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McKeesport Daily News March 15, 2012

Smoke and flames

Above, Glassport firefighters prepare to leave the scene after extinguishing a fire at 808 Vermont Ave. Wednesday evening. The blaze quickly was contained to the kitchen area and the home sustained only minor fire and smoke damage. American Red Cross is assisting the two adults and two children who occupy the home with food and shelter.


McKeesport Daily News March 21, 2012

Glassport

Flea market set

Glassport Senior Center at 544 Monongahela Ave. is hosting a flea market Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The kitchen will be open.


McKeesport Daily News March 21, 2012

Glassport chief issues reminders

By THE DAILY NEWS

Glassport police Chief Howard Kifer is reminding residents and motorists about garbage collection and dirt bike riding.

Kifer said tires should not be put out for regular garbage collection. “They’ve got to get rid of the tires themselves because the garbage men will not pick those up if left there,” Kifer said. “The ones that are left on the area, (residents) will be cited for that.” Police also are taking a closer look at dirt bike and quad riders this year.

“There will be no dirt bikes or quads on the roadways at all,” Kifer said. “They will be tagged and the bikes or the quad will be towed off the street.” Those found in violation of the above offenses can be subject to fines plus court costs.


McKeesport Daily News March 23, 2012

Glassport police respond to 370 calls in February

By THE DAILY NEWS

Glassport police responded to 370 calls in February, police Chief Howard Kifer reported.

Among those calls were 10 parking complaints, two public intoxications, one scam, three shots fired, seven suspicious activities, three criminal mischiefs, two DUIs, two disorderly conducts, 10 domestic incidents, four drug offenses, 14 suspicious persons, two suspicious vehicles, 12 thefts, 45 EMS assists, two fights, one firearms violation, seven garbage complaints, five hazardous conditions, 12 juvenile complaints, one missing person and 16 miscellaneous calls.

Officers made 33 arrests, issued 37 traffic citations and 26 nontraffic citations.


McKeesport Daily News March 23, 2012

Glassport council sets regulations for bin use

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

Glassport councilors adopted an ordinance at Tuesday night’s meeting setting regulations for large trash bin use.

“You just can’t plop them down,” borough manager John DeSue said about the large refuse contraptions. “We put some regulations in. A lot of times they’re dropped off. They’re not visible. There has to be some regulation.” The ordinance states only one large trash bin per property will be permitted on any street in the borough, and individuals acquiring one must have a permit and at least $5,000 in liability insurance.

The location and utilization of a bin also must be in compliance with all federal, state and local laws, including any highway occupancy or other permit required by PennDOT, in addition to the requirements of the ordinance.

DeSue said a woman drove into a bin along Monongahela Avenue a few years ago, and he does not want to see something like that happen again.

“There has to be some regulation,” he said. “They’re pretty wide and they take up a lot of space on the streets. It’s a safety issue.” Violators can be subject to fines of at least $200 plus court costs, and each day the violation exists will constitute a separate incident, according to the ordinance. Borough officials announced an ordinance regarding police pension plan amendments was submitted by Mockenhaupt Benefit Group and distributed to council for review.

The Easter egg hunt is April 1 at 2 p.m. at the Ninth Street ball field. Borough children can register at the borough building along Monongahela Avenue. The event is for children ages 10 and younger. All children must be registered no later than today. A parent or guardian must attend the egg hunt with their child. No drop-offs are permitted.

South Allegheny football boosters bingo is April 22 at 2 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church in Liberty. All paper bingo will cost $20.


McKeesport Daily News March 26, 2012

Dryer suspected in fire

Firefighters from Glassport responded to a house fire at 433 Erie Ave. in the borough Sunday afternoon. The fire reportedly started in the dryer located in the base­ment. The home reportedly received minor smoke and fire damage as a result. Fire departments from Dravosburg, Clairton and West Mifflin assisted with fighting the blaze.

— Photo by Ronald Vezzani Jr./For the Daily News


McKeesport Daily News March 27, 2012

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports:

3 people cited

Jason Edwards, 30, Jackie Gouker, 22, and Jake Holmes, 25, all of Glassport, are charged with harassment in connection with an incident Friday at 11:30 p.m. along the 800 block of Monongahela Avenue.

Threats alleged

David Moore, 28, of Glassport, is charged with terroristic threats in connection with an incident Friday at 8 p.m. along the 500 block of Allegheny Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News April 2, 2012

Glassport Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 installs officers

— Photos by Cindy Shegan Keeley/Daily News

Glassport Citizens Hose Company No. 1 hosted their annual installation of officers dinner Saturday at American Legion Post 443 in Glassport. Anthony Moranellli Jr., right, calls out names of those to be sworn in by Magisterial District Judge Armand Martin, second from right.

By THE DAILY NEWS

Glassport Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 in Glassport hosted its annual installation of officers dinner Saturday night at the American Legion Post 443 in Glassport.

Anthony Moranelli Jr. offered the welcome followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence. Chaplain Mike Pollack extended the invocation followed by opening remarks by Mayor Michael Evanovich.

Magisterial District Judge Armand Martin installed new officers and remarks were given by Chief Wayne Lewis Jr. and president of the company Raymond Johnson. Deputy Chief Charles Margliotti from McKeesport Fire Department was the keynote speaker.

Moranelli and Johnson presented an Appreciation Award to Anthony Moranelli Sr. for his 30 years of service as the com­pany’s treasurer. Lewis and Johnson also inducted the newest life members, James Shutts and Dennis Hickman. Pollack closed the installation with a benediction.

Music was provided by DJ Fast Eddie and the meal was catered by Salvatore’s. Cookies were compliments of Kathy Brownfield.

Serving as line officers for the 2012 year are Lewis, chief; Bruce Snyir, first assisant chief; Jonathan Petrik, deputy chief; Wayne Lewis III, captain; Tony Foster, first lieutenant; and Ken Brownfield, second lieutenant.

Administrative officers will be Johnson, president; Craig Rice, vice president; Brian Niecgorski, secretary; Anthony Moranelli Sr., treasurer; Nicholas Sorentino, financial secretary; and Pollack, chaplain.

Serving on the board of directors are Jim Borkowski, Wayne Lewis III, John Farally, Foster and Pollack. Assuming duties as Club 22 officers are Dan Kolick, manager, Gabe Pediconi, Don Castor, Jean Bishop and Anthony Moranelli Sr.

Fire police will be Joseph Steffen, captain, James Foster, Lowell Gregg and Whitey Seiman. Safety officers will be Brian Gregg, Jay Smith and Niecgorski.

Anthony Moranelli Sr., center, was presented an Appreciation Award in recognition of 30 years of ser­vice as the department’s treasurer. He is joined by his son, Anthony Moranelli Jr., left, and president Raymond Johnson.

President Raymond Johnson, left, and Chief Wayne Lewis Jr., right, presented James Shutts and Dennis Hickman with new Life Member Awards.


McKeesport Daily News April 4, 2012

Glassport

Reliance Hose to meet

Reliance Hose Co. will meet Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the fire hall. Those with questions can call James Ali at 412-664-1161 or John Bender at 412-751-0887.

Meetings scheduled

Council’s workshop is Tuesday at 7 p.m. The regular meeting is April 17 at 7 p.m.

Street sweeping set

Street sweeping along Monongahela Avenue will be Thursday and Friday from 7:30-9:30 a.m.

On Thursday, the sweeper will go northbound to McKeesport. It will go southbound Friday toward Clairton. All vehicles should be removed from the main street at that time. Vehicles along the avenue during street sweeping will be tagged and towed.


McKeesport Daily News April 11, 2012

Car accident sends 1 to the hospital

A man was taken to UPMC Mercy with head injuries after his vehicle struck a pole outside the Glassport Senior Citizens Center near the intersection of Monongahela Avenue and Sixth Street.

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

A man was transported to UPMC Mercy with head injuries following a single-vehicle accident near the intersection of Sixth Street and Monongahela Avenue in Glassport Tuesday.

Police said a four-door Ford Fusion traveling southbound along the avenue struck a pole outside the Glassport Senior Citizens Center around 8:15 p.m.

Fire Chief Wayne Lewis said firefighters extricated the man from the vehicle, and he was transported to the hospital by Clairton EMS.

Firefighters and police rerouted traffic around the area. Electrical service was not affected by the accident.

Police said the incident remains under investigation, and the man was possibly driving under the influence.


McKeesport Daily News April 12, 2012

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports:

Disorderly conduct

• William Henderson, 19, of Clairton, is charged with disorderly conduct and endangering the welfare of children in connection with an incident Monday at 9:30 p.m. along the 700 block of Detroit Hollow Road.

• Sharee Floyd, 31, and Ronald Thomas, 24, both of Glassport, are charged with terroristic threats and disorderly conduct in connection with an incident Sunday at 6:51 p.m. along the 200 block of N. Monongahela Avenue.

• Jake Holmes, 25, of Glassport, is charged with disorderly conduct and harassment in connection with an incident Saturday at 11:20 p.m. near the intersection of Seventh Street and Indiana Avenue.

• Kevin Evans, 49, of Glassport, is charged with disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and recklessly endangering another person in connection with an incident on April 4 at 7:58 p.m. along the 1000 block of Elm Way.


McKeesport Daily News April 12, 2012

Glassport police issue warning

By THE DAILY NEWS

Glassport police Chief Howard Kifer has issued a warning for all dog walkers in the borough.

Kifer said they must pick up and properly dispose of their pet’s waste, or be sub­ject to fines for violating a borough ordinance.

Violators also may be subject to hearings before Glassport Magisterial District Judge Armand A. Martin for the offense.


McKeesport Daily News April 12, 2012

Headed to MIT

South Allegheny graduate credits district roots for her success in college

By JENNIFER R. VERTULLO Daily News Staff Writer jvertullo@dailynewsemail.com

On her way to the esteemed Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Glassport native Brittany Chalfant credits her South Allegheny roots for helping her grow to be a successful student.

Brittany recently accepted an offer for full financial support at MIT as she pursues a master’s degree in chemical engineering. The support will come as a stipend during fall and summer semesters with a teaching assistantship in between in the spring of 2013.

“For a chemical engineer, you don’t have to get a master’s degree or Ph.D. It’s extra,” she said. “I applied to MIT just to see if I could get in, and they ended up offering full financial support. I made my decision on the spot. I was astounded that I was accepted.” An honors student and graduating senior at Youngstown State University, Brittany is humbled to receive financial support from her university of choice, but it’s not out of the ordinary. She entered YSU’s Ohio campus on a full scholarship through its University Scholar program.

Brittany earned her undergraduate scholarship with a straight-A performance at South Allegheny High School. With a cumulative grade point average of 4.7 including Advanced Placement classes, she was named valedictorian of SA’s Class of 2008.

“It all started in high school,” she said of her academic focus. “South Allegheny might not be the biggest name school, but that doesn’t matter. You can make the best out of any opportunity.” For a small school, Brittany said, South Allegheny is saturated with an enthusiastic teaching staff that understands the needs of district students.

“It’s a small school in a small community,” her father Jim Chalfant said. “I graduated from South Allegheny back in 1983, and I’ve met so many influential people over the years.” Jim Chalfant described himself and wife Luci Chalfant as the “most fortunate parents in the world” to have raised Brittany and current senior Jessica Chalfant in a South Allegheny community.

Brittany said she is lucky to have been part of a district that set the stage for collegiate success.

“Getting a full scholarship helped me so much, because I already started off on a good foot in college,” Brittany said. “I didn’t have to work, and I could focus on academics. Being a University Scholar, professors would talk to me more. It opened doors.” During her studies at YSU, Brittany participated in challenging and prestigious summer internships. As a junior, she took part in research at the University of Pittsburgh; and as an incoming senior, she did the same at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Brittany described her Pitt research as a steppingstone for her NASA project. She said she felt like a kid doing a grown-up job because her professor left the lab for field work in the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 oil spill.

“I learned a lot about finding my way around the lab and designing my own experiments,” she said.

The university sent her to Salt Lake City that November to present her research on super hydrophobic surfaces during the national American Institute of Chemical Engineers conference.

“My professor gave me a formula and said, ‘This is working, except for when you scratch it. It falls right off,’” she recalled. “He proposed a new idea and said to try to make it work. He told me to alter my procedure and alter my amounts, temperatures and times — everything I could to make it work with a new chemical.” Brittany accomplished her goal and gained confidence in her work.

In 2011, Brittany spent three months in NASA’s materials department working on aerogels that could be used in the next generation’s space suits.

“The next step for NASA is to hopefully go to Mars,” Brittany said. “They disontinued the space shuttle program, which means American astronauts aren’t going to the space station or the moon anymore. The next step is Mars, and the current space suits aren’t good enough because they’re not insulated enough.” Working with a material that potentially could be used, Brittany followed the same procedure she did at the University of Pittsburgh.

“The material was not flexible enough,” she said. “I took the existing formula and tried to alter it to make it more flexible.” With her tests resulting in a more flexible product, Brittany still is waiting to learn the complete results.

“They’re sent to some of the most elaborate testing facilities,” she said, sharing confidence that her work was a step in the right direction.

At MIT, Brittany will continue her studies in thermodynamics, reactor engineering, computational methods of chemical engineering and transport phenomena.

After her graduate studies, Brittany said she plans to pursue a career as a process or systems engineer. Such jobs are part of every manufacturing facility.

“There’s so much you can do with it,” she said. “Chemical engineers make energy. They make products. What a chemist makes in a lab, chemical engineers will make a thousand of them a day. It’s scaled up for production.” Brittany said she isn’t interested in a particular field, but rather the application of her skills and knowledge.

“I want to be in charge of the overall process on a large scale,” she said.

Photos: Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News

In her senior year at Youngstown State University, Glassport native Brittany Chalfant already is accomplished in the chemical engineering field. She has partici­pated in summer internships at the University of Pittsburgh and NASA and is gearing up for a graduate program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Brittany Chalfant, right, reviews a NASA research chart with her father Jim Chalfant, sister Jessica Chalfant and mother Luci Chalfant. The chart documents her findings during a summer internship.


McKeesport Daily News April 14, 2012

GERRY JURANN

Bygone Days: Glassport school fire The new eight-room annex for the Glassport public school was nearing completion when it was burned to the ground in 1903. The brick and stone structure and a separate adjoining building were estimated at a total loss of $50,000; the school district had a loss of $30,000 with $20,000 in insurance. The amount would have been increased in a few days, as it was planned by the directors to add an additional $15,000 in insurance.

The old brick building had four rooms and was built in 1896 at a cost of $8,000. It contained up-to-date furniture and thousands of dollars’ worth of supplies, etc.

The new annex of eight rooms was to be dedicated within a month. Lapsley Bros., the contractors, had placed all of the plaster, flooring, chest of tools and other materials for the interior work in the basement, which also was destroyed.

The new annex was well built with a large dome in the center, which gave the building a very fine appearance.

There were many saddened hearts among the teachers, pupils, parents and school directors who hoped that this would stand as a monument to the district. Nothing but the bare brick-and stone-trimmed walk remained. The interior woodwork was completely cleaned out. Time and again firefighters were driven back, and time and again they raced back to the fire.

The first signal of the fire came from a fireman, John Steen on the P&LE Railroad passing over Fourth Street. He observed a glowing light in the rooms at the eastern corner of the new annex.

He left the locomotive with lantern in hand at about 2 a.m. When he reached the school he saw the entire first floor ablaze. He swung his lantern. This was the signal to start all crews to blow the whistles of the engines in the yard. In less than one minute many locomotive whistles were in action.

Capt. William Hatfield and his men made the Fifth Street and Vermont Avenue connection and the water was turned on. By this time the flames had reached the roof. In the meantime, Councilman Patrick Kelly and Harry Rommell of the new Reliance Co. turned in and did whatever they could.

