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7/6/15

The burglary of a Forest Avenue residence was reported to Bellevue Police on June 16.

A Division Avenue resident reported on June 18 that property had been stolen from the residence between June 9 and June 18.

Police received a report of vandalism on June 13. A Lincoln Avenue business owner reported that someone had damaged a roof.

On June 24, police received two reports of vandalism. A West Riverview Avenue resident reported a car had been egged overnight, and an Orchard Avenue resident said a brick had been thrown at a door window.

7/6/15

The Northgate School Board recently gave permission for three events to be held on school property.

The cheerleader boosters will conduct a cheer clinic in the Avalon Elementary School gym on Sept. 23

The boosters also will hold a "Breakfast with Santa" on Dec. 5 in the Bellevue Elementary gym.

Avalon PTO will hold a rummage sale at the school on Aug. 15 or 22

7/6/15

The Northgate School District will try a new math series for seventh and eighth grade students before deciding whether to add the series to its middle school curriculum.

The Go Math! series already is in use at the elementary level, and superintendent Dr. Joe Pasquerilla said it is likely the middle school teachers will be as happy with the series as are the elementary teachers.

The pilot year of the series will be conducted at no cost to the district.

7/6/15

The Northgate School Board recently approved non-athletic supplemental contracts for a variety of positions:

Jeff Smith, A.V. coordinator; Kathleen Sanford, elementary choral; Kelly Winovich, middle-senior high school choral; Gretchen Monahan, Barb Gusew and a yet-to-be-named person, forensics; Frank Nesko, National Honor Society;

7/6/15

On June 21, Ohio Township Police received a criminal mischief report from a plan on Duff Road. Vehicle tracks were seen through the grass, and a water line and sprinkler system box had been run over.

Officers were called to a grocery store on Ben Avon Heights Road on June 23 for someone attempting to fill a fraudulent prescription.

On June 24, Ohio Township Police received a report of criminal mischief at Avonworth Community Park. Damage was done to the door frame of the concession stand. Nothing was reported to be missing.

7/6/15
SRO

Northgate officials have approved an agreement with Bellevue Borough regarding the school resource office (SRO), a Bellevue Police officer assigned to Northgate High School full-time during the school year.

Northgate has agreed to pay 70 percent of the cost of the officer, which Bellevue pays the other 30 percent.

6/27/15

Even as Bellevue celebrated being named one of 241 “Playful Cities 2015” nationwide, borough officials committed themselves Tuesday to making sure that Bellevue’s parks continue to be “playable.”

Bellevue was one of a relatively small number of towns and cities across the country determined to offer recreational opportunities to all children. The announcement was made by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit organization “dedicated to ensuring that all kids get a childhood filled with the balanced and active play needed to thrive.”

6/22/15

As expected, the Northgate School Board voted unanimously to approve a final budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year that does not include an increase in property taxes.

The $21,627,590 spending plan is based on the district maintaining a property tax millage rate of 24.7867 mills for the coming year.

The budget was approved at the board’s regular meeting on Monday. Board members Shannon Smithey and LisaSaylor were absent, and Dan O’Keefe participated by telephone.

6/22/15

By NANCY WHYTE

The Center Avenue Bridge in Emsworth finally will be rehabilitated, more than five years after structural deficiencies closed the span to heavy vehicles such as buses and fire trucks.

The two-year, $2.1 million project was announced last week by the Port Authority, which owns the bridge.

6/22/15

By NANCY WHYTE

Emsworth property owners who got a reprieve from weed-cutting last summer won’t be so lucky this year.

Last July, more than 20 Emsworth residents attended the council meeting to object to the borough’s announcement that the publioc works department would no longer be cutting weeds along the sides of roads abutting private property. Those weeds were determined to be the responsibility of the individual prioperty owners, who could be cited and fined if the weeds weren’t cut down.

6/22/15

Ben Avon will replace a portion of the roof of the building that houses the borough’s fire department as well as a business.

The portion of the roof of the building on Church Avenue that houses a coffee shop is badly in need of repair, council member Ken Opipery told council at Tuesday's meeting. The building is also the home of the Ben Avon fire department and Northwest EMS, and that portion of the roof needs repairs as well, but Opipery said it is not as bad and could be addressed next year.

6/22/15

Ben Avon Council member Ken Opipery gave an update at Tuesday's meeting on repairs currently underway in Ben Avon on Brighton Road, lower Perrysville Avenue, Terrace Avenue, and Walker Avenue.

