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11/22/15

Matthew Ehrick Campbell, 31, of 15202, was charged with public drunkenness on Nov. 4.

On Nov. 5, Avalon Police responded to South Home Avenue concerning a dog fight.

Avalon Police took a report of an armed robbery at a Union Avenue business on Nov. 8. A customer requested a pack of cigarettes, and when the store clerk stated the price, the customer showed a black handgun and demanded the money in the register. Between $300 and $500 was taken, according to the report.

11/22/15

By JIM RUMBLE

Injuries were part of the adversity the Avonworth Antelopes football team had to deal with all season, and that continued to be a factor when the 'Lopes met the Clairton Bears in a WPIAL quarterfinal game played last Friday.

Avonworth battled Clairton to a 14-14 tie by halftime, but just couldn't match up with the Bears in the second half as they fell 46-21 to end their season.

"I'm proud of these kids. They came out, gutted it up, and played their hearts out," said Antelopes’ coach Duke Johncour.

11/22/15

Bellevue Police received a report on Nov. 6 that a forced burglary had occurred at a Crawford Avenue residence.

On Nov. 7, Bellevue Police received a report that after a driver had stopped to use a MAC machine, an individual attempted to enter a vehicle.

From a Brighton Road resident, Bellevue Police received a report of internet fraud on Nov. 8.

Bellevue Police received a report of a disturbance on North Sprague Avenue on Nov. 9.

A Lincoln Avenue business reported a shoplifting incident on Nov. 10.

A Lincoln Avenue business reported a suspected retail theft on Nov. 12.

11/22/15

Council member Richard J. White presented a proposed 2016 budget of $1,183,300 to Ben Avon Council at Tuesday's meeting.

The budget lists total tax revenue income of $930,000, the majority coming from $521,000 in current real estate tax collections, along with $342,000 in current earned income tax. The estimate for major sources of non-tax revenue is $253,300, including county sales tax ($40,900), cable franchise fees ($39,700), and delinquent sewage charges ($39,000), among others.

11/22/15

Both Avalon and Ben Avon councils voted at meetings last Tuesday to sign the extended administrative consent order that continues efforts to abate the release of raw sewage into the area’s waterways during periods of wet weather.

11/22/15

Emsworth Borough's proposed budget for 2016 is on display at the borough building, and council anticipates approving it at the Dec. 9 meeting.

The proposed budget sets the real estate tax at 3.955 mills, with one of the mills being dedicated to roads.

Total income for the borough is projected at $1,590,532 and total expenses are expected to be $1,587,452.

Capital funds are expected to be used to cover the shortfall in sewage, where revenues of $597,710 do not meet anticipated expenses of $645,794.

11/22/15

The Northgate School District and the Northgate Education Association have agreed to a new contract for the district’s teacher.

Retroactive to July 1, 2015, the contract approved by the school board Monday night extends through June 30, 2020.

11/22/15

James McCarthy James M. "Jimmy" McCarthy, 83, died Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. Mr. McCarthy was born in Limerick, Ireland and moved to New York to work on a farm. He was a horse jockey in Ireland and England and rode a number of winners, notably in the Curragh with Martin Quirke and Tom Costelloe in Clare, and he rode the most famous Montcapitane, sire to the legendary Gold Cup winner Captain Christie in 1977. When he moved to Pittsburgh, he worked on Barberry Farms in Sewickley.

11/22/15

On Nov. 10, Ohio Township Police took a disturbance report at a McKinley Avenue in Emsworth residence.

Ohio Township Police officers responded to a disturbance on Berringer Place in Ben Avon on Nov. 11.

On Nov. 11, a theft report was taken at a Camp Horne Road in Ohio Township business. Some 20 to 25 pallets were taken from outside a building. The incident is still under investigation.

Ohio Township Police took a shoplifting-in-progress report from a Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township business on Nov. 11.

11/22/15

Ben Avon Council unanimously accepted borough secretary Carmella Hallstein's notice of retirement at Tuesday's meeting.

Council member Julian Wynnyckyj was absent.

The official date of Hallstein's retirement is Dec. 24, but she will be taking vacation the final week, so her last day of work is scheduled for Dec. 17.

11/22/15

Emsworth Borough residents will face higher sewer bills in 2016, in addition to the 11 percent increase that will be levied by ALCOSAN..

At the Nov. 11 meeting, council announced plans to institute a flat quarterly usage fee of $13.78 plus an additional fee of $10.96 for each 1,000 gallons of water usage for each meter in the borough.

According to council member Kevin Yurkovich, even with the proposed change, revenues still won't cover the costs. The proposed 2016 Emsworth budget faces a shortfall of more than $48,000 in the sewage category, Yurkovich said.

