshop, and gave the packet of information to councilwoman and parks and recreation chairperson Nancy Crncic to review.

Borough secretary Nancy Piazza-Whaby, who rescued a dog with the help of borough police about seven years ago when it was strand­d along Monongahela Avenue, said she supports having a dog park in the borough.

“I think it would be something different,” she said. “I’ve been to South Park’s. I think that’s a really nice dog park and I think they have some nice ones. I think it’d be a very nice idea (to have one in the borough).” In other matters, council vice president Jim Uziel suggested business owners try to clear a path from their sidewalks to the road because having all the snow pushed to the sidewalks makes it look “like the Himalayas.” Uziel said having a path from the road to the sidewalk will make it easier on residents to get around.

Councilman Paul Trunzo made several announcements during his report.

A bus trip to Rivers Casino was to leave from the Glassport Senior Citizens Center at 544 Monongahela Ave. today at 9:30 a.m. and return at 4 p.m. A celebration will take place Saturday for all center members who have a birthday in January. Lunch and birthday cake will be served at 11:30 a.m. Hot meals are served at the center for members only every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10-10:45 a.m.

This year’s dues are $10 per person. Those who do not pay their dues by Jan. 31 cannot participate in center activities, including the lunch program. The center is closed on Fridays through the end of February.

Council unanimously adopted an ordinance maintaining sewage rates at $18 per month for the first 5,000 gallons and $3.60 for every 1,000 gallons of water thereafter.

Borough solicitor Bradley Matta said liens have been filed against properties at 635 Allegheny Ave., 430 Euclid Ave. and 717 Delaware Ave. Those properties were demolished through Twin Rivers Council of Governments Community Development Block Grant Year 37 demolition program.


McKeesport Daily News January 27, 2011

Glassport offers recycling event

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

Glassport officials are organizing a collection for TVs, computer monitors, laptops, CPUs and other hard-to-recycle items in an effort to help the environment.

Councilwoman Nancy Crncic made the announcement at Tuesday’s meeting. The recycling event is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Citizens Hose Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 at 523 Allegheny Ave.

The event is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Resources Council Inc. in partnership with the Allegheny County Health Department and eLoop LLC, which will recycle the electronic equipment at their facility in Plum. The event is funded by Samsung.

Crncic urged residents and others to participate to help preserve the environment. The borough is not receiving any funds for this effort.

ELoop is a local electronics recycler that operates a state Department of Environmental Protection-permitted demanufacturing facility, and has been certified by the Basel Action Network as a BAN e-steward, which means they use only globally responsible, safe means to process e-waste including no disposal in landfills or incinerators, no prison labor, and no export of materials to developing countries, according to documents from PRC.

More information about the recycling program is available online at www.prc. or g or by calling Donna Mazza at the Pennsylvania Resources Council at 412-488-7490 ext. 246.

Council also hired Thomas Deliman as a new full-time public works employee by a vote of 6-1. Councilman James Foster cast the lone dissenting vote. Councilman Terry DiMarco voted by phone.

Resident Ernest Kantorczyk questioned the hiring procedure of the public works employee during the public comment portion of the meeting, and lobbied for a part­timer who worked for the borough last summer to get the full-time position.

Council vice president and public works chairman Jim Uziel said all councilors and Mayor Michael Evanovich took part in an extensive search and interview process to hire the right person for the job.

Uziel said Deliman was selected from more than 30 candidates, and wanted to quell any discussion about alleged improprieties in the hiring process.

“Everybody’s goal is to make this as fair of a process, as diligent of a process as we can possibly make it,” Uziel said.

Uziel noted borough officials came up with a list of people to interview and had a lengthy and detailed interview session Saturday, and Uziel made the motion to hire Deliman.

Deliman is filling the shoes of Leo Raszewski, who retired last year.

Council president John DeSue announced council will be changing its meeting dates starting in February.

Council will have a workshop meeting the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Regular meetings will be scheduled for the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

DeSue said the change is being made to make it easier for people to come to the meetings.


McKeesport Daily News February 3, 2011

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports:

Incidents net charges

• Patrick Kennedy, 51, of McKeesport, is charged with public intoxication in connection with an incident Monday at 5:40 p.m. at a bar along Monongahela Avenue.

• Teevor Miles, 25, of Glassport, is charged with a borough ordinance violation for leaving garbage out past the pickup date in connection with an incident Friday at 2 p.m. along the 800 block of Indiana Avenue.

• John Reger, 32, of Glassport, is charged with indirect criminal contempt for violating a Protection From Abuse order in connection with an incident Friday at 6:55 p.m. along the 400 block of Iowa Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News February 11, 2011

Glassport

Police have issued the following incident reports:

Arson charge filed

Amanda Ashmiller, 22, of Glassport, is charged with arson, recklessly endangering another person and criminal mischief in connection with an incident Tuesday at 12:53 a.m. in the 800 block of Monongahela Avenue.

Police said Ashmiller had a fight with her boyfriend and attempted to light his hat on fire on the porch. Police said when it began to burn, she stomped it out. Neighbors called police because they thought she was trying to burn down the porch, according to police.

Multiple charges filed

David Coppola, 55, of Glassport, is charged with disorderly conduct and harassment for an incident Feb. 1 at 1:30 p.m. in the 400 block of Monongahela Avenue. Police said Coppola had to be escorted out of a bar. He continued to call a woman and harass her, police said.

Public intoxication noted

Patrick Kennedy, 51, of McKeesport, was cited with public intoxication for an incident Saturday at 5:49 p.m. on Oak Alley at Sixth Street. He was taken to McKeesport lockup until deemed sober.


