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For those people who don't think their votes count, consider the number of individuals and groups who are trying to influence or supress it.

It used to be that we received campaign materials from candidates, sometimes sent right from their very own dining room tables. We'd get stuff from their campaign committees, which is pretty much the same thing in my mind. Every now and then we'd get a card from a political party.


Avalon officials showed their appreciation this week for two police officers injured during the pursuit of a suspected drug dealer earlier this year. Working in plainclothes along with Police Chief Tom Kokoski, Officers Sean Khirley and Walt Johnson pursued the fleeing suspect through a 20-foot jump and over a fence, finally nabbing him and recovering a quantity of suspected heroin. Both officers and the suspect were hospitalized after the chase. While Khirley has returned to duty, Johnson remains off-duty with a leg injury.


Even though I am a vegetarian, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.

No, it's not because we get a day off in the middle of the week. That just causes more problems than it's worth when you work for a newspaper with a weekly deadline.

Thanksgiving provides me with what I like to consider a "reality check."


Angelo Cammarata Angelo H. Cammarata, 101, of Ross Township, husband of the late Marietta Cammarata, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 in Passavant Hospital.



The only cell tower in Emsworth may be relocated and enlarged, if the variance requests of a tower company are granted by the Emsworth Zoning Board. The board will hold a meeting next week to hear more comments from the public.

A zoning hearing was held Thursday, June 11, at the Emsworth Borough Building, during which Crown Castle, a company that owns more than 50,000 towers across the United States, sought relief from permitted use and property setbacks in accordance with Emsworth Zoning Ordinance No. 925.



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


Will they or won’t they? And if they do, by how much? Those are the questions that remain to be answered by the Northgate School Board as the deadline for adopting a 2014-15 budget draws closer and a property tax millage rate must be set.

The board currently has the authority to increase the millage rate by more than one full mill, and held a special meeting Monday to discuss the proposed bud-get and millage. Despite the past year’s staff cuts and warnings of future tax increases, however, no members of the public attended the meeting.


An Ohio Township Police officer remains hospitalized after being seriously injured in a traffic accident last Saturday, April 12.

Longtime officer Don Manz underwent surgery Monday to repair several vertebrae in his back that were broken when the police cruiser he was driving was hit broadside on Ohio River Boulevard near the Toms Run intersection.


With North Korea threatening nuclear war and with lawmakers battling over gun legislation, prospects for peace seem to be more elusive than ever. One man, though, in his own quiet way, has not abandoned the quest for a better future, taking his message to the streets as he walks from his home in North Manchester, IN to Elizabethtown in eastern Pennsylvania.

That walker, Bob Gross, stopped in Avalon last Thursday, spending the night with Rick and Jane Miller and family.


Bellevue Police were called to investigate a burglary at the beer distributor on Ohio River Boulevard on Dec. 19. Several items were taken from the store, police say.

Copper downspouts were reported stolen Dec. 23 from Emanuel’s Lutheran Church on North Fremont Avenue.

A South Fremont Avenue resident reported Dec. 26 that her purse had been stolen by a relative.

A Clinton Place resident reported the theft of an iPad on Dec. 30.


A Crafton man arrested after a police chase that ended with shots fired and two car crashes turned out to be in possession of both narcotics and a loaded weapon.

Two Avalon Police officers were hospitalized and their vehicle demolished when they wrecked on Ohio River Boulevard in Ben Avon while in pursuit of Jonathan Schaeffer, 23, of Crafton, on Sept. 4.

The incident began at the BP gas station in Avalon about 3 a.m., when police were notified of a suspicious vehicle in the lot. Police say they smelled marijuana when Schaeffer put down his window.


Two Avalon Police officers are expected to return to work early next week after being injured in one of two car crashes that occurred during a pursuit that began with shots fired at an Avalon gas station.

Police were called to the BP station on Route 65 around 3 a.m. Tuesday, with the clerk reporting a suspicious vehicle in the lot.


Avalon Police investigated a traffic accident on South Home Avenue on Aug. 5. Police say a vehicle hit the passenger side of a parked car hard enough to cause the air bags to deploy.

Damoz Yarbrough, 18, of Pittsburgh 15214 was cited for disorderly conduct on California Avenue on Aug. 4.

