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.


Someone once said, “You’re never as good as you think you are when you’re playing well and you’re not as bad as they think you are when you’re playing poorly.” Let’s just hope that is the situation following the Northgate Flames football team’s second overwhelming loss of the season last Friday at Steel Valley.

The Flames were powerless in stopping Steel Valley’s ground game, which accumulated 316 yards. They picked up their second consecutive defeat as they were pounded by the Ironmen 47-19.


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


After what Avonworth varsity football head coach Jason Kekseo called a "great week of practice," the 'Lopes found themselves in a back-and fourth-battle last week against the Neshannock Lancers.

The first half of the non-section game was close. It wasn't until late in the third quarter that the 'Lopes took control of the game.

Avonworth did, however, win its first away game of the season 34-19, advancing to 2-0 overall on the year.


Both local varsity football teams took to the road Friday night, where they ended up in some high-scoring games.

The numbers worked in favor of the Avonworth Antelopes, who brought home a 34-19 win over Neshannock. Antelope stand-out Jimmy Zubik scored three touchdowns and pulled down an interception, while teammmate Eddie Kurtz returned a fumble recovery for another touchdown. Quarterback Tom Turnbull added another TD to the scoreboard. Defensively, Ryan Schmid and Andrew Niklaus had interceptions for the 'Lopes.


A driver police say was responsible for injuring himself and two others in a three-car accident has been charged with driving under the influence.

Avalon Police were called to the collision on California Avenue on Sept. 7. Police say a vehicle driven by Stanley A. Kos, 49, of Orchard Avenue, struck the rear of another vehicle, pushing it into a third.

All three drivers were taken to the hospital, and all vehicles were towed. Kos was later charged by police.

A Marie Avenue resident reported Sept. 4 that someone had made an unauthorized charge of $600 on her credit card.


The Avonworth School District may hire an assistant principal for the elementary school.

Personnel committee chair Brenda Barlek told school board members at their work session on Tuesday that the district needs to look into hiring an assistant, preferably this year.

Superintendent Dr. Valerie McDonald said that consultant John Esaias currently is helping elementary school principal Dr. Darlene Tartaglione.


The Shadeland Beer Distributor on Brighton Road was reported burglarized during the night on Sept. 3. The incident is the second burglary reported at the store in a month.

A vehicle on Grant Avenue was reported stolen on Sept. 2.

Stereo equipment was reported stolen Aug. 30 from a vehicle on Burnside Avenue.

A vehicle on Washington Avenue was reported broken into and items taken from it on Aug. 30.

A vehicle on Lincoln Avenue was reported broken into during the night on Sept. 7.


A one-time donation to the Emsworth Volunteer Fire Company, approved by Emsworth Borough Council at its regular meeting on Wednesday, will help the borough’s firefighters keep up with national standards.


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.


Mildred Kastory Mildred Kastory, 84, of Bellevue, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009. Mrs. Kastory was retired from Gulf Oil Corp. with 27 years of service. She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Schneider and her husband Gary of Bellevue and Mildred Rankin and her husband Donald of Australia; and two grandchildren, Christopher Schneider of Bellevue and Kylie Rankin Grose and her husband Ralston.


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.


Big crowds helped kick off the local varsity football season under Friday night's full moon.

Defending conference champs Avonworth Antelopes proved that the loss of a dozen seniors wasn't going to make a difference in their ability to win games. In a nonsection game, the 'Lopes held Western Beaver scoreless. Jimmy Zubik picked up 160 yards and two touchdowns, with the third added by Eddie Kurtz. On defense, both Ryan Schmid and Andrew Niklaus had interceptions.

Final score: Avonworth 19, Western Beaver 0


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