McKeesport Daily News February 11, 2011

Body found in Glassport identified

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

A body found outside a bowling center in Glassport has been identified.

Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office officials said Michael Janic, 59, of Glassport, died of metastatic colon cancer Thursday at 6:19 a.m. outside the residence along Hemlock Alley.

Glassport police Chief Howard Kifer said a woman leaving for work from the apartment complex above the bowling center found the body and called authorities around 6:30 a.m.

Glassport police responded to the call, and Allegheny County police took over the investigation, Kifer said.


McKeesport Daily News February 11, 2011

AL dance time, date change

Glassport American Legion Post 443 and its auxiliary has changed the date of its Valentine’s Day dance to tonight from 7 to midnight at the post home, 417 Monongahela Ave. Admission, which includes dinner, is $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit veteran’s programs.


McKeesport Daily News February 14, 2011

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports:

Incidents net charges

• Jonathan Toth, 23, of Glassport, is charged with public intoxication in connection with an incident Wednesday at 9:15 p.m. along the 200 block of Monongahela Avenue.

• Clifford Hoak, 24, of Clairton, is charged with retail theft in connection with an incident Wednesday at 7:40 p.m. at a store near the intersection of Ninth Street and Monongahela Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News February 15, 2011

Glassport

Police released the following incident reports:

Theft charged

Christopher Genemore, 34, and Richard Kostyzak, 45, both of Glassport, are charged with theft by deception in connection with an incident Friday at 3 p.m. along the 700 block of Allegheny Avenue.

Multiple charges filed

Joe DeFrancisco, 57, of Glassport, is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and terroristic threats in connection with an incident Saturday at 8:40 p.m. along the 600 block of Indiana Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News February 23, 2011

Glassport

Police have released the following incident report:

Woman charged

Janet Cogar, 49, of Glassport, is charged with public intoxication in connection with an incident Saturday at 1:30 p.m. along the 700 block of Indiana Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News February 26, 2011

Glassport

Announcement made

Glassport Democratic Committee officials said petitions and registrations are available at the borough office for anyone interested in running for local offices.

For more information, call 412-672-4901.


McKeesport Daily News February 28, 2011

Glassport

Crime Watch meeting set

Glassport Crime Watch will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center. Guest speaker will be Beth Butler from Allegheny County 911 Dispatch and Rescue Response. Her topic will be “Lost Child/Lost Adult.” Light refreshments will be available, and there will be door prizes and 50/50 raffle. The meeting is open to all South Allegheny School District residents.


McKeesport Daily News March 1, 2011

Glassport bar owner faces charges

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

An owner of a Glassport bar faces a variety of charges after allegedly pointing a gun at patrons and fighting with borough police.

Hersh’s Pub owner William Price, 51, of Elizabeth, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of recklessly endangering another person, two counts of terroristic threats, two counts of simple assault, and one count of resisting arrest in connection with an incident

Friday at 11:35 p.m. at his establishment along the 800 block of Monongahela Avenue, police Chief Howard Kifer reported Monday.

Kifer said officers were dispatched to that location after receiving a call that Price was pointing a firearm and threatening to shoot people in the head.

Officers arrived and confronted Price, who became verbally combative with police and a scuffle ensued, the chief said.

No injuries were reported in connection with the incident. A preliminary hearing is set for March 8 at 1 p.m. at Magisterial District Judge Armand A. Martin’s office.


McKeesport Daily News March 8, 2011

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports:

Fight nets charges

Laine Dangelo, 19, of McKeesport, Nena Bell, 18, of Glassport, and Karlee Cleary, 18, of Glassport, are charged with disorderly conduct in connection with an incident Saturday at 12:43 a.m. along the 200 block of Ohio Avenue.

Violations alleged

Edward Gorr, 35, of Glassport, is charged with an ordinance violation for being a nuisance in connection with an incident Feb. 22 at 9:12 p.m. along the 500 block of Eighth Street.

Drug charges filed

Kristy Harff, 26, of Glassport, is charged with possession of controlled substances and possession with intent to deliver, and Anthony Lewis, 20, of White Oak, is charged with four counts of possession of controlled substances and one count of turning movements without required signals in connection with an incident Feb. 21 at 8:16 p.m. near the intersection of Monongahela Avenue and Third Street.


McKeesport Daily News March 11, 2011

Glassport

Committee to meet

Glassport Democratic Committee will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the senior citizens center at 544 Monongahela Ave. to consider voting for endorsement of local candidates for the offices of council and South Allegheny School Board.

All candidates seeking endorsement must submit a letter to the committee by Wednesday at 5 p.m. Letters can be mailed to Rosemary Bradley, Glassport Democratic Committee, 930 Indiana Ave., Glassport, 15045.

Candidates are encouraged to attend the meeting to speak.


McKeesport Daily News March 12, 2011

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports:

Juvenile charged

A 15-year-old Glassport boy is charged with harassment in connection with an incident Tuesday at 6 p.m. near the intersection of Vermont Avenue and Seventh Street.

Criminal activity reported

• John Rager, 32, of Glassport, is charged with simple assault in connection with an incident Thursday at 7:23 a.m. along the 400 block of Iowa Avenue.

• Mark Mehalcik, 48, of Glassport, is charged with three counts of recklessly endangering another person, public drunkenness, possession of controlled substances, and possession of a firearm in connection with an incident Thursday at 9:19 p.m. along the 1000 block of Delaware Avenue.

• Gregory Beluschak, 44, of Clairton, was charged with a stop sign violation and DUI Tuesday at 9:39 p.m. near the intersection of Ohio Avenue and Broadway Street.


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