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Gentle Reader

Monongahela, PA

#1 Jan 11, 2013
Heads Up

Elizabeth, PA

#2 Jan 11, 2013
They must not have seen the mayor's message of the month to stop violence? Or maybe they did and laughed at it like everyone else.
Respect vs Honesty

Elizabeth, PA

#3 Jan 11, 2013
Heads Up wrote:
They must not have seen the mayor's message of the month to stop violence? Or maybe they did and laughed at it like everyone else.
In fairness, you should not criticize the mayor for trying very hard to find a solution to street violence. Do you have any suggestions for the mayor? If so, call his office and provide the suggestions.

Incidentally, I am not a fan of the mayor. But no one should chastise him or anyone else who tries to cure the ills of the world such as children hunger and Port youth violence, etc.

My opinion of the mayor is harsh. He is an arrogant bully and an immature and foolish "want-to-be" dictator. His biggest flaw, or perhaps asset, is his skill to lie to the public and believe himself the lie. For example, the mayor proclaims the $1 million MACM host fee will not increase the sewage fee rates. But when challenged by the Daily News Editorial writer twice, the mayor cannot logically explain the source of revenue for this host fee. The MACM bond surplus account is not an answer because the bond principal and interest has to be paid back over time from customers’ sewage rate fee.

But I commend His Honor for trying to do something about the dangerous state of the concrete jungle and public and private safety.
John Q

United States

#4 Jan 11, 2013
DON'T STOP!!!!! That was Obama's campaign song from Fleetwood Mac!! Keep shooting each other you jungle bred morons!!!! This one got plugged 12 TIMES!!! must have been trying hard to hit the BullsEye on this one!! A little retaliation will go even further to clean up society as a whole. at least 20 witnesses.. in that place.. none of them were innocent.. they were all either on parole already, had a warrant out for their arrest... or were involved in the drug trade.
Heads Up

Elizabeth, PA

#5 Jan 11, 2013
Trying? Anyone who thinks that some stupid message is going to stop violence is real fool. It's a joke. Only people with their heads up their butts and who live in some fairyland would think that would do a thing. No more pointless action with messages, rallies for peace, marches and other bullcrap and more hard police action is needed.
Gentle Reader

Monongahela, PA

#6 Jan 11, 2013
Police need to do more policing. Get out of your cruiser and take a stroll though the bars. See for yourself what's going on. More cops on the night shift. This shooting was in town, a mere two or three blocks from the police station and the shooter got clean away. Really?
Perfect point

New Brighton, PA

#7 Jan 11, 2013
John Q wrote:
DON'T STOP!!!!! That was Obama's campaign song from Fleetwood Mac!! Keep shooting each other you jungle bred morons!!!! This one got plugged 12 TIMES!!! must have been trying hard to hit the BullsEye on this one!! A little retaliation will go even further to clean up society as a whole. at least 20 witnesses.. in that place.. none of them were innocent.. they were all either on parole already, had a warrant out for their arrest... or were involved in the drug trade.
KDKA news reported McKeesport officers are very familiar with the bar. As with many bars, McKeesport police know all about nuisance bars, but don't expect to hear anything.

Its difficult to expect truth from anyone these days for starters. Then you see news of police supervisors in a Pittsburgh community stealing! Remember, even McKeesport has a pay scam cover up about officers. The newspaper filed with the PA Rights to know website. Information was withheld from the newspaper. The judge on the case decided McKeesport wasn't forthcoming. Elash was named as responsible for the information requested. The file is on record online including all documentation.
Perfect point

New Brighton, PA

#8 Jan 11, 2013
Who were the 2 Lieutenants involved in the pay scam? You cannot trust officials involved in a pay scam. They are still on the job and imagine if you need them to be honest. Don't expect truth from these unknown officers.
Imperfect Blunt Point

Elizabeth, PA

#9 Jan 11, 2013
Perfect point wrote:
Who were the 2 Lieutenants involved in the pay scam? You cannot trust officials involved in a pay scam. They are still on the job and imagine if you need them to be honest. Don't expect truth from these unknown officers.
Some were promoted after the pay scam I am told.

The former mayor should be investigated for his cover up of this pay scam report from the DA. The DA did an excellent investigative report job but the then mayor buried it to protect votes and those who supported him.

No different than the way he protected the solicitor who has been a scofflaw for years. He covered up on the City time the solicitor openly used to advance his political agenda.

