Two people were tied up and property stolen from their apartment during a “home invasion” by two armed males last Friday, Oct. 2.

The young couple walked to the Bellevue police station to report the robbery after their cell phone was stolen, police say.

According to Police Chief Matt Sentner, the two told police that they were awakened by two unknown black males who tied them up and then began removing property from the apartment. Among the items stolen were two guns, a game cube and DVDs, in addition to the phone and a small amount of cash.


Bellevue Council voted unanimously Tuesday to fill the vacant third ward council seat.

The vacancy created by the August resignation of Jerry Walter was filled by Mark Panichella, who will serve until the end of the year.

Panichella, 39, of Dawson Avenue, is the Democratic candidate for that seat, and will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot for a four-year term.

A native of Greensburg, he holds a bachelor of arts degree from West Virginia University and is the director of human resources for the VITAC corporation.


Bond refinanced

Refinancing Ohio Township's current bond will produce about $87,000 for capital projects.

The Ohio Township Supervisors voted unanimously at their Oct. 5 meeting to refinance the debt. Township manager John L. Sullivan Jr. said that favorable interest rates had allowed refinancing with no extension of the amount or term of the bond. Instead the township will receive $87,000 as a refund or reimbursement for capital projects, he said.

Contract extension


Fall leaf pick-up will begin soon in Bellevue.

Loose leaf pick-up will be done from Monday, Oct. 12, until Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Loose leaf collection will take place only on streets that have posted street sweeping days and times. Residents who live on streets that do not have posted sweeping days and times must bag all leaves for Friday front street pick-ups. There will be no loose leaf collection in any alleys.

Residents are reminded to place all loose leaves on the street at the curb line prior to 7 a.m. Leaf piles covered by illegally parked cars cannot be picked up.


Election day could come a month early for one candidate for Bellevue Council.

Council currently has a vacancy created by the Aug. 26 resignation of third ward representative Jerry Walter. Although Walter did not remove his name from the Nov. 3 general election ballot, he is not considered a viable candidate. That leaves Democrat Mark Panichella in good position to be elected to the seat next month.

He could, however, be appointed to fill the council vacancy as early as next Tuesday, during council's regular meeting.


Leaf collection will begin in late October in Ben Avon.

Residents are asked to rake leaves to the curb. No twigs, branches, mulched material, grass or other debris will be collected.

A final pass will be made on each street the last week of November. Collection of leaves on Ohio River Boulevard will occur the first week of December.

Once a street has been collected for the last time, residents are asked not to place any additional leaves at the curbside. Leaves can be bagged for disposal during weekly refuse collection.


Those working within the borough of Emsworth could be paying a little more in local taxes beginning next year.

Emsworth Borough Council voted, at a special meeting on Sept. 23, to implement a local service tax, which will cost anyone working in the borough $26 per year.

The tax will replace the $10 occupational privilege tax that the borough currently has in place, according to council member Paul Getz.

Getz said that the tax will go into effect at the beginning of 2010.


Some 62 vehicles were stopped during a detail conducted Tuesday on Route 65 and Camp Horne Road, as well as on Neville Island.

Ohio Township Police hosted the detail as part of the North Hills Regional Vehicle Inspection Task Force.

According to police, eight trucks were taken out of service, and 53 citations were issued for motor vehicle code violations.

Among the citations were 16 for secure load problems, nine safety chain violations, 15 equipment violations, four weight problems and 15 brake violations.


Early probation end?

Bellevue Council could decide whether to end an employee's probationary period early so that he will be eligible for borough-paid health insurance.

Council member David Gillingham Jr. said at the Sept. 30 pre-council meeting that if council releases recent public works hire George Bauer from probation a month early, he would be eligible to receive insurance benefits through the borough.


Bellevue Council's parks and recreation committee has recommended selling a portion of Memorial Park.

The portion in question is the lot along Bellevue Road that Bellevue was forced recently to clear of vegetation, debris and stored building materials.

Because all of Memorial Park lies within Ross Township, rather than Bellevue, the property is subject to Ross property maintenance laws. After the township received complaints this summer from residents along an adjacent street, Bellevue cut down trees, removed poison ivy, and was forced to find a new home for stored bricks.


The fire that severely damaged a Marie Avenue home in Avalon early Thursday morning was deliberately set, fire officials say.