The volunteers made several other connections and fought the flames from all sides. Chief William Hardy and several men were on the grounds at about 3 a.m. with their hose wagon. They made good time and at once connected with the plug at the corner of Fifth and Ohio. They tried to save the building first but realized it was lost, then turned to render valuable assistance in preventing the destruction of other property. The spray nozzle was used to prevent damage to the furnishings of several homes.

By this time the local firemen were greatly encouraged but nearly frozen stiff since the temperature was 6 degrees above zero.

At presstime the morning of Dec. 31, no one knew how the fire originated.

Lapsley said there was no fire in the building when they left. The theory that there was fire in the new furnace seemed to be without foundation, since the new furnace was not connected. A theory advanced that tramps got into the building and built a fire to keep warm for the night. The board made a special effort to get the facts of the case if they were at all obtainable. They made provisions to care for the education of the children.

——— Gerry Jurann is a former Daily News librarian.


McKeesport Daily News April 17, 2012

Glassport

Borough cleanup planned

Glassport Cleanup Day is Saturday. Volunteers will meet at the borough building at 10 a.m. Trash receptacles for Glassport residents only will be available behind the police station at Fifth Street and Allegheny Avenue. Items not permitted in the receptacles are tires, batteries and paint. Glassport police will monitor the receptacles. Large appliances such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, air conditioners and hot water tanks can be put in white item recycling bins and placed near the borough garage. For more information, call 412-672-7400.


McKeesport Daily News April 17, 2012

Glassport AL meeting listed

Glassport American Legion Post 443 will host a regular meeting for members Wednesday at 7 p.m. The executive board will meet at 6.


McKeesport Daily News April 19, 2012

Liberty police down a vehicle after accident

By RICKIE DAVIS For The Daily News rdavis@dailynewsemail.com

Liberty is minus one police car after a traffic accident rendered the 2008 Chevrolet Impala, car number 130, undriveable.

As discussed during Wednesday’s council meeting, Liberty police officer J.R. Legin was responding to a call for assistance at a fire in Glassport on Saturday at 8:10 p.m. when his vehicle was struck by a truck at the corner of Indiana and Broadway avenues in Glassport.

An eyewitness reported that the truck ran the stop sign at a high rate of speed.

Legin was taken to UPMC Mercy, where he was treated for injuries to his leg and back.

The Liberty cruiser sustained significant damage on the passenger side.

Councilwoman Lavina Kerklo said the police department is waiting to hear from its insurance company whether the vehicle will be deemed a total loss.

“Our police chief is really particular about the cars and making sure they’re safe for the sake of his officers,” Kerklo said. “We’re all just very grateful that our officer wasn’t seriously injured.” Legin was cleared to return to duty after three days...

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McKeesport Daily News April 30, 2012

Glassport

Crime Watch meeting set

Glassport Crime Watch will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Glassport Senior Center.

Guest speakers will be representatives from the South Allegheny Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.).


McKeesport Daily News May 2, 2012

Glassport

Police have released the following reports:

Multiple charges filed

David Tison, 55, of Glassport, is charged with public intoxication and open lewdness stemming from an incident Sunday at 2:10 p.m. in the 700 block of Ohio Avenue.

Theft charge filed

Richard Horvath, 49, of East McKeesport, is charged with theft by unlawful taking in connection with allegedly taking rebar out of a crate at a construction site Friday at 5:45 p.m. on the Mansfield Bridge.

Barbara Serena, 51, of Buena Vista, is charged with prohibited acts in connection with a traffic stop Monday at 11:05 p.m. on Michigan Avenue at Sixth Street. Police said officers found small plastic bags of cocaine and open containers of alcohol on Serena.

Traffic stop nets DUI

George Ross, 24, of Glassport, is charged with DUI, driving while operating privilege suspended or revoked, reckless driving, tire equipment and traction surfaces after a traffic stop Feb. 20 at 2:57 a.m. in the 600 block of Ohio Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News May 3, 2012

Glassport

Police have released the following report:

Two charged in fight

Zachary Price, 18, of Elizabeth, and Richard Kapsha, 32, of Glassport, both are charged with harassment stemming from a fight on Monday at 4:20 p.m. on Delaware Avenue at Detroit Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News May 5, 2012

Glassport

Police have released the following report:

Retail theft alleged

Heather Belfiore, 23, of Glassport, is charged with retail theft stemming from an incident Tuesday at 6 p.m. at a business along Monongahela Avenue. She allegedly took $41.76 worth of merchandise.


McKeesport Daily News May 15, 2012

Glassport

2 borough men charged

Eric Bryant, 32, of Glassport, is charged with disorderly conduct and prohibited acts, and Edward Beerman, 40, of Glassport, is charged with prohibited acts, in connection with an incident on Saturday at 6:18 p.m. in the 900 block of Ohio Avenue.

Multiple charges filed

• Stephen Hawthorne, 37, of Clairton, is charged with terroristic threats, retaliation against a witness or victim and harassment stemming from an incident on Thursday at 11:10 p.m. in the 400 block of Monongahela Avenue.

• Carl Leonard, 41, of Glassport, is charged with DUI, driving while operating privilege suspended or revoked after a traffic stop on Sunday at 8:50 p.m. on Ohio Avenue at Broadway Street.

• John Farally II, 24, of Glassport, is charged with criminal mischief and public intoxication after he allegedly punched out an apartment window on Friday at 11:20 p.m. in the 600 block of Allegheny Avenue.

Elizabeth man cited

Zachary Price, 18, of Elizabeth, was cited for scattering rubbish related to an incident on Wednesday 7:40 p.m. at the skate park along Harrison Street.

Juvenile charged

A 14-year-old from Glassport is charged with harassment stemming from an incident on Thursday at 9:30 p.m. at a business along Monongahela Avenue.

Public intoxication noted

• Amy Garber, 39, of Glassport, is charged with public intoxication in connection with an incident on Thursday at 11:18 p.m. along Lincoln Street at Monongahela Avenue.

• Billie Jo Richel, 29, of Glassport, is charged with public intoxication stemming from an incident on Saturday at 12:30 a.m. in the 800 block of Hemlock Alley.


McKeesport Daily News May 19, 2012

Glassport

Public intox

• Mellissa Luffy, 22, of Pittsburgh, is charged with public intoxication stemming from an incident on Monday at 10:55 p.m. in the 300 block of Hemlock Way.

• Mark Rupiniski, 29, of Glassport, is charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication for creating a disturbance on Monday at 10:17 p.m. in the 800 block Hemlock Way.

• Dana Paszek, 46, of McKeesport, is charged with public intoxication in connection with an incident on Monday at 6:55 p.m. in the 800 block of Hemlock Way.


McKeesport Daily News May 25, 2012

Glassport

American Legion Post 443 will host a Memorial Day service Saturday at 10 a.m. at the borough honor roll. South Allegheny snare drummers and trumpeters will be present, along with a vocalist to sing the National Anthem. Refreshments will be provided.


McKeesport Daily News May 29, 2012

Ronald Vezzani Jr. | Daily News

Firefighters from Glassport are being credited for their quick knockdown of a fire in an abandoned building at 638 Hemlock Way just before 10 p.m. Monday. Firefighters arrived to find the first-floor walls in flames and smoke emitting from the second-floor windows. The fire is being labeled suspicious and is being investigated by Glassport fire officials and Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s office. Firefighters from Dravosburg, Clairton and West Mifflin assisted.


McKeesport Daily News June 8, 2012

Glassport

Police have released the following reports:

Drug charges filed

• Matthew Norgren, 20, of McKeesport, is charged with prohibited acts on Wednesday at 10 p.m. for alleged drug activity at the Third Street Park.

• Carly Grice, 31, of Glassport, is charged with accidents involving damage to unattended vehicle or property, restraints systems, careless driving and drug possession stemming from an incident on Wednesday at 8:54 p.m. in the 500 block of Ohio Avenue.

DUI charged

Michael Miller, 35, of West Mifflin, is charged with DUI, careless driving, driving while operating privilege suspended or revoked. The charges filed Wednesday are in connection with an incident on April 10 at 8:12 p.m. on Monongahela Avenue at Sixth Street.

Fight nets charge

Robert Kircher, 19, of Glassport, is charged with disorderly conduct resulting from a fight on Wednesday at 8:35 p.m. in the 300 block of Ohio Avenue.

Vandalism alleged

Miranda Zaph, 22, of Glassport, is charged with criminal mischief after she allegedly damaged a vehicle on Monday at 5:35 p.m. along N. Monongahela Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News June 15, 2012

Glassport

Police have released the following reports:

Disorderly conduct cited

• Mary McMaster, 40, of Glassport, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly threatening another female Thursday at 6:55 p.m. in the 700 block of Ohio Avenue.

• Dianna Bowser, 29, of McKeesport, is charged with disorderly conduct stem­ming from a fight Sunday at 12:30 a.m. in the 500 block of Vermont Avenue.

• Rodney Krivansky, 45, of Glassport, is charged with disorderly conduct after causing a disturbance Sunday at 1:50 a.m. in the 700 block of Detroit Hollow Road.

Public intoxication noted

Amanda Aschmeller, 23, of Glassport, is charged with public intoxication after she allegedly was found highly intoxicated Sunday at 2:10 a.m. in the 800 block of Hemlock Alley.

Illegal dumping claimed

Charles Fite, 80, and Michael Pollack, 24, both of Glassport, were cited for scattering rubbish June 6 at 1:18 p.m. on the Patterson Property.

Vandalism alleged

Alyssa Hoey, 18, of McKeesport, is charged with criminal mischief after allegedly damaging another person’s property Sunday at 12:30 a.m. in the 500 block of Vermont Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News June 20, 2012

Glassport changing sewage collection; expect increase

By RICKIE DAVIS For The Daily News rdavis@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport residents soon will see some changes to their sewage bills, including a $3-per-month hike.

At Tuesday’s council meeting, sewage committee chairman Thomas Bradley announced the agency that has been handling the sewage bills for the borough for years, Pennsylvania American Water, will cease collections as of September. As of Aug. 1, residents can expect to see separate bills for water and sewage.

Water bills will continue to be sent by Pennsylvania American Water, while Pennsylvania Municipal Services will handle sewage billing, delinquent collections and shutoffs.

Residents also will note a $3 rise in to their monthly bill, which equates to an increase of 10 cents per day, taking the monthly base rate from $18 per 5,000 gallons to $21 per 5,000 gallons.

The increase is being instituted by the borough, not by Pennsylvania Municipal Services.

Bradley explained that the $3 will be set aside in a separate fund meant for repairs and renovations to the sewage plant.

“The plant was built in 1960 and blowers, pumps, walls need repaired. Many things need to be done down there,” Bradley said.

Bradley maintains that even with the hike, Glassport’s sewage rates will remain among the lowest in the area.

By comparison, Elizabeth Township residents pay $47 per 2,000 gallons monthly, or $117 per 5,000 gallons.

Liberty residents, who are serviced by the Municipal Authority of the City of McKeesport, pay an equivalent of $49 per 5,000 gallons.

“If we let this go, we’ll end up with our plant just being a pumping station for McKeesport,” Bradley said. “This would keep everything in house for us and keep us from paying McKeesport’s outrageous rate for the next 50 or 60 years.” Residents will receive a letter detailing all of the billing changes prior to the August changeover.

Also on the agenda, the ordinance regarding the Police Pension Act and the resolution on the prevailing wage rate both were tabled for further discussion.

Council also presented a list of properties recommended for demolition in 2012. The properties include 613 Peach Alley, 625 Summit Ave., 403 Erie Ave., 401 Erie Ave., 710 Sixth St. and 532 Ohio Ave., as well as 618 Eighth St. and 707 Peach Alley, which are slated for public hearing in July.

In other news, the basketball court at the social hall is open during the summer months from dawn to dusk. Parks and recreation committee chairman David Kowalski said the area is being monitored by residents and so far no complaints have been logged.

Everyone’s a Kid Today will be Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The last day to register is today until 5 p.m. at the borough building. The event is free for Glassport residents.

Allegheny County will sponsor an all-sports clinic June 25-26 at the Ninth Street field from 10 a.m. to noon and 12:30-2 p.m. A small lunch will be provided for participants. All children in the borough are invited to attend.


McKeesport Daily News June 22, 2012

Glassport porch collapse

A porch collapsed on Thursday at approximately 1:30 p.m. at a vacant building at 533 Monongahela Ave. in Glassport. Citizens Hose Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 secured the scene and did a preliminary inspection and passed its finding on to the borough building inspector. Officials said no injuries were reported.


McKeesport Daily News June 23, 2012

17 people, pets evacuated from deteriorated building

By JENNIFER R. VERTULLO Daily News Staff Writer jvertullo@dailynewsemail.com

Deteriorating conditions of a Glassport apartment building left 17 people and three pets without a home Friday.

Fourteen adults, three children and three animals were evacuated from an apartment building at 600 Ohio Ave., when bricks from the building covered Sixth Street shortly after 3 p.m.

“The call came in for a porch collapse,” Glassport Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 Deputy Chief Jonathan Petrick said. “When I got on scene the Sixth Street side of the building — about a 5-by-15-foot section of the building — had fallen into the street, covering most of Sixth Street.” With that road serving as a main artery to the upper streets of Glassport, firefighters acted immediately to stop traffic.

“There’s always kids and other people walking up Sixth Street,” Petrick said. “We shut the street down and notified public works to come up with barriers.” Sixth Street is closed between Ohio and Hemlock

avenues, as crews evaluate the structure, which was deemed unsafe by Glassport building inspector Steve Volpe.

“The building must be secure by the time we leave here tonight,” Petrick said. “The owner needs to have a structural engineer inspect it before it can be deemed safe to enter.” A report of that inspection must be issued to Volpe before residents can return for their belongings.

Glassport police Chief Howard Kifer said a nearby Winter Haven personal care home has room for seven adults. The Salvation Army will assist the others in finding temporary housing.

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Members of the Glassport Police and Fire Department survey the damage as a result of brick facade collapse at an apartment building at 600 Ohio Ave. in Glassport on Friday. The residents of the building were displaced by the collapse and are bein assisted by the American Red Cross. No injuries were reported.


McKeesport Daily News June 26, 2012

POLICE BLOTTER

Glassport

Police have released the following reports:

Traffic stop nets DUI

Bryan Carter, 21, of McKeesport, is charged with DUI, traffic control devices and reckless driving after a traffic stop on Sunday at 1:58 a.m. along Sixth Street at Vermont Avenue.

Disorderly conduct cited

Amanda Aschmeller, 23, of Glassport, and Karen Paxon, 42, of West Newton, were charged with disorderly conduct in connection with a verbal dispute on Friday at 1:07 p.m. in Hemlock Alley.


McKeesport Daily News June 27, 2012

Glassport

Tax deadlines are Monday

Borough tax collector Jennifer Pasinski Bell said the last day to pay 2012 Glassport real estate taxes at the discount amount is Monday, because the usual deadline of June 30 falls this year on a Saturday.

These same dates apply to 2011-12

South Allegheny School District real estate taxes currently in penalty collections. After Monday, delinquent accounts will be turned over to Keystone Collections.

Payments can be made in person at the tax office today, Thursday or Monday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., or by mail, or by using the pay slot on the side door of the borough building along Monongahela Avenue.

If a receipt is requested, please include a self­addressed stamped envelope.

Those with questions can call 412-664-7310.


McKeesport Daily News June 28, 2012

Glassport

No meeting in July

Glassport Development Corp. will not meet in July. Information about the August meeting is available by contacting glassportdevelopment@yahoo.com


McKeesport Daily News July 4, 2012

Glassport

Police have released the following reports:

Harassment charged

Joseph Oliverio, 32, of Duquesne, is charged with harassment after allegedly punching a victim Saturday at 1:25 a.m. in the 300 block of Monongahela Avenue.

Disorderly conduct cited

A 15-year-old Glassport female was cited for disorderly conduct after causing a disturbance Saturday at 9:02 p.m. in the 600 block of Allegheny Avenue.

