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8/21/09

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.

8/21/09

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.

8/21/09

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.

8/21/09

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.

8/21/09

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.

8/14/09

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.

8/14/09

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.

8/14/09

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.

8/14/09

Budget cuts?

Avonworth administrators may look to budget cuts for Avonworth Elementary School in order to provide additional consulting services at the school.

Board treasurer Frank Mucha said at the board's regular meeting on Monday that the district is looking at entering into an agreement with John Esaias for consulting services for the first semester of this school year.

The agreement would pay Esaias $50 per hour, to work two days a week, at a cost not to exceed $12,500.

8/14/09

The Northgate School Board is expected to vote Monday on whether to spend at least $125,000 for improvements to a small Bellevue street used by students who walk to the middle - senior high school.

The Borough of Bellevue has obtained a $120,000 grant and has agreed to contribute $50,000 more toward the $300,000 project that will take over and rebuild a private portion of Glaser Avenue, and construct sidewalks along the street.

8/14/09

A section of bleachers at Kenny Field on Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth was reported stolen Aug. 10.

Police were called to Diamond Run on Aug. 6 when a golf cart was reported stolen from a storage shed and driven into a lake.

Vandalism to a realty sign near Shannopin Country Club in Ben Avon Heights was reported Aug. 8. Police say paint and caution tape was used.

Kimberly Behr, 40, of Pittsburgh, was charged with retail theft from Giant Eagle, as well as possession of marijuana, on July 30.

8/7/09

An attempted break-in at a Taylor Avenue home was reported to police shortly after it occurred on July 31.

Two very old guns were reported stolen from a home on Semple Avenue on Aug. 4.

A 14-year-old Avalon youth was charged with disorderly conduct Aug. 1 for reportedly being in possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Avalon Police cited two men for public drunkenness. Vincent E. Contosta, 53, of 27th Street, Pittsburgh 15202, was charged on Aug. 1. On Aug. 5, police cited Jon Thomas Burget, 22, no permanent address.

8/7/09

Bellevue has become the first of three local municipalities to adopt a joint zoning code, paving the way for the state’s first successful implementation of a multi-jurisdictional zoning effort.

Adoption of the code, which grew from the completion of a joint comprehensive plan, is in its final stages, with Avalon and Ben Avon borough councils slated to take action later this month on the code already approved by Allegheny County.

8/7/09

Working with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Narcotics Enforcement Team (DANET), Bellevue Police Thursday morning executed a search warrant at a home in the 400 block of Jefferson Avenue and arrested a mother and son suspected of growing and selling marijuana.

8/7/09

Two robberies, an aggravated assault, and a rash of home burglaries are being investigated by Bellevue Police.

A Greenough Avenue resident reported Aug. 3 that he had been assaulted by two males, one of whom was armed with a gun. Police say the incident is still being investigated.

A white male who showed a handgun reportedly robbed a homeless man on North Balph Avenue on July 21. The victim reported $20 had been stolen.

A Pittsburgh resident reported being the victim of a pickpocket on July 31 in the Dollar General Store.

8/7/09

Although he lost his bid for nomination in the spring primary election, a local attorney will become a judge in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas long before anyone who ran against him.

8/7/09

Resigns...again

Bellevue Council member Jerry Walter has resigned for the second time in a year, but this time he won’t have an opportunity to change his mind.

7/31/09

A South Heights man has been charged with fleeing or attempting to elude police after a high-speed chase along Route 65 on July 26.

Police say that speeds exceeded 90 mph when David J. Barish, 44, of Crawford Street, refused to pull over his motorcycle until forced to do so by slowed traffic in Emsworth.

In other news from Avalon Police, four aluminum wheels were reported stolen from a vehicle parked at an Ohio River Boulevard business on July 27.

7/31/09

Bellevue Council members disagree over which borough employee should settle disputes over garbage collection billing.

7/31/09

A preliminary hearing was scheduled to be held today for a Bellevue man accused of fatally stabbing another man on July 23.

Allegheny County Police homicide detectives have charged Johnathan Perez, 25, with one count of criminal homicide in the death of Jacquet McGrady, 26, of the North Side. He also has been charged with one count of robbery, according to Lt. William Palmer of the homicide division, who said that police believe Perez took items from McGrady following the stabbing.

7/31/09

Kilbuck fire service

Beginning Sept. 1, fire calls in Kilbuck Township will be answered by the Emsworth and Ben Avon fire companies.

The Kilbuck Township Board of Supervisors voted unanimously at its July 28 meeting to accept offers from the neighboring boroughs to provide fire services after the Kilbuck Township Volunteer Fire Company disbands in September.

Kilbuck will be divided at Plumer Avenue for the purpose of call response, with Emsworth and Ben Avon firefighters responding to calls in their respective areas.

7/31/09

An Aleppo woman was charged with driving under the influence after Ohio Township Police responded to a motor vehicle accident on Route 65 near Toms Run Road in Kilbuck on July 24.

7/31/09

Despite a recommendation to the contrary by county health officials, the Kilbuck Township Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to release sewer easements on Newgate Road.

Board chairman Russ Hardiman and supervisor John Fader overruled objections by supervisor Susan Merkner and advice from the chief of the Allegheny County Health Department's public drinking water and waste management divisions in voting to adopt an ordinance that will eliminate a dozen easements the township obtained in 2002 in anticipation of installing sewers along Newgate.

7/24/09

Police are investigating an incident in which the driver of a vehicle failed to stop after hitting a bicyclist on Sheridan Avenue on July 17. An officer found the victim, and medical personnel were dispatched to the scene.

An off-road motorcycle was reported stolen July 18 from the rear driveway of a home on Orchard Avenue.