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10/6/18

A resident of Nicholson Road in Ohio Township reported a suspicious person on Sept. 25.

A resident of Lynfield Drive in Ohio Township reported fraud on Sept. 26.

On Sept. 28, a resident of Rockledge Drive in Ohio Township reported theft from a vehicle.

On Oct. 1, a business on Mt. Nebo Pointe Road in Ohio Township reported harassment.

A resident of Gene Drive in Ohio Township reported theft from a vehicle on Oct. 2.

10/6/18

When is a single family dwelling not a “single family dwelling”?

9/30/18

A motor vehicle accident occurred on Taylor Avenue on Sept. 18. A second motor vehicle accident occurred the same day at the intersection of Elizabeth Avenue and Ohio River Boulevard. Avalon Police say that no one was injured in either accident.

On Sept. 18, Allegheny County Police homicide officers took over the investigation of the murder of Emmanuel Boneza.

On Sept. 19, Dale Boris was arrested for outstanding warrants out of Washington County.

A New Brighton Road resident reported on Sept. 19 that money and a wallet were taken from a bedroom drawer.

9/30/18

On Sept. 20, after Bellevue Police officers responded to Lincoln Avenue concerning a report of an intoxicated male pushing a baby stroller, Richard J. Russell, 21, was charged with endangering the welfare of children, resisting arrest and public drunkenness.

Police say Russell was visibly under the influence of a controlled substance, and when officers began speaking with him, Russell suddenly shoved the toddler-occupied stroller forward and ran in the opposite direction.

Russell was later located in a vacant house in Avalon Borough.

9/30/18

An Avalon family’s home was destroyed in a fire in the 800 block of Florence Avenue last Friday morning.

Avalon Police were the first to arrive at the scene about 9 a.m. Police Chief Tom Kokoski said that everyone had gotten out of the house that was on fire, but that he went to the neighboring homes to make sure residents were out in case the fire spread, kicking in the door at one house to be sure no one was inside.

Fire Chief Chuck Berie said that flames were coming out the right side of the house when firefighters arrived. “It had a head start on us,” he said.

9/30/18

Both Avalon and Bellevue will receive state grant funds for projects in those boroughs.

State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl announced that Avalon will receive $192,000 for a sewer project. Borough manager Lorraine Makatura said that the funds will pay to replace a sewer line from Sedalia Avenue to the borough’s park.

Bellevue will receive $225,000 for work at memorial Park. Director of Administrative Services Ron Borczyk said the money will be used for rehabilitation of the baseball field and the fitness trail.

9/30/18

Bellevue Council voted at its regular meeting Tuesday to move ahead with use of the “Savvy Citizen” application that can be used to notify borough residents of important news and alerts.

The app will cost Bellevue $149 per month for the first year, although two months are free, plus a $500 set-up fee.

The expenditure was approved in a 5-3 vote with Linda Woshner, Tom Hrynda and Anthony DiTullio opposed, and Glenn Pritchard absent.

9/30/18

A Merton Road in Ben Avon resident reported harassment on Sept. 20.

A business on Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive in Ohio Township reported retail theft on Sept. 21.

On Friday, Sept 21, 2018, The West Hills DUI Task Force, of which Ohio Township officers are active participants, held a DUI checkpoint on Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth Borough.

The following statistics were compiled:

Thirteen people were arrested for DUI. Six were impaired by alcohol, and seven were impaired by drugs.

Nine people were driving without a license or under suspension.

9/30/18

Construction is expected to begin early next week on the next phase of Bellevue’s Lincoln Avenue streetscape project.

Work will take up from where it ended, at the Hawley Avenue intersection, and continue to Meade Avenue.

Bellevue Director of Administrative Services Ron Borczyk said that one side of the street will be done, and then the other. The work will begin with demolition of the existing sidewalks.

Borczyk said that Allegheny County has approved delaying planting until next spring because the construction is occurring so late in the year.

9/30/18

A trucker from out of state who said he was unfamiliar with the twists and turns of Western Pennsylvania highways inadvertently took a wrong turn last Friday night when he lost control of his work truck on Union Avenue.

The accident occurred right at the border of Avalon, Bellevue and Ross Township, with first responders dispatched from all three municipalities just before 11:30 p.m. when a truck was reported over the steep hillside near 80 Union Ave., across from the Hillcrest apartments in Bellevue.

9/24/18

Two Northgate High School seniors became “junior” members of Avalon Council Tuesday evening, after council adopted a resolution authorizing the borough’s participation in the Pennsylvania State Boroughs Association (PSBA program. Pictured here, Mayor Tom Lloyd administers a special “oath of office” to Laela Lumsden and Luke Meyer, who will serve until June 18. 2019. Council member Ruth Lloyd headed the borough’s participation in the program and interviewed the interested students.

9/24/18

Road work will soon begin in Emsworth.