Fights net charges

• Shawn Wisser, 18, of Port Vue, and Michael Frantz, 18, of Glassport are charged with disorderly conduct after a fight June 26 at 11:30 p.m. at Seventh Street and Delaware Avenue.

• Nathan George, 22, and Robert George, 27, both of Port Vue, are charged with disorderly conduct for a fight June 25 at 10:23 p.m. at Seventh Street and Delaware Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News July 4, 2012

Glassport

Garbage pickup delayed

Garbage pickup will be delayed one day beginning Wednesday in observance of the Fourth of July. Call the borough office at 412-672-7400 with any questions. The borough offices will be closed on Wednesday for Independence Day and the borough street department will be off.


McKeesport Daily News July 7, 2012

Police monitoring Glassport signal area

By THE DAILY NEWS

Officials indicated there is a malfunctioning traffic signal at Fifth Street and Monongahela Avenue in Glassport that is a flashing red light. Police said it should be treated by motorists as a stop sign.

They should come to a complete stop, check to make sure the way is clear and proceed with caution. Police will be monitoring that traffic light for compliance.


McKeesport Daily News July 9, 2012

Glassport

Crime watch to meet

Glassport Crime Watch will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center along Monongahela Avenue. Guest speaker will be Ronald M. Tyszkiewicz from the juvenile division of the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office.


McKeesport Daily News July 9, 2012

READER’S VIEWPOINT

Sewage remarks lack understanding It was with a great amount of dismay and a fair amount of bewilderment that members of the Municipal Authority of the City of McKeesport read the article in the June 20, 2012, issue of the McKeesport Daily News regarding Glassport sewage.

The quote attributed to Mr. (Thomas) Bradley calling the McKeesport rates “outrageous” was not only uncalled for but also demonstrated a complete lack of understanding of what is happening in the sewage industry.

The regulatory requirements that are currently being placed on ALCOSAN, McKeesport and Clairton will eventually find their way to Glassport, along with their immense price tags. What Mr. Bradley calls outrageous this authority views as very reasonable considering the enormity of the construction projects.

The Glassport and McKeesport sewage treatment plants have a long history of cooperation. Currently the lab tests for the Glassport plant are being performed by McKeesport personnel almost at cost. Likewise, the authority’s sewer cleaning truck and camera van have been utilized by Glassport at a much reduced cost. Glassport employees have also been invited to participate in safety and process training classes held here at the authority.

Due to our good working relationship with Glassport, we were rather shocked to read Mr. Bradley’s comments. They were not only inappropriate but they also sent an incorrect message to our ratepayers. It is hoped that Mr. Bradley would rescind his comments at the next council meeting.

Nickolas Shermenti

Chairman

Municipal Authority of the City of McKeesport


McKeesport Daily News July 9, 2012

Glassport Lions board to gather

Glassport Lions Board of Directors will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Sons of Italy Lodge 941 in Glassport. President Elmer Kruzek will preside.


McKeesport Daily News July 10, 2012

Glassport

Workshop slated

A public hearing and workshop meeting will take place Tuesday starting at 6:30 p.m. in borough council chambers, 440 Monongahela Ave.


McKeesport Daily News July 11, 2012

Glassport

Police have released the following incident reports:

Theft alleged

Trevor Miles, 27, of Glassport, is charged with retail theft stemming from an incident June 29 at 3:45 p.m. at a business along the 900 block of Ohio Avenue.

Drug charges filed

James Holmes, 22, of Glassport, is charged with possession of controlled substances in connection with an incident Thursday at 12:15 a.m. along the 200 block of Oak Alley


McKeesport Daily News July 13, 2012

Glassport

Council meeting set

Glassport council’s regular meeting is Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the borough building at 440 Monongahela Ave.

Codes enforced

The borough’s code enforcement officer will be examining the area and citing people for violations in accordance with the borough ordinances.


McKeesport Daily News July 17, 2012

Glassport

Reliance Host Co. session slated

Reliance Hose Co. No. 2 will meet Saturday at 1 p.m. at the fire hall. All members are encouraged to attend. There will be a vote regarding selling the building at 842 Monongahela Ave. Call James Ali at 412-664-6121 or John Bender at 412-751-0887 for more information.


McKeesport Daily News July 21, 2012

Glassport councilman clarifies statements

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

Glassport Councilman Thomas Bradley wanted to clarify statements made last month regarding the Municipal Authority of the City of McKeesport’s sewage rates.

He reportedly called their rates “outrageous” at the June council meeting after explaining a $3-per-month increase being imposed by the borough.

“For what McKeesport does at their plant,” Bradley said at Tuesday night’s council meeting, “the amount of people that they employ and the things that they do at their plant, their rates aren’t outrageous.” As of Aug. 1, residents can expect to see separate bills for water and sewage.

Water bills will continue to be sent by Pennsylvania American Water, while Pennsylvania Municipal Services will handle sewage billing, delinquent collections and shutoffs.

The $3 hike equates to an increase of 10 cents per day, taking the monthly base rate from $18 per 5,000 gallons to $21 per 5,000 gallons.

Liberty residents, who are serviced by the Municipal Authority of the City of McKeesport, pay an equivalent of $49 per 5,000 gallons.

Bradley said that the $3 will be set aside in a separate fund meant for repairs and renovations to the sewage plant.

“If we don’t do any improvements,” he explained, “the increase from $18 to whatever the going rate is at that time, whether it be in five years or 10 years, was going to be a substantial increase. That’s what I was trying to get across. Not that McKeesport rates are outrageous. By no means did I mean to insinuate that. If I offended anyone, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to do that.”


McKeesport Daily News July 23, 2012

Glassport inks contract with Teamsters

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

Glassport council has inked its first clerical contract with Teamsters Local 205.

Council voted 5-1 at last week’s meeting in favor of the deal, which runs from Jan. 1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2014.

Councilman Dave Kowalski dissented and Councilwoman Nancy Crncic was absent.

Kowalski said he did not like the benefits package in the contract.

Glassport has two full­time clerical employees, borough secretary Nancy Piazza-Whaby and assistant secretary Andrea Foster.

Teamsters secretary-treasurer Carl Bailey said the contract offers no major enhancements to what the staff already was receiving, and it maintains a pay increase each year.

“This is a new contract,” Bailey said. “They weren’t in a union before. They’ve been for years asking if we could represent them, and the borough allowed them to be represented.” Mayor Michael Evanovich said he believes the contract will not have an effect on the quality clerical work borough officials and residents have come to expect.

“They were always at-will employees,” Evanovich said. “Sometimes people join unions because they feel more secure (unionized). I believe it’s a security thing, especially with today’s politics. ... Business as usual’s going to go on.” Council also approved reimbursing Evanovich for his cell phone expenses by a vote of 4-2.

Council vice president Eugene Skerkoski, Councilwoman Anna Kudla, Councilman Thomas Bradley and Kowalski voted in favor. Council president Terry DiMarco and Councilman Paul Trunzo were opposed.

“I asked a lot of people about this, a lot of politi­cians, and no mayor’s got their cell phone paid for in the whole (Mon) Valley,” DiMarco said. “As part of the pay that they receive, they pay for their cell phones. I think that’s like getting a raise.” Evanovich said the reimbursement is not a raise; it is for a piece of equipment he has to use for borough business. The mayor said he doubled his cell phone minutes from 700 to 1,400 in order to field more Glassport-related calls. The reimbursement’s roughly $30 per month.

“In today’s technical world everybody either wants to call the cell phone or send you text messages,” Skerkoski said. “The mayor’s always been a figurehead of the community. ... We’re dealing with more technology today. Nobody wants to walk down or drive down to come and talk to you. If the mayor shut his phone off and didn’t answer the complaints, who’s going to do the leg work? Where’s the complaints going to go? I feel for an additional $30 a month, it’s a well-spent $30.” Evanovich and DiMarco went back and forth briefly about the council president allegedly using a borough­owned phone, and how the mayor would prove which calls were business or personal.

“I paid my own phone bill,” DiMarco said.

“Maybe I should get a business phone and we should go out and set up a contract,” the mayor replied.

Glassport Senior Center director Vina March said councilors do not receive the credit they deserve for running the borough.

Evanovich echoed March’s statements after the meeting.

“They work hard. They try to work together. You can’t vote 7-0 all the time,” Evanovich said.

March also lauded the public works department for assisting in laying stone in a parking lot behind the senior center.

She noted the borough did not pay for the lot, and that it was forged out of an agreement between the center and K&S Real Estate.


McKeesport Daily News July 28, 2012

Glassport judge helps choking staffer

BY PATRICK CLOONAN

A ma gisterial district judge is called upon to do many things, from preliminary hearings to weddings.

On Wednesday around 11:30 a.m., Glassport Magisterial District Judge Armand Martin found himself in the role of lifesaver, when one of his staffers choked on a cookie.

“I stopped breathing,” clerk Eddy Lynn Leshen said.

Two staffers were out to lunch but Leshen, secretary Jane Massaro and the judge still were in the court office in downtown Glass­por t.

“I’m sitting here and we’re working away as we normally do, and I had a peanut butter cookie, and I’m just sitting here eating it,” Leshen went on. “I chewed it but I apparently didn’t chew it enough.”

“I heard this funny kind of sound and I was wondering what the heck was she doing,” Massaro said. “She was turning purple and gasping, so I ran over there and began hitting her on the back as she’s trying to dislodge what’s in her throat.”

“She looks at me and my head is on the table on the desk and I was starting to turn blue or purple,” Leshen said.

“She was pounding me on the back and was afraid to hurt me,” Leshen said. “She will try to do anything she can, but when it came time to actually sock me, she apparently was afraid.” It was time to call the boss.

“She screamed, JUDGE!” Leshen said. “The judge wondered what was going on. He could see me from his desk.”

“I didn’t know if a file cabinet had fallen or what had happened,” Martin said. “Eddy was bright red and not breathing and turning purple.”

“He sees me and Jane starts screaming, ‘She’s choking,’” Leshen said. “He knew we weren’t fooling around.”

Training kicked in that Martin has maintained, first as an Allegheny County sheriff’s deputy, now as a coach in South Allegheny Youth Football.

“I’ve taken (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) courses for the last 15 years,” Martin said. “I kept my certifications current.”

He also said he’s never had to use that training until Wednesday.

“Armand came in and did the Heimlich maneuver,” Massaro said. “All of a sudden, he’s picking me up, he had me around the stomach,” Leshen said.

“I got in and I did the abdominal thrust,” Martin said. “I did it two or three times. We were able to get the cookie freed from her throat.”

“The first couple of times it didn’t work,” Leshen said. “Then he did a real hard one and the cookie flew out.”

“She never lost consciousness and when she coughed it up, she said she was fine,” Martin said. “She said she was a bit sore from the abdominal thrust. Other than that she said she had no other issues.”

Leshen said her throat and ribs still were sore Friday.

“I was even looking for black and blue marks but I didn’t see them,” Leshen said.

She chose not to seek further treatment after the choking incident. The judge urged Leshen to use the couch in the kitchen area of their office and rest for a while.

“He went in to the kitchen and he got me some bottled water,” the clerk said. She declined the offer to take a break, saying she wanted to get back to work and didn’t want to be alone.

“I was shaking like a leaf,” Leshen went on. “It’s just a real scary thing and a real scary feeling.”

Martin’s staffers said it was a good thing their boss decided to work through his lunch Wednesday.

As Martin said Friday, “we looked back and laughed at it after the circumstances,” but all three said no one was laughing late Wednesday morning.

“I didn’t really think a whole lot of it,” Martin admitted. “Eddy thanked me up and down all day Wednesday and all day Thursday.”

“We are all fortunate that we had enough people there with me and Jane both being there,” Martin said. “I was glad I was there and able to help her.”

“I literally couldn’t breathe and I came back, thank God for that,” Leshen said. “I said, ‘I will be forever indebted to you and Jane. If it weren’t for them, I probably would be dead. He’s my hero.”

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967 or pcloonan@tribweb.com.


McKeesport Daily News August 6, 2012

GLASSPORT

Disorderly conduct charged

• Heather Belfiore, 23, and a 14-year-old female, both from Glassport, were charged with disorderly conduct after a fight on Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. in the 800 block of Ohio Avenue.

• Billie Jo Richel, 29, and Wendy Taylor, 37, both of Glassport, are charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct in connection with an incident on July 26 at 1 a.m. in Hemlock Alley and Eighth Street.

Glassport police Chief Howard Kifer said police have been successful in their crackdown of any illegal activity on Hemlock Alley and the 800 block of Ohio Avenue.

Assault alleged

Daniel Burnheimer, 42, of Glassport, is charged with simple assault stemming from an incident on July 21 at 11:45 p.m. in the 500 block of Wall Street. Police said Burnheimer struck a female with a metal crutch.

Drug charge filed

Steven Mayernick, 42, of Lincoln, is charged with disorderly conduct and drug possession in connection with an incident on Friday at 12:16 a.m. along Monongahela Avenue at Sixth Street. Police said Mayernick was acting disorderly and possessed a tin container full of pills.


McKeesport Daily News August 7, 2012

GLASSPORT

Fire company to meet

Reliance Hose Co. No. 2 will meet Saturday at 1 p.m. at the fire hall. An attorney will be present to answer any questions. For more information, contact John Bender at 412-751-0887 or James Ali at 412-664-1161.


McKeesport Daily News August 9, 2012

Glassport stadium gets new lights

$100K project to restore old glory to iconic building

BY PATRICK CLOONAN

When Glassport Memorial Stadium was dedicated in 1950, it was what many considered the best-lit in the Mon-Yough area.

If a $100,000 project started Wednesday works out, it will reverse an ongoing deterioration in the quality of the lights to where a local sports historian could joke about it.

“I always told my friends, ‘You want to see a real night game, come to the stadium,’” said Frank Tarli of Port Vue.

The usual retort would be, “What do you mean? They all play night g ames.”

Tarli would come back with, “No, they’re really playing in the dark.”

Tarli graduated from old Glassport High School in 1952. He watched the first game under the lights in 1950, in which Glassport defeated Elizabeth, 26-6.

In 1993 he was recording secretary on a Glassport Heritage Society committee that put together a record of Glassport football from 1898 to 1966, when a merger with Port Vue-Liberty created modern South Allegheny High School.

On Wednesday, Tarli and others gathered to watch a Bedford County crew remove a light pole behind the press box.

The crew from Y & I Construction of New Enterprise is turning an array of seven poles with 136 lights into a four­pole array with 36 lights.

As approved by the South Allegheny school board, the work includes demolition of five poles and two fixture assemblies, installation of two Musco poles

“It certainly is a welcome upgrade to the experience everyone is going to have at the Friday night football games.”

PAT MONROE - SOUTH ALLEGHENY FOOTBALL COACH

with fixtures and two Musco Sports Cluster Green fixture assemblies, and replacement of existing transformers.

“It certainly is a welcome upgrade to the experience everyone is going to have at the Friday night football games,” South Allegheny head coach Pat Monroe said.

With the help of a crane rented from a Pittsburgh company, the first pole was removed late Wednesday morning at the main entrance to the stadium along Monongahela Avenue, in back of the press box.

“Punts were always interesting,” Monroe told Tarli, former “Voice of the Gladiators” on a public address system he helped to revamp in the 1990s. “It is certainly going to show some tremendous improvement.”

Monroe didn’t quite go as far as Tarli about how dark things could be on Friday nights, but said, “Comparatively, at away games it was noticeably different.”

“I don’t think it was that bad, but I think any upgrade to a stadium is a good thing,” said Joe Spagnolo, owner of the Shop’n Save supermarket across the street from the stadium. “I’m sure it’s an energy­saving thing also.”

The Musco lighting system “is good for the budget and the environment,” district spokeswoman Laura T homson said. “New technology cuts operating costs in half and reduces spill light by 50 percent.”

Glassport police directed traffic around the work. The district had announced a Wednesday shutdown of Monongahela Avenue at Ninth Street.

