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New Castle, PA

#1 May 14, 2012
Target 11 investigates local welfare fraud - McKeesport

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Target 11 investigation uncovered a local couple accused of cheating the welfare system of more than $120,000 in six years. 
Who is frauding the government?
A McKeesport UPMC employee, living in McKeesport by Uni-Mart.

Allegheny County Tax
2012 Unpaid:$194.05 $0.00 $0.00 $194.05 Not Paid

New Castle, PA

#2 May 14, 2012
Millions in taxpayer dollars spent on developing sites - District 45 DUI

New developments don't always fulfill promise of creating new jobs

*(UPDATED 7:53 PM EDT May 02, 2012)

McKeesport featured at minute 2:50 about. McKeesport district 45 Senator Brewster robbery!

Millions in taxpayer dollars spent.

Thousands of new jobs promised.

But as Channel 4 Action News' Paul Van Osdol found out, they don't always add up to a successful equation.
Dennis Davin, Allegheny County's economic development director, acknowledged the shortfall, but told Van Osdol, "We think we're going to get there."

The county also has high hopes for an old steel mill site in McKeesport, where $2 million were spent cleaning it up.

But four years later, nothing's there.

To get to the location, drivers have to travel down a narrow brick-lined street, go under an old bridge and across railroad tracks.

"It is accessible. It's accessible right now," said Davin.

One man told Van Osdol the property is hard to find. "There's only one way in. That's probably the biggest problem," he said.

Allegheny Institute's Eric Montarti said public officials need to do more homework before spending millions of taxpayer dollars on development projects.

"If the promises aren't fulfilled once the announcement of the project is made, there's really nothing that can be done," said Montarti.

Solobay has since filed legislation to force companies to keep promises made when they accept taxpayer money for jobs.

McKeesport district 45 Senator Brewster robbery!
Bad reputation with Mckeesports .196 toxicoligy tested DUI. Several other issues with John Jason Elash behavior is very bad. Allegheny County is going through shocks leading to a downfall now.

New Castle, PA

#3 May 14, 2012
Elash's service agreement outlines his scope of services as defined by McKeesport's Home Rule Charter and adds a personal conduct clause that charges him to uphold the city's reputation. It notes that his employment will be terminated if convicted of any alcohol-related offenses for incidents occurring after March 1, 2012.
Tedesco asked if the contract defines whether Elash is an employee or a professional contractor, specifically asking if his services require a W-2 or 1099 federal tax form. He noted that the question was not intended to spark further controversy, but rather to clarify a matter of record-keeping that city officials will resolve in coming days.
"Council approves the solicitor, and the mayor executes the contract on behalf of the city," Mayor Michael Cherepko said. "It's a non-bidding contract ... for professional services. Council doesn't have a say as long as it's within the budget."

Walker-Montgomery said the mayor didn't know what she was laughing about, and he should not call her out on an assumption. Both parties were silenced by Segina's gavel as they told one another to watch their mouths and educate themselves.

(McKeesport Council Meetings)
Council meetings in McKeesport are held the first Wednesday of every month. 7PM at 201 Lyle Blvd. Highway side entry, 2nd floor.(15132)
BP Gas station is across the street.

New Castle, PA

#4 May 14, 2012
Lands That Time Forgot

I have been in many urban areas throughout the United States and the only thing that rivaled what I saw in McKeesport was touring New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. However this was not caused by a natural disaster, but rather a man made post industrial wasteland. At one time in terms of urban development McKeesport was on pace with both Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, PA. But when the steel mills closed both of those cities reinvented themselves to remain somewhat vibrant. McKeesport has not as of now.

Other Places Maybe Similar, But Only Natural Devastation Worse
(A Traveling Visitors View)

McKeesport, Pennsylvania

McKeesport Crime Info #

Population Decline McKeesport, PA.
Population in July 2009: 22,076. Population change since 2000: 
- 8.2%
Average (2012): 19,000
Less population year by year trend.

