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1/20/19

Brandon Chavez, 22, of Ambridge, was arrested for possession of suspected marijuana following a traffic stop on Jan. 8.

Following a dispute on Jan. 8, George Schaffner, 52, of Avalon and Janice Niedbala, 57, of Sewickley, were arrested.

A motor vehicle accident occurred on Jan. 9 at South Birmingham and Taylor avenues when a car slid into a fire hydrant. Police say no one was injured, but the vehicle had to be towed from the scene.

On Jan. 10, Michael McGuire, 42, of Carnegie, was arrested for possession of suspected marijuana.

1/20/19

Bellevue vehicle owners are being warned that a rash of thefts from vehicles has occurred recently. Police Chief Matt Senter is warning residents that multiple cars had been entered and items stolen throughout the borough this week. He urged residents to make sure their vehicles were locked and valuables removed. Additionally, he requested that if anyone had seen anything suspicious or had video footage of people looking at vehicles or trying car doors to contact the police department.

A non-forced burglary occurred at a Lincoln Avenue business on Dec. 3.

1/20/19

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames continue to struggle and matters didn’t get any better when the Flames hosted the Vikings from Sto-Rox (6-1, 8-5) on Tuesday night. The Vikings entered the game tied for first place with Summit Academy, but Northgate would test them early. However, the pace of the game would take its toll and the Flames would fold late in the game, losing by the score 79- 52.

1/20/19

By JIM RUMBLE

With the first half of the regular season in the books this week, the Avonworth girls’ basketball team remains in a three-way tie atop their section after hosting Freedom on Monday.

The front court duo of Hayden Robinson and Kat Goetz combined for 46 points and 22 rebounds as the Lady ‘Lopes ran past the Bulldogs 68-47.

"We played with a lot of intensity, communicated well on defense and played with a lot of energy," said Avonworth coach Mark D'Alessandris.

1/20/19

Simon James Matela Simon James Matela, 20, died suddenly on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, after a brief illness. He was born in Sewickley on June 18, 1998, to Abigail Matela and Christopher Kitner. Simon was a 2016 graduate of Avonworth High School and was studying Creative Writing at Chatham University. He was a compassionate friend and devoted to his family. Simon had an immense heart and always had the consideration of others in mind. He was wise, funny, extremely resilient, and his unique voice and perspective shone in his brilliant writing.

1/20/19

Beginning this week, Pennsylvania school students and others will have a new method of alerting officials to possible threats.

During his report to the school board Monday night, assistant superintendent Jeff Hadley said that students were getting training for “Safe 2 Say Something,” a Web site and app where individuals will be able to anonymously report tips about issues of concern including social media posts or talk about threats of school violence or suicide.

1/19/19

Bellevue Council is giving Mayor Emily Marburger and the Friends of Bayne Library tentative approval to hold another Harry Potter festival in town this year, but making it clear that there will be more council oversight this time around.

1/12/19

On Jan. 2, Mya Arthur, 20 and Javon Thomas, 21, both of Pittsburgh, were arrested for possession of a firearm.

On Jan. 7, Avalon Police officers were dispatched to Belva Street for a hit and run traffic accident.

Samuel Sadowski, 31, of Ben Avon, was arrested on Jan. 7 for trespassing on real property and possession of a controlled substance.

1/12/19

By PATRICK GANNON

The Avonworth boys’ varsity basketball team got back in the win column last Friday with a 70-47 victory over Keystone Oaks.

The ‘Lopes started off hot, running out to an early 12-0 lead. KO followed with a run of their own, coming within three of the Antelopes, the quarter closing with Avonworth on top by a score of 14-11.

1/12/19

If the Avonworth School Board decides to increase property taxes to fund the district’s 2019-20 budget, it will not be increasing them any more than the index percentage allowed by state law.

During the first meeting of the 2019 calendar year, the newly reorganized Avonworth School Board discussed the real estate tax rate for the 2019-20 school year and anticipates passing a resolution at their next meeting to limit the real estate tax rate to the Act 1 Index.

1/12/19

April 2 has been set as the date of the special election in Pennsylvania’s 37th state Senatorial District, which includes all of the Avonworth communities except Ben Avon.

A special election is required because the incumbent senator, Republican Guy Reschenthaler, was elected to the United States Congress in November and resigned his state seat prior to being sworn in as the representative for the 14th Congressional district earlier this month.