Firefighters from throughout the North Boroughs were called to 305 Marie Ave. about 3 a.m. when a trash fire was reported.

According to Avalon Fire Chief Bill Carney, the fire started on a side porch. Assistant Chief Chuck Berrie said that the fire had worked itself up into the second and third floors of the single-family home before firefighters were called.


Two men were “Tazed” by police during a fight at 600 California Ave. on Sept. 18.


Nine people were arrested for driving under the influence during a DUI checkpoint conducted by the West Hills DUI Task Force on Ohio River Boulevard at Atlantic Avenue in Emsworth on Sept. 19.


Kilbuck Township officials will be looking for more information before deciding how to proceed with two road repair projects.

Chairman Russ Hardiman and supervisor Susan Merkner found themselves without critical information about problems on Wilson Drive and Semple Avenue. Supervisor John Fader was absent from the Sept. 22 meeting.


Relief funds Kilbuck Township officials are not sure what to do with almost $5,000 in fire relief funds received recently.


Most Northgate School District students are ahead of the grade when it comes to Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) test results.

Assistant to the superintendent Kathleen Gallagher told school board members at their regular meeting on Monday that Northgate surpassed the state required percentages of students that are proficient or advanced in reading and math on the 2008-09 tests.


Tensions among the Kilbuck Township Supervisors escalated earlier this week when supervisors' chairman Russ Hardiman refused to consider several items on the regular meeting agenda because of the absence of supervisor John Fader.


A substantial portion of Elizabeth Avenue in Avalon is believed to be undermined after a tractor-trailer truck sheared off a fire hydrant Friday morning, Sept. 18.

The accident occurred just after 6 a.m. when the driver, traveling up Elizabeth from Ohio River Boulevard, attempted to turn left onto Jackman Avenue.

Sandra Zimmerman, 45, of Juneau, WI, was delivering rolls of paper to the Post-Gazette.


Two men fled on foot after robbing the Ben Avon Mini Mart on Friday, Sept. 11.

Police say the two, believed to be white males, showed a gun to the clerk and stole more than $500.

In other news from Ohio Township Police, two tires on a vehicle parked on Laurel Avenue in Ben Avon were reported cut on Sept. 13.

Police recovered a bicycle in the 500 block of Crawford Road on Sept. 16. It is described as a silver Pacific Eclipse D.J., BMX-style bike.

Julian Morgart, 19, of Verona, was cited for disorderly conduct on Sept. 10 after a disturbance at a Camp Horne Road business.


Bellevue Police officers arrested two individuals for driving under the influence (DUI).

Lynn Ward, 42, of Union Avenue in West View, was arrested for DUI during a traffic stop on Grant Avenue on Sept. 8.

Harold Novick Jr., 29, of Aliquippa, was arrested for DUI during a traffic stop on Ohio River Boulevard Sept. 13.


As the eyes of the world turn toward Pittsburgh and international leaders prepare to meet in the Steel City, few will have any idea how far and wide the impact of the G-20 Summit will reach locally.

While most resources will be focused within the City of Pittsburgh, the suburban areas will not be left unaffected by the Summit and its related events.

For school children throughout the North Boroughs, the Summit is providing an opportunity to learn everything from economics to geography to statesmanship. For municipal officials, however, the darker side of the Summit must be addressed. For others, the event is providing a renewed commitment to community involvement.


Education funding urged A resolution approved by the Northgate School Board will be sent to the state legislature, urging representatives to maintain state funding for schools.

"They're talking about giving us less money than they did last year," said superintendent Dr. Reggie Bonfield at the school board's committee of the whole meeting on Monday. "Hopefully that won't happen."

Team elimination? Northgate could eliminate its ninth grade boys' basketball team in an effort to bolster the school's varsity program.


With school children now considered the group most at risk of getting the H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus this year, the Northgate School District will be working with the state health department to provide students and faculty with the new vaccine created to combat the virus.


Elizabeth Croker Elizabeth “Betty” Muckian Croker, 82, of Avalon, died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009. She is survived by her husband, Elvin “Sonny” Croker; her brother, Raymond Muckian; nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was preceded in death by five siblings, Mary Rita, Dorothy, Bernard, Eileen and Martin Muckian. Friends were received at the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Bellevue. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in the Church of the Assumption on Saturday.

Frank Timpani