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City Fights Constantly Ongoing:
Frustration floods McKeesport council chambers

By Jennifer R. Vertullo 
McKeesport Daily News
Thursday, May 3, 2012, 7:18 a.m.
Updated: Friday, May 4, 2012 

With some attendees shaking their heads and others leaving the room, an air of frustration filled McKeesport council chambers Wednesday evening as city officials continued arguments on the topics they've debated for months.

New Castle, PA

#5 May 14, 2012
Maglev Kaput: Death of a boondoggle

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The meager assets of Maglev Inc. are scheduled to be sold at auction next month. And with it, yet another embarrassing chapter in American mass-transit boondoggles will be closed.

The company that proposed building a $5.3 billion high-speed magnetic-levitation train between Pittsburgh International Airport and Greensburg filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization last summer. Suddenly, on Monday, word came from an industrial auctioneer that Maglev Inc. was Maglev Kaput.

And with it, millions of dollars in public subsidies are confirmed to have been flushed down a rathole. All due derision goes to the same crowd that usually scurries like rats when such predictable failures go belly up.

Think of Congressmen Tim Murphy, Jason Altmire and Mike Doyle. Think of former U.S. Sens. Rick Santorum and Arlen Specter and Sen. Bobby Casey. And who can forget one of the ringleaders of this rat pack, former Gov. Ed Rendell.

Every one of these cheerleaders supported Maglev Inc.'s pie-in-the-sky joke. And had it actually been built, you can bet the Pittsburgh International-to-Greensburg line, after sucking up billions of dollars in public subsidies, would have required some of the largest per-trip passenger subsidies in the history of U.S. mass transit.

Funny, but we're not hearing much this week from the cheerleaders, are we?

Read more: Maglev Kaput: Death of a boondoggle - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Failed Maglev across a failed fly over ramp. The government wasted money on McKeesport PA. All from government national tax payer dollars. Everyone loses to District 45 and Brewster.

The joke furthers by the money spent to get to the newly failed Maglev!

With planning and engineering costs, the project totaled approximately $10.9 million. The cost of construction was approximately $5.75 million. It was funded in part by federal transportation funds and stimulus funds that were distributed on the state level.

Read more: McKeesport flyover ramp open - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Everyone lost because abandoned buildings are all over the city! They are all over across the bridge (fly over ramp), all government money!

1905 Technology Center
1100 Industry Road, Box 11, McKeesport, PA 15132

New Castle, PA

#7 May 14, 2012
IRS Files Liens On McKeesport Solicitor For Over $100,000

On top of the multiple school and county tax liens Elash has against him, the IRS has recently filed 2 more. 

Check the public records online:
FTL-11-000512 for $42,444.82
FTL-11-000503 for $73,649.46

A total of $116,094.28 in back federal taxes! Unreal!

This is the guy that Mike Cherepko and his 3 cronies Diggs, McCall, and Walker on council keep trying to shove down the city's throat? 

The guy who Jim Brewster kept as solicitor for his whole 7 years?

Way to prove you are a puppet. 

Cherepko clearly doesn't care about the city and only wants to keep crap like this going.

Vote NO to Brewster!
(Senate, former McKeesport mayor)
*wasted government money.

New Castle, PA

#8 May 14, 2012
Fly over ramp cost to government, nations tax payers? 

About 20 million total.

Used? Hardly with more vacant buildings in a enclosed area. Abandoned buildings litter the area and it was built to avoid a train only! Several roads cross the tracks were more than sufficient. DirectTV closed. Maglev, a company built on government funding of about 9 million failed. The failure was recently, adding to government waste.

McKeesport is Allegheny County, western PA. Region. The 911 Air Wing is the same kind of waste in Allegheny County. They want your tax dollars tear down increased abandoned houses. The area is loaded with abandonment, far beyond repair. 

