A resident of Berringer Place in Ben Avon reported a disturbance on Feb. 1.

Ohio Township Police received a report of criminal mischief to an automobile in a parking lot on Mt. Nebo Point Drive in Ohio Township on Feb. 2.

On Feb. 4, a business on Mt. Nebo Point Drive in Ohio Township reported retail theft.

On Feb. 4, a resident of Nicholson Road in Ohio Township reported fraud.

On Feb. 6, a business on Mt. Nebo Point Drive in Ohio Township reported retail theft.

A resident of Roosevelt Road in Ohio Township reported a civil dispute on Feb. 9.


At their Jan. 12 meeting, the school board approved a number of Avonworth staff members to attend professional conferences.

Media center specialists Jennifer Gould and Sara Osborn will attend the PA School Librarians Association Conference March 28-30, in Hershey, PA, at a cost not to exceed $700 plus mileage. Title IV funds will be used to pay for the trip.

Certified school nurses Mara Aletio and Colleen Barcaskey will attend the PA Association of School Nurses and Practitioners' annual education conference, March 29-31, in State College, PA.


Wednesday was what most would call a bad day for one garbage truck driver.

First, the truck was stopped on Shiloh Avenue in Bellevue when, according to Bellevue DPW supervisor Todd Giammatteo, the driver felt the back of his truck sink. The truck turned out to be in a sinkhole that measures about three feet deep and three to four feet wide. The driver was able to get the truck out without assistance, however, and continued on his route, only to get stuck once again when the truck snagged a tree on Maple Alley, bringing it down on top of the truck.


It was a banner week for the Northgate/Avonworth swim team, with the boys' and the girls' teams winning over Shadyside Academy and Knoch High School teams.

On Monday night, the Northgate-Avonworth swimmers took on perennial WPIAL-AA powerhouse Shady Side Academy in a meet that many expected to be a close contest. In the end, though, both the girls’ and the boys’ teams dominated the opposition and showed that they are ready for their push toward the WPIAL and PIAA championships.


The Avonworth-Northgate wrestlers came out on top in their final home match of the season, scoring a 47-18 victory over the Riverview High School Raiders. One of the highlights of the night was a third-period pin by Northgate junior Jeremiah Georges, pictured here. Jeremiah, 7-13 in his first season in the sport and improving, wrestles in the 170-lb. weight class. Another key pin was picked up by sophomore Eli Kauer, now 10-6 in the 132-lb. weight class.


On Jan. 28, an individual reported credit fraud at a business on Ohio River Boulevard.

On Jan. 29, Avalon Police officers were dispatched to a house on Elizabeth concerning the report of a dead dog on the front porch. The dog was taken to a veterinarian. Police say the dog appeared to have died of natural causes.

No injuries were reported in a motor vehicle accident that occurred at Ohio River Boulevard and Locust Street on Jan. 29.

A motor vehicle accident involving three vehicles occurred on Ohio River Boulevard on Jan. 31. Police say that no injuries were reported.



The Avonworth girls’ basketball team locked up a spot in the upcoming WPIAL playoffs when they hosted Riverside this past Monday.

After an unsteady start to the contest, the Lady ‘Lopes found their game and rolled to a win over the Lady Panthers 55-23.

"Fouls hurt us early, but after that we were okay," said Avonworth coach Mark D'Alessandris.


Bellevue’s zoning hearing board delivered the news last week that a transitional housing program will not be able to operate as originally planned, and is currently in violation of the borough’s zoning laws.



The Avonworth boys’ basketball team clinched a spot in the upcoming WPIAL playoffs when they hosted Freedom this past Tuesday.

Turner Grau recorded a double-double, leading the way with 18 points and 16 rebounds as the Antelopes cruised to victory over the Bulldogs 62-48.

Avonworth led 26-16 at the half and never looked back as Deon Thomas and Mason Donovan also scored in double digits with 11 points each.

The ‘Lopes (6-5, 12-8) close out the regular season when they play at section leader North Catholic (10-1, 16-3) tonight at 7:30 p.m.


Heart disease might be seen as something that predominantly affects men, but women are not immune to this potentially deadly condition. In fact, doctors and healthcare professionals advise women to take serious heed of heart disease, which claims more female lives than breast cancer, other cancers, respiratory disease, and Alzheimer’s disease combined.


A Waste Management employee was taken to the hospital and Forest Avenue in Bellevue was shut down to traffic Tuesday morning after something containing a hazardous material exploded in the garbage truck hopper.

Bellevue Volunteer Fire Company reported that the substance was muriatic acid, a form of hydrochloric acid sometimes used to clean masonry.Considered a very dangerous household chemical, its fumes can burn a person’s nose, throat and lungs.

Police say the explosion in the truck created a plume cloud that overwhelmed the Waste Management employee.



The Northgate Flames boys’ basketball team has won three of their last five games and are on a two-game win streak after knocking off the Lions from Propel Braddock Hills High School this past Tuesday night. The Flames (3-9, 4-15) beat the Lions (3-9, 3-15) by the score of 59 – 35 to win their third conference game of the season in a defensive battle that was highlighted by the high degree of physicality in which it was played.


Irene Porvaznik Irene Porvaznik, of Pittsburgh, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. She was the wife of the late Joseph J. Porvaznik; mother of Mary Jane Porvaznik, Nancy Dugan, Joe Porvaznik and Jim Porvaznik; sister of Annie; also survived by grandchildren. There will be no visitation. Arrangements by Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Inc.

