Wilkinsburg http://wesa.fm en District Attorney Says Pittsburgh Officer Justified In Wilkinsburg Shooting Death http://wesa.fm/post/district-attorney-says-pittsburgh-officer-justified-wilkinsburg-shooting-death <p>Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala says a Pittsburgh police officer who shot and killed a man in Wilkinsburg in April was justified in opening fire.</p><p>Officials say Adrian Williams, 29, who was killed in the shooting, had led police on an early-morning high-speed chase that started in Homewood and ended in Wilkinsburg, when he crashed the car he was driving and then ran through yards with a handgun.</p><p>Zappala said at least 12 other officers were at the scene and had been involved in the chase. Officer Christopher Kertis shot Williams six times.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:54:51 +0000 Erika Beras 30370 at http://wesa.fm With Main Street Program Application, Wilkinsburg Plans To Make Improvements http://wesa.fm/post/main-street-program-application-wilkinsburg-plans-make-improvements <p>Wilkinsburg could turn into the new South Side, according to the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation (WCDC), after they re-apply for the Main Street Program.</p><p>WCDC Executive Director Tracey Evans said Wilkinsburg has been compared to South Side back in 1975 before they partnered with the Pittsburgh History &amp; Landmarks Foundation, and now that Wilkinsburg has partnered with the same foundation, the community is hoping for the same success, especially by being recognized for the Main Street Program.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 18:39:55 +0000 Jess Lasky 30289 at http://wesa.fm Blood Drive Honors Victims of September 11th Attacks http://wesa.fm/post/blood-drive-honors-victims-september-11th-attacks <p>“Muslims for Life” is holding a blood drive in Wilkinsburg Monday as part of a national campaign to collect 12,000 pints of blood and save an estimated 36,000 lives.</p><p>Adnan Ahmed, an organizer for the event, said the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community launched the campaign in 2011, on the 10th anniversary of the September 11<sup>th</sup> attacks.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 07:57:07 +0000 Tim Camerato 20953 at http://wesa.fm House and Garden Tour to Showcase Ongoing Improvement in Wilkinsburg http://wesa.fm/post/house-and-garden-tour-showcase-ongoing-improvement-wilkinsburg <p>Wilkinsburg, like other Pittsburgh neighborhoods, has had its share of troubles including crime, blight, loss of population and struggling schools.</p><p>And also like other neighborhoods, Wilkinsburg is trying to turn all of that around and revitalize. The fruits of some of those efforts will be on display for the inaugural <a href="http://www.wilkinsburgcdc.org/news-and-events/house-tour">Wilkinsburg House and Garden Tour</a>.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 18:21:27 +0000 Deanna Garcia 16811 at http://wesa.fm Drug Bust in Wilkinsburg Nets 18 Arrests and 13,500 Bags of Heroin http://wesa.fm/post/drug-bust-wilkinsburg-nets-18-arrests-and-13500-bags-heroin <p>Eighteen people alleged to have ties to a violent drug gang based in Wilkinsburg have been arrested in what is being called a major bust. The suspected drug dealers were taken into custody as part of a joint effort involving the PA Attorney General's Organized Crime Section and the Allegheny County Police.</p><p>The "Operation Wilkinsburg Crew" was launched, according to Attorney General Kathleen Kane, in reaction to a series of homicides and shootings in Wilkinsburg believed to be related to heroin trafficking.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:56:21 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 15678 at http://wesa.fm Wilkinsburg Students Produce Film Calling for Redevelopment http://wesa.fm/post/wilkinsburg-students-produce-film-calling-redevelopment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wilkinsburg once had a popular business district with a large, upwardly mobile population, according to the Borough of </span>Wilkinsburg<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> website.</span></p><p>But the borough has struggled ever since the steel mill closures in the 1970s and '80s resulted in layoffs and a depleted tax base.</p><p>But Wilkinsburg students are looking towards the future.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 15354 at http://wesa.fm