11/22/15

The Northgate School Board has officially agreed to limit any potential property tax increase for 2016-17.

Under state law, school districts can agree to raise taxes no more than the state-determined index for each particular school district, or they can seek exceptions from the Pennsylvania Department of Education that would allow tax increases to exceed the index to cover a limited number of specific costs. The PDE exceptions allow districts to avoid obtaining voter approval of higher tax increases through a referendum on the primary election ballot.

11/16/15

By JIM RUMBLE

In their WPIAL first-round game played at Beth-Center last Friday, the Avonworth Antelopes football team overcame a slow start with a dominating second half to dispose of the Bulldogs 27-12.

The Antelopes had a difficult time in the first half containing Beth-Center's Anthony Welsh, who rushed for 152 yards early on, but was neutralized in the second half.

11/16/15

Members of the Avonworth School Board are considering two possible calendars for the 2016-17 school year, which were distributed at Monday night's meeting.

In the first proposed calendar, the first day of school for students would be Aug. 23, and graduation and the last day of school for students would be June 2. In the second version, the first day would be Aug. 30, with graduation held and the last school day for students on June 9.

11/16/15

Marie Wehner Marie Marion A. Wehner, 96, of McCandless, formerly of Spring Hill and Avalon, died Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. Ms. Wehner was retired from US Steel after 44 years of service. She is survived by her sister, Clara Freel; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, John Wehner and Robert Wehner. A funeral mass was held in St. Ambrose Church, Holy Wisdom Parish, North Side, on Monday. Arrangements were made by Sperling Funeral Home.

Patrick McGivern Patrick J. McGivern of Reserve Township died Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015.

11/16/15

On Nov. 4, Ohio Township Police officers responded to a disturbance at a Hilands Avenue in Ben Avon residence.

A disturbance report was taken from an Ohio River Boulevard business on Nov. 4.

On Nov. 5, a report was taken concerning two males possibly going through a dumpster behind one of the businesses in Mt. Nebo Pointe in Ohio Township. Officers searched the area, and no one was found.

On Nov. 7, a trespassing complaint was taken from a resident living on Camp Horne Road in Emsworth.

11/16/15

Although no one seems quite sure how to make it happen, Bellevue Council members are in agreement that the fee charged for the inspection of apartments and commercial rental properties should increase from $35 to $40 per unit.

The recommendation for the slight fee increase came after council’s finance committee considered several options, including outsourcing the inspections.

11/16/15

The Northgate School District will continue with its program of repairing roofs on schools.

School board buildings and grounds committee chair Brigitte Jackson reported at the Nov. 9 committee of the whole meeting that one of the small roofs at Bellevue Elementary would be replaced by the end of November at a cost of about $3,000.

11/16/15

There were tears, hugs, and an abundance of gratitude as the area’s newest tribute to military veterans was unveiled Saturday on the front lawn of American Legion Post 116 in Avalon.

11/15/15

Firefighters from throughout the North Boroughs and Ross Township quickly extinguished a fire in a Bellevue apartment building Sunday morning.

The fire was reported to have broken out in a couch in a second floor apartment in the building at 60 Sumner Ave. The flames grew to reach the ceiling, causing it to collapse.

All of the residents were evacuated safely, and, as of Sunday night, have been unable to return to the building. The Allegheny County fire marshal was called to investigate.

11/6/15

By MEL PERKINS

Northgate and Avonworth met last Friday night in a thriller on Halloween's Eve, and all those who were in attendance witnessed a western style shootout, with all of the bushwhacking and gun slinging you could ever imagine.

The game see-sawed back and forth in the fourth quarter as the lead changed three times, and when the smoke cleared the Flames had come up short on the wrong side of a 50 - 49 heartbreaker.

11/6/15

On Oct. 23, Avalon Police received a report of criminal mischief. Someone had stepped in freshly-poured wet concrete on North Chestnut Avenue.

A McKinley Avenue resident reported on Oct. 23 that a bicycle valued at $200 had been stolen from the front porch.

Avalon Police responded to a disturbance at a Jackman Avenue residence on Oct. 25.

Following a traffic stop on Orchard Avenue on Oct. 27, Zachary Bryan Vasbinder, 23, was cited for disorderly conduct.

11/6/15

Following a post-season 2-0 win against Bishop Canevin and a 4-3 upset of the Sewickley Academy Panthers, Avonworth's boys' soccer team has advanced to a WPIAL finals match-up that will be played against Seton-La Salle, with kick-off at noon tomorrow at Highmark Stadium, located on West Station Square Drive in Pittsburgh.

The victory over the Sewickley team, with a history of wins that include being state runner-up last year and WPIAL champs and state champs in 2013, came with a formidable fight.

11/6/15

Oct. 30, 2015 Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen Final score: 50-49, Avonworth