May be some recent rumored intervention at city hall this week by an external law enforcement agency will penetrate his veil of secrecy and deceit? Time will tell.
Mr Stu Benveal

Pittsburgh, PA

#10 Jan 11, 2013
Imperfect Blunt Point wrote:
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Some were promoted after the pay scam I am told.
The former mayor should be investigated for his cover up of this pay scam report from the DA. The DA did an excellent investigative report job but the then mayor buried it to protect votes and those who supported him.
No different than the way he protected the solicitor who has been a scofflaw for years. He covered up on the City time the solicitor openly used to advance his political agenda.
May be some recent rumored intervention at city hall this week by an external law enforcement agency will penetrate his veil of secrecy and deceit? Time will tell.
McKeesport reaps what it sows.
White Lightning

Mckeesport, PA

#11 Jan 11, 2013
You aren't really expecting any type of investigations from Allegeny County , are you ? Same den of thieves - in power & complete failure & corruption for over 70 years. They don't want to see anything - it's business as usual to them. Keep pulling that Dem. lever. It's like shytting in one hand & voting Dem. in the other & seeing which one fills up first.
My 2 cents

Mckeesport, PA

#12 Jan 11, 2013
Respect vs Honesty wrote:
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In fairness, you should not criticize the mayor for trying very hard to find a solution to street violence. Do you have any suggestions for the mayor? If so, call his office and provide the suggestions.
I tip my hat to the mayor for his focus on curbing city violence.
But promoting slogans and promoting a vision are 2 very different things.

In order to create cultural change in the city, Cherepko needs to make cultural changes at city hall.

Focus on the quality of life issues that affect all McKeesport residents and you will see a trickle down effect on crime.

