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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.

7/24/09

Residents of Ben Avon are unhappy with the condition of some row houses along Park Avenue in the borough, and approached council about the problem at Tuesday's meeting. 

John Littell, who lives in Ohio Township but owns property on Park, brought to the meeting pictures he had taken and told council about some of the conditions. He said as a result of recent heavy rains, mud has been running down the hill into one of his basements. Littell also mentioned nails and glass lying around, and the danger to children in the neighborhood, among other things.

7/24/09

Emsworth and Ben Avon officials this week approved an offer to provide joint fire services to Kilbuck Township.

Kilbuck’s fire company will disband Sept. 1 due to a lack of volunteers. Township officials voted last month to accept proposals from other area fire companies for coverage of Kilbuck.

7/24/09

Two people were taken into custody Monday morning when several police agencies executed a search warrant at 109 N. Sprague Ave. in Bellevue.

Police say that the search was narcotics-related and that two people were taken into custody. The matter remains under investigation.

7/24/09

Residents of Ben Avon Heights soon could face a fine if their properties are not kept clean and free of debris and other "nuisances".

The borough council is considering a new law that, according to Mayor Scott Dismukes, is an attempt to have an enforceable ordinance on the books to avoid nuisance conditions such as high weeds, abandoned vehicles and other unsightly conditions.

7/24/09

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People soon will have the ability to pay Avalon Borough bills -- including parking tickets -- on-line.

The borough council voted unanimously to authorize the EVS company of Coraopolis to install the capability of accepting payments on the borough's Web site. Once in place, the site will accept credit or debit card payments for bills payable to the borough.

Each payment will be assessed a transaction fee, so that the service comes at no cost to the borough.

7/24/09

Police are still looking for the man believed responsible for stabbing a Pittsburgh woman multiple times at the Avalon Motel.

Michael Oliver, 23, of Natrona Heights, was able to evade officers in a foot chase into the woods near the McDonald’s restaurant on Route 65 on July 17. Police say he stabbed a woman as many as eight times while they were sharing a room at the motel. She was taken to the hospital for treatment, and released by the next day.

In other news from Avalon Police, a Pioneer radio was reported stolen from a vehicle parked at the Rusty Dory on Route 65 on July 17.

7/20/09

Beattie project expanded

The A.W. Beattie Career Center board has decided how to spend the last of the excess bond funds.

Approximately $3 million in bond funds were left over when bids for the renovation project came in under what was projected. The board already had decided how to spend $2 million of that money, with about $1 million going towards paying down the debt created by the bond, and another $1 million going towards more energy efficient repairs.

7/10/09

Bellevue is among some 10 communities competing to become the next chosen for a business district revitalization program.

Representatives of the Allegheny County economic development department, the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation and Town Center Associates told Bellevue officials at Tuesday's borough council meeting that they work through the Allegheny Together program to provide resources to municipalities hoping to revitalize main street business districts.

7/10/09

The July 7 Bellevue Council meeting dissolved into confusion as officials found themselves ill-equipped to deal with a number of resolutions.

7/10/09

Emsworth and Ben Avon officials and firefighters will attempt their own fire department consolidation rather than wait for departments in other municipalities to get on board as recommended in a recent state study.