“I was kind of caught in the dark about it,” Spagnolo said. He expected that it would catch customers by surprise as well.

He thought, however, that any improvement to the stadium is a good thing and that customers would find a way to the weekly “Spaggy Super Tuesday-Wednesday Sales” at his grocery.

“They could shut half the town down and they’ll still get here,” Spagnolo said.

Tarli still keeps in touch with athletes who played for Glassport and South Allegheny over the years.

He said former Gladiator head coach Chuck Widel wants a reunion of those athletes.

Current coach Monroe’s 2012 Gladiators head to California University of Pennsylvania Monday for football camp.

“Hopefully, when we get back, the most dangerous part of the work will be done,” Monroe said. If not, the workouts may move to a practice field on the high school campus in Liberty.

South Alle gheny opens its regular season hosting Seton-LaSalle under the lights Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m.

Boys and girls soccer teams also use Glassport Memorial Stadium, as does the high school marching band.

The band will hold its preview show Friday at 7 p.m. at the high school track, then take part in a Kennywood Fall Fantasy parade on Aug. 16.

On Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. the band will host a festival at the stadium that also will draw West Mifflin Area, Belle Vernon Area, Northgate and Hempfield Area high school bands as well as the Duquesne University marching band. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $3 for students.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1967 or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

CINDY SHEGAN KEELEY | DAILY NEWS

Greg Peace and Bud Claycomb of I & Y Construction detach a transformer from a light pole that later was removed from Glassport Memorial Stadium.

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An Allegheny Crane Rental unit is moving a hook into place to help I & Y Construction personnel remove a transformer from one of three light poles to be removed at Glassport Memorial Stadium.

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With the help of a crane from Allegheny Crane Rental of Pittsburgh, crews worked to remove a pole bearing a bank of older lights. The work is part of a $100,000 project to improve the stadium lighting while conserving energy.


McKeesport Daily News August 9, 2012

GLASSPORT

Police have released the following reports:

Multiple charges

Aaron Koerbel, 23, of North Versailles Township, is charged with burglary, loitering and prowling at night, aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, criminal mischief, public intoxication and harassment stemming from an incident on Monday at 1:39 a.m. in the 500 block of Indiana Avenue. Police said he was trying to enter a residence through window and fought with a relative who lived there.

Assault alleged

Timothy Fite Jr., 20, of Glassport, is charged with aggravated assault after allegedly hitting someone with a baseball bat on Saturday at 2:24 a.m. in the 800 block of Hemlock Alley.


McKeesport Daily News August 14, 2012

Glassport building sustains structural damage in mishap

BY STACY LEE

Glassport’s building inspector said a vacant apartment sustained significant structural damage when it was struck by a vehicle.

Cindy Passarell has deemed the building at 843 Ohio Ave. structurally unsafe, according to borough council president Terry DiMarco, and public works crews installed jersey barriers to keep traffic away from the area.

The building was struck Monday at 2:43 p.m. Glassport Citizens Hose Fire Co. No. 1 Chief Wayne Lewis said a structural engineer was called to the scene.

DiMarco said a woman was traveling through the Rite-Aid drive-through across the street when her vehicle was bumped three times by another vehicle.

When she moved out of the way, DiMarco said a vehicle driven by a man went straight up the parking lot hill and into the building.

Both drivers were transported to UPMC McKeesport Hospital.

DiMarco said the man driving the vehicle may have had a medical emergency.

Stacy Lee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.She can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1970, or at slee@tribweb.com

Glassport public works employees install jersey barriers to keep traffic away from a vacant apartment building in the borough.

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This brick column was severely damaged when it was struck by a vehicle Monday, rendering the building at 843 Ohio Ave. structurally unsafe.


McKeesport Daily News August 15, 2012

GLASSPORT

Police have released the following reports:

Assault alleged

Katelyn Michael, 19, of Glassport, is charged with simple assault and harassment after allegedly striking someone in the head with an object after an argument on Saturday at 9:10 p.m. at a home along Monongahela Avenue.

Multiple charges filed

• Gilbert Schantz, 42, of Glassport, is charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication in connection with an incident on Friday at 9:15 p.m. in the 700 block of Monongahela Avenue. Police received a call of a male kicking in an apartment building door. Officers found Schantz outside on the steps when they arrived.

• Dianne Michel, 45, of Glassport , is charged with disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and defiant trespass in connection with an incident Aug. 6 at 12:30 a.m. in the 600 block of Monongahela Avenue. Police said Michel was causing a disturbance and damaged a door lock.

Juveniles cited

A 14-year-old female and a 16-year-old female, both of Glassport, were charged with curfew violations on Sunday at 2:20 a.m. in the 700 block of Monongahela Avenue.

Public intox charged

James Warman, 60, of Glassport, is charged with public intoxication in connection with an incident on Friday at 5:10 p.m. in the 600 block of Indiana Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News August 22, 2012

Glassport council irate over memorial fountain desecration

BY MICHAEL DIVITTORIO

Glassport officials are adamant about catching the criminals who desecrated the borough’s memorial fountain.

“Someone who vandalizes an honor roll has no dignity or respect,” Mayor Michael Evanovich said at Tuesday night’s council meeting. “That honor roll is up there for people who served this country, policemen and firemen, and we got somebody over here vandalizing (it) ... When you’re out here vandalizing something like that, you’re a bum.”

The fountain, adjacent to the borough’s war memorial next to the municipal building, was dedicated in September 2010 after a memorial service by American Legion Post 443. It stands as a tribute to those lost on Sept. 11, 2011, as well as in honor of past, present and future Glassport firefighters and police officers.

The damage reportedly occurred last Tuesday or Wednesday evening. Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 Fire Chief Wayne Lewis, who regularly checks the memorial, said he noticed the vandalism Thursday afternoon.

“I noticed all the sidewalk lights were all broken off,” Lewis said. “All the capsule lights were broken off and thrown in the fountain. There (were) party cups floating in the fountain, which led us to believe multiple people could’ve been involved. There was at least 400 rocks thrown into the fountain. We don’t know how many at this time were on top ... There (were) rocks everywhere. That new section of sidewalk we put in between the honor roll and the fountain, that was full of rocks. The two American flags in the back were snapped in half.

“Needless to say, the fire department and the police department’s a little irate about this.”

“My blood’s boiling,” Evanovich said. “That’s sacred ground out there and should be treated as such.”

“Send that person over to Afghanistan,” Councilman Paul Trunzo said. Evanovich said the fire department produces “a gallant effort” in making repairs.

Lewis said public works crews also assisted with the cleanup, and the fountain should be flowing again within a few days.

“We’re just making sure no rocks got down into the pumping system,” Lewis said. “We’re going to flush it out and check the top because that’s where the jets are, make sure the lights up on top (aren’t) cracked or broken. It’s unreal. You got some­thing as beautiful as this that we have down here and somebody wants to come down and take advantage of it and destroy it. We’re not going to give up. We’re going to keep going till we find them.”

Glassport police Lt. Ron Benoit said the department is taking the vandalism investigation very seriously, and declined to comment further on the search for suspects.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact police at 412-672-4514 or the borough building at 412-672-7400.

In other police matters, Glassport Crime Watch will celebrate its two­year anniversary on Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Glassport Senior Center, 544 Monongahela Ave.

Refreshments, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle are among the activities planned. Extra Step awards also will be given. The awards are designed to recognize individuals within the community who took that extra step in helping others.

A basketball tournament is being planned for borough teenagers. The borough, police department and crime watch are sponsoring the event at the youth center near the intersection of Seventh Street and Delaware Avenue. A date and time has not been selected. Call the borough office for more information.

Trunzo reminded residents to take out their trash the night before pickup, and trash collection will be delayed one day during the week of Sept. 3 due to Labor Day.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965 or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.


McKeesport Daily News August 22, 2012

GLASSPORT

Tax deadline set

The last day to pay borough property taxes at face amount is Aug. 31. The last day to pay South Allegheny School District first installment taxes is Aug. 31.

The last day to pay SASD property taxes at a discount is Sept. 15.

Payments can be made at the Glasspor t tax collector’s office Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by mail. Use the payment slot on the side door if payment is made during non-business hours. Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope if a receipt is required.


McKeesport Daily News August 24, 2012

Glassport property owner plans to repair building damaged in crash

The most recent damage to an apartment building at 842 Ohio Ave. in Glassport occurred last week, resulting in a support pillar being replaced with cinder blocks and wood.

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BY MICHAEL DIVITTORIO

Repair work is expected to begin at a damaged apartment building in Glassport following a review by a structural engineer.

Borough building inspector Steve Volpe said the owner of 842 Ohio Ave. informed him of plans to restore the rental property in the wake of last week’s accident.

“The owner is in the process of getting a structural engineer to look at it,” Volpe said. “Some of the bricks were falling off prior to that a few months ago.”

Volpe said once the owner receives the engineer’s recommendations, the owner will have to apply for a permit, repair the facility, and an inspection would be done prior to anyone moving back into the building.

It sustained significant structural damage when it was struck by a vehicle on Aug. 13 at 2:43 p.m.

A woman was traveling through the Rite-Aid drive-through across the street when her vehicle was bumped three times by another vehicle, council president Terry DiMarco said last week.

When she moved out of the way, DiMarco said a vehicle driven by a man went straight up the parking lot hill and into the building. Both drivers were transported to UPMC McKeespor t Hospital. Volpe said the owners were in the process of installing new windows and siding prior to the accident.

A makeshift support pillar of cinder blocks and wood was installed in the area where the vehicle struck the building.

The building was deemed structurally unsafe, and public works crews installed jersey barriers to keep traffic away from the area.

The barriers are linked by yellow police caution tape. Three red reflectors also were installed on posts.

Some of the apartment doors have yellow notices from the Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s Office indicating the area is being monitored.

Other doors also have white notices stating “Keep Out. Uninhabitable.”

The building has been vacant since October after multiple bricks fell onto the sidewalk, narrowly avoiding hitting two people.

Borough manager John DeSue said at the time that the homeowner has been cited for tall weeds and grass and various ordinance violations before, and even missed some hearings.

According to Allegheny County’s real estate website, the owners are Thomas and Colleen Mellor.

The building’s utilities were shut off, and the structure is near one of the major power lines for the borough.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.


McKeesport Daily News August 29, 2012

GLASSPORT

Police have released the following reports:

Assault alleged

Christopher Gamble, 51, of Glassport, is charged with simple assault in connection with an incident Sunday at 10:45 p.m. along the 700 block of Monongahela Avenue.

Alcohol-related charges issued

• Robert Domer, 44, no address given, is charged with public drunkenness in connection with an incident Aug. 22 at 7:10 p.m. along the 800 block of Ohio Avenue.

• John Michael Jerome, 46, of Glassport, is charged with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct in connection with an incident Tuesday at 12:30 a.m. along the 900 block of Vermont Avenue.

Mischief cited

Jennifer Bell, 24, of Glassport, is charged with criminal mischief Sunday at 12:09 a.m. in the parking lot of the Ninth Street Playground.


McKeesport Daily News September 6, 2012

Glassport honors 2 on Crime Watch’s anniversary

Haas, Martin recognized as neighborhood watchdogs celebrate 2 years on the job

BY MICHAEL DIVITTORIO

Glassport Crime Watch members honored two people who took the extra step in saving the lives of two community members.

Glassport Senior Center was packed Wednesday night for the crime watch’s second anniversary celebration.

Master of ceremonies and Glassport Crime Watch co-founder Angelo Norelli presented Extra Step awards to Allegheny County Housing Authority inspector Robert Haas and Glassport Magisterial District Judge Armand A. Martin.

Haas was doing inspections in the borough on June 4 when he decided to check on a home at 608 Oak Alley. He knocked several times, and eventually found resident Rita Karnash lying in the kitchen.

“I went around the side of the building and went upstairs to the porch and I could see her on the floor,” Haas said. “I could see the diabetic testing stuff ... I called 911 and was talking with her.”

Haas kept Karnash talking until paramedics arrived, and they treated her for low blood sugar.

“If it wasn’t for Mr. Haas, we would no longer have my mother with us,” Karnash’s daughter Valerie Benoit said.

Martin was in his office during a lunch break with clerk Eddy Lynn Leshen and secretary Jane Massaro on July 25. Two other staffers were out to lunch at the time.

Leshen was enjoying a peanut butter cookie when a piece became lodged in her throat.

Leshen brought a cookie to Wednesday’s celebration to demonstrate what happened and how Massaro alerted Martin, who saved her life.

“Before you knew it I am blue. I can’t breathe worth anything,” Leshen said. “With that Martin comes flying out of his office over to me and he’s screaming at me, ‘Stand up. Stand up.’” Martin, a former Allegheny County sheriff’s deputy, has maintained cardio-pulmonary resuscitation certification for the last 15 years. He saved her life by using abdominal thrusts to dislodge the cookie. “I never had to use (CPR) in 14 years as a deputy sheriff,” Martin said. “At the time I had to use it, I didn’t think. I just reacted and I was able to do it. “The truth of the matter is there was a 45-second period of silence in our office so Jane and I knew something was wrong. I’m glad we’re able to joke about it here today because it could have been different. I’m glad I worked through lunch that day.

“My version is, she was quiet so we knew something was wrong. Her version is, I just wanted to ask her if she was going to finish that cookie.”

Leshen said she has plans for the rest of the cookie.

“I’m going to have it bronzed so you never forget it,” Leshen told Martin.

Both Martin and Haas were very humble in receiving their awards, and both said they hope others would have made those efforts in the same circumstances.

Glassport Crime Watch was founded in September 2010. Its mission statement is to be “a group of non-political residents whose purpose is to protect yourself, your family and your property.”

Its first meeting was at the borough building, and it quickly expanded to the Glassport Senior Center. Meetings are the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m.

The crime watch has hosted a variety of guest speakers such as South Allegheny’s Students Against Destructive Decisions, Allegheny County Deputy Sheriff and crime prevention specialist Jason Tarap, and assistant district attorney Mark Tranquilli.

Mayor Michael Evanovich lauded Haas and Martin for their efforts, and expressed appreciation to the crime watch.

“I think a lot of people didn’t expect us to be here, and we’re still here,” Norelli said. “We have about 20 core members who are always here. That keeps us going and keeps us wanting to continue. We don’t do this by ourselves ... We bring everything before the steering committee, vote on it and make sure we’re all in agreement.”

“We thought we could do it,” Kowalski said. “There’s a core of people who come religiously to the meetings every month. We’re getting the word out there how crime watch works. With the special awards and hopefully people talking, the word will get out what crime watch is really about. We’re not cops. We have some plans for next year.”

Kowalski said those future plans include going “back to basics.” He stressed the importance of developing block captains.

“Just come to a meeting,” Kowalski said. “Tell us where they live and what they see on their block that is wrong and we’ll give them the information on how to combat it.”

Kowalski, a borough councilman, also emphasized that the crime watch has nothing to do with politics.

“I’m not going to have any politics to this meeting at all,” Kowalski said. “When I’m in this room I’m a resident. I live on Vermont Avenue and I have grandkids, and there’s no political connection with this at all.”

Lt. Ron Benoit, crime watch police liaison, credits Norelli’s and Kowalski’s hard work in making the program a success.

“They really held this together and really developed this,” Benoit said. “This is one community like no other.”

Information about Glassport Crime Watch is available at www.glassportdevelopmentcorp. org/crimewatch.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

Glassport District Magisterial District Judge Armand Martin Jr. is congratulated by friend and co-worker Eddy Lynn Leschen as Glassport Crime Watch co-founder Angelo Norelli stands by.

NORMA KUTSCHER | DAILY NEWS

Valerie Benoit and her mother Rita Karnash stand with Allegheny County Housing Authority Inspector Robert Haas as he accepts an award from Glassport Crime Watch co­founder Angelo Norelli.


