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10/13/18

Following a traffic stop on Oct. 3, Joseph Dunlap, 53, of McKeesport, was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Michael Peterson, 25, of Larimer, was arrested on Oct. 4 for possession of marijuana.

On Oct. 5, a resident of Orchard Avenue reported the theft of packages that had been delivered.

Kelly Crispino, 58, of Brighton Heights, was arrested on Oct. 5 for drug paraphernalia and drug possession.

10/13/18

With Community College of Allegheny County requiring a minimum of five students enrolled for credit in classes at Northgate High School, the district has been able to offer 10 credit classes this year.

Students do not have to pay to take the classes on a non-credit basis, and students can take as many classes as they want, both at the school and on-line.

10/13/18

The Northgate School Board voted at its committee of the whole meeting Monday to authorize two expenditures related to the future of the district’s football stadium.

The district will pay $7,500 to KAG Engineering, Inc. to provide comprehensive boundary and topographic surveys of the stadium and Bellevue Elementary.Kag also will use penetrating radar and electromagnetic equipment to locate utilities at an additional cost of $2,500. Board president Gary Paladin and member Jennifer McWillims were absent.

10/13/18

A recent problem at the Avonworth Elementary School and its alleviation was explained to members of the school board during the October 8 meeting.

Brad Waters, director of fiscal management and support services, detailed the district's prompt response to an elementary teacher's complaint of odd smells in the classroom.

After checking various locations in the classroom, including vents and air conditioning, as well using a dehumidifier, a company was called in to perform air samples.

10/13/18

A resident of Heritage Drive in Ohio Township reported a disturbance on Oct. 3.

A resident of Roosevelt Road in Ohio Township reported fraud on Oct. 4.

On Oct. 4, theft from an unlocked vehicle parked at a Camp Horne Road in Ohio Township business was reported.

On Oct. 5, a patron at a Mt. Nebo Road in Ohio Township business reported harassment.

A resident of Locust Street in Emsworth reported a disturbance on Oct. 7.

A resident of Camp Horne Road in Emsworth reported harassment on Oct. 8.

10/13/18

As anticipated, the Avonworth School Board approved moving forward on two topics discussed during last week's work session.

On Monday, Oct. 8, the board approved refinancing the Series 2013 bonds. Depending on market movement, the refinancing could net the district over $650,000. The earliest closing date is Dec. 18.

Also, the board approved the hiring of Dr. Shelby Stewman to conduct a demographic study for the Avonworth School District at a cost not to exceed $16,000.

10/13/18

The Northgate School District was informed recently that it will not be receiving the school safety grantthat has helped pay for the school resource officer for several years.

Dr. Caroline Johns, however, said that the district immediately applied for another grant that could provide funds for the SRO and safety upgrades in the district,

10/13/18

Bellevue Borough has received a “Green Light Go” grant of $32,000 to make changes to the traffic light at Lincoln and Fremont avenues.

Council voted unanimously, with Val Pennington absent, at Tuesday’s pre-council meeting to accept the grant and authorize the director of administrative services to complete the necessary paperwork.

10/6/18

On Sept. 28, Aaron R. Waddell, 35, of Altoona, was arrested for narcotics possession.

Following a traffic stop on Sept. 30, Kevin L. McDowell, 57, of Aliquippa, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

On Sept. 30, a person parked at the intersection of California Avenue and Ohio Street reported a hit and run accident.

Following a traffic stop on Oct. 1, Eugene Lamar Terrell, 30, of Hazelwood, was arrested for possession of marijuana.

10/6/18

The Avonworth School Board is anticipating refinancing the district’s Series 2013 bonds.

During Monday night’s work session, bond counsel Chris Brewer as well as PNC underwriter Tony Misiti, of Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP provided information on how the markets have behaved in 2018 and offered predictions concerning future movements up and down.

“Everything is on track for refinancing,” they reported. The savings are expected to be approximately 7 percent, netting the district well over $600,000.

10/6/18

The Avonworth School Board is discussing whether a new demographic study of the district could provide valuable information.

During Monday night’s work session, board members discussed the possibility of hiring a demographer to study the district in order to provide a calculated prediction of “what is coming and what future enrollment will be.”

10/6/18

A resident of Nicholson Road in Ohio Township reported a suspicious person on Sept. 25.

A resident of Lynfield Drive in Ohio Township reported fraud on Sept. 26.

On Sept. 28, a resident of Rockledge Drive in Ohio Township reported theft from a vehicle.

On Oct. 1, a business on Mt. Nebo Pointe Road in Ohio Township reported harassment.

A resident of Gene Drive in Ohio Township reported theft from a vehicle on Oct. 2.

10/6/18

When is a single family dwelling not a “single family dwelling”?

9/30/18

A motor vehicle accident occurred on Taylor Avenue on Sept. 18. A second motor vehicle accident occurred the same day at the intersection of Elizabeth Avenue and Ohio River Boulevard. Avalon Police say that no one was injured in either accident.

