Sister Linda Yankoski of Holy Family Institute asked Emworth Council at its Jan. 11 meeting to consider contributing approximately $1,500 toward costs incurred by Holy Family Institute in the process of obtaining a four-way traffic light stop for pedestrians, at the intersection of Allegheny Avenue and Ohio River Boulevard.

Borough residents, Yankoski suggested, had requested and would benefit from the halt to all traffic as they crossed the busy highway. As such, she said, perhaps the borough could assist with the cost.


Both Avalon and Bellevue officials are drafting ordinances that will give fire fighters easier access to commercial and multi-family residential properties.

Bellevue has had such an ordinance in place for several years, but is now looking to expand the types of properties that will be required to participate.



Residents of Emsworth Borough continue to be inconvenienced by street damage and road closures due to broken West View Water Authority water lines.

The latest situation occurred on Dec. 22 on Pennsylvania Avenue, the upper part of which remains closed to vehicle traffic.

Members of council debated whether a quick emergency fix should be made on Pennsylvania Avenue in order to open the road, or a more-complete repair, including replacement of the water line, should be made that would greatly diminish the likelihood of future breaks.


This past Monday, faculty members, administrators, and students at Avonworth High School had to work through one of the toughest lessons they ever would teach or learn: how to make sense of the sudden loss of a beloved friend and member of the community.

By the time the school day had started, all knew the tragic details that claimed the life of sophomore Hannah Milbert who, despite valiant efforts to rescue her, became the victim of a fast-moving fire that two days earlier had raged through her family home on Wible Lane in Ohio Township.


A resident of Heritage Drive in Ohio Township filed a threat report on Jan. 5.

On Jan. 6, a resident of Laurel Oak Drive in Ohio Township filed a theft report.

On Jan. 6, a resident of Penhurst Drive in Ben Avon Heights filed a theft report. Police say the items have been recovered.

A theft report was filed by a business located on Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township on Jan. 7.

A resident of Prospect Avenue in Ben Avon filed a fraud report on Jan. 9.


Police are looking for a man believed to have robbed employees at the Arby’s restaurant on Ohio River Boulevard in Bellevue Tuesday night.

The robbery was reported about 8:30 p.m., with police told that the man was armed with a black Glock handgun and a pink cannister of mace.

The suspect, who fled on foot, was described as a black male with a dark complexion, wearing a black jacket, black jeans and black Air Max tennis shoes, along with a Pirates cap. He is about 5’4” tall.

In other news from Bellevue Police:


A 15-year-old sophomore at Avonworth High School died Saturday night in a fire that destroyed her family’s home on Wible Lane in Ohio Township.

Hannah Milbert was pronounced dead at 9:26 p.m. Her parents, Eric and Maureen Milbert, were able to escape the blaze first reported at 6:13 p.m. The family’s cat, Ninja, also is believed to have died in the fire.


A woman was trapped in her car after it hit a house on Ohio River Boulevard on May 3. She reported that while coming down Harrison Avenue, the vehicle’s brakes failed and the car crossed all four lanes of Route 65, jumped a curb, went through a yard and hit the house. The driver was not injured.

A vehicle on California Avenue was broken into on April 27. Personal items valued at more than $200 were taken.

On April 28, Avalon Police responded to a downed wire and disabled vehicle on Ohio River Boulevard.



Avonworth School District is considering changing its policies and procedures to allow nurses to possess and administer the drug naloxone (Narcan).

Naloxone, commonly sold under the brand name Narcan, is a drug used to treat opioid overdoses. The drug works by blocking the opioid receptors in the brain, thus preventing and reversing the effects of opioids that have been recently used, including reduced respiration.



The Avonworth School Board has approved a proposed 2016-17 budget with no increase in the property tax millage rate.

At their May 9 meeting, board members approved the proposed budget showing revenue of $28,745,949 and expenditures of $28,895,949.

The millage rate will remain at its current 18.67 mills.

According to fiscal manager Brad Waters, the $150,000 difference between revenues and expenses in the proposed budget, will be met in one of three possible ways: expenses could decrease, revenues could increase, or through the use of unassigned reserve funds.


Although Northgate taxpayers are still being assured that there will be no property tax increase in the coming fiscal year, the proposed budget under consideration by the school board now boasts a dramatically increased projected deficit.

The budget initially was presented two weeks ago with a negligible deficit of about $7,000. The preliminary budget approved by the school board at its work session on Monday projects a deficit that is close to $1 million for the 2016-17 fiscal year.


