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A house in Duquesne caught on fire early this morning, and the cause is being investigated. In a separate incident, police are looking into the death of a toddler in West Mifflin

Here are some of the latest news items from this morning, Thursday, March 28:

Here are some of the most recent news stories from this morning, Thursday, March 28:

No one got hurt in the Duquesne house fire.

A house on Wool Street in Duquesne caught fire at about 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, according to TribLive news partner WTAE.

There were no injuries reported.

The reason for the fire is currently being looked into.


The authorities are investigating the death of a 17-month-old boy in West Mifflin.

Allegheny County homicide detectives are looking into the death of a 17-month-old boy in West Mifflin.

West Mifflin police received reports of an unresponsive 17-month-old boy in the 2600 block of Glenny Lane, and the child later died in a local hospital. The investigation is being conducted by detectives from the Allegheny County police department’s homicide unit.

The boy has been identified as Ashton Hooper by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office. West Mifflin police have requested assistance from the Allegheny County police department’s homicide unit, and detectives have initiated an investigation.

The Allegheny County police department stated that there were no clear signs of trauma in this case, but the investigation is ongoing and pending further examination by the medical examiner’s office.

Allegheny County property owners now have more time to pay their property tax bills following an extension by the County Council.


Allegheny County property owners now have more time to pay their property tax bills following an extension by the County Council.

County Council extended the deadlines to submit real estate tax payments by 30 days, with the discount deadline now on April 30 and the face-value deadline on May 31. The initiative was sponsored by Council President Pat Catena, D-Carnegie, and supported by Executive Sara Innamorato.

Treasurer Erica Rocchi Brusselars said, “We’re here to make lives easier wherever we can. Shifting these dates by a month will not negatively affect the county’s budget or ability to meet its obligations, so allowing more breathing room to our residents is the right thing to do.”

In the Alle-Kiski Valley, property owners in Springdale Township and Springdale Borough reported issues with receiving their bills in the mail.

People are able to make payments online at www.AlleghenyCountyTreasurer.US and can reach out to the Treasurer’s Office at 412-350-4100 if they have any questions.

A man from Pittsburgh has been indicted on federal firearms charges. Johavian Everett, 24, formerly of Mt. Oliver, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for violating a federal firearms law, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Pittsburgh.


On October 21, 2021, Everett knowingly had a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon, which is prohibited by federal law.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office mentioned that the maximum penalty could be up to 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.

The case was looked into by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Pittsburgh police.

A man from West Mifflin has admitted to federal drug and firearm violations in court.

A man from West Mifflin has admitted to federal drug and firearm violations in court, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Pittsburgh.


Marcus Valenzi, 35, admitted to committing one count of working with others to distribute and have a large quantity of fentanyl and one count of having a gun as a person previously convicted of a serious crime before U.S. District Judge David S. Cercone.

Valenzi was found to be part of a group involved in selling illegal drugs in Western Pennsylvania during a period between August 2022 and November 2023, as reported by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Authorities carried out federal search warrants at the homes of the people involved in the conspiracy, and a search of Valenzi’s home on Nov. 15 uncovered more than $16,000, several cellphones and xylazine, a substance used to mix with fentanyl.

A check of Valenzi’s phones revealed messages with a drug buyer asking for the return of his gun. Valenzi, who had been previously convicted of a serious crime in Florida for theft, responded that he had thrown the gun into a river after the searches, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The sentencing is set for July 18. The most severe punishment for the drug conspiracy charge is a maximum of 20 years in jail, a fine of up to $1 million, or both. The maximum penalty for the firearm charge is up to 15 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.

Here are some of the latest news stories from this morning, Thursday, March 28:

Sentencing is scheduled for July 18. The maximum penalty for the drug conspiracy charge is up to 20 years in prison, up to a $1 million fine, or both. Maximum penalty for the firearm charge is up to 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.

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