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4/20/19

Following a traffic stop on April 3, Caitlin Price, 21, of West View, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Following a traffic stop on April 4, Zachary Pearson, 25, of Manor, was arrested on an active felony arrest warrant.

On April 4, a resident of Hemlock Street reported that someone had burglarized their apartment.

On April 5, an Avalon resident reported that the driver’s side of his car had been keyed.

Marc Antonio Pippens, 29, of Baden, was charged on April 7 with driving with a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance.

4/20/19

Ben Avon’s Avon Park off Perrysville Avenue will close Monday so that a buried pipeline can be inspected and repaired if necessary.

Borough officials received word Wednesday that work would begin April 22, and could take until the beginning of June to be completed.

4/20/19

“Kelly’s Kids” returned to the Northgate School Board Monday evening to make one more attempt to persuade Northgate officials not to make changes to reduce the amount of time middle-senior high school music teacher Kelly Winovich spends with them.

4/20/19

The Route 65 entrance to Bellevue is about to become a whole lot more welcoming and attractive. Last Saturday, volunteers organized by Mayor Emily Marburger began the arduous task of cleaning up a long-neglected, vacant lot that sits directly behind the “Live, Worship, Shop” sign at the corner of Meade and West Riverview evenues. Because the lot is privately owned, it is illegal for tax dollars to be spent on the project.

4/20/19

On April 11, a resident of Bear Run Drive in Ohio Township reported criminal mischief.

A business on Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth reported public drunkenness on April 12.

On April 16, a resident of Spruce Street in Ben Avon reported unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

4/6/19

On Feb. 1, Bellevue Police received a report of a vehicle stolen from the road on Dakota Avenue.

On Feb. 1, an Ohio River Boulevard gas station reported shoplifting when a vehicle drove off without paying.

Juveniles were reported entering unlocked vehicles on Washington Avenue on Feb. 2.

On Feb. 3, a resident of Orchard Avenue reported a mirror broken on a parked car.

On Feb. 4, a resident of South Harrison Avenue reported an unlocked vehicle had been entered, gone through, and items taken from it.

A South Fremont Avenue resident reported theft from a vehicle on Feb. 4.

4/6/19

Democrat Pam Iovino will soon take a seat in the Pennsylvania Senate after defeating Republican D. Raja in a special election held Tuesday.

The 37th District seat was left vacant when incumbent Republican Guy Reschenthaler won a seat in the U.S. Congress in the general election. Reschenthaler himself won a special election to take over the 37th state seat when Democrat Matt Smith resigned to take a job in the private sector.

4/6/19

Construction should begin soon on the Salvation Army's North Boroughs Corps Worship and Service Center, with the center possibly open by the end of the year.

3/30/19

Bellevue Borough took several steps closer to becoming a “compassionate community” when council, at its regular meeting Tuesday, adopted four ordinances designed to protect animals.They will have to revisit one of those ordinances, however, as officials made changes that defeated the purpose of a law regulating pet store sales of animals.

3/30/19

Alan Monroe, 51, of Aliquippa, was arrested on March 17 for possession of a controlled substance.

Luther Lane Springs Jr., 28, of Monroeville, was arrested on March 17 for driving under the influence of alcohol and a controlled substance.

Jennifer McQuillan, 37, of Glenshaw, was arrested on March 18 for possession of a controlled substance.

During a traffic stop on March 18, Jason Lee Mifflin, 35, of Wexford, was cited for driving without a license and expired registration. Additionally, Paul Stephany Jr., 35, of Avalon, was cited for possession of a controlled substance.

3/30/19

Not only did Bellevue Council finalize an agreement that will allow a new business to serve alcoholic beverages, it has established a procedure to be used in any future applications for liquor licenses above the state-mandated quota.

Council was caught completely off guard in January when the owners of the soon-to-open 202 Hometown Tacos presented their business plan and asked that council adopt a resolution required by the state Liquor Control Board (LCB) because the business would hold the third liquor license in a borough that was limited to two licenses based on population.

3/30/19

Bellevue Council, at its regular meeting on Tuesday, approved the expenditure of $57,680 for the purchase of 37 security cameras that will be placed in numerous undisclosed locations in the borough.

