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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.


What happens when two police chiefs run into each other on vacation? They go do police stuff, of course. That happened just last week when Ohio Township Police Chief Beaver Micklos (pictured above at left) and Avalon Police Chief Tom Kokoski (right) ran into each other on the Caribbean island of Aruba. They were invited to accompany Aruban police detectives on helicopter surveillance of the island as police searched the surrounding ocean for any sign of drug traffickers bringing in narcotics from South America.


Even the most ardent students of Bellevue history may have a hard time placing the name Daniel Rosemeier. That name, however, is now etched on a monument honoring police officers from across the country who have died in the line of duty.

Daniel V. Rosemeier had served with the Bellevue Police Department for 26 years and held the position of police chief on July 6, 1934, when he died as a result of a heart attack suffered on duty.


A traffic study conducted by Ohio Township Police indicated that drivers definitely are speeding along Center Avenue in Emsworth, but not by much.

At previous Emsworth Council meetings, complaints of numerous speeding vehicles were reported by a resident who lives near the intersection. At the March council meeting, Ohio Township Police Chief Beaver Micklos gave council the results of a traffic study his department recently conducted.


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 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.


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.


Two Beaver County men died and two other people were critically injured during an early morning accident on Route 65 in Ben Avon on Wednesday.

An Ohio Township Police officer on patrol in Ben Avon about 2:30 a.m. actually heard the crash on Ohio River Boulevard and rushed to the scene. According to Police Chief Beaver Micklos, the officer did not hear squealing tires or brakes, only something that sounded like an explosion.

“It was a horrific impact,” Micklos said.


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.


Students and staff at Avalon Elementary School were evacuated Friday morning, Feb. 22, after someone called 9-1-1 and reported a bomb was in the school and would go off in an hour.

Avalon Police Chief Tom Kokoski said that there was no bomb, and the matter is being investigated.

Children were taken to the nearby Avalon borough building, and then sent home.


Parents who pick up or drop off their children at Avalon Elementary School will no longer be able to park in front of the building or on North School Street.

Avalon Police Chief Tom Kokoski told council members Tuesday that the congestion caused by the parking had been a concern for some time, but the problem became a priority after last week’s shootings at a Connecticut grade school.

The number of vehicles parked or double-parked outside the building could prevent first responders from reaching the school in a timely manner, Kokoski said.


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


Ohio Township Police are hoping to get similar solicitation ordinances in place in each of the Avonworth communities in preparation for an expected flood of door-to-door energy solicitors.

Police Chief Beaver Micklos told the Kilbuck Township Supervisors at their meeting Tuesday that residents are already beginning to see the initial wave of solicitors working for energy companies. The sales people often have a “high pressure,” style, Micklos said, and the companies may not be particularly careful about who they hire.

“There’s some bad people that come along,” he said.


When a bad storm last spring wiped out the shooting range used to train area police officers, there was more than a little concern.

“We rely on this,” said Avalon Police Chief Tom Kokoski, who explained that the range buried deep in the woods of Sewickley has, for many years, provided officers from 13 different suburban police departments the opportunity to train for annual weapons certifications.

The heavy rains in the former reservoir caused landslides and flooding, destroyed the frames used to hold targets, and swept away a storage building.


Who is entitled to see phone call records for cell phones provided by the borough to municipal employees and paid for entirely by taxpayers?

Bellevue Council president Linda Woshner said that the borough pays for cell phones carried by the director of administrative services, police chief and code enforcement officer. The borough does not receive itemized call records in the regular bills, she said, and she had asked DAS Doug Sample to obtain those records for the finance committee to review to determine if the borough could get a better rate for service.


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.


Avalon Borough is banking -- literally -- on the success of a federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) program that employs municipal police officers in exchange for a percentage of the proceeds from property seized during drug busts.

The borough council voted 4-3 Tuesday to detail Avalon Police Officer Sean Khirley to the DEA as of Aug. 1. Although working for the federal law enforcement agency, Khirley will remain on the borough payroll, and plans call for another full-time officer to be hired to replace him in Avalon.


Four Garfield men have been arrested for the Feb. 24 armed robbery at Sunny Jim’s Tavern on Camp Horne Road.

Ohio Township Police Chief Beaver Micklos said that the men are suspected of committing as many as 12 armed robberies throughout the region, becoming progressively bolder and more dangerous as the crime spree continued.

Micklos said that Ohio Township Police worked with the Pennsylvania State Police to identify and apprehend the suspects, whose names have not yet been released, on March 4.


Ohio Township Police have identified the man who robbed an Emsworth resident on Jan. 10 as the same man arrested Thursday morning for the rapes of two women in Ross Township.

Ohio Township Police Chief Beaver Micklos said that his officers planned to file charges Thursday against Arthur Henderson, 38, of Ross, for the Jan. 10 robbery of Paul Leung in the parking lot of the House of Lee restaurant in Emsworth. Leung was seriously injured and robbed of $4,000 - $5,000 after returning to his residence above the restaurant after gambling at the North Side casino.


Ohio Township Police are warning residents not to let strangers into their homes after a group of scam artists were nearly successful in stealing property from an Emsworth woman.


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.