McKeesport Daily News September 19, 2012

Glassport council looks for parent involvement

Borough to develop committee to help keep kids off the street

BY MICHAEL DIVITTORIO

Glassport officials are seeking parents to help form a planning committee to develop recreational activities for children and teens.

Councilman Dave Kowalski made the announcement at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

“It could be anything for the children and the teens in the borough,” Kowalski said. “Hopefully we can get some of these projects going and open up the social hall (near the intersection of Seventh Street and Delaware Avenue). We have some things in place.” Some of those activities include the basketball tournament that Glassport police, the crime watch and the parks and recreation committee sponsored on Sept. 9, and the upcoming Halloween parade on Oct. 31. The borough also hosts baseball games through the Glassport Athletic Association.

“I’m looking for other projects, like if we could form a kickball league or anything of that nature,” Kowalski said. “I need the help of the younger parents is what I need. That’s what I’m looking for. It keeps the kids off the street and teaches them some discipline and gives them something to do. Keeps them physically fit if they want to attend.

“When I grew up we had playgrounds. We had Second Ward (playground), Third Ward (playground), Ninth Street Ballfield and we just hung out there. We played football and basketball and baseball and kickball. We always did that. Now the kids need guidance and they need a place to do this, and they need people that want to take the time to show them.”

Those interested in signing up for the committee should contact the borough office at 412-672-7400.

Kowalski plans to attend Friday’s Western Pennsylvania Mayoral Summit on Out­of-School Time.

The summit, co-hosted by McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko and Johnstown Mayor Thomas Trigona, is designed to infor m municipal leaders about the importance of and need for children and youth activities before school and after school, and during weekends and the summer.

Kowalski said he hopes to bring back ideas from the summit to the borough.

Glassport Mayor Michael Evanovich issued a warning to those posting signs on utility poles and into the ground without first notifying the borough.

“Signs used for temporary purposes such as elections, fairs, or demonstration purposes are not to be placed on utility poles,” Evanovich said. “When placed in the ground at the approval of borough council, (the signs) must be removed when they have fulfilled their function. I know that we don’t get anybody that comes to council and asks us to do any of that. We have signs hanging up everywhere, from bingos to houses ... We have too many signs.”

Police Chief Howard Kifer said a juvenile performing community service on Tuesday walked along Monongahela Avenue, removing signs from poles.

Anyone posting signs on utility poles or into the g round without borough notification could be subject to fines for an ordinance violation, Evanovich said.

In other matters, council president Terry DiMarco advised residents to contact the borough if they see any street lights not functioning properly.

Councilman Paul Trunzo advised residents to put their trash out the night before collection, rather than have it set out all week long.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.


McKeesport Daily News September 20, 2012

GLASSPORT

Flu shots offered

Free vaccines to protect against H1N1 influenza virus will be offered to borough residents and employees ages 18 and older on a first-come, first-served basis, Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the senior center, 554 Monongahela Ave.

Shots are being administered through the Clairton Volunteer Fire Department, in collaboration with the Mon River Fleet, state Department of Health, state Health Improvement Plan Partnerships, local Emergency Medical Service and UPMC McKeesport.


McKeesport Daily News September 25, 2012

GLASSPORT

Solicitation announced

Staff from Clean Water Action are going door-to-door in the borough soliciting funds for a charitable purpose. They will have proper identification with them. Residents with concerns about Clean Water Action’s visitation should contact police at 412-672-4514 or contact the organization at 412-765-3053, ext. 209.


McKeesport Daily News October 11, 2012

GLASSPORT

Police have released the following incident reports:

Disorderly conduct alleged

• Amber Dolby, 30, and Nadine Wharton, 44, of Glassport, are charged with disorderly conduct in connection with an incident on Oct. 2 at 2:25 p.m. along the 400 block of Ohio Avenue.

• Dianne Michel, 34, of Glassport, was charged with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness on Monday at 12:02 a.m. along the 600 block of Cypress Way.

• William Johnson, 39, of Glassport, was charged with disorderly conduct on Oct. 3 at 12:05 a.m. along the 600 block of Monongahela Avenue.

• David Moore, 29, of Glassport, was charged with disorderly conduct on Sept. 27 at 3:30 p.m. along the 400 block of Ohio Avenue.

Juveniles charged

• A 13-year-old Glassport girl is cited for a curfew violation in connection with an incident on Oct. 4 at 12:13 a.m. along the 900 block of Indiana Avenue.

• A 17-year-old Glassport boy was charged with harassment on Oct. 1 at 2:30 p.m. along the 600 block of Maryland Avenue.

Drinking alleged

• Amanda Aschmeller, 23, of McKeesport, and Pamela Rivera, 45, of Glassport, are charged with public intoxication in connection with an incident on Sept. 30 at 2:31 a.m. along the 700 block of Oak Way.

• John Farley II, 25, of Glassport, was charged with public intoxication on Oct. 2 at 2:25 a.m. along the 500 block of Cypress Way.

Dog bite nets charges

Jennifer Patterson, no age given, of Glassport, is charged with having a dog without rabies shots over three months, no dog license and harboring a dangerous dog in connection with an incident on Sept. 28 at 12:30 p.m. along the 300 block of N. Monongahela Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News October 11, 2012

GLASSPORT

Reliance Hose Co. plans meeting

A meeting for all members of Reliance Hose Co. will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Max and Odi’s Restaurant. Several topics will be discussed. For more information, contact John Bender at 412-751-0887.


McKeesport Daily News October 13, 2012

Glassport man transported to hospital

A man was transported to UPMC McKeesport on Friday morning with minor injuries following a multi-vehicle accident in Glassport.

Glassport police Chief Howard Kifer said the man apparently fell asleep at the wheel while driving along the 600 block of Monongahela Avenue around 9 a.m.

The man’s vehicle collided with a parked car, which forced the parked car into two other parked cars. Police cleared the scene before 10 a.m., the chief said.


McKeesport Daily News October 19, 2012

GLASSPORT

Police have released the following incident reports:

Trespass charge filed

Timothy Treyanowan, 35, of Glassport, is charged with criminal trespass for an alleged incident on Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. along the 400 block of Iowa Avenue.

Disorderly conduct alleged

• Kimberly Mercado, 26, of Glassport, was charged with disorderly conduct on Oct. 2 at 6:45 p.m. along the 300 block of Erie Avenue.

• Claire Reaghard, 37, of Pittsburgh, was charged with disorderly conduct on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. along the 500 block of Vermont Avenue.

2 face harassment charges

• A 17-year-old Glassport male was charged with harassment on Oct. 10 at 6:20 p.m. along the 600 block of Delaware Avenue.

• Beth Ann Mathers, 49, of Port Vue, was charged with harassment on Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. along the 900 block of Ohio Avenue.

Theft charge filed

Steven Lucko, 27, of Glassport, was charged with retail theft on Tuesday at 10:35 a.m. at the Dollar General along Monong ahela Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News October 19, 2012

Police probe accident

Glassport police are investigating a two-vehicle accident near the intersection of Sixth Street and Ohio Avenue.

Police Chief Howard Kifer said the accident occurred Wednesday around 2:51 p.m. One vehicle was towed and no injuries were reported.


McKeesport Daily News October 19, 2012

Glassport Legion hosts stuffed chicken dinner

Glassport American Legion Posst 443 will host a stuffed chicken breast dinner and bake sale Saturday from 2-6 p.m. Cost is $7 for eat-in or takeout. Local delivery will be available.


McKeesport Daily News October 23, 2012

GLASSPORT

Police have released the following incident reports:

Juvenile charged

A 12-year-old Glassport boy is charged with harassment in connection with an incident on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. along the 600 block of Vermont Avenue.

Criminal activity reported

• Rodney Krivansky, 46, of McKeesport, is charged with harassment in connection with an incident on Saturday at 1:09 a.m. along the 700 block of Detroit Avenue.

• Joseph Borrelli, 20, of Glassport, is charged with disorderly conduct in connection with an incident on Sunday at 11:06 a.m. along the 500 block of Michigan Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News October 30, 2012

GLASSPORT

Police have released the following incident reports:

Incident nets charges

Amber Dolby, 30, of Glassport, is charged with disorderly conduct in connection with an incident on Oct. 2 at 2:45 p.m. along the 400 block of Ohio Avenue.

Juvenile charged

A 13-year-old Glassport boy was charged with harassment on Se pt. 27 at 3:25 p.m. along the 300 block of Ohio Avenue.

Charges filed

Sally Liptak, 23, of McKeesport, is charged with DUI in connection with an incident Saturday at 12:36 a.m. along the 1100 block of Ohio Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News October 31, 2012

GLASSPORT

Charges filed

• Dirk Mayernik, 37, of McKeesport, is charged with criminal mischief in connection with an incident on Monday at 7:35 p.m. along the 600 block of Delaware Avenue.

• Robert Jones, 44, of Glassport, is charged with theft by unlawful taking in connection with an incident on Monday at 7 p.m. along the 600 block of Monongahela Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News November 15, 2012

GLASSPORT

Holiday safety seminar set

Pittsburgh Protection Services, in conjunction with Glassport Crime Watch, police and firefighters, will present a holiday safety seminar Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. at Glassport American Le gion along Monongahela Avenue.

Refreshments will be provided by Max & Odi’s.

The seminar will offer information about:

• Self-defense — “Pro­tecting Yourself While Shopping” — presented by Master Paul Czerniak, proprietor of Dynamic Martial Arts.

• Home invasions — “Protecting Your Home,” by Lt. Ron Benoit.

• Self-defense spray — presented by deputy Chief Shawn DeVerse.

• Holiday home safety — presented by fire Chief Wayne Lewis.

• Credit card and computer fraud — presented by Darrel Parker.


McKeesport Daily News December 4, 2012

Suspicious fires put Glassport on edge

Emergency responders kept busy overnight

BY MICHAEL DIVITTORIO AND STACY LEE

Three separate suspicious fires in Glassport within a two-hour time period late Monday night are being investigated by the Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s office.

No injuries were reported.

The first call came in shortly before 11 p.m. for smoke and fire coming from the condemned St. Cecilia’s Church near the intersection of Ohio Avenue and Eighth Street.

“We had heavy fire on the Eighth Street side of the church in the stairwells,” Glassport fire Chief Wayne Lewis said. “(Crews) did an outstand­ing job.”

He said while fire officials were investigating that blaze, another call came from the 900 block of Cherry Alley.

“When we got there, we had three garages on fire with a fourth one starting and two houses potentially going up,” Lewis said. “When we were fighting this fire, we got a call for a garage fire in the 800 block of Cherry Alley.”

He said the houses had to be evacuated.

Lewis said then another fire call came in from the Maryland Avenue area, but police and a fire unit didn’t find anything.

Glassport Citizen’s Hose Fire Co. No. 1 was assisted by Dravosburg VFC, McKeesport Fire Department, Jefferson 885 VFC and Clair ton VFC.

Lewis declined to comment on the cause and nature of Monday’s fires as the county fire marshal is investigating.

The long-standing St. Cecilia’s Catholic church and school has been closed for more than a decade, and is slated to be demolished in the near future.

The borough acquired a $215,000 Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund grant last year to bring the structure to the ground.

In February, Twin Rivers Council of Governments accepted a bid of $204,000 from Burgettstown-based A.W. McNabb LLC to demolish the church.

It has been subject to vandalism and general deterioration throughout the years.

According to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, it was founded in 1901.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com. Stacy Lee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1970.


McKeesport Daily News December 5, 2012

Officials urge vigilance in Glassport fires

Church, garage blazes put town on edge, spur intense investigation

CINDY SHEGAN KEELEY | DAILY NEWS

A destroyed truck, garage and melted siding are just some examples of the damage done by fires in Glassport.

BY MICHAEL DIVITTORIO

Recent fires in Glassport have residents wondering what could happen next.

“I believe everyone in the town’s concerned because nobody wants to have fires,” Mayor Michael Evanovich said. “Especially in these little towns, a lot of these houses are touching. Citizens are concerned that if something would happen it could be a catastrophe.”

Allegheny County Fire Marshal and Glassport police continue to investigate several fires that occurred Monday night into Tuesday morning. The first fire was called in Monday around 11 p.m. at the condemned St. Cecilia’s Church near the intersection of Ohio Avenue and Eighth Street.

Next came calls for garage fires in the 900 block of Indiana Avenue on Tuesday around 12:30 a.m. Another set of fires arose less than 15 minutes later in garages along the 900 block of Cherry Alley.

Two houses also sustained heat damage along the alley. Those houses were evacuated.

Glassport fire Chief Wayne Lewis said his crews were out all night and all morning.

SUSPICIOUS · A6 “I believe we have someone going around starting fires.

There were too many fires in a short amount of time.”

MICHAEL EVANOVICH, GLASSPORT MAYOR

“Right now all these fires are suspicious at this point,” Lewis said. “All we’re doing now is compiling the evidence to start the investigation. That will be all conducted with fire officials in Glassport and the (Allegheny County) Fire Marshal.”

“I believe we have someone going around starting fires,” Evanovich said. “There were too many fires in a short amount of time. I don’t know a lot about it because everything went over to the county. They’ve basically taken over the investigation. My departments, between police, fire and myself and neighboring communities, we all work together. The communication’s excellent. We go back and forth trying to figure out if this is going to happen again.”

Dave Kowalski, Glassport Crime Watch cocoordinator, said his nephew brought a fire extinguisher to Cherry Lane and helped put out the garage fires.

“We have a great, great fire department that gets no appreciation by anybody until they become the victims,” Kowalski said.

A destroyed garage and truck, severely singed car and melted vinyl siding on the back of a house are just some examples of the damage done at the Cherry Lane blazes.

“I just looked out the window and saw everything on fire,” neighbor Dave Homlotis told Trib Total Media news exchange partner WPXI. “By the time I backed my car up down the alley, the whole roof collapsed on my truck.”

“I came outside and looked (out) on the porch and I (saw) all these flames down here,” resident Tonia Kifer said. “That was wild ... I think that’s a shame. They set five fires in Glassport. Catch whoever did it.”

Kowalski said these incidents are prime examples of why residents should look out for other residents and report suspicious activity. The fires will be discussed at Wednesday night’s crime watch Christmas party.

Glassport police Chief Howard Kifer said his department is assisting the county in its investigation.

“We’re trying to figure out the basis behind it,” he said.

A resident, who did not want his name released, said he believes the fires were caused by juveniles.

“It’s probably kids,” he said. “Twelve- to 14-year-olds, if I had to guess. There’s always something around here.”

Glassport Citizen’s Hose Fire Co. No. 1 was assisted by Dravosburg VFC, McKeesport Fire Department, Jefferson 885 VFC and Clair ton VFC. Fire companies in West Mifflin and White Oak were on standby.

Lewis said a report of a possible fire was along Peach Alley. That call was investigated by Lincoln police and McKeesport firefighters, but nothing was found.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

A stairwell fire at St. Cecilia’s Church near the intersection of Eighth Street and Ohio Avenue is one of those under investigation in Glassport.

CINDY SHEGAN KEELEY | DAILY NEWS


McKeesport Daily News December 6, 2012

GLASSPORT

DUI alleged

Marshadia White, 24, of Duquesne, is charged with DUI, driving with a suspended license no signed registration, careless driving, driving vehicle at unsafe speed and failure to produce required financial responsibility in connection with an incident on Nov. 25 at 1:29 a.m. near the intersection of Monongahela Avenue and Seventh Street.

Charges filed

Amber Dolby, 30, of Glassport, is charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution in connection with an incident on Nov. 26 at 6:45 p.m. along the 400 block of Ohio Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News December 11, 2012

Glassport seeking help with fire probe

Marshal suspects arson in series of weekend blazes

BY MICHAEL DIVITTORIO

Investigators are seeking community assistance in finding out who set several fires in Glasspor t last week.

“We need the community’s involvement to try and solve this stuff,” Allegheny County Deputy Fire Marshal Don Brucker said Monday. “If somebody has something that they believe they saw, or pertinent information they need to call us.”

