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Tuesday’s primary election may have helped narrow - or in many cases expand - the field of candidates for the November general election, but it did little locally to guarantee many candidates a victory, especially given the incredibly low voter turn-out that registered a mere 16.38 percent county-wide.

In Bellevue, where there were the most contested races, turn-out crept up to 17 percent in one district. Ohio Township’s turn-out was as low as 8 percent in two of the township’s three districts.


Following a traffic stop on May 15, Richard H. Smallis, 26, of New Brighton, was arrested for possession of suspected marijuana.

On May 16, a motor vehicle accident occurred at North Starr and Union avenues. No injuries were reported.

Jeremy M. Flood, 43, of Evans City, was arrested on May 17 for driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

Galen Hampton Gray, 32, McKees Rocks, was arrested on May 17 for driving under the influence of a controlled substance.



The Avonworth girls’ softball team inched past the defending WPIAL champ and then knocked out another opponent in the semi-finals to earn a chance to face Keystone Oaks in the WPIAL championship game next Wednesday, 2:15 p.m. at Peterswood Park in the South Hills.

The Lady ‘Lopes overcame an early deficit and went on to earn a 5-3 victory against the South Park Eagles in a semifinal game played at North Allegheny this past Wednesday.

“We battle, that’s what we do,” said Avonworth coach Jenna Muncie. “They’re [South Park] a good team, we just had to one-up on them.”


During the month of April, 2019, the Bellevue Police Department reported the following incidents:

Four cases of simple assault which occurred on April 2, 4, 5, and 13.

Two cases of forced burglary: one on April 1 and the other on April 23.

Two cases of shoplifting: one on April 12 and the second on April 26.

Three cases of larceny from a motor vehicle occurring on April 3, 13, and 29.

One case of larceny from a building on April 30.

One case of fraud reported on April 23.

Eight cases of vandalism: two on April 1, April 9, 11, 12, 16 and two on April 17.



There was considerable confusion in Bellevue Council chambers Tuesday night as it came time to vote on four ordinances designed to protect animals. I can’t really blame them, as it almost appeared that the ordinances were more of a PR stunt than a serious effort at ensuring the welfare of animals.


Emsworth officials recently celebrated the dedication of the volunteer fire company’s newest truck. From left, Paul Getz, Borough Solicitor Robert McTiernan, Council President Kevin Yurkovick, Representative Anita Astorino Kulik of the 45th District, Brian Fashian, Dan Lenz, Jolene Bennett, Emsworth Treasurer Rebecca McNeil. Borough Secretary Cathy Jones, Emsworth Mayor AmySue Lillie, Jason Helfrich, and Gateway Engineer Dennis Flynn.
Photo by Nancy Whyte for The Citizen


Mon, 2019-05-27

The 72nd annual Avonworth Community Memorial Day Parade, sponsored by Avonworth Post #866, will take place Monday, May 27, beginning at at 10 a.m.

The parade route begins at the intersection of Center and Pennsylvania avenues in Emsworth, continues to Church Avenue in Ben Avon and ends at the Lance Cpl. Patrick Kenny Field on Ohio River Boulevard.

Memorial services, to honor Avonworth veterans, begin at 11 a.m.

In case of rain, services will be held at 11 a.m. in the Smith Center at Sacred Heart Church

Sat, 2019-05-18

Lockfest 2019 is Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Emsworth Locks and Dam, 0 Western Ave., Emsworth, 15202.

Organized by the Pittsburgh District of the US Army Corps of Engineers, the event features tours of the Locks and Dam facility (valid ID required), tow operators, and opportunities to learn safety tips and brush up on boating regulations.

There is no cost to attend. Children must be accompanied by an adult.