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The Allegheny County SWAT unit was called to Avalon Monday evening after Avalon Police received several reports that a man living in an apartment in the 700 block of California Avenue was threatening to kill police officers.

The street was closed to traffic for several hours until it finally was determined that the man was not inside the building. Avalon Police watched the building until late that night, when the man came home and was apprehended. He is believed to be suffering from mental health issues and was transported to Staunton Clinic.



An upset seemed imminent for the Avonworth boys’ basketball team when they squared off with the Southmoreland Scotties in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs last Saturday. Foul trouble, unfortunately, took its toll toward the end of the contest as the Antelopes were defeated in overtime 64-55 to close out their season.

Give credit to Avonworth's play defensively for keeping Southmoreland's 6'10" center Brandon Stone in check, limiting the big guy to 14 points -- 12.5 points below his average.


A new permitting process will be in place for groups wanting to use ballfields in Avalon this year.

Council members said at their meeting Tuesday that the new permit procedure will allow the borough to enter into an enforceable contract with groups wanting to use the field, and give the borough manager the authority to both grant and revoke permits.


Bellevue has been designated a 2017 “Banner Community” by the Allegheny League of Municipalities.

The recognition is awarded to communities that commit to “sustainable practices including professional development, intergovernmental cooperation, sound fiscal management and proactive communications to engage community stakeholders.”



The recent national election and inauguration of a new President of the United States troubles me on many levels, but one issue in particular scares me to death…perhaps literally.


Northgate students, from left, Nate O'Mara, Paul Baldauff, Alec Likens, Hailey McClain and Michael Thomas work on projects that will be displayed at the Arts Odyssey on March 3. The district will present the annual event celebrating the arts at the middle/senior high school from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Middle/high school art instructor Lory Farrow said that all students who participate in any creative arts electives, K-12, are involved. Working with Farrow is elementary art instructor Kelly Sorce.


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Only 150 people have the opportunity to join an exclusive club to help celebrate Bellevue's sesquicentennial this year.

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Avalon Police Department may soon be equipped with teddy bears and other stuffed animals to help comfort children officers encounter in stressful situations.

One of the borough’s younger residents, Sydney Jackson, an Avalon Elementary School student, proposed the program during Tuesday’s Avalon Council meeting after witnessing a situation in her neighborhood that was very upsetting to a friend.

Donations of stuffed animals, money, or sealable plastic bags can be dropped off at the Avalon Police station.