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Civic organization donates to Clairton Police Department


By Jennifer R. Vertullo – McKeesport Daily News

With donations from a local civic organization, Clairton Police Department purchased new materials for use in crime scene response and investigation.

Wilson American Citizens Club donated a portion of its annual proceeds to cover equipment and supplies to be used in the police department’s crime scene and multi-use vehicles.

Donated items include a generator, power tools, a metal detector, lights, ladders, crime scene markers, narcotics identification kits, fingerprint powder and other supplies.

“The equipment is greatly appreciated,” police Chief Rob Hoffman said. “These are items that can be used in crime scene investigation, (Department of Transportation) inspections and in other daily situations. It shows that businesses and the people of Clairton care about this department.”

Harry Fulmer, a member of the Wilson club, said it’s important for local businesses and community organizations to support police.

“How much more civic minded can you be than to donate to a police department that needs it,” Fulmer said. “It’s going to a good cause.”

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Woman Escapes House Fire in Clairton

020514-clairton-waddell-bStory by HoopieWorld.com / Photos by Brandon Webb

Right around 2pm on Tuesday, crews were dispatched to 802 Waddell Avenue for a reported kitchen fire.  Police arrived on scene and confirmed heavy smoke showing.  As units were calling enroute, more reports of heavy smoke and fire were relayed.

A woman had to jump from a 2nd story window to escape after the heavy smoke blocked her exit out.  She was uninjured in the fall.  Two other adults were able to safely evacuate the house.

Crews had to battle a few obstacles, including ammunition in the house, and then a ruptured gas line that was feeding the fire fuel.

Crews were pulled out for a short time due to deteriorating conditions.

Clairton fire was assisted by 180 Jefferson Hills 885, 161 Glassport, 131 Dravosburg, 139 Elizabeth Boro, 232 Pleasant Hills, and 142 Blaine Hill fire departments.  183 Liberty VFC stood-by in Glassport’s station during the incident.

The fire is under investigation by the Allegheny County Fire Marshal office.



Van from district attorney gives Clairton a new investigative tool

112113-clairton-police-crime-labBy Jennifer R. Vertullo – McKeesport Daily News

Clairton Police Department is expanding its investigative resources with a crime scene response vehicle.

District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala’s office donated the van to the department, which has two officers certified to collect and process evidence on site.

“One of the continuing goals throughout the course of my administration has been to ensure that law enforcement in Allegheny County is constantly receiving the best training and equipment that is available,” Zappala said.

“In this instance, being able to re-purpose this particular crime scene van in Clairton means that officers will be able to secure and preserve crime scenes immediately, which can ultimately result in higher quality evidence and stronger prosecutions.”

The donation already has proven its worth, police Chief Rob Hoffman said.

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Fire Breaks Out on Second Floor of Clairton Home

FIRE-HeadlineBy HoopieWorld.com

Around 1:45pm on Thursday October 3rd, crews were dispatched to a residential structure fire at 634 Reed Street, in the city of Clairton.

Clairton police were first on scene and reported heavy fire showing from a 2nd story bedroom window.

All occupants were reported to be out of the building.

Glassport Chief 161 arrived on scene and reported good fire going on the 2nd floor of a 2 story residential building.

The interior crew made a quick knockdown and extinguished the fire.

The Allegheny County Fire Marshal was requested to the scene to investigate the cause.

Clairton station 123, Glassport station 161, Jefferson 885 station 180, Elizabeth station 139, and Pleasant Hills station 232 were dispatched and responded to the call.

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Clairton adds K-9 to force

091913-clairton-k9-jerryBy Jennifer R. Vertullo – McKeesport Daily News

Clairton police Sgt. Bob Ferry is getting to know his new best friend.

“We’re doing well,” Ferry said Wednesday after a four-hour round trip to Sharpsville to pick up the department’s new K-9 officer, a 14-month old German shepherd named Jerry. “I’m excited and ready to go. I meet with the trainer tomorrow and we will go over all of the things that I should and shouldn’t be doing (as I) get to know Jerry and he gets to know me.”

Ferry, a 13-year veteran of the force and a full-time employee for seven years, said he always has wanted to be a K-9 handler.

Wednesday’s journey from Shallow Creek Kennels in Mercer County began an intensive 30-day bonding period for Ferry and Jerry. They will learn to trust one another and work together.

The next step will be a 10-week training program that will cover obedience, narcotics, tracking and apprehension. The duo will travel throughout Western Pennsylvania five days a week to train in different locations to prevent becoming acclimated to a particular site.

“If he goes into a building, you don’t want him to know that he looks for drugs here or people there,” Clairton Sgt. Keith Zenkovich said. “That way, Jerry will get used to different environments and surfaces. He can do anything anywhere.”

Zenkovich, who has been a K-9 handler since May 2008 with Belgian malinois Ike, said Ferry and his dog will build a stronger bond as training progresses.

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Brush fires blaze along rails in several Mon Valley towns

050613-dravosburgaBy Michael Divittorio and Eric Slagle – McKeesport Daily News

Firefighters from several communities responded to multiple brush fires along Norfolk Southern train tracks from Dravosburg to West Mifflin on Monday evening.

At least six fires were reported on the embankment in Dravosburg and West Mifflin. White smoke filled that section of the Mon Valley.

“Service on that line was not disrupted,” Norfolk Southern public relations manager Dave Pidgeon said.

The fires could be seen along the railroad tracks between the W.D. Mansfield Memorial Bridge and Coal Valley Road shortly before 5:30 p.m.

Glassport fire Chief Wayne Lewis said a hot wheel on a passing train may have sparked the blazes.

Pidgeon said the fires are under investigation.

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