Thursday, February 7, 2013
Police and the FBI had been monitoring 88 Spa in Bridgeville for months before raiding the massage parlor Tuesday and arresting three women. Here's the story you won't hear from TV news about what went into the prostitution sting.
Police heard rumblings of a prostitution ring at 88 Spa in Bridgeville not long after the massage parlor opened in the borough’s main business district in October 2011. But investigators said they had to be patient to collect evidence and then work with federal authorities to find out if the ring also involved human trafficking or organized crime. “We had info from neighboring businesses that it was pretty obviously what was going on there,” Bridgeville police Chief Chad King said. “But knowing something and proving it are two different things.” By last July, King said they had enough evidence to make a case and contacted the FBI to ramp up the investigation. Federal investigators set up surveillance on the spa located across from …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The Mercer County man working at an industrial park near Carnegie apparently fell 30 feet to his death Tuesday.
- POLICE & FIRE
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Authorities have identified the Mercer County man who died Tuesday afternoon after he fell from the roof of an industrial park near Carnegie. Melvin Kinsinger, 38, Greenville, was working on the roof of the Future-All Incorporated building at Gregg and Hammond streets in the Scott Township industrial park when he fell 30 feet from the roof, according to the Allegheny County medical examiner's office. Glendale Volunteer Fire Department officials said he fell shortly before 3 p.m. Scott Township police and firefighters from Glendale and East Carnegie were called to the industrial park to assist the Allegheny County homicide investigators at the scene. An autopsy will be conducted Wednesday, according to the medical examiner. Continue to …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The process for my formal Allegheny County property reassessment appeal was painless and hopefully will net results. What's your experience been like?
I was expecting a dogfight heading into my formal appeal for the Allegheny County property reassessment Monday morning. Instead, the process with my assessment hearing officer was painless and went through with barely a whimper from either one of us. I arrived about 30 minutes early for my hearing at Kane Hospital near the Jewish Community Center in Scott. Rather than waiting around for a while, the assessment officer signed me in and took me to a room with several cubicles doubling as hearing rooms. Without a lawyer–or even a certified appraisal–I presented my evidence and photos of comparables that were for some reason valued 5 to 13-percent less than my home. I also showed evidence that other homes were selling in 2011 for what I …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Tell us your lunch box memories in the comments section or explain what your kids are bringing to school on the first day.
I can still hear my sandwich, apple and thermos rattling around in that blue, plastic lunch box I brought to school each day in elementary school. The food would be making a deep clunking sound as I carried my Snoopy lunch box with my little backpack slung across my shoulders. Ka-clunck, ka-clunk, ka-clunck. My elementary school in Mt. Lebanon, just a couple blocks from the house, didn’t serve hot food, so we packed our lunches each day or walked up to the now defunct Chicago’s Pizzeria when we were old enough. The only thing I did buy each day was a half-pint of milk. But by the time we made it to junior high, we were too cool for lunch boxes and usually brown bagged it or ate that scrumptious cafeteria food (anyone remember those pizza …
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
About 100 people attended an informational meeting in Scott Township last week to learn how to contest their Allegheny County property assessments.
The new assessments being mailed to Allegheny County property owners have many homeowners seeking information they need to challenge those numbers. County and local officials are organizing some informational meetings to help owners understand the process and how to appeal what they believe are incorrect assessments. Still, confusion remains in the process of how the county came to assign an accurate assessment to each property and what people should do to fight them. A few people expressed anger Wednesday night while meeting at the Scott Township Municipal Building to learn more about the process and how to appeal the assessment. Many of the 100 others who attended just didn’t understand the process and felt it was unfair, said Joe Hirsch…
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Jim Struzzi launches Web site to promote his books.
Jim Struzzi writes plenty of news releases every day while working as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s spokesman at the District 11 headquarters in Collier, but in his free time the Bridgeville resident tries to showcase his literary skills as a novelist. “Writing has always been my passion and something I’ve wanted to pursue,” Struzzi said. “It’s pretty cut and dry when it comes to writing a press release about roads and bridges. For a creative person, you need to have an outlet.” Struzzi, who has lived in Bridgeville for the past five years, has already released two books—The Christmas Secret and Jacob’s Haunting—and is “polishing up” a third one. To move his creative writing portfolio forward, Struzzi recently launched a …
Sunday, October 16, 2011
The borough and Colussy Chevrolet are featured in a video by the car manufacturer to celebrate its 100th anniversary.
Bridgeville and Colussy Chevrolet are playing a starring role in Chevy’s 100th year celebration. The borough is featured in a short online video, the first of 100 that will be produced by Chevrolet, to show small towns across America. Various residents, business leaders, borough officials and Chartiers Valley students are interviewed for the 3-minute and 42-second video that has both beautiful and humble shots of Bridgeville and the car dealership in neighboring South Fayette. Chevrolet chose Bridgeville for its first video of “The Road We’re On” because Colussy Chevy is now the car manufacturer’s oldest dealership. The video shows interviews with Tim and Jon Colussy, the third generation owners, as they discuss the 93 years the dealership…