1/12/19

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ basketball team was in position to solidify their spot at the top of Section 1 (3A) when they hosted Neshannock this past Monday. Unfortunately for the Lady ‘Lopes, things didn't play out as they had hoped, with the Lancers rolling to a 61-42 victory.

"It was two good teams and we had to answer the bell," said 'Lopes’ coach Mark D'Alessandris. "They [Neshannock] showed up, brought their A-game, and we didn't have our best game."

1/12/19

By MEL PERKINS

Northgate (0-5, 1-10) entered Tuesday night's game on an eight-game slide, and beating the Knights from Summit Academy (4-1, 5-3) would not be an easy task. The Flames fought hard and managed to put a scare in the Knights in the fourth quarter, but were unable to pull off the upset, losing 50-45.

1/12/19

Judith Lee Fichter Judith Lee Fitcher, 84, of Avalon, died Jan. 1, 2019. She is survived by her nieces, Jean (Chris) Corkill and Linda (John) Grubba; and great-nephew, Matthew Grubba and his family, Tiffany Minard and Glenn Merkel. She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew J. and Lillian Fichter; brother, John A. Fichter; and close cousins, Carol Jean Black and Sherry Fink.

1/12/19

Reading, writing, arithmetic -- and then on up to Shakespeare, advanced composition and calculus. All lessons taught in schools to prep students for moving on and earning a living. But what about another form of education: the education for life?

1/12/19

The first touch of wintry weather in the North Boroughs took its toll, making for some slippery brick streets Wednesday evening. This vehicle was traveling down Kendall Avenue in Bellevue about 8:30 p.m. when it slid into a utility pole at the corner of Rheams Avenue. The pole splintered and fell, taking down some wires and the nearby street sign. The driver told police that he was not injured. Bellevue Police and Fire departments were dispatched to the scene. Photo by Jim Rumble for The Citizen

1/6/19

The Pennsylvania Football Writers all-state teams were released last week, with two local players being selected in their respective classifications.

Avonworth senior quarterback Derek Johncour was chosen in class 2A after throwing for 2,420 yards and 23 touchdowns in the regular season while leading his team to a WPIAL playoff berth. Derek was coached by his father Duke, who just completed his eighth season as the head coach at Avonworth.

1/6/19

Avalon residents who are bothered by door-to-door solicitors now have the ability to keep those sales reps off their front porches.

Avalon Council has adopted an ordinance that will create a “No Knock” list. Residents will be able to have their addresses included on a list that will be distributed to solicitors with instructions that they are not permitted to visit those homes.

The new ordinance also increases the fee for a solicitation permit from $10 to $30.

1/6/19

On Dec. 17, an Avalon resident reported to police that someone stole a winning lottery ticket from his vehicle.

On Dec. 18, Andrew Gorsuch, 31, of Avalon, was cited for disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.

A resident reported the theft of packages from his porch on Dec. 21.

Max Ringer, 50, of Avalon, was arrested for public drunkenness on Dec. 22.

Following a traffic stop on Dec. 23, Britney Gibson, 32, of Avalon and Tawana Hamilton, 40, of McKees Rocks, were arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

1/6/19

By MEL PERKINS

Northgate (0-3, 1-8) played host in their first annual Northgate Holiday Tournament last week, bringing in Hopewell, Quigley Catholic, Brentwood, Perry Traditional Academy, and Carlynton for a six- team tournament with three games on Thursday and Friday nights. Unfortunately, the Flames came out of the tournament winless, unable to break their eight-game losing streak.

1/6/19

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1/6/19

A resident of Bryson Avenue in Emsworth reported a disturbance on Dec. 19.

A business on Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive in Ohio Township reported disorderly conduct on Dec. 19.

On Dec. 20, a business on Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township reported disorderly conduct.

A resident on Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth reported harassment by communications on Dec. 25.

1/6/19

The 203rd Legislative Session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives began Jan. 1 with the swearing in of new and returning legislators.

The North Boroughs municipalities make up parts of three different legislative districts, where voters went to the polls last November to elect two veterans and one rookie to the state house.

12/22/18

Avalon Council has adopted a $3.3 budget for 2019 with no increase in the property tax millage rate, but officials are still looking at how they might fund the government until property tax revenues start coming in next spring.