Opipery said the street work is progressing and some of the sewer work is finished, and he is hoping Terrace and Walker will be paved next week.

In a few places, some of the repairs required excavation and the contractor will work on that in the coming week. Everything depends on the weather, but as of now, Opipery said, the projects are still on track to finish in July.

6/22/15

A 17-year-old North Side youth has been charged as an adult in a drug-deal-gone-bad that resulted in a shot being fired at Bayne Park in Bellevue Wednesday afternoon.

6/16/15

Avalon Police were dispatched to the intersection of South Home and California avenues on June 5, when a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle. The vehicle had been attempting a left-hand turn from South Home when it clipped a pedestrian in the leg. EMS responded to check out the pedestrian.

6/16/15

Bellevue officials got word this week that the borough will receive another $300,000 in grant funds to continue the Lincoln Avenue streetscape program.

Between the Allegheny County Economic Development office and a new awareness by borough officials, the fourth year of streetscape funding may be without some of the problems and debates of past years.

6/16/15

On June 3, Bellevue Police responded to a school on Lincoln Avenue concerning a student punching another student.

Jacob Gerlach, 21, was charged with cruelty to animals on Maryland Avenue on June 2.

Following a vehicle accident, Kevin Turnbull, 32, was charged with driving under the influence on Brighton Road on June 3.

6/16/15

On June 7, Ohio Township Police responded to a store on Ben Avon Heights Road concerning suspicious activity. A male in the parking lot had asked a patron from the store if he wanted to buy a home theatre system. The man left the parking lot before the officer arrived. Police received a report on June 8, from a resident of Crimson Drive in Ohio Township, that someone had thrown eggs at the residence sometime between 11:30 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Police received a report on June 8 of garbage cans being taken from Sebald Lane in Ohio Township.

6/8/15

Avalon Police were dispatched to a store on Ohio River Boulevard for retail theft on May 27. The person had left the building, but video showed the male leaving the store with goods he had not paid for.

Zachary Kelly, 26, was charged with prohibited acts following a traffic stop on Ohio River Boulevard on May 29.

6/8/15

By NANCY WHYTE

The Avonworth School Board will consider partnering with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services to address problems with student absenteeism and tardiness.

6/8/15

Bellevue officials are pointing a finger at the much-debated bump-out features of the ongoing Lincoln Avenue streetscape as much of last year’s construction appears threatened by out-of-control stormwater.

Mayor Paul Cusick said that the area around the bump-outs is flooding during rainstorms. He attributed the flooding to a design problem that does not allow rain water to reach the storm drain, and instead directs it away from the drains.

“It’s absolutely absurd,” Cusick said. "We have a major problem. We can’t let this happen.”

6/8/15

On May 21, Bellevue Police received a report of a burglary at a South Starr residence. The burglary of a Sumner Avenue residence was reported May 29.

Jacob R. Motta, 20, was charged with disorderly conduct on Kendall Avenue on May 24.

Following a traffic stop on Ohio River Boulevard on May 24, Stephen M. Smith, 45, was charged with driving under the influence.

Following a traffic stop on May 25, Marc T. Boylan, 29, was charged with disorderly conduct on North Fremont Avenue.

Bellevue Police received a report of shoplifting at a Lincoln Avenue pharmacy on May 25.

6/8/15

The manager of Bellevue’s Dollar General store remains in stable condition after having emergency surgery Saturday for a potentially fatal stab wound sustained during an attempted robbery at the store.

Bellevue Police officers Don Mason, John Lennon and Michael Dunker were dispatched to the Lincoln Avenue store shortly after it closed at 9 p.m. A robbery was reported to be in progress.

6/8/15

The "Gene Kelly Award for Excellence in High School Musical Theater" in the “Best Scenic Design” category was awarded to Northgate High School last Saturday, recognizing the school’s musical production of "Mary Poppins."

6/8/15

Charles M. Clark, 30, of Portsmouth, OH, was charged by Ohio Township Police with driving under the influence and other charges, following a traffic stop on Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth on May 23.

On May 25, Ohio Township officers re-ceived a report of a threat received by a business on Ohio River Boulevard.

Kevin Kelly, 47, from Cranberry Township, was charged with driving under the influence and careless driving following a traffic stop on Camp Horne Road in Ohio Township on May 31.