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The temperature in the area had pushed into the 90s last Thursday, but one spot in Ohio Township registered some extra degrees. As winner of radio station WDVE's contest to host a porch/patio party with TV star and comedian Billy Gardell, the Hartle family’s house on Bradshaw Drive was definitely the hottest place around. Pictured at the party, from left, are Joey O'Connell, John Hartle, Billy Gardell, Jodi Hartle and Makenzie Hartle

John Hartle explained how his family's home came to be party central for the day.


Avalon Police Chief Tom Kokoski (right) welcomes the borough’s newest full-time police officer. Chris Brown, who has been working as a part-time officer in Avalon for a couple years, was hired at Tuesday’s Avalon Council meeting in a unanimous vote. Brown is a former Marine who served in Iraq.


Northgate officials have approved an agreement with Bellevue Borough regarding the school resource office (SRO), a Bellevue Police officer assigned to Northgate High School full-time during the school year.

Northgate has agreed to pay 70 percent of the cost of the officer, which Bellevue pays the other 30 percent.


Robert Besser Robert John Besser, 79, of Tucson, AZ, formerly of Bellevue and husband of the late Betty Schiellien Besser, died Sunday, June 7,2015. Mr. Besser was a Bellevue High School and Duquesne University graduate. He is survived by two sisters, Betty Haughin of Zelienople and Mary Alice Naylor of Bradenton, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emerick and Elizabeth Pohlot Besser; and his brother, Emerick Besser. Services and burial were held in Arizona.

Carol Lee Coward


Avalon Council formally accepted the resignation of a full-time police officer at Tuesday’s council meeting.

Shawn Khirley’s resignation was accepted effective March 10. Khirley, who has been on a special assignment outside the borough for more than a year, has accepted a position with another law enforcement agency.


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.


Neil Richey Neil M. Richey, 84, of Ross Township, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Mr. Richey served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. After being honorably discharged, he worked for over 40 years in the grocery business and then for another 20 years working for his son in the automotive repair industry.


An elderly man was taken to the hospital after being assaulted during an argument with juveniles over a traffic incident.

Police were called to Lincoln Avenue at North Jackson just after 4 p.m. on Monday. Officers say a 71-year-old man was taken to the hospital by NorthWest EMS after sustaining a laceration to the eye. The juvenile was arrested and taken to Shuman Center.

Bellevue Police stopped and arrested underage drinkers on Lincoln Avenue on Nov. 1.

Police received a report of assault on Teece Avenue on Nov. 1.


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.


One of the many demonstrations at Bellevue’s Health & Safety Day on Sunday featured Ohio Township Police Officer Eric Wallace and the department’s K-9 cop, Rico. Pictured here, the Belgian Malinois indicates he has located narcotics by sitting still at the exact spot drugs were hidden in the 9-1-1 van for purposes of the demonstration.


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.


The Northgate School District is clarifying an agreement with a retired police officer to handle attendance and truancy matters for the district.

The district’s school board voted Monday to approve hiring retired Bellevue Police officer Jim Ogilvie as an independent contractor.

He will be paid $20 per hour, not to exceed $2,500.


Avalon Council voted unanimously at Tuesday's regular meeting to reject the current civil service commission eligibility list and advertise for a new full-time police officer.

Safety committee chairman Pat Narcisi said that the current list contained only two names.

Council members Vicki Donnelly and Ralph Cortese were absent.


A former Avalon Police officer was arrested this afternoon on a felony aggravated assault charge.

Walter R. Johnson, 37, had been employed as a full-time police officer in Avalon for about two years when he was fired in an emergency council meeting in June. Johnson previously had worked as a part-time officer for Avalon.


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.


Bellevue Council will vote next Tuesday on whether to continue a contract with the Northgate School District for a full-time school resource officer (SRO) at Northgate Middle-High School.

The proposed contract, already approved by the Northgate School Board, would have Northgate contributing $25,000 to have a Bellevue Police officer at the school on a full-time basis, according to council members who discussed the issue at last tuesday’s pre-council meeting.


An Avalon police officer has been fired from the job for apparent misconduct, although officials say they cannot comment on the specifics of the case.

The employment of full-time officer Walter Johnson, hired almost two years ago after working part-time for the department, was terminated in a special emergency meeting held by Avalon Council.


Copper tubing was reported stolen during the burglary of a home on Rheams Avenue reported April 26.

Furniture and a lawn mower were reported stolen from the yard of a vacant home on Longmore Avenue sometime during April.

A vehicle was reported stolen from Ohio River Boulevard between April 14 and 25.

A contractor working at a North Jackson Avenue property uncovered a large container of floppy disks that had been buried in the yard. The disks reportedly contained suspicious, possibly pornographic, images.


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.


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.


Police are investigating whether the apparent suicide of an Avalon man on Nov. 24 is connected to an earlier shooting in Robinson Township.

The man shot in a motel on Steubenville Pike may have been related to Charles Richard, 32, of Delp Street in Avalon, who was found in a garage in Harris Alley. Police say he died of a gunshot that appeared to have been self-inflicted.

In other news from Avalon Police, a laptop computer was reported stolen during the burglary of a Hemlock Street residence, reported Nov. 23.


An Avalon police officer escaped without injury, although he was dragged some 20 feet by a vehicle he was attempting to stop last Saturday night.

The man behind the wheel of that car led officers from multiple jurisdictions on a chase through the City of Pittsburgh and North Hills before being stopped and taken into custody.

The incident began just before 1 a.m. when Avalon officers were dispatched to Center Avenue for a reported burglary in progress. Police say they were told that a man had entered the residence and begun moving items outside.


Although it appeared that few people on Bellevue Council actually wanted to pay a new part-time office clerk $15 per hour, a resolution doing just that was approved by officials at Tuesday’s work session.

Miscues, misinformation, lack of preparation, bad acoustics and outright distrust factored into a series of events that ended with the hiring of a temporary office clerk at the same salary paid to the former assistant director of administrative services.

DAS Doug Sample defended the higher hourly pay rate, arguing that job would entail more than just clerical work.


Claude Phipps Claude A. Phipps, 72, of Avalon, died Monday, Sept. 19, 2011 in Allegheny General Hospital. Mr. Phipps was the owner of Phipps 18th Century Flowers. He fostered cats and dogs from the Humane Society and shared peanut butter sandwiches with squirrels and enjoyed feeding birds. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Cardamone Phipps; his brother-in-law, Russell Cardamone of Sewickley; and his rescues, Jack, Belle, Willow and Cocoa. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fredrick "Ted" and Gladys Holt Phipps.