Search McKeesport fly over ramp, McKeesport narcotics pay scam, McKeesport abandoned houses problem, mckeesport council fireworks, McKeesport population decrease, McKeesport trash increase investigation, death of a boondoggle Maglev co., Mckeesport officer illegally enters womans house. Entire McKeesport narcotics unit pay scam. MASD investigation of pornography (McKeesport Area School District). 
Mckeeport breaks the Sunshine Laws, Tanya Kach McKeesport, Tom Hose Mckeesport, Mckeesport Kimberlie Krimm death (common thought of as a cover up). McKeesport Act 47.

McKeesport PA.: 
The city of cover ups and troubles.

New Castle, PA

#9 May 14, 2012
Entire narcotics unit in McKeesport named in pay scam
March 19, 2009 5:20 am
By Moriah Balingit / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Seven McKeesport police officers suspended after city officials said they bilked the city of unearned overtime pay included two lieutenants and all four members of the department's narcotics unit.

Two weeks ago, after Chief Joe Pero said he discovered that the officers were billing the city for court appearances they never made, the seven were suspended without pay.

Officials declined to identify the officers involved, but sources familiar with the investigation said the group suspended included the lieutnenant and three detectives who constituted the narcotics unit, in addition to another detective, another lieutenant and a patrolman. All were reassigned.

The four in the narcotics squad also were members of the District Attorney's Narcotics Enforcement Team, a county-wide task force that includes members of local police departments and investigators from the district attorney's office.

Mike Manko, a spokesman for the district attorney's office, confirmed that some of the suspended officers had connections to DANET.

Brewsters Democrat 45th District Bunch!
Cover ups, questioned spending of government tax payer dollars. All in McKeesport PA.

New Castle, PA

#10 May 14, 2012
McKeesport solicitor Elash’s hearing continued

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The preliminary hearing for McKeesport solicitor J. Jason Elash -- who was charged with DUI last month in connection with a January accident -- has been continued until April 30.

Read more: McKeesport solicitor Elash’s hearing continued - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

New Castle, PA

#11 May 14, 2012
McKeesport Area violated open-meetings law

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
April 18, 2012 12:33 am

The McKeesport School District has admitted that a violation of the state Sunshine Act occurred at a school board special meeting last summer, according to a consent order signed Tuesday by Common Pleas Judge Paul Lutty.

The violation occurred at the July 13, 2011, meeting of the McKeesport Area school board when a vendor was permitted to make a pitch for his firm during an executive session of the board.


New Castle, PA

#12 May 14, 2012
Allegheny County McKeesport Abandoned Houses

My first concern after reading your post was that you are looking for a cheap house. McKeesport has tons of abandoned and decrepit old homes. Many that have had the copper pipes stolen from and vandalized. Pictures from realtors don't cut it. McKeesport has tons of stories of people who bought homes and they were practically unliveable. This is a shame, because some of those homes in McKeesport were gorgeous mini-mansions at one time. But so many of them need incredible amounts of work. I don't know who in McKeesport is in charge of demolishing old abandoned homes, but they sure aren't doing their job!

In Former Steel Town, Residents Question GOP Candidates''Entitlement Society' Talk

Published: January 18, 2012
by Pam Fessler


New Castle, PA

#13 May 14, 2012
The city with the current solicitor charged with DUI and IRS liens? Brewster of the 45th district supports this guy, protecting him for years.

We argued about it for quite a few years, Elash said Wednesday, two days after the IRS posted with Allegheny County authorities liens of more than $120,000 against the McKeesport attorney and his wife.
Read more: Ex-McKeesport solicitor confirms he faces federal liens - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

He's rehired by the new mayor after Regis was not voted mayor. Since the solicitor received a DUI with two other police issued charges. The new mayor supported by senator James Brewster is keeping him on regardless.

McKeesport solicitor Elash charged with DUI after crash
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
By Moriah Balingit, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The McKeesport solicitor who was badly hurt in a car crash following the mayor's inaugural ball declined comment today after being charged Friday with driving under the influence in connection with the accident.

John Jason Elash, 40, also faces summary offenses of speeding and driving without financial responsibility in connection with the crash, which occurred Jan. 22.