John H. Marker John H. Marker, age 69, of Bellevue, died Jan. 29, 2019.


On Jan. 20, a resident of Harrison Avenue reported that her friend stole her rental car outside her residence. The vehicle was returned by an unknown male.

Avalon Police officers responded to motor vehicle accident on Park Avenue on Jan. 20. No one was injured, police say.

On Jan. 21, officers were called to a Marie Avenue residence for a report of a broken rear window on a jeep. It was determined that the window may have been broken by a rock from spinning tires while a vehicle was stuck on a patch of ice.


Bellevue Police arrested one man and seized a large quantity of suspected heroin during a recent traffic stop.

Damond F. Thomas, 40, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver on Jan. 24.

According to police, an officer was conducting survelliance on a house suspected of having drug deliveries and was able to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle leaving the home.

During the investigation, 11 bricks of heroin (550 stamp bags) were seized.

Thomas was delivered to the Allegheny County Jail for arraignment.



After snapping their 12-game losing streak on the 18th with Springdale, the Northgate Flames boys’ basketball team dropped two games, losing to Winchester-Thurston and Apollo Ridge. But, the Flames did not get down on themselves, and this past Tuesday when they played Riverview, tNorthgate jumped out in front and remained in command the entire game, knocking off the Riverview Raiders by the score of 65- 56.


As recycling rules change across the region and country, North Boroughs residents have been confused about what can and cannot be placed in their recycling bins. A recent mailing from Waste Management didn’t’ help clear up any confusion, as glass was noticeably missing from both the “Do” and “Do Not” recycle lists.

Meanwhile, residents of other Pittsburgh area communities have been told they can no longer recycle glass bottles and jars.

In most of the North Boroughs, however, glass recycling will continue for at least the next couple years.


By Patrick Gannon

After winning their battle with Keystone Oaks by a 70-47 score in a home match-up earlier this month, Avonworth had the tables turned on them Tuesday night when K. O. reversed the game outcome, downing Avonworth on their home court, 57-38.

The Antelopes were clicking in the first quarter, quickly going up 12-9 on the Eagles. The ‘Lopes maintained the lead until midway through the second quarter, when K.O.’s C. J. Morrow buried two three-pointers on back-to-back possessions to give the Eagles a one-point lead. By the end of the half, K.O. led the ‘Lopes by seven.



In an all important section match-up, the Avonworth girls’ basketball team extended their most recent win streak to three games when they hosted Beaver this past Monday. Having to overcome foul trouble and a heap of turnovers, the Lady ‘Lopes persevered in a 48-43 win to take sole possession of second place in the 3A Section 1 standings.

"We had foul trouble and had to make some substitutions," said Avonworth coach Mark D'Alessandris. "The girls played hard; we did some good things and I think this is a good stepping stone."


Doris Irene Lang Doris Irene Lang, 93, of Emsworth, PA joined her beloved husband, Andrew A. Lang, Sr. and daughter, Teresa Lavery, in eternal life on January 21, 2019. It is with great sadness that her family announced her death. Survivors include: Andrew A Lang, Jr. (Mark Haestings); Nancy Lang; Linda Petley; Gregory Lan; Sherril Weil (Richard); Alan Lang (Margaret); Annette Pace (Wayne); David Lang; Carol Lang; Thomas Lang (Brigette Carman); Jeffrey Lang (Mary Beth); Mary Jo; and son-in-law Robert Lavery; 19 grandchildren, their spouses, and 7 great-grandchildren.


On Jan. 24, a resident of Nicholson Road in Ohio Township reported a disturbance.

On Jan. 26, a resident of Laurel Avenue in Ben Avon reported theft.

A business on Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township reported retail theft on Jan. 26.

A resident of Buckingham Drive in Ohio Township reported a disturbance on Jan. 28.

On Jan. 28, a resident of Duff Road in Ohio Township reported fraud.

On Jan. 28, a business on Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township reported retail theft.

A resident of Eicher Road in Kilbuck Township reported fraud on Jan. 28.


State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, (D. Allegheny County) announced on Jan. 29 that he was named vice chairman of the Ethics Committee of the state House of Representatives.

The House Ethics Committee conducts investigations, hearings and meetings relating to a specific issue, member, officer, or employee of the House on matters of conflicts of interests and misconduct in legislative duties.


A sign on the door of Luigi’s Pizzaria on Lincoln Avenue in Bellevue says “Thank you for a great 42 years” and is signed by owner Luigi Della-Ragione, who served his last pizzas to hundreds of longtime customers who returned last weekend to say goodbye. The popular restaurant was a home away from home for many local youths who frequented its former location at the intersection of South Jackson Avenue to socialize and play video games. Luigi has decided to retire after 42 years in Bellevue, and a lifetime in the food service industry.


On Jan. 12, a vehicle slid off the roadway onto the curb and into a row of shrubs near the intersection of South Birmingham and Orchard streets. Police say snow-covered roads were the cause of the mishap.

On Jan. 14, a traffic accident occurred on California Avenue. Police say that no one was injured.

Todd Beam, 35, of Avalon, was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs on Jan. 14.

Traffic citations were issued to Donald Presutti, 71, of Avalon, on Jan. 16, after police say he was driving at high rate of speed through a school zone and failed to stop at a stop sign.