The Northgate School District will welcome its sixth superintendent in the district's 45-year history -- as well as its first female superintendent -- after the school board voted unanimously Monday evening to hire Caroline Johns.


Only one week after the parents of Northgate High School students received letters informing them that their children could apply for scholarships to attend classes in another school district because assessment test scores were so low at Northgate, the district’s school board voted to further reduce the number of remediation hours that will be required for members of the Class of 2016 who have not passed one or more of those assessment tests.


Five members of a Bellevue family have now been confirmed dead as a result of a fire in their Roosevelt Avenue duplex Friday night.


It was 40 years ago yesterday that the North Boroughs became home to a new weekly newspaper. Most people probably wouldn’t have bet money on the paper surviving for long in the highly competitive newspaper market of 1976. At the time the local news was already covered by the North sections of two daily newspapers, a bi-weekly in the North Hills, and a weekly paper with offices right in Bellevue. All of them had corporate roots that provided tremendous resources.


Ohio Township Police recently responded to the following:

A Cliffside Drive in Emsworth resident reported a hit and run accident on March 30.

An Ohio River Boulevard resident reported a civil dispute on March 30.

A Kensington Drive in Ohio Township resident reported harassment on March 30.

A Cobblestone Drive in Ohio Township resident reported a civil dispute on March 31.

Ohio Township Police responded to a disturbance at a residence on Laurel Avenue in Ben Avon on April 1. Charges are pending.



Overcrowding at the middle-senior high school has prompted Avonworth School District administrators to recommend moving sixth grade classes from the middle school to the elementary school beginning in the 2017-18 school year.

During the school board’s April 4 meeting, superintendent Tom Ralston presented a “facility utilization” analysis. Titled, “The 6th Grade Question,” the report contained information and recommendations for addressing the increasing student population.


More details are now available on a story first reported in last week’s issue of The Citizen, in which a Bellevue Police officer was assaulted while in a police car last Wednesday night/Thursday morning.

Dominick Hoy, 29, of Bellevue, was scheduled for a preliminary hearing yesterday after spending the past week in the Allegheny County Jail on a $75,000 straight cash bond.


Bellevue will consider a proposal to change its zoning laws to restrict the use of street-level properties in the borough's main street business district.


With a rash of vehicle break-ins reported, Bellevue Police are reminding car owners to keep their vehicles locked.

A dozen break-ins have been reported to police in recent weeks. The incidents were located throughout the borough.

On March 7, a Sheridan Avenue resident reported a theft from a vehicle sometime between March 4-7.

A Highland Place resident reported on March 12 that an unlocked vehicle had been entered and rummaged through. Nothing was taken or damaged.


Avalon Council discussed a number of matters at its Tuesday meeting, including:

For the second consecutive year, Avalon has been named a “Banner Community” by the Allegheny League of Municipalities.

The borough clean-up day, sponsored by Avalon Now, will be held Saturday, April 23, at 9 a.m. Volunteers are encouraged to help out.

Council approved a handicapped parking space in the vicinity of 617 Center Avenue.

The borough will lease a new police vehicle, as council approved a financing agreement with WesBanco.


On March 6, a North School Street resident reported to Avalon Police that a vehicle had been stolen.

The passenger side of a vehicle parked on Florence Avenue was damaged on March 6.

On March 7, five different vehicles on Virginia Avenue were broken into.

No injuries were sustained in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of California and Home avenues on March 7.

On March 8, a Harrison Avenue resident reported a theft from a vehicle.

A purse and personal papers were stolen from a vehicle parked on Jackman Avenue on March 9.


Avalon Mayor David Haslett (at left) swears in the borough’s newest full-time police officer, Anthony D. Ricchiuto, during Tuesday evening’s Avalon Council meeting. Ricchiuto has 17 years of experience in law enforcement, most of it spent with the Swissvale Police Department. A resident of Brighton Heights, he worked for the UPMC police department for the last five years, and part-time for Avalon for the last six months.

Photo by Connie Rankin for The Citizen



The Avonworth School Board is considering making changes to the district’s policy on head lice.

At the school board’s meeting on March 9, the district's two nurses gave a detailed and informative presentation and suggested that the head lice policy be rewritten in light of scientific data and due to the education disruptions that result from the current policy.

Certified school nurses Mara Alterio and Colleen Barcaskey suggested that the biggest problem with head lice is the “ick” factor rather than any medical crisis.