The first fire was called in on Dec. 3 around 11 p.m. at the condemned St. Cecilia’s Church near the intersection of Ohio Avenue and Eighth Street.

Another set of fires arose early the following morning in garages along the 900 block of Cherry Alley.

A truck was destroyed and two cars were severely damaged.

“They are being investigated as incendiary fires, which is an arson fire,” Brucker said. “Arson is a criminal charge placed on somebody that sets an incendiary fire.”

An open carport, an enclosed carport, a garage, two residential structures and three vehicles were damaged in the Cherry Alley fires, Brucker said.

The church fire started in a stairwell on the Eighth Street side.

The long-standing Catholic church and school has been closed for more than a decade, and is slated to be demolished. The borough acquired a $215,000 Community Infrastructure and received a Tourism Fund grant last year to bring the structure to the ground.

In February, Twin Rivers Council of Governments accepted a bid of $204,000 from Burgettstown-based A.W. McNabb LLC to demolish the church, which has been subject to vandalism and general deterioration throughout the years.

“That building has been unsecured for some period of time,” Brucker said. “That’s a pretty big building. We’ve been in there before for different incidents. Plus anytime we have fires in the area, we try to look at all the vacant properties down there just to make sure there’s nothing else set on them.”

Glassport fire Chief Wayne Lewis said a report of a possible fire was along Peach Alley. That call was investigated by Lincoln police and McKeesport firefighters, but nothing was found.

Brucker reported a door of a small detached garage was set on fire within a close proximity to the other fires.

“Evidence was collected at all three scenes, and we’re just waiting to hear back the analysis from the crime lab,” Brucker said. “Hopefully that will be some time very, very soon.”

Glassport Citizen’s Hose Fire Co. No. 1 was assisted by Dravosburg VFC, McKeesport Fire Department, Jefferson 885 VFC and Clairton VFC. Fire companies in West Mifflin and White Oak were on standby.

Glassport firefighters and police and Allegheny County police are assisting the investigation.

Anyone with information about the fires can call the fire marshal’s anonymous tip line at 412-473-2776.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.


McKeesport Daily News December 12, 2012

Glassport man’s hearing postponed in rape case

BY MICHAEL DIVITTORIO

A Glassport man incarcerated for charges of rape and other offenses will have to wait for his day in court.

Magisterial District Judge Armand A. Martin granted a request Tuesday afternoon to postpone a preliminary hearing for Ronald Charles Richards.

Richards, 53, of Ohio Avenue, is charged with aggravated indecent assault, rape, criminal trespass, simple assault, terroristic threats and indecent assault in connection with an incident on Dec. 1 at an abandoned house in the borough.

Assistant district attorney Bryan Hanlon requested the postponement for further investigation.

Hanlon said Richards has a criminal history, including being on probation until 2014 for disarming a law enforcement of ficer, and is looking at “significant time” if convicted.

Richards is accused of sexually assaulting a 43-year-old woman he allegedly met at the Triple L bar in Glassport, according to the criminal complaint filed by Allegheny County police.

The woman told investigators she accepted a drink from the man and agreed to go with him to meet some friends.

She said they went to a house Richards’ said he had been working on, entered the house through a basement door, and he picked her up and threw her on a mattress on the basement floor, court documents read.

Richards allegedly got on top of the woman and started punching her in the face and head, pulled his and her pants down and committed a sexual act.

The woman fought off Richards and escaped by breaking a window and climbing out. She encountered a police officer along the 500 block of Monongahela Avenue, according to documents.

Richards reportedly admitted to police he bought the woman a drink, accompanied her to a house, and denied any physical or sexual assault.

He is being lodged in the Allegheny County Jail on $25,000 bond.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.


McKeesport Daily News December 18, 2012

GLASSPORT

Police have released the following incident report:

Fight nets charges

Angel Cherok, 33, John DiGiacome, 57, and Steven Michalski, 29, of Glassport, are charged with disorderly conduct in connection with an incident on Sunday at 7:55 p.m. along the 600 block of Indiana Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News December 18, 2012

Boy, 11, hit by vehicle in Glassport, sustains multiple injuries

BY MICHAEL DIVITTORIO

An 11-year-old boy is being treated at Children’s Hospital of UPMC after being struck by a vehicle in Glassport.

Police Chief Howard Kifer said the boy was preparing to cross Monongahela Avenue with his father Friday at 3:11 p.m. when the accident occur red near the post office.

The boy was flown via medical helicopter to the emergency facility. He sustained a fractured nose, nine stitches in his lip, multiple bruises and a left knee fracture that may require surgery.

Kifer said officers spoke with the driver of the vehicle that hit the boy, and no charges have been filed.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.


McKeesport Daily News December 18, 2012

Fire company to meet

Glassport Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 will meet on Thursday at 6 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. at the fire station.


McKeesport Daily News December 19, 2012

Reassessment figures delay Glassport budget adoption

BY MICHAEL DIVITTORIO

Glasspor t residents must wait at least another month before knowing if they will pay more in borough taxes next year.

Councilors announced at Tuesday night’s meeting that their 2013 budget and millage ordinance will not be adopted until the Jan. 15 meeting.

Council vice president Eugene Skerkoski cited the uncertain Allegheny County reassessment figures as the reason for the delay.

“When we receive the new assessments we’ll address that issue,” Skerkoski said.

County Senior Common Pleas Judge R. Stanton Wettick issued an order on Dec. 10 extending the deadline for municipalities to set their budgets to Jan. 31. Municipalities can set millage rates 10 days before they mail tax bills.

Borough manager John DeSue said Glassport should not have to wait that long to adopt next year’s spending plan.

DeSue said the proposed 2013 budget calls for more hours to be allocated to police to increase shift coverage, but does not provide funds to hire additional officers.

“We want to closely manage this assessment with taking care of these things too,” DeSue said. “Hopefully we can live within things ... We don’t want to set the millage and then be short from where we were the year before. We want to make sure we maintain the revenue stream that we have. We like to be pretty accurate with our budget process here.”

The proposed budget lists revenues and expenses at $1,957,691.

Revenues include $960,000 in real estate taxes, $440,091 in Act 511 taxes, $114,500 in licenses/ permits, $33,000 in fines/for­feits, $13,300 in interest/rent, $95,500 in intergovernmental revenue, $6,800 in department earnings, and $6,500 in miscellaneous revenue.

Expenses include $278,312 for government and administration, $595,580 for the police department, $116,520 for the fire department, $557,724 for public works, $19,750 for recreation, $134,235 for debt service, $122,070 for insurance, $120,500 for employee benefits, and $13,000 for other uses.

A copy of the budget is available for viewing at the borough of fice.

A new police contract is expected to be approved next month. Councilman Paul Trunzo announced garbage collection will be delayed by one day the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Councilors lauded the street department for decorating the Honor Roll.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.


McKeesport Daily News December 22, 2012

Glassport man to stand trial on rape charges

BY MICHAEL DIVITTORIO

A Glassport man accused of rape and other sex crimes was ordered to stand trial.

William Sedlar, 36, of Iowa Avenue, is charged with unlawful contact with a minor, endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors, two counts of sexual assault, two counts of aggravated incident assault without consent, two counts of rape, and two counts of indecent assault.

Magisterial District Judge Armand A. Martin held those charges to court following a preliminary hearing on Tuesday after noon.

Charges stem from an incident in mid-March.

Allegheny County detectives met with a 17-year­old woman in September who said Sedlar sexually assaulted her twice.

The first alleged rape occurred soon after she moved in with him, court documents read.

The second alleged incident happened while her sister and nephew were asleep in another part of the house, according to the criminal complaint.

Both incidents reportedly started in the living room.

Formal arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 14 at 1 p.m.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.


McKeesport Daily News December 26, 2012

GLASSPORT

Alleged assault

Scott Mehalcik, 42, of Glassport was cited for terroristic threats, aggravated assault, harassment and simple assault on Dec. 16 in the 1000 block of Vermont Avenue after he allegedly assaulted a female victim.


McKeesport Daily News January 3, 2013

Chlorine leak evacuates sewage plant in Glassport

BY MICHAEL DIVITTORIO

A chlorine leak caused an evacuation at a sewage treatment plant along Harrison Street in Glassport on Wednesday afternoon.

Emergency responders and HAZMAT crews arrived around 2:15 p.m. and quickly had the leak under control.

Officials said the smell of chlorine permeated the air. No neighboring properties were evacuated.

“Once the command was established, we realized we had a slight odor of chlorine in the sewage department area,” Glassport fire Chief Wayne Lewis said.

“(With) the quick response by emergency personnel, we were able to find that packing inside a valve was loose. That was contained very quickly. All additional

departments that were on location were just backup for the fire department.”

The valve was on a 2,000 pound liquid chlorine tank.

Dravosburg, Jefferson Hills and McKeesport firefighters and Clairton EMS responded to the call. Lewis said one person was treated at the scene, but refused medical transportation.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

Emergency personnel respond to a chlorine leak Wednesday afternoon at Glassport’s sewage plant.

JENNIFER R. VERTULLO | DAILY NEWS


McKeesport Daily News January 3, 2013

GLASSPORT

Police have released the following incident reports:

Women charged

• Kristen Castro, 24, of Port Vue was charged with disorderly conduct on Tuesday at 12:35 a.m. at Mason Jar, along the 700 block of Monongahela Avenue.

• Amanda Aschmeller, 23, of McKeesport was charged with disorderly conduct on Tuesday at 1 a.m. at Mason Jar, along the 700 block of Monongahela Avenue.

Criminal mischief

Bert Olden Jr., 42, of Glassport was charged with harassment and criminal mischief on Tuesday at 6:15 a.m. along Erie Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News January 5, 2013

Glassport EMS service future assured

Clairton division acquires former Reliance Hose facility

MICHAEL DIVITTORIO

Clairton Volunteer Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Service division has acquired a building in Glassport to continue providing service to the borough.

Fire Chief John Lattanzi said the department closed on the sale of the property at 842 Monongahela Ave. on Thursday.

The EMS division rented that site since August 2011 at $650 a month.

The two-story structure was purchased from Reliance Hose Co. No. 2 for $80,000 through a seven-year mortgage.

Clairton EMS had ambulances at a building along the 700 block of Monongahela Avenue before moving to the current building for additional space. “If we didn’t buy the building, there (would) be no ambulance service out of Glassport,” Lattanzi said. “It would all come out of Clairton. We’re happy we got the place.”

An ambulance and crew would have been stationed from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on a Glassport street if the building had not been purchased.

Reliance Hose life-member John Bender said the company voted in April to sell the building. It was appraised and posted for bid, and Clairton EMS was the highest bidder.

Reliance Hose had owned the building since 1963.

“Of course we didn’t want to see the building go. It was nice of the ambulance service to purchase it,” Bender said. “They’re providing a service to the borough.”

Clairton EMS houses three ambulances and other equipment at the Glassport facility, and has been the borough’s official ambulance provider for at least the past 10 years.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.


McKeesport Daily News January 5, 2013

GLASSPORT

Meeting set

Glassport Development Corp. will meet on Monday at 6 p.m. at the Polish National Alliance along Sixth Street. The meeting is open to the public. Call 412-979-9728 for more information.


McKeesport Daily News January 14, 2013

SUSPICIOUS

Firefighters battle a blaze in an abandoned building in the 600 block of Hemlock Alley in Glassport on Saturday morning.

RONALD VEZZANI JR. | DAILY NEWS

Blaze guts 1 Glassport building, damages 2nd

BY PATRICK CLOONAN

Glassport chiropractor Joel Slafka is cleaning up his building, hoping he can reopen Wednesday.

A weekend fire gutted the two-story frame building adjacent to Slafka’s and severely damaged a storage facility on the other side.

“I appreciate everything (the Glassport volunteer firefighters) did,” Slafka said Sunday. “If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t have a building.

Firefighters put blue plastic covers on Slafka’s equipment as he and his girl friend Anna Lucas of Finleyville worked on a storage area in the back of his first-floor office.

Next door, the borough posted “uninhabitable” signs outside a boarded-up apartment house at the rear of 641 Monongahela Ave. and a building that served as a warehouse and garage at the rear of 637 Monongahela Ave.

Allegheny County investigators are probing what is being called a suspicious fire early Saturday in the frame house along Hemlock Alley, which runs parallel to Monongahela.

It was the second time in eight months that a fire occurred there.

“There is heavy fire damage and a good deal of structural damage,” county Chief of Emergency Services Alvin Henderson said about the building at the rear of 641 Monongahela. “I would term it a 100 percent loss.”

There were no injuries, but two residents of a nearby apartment house were displaced because a flooded basement affected power service.

“Our basement got flooded because of the water from that fire,” Chas Smith said.

He said he and an elderly woman likely would be out of their apartments for as many as two days.

Dominique Buccina, communications specialist for the American Red Cross Western Pennsylvania Region, said the two displaced adults were assisted with food and shelter.

Drainage problems caused the water flowing from the fire scene to make Monongahela Avenue resemble the Monongahela River. The building also houses Eliminator Pest Control on the first floor.

County fire marshals noted that there were no active utilities at the rear of 641 Monongahela.

“When we came, it was fully involved,” Glassport Citizens Hose Co. Chief Wayne Lewis said. That was shortly after county dispatchers were called at 6:57 a.m.

Firefighters quickly dealt with the inferno they found but still were working with flames on the roof an hour into the battle. The fire was declared under control within two hours, but crews remained on the scene for more than four hours.

“This is the second time,” neighbor Larry Sikorski said. “They caught it the first time.”

Lewis said the first fire was on May 28.

Attention is being focused on a man who went to the nearby Glassport Diner shortly before 7.

“A man ran through the front door and said, ‘fire,’” waitress Kris Salhus said. “I said, ‘Geri, call 911.’” “When we first saw it, it wasn’t that bad,” cook Geri Riley said. “Then it went up real fast.”

Salhus said the man was not a regular patron at the diner, which is a short distance from the fire scene, but two borough police officers were there when the man came in.

“The guy who came in disappeared,” Riley said.

Salhaus told a county detective that the fire appeared to be on the inside of the build­ing.

“It was supposed to be sealed up tight,” Sikorski said. “I guess it wasn’t.”

Sikorski and others in nearby apartment buildings were evacuated because of the smoke.

“They banged on the door and told me to get out,” Paul Richards said.

Lewis said there was smoke damage to Slafka’s office building, while the storage building on the other side had minor fire and heavy smoke damage.

The owner of the ravaged building reportedly was out of the country at the time of the fire.

Other buildings affected by the smoke house the Tiki Hut tanning and hair salon as well as Glassport Treasure Shop, whose owner Jean Vannatta just reopened for business after recent surgery.

“The back is real bad,” Vannatta said. Otherwise it appeared the collection of goods ranging from knick-knacks to appliances was spared.

“This stuff can be replaced,” Vannatta said as she expressed her relief that “nobody got hurt.”

Vannatta was the object of concern from friends Faye DeWalt and her husband Raymond, who were awakened by the fire call and heard about it on a police scanner.

“The siren woke us up,”Faye DeWalt said. “We heard 161 (Citizens Hose Co.) come out and that it was fully engulfed. That’s when it hit us to come down here.”

Rapid intervention teams from Homestead and Jefferson 885 companies were on the scene. Clairton and McKeesport provided ladder trucks, and other assistance came from West Mifflin’s Duquesne Annex company (filling air tanks), Dravosburg and Elizabeth.

“We’re glad to help,” said McKeesport fire Chief Kevin Lust, whose department has a mutual aid agreement with Glassport.

“We have a good fire department,” Glassport Mayor Michael Evanovich said. “We have good backups.”

Also on the scene were Clairton’s ambulance, a Salvation Army van, and police from Port Vue and Lincoln, who assisted Glassport police in keeping Monongahela Avenue closed during the fire. The street was reopened to traffic shortly after 11 a.m.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

Firefighters work to protect Glassport chiropractor Joel Slafka’s office from a fire that gutted one neighboring building and damaged another.