A blood test showed Mr. Elash had a blood alcohol content of .196, more than twice the legal limit, at the time of the crash, according to a criminal complaint.
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New Castle, PA

#14 May 14, 2012
Federal suit settled over wastewater in McKeesport

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Two environmental groups and McKeesport's municipal authority have settled a federal lawsuit that claimed the city was violating state and federal environmental laws by treating wastewater from Marcellus shale drilling operations, according to court documents.

Attorneys for both sides and representatives for the city, Clean Water Action and Three Rivers Waterkeeper couldn't immediately be reached for comment. U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer ordered the case closed Monday after the attorneys said they reached a settlement.

Joseph Rost, executive director for the authority, said he couldn't discuss the settlement because the authority board hasn't approved it. The board's next regular meeting is Feb. 14, but it might meet before then to get the lawsuit settled, he said.

"We're really close," he said.

The judge's order doesn't provide any details of the settlement.

The two groups claimed that McKeesport's sewage treatment plant was accepting drilling wastewater even though its permit doesn't provide for the treatment of industrial waste. The state Department of Environmental Protection in April asked drillers to stop sending wastewater to municipal sewage treatment plants and asked plants to stop accepting it.

Read more: Federal suit settled over wastewater in McKeesport - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

New Castle, PA

#15 May 14, 2012
Cut all government funding (welfare) to McKeesport because it is welfare. McKeesport or any resident complaining about welfare should all pay everything. Since government welfare is said to be a problem, why should anyone complain? Just cut all government funding to McKeesport PA. Citing welfare as the problem most complained about in McKeesport PA. 

The city is failing by stealing from the funding anyway. The condemned, abandoned buildings are left up and McKeesport has 14 million in the bank! Cite the funds McKeesport has in the bank as reason for refusal of government money.

It's 'Groundhog Day' for McKeesport officials in investment discussions

By Jennifer R. Vertullo, MCKEESPORT DAILY NEWS
Thursday, February 2, 2012

The mayor referenced the 1993 film in which actor Bill Murray's frustrated character relives Feb. 2 countless times. Cherepko instead was forced to have a sixth month of discussion about the investment of $14 million.

That's how much remains from the Municipal Authority of the City of McKeesport's September 2011 pre-payment of a $24 million mortgage on the purchase of sewer lines from the city.

Read more: It's 'Groundhog Day' for McKeesport officials in investment discussions 
- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Vacant buildings an issue in McKeesport
Thursday, December 01, 2011
By Jonathan Barnes
They look like large gaps in an otherwise bright smile -- vacant houses and buildings that once were part of a vibrant, industrial McKeesport but now draw trash, vermin and the anger of neighbors.

The question of what to do with these empty buildings looms large, and the topic is broached at nearly every city council meeting.

Although the city demolishes some buildings every year, no real consensus has been reached on what to do about the problem in the long term. Sometimes, the subject is raised by residents pleading with city officials to demolish a vacant building next to their home. Other times, city officials bring up the subject.

Fire Chief Kevin Lust said at council's Nov. 16 meeting that firefighters have been at such vacant homes, working hard to put out a fire, while residents watched and yelled, "Let it burn down!"

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The officials in Mckeesport and many police are driving brand new SUV Cadillacs. Government missing money from funding is suspect.

New Castle, PA

#16 May 14, 2012
Longtime School Employee, Son Charged After Porn Investigation
McKeesport Area School District Computers Seized
POSTED: 5:20 pm EDT April 13, 2012

Ex-McKeesport School District employee, son facing child pornography charges
Story posted 2012.04.13 at 05:15 PM EDT

McKeesport father, son educators face child porn charges 04/14/2012 3:00 AM By Eric Slagle, MCKEESPORT DAILY NEWS

The former technology director for the McKeesport Area School District and his son were charged on Friday with possession of child pornography.

Henry Benton South, 68, and his son, Charles Benton South, 34, were taken into custody by state Attorney General's Office agents who accused them of using computers in their Golfview Drive home to view child pornography.