At the September council meeting, Denny Flynn of Gateway Engineers said the pre-construction meeting had already been held, and that Brandon Construction anticipates beginning paving work during the week of Sept. 24. They have coordinated with West View Water to ensure that any water line work has been completed prior to paving. Paving work is expected to last about a month.

9/24/18

Avalon Council adopted two ordinances at its Tuesday meeting that will authorize the borough to work with the Northgate School District, and possibly Bellevue Borough, on tax collection and school safety.

The ordinances allow Avalon to participate in an intergovernmental group that will focus on joint collection of delinquent taxes.

The second ordinance approves the borough’s particiption in a joint school safety agency that will address issues at Northgate’s schools.

9/24/18

No bids for the Emsworth Marmo Park renovation project were received by the Sept. 6 deadline.

Gateway Engineer Denny Flynn said it wasn’t unusual at this time of the year when contractors are particularly busy. Flynn recommended that Emsworth Council solicit bids in January, a generally slow time for contractors, and then the project could be begun in the spring of 2019.

The planned project includes resurfacing the basketball court, converting the tennis court to pickleball courts, improving ADA accessibility, minor drainage work and parking lot milling and overlay.

9/24/18

Rob Bennett of Avonworth Girls Athletic Association (AGAA) addressed Emsworth Council during the Sept. 12 meeting. He requested permission, which was granted, to remove grass from two strips, approximately 10 x 12, for pitch lanes. He said pitchers were having difficulty practicing on grass.

AGAA and Emsworth Council are negotiating a new long-term lease for the Mayernik Field on Huntington Avenue. Details are expected to be finalized in October.

9/24/18

Two men were arrested shortly after shooting a third man in the woods beneath the Jackman Avenue bridge in Avalon Tuesday night.Although the victim made it out of the woods, he collapsed on South Starr Avenue and died later at Allegheny General Hospital.

9/24/18

Emsworth Mayor Amy Sue Lillie’s idea of “Hometown Hero” banners displayed in the borough received unanimous approval from council during the September meeting.

Lillie surveyed each pole in the borough to determine ownership, then she contacted both Verizon and Duquesne Light, requesting permission for banner-holding poles to be erected. Verizon has already approved the idea and officials from Duquesne Light anticipate likewise granting permission once an official application is submitted.

9/7/18

Four of six people charged in the racially-motivated attack of a black man in July appeared before District Judge Tara Smith in Bellevue Friday morning. The hearing was continued because three of those four people had not yet retained attorneys.

Of the two remaining defendants in the case, one is reported to be deceased, and another in the hospital.

9/3/18

More than $9,000 in costs associated with the recent “WizardVue” festival in Bellevue appeared without warning -- or prior approval by Bellevue Council -- on the borough’s bill list last Tuesday. Although council questioned the expenditures, it also approved their payment.

8/25/18

The Northgate School Board overwhelmingly agreed Monday not to direct the district’s superintendent to formally contact other school districts to gauge interest in a potential future merger with Northgate.

The decision by the board came after a mixed group of residents stated either that the tax increases projected for at least the next five years are not acceptable, or that they were willing to pay even more for their children’s education.

8/25/18

The legal dispute over a transitional housing program in Bellevue launched into full gear last week with the first of at least two lengthy sessions before the borough’s zoning hearing board.

The issue drew large, angry crowds to Bellevue Council meetings last spring when long-time residents of the townhouses on Laurel Avenue and Gilliland Place began receiving notices that their leases would not be renewed because all 46 units had become part of a master lease held by the Zero Six Eight corporation, which planned to rent them for transitional housing.

8/25/18

“It’s a life-changing thing,” Lanae Lumsden told Avalon officials at Tuesday’s regular council meeting.

Lumsden and her family, including young children, live mere feet from the Jackman Inn in Avalon, where, on July 7, a local black man was attacked by a group of self-professed skinheads who pledged to “eradicate” the world of people of color.

“I need to know that my community takes these incidents seriously,” Lumsden said.

8/13/18

During a traffic stop on July 27, Avalon Police officers arrested David Roose, 46, of Renfrew and John Roose, 45, of Avalon, charging both with possession of suspected heroin.

Following a traffic stop on July 28, Murphy David East, 32, of Avalon, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

On Aug. 1, a McKinley Terrace resident reported that someone had broken the front window of her home. Police say that no entry was made and nothing was stolen.

8/13/18

A number of personnel matters were approved by the Avonworth School Board at their Thursday, July 26, meeting.

Tommie Murray was hired as the assistant elementary school principal commencing Aug. 1, pending release from her current district, at a salary of $75,000 with benefits.

Ashley Randall was hired as a temporary professional employee with an assignment as a first grade teacher. Kathy Reichart was named Randall’s mentor for the school year.

Meghan Kelly was hired as a professional employee with an assignment as a second grade teacher commencing Aug. 17.