While many students across the country were watching a live broadcast of President Obama's back to school speech on Tuesday at noon, many local students were not, and continued with their school days as normal.

That's not to say that they won't get an opportunity to in the future, though.


Emergency repair An emergency repair to a lateral sewer line near the Emsworth borough garage was approved by Emsworth Council at its regular meeting on Wednesday.

The repairs will cost some $37,000.

According to council member Paul Getz, the Allegheny County Health Department notified the borough that the sewer line was leaking into Lowries Run Creek.

Council unanimously authorized the repairs.

Council members Ed Politylo and Rob Bennett were absent.

Solicitor named


A Pittsburgh man was cited for public drunkenness at the Avonworth football game last Friday night. Ohio Township Police charged Charles W. Kennedy, 60.

Floyd Okinski, 48, of Emsworth, was cited for a dumping violation on Crawford Road on Sept. 4.


A young man suspected of breaking into a number of vehicles in Avalon was arrested Tuesday by Bellevue Police. Bellevue Police say that Jeffrey Michalski, 19, of Delaware Street, Pittsburgh 15214, was taken into custody after police received a report of a suspicious male in the area of Sheridan Avenue. Police say Michalski was in possession of items stolen from vehicles in Avalon. Avalon Police investigated five vehicle break-ins that occurred Monday night. They included two vehicles on Jackman Avenue, one on Harrison Avenue, one on Cleveland, and another on Eugene.


Vandalism was reported in a women’s restroom in Avalon Park on Aug. 23. Police say a sink was torn from the wall and water was gushing out. Also, the toilet had been stuffed with paper towels.

A resident of Jackman Avenue also reported vandalism. On Sept. 2, the resident found that the front passenger side tire on her vehicle had been slashed.

A vehicle was reported stolen from Semple Avenue on Aug. 24.

Cassie Dunlap, 27, of Orchard Avenue, was charged with public drunkenness on Aug. 22 after police responded to a report of a naked man and woman behind the Avalon Motel.


Bellevue’s first DUI checkpoint held last Saturday night processed more than 800 vehicles and ended in the arrest or citation of dozens of drivers.

“Team DUI” of the Pennsylvania DUI Association launched the checkpoint, coordinated by the West Hills DUI Task Force, on Ohio River Boulevard in Bellevue, near the Shiloh Avenue intersection. According to Bellevue Police Chief Matt Sentner, both north- and southbound vehicles were stopped between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m.


A Grant Avenue resident reported Aug. 27 that her residence had been burglarized.

An apartment on Jefferson Avenue was reported burglarized on Aug. 25.

A vehicle was reported stolen from the parking lot of Allegheny General Hospital - Suburban Campus on Aug. 28.

A vehicle on Dawson Avenue was reported broken into and a car stereo stolen on Aug. 23.

A bicycle was reported stolen Aug. 24 from the back yard of a home on Dawson Avenue.

A Forest Avenue resident reported his vehicle windshield was vandalized on Aug. 24.


Bellevue residents concerned about a sharp bend on North Starr Avenue asked Bellevue Council this week for help in getting the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to address the dangerous situation.

Richard Lang of Clinton Place told council members at their Sept. 1 meeting that PennDOT has recognized two other curves on the state highway that runs along Starr Avenue and onto Union Avenue, yet continues to allow traffic to travel around the North Starr Avenue bend without proper signage or speed restrictions.


The Bellevue Fire Department is offering a free fire education program that includes helping residents identify home fire hazards, consultation regarding emergency escape planning, and smoke and carbon monoxide detector placement and testing.

Home fire safety inspections will be conducted at homes by an officer of the Bellevue Fire Department.

To schedule a consultation, call (412)766-7455 or e-mail


Sewer repair payments Two payments for sewer repairs were authorized by Bellevue Council earlier this week.

Council approved, at its regular meeting on Sept. 1, a payment to Fleming-Walker, Inc. of $87,362.95 for sewer repairs. The repairs were mandated by the consent order aimed at cleaning up area municipalities' sewers.

Borough engineer John Rusnak told officials that the company will begin to line the sewers next week.


Stone was reported stolen from a construction site in the Cobblestone plan of homes off Crawford Road in Ohio Township. The theft was reported Sept. 1.

A trampoline was reported stolen Aug. 28 from a residence on Walnut Street in Ben Avon.

A Beaver County man was arrested after he reportedly threw coffee on another driver during a road rage incident on Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth. Adam Thompson, 27, of New Brighton, was cited on Aug. 31.


A burglary was reported at Shadeland Beer Distributor on Brighton Road on Aug. 18.