Charles South also is accused of using Facebook to have lewd contact with minors.

McKeesport Area School District said South was suspended and his access to district buildings was revoked in December when the allegations against him were first made. School officials said he resigned this month.

″It has been indicated to district officials by law enforcement that there appears to be no link with students, other staff, on school property or during the school day,″ according to a district release.

Court records indicate that Charles South worked for Education Management Corp., a Pittsburgh-based provider of private, post-secondary education. Company officials could not be reached for comment.

Prosecutors said the investigation began on Nov. 17 when Charles South contacted an undercover agent posing as a 15-year-old girl on Facebook.

Charles South is accused of creating a fake online profile of a 16-year-old that he used to establish inappropriate contact -- including sending lewd photographs and videos -- with six girls, ages 13 to 18.

The criminal complaint states that Henry South acknowledged looking at pornography on the computer but denied requesting or looking for child pornography. However, investigators said they found links to teenage sex sites on the computer and hundreds of pornographic pictures of children or young adults.

Henry South is charged with child pornography and criminal use of a communications facility.

Charles South is charged with child pornography, unlawful contact with a minor, criminal use of a communication facility, criminal solicitation and related crimes.

They were arraigned before District Judge Beth S. Mills in Forward and taken to Allegheny County Jail, where they are being held on $100,000 bail.

Neither man would comment on the charges. Preliminary hearings are scheduled on April 23.

New Castle, PA

#18 May 14, 2012
Flames rip through abandoned building's roof in McKeesport
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 6:20 p.m.

A ten year old and a fourteen year old are accused.

Kids can get in these abandoned buildings. Falling debris pose a risk to public walking or driving by.

The cost of blight: vacant and abandoned properties

Spend the 14 million on tearing down abandoned houses. WPXI showed the mayor saying if he could only find the money. They asked what he planned to do about the abandoned buildings.

Window Bars Impede Firefight At McKeesport Home
POSTED: 7:24 am EDT April 16, 2012

McKeesport has the money!
(but refuses to spend it).

McKeesport has 14 million now collecting interest.

Vacant buildings an issue in McKeesport
Thursday, December 01, 2011

Someone, owner or city could also be sued for knowing already. Abandoned vacant buildings are a definite liability in McKeesport.

Attractive Nuisances - Liability and Injuries
Premises liability cases that do not involve slip and falls may include "attractive nuisances", which are cases where hazardous conditions exist that put people at risk. Attractive nuisances involve property items or conditions that by their very nature are likely to attract children or others. An attractive nuisance can be a swimming pool that is not properly secured, construction equipment left unattended, or an abandoned building. When children or adults injure themselves as a result of an attractive nuisance, property owners can be held liable, even if those injured were trespassing at the time.

They want the government, United States tax payers have to pay! Their 14 million will be spent on themselves before they claim poverty again.

New Castle, PA

#19 May 14, 2012
McKeesport Officer Accused Of Trespassing, Copying Woman's House Key

Officer Says He Was 'Just Being Stupid' When He Entered Woman's Home 
November 16, 2010

McKEESPORT, Pa.-- A McKeesport police officer is facing charges after he allegedly trespassed in a woman's home and copied her house key.
Police said patrol Officer Vernon Andrews was arraigned on charges of official oppression, criminal trespassing and possessing instruments of crime, after a woman complained he entered her house without her knowledge and made a copy of the front door key.
Channel 4 Action News' Sheldon Ingram reported the arrest came after an investigation by the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office.