RONALD VEZZANI JR. | DAILY NEWS


McKeesport Daily News January 16, 2013

Glassport vandalism suspects nabbed

BY MICHAEL DIVITTORIO

Two Glassport teenagers are charged with criminal mischief for allegedly destroying several Christmas decorations at the borough’s Honor Roll on New Year’s Day.

Police said citations were filed on Monday against Andrew Bell and Derek George, both 19.

They were identified as being involved in the vandalism through good police work and reviewing surveillance video, Mayor Michael Evanovich said at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

“We talk about that Honor Roll a lot,” Evanovich said. “A lot of work goes into it, and it’s one of the best.”

The two men allegedly caused approximately $450 in damage. A snowman was stomped into the ground, two lighted reindeer were destroyed, and a Santa decoration’s arm was ripped off, among other damage. The nativity scene within the memorial and the snowflake lights that outline the display were not touched.

The incident occurred on Jan. 1 around 1 a.m.

Evanovich said officers were responding to an unrelated incident when they noticed three people walking along Monongahela Avenue. When the videotape was reviewed officers said those involved resembled the walkers. Two of them did the damage, and the third person was not involved, the mayor said.

Evanovich said the borough is seeking restitution, and had some harsh words for those who caused such destruction.

“The frustration is, ‘Why do people want to destroy someone else’s property?’” Evanovich said. “Destroying the property for no legitimate reason. It was Christmas decorations ... Stay off the property if you have no honor or respect.”

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.


McKeesport Daily News January 16, 2013

Glassport holds line on spending

BY MICHAEL DIVITTORIO

Glassport officials are holding the line on taxes despite the uncertainty of property reassessments.

Council approved its 2013 budget at Tuesday night’s meeting, maintaining the millage rate at 8.99 mills with .75 mills of that being a fire tax.

Motions for both the budget and tax rate passed unanimously by a vote of 6-0. Council president Terry DiMarco was absent.

“Yes, we are pleased (the millage is) remaining the same, but there’s still appeals out there,” council vice president Eugene Skerkoski said. “We’re going to see what’s going to transpire with that. Right now we’re going to operate with that 8.99 (mills).”

One mill generates approx­imately $91,240.

Borough manager John DeSue said the average property values increased 9 percent, and there are many appeals yet to be heard.

“What’s been a problem is the reassessments, not knowing what to do,” he said. “I would have cut the millage rate if I thought (more revenue) was going to come in. We weren’t assessed like a lot of other communities at 20, 30, 40 percent. We were assessed at 9 percent, and there’s still appeals out there pending. If we would set our millage any lower, we would come in and receive less revenue than what we have been the last few years. We can’t take that chance.”

Skerkoski lauded the collaborative efforts of DeSue and council to put the budget together.

“Mr. DeSue’s done an excellent job,” Skerkoski said. “All the council members, we had several budget meetings. A budget is a projected effort with projected figures.

“Yes, we are pleased (the millage) is remaining the same, but there’s still appeals out there.”

EUGENE SKERKOSKI

COUNCIL VICE PRESIDENT

We feel that working within the guidelines, all council members were involved, and it worked out good for us.”

Allegheny County Senior Common Pleas Judge R. Stanton Wettick ruled in December that all county municipalities have until Jan. 31 to set their 2013 budgets and until 10 days before they mail tax bills to set millage rates.

DeSue said councilors took that extra time from the usual end-of-the-year budget deadline so they were more confident with their numbers.

Budget documents list revenues and expenses at $1,957,691.

Revenue includes $960,000 in real estate taxes, $440,091 in Act 511 taxes, $114,500 in licenses/per mits, $33,000 in fines/forfeits, $13,300 in interest/rent, $95,500 in intergovernmental monies, $6,800 in department earn­ings, $6,500 in miscellaneous revenue and $288,000 in interfund transfers.

Expenses include $278,312 for gover nment/administration, $595,580 for police, $116,520 for fire, $557,724 for public works, $19,750 for recreation, $134,235 for debt service, $122,070 for insurance, $120,500 for employee benefits and $13,000 for other uses.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.


McKeesport Daily News January 19, 2013

Glassport police, council agree to 5-year contract

MICHAEL DIVITTORIO

Glassport council approved a five-year contract with the borough police department this week.

The length of the agreement runs this year through 2017.

Teamsters Local 205 secretary- treasurer Carl Bailey lauded the efforts of council, Mayor Michael Evanovich and borough manager John DeSue regarding negotiations.

“All accolades to the bargaining unit and the borough for making it work,” Bailey said. “We signed a five-year agreement that everybody seems happy with. ... Negotiations went extremely well. Everyone involved thinks it’s a fair deal.”

“I just believe we came up with a good agreement,” Evanovich said. Some of the terms include an approximate 2.5 percent pay increase each year, an increase in holiday benefits to part-timers, increased health and accident insurance, and a contribution from the officers to their health insurance.

“This is the first time they’ve ever contributed toward health insurance,” Bailey said. “We got increased hours of patrol. That was an important thing to the bargaining unit.”

The increase of 20 hours of extra duty per week is pro­jected to ensure at least two officers per shift at all times.

“We were trying to add on some hours for public safety, and public safety is the number one thing to deal with,” Evanovich said. “I believe everyone got a little bit out of (this contract). It’s not a real costly contract, but I believe it’s a real good contract for everybody.”

Teamsters approved the contract near the end of December. Council approved it at Tuesday night’s meeting.

The department has five full-time of ficers and up to 12 part-time officers.

“We try to replace them when they leave,” Evanovich said of the part-time officers. “Part-timers work two or three different locations. From time to time, if one leaves, we may fill that position immediately or we may wait. We’re filling in some hours on the shift that we feel we need the most police of ficers based on historical data.”

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.


McKeesport Daily News January 23, 2013

Police have released the following incident report:

GLASSPORT

Charges filed

Berlin Miscevich, 25, of Elizabeth Township is charged with harassment, and Kristopher Kelly, 24, of Liberty is charged with disorderly conduct and criminal mischief in connection with an incident on Jan. 12 at 2:08 a.m. along the 800 block of Monongahela Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News January 24, 2013

GLASSPORT

Business owners luncheon planned

A luncheon for Glassport business owners is planned for Saturday at noon at Max N Odi’s Restaurant at 500 Monongahela Ave. The agenda will be event and business plans for the borough.

The luncheon is sponsored by the borough’s parks and recreation committee in coordination with the Glassport Development Corp. Attendees should RSVP by calling 412-401-0587 or email dkthomm@yahoo.com.


McKeesport Daily News January 30, 2013

Requiem for St. Cecilia’s

A.W. McNabb workers began demolition at the former St. Cecelia parish along Eighth Street in Glassport on Tuesday. The crew will work on the entranceway before bringing in larger equipment to raze the building.

JENNIFER R. VERTULLO | DAILY NEWS

Century-old Glassport church coming down

BY MICHAEL DIVITTORIO

Beth Cadman of Glassport has fond memories of her time at St. Cecilia. They came flooding back as she watched crews begin demolition of the church on Tuesday afternoon.

“It was such a beautiful building,” Cadman said. “I’m sad because I spent eight years of my school life there and have a lot of happy memories. I’ve been to a lot of weddings there. It just makes me sad thinking it’s just all going to be nothing pretty soon.”

A.W. McNabb LLC crews tore down the front entrance of the building near the intersection of Ohio Avenue and Eighth Street to prepare the way for the bigger equipment they’ll use at the site this week.

Cadman was a student at St. Cecilia’s in the 1960s and ’70s. It is where she was baptized, received First Communion and sung in the choir.

“This was my church. I belonged to this church,” Cadman said.

But vandalism and general deterioration took their toll.

“From what I understand everything’s gone from inside,” Cadman said. “It’s just sad that the kids are vandalizing it now, and I think it would be just a matter of time that, if the building wasn’t coming down, it would have been burned down.”

Police Chief Howard Kifer said a small fire that started near the bottom of the inside steps on Dec. 5 was put out by someone with an extinguisher. No arrests have been made.

“If we find somebody we definitely will prosecute them,” Kifer said.

Not everyone is sad to see the building come down.

“I’m very happy,” Mayor Michael Evanovich said. “This should have been done many years ago. This building turned into a prob­lem area for kids playing in it, for fires, for squatters. This should make a lot of people happy.”

Evanovich and his wife Kathie were married at St. Cecilia’s on Valentine’s Day 1976 and their children were baptized there.

“This is a very sentimental building,” Evanovich said. “It has been here for a long time. This building is a fortress, a big and strong building. You’ll see a lot of people here taking pictures with little tears in their eyes because it’s coming down.”

Twin Rivers Council of Governments accepted a $204,000 bid from the Burgettstown­based company to demolish the building in January.

The funding is from a $215,000 Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund grant through the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County. The price includes asbestos removal.

Glassport was approved for the grant in August 2011.

Mark McNabb, co-owner of A.W. McNabb LLC, said the project was delayed due to a dispute with Twin Rivers COG regarding asbestos removal, which was subcontracted to another company.

“The subcontractor did additional testing, and they found some additional asbestos in the building,” Twin Rivers COG executive director John Palyo said. “We had to go through that process of getting some additional testing done. Once that was cleared, we had a meeting with the county health depar tment, and the new information was given to the primary contractor. They’re moving forward with the project.”

McNabb said all asbestos was removed in April.

Palyo said an asbestos permit on Jan. 7 and a demolition permit were issued last week.

McNabb said he wants to finish the job and deal with the dispute later.

Kathy Donkin has lived across from the church for 16 years. She said the building needs to come down. “I would love to walk out my door and not have to look at that,” Donkin said.

Councilman Dave Kowalski attended school at St. Cecilia’s from 1959 to 1966 and was married there. He said the demolition is “a long time coming.”

Council president Terry DiMarco said he had been seeking other uses for the building, such as trying to relocate businesses there, for the past 12 years.

A professional wrestling promotion company was involved about eight years ago, but the last several years have been dedicated to demolition, DiMarco said.

“That was one of the things I really wanted to get done,” DiMarco said. “I’m so happy about that because it really is a nuisance.”

DiMarco did not attend St. Cecilia’s, but he understands the demolition can be emotional for those who did. “It’s a sad thing if you went there and now have to look at it, with all the memories that you have,” he said.

Palyo said the borough plans to plant grass and wild flowers when the lot is vacant. Beyond that, Palyo said RAAC may have to take ownership of the property through the legal system and reissue it to a potential developer, should one be found.

“We’ll certainly put feelers out to see if we can get someone to come in and buy it,” DiMarco said.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

George Stimax of A.W. McNabb moves bricks that were part of the entranceway to the former St. Cecelia parish along Eighth Street in Glassport.

JENNIFER R. VERTULLO | DAILY NEWS


McKeesport Daily News February 5, 2013

GLASSPORT

Crime watch to meet

Glassport Crime Watch will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Glassport Senior Center. Highlighting the meeting will be students from the South Allgheny High School Chapter of Expect Respect. A representative from the Center for Victims in McKeesport will be in attendance.

The group will introduce its “Blue Light” special.

Meeting time changed

Glassport Citizens Hose Fire Co. will meet on Thursday at 6 p.m. instead of 7 at the fire sta­tion.


McKeesport Daily News February 8, 2013

GLASSPORT FATHER-SON HONORS

Glassport Citizen Hose Co. No. 1 Chief Wayne Lewis, third from left, teaches hoseline advancements during a weekly drill to fellow firefighters, from left, 2nd Lt. Rick Vazquez, Rick Pomycala and Bruce Snyir.

CINDY SHEGAN KEELEY|DAILY NEWS

Company honors local firefighters

BY MICHAEL DIVITTORIO

A Glassport father-and-son firefighting team has been recognized by a national insurance company.

Glassport’s Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 fire Chief Wayne Lewis received Liberty Mutual Insurance’s Firemark Award for Community Service and Public Education at Thursday night’s fire company meeting. Lewis’ award was won largely based on his efforts with swiftwater rescue in Allegheny County.

His son, fire Capt. Wayne Lewis III, received Liberty Mutual’s Firemark Award for Heroism for his efforts in fighting a three-story funeral home fire along Mitchell Avenue in Clairton on July 29 around 3 a.m.

Chief Lewis, 51, of Glassport leads 39 active members in his company and has 34 years of experience. He started as a firefighter at age 18, and has been chief since 2001.

“In our business, you’re only as good as the people that surround you,” he said. “We have great people. This place is like family to all of us. It starts from the 14-year-olds all the way up to the lifetime members of this department. We worked hard. We’re getting to be the old-timers around here, but we feel comfortable as lifetime members. We know these young individuals can take this department and lead it to the next generation where we might not be able to take them.

“Each member that’s present here today is a great asset to the department as well as the community. It’s just not for me, it’s about them,” he said.

Deputy fire Chief Jonathan Petrick, a firefighter for the past 14 years, said he has learned a lot from Chief Lewis.

“It’s an honor to work under Wayne,” Petrick said. “From the time I was a junior firefighter working under him, I’ve learned so much from him. His tenure as chief, he’s one of the best there is around, one of the most knowledgeable, one of the smartest, calmest chiefs under pressure I’ve ever seen. We can’t be more proud than (to) see him g et recognized for an award like this. He definitely deserves it.”

Chief Lewis said a swift­water rescue committee was for med in 2010 after he spoke with McKeesport deputy fire Chief Chuck Margliotti, who was elected river rescue coordinator for the Mon Valley that year, and former Allegheny County emergency management coordinator Bob Full.

The Allegheny County Swiftwater/Flood Response Team has grown to 71 members. Chief Lewis is the Monongahela and Youghiogheny rivers supervisor. About 22 of those members are from Glassport, Chief Lewis said.

The chief said he’s always pushing for more training for his firefighters.

“We always have to make our personnel ready for anything,” he said. Last summer in Clairton, Capt. Lewis, 24, of Glassport was attempting to extinguish hot spots through the roof of the funeral home after cutting holes in it when he fell and injured his back, hips and legs. “After the ventilation operation’s done, it turned into fire suppression where we could extinguish the fire from the roof area,” Capt. Lewis said of the incident. “Whenever we were finishing opening up inspection holes, a little bit of the roof gave way in the corner that was adjoining to the other exposure we did save. I went through down to my hip area, and I was tangled with my air pack.”

Firefighters Frank Cobb and Anthony Foster assisted to remove him. Capt. Lewis’ injuries caused him to miss work for four months.

He said he didn’t expect to be rewarded. “It’s an honor to g et something (when) you do something for free,” he said. “I’d help anybody in a minute. It makes me feel good.”

“It’s an honor to receive these two awards from Liberty Mutual for these two firemen we have here,” said fire company president Ray Johnson. “You can’t ask for two better volunteer people in this community. They dedicate their time and all their hard work in this company. They’re an asset to this fire company. They do a wonderful job. Anything I ask them for they do. I think it’s an honor to work with these guys on a day-to-day basis.”

Liberty Mutual sales representative Mark Kurchena and sales intern Jessica Hardin presented the awards.

“I feel honored (to present the awards),” Kurchena said. “People don’t realize what these guys go through. If they actually did, maybe they’d be a lot more supportive, I’ll say that.”

Liberty Mutual began a local award program 20 years ago to recognize firefighters throughout the country who best represent their communities through courageous acts and who best demonstrate firefighters’ selfless spirit.

The award’s name comes from the “firemark” — a leaden plate in the form of a phoenix rising from the ashes, which American fire offices in the 18th and 19th centuries used to mark the houses they insured.

The Lewises are in the running for the national award, which comes with a $10,000 donation to the fire company and a four-day vacation for the recipient to Walt Disney World. Winners will be announced in April.

The chief was nominated for the award by members of the community. His son was nominated by those in his department.

