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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.

5/8/09

Bellevue Council at its regular meeting on May 5, approved two ordinances.

The first was a “Knox Box Ordinance” that requires certain structures to have a key lock box installed on the exterior of the building for fire safety purposes.

5/8/09

Bellevue Council unanimously approved, at its regular meeting on May 5, the purchase of new playground equipment for Bayne Park.

The borough will use a $10,000 grant that it received last year, and contribute $995 of its own money, for the purchase of two swing sets, a carousel and seesaw. The price does not include installation.

Council member Jerry Walter asked why installation was not included. Public works supervisor Tony Barbarino said that the public works department will do the installation.

5/8/09

Bellevue Council unanimously awarded DeNoon Lumber Company, who was the highest bidder, a contract for the timber harvest sale program, at its regular meeting on May 5.

DeNoon will pay the borough $17,500 for the lumber.

5/8/09

Bellevue Council approved a motion for the borough to advertise and sell two borough vehicles at council’s regular meeting on May 5.

The borough will sell a one-ton dump truck, as well as the DARE police car.

5/8/09

Bellevue Council approved, at its regular meeting on May 5, the purchase of weed killer.

The weed killer will cost $2,500.

5/1/09

A California Avenue man faces felony aggravated assault charges for reportedly punching a police officer on April 25.

Police say they were called to a California Avenue home where a loud party had been reported. They encountered Justin Harvey on the porch, and say that his hand was covered in blood. Officers report they then heard a female screaming inside the home, and went inside to check on her welfare. Harvey reportedly punched in the chest the officer who attempted to restrain him while the screams were investigated.

5/1/09

Avonworth School Board at its regular meeting on April 13, approved a calendar that will change the number of two-hour delay days that are built into the schedule.

The number of delay days decreased from nine to only five in the new calendar. Instead there will be the addition of one full Act 80 day. There are four full Act 80 days in the 2009-10 tentative calendar rather than the three days that are in the current 2008-09 calendar.

5/1/09

A home on Means Avenue was reported burglarized on April 21.

A resident on Watkins Avenue reported on April 27 that her home had been burglarized.

A vehicle on Sumner Avenue was reported stolen on April 22. The vehicle later was recovered by Pittsburgh Police.

A North Sprague Avenue resident reported April 22 that her vehicle had been stolen during the night.

The unauthorized use of a credit card was reported by a resident of North Balph Avenue on April 23.

Classic Chevrolet reported on April 27 that two of its company-owned vehicles were vandalized over the weekend.

5/1/09

For the second time in a month, a regularly scheduled Bellevue Council meeting was cancelled due to the lack of a quorum.

The pre-council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 29, was not held when five council members were not able to attend. Missing were council president Kathy Coder, vice president Lisa Blaney-Stewart, safety committee chairman Jerry Walter, public works committee chairman Mike Kutschbach and council member David Gillingham Jr.

5/1/09

Stimulus money and reserve funds will help a deficit of nearly $1 million in the Northgate School District’s proposed 2009-10 budget.

According to Northgate superintendent Dr. Reggie Bonfield, the proposed budget shows expenditures of about $19.1 million and revenues of about $18.2 million, leaving a deficit of $960,167.

Bonfield said that he hopes to recover some of that deficit with the anticipated federal stimulus money and that the district will transfer the remaining money from the reserve funds rather than increasing the property tax millage rate.

5/1/09

Dozens of police officers from multiple jurisdictions surrounded a Division Avenue home in Bellevue for more than four hours Tuesday evening, only to find that the robbery suspect believed to be inside had gotten away -- but not for long.

5/1/09

It was a bad week for trees in Ben Avon.

On Sunday, a large tree on Ohio River Boulevard fell over, reportedly due to being rotted, onto a vehicle. No one was injured.

Monday night, a tree on Church Avenue near Virginia Avenue also fell, this one blocking the street and causing a power outage when wires were pulled from a transformer.

Ben Avon Volunteer Fire Co. responded to both incidents.

4/17/09

By JOHN DOANE

A former member of the Northgate School Board, now living in the Avonworth School District, urged the school board Monday to find alternatives to a planned .75 mill property tax increase.

"In the current economic times we are facing, it is critical every step is taken to avoid the simplistic view of just increasing the tax rate," said former Northgate School Board finance chairman Keith Egyed. "I would stress that you find a way not to increase taxes."

4/17/09

Northgate officials have long lamented the fact that some $160,000 is spent each year to cover the tuition of district students who attend cyber charter schools rather than Northgate’s own facilities. The expenditure of stimulus funds for special education students, however, could open a door that will close off that drain on the district’s budget.

4/17/09

The Avonworth School Board approved, at its regular meeting on April 13, a contract with Williams-Scotsman for two modular classrooms.

The trailers will allow the district to handle an overflow of students at the elementary school while officials decide how best to expand the school permanently.

The district will pay $165,000 over the term of a four-year lease, then pay $1 to purchase the classrooms, according to director of fiscal management Brad Waters.

4/17/09

Avonworth School Board approved the purchase of 17 new textbooks for the 2009-10 school year at its regular meeting on April 13.

The total cost of the new books is $97,413.25.

4/17/09

Avonworth School Board has approved the creation of three new teaching positions for the 2009-10 school year.

At the board meeting on April 13, a full-time elementary school teaching position and a global studies and communications position were authorized, both by a vote of 8-1, with board member Jeff Schmid voting against both.

4/17/09

Northgate School Board Fine Arts Committee chair Shirl Reinhart announced Monday that next year’s Art Odyssey will be held on a Friday evening for the first time.

Speaking at the school board’s committee of the whole meeting on April 13, Reinhart said that teachers had asked for the switch from Saturday to Friday.

The theme for next year’s event will be “In The News.”

4/17/09

With Avonworth High School’s unused metal shop equipment on its way out, the school board has authorized a contract with an architect to reconfigure the empty space.

The district will enter into a contract with Timothy Morgan to redesign the area. He will be paid $9,800.

Although the motion was approved unanimously, some board members voiced concerns. Board members Lynn Evans McGrath and Marybeth Sommers agreed that it seemed that the board had rushed the decisions to get rid of the shop equipment and redesign the room.

4/17/09

After talking to other school administrators and considering several factors, Northgate School District’s superintendent is now recommending that the the start time for classes not be changed.

4/17/09

Solicitor William Andrews told Avonworth School Board members at their April 13 meeting that delinquent tax collection has increased from last year.

Andrews said that $18,000 more was collected this year.

Andrews also said that the district's tax assessment program is moving forward and has resulted in 68 new residential assessment appeals for the 2009 year. Appeals are filed when the sale of a home is more than $15,000 higher than the assessed value, he said.

3/27/09

Bellevue police arrested two people on March 19, after officers responded to a report of a vehicle being broken into on South Harrison Avenue. Nathan Bane, 27, of Cliff Avenue, and Danielle Skovran, 23, of Teece Avenue, were arrested and face various charges, including theft, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy.

A vehicle on Madison Avenue was reported vandalized on March 18. A 17-year old male was cited for criminal mischief in the incident.

A bicycle was reported stolen from a home on Grant Avenue on March 22. The bicycle was recovered a short time later.

3/27/09

The Kilbuck Township Supervisors have accepted recommendations by the township's planning commission that will slightly ease restrictions on how property can be used within a proposed "municipal and fire overlay district."

The district was created after Kilbuck's zoning board denied a variance that would have allowed the fire station on Eicher Road to be sold and used as a commercial property. Currently, all property along Eicher is zoned for residential use only.