~~Kids running the streets at night? Enforce the ordinances! Cite the parents for curfew violations
~~Section 8 drug house next door? Enforce the ordinances! Inspect the property and cite the property owner. Arrest the tenant.
~~~Blighted property next door? Don't assume they live out of state or are deceased. When will the city finally follow the new PA. rules that allow municipalities to attach the wages of an absent landlord rather than just filing a lien against the property?
~~~Why do we issue $50 parking tickets that do nothing but discourage business in the business district, but we turn our heads at the cars parked along the yellow lines at Walnut and 6th when folks are attending their court ordered AA meetings?
~~~Why aren't we stripping people of the right to live in public housing / vouchers when they commit the crimes that should result in their evictions?

I can go on and on but you get my point. It worked for Guliani, why not here?
It won't stop the retaliation killing that's sure to follow in the next few days, but it will have more of an impact at returning pride, civility and order to our city. All of which are sorely lacking today.
Official Oppression

Elizabeth, PA

#13 Jan 11, 2013
White Lightning wrote:
You aren't really expecting any type of investigations from Allegeny County, are you?
I have strong reason to believe that the County DA did an excellent job in investigating the MPD overtime scandal and issued a report to a former mayor, as requested.

I alledge and speculate that he suppressed the report to endear the MPD to support his political ambitions.
Things that make you say

Pittsburgh, PA

#14 Jan 14, 2013
Gentle Reader wrote:
Police need to do more policing. Get out of your cruiser and take a stroll though the bars. See for yourself what's going on. More cops on the night shift. This shooting was in town, a mere two or three blocks from the police station and the shooter got clean away. Really?
Maybe if there werent so many police cruisers parked in driveways in Haler Heights and more on the streets crime could be prevented or at least curbed?

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm.
OldNews

Belle Vernon, PA

#15 Jan 14, 2013
Hammer time!
Mcksprt Girl

Pittsburgh, PA

#16 Jan 14, 2013
I see people are engaging in profitless finger pointing at the mayor for his message of the month and criticizing the police for lack of policing
but fail in my opinion to see the main problem .

The problem is there are far too many guns in our society and far too many people with a complete
disregard for the sanctity of all life .
Crime Area Saturation

Elizabeth, PA

#17 Jan 14, 2013
Things that make you say wrote:
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Maybe if there werent so many police cruisers parked in driveways in Haler Heights and more on the streets crime could be prevented or at least curbed?
Hmmmmmmmmmmmm.
I am sure relieved that you did not make public the two parked in the Marshall Drive driveway. This is across the street from the later Mr. Coulter’s residence. Yes, not one BUT TWO!

Can the Mayor explain how a policeman officer can drive two police cars? Ops, he does have two hands and two feet. Could it be that there are two police officers living there?

Take a shot at explaining this one mayor. I hope that you do better than the no sewage fee rate increase for the $1 million host fee.
OldNews

Belle Vernon, PA

#19 Jan 29, 2013
Crime Area Saturation wrote:
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I am sure relieved that you did not make public the two parked in the Marshall Drive driveway. This is across the street from the later Mr. Coulter’s residence. Yes, not one BUT TWO!
Can the Mayor explain how a policeman officer can drive two police cars? Ops, he does have two hands and two feet. Could it be that there are two police officers living there?
Take a shot at explaining this one mayor. I hope that you do better than the no sewage fee rate increase for the $1 million host fee.
I'll take a stab(Ray Lewis) at this one. The police K-9 units in McKeesport purchase their own cars through fundraising. Bet you didn't know that huh? That officer just purchased a new one which means the old one is still lingering. Do they sell the old ones? Not sure but the city didn't pay for either so go suck on a lemon Jack.
K 9 Car Fund Raising

Elizabeth, PA

#20 Jan 29, 2013
OldNews wrote:
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I'll take a stab(Ray Lewis) at this one. The police K-9 units in McKeesport purchase their own cars through fundraising. Bet you didn't know that huh? That officer just purchased a new one which means the old one is still lingering. Do they sell the old ones? Not sure but the city didn't pay for either so go suck on a lemon Jack.
This is excellent and the officers should be commended for their very successful fund raising events. However, I am embarrassed and ashamed that I was never offered an opportunity to support these noteworthy fund raising events.

With all due respect, I would like to pose a few intriguing questions for you.

Why would they not trade in the “older” K-9 vehicle?

Who pays for the K-9 vehicle insurance, repairs, and maintenance?

Who pays for the fuel and oils for the K-9 vehicle?

Are the taxpayers paying for insurance for a K-9 vehicle lingering in a driveway. The vehicle should be parked at the city garage for parts if it is not qualified for street use.

To conclude I am not sure of that fund rasing purchased the K-9 vehicle, but tend to believe from you that such did happen.

Would you provide the newsworthy K-9 vehicle purchase event when the Daily News photographed this significant accomplishment?
Donations accepted here

Pittsburgh, PA

#21 Jan 30, 2013
OldNews wrote:
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I'll take a stab(Ray Lewis) at this one. The police K-9 units in McKeesport purchase their own cars through fundraising. Bet you didn't know that huh? That officer just purchased a new one which means the old one is still lingering. Do they sell the old ones? Not sure but the city didn't pay for either so go suck on a lemon Jack.
Is there something in the public record somewhere that documents this?

The two vehicles in the one driveway referenced appear to be the same year, make and model. And they appear to be the same exact models that the rest of the force uses.

So is there some lot somewhere that sells ONLY the old style cruisers but they are brand new?

Or are you saying they buy used city cruisers? If so, that means that the police force is getting money back in the form of the donations to buy these used city cruisers that were paid for by the taxpayers to begin with when the cruisers were new.

Huh?

Not sure I buy the whole "officers buy their own cars" thing whether they are K9 or not.

They may fund raise to buy the EQUIPMENT to modify a stock police cruiser to a k-9 unit or to train the dog, etc.... but the whole car?

Its tough to raise money locally for kids to go to a field trip yet these officers raise $20k plus for police-outfitted cruisers? I have never been approached to donate. Doing a google search shows a few references to other area K9 units in the area collecting donations etc but they also reference federal and state grants.

And like I said, the cars the k9 cops are using seem to be the very same cruisers that the rest of the city cops use, except for k9 decals, window tinting, window guards, and I assume a platform in the back versus a seat.

And yeah, if the city ends up paying for gas, oil, tires, brakes and maintenance, the cars should not be treated like personal property. "fundraising" means that the people who donated own the cars...ie the city residents......NOT the officers.

Of course there is also an Allegheny County maintenance worker who has an official county pickup parked in his Haler Heights driveway every day too which I have a hard time comprehending.

Everyone else has to have their own transport, even if they are on call 24/7, to and from work...why do taxpayer paid workers get special treatment at the expense of the taxpayer?

That said, if anyone SHOULD get that perk, it would be the cops IMHO. Having cop cars parked in the neighborhood certainly can't hurt if someone was casing the joint.

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