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As an editor, I often struggle with issues surrounding what the public NEEDS to know, versus what they WANT to know.

If we print what people WANT to know, they'll buy papers. But at some point what people want to know drops perilously close to the level of gossip, in which I prefer not to indulge. Obviously gossip is big business, as evidenced by the number of celebrity gossip magazines, tabloids and Web sites. I am not at all convinced that the world needs to know what Mel Gibson said to his girlfriend, or who Miley Cyrus is dating. I'm not even sure why the world WANTS to know.


Even as Bellevue celebrated being named one of 241 “Playful Cities 2015” nationwide, borough officials committed themselves Tuesday to making sure that Bellevue’s parks continue to be “playable.”

Bellevue was one of a relatively small number of towns and cities across the country determined to offer recreational opportunities to all children. The announcement was made by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit organization “dedicated to ensuring that all kids get a childhood filled with the balanced and active play needed to thrive.”


An effort to cut down on the reams of paper used to keep Bellevue’s elected officials informed could involve taxpayers buying laptop computers for at least five officials.

Police Chief Matt Sentner, who handles IT for the borough, came up with a plan that would make technology more accessible to officials and administrators during meetings, enhancing wifi capabilities in the council chambers and establishing an upgraded work station for director of administrative services Ron Borczyk in the chambers that would allow him to access information immediately.


Bellevue Council is reviewing a proposal for technological upgrades that would include the purchase of new laptop computers for elected officials.

The proposal was presented in a letter from Police Chief Matt Sentner, who doubles as head of technology in the borough.

The goal of the plan is to reduce the amount of paper used in providing council with hard copies of materials and making it easier for officials to access needed materials on-line.


An announcement by Bellevue Mayor Paul Cusick at Tuesday’s pre-council meeting triggered a discussion that could impact the way the school resource officer at Northgate High School is paid.

Bellevue Police Sgt. Mike Hudson is stationed full-time at the high school during the school year at a cost of about $60,000 for nine months, according to Cusick. He said that Northgate, in the past, has contributed $20,000 to that cost, although school grants of $30,000 and $60,000 have paid a larger share the last two years.


Bellevue officials will take a long, hard look at problems with the behavior of juveniles in Bayne Park that could be affecting not only the public’s perception of the facility, but the patronage of the borough’s library as well.

Council member Lynn Tennant-Heffley cited examples of behavior problems at the park, including offensive language, underage drinking, littering, fights and drug use. The circulation at Bayne Library is down, she said at Tuesday’s pre-council meeting, as is attendance at some library programs.


Bellevue’s proposed pawn shop ordinance will head back to committee a second time after council members disagreed on what the police chief’s opinion was of proposed property hold periods.


Bellevue Council will re-evaluate the borough’s proposed “pawn shop” ordinance after a business owner said the law not only could hurt legitimate businesses, but also could defeat its purpose of recovering stolen property and catching burglars.


A car chase involving several local police departments ended Monday night with a crashed vehicle and a suspect in custody.

The pursuit began on Union Avenue and involved Bellevue, Ava-lon and Ross Township police cars trying to stop the man driving a stolen vehicle.

The pursuit traveled through Bellevue and into the City of Pitts-burgh, where, according to Bellevue Police Chief Matt Sentner, the pursuit itself was discontinued but officers continued to search the area for the vehicle.


Bellevue will take a second stab at regulating nuisance properties in the borough with the pending adoption of an “excessive calls” ordinance.

The ordinance being considered by Bellevue Council authorizes the borough to charge the owners of properties to which police are called more than twice in a 30-day period. Unlike similar ordinances adopted by area towns, however, Bellevue’s proposed law makes it clear that people who are reporting crimes -- including domestic violence and child abuse -- will not have to worry about the ordinance being used against them.


Bellevue Police Chief Matt Sentner also took a few dunks to raise funds for the Bellevue Dog Woods.


