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3/16/19

The Northgate School Board is expected to vote next week on replacing the “dean of students” position with that of an assistant middle school principal.

Superintendent Dr. Caroline Johns said that the dean of students job is a teaching position rather than an administrative one, which limits the type of work that can be done by the person working as dean of students. The main focus of the position has primarily been discipline, something Johns said has not been a major issue in recent years.

3/16/19

Ohio Township residents surprised by their 2019 property tax bills turned to the township’s supervisors for an explanation when the supervisors met Monday evening.

Although the supervisors had advertised and approved a 2019 budget in December that included a significant property tax increase, the bills recently sent to property owners were the first some knew of the change in millage rate.

Ohio Township’s current $10.8 million budget is based on a millage rate of 3.09, which represents an increase of .8 mills over the 2018 rate of 2.29 mills.

3/16/19

A resident of Meadow Street in Emsworth reported fraud on March 7.

A resident of Duff Road in Ohio Township reported theft on March 7.

On March 8, a resident of Cobblestone Drive in Ohio Township reported fraud.

On March 9, a resident of Kilbuck Street in Emsworth reported disorderly conduct / disturbing the peace.

A resident of Bishop Drive in Ohio Township reported fraud on March 11.

A resident of Center Avenue in Emsworth reported harassment on March 11.

3/16/19

Monday night, the Avonworth School Board approved director of bands Will Guess to create a middle school summer band.

The band will meet for one week in June, from 9 a.m.-noon. The week will culminate with a performance Friday evening of that week. The specific week has yet to be determined.

The cost of the camp is $75 per participant and will be sponsored by the Band Boosters. The fee includes t-shirts, snacks, music and payment for instructors.

3/8/19

On Feb. 25, Avalon Police officers were called to Orchard Avenue to assist the Avalon fire department with entry into apartment units in regards to a water leak.

Anthony Oxendine, 29, of Bellevue, was cited on Feb. 27 for loitering/prowling at night at a home on Orchard Avenue.

3/8/19

Police are looking for information on the whereabouts of a Bellevue man who disappeared on Feb. 1.

Bellevue Police say that Wendell Crawford, 56, called a friend on the North Side to say that he was on his way to her home. Crawford never arrived. After a couple weeks of not hearing from him, Caldwell was reported missing.

Bellevue Police say they have searched a number of areas and called various places Crawford might have gone, but have turned up no leads.

3/2/19

On Feb. 23, an Avalon resident reported identity theft.

Tyrone Cole, 31, of McKees Rocks, was arrested for trespassing at a restaurant on Ohio River Boulevard on Feb. 24.

On Feb. 24, a motor vehicle accident occurred at the area of North Birmingham Avenue and Frederick Street. Avalon Police say no one was injured.

Melvin D. White, 32, of Pittsburgh, was arrested for public drunkenness at a restaurant on Ohio River Boulevard on Feb. 24.

On Feb. 25, an Avalon resident reported harassment via unwanted electronic communication.

3/2/19

Bellevue Police are warning parents about a new on-line challenge involving teens.

The challenge encourages teens to go missing for a period of 48 hours. The missing teen will receive points for having more on-line activity, including posts about their disappearance.

Bellevue Police say that anyone participating in that type of activity could face criminal charges.

For more information, the following link was posted: https://www.wfsb.com/police-warn-parents-of--hour-challenge-which-encour...

3/2/19

Winds estimated at some 60 mph swept through the North Boroughs beginning on Sunday, knocking out electrical service and taking its toll on trees. Pictured here, a tree outside a home on Hawley Avenue in Bellevue was uprooted. Other trees were simply snapped off mid-trunk. A greater problem was found in the loss of electrical power at homes and businesses throughout the area. With Duquesne Light unable to put workers in bucket trucks due to the high winds, much of the work on restoring power had to be delayed until sometime on Monday.

3/2/19

Bellevue Council has a new president, as council reorganized a short time into Tuesday’s regular meeting.

Former president Tom Fodi announced earlier this month that he would step down from the president’s seat due to demands on his attention and time created by family and work.

Fodi took that step at Tuesday’s meeting after presenting a local business owner with a proclamation recognizing 40 years as part of the Bellevue business community.

3/2/19

Educators in the Northgate School District are working on a plan to expand music education to the point that it not only becomes a part of the core curriculum at every grade level, but that Northgate becomes a “destination” school district for music education.

3/2/19

On Feb. 13, a business on Mt. Nebo Road in Ohio Township reported criminal mischief.

A business on Herron Avenue in Emsworth reported theft on Feb. 13.

