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5/29/09

The name of the Neale/Stewart Scholarship Fund has been changed to honor the memory of another Avalon High School graduate.

5/29/09

A local Boy Scout asked Bellevue Council, at its pre-council meeting held May 27, for permission to build a memorial for local servicemen and women who lost their lives fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Brian Halligan of Troop 226 said that he would like build a brick wall that will hold a plaque with the names of local soldiers who have been killed in the wars.

The memorial would be placed in the borough’s parking lot on North Jackson Avenue.

The project will help Halligan obtain the status of Eagle Scout.

5/22/09

Allegheny County Police homicide detectives have taken over the investigation of an accident that occurred in the driveway of Northgate High School Wednesday afternoon.

Police say an unidentified pedestrian was hit by a car, and sustained a serious injury. She was unconscious when police arrived at the scene about 2:52 p.m., and was taken to Allegheny General Hospital by NorthWest EMS.

In other news from Bellevue Police, a Jefferson Avenue woman reported May 13 that she had been robbed by two white males and one black male on May 10.

5/22/09

An effort to cut costs by changing health care insurance providers failed Wednesday when the matter came to a tie vote by Avalon Council.

Council finance committee chairman Tom Michalow said that the borough would save about $2,500 per month -- or some $20,000 to $30,000 per year -- by changing to the UPMC health insurance plan.

The proposal was unpopular with some employees as well as some officials who attended the May 20 council meeting.

5/22/09

Ohio Township Police are interested in talking with any residents who may have been approached or visited by a man claiming to be with the U.S. Census Bureau.

The man in question visited at least two Ohio Township homes on May 12. He is described as a white male, possibly in his 50s, about 5’6” or 5’7” tall, with a paunch and brown hair that was longer in the back, similar to the mullet style. He is believed to have been driving an older model blue car.

Anyone who saw or had contact with the man is asked to call Ohio Township Police at (412)473-3056.

5/22/09

The scene was almost surreal when area firefighters responded to a report of a fire in a four-story apartment building on Jefferson Avenue in Bellevue during the early morning hours of Friday, May 15.

Bellevue Fire Chief Glenn Pritchard was among the first on scene just before 2:30 a.m., and saw people leaning from windows, waving and yelling, with heavy smoke pouring out over their heads.

“It’s something you hope never happens,” Pritchard said. “But you have to be ready when it does.”

5/22/09

Although there will be many races to be decided in the November general election, Tuesday's primary went a long way toward deciding who will occupy several municipal and school board offices next year, despite voter turnout that averaged around 15 percent of registered voters.

The top contests in the primary all but determined who will be the mayor in two boroughs.

5/22/09

Unknown -- although not unexpected -- sewer problems will ensure that Avalon uses the entire $2.1 million borrowed to fund a boroughwide rehabilitation project, and ends up without enough money to completely repair all lines.

Chester Engineers' Shawn Rosensteel told council members at their meeting Wednesday evening that it had been possible to trim about $200,000 from the original cost estimate of $1.7 million before deficiencies discovered during the project ate up the savings as well as the contingency funds built into the borough's financing through PennVEST.

5/22/09

A 16-year-old Bellevue boy has been charged with the March 19 robbery of the West View Savings Bank on Lincoln Avenue in Bellevue.

According to Bellevue Police Sgt. Richard Czapko, an anonymous tip to the Bellevue police desk was investigated by the FBI and resulted in the arrest of the youth. When questioned by the FBI, Czapko said, the boy confessed to robbing the bank.

Due to the teen’s age, prosecution of the case has been turned over to Bellevue Police to handle through Allegheny County’s Juvenile Court. The youth is being held at Shuman Center, Czapko said.

5/15/09

There will be two candidates on the May 19 primary ballot for the Democratic party's nomination for mayor of Bellevue. Voters will choose between incumbent George Doscher and challenger Mike Braunlich.

Doscher, who has lived in Bellevue for 52 years, says that he is at a time in his life when he wants to give back to the community. He was involved with the Bellevue Planning Commission, served one term as a member of council and is finishing his first term as mayor of Bellevue.

5/15/09

Bellevue police officers found two bullet casings on the street when they responded to a report of gunshots in the 100 block of Grant Avenue, near Laurel Avenue, on May 8. The incident is still under investigation.