Police Chief Matt Sentner said that the cameras would be placed in various locations such as Lincoln Avenue and the borough's parks.

3/30/19

Broadway visits the North Boroughs next week, with Avonworth students staging “The Little Mermaid” and Northgate students presenting their version of “Freaky Friday.”

3/30/19

Northgate School District has received a $150,000 grant from the Grable Foundation to support its “College in High School” program.

Currently, students can take Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) classes as part of the high school curriculum. The classes are taught in the high school by Northgate teachers. There is no charge for the classes unless students want to earn college credit.

Superintendent Dr. Caroline Johns said that the grant money would be used to help students who want credit for the classes.

3/30/19

Bellevue has been awarded a $30,000 grant to help create an “outdoor gym” adjacent to the baseball field in Memorial Park.

3/23/19

A hit and run accident occurred on Ohio River Boulevard near Locust Street on March 12.

John V. Anderson, 23, of Freedom, was arrested on March 13 for driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

On March 15, a motor vehicle accident occurred at North Home and Starr avenues. Avalon Police say that no one was injured.

Derrick Dawkins, 42, of Pittsburgh, was arrested on March 15 for possession of a controlled substance, and possession with intent to deliver.

3/23/19

Avalon will need a new third ward council representative soon, as the resignation of council member J.P. McFeeley was accepted at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

McFeeley was appointed to council in June of 2017, filling a vacancy left by the resignation of John Vetterly. In the November general election that year, he was elected to a four-year term on council.

He said that he is resigning from council effective April 1 because he and his family are moving to Cranberry, where he will be closer to his work as a teacher and coach with the Seneca Valley School District.

3/23/19

By NANCY WHYTE

With a demographic study showing continued enrollment growth in the Avonworth School District, administrators and officials are now trying to develop a plan to handle the addition of as many as 400 new students in the next five to 10 years.

Shelby Stewman of Stewman Demographics, LLC conducted a demographic study that predicts the enrollment at Avonworth schools will grow from 1,796 in the current school year to as much as 2,200.

3/23/19

As a result of the borough council awarding contracts at its March meeting, two large projects will begin soon in Emsworth.

The Marmo Park renovation project involves resurfacing the existing basketball court, converting the tennis court to pickleball courts, minor drainage work, parking lot milling and overlay and installing ADA access. Six bids were received for the project, ranging in price from $67,050 to more than $300,000.

McElroy Paving, Inc. was awarded the contract for $67,050.

3/23/19

An architectural firm has been given permission to design and solicit bids for changes to the entrances at all three Northgate School District buildings. The changes have been recommended as a way of making the buildings more secure.

At Monday’s regular school board meeting, the board approved an expenditure of no more than $14,000 to have HHSDR proceed with the design services and contract bidding.

3/23/19

Avalon Council is considering an ordinance that will require certain buildings in the borough to install boxes that will provide access to emergency responders.

The ordinance primarily will apply to residential buildings with more than three stories, which also have a locked common entry.

The “Knox Box” will contain a key to the building in case fire, police and emergency medical personnel need to access the structure in the event of an emergency. First responders will be the only ones able to open the Knox Box.

3/23/19

The Northgate School Board approved some changes to the electives that will be offered to seventh and eighth grade students next year.

The following electives will be offered on a full-year basis: chorus, band and orchestra.

Semester-long electives will include family and consumer science, art, industrial arts, computer science, and school news.

3/23/19

As expected, the Northgate School Board voted Monday to eliminate the dean of students position at the middle-senior high school, replacing it with an assistant principal position.

High school English teacher Nicole Smith was hired for the job at a salary of $80,000.

3/23/19

The Emsworth Volunteer Fire Company’s new truck has arrived!

Last Friday, Emsworth Fire Chief Jim Kohl, Assistant Fire Chief Mike Adams and President Joe Koehler drove to Meyersdale, PA in Somerset County to pick up the new vehicle. Leaving at 5:30 a.m., they arrived back around 8 p.m.

The Spartan Fire Engine is a pumper that was custom built for Emsworth by manufacturer Four Guys.