On Feb. 14, a resident of Pennsylvania Avenue in Emsworth reported a disturbance.

On Feb. 16, a resident of Memorial Drive in Emsworth reported harassment.

A resident of Plummer Avenue in Emsworth reported criminal mischief on Feb. 17.

A resident of Ohio River Boulevard in Ben Avon reported theft on Feb. 18.

On Feb. 19, a business on Camp Horne Road in Ohio Township reported harassment by communication.

3/2/19

Although a new restaurant received conditional approval to apply for a state license to serve alcoholic beverages, it did so near the end of a three-hour meeting Tuesday that was classic Bellevue Council all the way.

2/24/19

On Jan. 22, a four-vehicle traffic accident occurred at the intersection of Ohio River Boulevard and Fisk Avenue in Avalon. As the result of an investigation into the cause of the accident, Catherine Nicholas, 75, of Avalon, was cited for careless driving. Police say all vehicles had to be towed and three people sustained injuries.

Following a traffic stop on Feb. 7, John D. Keller Jr., 48, of Bellevue, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

On Feb. 7, Latosha Craig, 35, of McKees Rocks, was cited for harassment by communication.

2/24/19

A body found near the railroad tracks along the Ohio River in Bellevue on Feb. 15 has yet to be identified, police say.

The body, discovered by juveniles, appeared to have been there for a while, and the cause and manner of death are still being investigated by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office. Police say that all indications so far are that the person committed suicide.

2/24/19

Emsworth Borough is preparing for two large projects. The first will benefit residents and visitors to Marmo Park. The second is likely to inconvenience many drivers, but when completed will assist in safety and water control.

Bids are being sought for the Marmo Park renovation project, which includes resurfacing the existing basketball court, conversion of the tennis court to pickelball courts and creating ADA access as well as minor drainage work and parking lot mill and overlay.

2/24/19

Avalon Borough has obtained the title to two abandoned lots at the far end of Semple Avenue.

Using delinquent tax liens as credit, the borough was able to obtain the lots, and plan to add neighborhood amenities. Recently, the borough turned another abandoned property into a community garden.

2/24/19

The Northgate School District's financial picture is pretty good, and fairly comparable to that of other school districts across the state, according to the 2017-18 audit presented to the school board Tuesday night.

The audit covers the period from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

According to Joel Martin of Arbutina and Associates, the borough did record a deficit during that year, for the first time in many years. Expenditures exceeded revenues by about $400,000, a bit higher than the $300,000 anticipated in the district's budget for the same time period.

2/24/19

A bid for upgrades to the South Birmingham Avenue “Tot Lot” playground was accepted by Avalon Council Tuesday.

The borough has received a grant of $27,800 for the project, which will be handled by Sports and Recreation Associations, LLC.

2/16/19

Residents both for and against Bellevue hosting another business serving alcoholic beverages spoke during a public hearing on Tuesday held to provide input on the borough council's upcoming decision on whether to allow a liquor license in excess of the borough's quota. Much of Bellevue Council’s concern, however, was how and why the borough had failed to have a procedure in place for the application request.

2/16/19

Bellevue has a chance to become home to a dek hockey rink at Memorial Park, the $267,000 cost paid completely by the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation.

Although there is no definite decision on the opportunity, Mayor Emily Marburger said that the borough had been contacted by state Sen. Wayne Fontana to gauge Bellevue’s interest.

Director of Administrative Services Ron Borczyk said the rink, if built, likely would occupy the gravel lot along Bellevue Road, adjacent to the baseball field and the dog park.

2/16/19

Bellevue Council president Tom Fodi announced Tuesday that he would step down as council president.

Fodi, whose term on council will be up at the end of this year, previously had announced that he will not be running for re-election to a second term on council.

Fodi said that family and work require too much of his attention for him to be able to juggle the duties of council president.

2/16/19

Bellevue officials knew what they wanted in an employee to replace finance clerk Ann Moss, who recently resigned, but unfortunately the borough’s personnel code had never been updated to reflect the new job duties and skill requirements.

2/16/19

A resident of Berringer Place in Ben Avon reported a disturbance on Feb. 1.

Ohio Township Police received a report of criminal mischief to an automobile in a parking lot on Mt. Nebo Point Drive in Ohio Township on Feb. 2.

On Feb. 4, a business on Mt. Nebo Point Drive in Ohio Township reported retail theft.

On Feb. 4, a resident of Nicholson Road in Ohio Township reported fraud.

On Feb. 6, a business on Mt. Nebo Point Drive in Ohio Township reported retail theft.

A resident of Roosevelt Road in Ohio Township reported a civil dispute on Feb. 9.