Police also are continuing to investigate a man who ran from officers and jumped into the river on May 8. The man ran over the hillside near McDonald's restaurant on Ohio River Boulevard after spotting officers called to an incident at the business. The NorthWest EMS river rescue team responded, and the man was taken into custody.

5/15/09

By JOHN DOANE

Six candidates are seeking both parties’ nominations for five Northgate School Board seats

There are four four-year seats available on the board, as well as one two-year seat.

Two incumbents, Shirl Reinhart and Charles Miklos, will run, along with former member Lorinda Hayes, Gary Paladin, Anthony Barbarino and Marita Bartholomew. Paladin and Bartholomew have thrown their names into the hat for vacant seats on the board in the past, but have never been selected.

Miklos and Barbarino are also running for the two-year seat.

5/9/09

Bellevue council decided, at its regular meeting on May 5, to readvertise for applicants for an appointment to the Civil Service Commission, after declining to select the only person who filed an application on time.

5/9/09

Bellevue Council authorized, at its regular May 5 meeting, an agreement between the borough and Allegheny County for the repair of Kendall Avenue following the rehabilitation of the Jacks Run Bridge.

The motion passed by a vote of 8-1, with council member Jerry Walter opposed.

5/9/09

The purchase of two work stations and offices chairs for the Bellevue police station was authorized at Bellevue Council's regular meeting on May 5.

The purchase was approved unanimously. The equipment will cost approximately $2,000.

5/9/09

An Emsworth public works employee was pulled from the narrow confines of the borough’s pump station Wednesday morning after passing out due to an apparent lack of oxygen.

5/8/09

A Jefferson Avenue resident reported May 2 that there had been fraudulent charges on his debit card.

A vehicle on South Fremont Avenue was reported vandalized during the night on April 29.

Bellevue officers assisted Pittsburgh Police along with Allegheny County Homicide Detectives on Farragut Street with a female who had committed suicide by jumping off the High Bridge on April 30.

Lawrence Soeder, 42, of Ohio River Boulevard, was arrested April 30 for public drunkenness following an incident on Ohio River Boulevard.

5/8/09

A $1.2 million renovation project for the borough building was approved unanimously by Bellevue Council at its regular meeting on May 5.

Jeff Foreman, an architect from the Eckles Group, which designed the building renovations, was present at the meeting and said that he had received the bids for the work to be done on the building.

According to director of administrative services Connie Flasher, the project includes renovating the administrative office area, making the building handicapped accessible, replacing the flooring in the building, and electrical, heating and cooling work.

5/8/09

Bellevue Police Department will get two new officers, as the hirings were preliminarily approved at Bellevue Council's regular meeting on May 5.

The borough will hire two police officers from the civil service elegibility list. The motion passed by a vote of 7-2, with council members Jane Braunlich and Linda Woshner opposed.

5/8/09

Bellevue Council authorized the purchase of dirt for Gillott Field at its regular meeting on May 5.

The dirt could cost up to $1,000.

5/8/09

Avonworth School District’s musical "Into the Woods" has been nominated for four Gene Kelly awards. The honor was announced by superintendent Dr. Valerie McDonald at the school boards work session on May 4.

The play is up for best musical, best lighting, best actress (Andrea Weinzerl), and best supporting actress (Chelsea Stewart).

5/8/09

Bellevue Council approved, at its regular meeting on May 5, the purchase of a new diving board for the Memorial Park Pool at a cost not to exceed $3,000.

Public works supervisor Tony Barbarino said that the current diving board at the pool is cracked. Council originally was going to purchase the same type of board as the current one for $1,914.73, until council member Mark Helbling asked if there were any alternatives that would last longer so the board would not have to be replaced so often. According to council member Jerry Walter the board at the pool now lasted only five years.

5/8/09

The Avonworth School Board made its choices for board treasurer and board secretary for the next year at its work session on May 4.

With no other nominations for the position, the Avonworth School Board named Frank Mucha its treasurer, while Nancy DePace was unanimously elected to a four-year term as board secretary.

5/8/09

A truck stolen from a resident of Pennsylvania Avenue in Emsworth Monday night was quickly recovered, but not in very good shape. The thief did not get very far before wrecking into a tree and fleeing the scene on foot.

Robert Massilon, 27, of Ohio Township, was arrested for simple assault after police responded to a report of a domestic incident in the township on April 30.

Jennifer White, 31, of Pittsburgh, was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) during a traffic stop on Breading Avenue in Ben Avon on May 2.