On Sept. 18, Allegheny County Police homicide officers took over the investigation of the murder of Emmanuel Boneza.

On Sept. 19, Dale Boris was arrested for outstanding warrants out of Washington County.

A New Brighton Road resident reported on Sept. 19 that money and a wallet were taken from a bedroom drawer.

9/30/18

On Sept. 20, after Bellevue Police officers responded to Lincoln Avenue concerning a report of an intoxicated male pushing a baby stroller, Richard J. Russell, 21, was charged with endangering the welfare of children, resisting arrest and public drunkenness.

Police say Russell was visibly under the influence of a controlled substance, and when officers began speaking with him, Russell suddenly shoved the toddler-occupied stroller forward and ran in the opposite direction.

Russell was later located in a vacant house in Avalon Borough.

9/30/18

An Avalon family’s home was destroyed in a fire in the 800 block of Florence Avenue last Friday morning.

Avalon Police were the first to arrive at the scene about 9 a.m. Police Chief Tom Kokoski said that everyone had gotten out of the house that was on fire, but that he went to the neighboring homes to make sure residents were out in case the fire spread, kicking in the door at one house to be sure no one was inside.

Fire Chief Chuck Berie said that flames were coming out the right side of the house when firefighters arrived. “It had a head start on us,” he said.

9/30/18

Both Avalon and Bellevue will receive state grant funds for projects in those boroughs.

State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl announced that Avalon will receive $192,000 for a sewer project. Borough manager Lorraine Makatura said that the funds will pay to replace a sewer line from Sedalia Avenue to the borough’s park.

Bellevue will receive $225,000 for work at memorial Park. Director of Administrative Services Ron Borczyk said the money will be used for rehabilitation of the baseball field and the fitness trail.

9/30/18

Bellevue Council voted at its regular meeting Tuesday to move ahead with use of the “Savvy Citizen” application that can be used to notify borough residents of important news and alerts.

The app will cost Bellevue $149 per month for the first year, although two months are free, plus a $500 set-up fee.

The expenditure was approved in a 5-3 vote with Linda Woshner, Tom Hrynda and Anthony DiTullio opposed, and Glenn Pritchard absent.

9/30/18

A Merton Road in Ben Avon resident reported harassment on Sept. 20.

A business on Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive in Ohio Township reported retail theft on Sept. 21.

On Friday, Sept 21, 2018, The West Hills DUI Task Force, of which Ohio Township officers are active participants, held a DUI checkpoint on Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth Borough.

The following statistics were compiled:

Thirteen people were arrested for DUI. Six were impaired by alcohol, and seven were impaired by drugs.

Nine people were driving without a license or under suspension.

9/30/18

Construction is expected to begin early next week on the next phase of Bellevue’s Lincoln Avenue streetscape project.

Work will take up from where it ended, at the Hawley Avenue intersection, and continue to Meade Avenue.

Bellevue Director of Administrative Services Ron Borczyk said that one side of the street will be done, and then the other. The work will begin with demolition of the existing sidewalks.

Borczyk said that Allegheny County has approved delaying planting until next spring because the construction is occurring so late in the year.

9/30/18

A trucker from out of state who said he was unfamiliar with the twists and turns of Western Pennsylvania highways inadvertently took a wrong turn last Friday night when he lost control of his work truck on Union Avenue.

The accident occurred right at the border of Avalon, Bellevue and Ross Township, with first responders dispatched from all three municipalities just before 11:30 p.m. when a truck was reported over the steep hillside near 80 Union Ave., across from the Hillcrest apartments in Bellevue.

9/24/18

Two Northgate High School seniors became “junior” members of Avalon Council Tuesday evening, after council adopted a resolution authorizing the borough’s participation in the Pennsylvania State Boroughs Association (PSBA program. Pictured here, Mayor Tom Lloyd administers a special “oath of office” to Laela Lumsden and Luke Meyer, who will serve until June 18. 2019. Council member Ruth Lloyd headed the borough’s participation in the program and interviewed the interested students.

9/24/18

Road work will soon begin in Emsworth.

At the September council meeting, Denny Flynn of Gateway Engineers said the pre-construction meeting had already been held, and that Brandon Construction anticipates beginning paving work during the week of Sept. 24. They have coordinated with West View Water to ensure that any water line work has been completed prior to paving. Paving work is expected to last about a month.

9/24/18

Avalon Council adopted two ordinances at its Tuesday meeting that will authorize the borough to work with the Northgate School District, and possibly Bellevue Borough, on tax collection and school safety.

The ordinances allow Avalon to participate in an intergovernmental group that will focus on joint collection of delinquent taxes.

The second ordinance approves the borough’s particiption in a joint school safety agency that will address issues at Northgate’s schools.