Tensions rise in New Kensington as double slaying suspect remains on loose

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NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. —

Tensions continue to rise in New Kensington after no arrests have been made in the slayings of two people in the area.

Officers said they found John Russ’ body in a car in the 400 block of Fourth Avenue and the body of Shannon Bongartz, 29, outside of the vehicle on Aug. 20.

So far, the shooter has not been caught and the violence has residents both concerned and angered. Many people are demanding more from their tax dollars and are asking for more from the police department.

The New Kensington Police Department has 22 officers, and the chief said that it’s simply not enough man power to, “be everywhere at all times.”

At a meeting Tuesday night, neighbors said they want their community watch groups to have better cooperation with the police department.

Chief Thomas Klawinski said he hopes they can establish better communication with those watch groups to keep the area safe.

“We really need them to step up and help us. We don’t know everything. We can’t be everywhere,” said Klawinski.