The chief said they were not told who actually nominated them.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

Glassport Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 fire Chief Wayne Lewis, center, and his son Wayne Lewis III, receive Liberty Mutual Insurance’s local Firemark Awards. They are accompanied by Liberty Mutual sales intern Jessica Hardin, fire company president Ray Johnson and Liberty Mutual sales representative Mark Kurchena.

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McKeesport Daily News February 8, 2013

GLASSPORT

Criminal activity reported

•Daniel Warnick, 55, of Clairton is charged with criminal trespass in connection with an incident on Saturday at 10:35 p.m. along the 500 block of Monongahela Avenue.

•Asbley Biddle, 28, of McKeesport was charged with harassment on Friday at 6:21 p.m. along the 800 block of Delaware Avenue.

•Ashleigh Antosz, 29, of Gibsonia was charged with simple assault and harassment on Jan. 31 at 6:44 p.m. along the 600 block of Allegheny Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News February 9, 2013

GLASSPORT

Pancake breakfast slated

A pancake breakfast benefiting resident and firefighter Aaron Caroll is slated for Saturday from 8-11 a.m. at the Glassport Senior Citizens Center, 544 Monongahela Ave. Cost is $5. The breakfast is sponsored by the center and Glassport United Methodist Church. There will be a Chinese auction and bake sale.

Caroll suffered a massive stroke last month and has no health insurance. Those who want to help but cannot attend the breakfast can make donations to the family through Vina March at the center. Call 412-443-9833 for more information.


McKeesport Daily News February 14, 2013

GLASSPORT

Harassment alleged

Melissa Thompson, 38, of Glassport was charged with harassment on Tuesday at 1:35 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. along the 900 block of Indiana Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News February 16, 2013

Church demolition is on schedule

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Glassport borough officials and other civic leaders checked the progress of demolition work at St. Cecilia church on Friday.

St. Cecilia work should be completed next month, manager says

BY MICHAEL DIVITTORIO

Demolition of the former St. Cecilia parish near the intersection of Eighth Street and Ohio Avenue in Glassport should be competed by the mid-March target date.

“It’s going,” Senate Engineering Co. project manager Kenneth Hillman said Friday. “We’re hoping the project will be done as soon as possible.”

He said it is about 35 percent complete.

Twin Rivers Council of Governments used Senate Engineering to create the project’s specifications. Crews from A.W. McNabb LLC are performing the demolition.

“After this is completely removed, the slope of the ground will be at the same grade as Eighth (Street),” Hillman said. “There’s a large retaining wall back there that’s going to stay in place that will be filled up against. It was going to entail a lot greater cost if we were to remove that retaining wall. (The land) will be seeded with grass afterwards.”

Demolition of the more than century-old Catholic church/school stared on Jan. 29 with crews tearing down the front entrance of the building to prepare the way for larger equipment.

Twin Rivers COG accepted a $204,000 bid from the Burgettstown-based company to demolish the building in January 2012. The funding comes from a $215,000 Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund grant through the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County. The price includes asbestos removal.

Glassport was approved for the grant in August 2011.

Council president Terry DiMarco said he applied for the grant years ago, but was denied. He said the project would not have moved forward without the help of state Sen. James Brewster, D-McKeesport.

“You can’t come up with the money to do this as a community,” Brewster said. “You have to go out and get funds, and that’s what (CTIF) money’s for, to go into these communities and help them do things that they can’t do on their own. It’s a good way to reward the taxpayers with the gaming money. The folks in Glassport, as in any other community, deserve the opportunity to access that money.”

St. Cecilia was vacant for more than 15 years and was subject to vandalism and general deterioration. “It went from being a pillar of the community to being an eyesore,” Mayor Michael Evanovich said. “I think more people are happy that it’s coming down. They don’t have to ride by and see that the windows are all broken, cans and debris all over the place.”

“It’s obviously very sad for people that were close to it,” Brewster said. “At the end of the day, it’s an opportunity for the borough and borough officials to remediate the site and find an effective reuse for it, which will benefit the neighbors and the borough as a whole. Right now it’s a safety hazard, and we have to consider that.

“I applaud them for making the effort. A lot of memories, but hopefully we can build on new memories.”

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh detrmined in the early 1990s that Glassport no longer could support two independent parishes.

So in 1994 the diocese merged St. Cecilia and Holy Cross parishes to form Queen of the Rosary parish. St. Cecilia closed and was sold to Glassport Heritage Society. Officials said the partners of the heritage society are deceased.

DiMarco and Evanovich said they would like to sell the property for future development, but it might be difficult because the borough does not own it.

“We have to stick within the confines of property laws,” Twin Rivers COG executive director John Palyo said. “If the potential for development occurs, then the borough can, in cooperation with the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County, through the court system take ownership of the property, and then use that toward redevelopment purposes. There’s legal proceedings that need to occur. It is still something that can be done. It’s just not immediate.”

On May 29, 1910, the cornerstone for the building was laid. Councilwoman Nancy Crncic said a Queen of the Rosary parishioner acquired the cornerstone for the parish.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.


McKeesport Daily News February 21, 2013

Glassport delays audit bid award

BY MICHAEL DIVITTORIO

Glassport council is reviewing proposals for its 2012 audit after tabling awarding a bid at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Borough officials opened three bids, one each from DeBlasio & DeBlasio Associates, Maher Duessel and Theresa Shanta.

Other auditors responded to the borough’s ad, but declined to submit a bid. Case/Sabatini Auditors completed the 2011 audit.

Borough solicitor Gary Matta informed councilors they do not need to take the lowest bidder because the agreement is for a professional service. An impromptu visit by a Maher Duessel representative sparked a conversation about audits and having all councilors notified of meetings.

Councilwoman Anna Kudla suggested an email with a summary be sent to councilors who could not attend the meeting.

Borough manager John DeSue said he was impressed with Maher Duessel, and previous audits weren’t completed until January of the following year.

Council decided not to award any auditor bids, and moved the matter to next month’s meeting.

Council approved a resolution eliminating the borough auditor position.

Matta explained that council has appointed an auditor for at least the past 10 years, but there was an option for someone to run and be elected as an auditor.

“They come up on the election ballot, and for at least the last 10 or 12 years no one has been elected to those positions because we use an appointed auditor,” Matta said. “Technically, to have it taken off of the ballot and eliminated, we have to do a resolution, and that’s what we’re doing this evening.

“I don’t want anyone from the community to feel that we’re eliminating somebody’s position, that anybody’s done anything wrong. This is just a housekeeping measure.

We have been using a CPA firm. When you appoint an auditor, they have to be a licensed CPA within the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To be an elected auditor, you don’t have to. We’re just actually making certain that everything’s done appropriately.”

Allegheny County Elections Division will be notified of the resolution.

Council vice president Eugene Skerkoski reported the street department cleaned catch basins, cleaned trucks and a back hoe, oiled and adjusted the salt spreader chains and plow, fixed stop signs and completed other tasks.

Councilman Dave Kowalski announced dates of the required registration for parks and recreation events were extended.

Children ages 1 to 12 can be registered at the social hall building near the intersection of Seventh Street and Delaware Avenue on Saturday from 1-3 p.m., Tuesday from 6-8 p.m., March 2 from 1-3 p.m. and March 5 from 6-8 p.m.

Children must be registered to participate in all activities and events hosted by the borough department throughout the year.

Proof of residency is required. A registration card must be completed for each child in the household. Picture ID cards will be taken and a waiver form must be signed by the parent/ guardian to register. ID cards will be distributed at the borough building starting March 8.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.


McKeesport Daily News February 22, 2013

Glassport police say they’ll enforce dumpster ordinance

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Glassport officials remind residents about an ordinance requiring people who use dumpsters to obtain a permit and notify police.

A permit can be obtained for a $5 fee at the borough office and is valid for 30 days. Two 30-day extensions may be granted without additional fees. Permit renewal may be denied for inactivity.

Once a permit is obtained, police inspect the dumpster location.

A dumpster or street storage must have reflective markings to provide reasonable warning to approaching traffic in both directions, and can not extend into the travel lane of traffic, according to the ordinance. Only one dumpster per property will be permitted on any street, and liability insurance of at least $500 must be obtained and maintained.

A copy of the ordinance is available at the borough office.

Anyone who fails to comply with the ordinance can be sentenced to pay a fine between $200 and $600 plus court costs for each violation.


McKeesport Daily News February 25, 2013

Copper & Glass Federal Credit Union

75 years of dedicated service

BY JENNIFER R. VERTULLO

Members and staff of Copper & Glass Federal Credit Union are celebrating 75 years of service for what they call “the greatest little credit union in the Mon Valley.”

The not-for-profit, member-owned credit union was organized in 1938 as the Copperweld Credit Union by a group of that company’s employees.

Copperweld Steel Co. opened a Glassport factory in 1927 and became a public corporation in 1929. It served as a steel producer for the U.S. government through the Great Depression and World War II — a contract that kept the company out of debt during trying economic times.

“This credit union has provided tremendous services starting before World War II and continues excellent service today,” said Nancy Crncic, president of the Copper & Glass board of directors. “The credit union has bettered a number of lives in its 75 years of service and was truly one of the pioneers of the powerful credit union movement.”

In 1934, President F ranklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Federal Credit Union Act, which authorized credit unions to be formed in every state. The law was intended to provide credit and promote thrift through national nonprofit cooperation.

Credit union memberships grew across the nation in the 1940s and ’50s, and according to the National Credit Union Administration, membership had reached 6 million Americans in more than 10,000 credit unions by 1960.

As a small, Glassport-based operation, Copper & Glass FCU boasts approximately 2,400 members today. And those members are the heart of the union.

“The credit union specializes in first-class, friendly service to the communities in the charter,” Crncic said.

Operating by the motto “not for profit, not for charity, but for service,” Copper & Glass FCU serves residents of Glassport, Liberty, Lincoln, Port Vue and sections of Elizabeth and McKeesport.

“We’re like family here,” CEO and manager Rosanna DiMarco said. “We always put our members first, because they’re the foundation of this credit union. We want everyone to feel comfortable, and we provide that personal touch.”

The credit union is in “great financial shape,” DiMarco said. She emphasized that because a credit union doesn’t have stock­holders, all of the benefits of a competitively successful financial operation are shared with members.

In the Glassport office, members are met by DiMarco, credit manager Joni Borkowski, Michele Pierce, Melissa Harding, John Petroci and Elizabeth DiMarco.

Working behind the scenes to keep policies in order with NCUA regulations are Crncic, vice president Billie Price, secretary/treasurer James Surgeon and directors Myrna Reynolds and Charles Lawrence. The supervisory board includes Reynolds, Mary DeJulius and Lavina Kerklo.

No matter what service a member is seeking, Borkowski said they’re always comfortable in dealing with Copper & Glass staff.

“We try not to give them a hard time, and we do anything we can to help people,” she said. “That’s why we’re here. It’s people helping people.”

Copper & Glass FCU offers home equity loans, new and used car loans, secure and unsecured loans, share savings, no-fee share drafts or checking accounts, Visa credit and debit cards, direct deposit services, certificates of deposit, individual retirement accounts, Christmas and vacation clubs, notary services, money orders, senior accounts and junior accounts.

It was the first credit union in Pennsylvania to support a school program.

Since 1997, the credit union has been servicing South Allegheny students in kindergarten through their senior year in high school, as well as their families.

“We have members who started their first account in kindergarten,” DiMarco said. “They’re in their 20s now, and they’re still here.”

Copper & Glass is active in the South Allegheny communities by supporting local events, children’s programming, sports activities, police departments and senior citizen groups.

As a thank you to members, Copper & Glass FCU will host a 75th anniversary dinner as part of its annual meeting on March 16 at Georgetown Centre in Pleasant Hills.

Tickets are $10, and the reservation deadline is March 8. For more information, call the credit union at 412-673-9028.

Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1956, or jvertullo@tribweb.com.

Board president Nancy Crncic and director Myrna Reynolds review plans for the upcoming 75th anniversary dinner scheduled for March 16.

Customer service representative Melissa Harding hangs a sign celebrating Copper & Glass Federal Credit Union’s 75 years of service.

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CEO and manager Rosanna DiMarco and credit manager Joni Borkowski conduct daily business in their Glassport office.

Member Ray Johnson talks with customer service representative Michele Pierce while preparing to make a transaction.


McKeesport Daily News February 28, 2013

GLASSPORT

Harassment alleged

• Robert Glass, 56, of Glassport was charged with harassment on Friday at 3:50 p.m. along the 300 block of Erie Avenue.

• Brian Foster, 33, of McKeesport was charged with harassment, aggravated assault and simple assault on Feb. 18 at 9:30 p.m. at the Mason Jar along the 700 block of Monongahela Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News March 4, 2013

GLASSPORT

Crime watch meeting set

Glassport Crime Watch will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Glassport Senior Center, 544 Monongahela Ave.

Highlighting the meeting will be an open discussion with residents who have questions, problems and solutions. Police Chief Tim Kifer will be in attendance to answer any questions or concerns.

Included in the meeting will be the steering committee accepting new ideas for 2013, introduction of block meetings, Blue Light Special participation, the crime watch joining NATW and the borough’s participation in National Night Out.


McKeesport Daily News March 7, 2013

GLASSPORT

Police have released the following incident reports:

Harassment alleged

• A 13-year-old Glass­port boy was charged with harassment on Monday at 8:15 p.m. along the 800 block of Hemlock Alley.

• A 17-year-old McKeesport boy was charged with harassment on Feb. 26 at 5:08 p.m. along the 800 block of Hemlock Alley.

• A 10-year-old Glassport boy was charged with harassment on Monday, no time given, along the 800 block of Hemlock Alley.

• Owen Parker and Amira Bin Salem, both 18 and of Glassport, were charged with harassment on Saturday at 6:32 p.m. along the 600 block of Vermont Avenue.

Violation cited

James Rager, 34, of Glassport was charged with a violation of a Protection From Abuse order on Monday at 7:05 p.m. along the 800 block of Peach Alley.


McKeesport Daily News March 7, 2013

GLASSPORT

Committee meeting set

Glassport Democratic Committee will meet on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Glassport Senior Citizens Center. Any candidate seeking endorsement for tax collector, mayor, council or South Allegheny school director is requested to send a letter by Tuesday to committee vice chair Anthony Massaro at 39 Ohio Ave., Glassport, 15045.

Potential candidates may attend the meeting to speak to the committee in person. Call 412-678-7088 for more information.


McKeesport Daily News March 7, 2013

Christian Mothers, Rosary Society to meet

Queen of the Rosary Glassport Christian Mothers and Rosary Society will meet on Monday at 7 p.m. in the social hall.

The meeting will follow a prayer service. Refreshments will be served.

Various projects to be discussed include the March 17 Hospitality Sunday after the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Masses.

Women of the parish can join. For more information, call Rita Henry at 412-673-2588 or 412-760-8858.


McKeesport Daily News March 9, 2013

Glassport trash schedule change may begin April 1

BY MICHAEL DIVITTORIO

Glassport residents could see a change in their garbage collection schedule as early as next month.

Borough manager John DeSue said Waste Management’s target date is April 1 to begin collecting all trash in the borough on Mondays.

Fliers will be circulated next week to inform residents of the change.

Council approved a three­year contract with a two­year option with Waste Management in February.

Residential rates are $11.80 per month for the first year, $12.12 the second year and $12.46 the third year. Those include a $1 increase for collection of electronic equipment.

Commercial rates are negotiated with Waste Management by each business, DeSue said.

State law requires electronics to be recycled, rather than discarded as trash.

“We opted to get into that so we’re compliant with whatever the laws are,” DeSue said of the added charge. “It’s going to make it more convenient for citizens.”

Residents will have to set up a se parate collection day for the electronics, and Waste Management will collect with a special truck on those dates, DeSue said.

The borough is negotiating an annual fee for residents to help save costs. “They don’t have that approval yet from their higher ups,” DeSue said. “I think it’s a good thing. It’s a lot simpler, but I haven’t been given that information yet.”

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.


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