An apartment on Brighton Road was reported burglarized on Aug. 17.

A Dawson Avenue resident reported Aug. 19 that his apartment had been burglarized.

A vehicle was reported stolen from Orchard Avenue during the night on Aug. 21.

A resident of Forest Avenue reported the attempted theft of his vehicle on Aug. 21.

A vehicle on Lincoln Avenue was reported broken into during the night on Aug. 17.

A Sumner Avenue resident reported Aug. 18, that her vehicle had been entered during the night.


Final approval A fire services agreement covering Kilbuck Township received final approval earlier this week.

Already approved by the borough councils of Ben Avon and Emsworth, the Kilbuck Township Board of Supervisors added their unanimous support at their regular meeting on Aug. 25.

With the undermanned Kilbuck Volunteer Fire Company disbanding effective Sept. 1, firefighters from Emsworth and Ben Avon will respond to calls in the township, splitting the coverage area in half. Kilbuck will pay some $26,000 for the service.


An Emsworth man was formally arraigned last week on charges that he sexually assaulted the 6-year-old daughter of a woman he picked up in a local bar.

According to Ohio Township Police, the charges stem from an incident last March 17 that occurred after Joseph Boylan, 34, met a woman at the House of Lee restaurant and bar in Emsworth. Police say he accompanied the woman and her daughter to her nearby apartment, where he first engaged in a consensual relationship with the mother. He later is accused of assault the child.


An interstate drug trafficking ring based in Ohio Township was closed down last week when a state grand jury returned indictments against 12 men.

The investigation by the state Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation was called “Operation Infamous Choppers” after the Camp Horne Road, Ohio Township business that served as the base for a drug ring that officials say brought some $2 million worth of marijuana from Mexico, by way of Arizona, to Western Pennsylvania.


What goes around sometimes goes around -- and around and around…

Or so it seemed when Ohio River Boulevard opened as a state-of-the-art road that linked Pittsburgh to the North Boroughs, terminating, at that time, in Emsworth.

Henry “Hank” Roth, 90, formerly of Emsworth and now an Avalon resident, recalls the day when the road officially opened.


A Brighton Heights man arrested Aug. 8 for the assault of his girlfriend now faces multiple additional charges.

On Aug. 14, police say Louis Pellettiro, 33, again visited his girlfriend’s residence, this time slashing the tires on her car and otherwise damaging the vehicle before running from police. He has been charged with loitering or prowling at night, vandalism, fleeing and attempting to elude police, possession of a prohibited offensive wea-pon, harassment by communication and public drunkenness.


Avalon Elementary parking Borough officials and Avalon PTO members have come up with a plan to help ease parking problems created when parents drop-off and pick-up their child-ren at school.

A resolution approved by Avalon Council at its Aug. 18 meeting will allow parents to purchase a parking permit that will let them park in front of the school, between North School Street and North Chestnut Street, from 7:30 until 8:30 a.m. and from 2:30 until 4 p.m. on weekdays.


A young man from Stowe Township faces multiple charges of indecent assault and corruption of minors stemming from an incident that occurred in Ben Avon earlier this summer.

Police say that two girls, ages 11 and 14, were visiting an Alder Drive home in June, as was Justin Sayre, 18, of Stowe, and a friend of his.

A guardian of one of the girls later contacted police alleging that Sayre had improper contact with the girls, according to Ohio Township Police Chief Beaver Micklos.


What began more than a decade ago as the vision of a zoning ideal came much closer to reality Tuesday. But for an error by Avalon officials, what is believed to be the state’s first joint zoning code would already be in effect.


Game machines were broken into and cash stolen, along with televisions, during a burglary at Anthony’s on Ohio River Boulevard that was discovered Aug. 6. Allegheny County Police detectives were called to investigate.

A South Chestnut Avenue resident reported Aug. 10 that a grill had been stolen from the back porch of the home, along with the grill cover and two propane tanks.

Daniel Condit, 41, of North Balph Avenue, Bellevue, was charged with driving under the influence on New Brighton Road following a motor vehicle accident on Aug. 8.


Two purse snatchings were investigated by Bellevue police on Aug 9.

Police say that a women was robbed and her purse taken in the area of Dunbar and Textor avenues at 2:37 p.m. The suspect was described as a white male, more than six feet tall, wearing a fishing hat and beige shirt and shorts.

A purse snatching on Orchard Avenue was reported at 10:22 p.m. The suspect is a black male.


The Avonworth School Board voted Monday to attempt to thwart efforts by the Avonworth Cheerleading Boosters to collect money from the parents of two girls.