A mother and her two sons face drug charges after Bellevue Police raided their Dakota Avenue home last Friday and walked away with evidence of a sizeable heroin dealing operation.

Police found 135 stamp bags of suspected heroin, two baggies of the suspected narcotic, as well as empty heroin packages, paraphernalia, cash and 10 cell phones.


Two Bellevue police officers, several firefighters and a female resident of 323 Lincoln Ave. were taken to the hospital Thursday morning after fumes inside the home caused irritation and triggered concerns that they may be toxic. Pictured here, members of the Allegheny County hazardous materials team get hosed off in a decontamination pool set up on Lincoln Avenue after investigating chemicals found in the basement of the building.


Bellevue's police station is expected to be a bit more secure after the replacement of an exterior door.

Police Chief Matt Sentner said that the rusted door has not closed properly several times, allowing citizens to walk into the rear area of the station that is off-limits to the public.

Council authorized the purchase and installation of a new door at a cost of no more than $1,890.


Bellevue Police seized 250 stamp bags of heroin and more than $2,700 in cash during a raid on a home in the borough on Monday. Police are not disclosing the exact location of the bust in the northern section of the borough, or the names of the individuals taken into custody. Police Chief Matt Sentner said that the investigation was headed by officers Aaron Nutter and Jim Niglio, and involved the assistance of the city and county police narcotics units. The five “bricks” of heroin seized have an estimated street value of about $5,000, Sentner said.


In the future, when North Boroughs residents use the words “Lennon” and “police” in the same sentence, they may not be talking about former Kilbuck Township Police Chief Jack Lennon. Instead, they may be referring to his grandson, and namesake, John Lennon, who was sworn in as a Bellevue Police officer Tuesday evening.


One of two new Bellevue Police officers was sworn in Tuesday evening, while a current officer was officially promoted to the position of sergeant.

Nicholas McGaughey was the only new officer sworn in. According to Chief Matt Sentner, the other applicant offered a job with the borough is considering another position. He expects to bring another candidate to council in the coming weeks.


The search of an Avalon home in connection with the recent drive-by shooting in Bellevue ended with no arrests for the shooting, but three people charged with narcotics-related offenses.

Police officers from Bellevue, Avalon and Ohio Township entered the home at 304 S. Home Ave. just after 6 a.m. last Friday. According to Bellevue Police Chief Matt Sentner, his department obtained information that two youths seen running from the scene of a drive-by shooting on Lincoln Avenue on Feb. 8 had gone to that house.


Bellevue Police are calling a drive-by shooting that occurred on Lincoln Avenue Tuesday afternoon a "transient event" not substantially connected to the borough.

The victim of the shooting at this point appears to be a gray Oldsmobile, as both young men in the car fled the scene on foot and have not yet been located.


Bellevue Council voted Tuesday to accept the grant that will put another police officer on borough streets for three years, but not without questions over why information on fourth-year funding was not provided.


Amid concerns about the cost of accepting a grant that would put another police officer on Bellevue’s streets, the borough’s police chief has pledged to come up with the necessary funds.


A stabbing that resulted in the death of a man was a case of self-defense, according to Bellevue Police Chief Matt Sentner.

Police were called to a Jefferson Avenue apartment building just after 2 a.m. on Sunday. A woman reported that someone had broken into her apartment and been stabbed by her boyfriend.

The stabbing victim was located in the basement of the building by an Avalon Police officer.

Witnesses say the man had been stabbed multiple times.


Bellevue Police Chief Matt Sentner would like to see the borough council budget money next year to hire a new police officer -- one who will patrol on four legs instead of two.

Sentner told council members Tuesday that outside funding likely is available not only to pay for a police dog, but the training necessary for both dog and the officer who will be handling him. The major expense facing Bellevue, he said, will be for a special police car that contains a built-in kennel. That car will stay with the dog and the human officer at all times, he said.


Tom Kokoski has been a police officer for 12 years, but barely a month on the job as chief of the Avalon Police Department and he’s finding himself going in new directions.

Like straight up.