About a dozen people remain excluded from their apartments in a South Birmingham Avenue building after a water pipe break last saturday caused to building to be condemned.


A North Birmingham Avenue resident told police he was robbed at gunpoint at the ATM machine on California Avenue on Dec. 11. The man, who did not report the robbery until the next day, said that he had just withdrawn cash when he was approached from behind by a male who put a gun to his head and demanded the money. The robber was described as a light-skinned black male wearing a white hoodie and carrying a black semi-automatic gun.


Bellevue Police have made an arrest in a robbery that occurred on Dec. 8. Amanda Veneziale, 20, of Irwin Avenue, was arrested after police obtained a warrant. Police say she took money while robbing a woman on Lincoln Avenue.

A Brighton Road resident reported his house had been burglarized on Dec. 8.


In the black

Avalon Borough will end the fiscal year in the black, according to council finance committee chairman Tom Michalow.

Michalow said that the borough will have between $38,000 and $58,000 left over at the end of 2009, thanks in part to a $35,000 street repair loan payment budgeted for this year which did not have to be made.


Avonworth Elementary School will have an assistant principal beginning in January, and one of the district's own will be taking the new position.

The school board voted unanimously at its Dec. 7 meeting to hire Scott Miller, a sixth grade math teacher at Avonworth.

Miller is in his fifth year as a teacher at Avonworth after graduating from Robert Morris University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in instructional leadership. He expects to complete the principal certification program at Gannon University this spring.


A purse snatching on Spring Avenue was reported just after 6 p.m. on Dec. 9. The robber was described as a black male, about 5'10" tall, with a medium build. He was reported to have run up Laurel Avenue toward Grant carrying a tan corduroy bag and a Macy's bag.

A Greenough Avenue resident reported he was robbed at gunpoint by two white males and a white female on Dec. 2.

The burglary of a home on South Euclid Avenue was reported Dec. 3.

An Irwin Avenue residence was reported burglarized on Dec. 1.


One month after voting to make Clearview Avenue in Emsworth one-way, the borough council has decided to change the street back to allow two-way traffic.

Council voted for the one-way signs to go up last month, after some residents raised concerns over the number of vehicles traveling on Clearview and the speeds of those vehicles.


It took nine roll call votes, two recesses and a coin toss before the Northgate School Board was able to elect a new president during the reorganization meeting Monday evening.

Incumbent Charles Miklos was elected to two board seats -- one for a four-year term and one for a two-year term -- during the November general election, and chose to accept the four-year seat. That left a two-year vacancy and only eight board members available to elect new officers during the Dec. 7 meeting.


Parents who have been dropping off their children early at Avonworth Elementary School will have to start participating in a daycare program through the school, or find somewhere else for their children to spend before-school time.

Superintendent Dr. Valerie McDonald said that parents who have to get to work have been dropping off their children as early as 8 a.m. School staff have been supervising the children, but that practice will have to stop, McDonald said, noting that the district is not a licensed daycare center.


Oliver Zwick, 25, of Ohio Township, was arrested on an outstanding warrant on Ben Avon Heights Road on Dec. 5.

Brien F. Able, 45, of Ben Avon, was arrested Dec. 8 for driving under the influence (DUI). Police say his car struck a parked vehicle and then drove over a small retaining wall on Virginia Avenue in Ben Avon.

Michelle Lynn Benninger, 31, of Penn Hills, was charged with DUI on Ohio River Boulevard on Dec. 5.

Craig Thomas Porta, 31, from Ohio Township, was arrested Dec. 5 for DUI after being pulled over for speeding on Mt. Nebo Road.


Wednesday night's high winds kept local police and firefighters busy answering reports of downed trees and power lines.

Among the incidents reported were a tree across power lines on Roosevelt Road at the Kilbuck/Ohio Township border; live wires down on Nicholson Road in Ohio Township, South Birmingham Avenue in Avalon and Ohio River Boulevard in Ben Avon, and a tree down across Route 65 near the ballfield in Emsworth.

Bellevue Police were called when the aluminum siding began blowing off the building at 664 Lincoln Ave.


The Northgate School District is now offering the H1N1 vaccine to anyone interested in receiving it.

The vaccination is free and will be administered at the high school.