McKeesport Officer Accused Of Illegally Entering Woman's Home
November 16, 2010

New Castle, PA

#20 May 14, 2012
Not all accidents thoroughly investigated by police
On behalf of Caroselli Beachler McTiernan & Conboy, L.L.C. posted in Car Accidents on Monday, February 6, 2012
The original investigation by police of a Pennsylvania car accident involving a solicitor representing a local city council is being scrutinized. The reason for the scrutiny is because the police may not actually have thoroughly investigated whether impairment was a factor in the cause of the crash.
The city's chief-of-police has reported that the solicitor had just attended a celebration in honor of the city's mayor. The solicitor was then driving home at 1:30 in the morning when he failed to negotiate a turn and crashed into a building that was about 100 feet away from the road. The driver was bleeding from the head and was flown to a nearby hospital where he remained for at least another day.
The police chief stated that patches of ice on the road may have been a factor in this accident. He also claimed that investigation of this matter was still in progress.
What the police chief failed to say was whether any sobriety tests, toxicology screens or blood tests were conducted. If there was no administration of such tests, it's difficult to believe that any charges that the driver was impaired at the time of the accident could survive short of the solicitor admitting on the stand that he was under the influence of some substance when the accident occurred.
Fortunately, no other individual was injured in this accident. However, this circumstance does demonstrate that local authorities cannot always be depended upon in order to make a determination as to how an accident actually occurred. What if another individual is injured and no determinations are made by investigating officers as to whether the other driver was actually at fault for the accident? Sometimes only individual representation from an attorney or law firm can provide the additional resources needed so that an investigation of how the accident occurred was thoroughly conducted.
Finding someone criminally liable is one matter. Determining the cause of an accident is another.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "McKeesport officials to discuss solicitor crash investigation," by Moriah Balingit, Jan. 31, 2012
Tags: car accident, drunken driving accidents, police investigations

New Castle, PA

#21 May 14, 2012
McKeesport Solicitor John Jason Elash Faces DUI Trial
By William Peacock, Esq. on 
May 1, 2012 3:12 PM

A local municipal official faces a criminal trial resulting from a January DUI, after waiving his preliminary hearing on Monday morning, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. John Jason Elash is the Solicitor for McKeesport and has held similar positions with a number of towns over the course of his long legal career. A Solicitor is essentially a jack of all trades attorney for the city that researches and advises them on legal issues and regulations.
According to the Post-Gazette, Elash was leaving the inauguration party for Mayor Michael Cherepko when he crashed his SUV into a building in the 700 block of Route 48. After being taken to the hospital for a head injury, his blood alcohol content was measured at 0.196, which is more than twice the legal limit. He was also cited for speeding.
If he is convicted of a highest-level BAC (0.16 or higher) first time DUI offense, he faces some pretty severe penalties. The charge carries a minimum of 72 hours in jail, with a maximum of six months.
Because he was in an accident, he probably won't get the minimum penalty. There is also a fine of $1,000 to $5,000 and a 12 month license suspension, plus alcohol education classes and possible court ordered alcohol treatment.

Favoritism with judges is at issue. Don't expect John Jason Elash to be punished. McKeesport officials and friends are held to a far lower standard than the average citizen.

District 45 Brewster hired John Jason Elash years ago. Brewster is terrible for a senator, he left the city he was mayor of for eight years destroyed!

New Castle, PA

#22 May 14, 2012
Western Pennsylvania City of  McKeesport PA. Woes, Bickering Continues.

Senator J. Brewsters Bunch of the 45th District. A comedy but with with the citizens concerns at stake. Former McKeesport mayor, senator Brewster endorsed most of the following. This is how now senator Brewster left McKeesport. The city financials were in Act 47 for years. A Delta report was released, making Cherepko upset the public knew.

Delta was noted in the Veon trials, employed also by McKeesport. Delta Group was approved by Brewster.

McKeesport is upset with average citizens Right-to-know laws. Rights in McKeesport have been trampled on for years. Reason why citizens of McKeesport Topix refer to the city officials as "The Machine."

Ex-McKeesport mayor wants full term in Senate
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
March 13, 2012

Brewster Seeks Full Term
by Mark Nootbaar March 13, 2012

Brewster was first elected to represent the 45th district in a special election on November 2, 2010 when Sean Logan left the legislature to take a post with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. At the time he ran against Republican Paul Olijar and Libertarian Len Young.

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