Following a traffic stop on California Avenue on Jan. 2, Anna Mae Seitz, 24, of Avalon, was charged with driving under the influence.

Avalon Police were called to a retail business on Ohio River Boulevard on Jan. 3, when a store video showed an employee taking socks, hats, and other items without paying. Jeffrey Glenn Grier Sr., 56, was charged with theft.

Following a traffic stop on California Avenue on Jan. 5, William M. Alexander, 46, of Avalon, was charged with narcotics possession.


A resident of North Sprague Avenue reported on Jan. 1 that a firearm had been stolen out of a vehicle overnight.

On Jan. 2, a resident of South Jackson Avenue reported a gun had been stolen from the bedroom between Dec. 26 and Dec. 30, and on Jan. 3, Derek Smith Oliver, 21, was charged with theft.

On Jan. 2, a resident of North Bryant Avenue reported multiple items had been stolen from her home during a visit.

On Jan. 4, a resident of Dawson Avenue reported the house had been burglarized on Jan. 2.


Bellevue has taken the first steps toward refunding the borough’s 2011 bond issue, a move that could net the borough more than $100,000 that could be used for upcoming capita l projects.


On Jan. 19, a business located on Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township reported a retail theft.

A business on Spruce Street in Ben Avon filed a suspicious persons report on Jan. 19.

A threat report was filed from a business on Camp Horne Road in Ohio Township on Jan. 21.

A resident of Woodland Avenue in Ben Avon filed a criminal mischief report on Jan. 22.


The Emsworth Bridge will be undergoing reconstruction beginning next month, and Ben Avon Council wants residents to know how it will impact them and the borough.

The bridge is set to close Feb. 13 and could be shut down for as long as a year.


Employees of Avalon's street department now have a contract that will provide them with both retroactive and future pay increases.

The borough council voted at its regular meeting Tuesday to approve the agreement, which covers the years 2015-18. Officials said that the union representing the workers earlier agreed to a salary for 2015, so the new contract provides for a 3 percent annual increase retroactive to 2016.


Emsworth volunteer firefighters may soon be eligible for tax credits, if council passes a proposed ordinance.

Last November, Pennsylvania House Bill 1683 was signed into law as Act 172 of 2016. It granted municipalities the authority to offer active volunteers an earned income tax credit and a property tax credit of up to 20 percent, based on certain criteria.

In December, Emsworth Council discussed and members suggested approval of granting such credits, and requested that the Emsworth Volunteer Fire Company present a definition of “active volunteer.”



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.