The district first offered the 1,600 vaccinations it had received to Northgate students and staff. The 1,000 doses left were offered to target groups identified by the Centers for Disease Control. Superintendent Dr. Reggie Bonfield said that Northgate held a total of five vaccination clinics for the target groups.


With Bellevue now officially part of the Allegheny Together revitalization program, officials hope to overcome a procedural error so that an inaugural seminar can be held Dec. 14.

The borough was one of two municipalities accepted into the county-run program for the next three years. The program primarily will provide consultants to advise borough officials and business property owners on restoring and revitalizing the Lincoln Avenue business district. Some low-interest financing may be available to property owners as well.


Avonworth Elementary School could have an assistant principal beginning with the second semester of this school year.

The school board is expected to vote next Monday to hire someone for the job. Whoever fills the position will assist principal Dr. Darlene Tartaglione with various duties at the school including attendance and students issues and school schedules. The assistant will be paid an annual salary of $62,000 plus benefits.


A Shade Avenue resident reported being robbed of money on that street on Nov. 17. The robbers were a male and two females, police say.

The burglary of a home on Grant Avenue was reported Nov. 23.

A Textor Avenue resident reported Nov. 20 that her home had been burglarized.

An attempted break-in at Classic Chevrolet was reported Nov. 21. A van also was reported vandalized.

A laptop computer was reported stolen from a vehicle on Orchard Avenue on Nov. 24.

Copper pipe was reported stolen on Nov. 17 from a vacant house on South Bryant.


Bellevue's newly refurbished council chambers has been named in honor of a former elected official who served for more than two decades.

Council voted at its regular meeting Tuesday to name the meeting room the Rosemary Heflin Council Chambers.


A tie-breaker conducted by the Allegheny County Department of Elections to decide who will take a seat on Bellevue Council in January may not count after all. A decision by the state's Commonwealth Court could be what determines whether incumbent Democrat Jane Braunlich will lose her seat to Republican challenger David Piet.


A man who told police he broke into two Avalon homes in an effort to evade the Pagan motorcycle gang has been charged with criminal trespass.

Avalon Police were called to a North School Street residence on Nov. 22 when a burglary-in-progress was reported. Inside the home, they found John Roose, 36, of Sharpsburg, in the kitchen, dressed only in a gray thermal shirt and blue underwear. He was bleeding from cuts on his legs and feet.


Parking lot problems Excavation for a parking lot adjacent to Bellevue's borough hall turned up more than anyone expected, with the result that it will cost more to finish the lot.

Engineer John Rusnak told borough council members Tuesday to expect a "change order of some magnitude" due to "unforeseen site conditions" discovered as the contractor excavated the site.


Foul play is not suspected in the death of a Bellevue woman whose body was found along the railroad tracks in the borough last weekend.

The body of An-toinette Giuliani, 69, was spotted by a Norfolk Southern Railways crew just after noon on Sat-urday, Nov. 28.

According to the Allegheny County Medi-cal Examiner’s office, she died of blunt force trauma to the head and body.


An Emsworth resident reported Nov. 29 that a 2007 dark blue boy's mountain bike had been stolen from an Orchard Avenue residence.

Angela Lee Sevcik, 24, of Ben Avon, was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) on Mt. Nebo Road in Ohio Township on Nov. 26.

Charles Goggins, 49, of Aliquippa, was arrested for DUI on Dec. 1 on Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth.


Bellevue residents from the borough’s first ward could learn as early as Monday who will represent them on Bellevue Council, after a judge dismissed a petition that sought to keep Allegheny County from counting an absentee ballot that had been lost for nearly a week after the November general election.

Democratic incumbent Jane Braunlich and Republican newcomer David Piet are officially tied for the second of two first ward council seats to be decided in the election. The other seat was won by Republican incumbent Kathy Coder.


Although the Kilbuck Township Supervisors voted last month to pave 260 feet of Semple Avenue, a delay in completing the work allowed the topic once again to become an issue of debate at the supervisors' Nov. 24 meeting.


Emsworth expects to spend about $200,000 more next year than in 2009, with reserve monies and a new tax on workers providing the extra funds.

Council will vote next month on whether to accept a $1.4 million budget for 2010. The increased expenditures, according to council member David Heflin, are primarily due to sewer repairs that need to be done to comply with the federal consent order.