Nicola Joseph Amicone, 48, of McKees Rocks, was cited for public drunkenness on Aug. 9.


An Avalon man’s efforts to avoid police were unsuccessful, and he was arrested Tuesday after wrecking his car into a house.

An Ohio Township Police officer in the area of the Avalon Loop reported hearing the sound of breaking glass as a vehicle approached him from Ben Avon, and then saw someone trying to get out of the passenger side of the moving vehicle.

The officer followed, but lost sight of the car when the driver apparently turned off the vehicle’s lights. The car was found, however, a few minutes later when it hit a house on South Chestnut Street.


A laptop computer was reported stolen in the burglary of an Ohio River Boulevard residence on April 20.

Police made an arrest after being dispatched to the Church of the Epiphany on California Avenue on April 24 for a reported burglary in progress. Officers found Michael Wanner, address not given, hiding behind some bushes with a hammer, and a copper downspout hanging off the building. Wanner was taken to the Allegheny County Jail.


Anthony Morris Anthony G. Morris III, of Bellevue, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012. Mr. Morris served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of foreign wars. He was a Stowe Township, McKees Rocks and Avalon police officer and a campus police lieutenant at Thiel College. He is survived by his parents, Ada and Anthony Morris; a brother, Joe and Melee Morris; his grandmother, Gladys Milender; neices and nephews, Ian, Jasmine, and Kiera Schon, Brianna Clark and Aaron and Xavier Morris; cousins and friends.


Allegheny County’s hazardous materials team responded along with local firefighters and police last week when about 700 gallons of crude oil leaked onto Courtney Mill Road in Ben Avon Heights.

Police say the spill was the result of a former Shannopin Country Club employee dismantling one of the old oil tanks that are located on the club’s property. According to police, the ex-employee acted with the club’s permission and intended to scrap the metal he recovered.


Avalon Police are continuing to investigate a traffic accident on Ohio River Boulevard on Feb. 3 in which injuries were reported. The accident involved vehicles and a motorcycle.

Officers also investigated an accident on California Avenue that day. The driver told police that the vehicle’s gas pedal stuck and the car hit a utility pole.



For the fourth consecutive year, the Avonworth Antelopes football team is headed to the WPIAL quarterfinals. The ‘Lopes defeated California at home last Friday, 28-16.

Led by Ricky Lawniczak's three rushing touchdowns, the Antelopes broke open a close game in the second half and took advantage of a couple of Trojan turnovers that were converted for scores. They will now meet Rochester at Ambridge High School tonight at 7:30 p.m.

"I'm happy we're moving on," said head coach Duke Johncour after the game.


A resident of Meadow Street in Emsworth reported July 11 that a truck had been broken into and numerous items taken, including cash, a GPS, a radar detector and a class ring. Total value of the items is approximately $3,500.

Belany's Mini Mart in Ben Avon reported July 13 that two cartons of cigarettes had been stolen by a white male in his mid-twenties with tattoos on both arms, driving a black Ford Explorer.


When Avonworth High School staged its mock crash in the parking lot behind the school as a pre-prom reminder of the dangers of drinking and driving, lots of students played out scripts that dramatized some rather grim scenes, from the badly injured to the bloody fatalities.

Two seniors, though, played their roles without scripts, because in reality, they knew exactly what they had to do.


An Avalon Police officer was injured April 1 in the foot pursuit of a man who turned out to be wanted by Beaver County police, and also was in possession of suspected cocaine.

Police say that Derrick Smith, 38, of Beaver Falls, hid when he spotted a police car on Malvern Road. Officer Bob Scott found Smith lying between the front porch of a home and a tree, at which time Smith began running toward Bellevue. The pursuit crossed North Home and North Starr avenues before entering the backyards of homes on Shade Avenue in Bellevue, where Smith was apprehended.


Two Avalon police officers were injured in a drug bust on Jan. 28 that ended with them in the hospital, along with the suspect they arrested.

Officers Walt Johnson and Sean Kirley, along with Chief Tom Kokoski, attempted to arrest Raymond Carter, 25, of Grant Avenue, Bellevue, after observing him in what was believed to be a drug transaction in the California Avenue business district.


Two young men suspected of breaking into vehicles in Avalon and Bellevue were arrested by Avalon Police last week.