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3/15/13

An unexpected fissure at the construction site of the future Avonworth primary center was discovered recently by construction workers.

According to fiscal services director Brad Waters, the hole is about 18 - 24 inches wide and more than 40 feet deep. Surrounded on both sides by solid rock, the opening poses no long-term complications, Waters said, however, engineers want the void filled. To this end, lean concrete has been poured in, and, if necessary, excess site material and additional lean concrete will be used.

3/15/13

Northgate has a new head football coach.

The district's school board voted unanimously at its committee of the whole meeting Monday to hire Brandon LeDonne to replace T.J. Wiley, who resigned to accept a coaching position at another school after two years with the Flames.

LeDonne, who teaches fourth grade in the Aliquippa school district, has coached football for Moon, Aliquippa and Quaker Valley high schools.

He will be paid $6,804.

"I'm very excited at the opportunity," LeDonne said.

3/15/13

Northgate students will be attending school on April 1 after all.

The district's school board voted Monday to hold school on the previously-scheduled vacation day because the district needs to make up a day of class canceled due to inclement weather.

3/15/13

Bellevue Council learned that the borough's volunteer fire company has been charging for emergency medical services when a resident objected to a bill he received after an ambulance call at his home in December.

3/15/13

Did faculty at Avalon Elementary School deliberately undermine the district's Arts Odyssey as a protest against recent teacher furloughs? Some district officials and parents suspect that is the case.

The Arts Odyssey is held annually to showcase the district-wide incorporation of the arts into the regular curriculum. At last Friday's event, however, art from Avalon Elementary School students was notably missing, much to the dismay of students and parents.

3/15/13

The Northgate School Board has approved a plan for the redistribution of elementary school students next year.

The board and administrators considered several options, but ultimately decided at the board's committee of the whole meeting on Monday to have two sections of each grade level at Avalon and Bellevue elementary schools.

3/15/13

Sarah Neuherz Sarah Kathleen Beggs Neuherz, 85, of Avalon, died Saturday, March 9, 2013. Mrs. Neuherz worked as a military secretary. She was a telephone operator for many years. She is survived by eight children, Linda, Steve and his wife Lynn, John, Mark and his wife Debbie, Thomas and his wife Nancy, Timothy, Robert and his wife Debbie and Gerald; her sister, Joyce Winn; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, James and Joseph Neuherz.

3/15/13

An attempt to evict a man from his South Fremont Avenue apartment turned into a police stand-off that lasted several hours beginning about 10 a.m. last Monday.

Police say that Anthony Fejfar, 55, who lived in the Carol Apartments, refused to leave his apartment and instead barricaded himself inside, saying that he would do whatever was necessary to stay there. Fejfar was believed to be armed, police say.

3/15/13

Bellevue will request bids on the purchase and installation of a biometric timeclock system for employees, and council has approved the transfer of capital improvement funds to cover the cost.

3/8/13

Bellevue Council is expected to vote next week on a $15,000 expenditure of capital improvement funds to install and implement a biometric scan timeclock system.

The system would be set up for every department and provide electronic data that would go directly to the borough’s financial clerk to simplify payroll, currently tracked on paper.

3/8/13

A resident of Keswick Avenue reported March 1 that a known person had stolen a motorcycle. Police planned to issue an arrest warrant for the person.Erik John Kumanchik, 40, was arrested in Verona on March 2.

A Kendall Avenue resident reported March 3 that a neighbor had assaulted her and stolen her cell phone battery.

Demante Tariq Saunders, 20, was arrested following a domestic on Kendall Avenue on March, during which, police say, he bit a woman on the face.

3/8/13

The Bellevue Council meeting came to a screeching -- literally -- halt not long after it started Tuesday evening, with a recess called as a final effort to stop yet another tirade by the borough’s mayor.

The incident started calmly enough when Mayor George Doscher asked why he had not been informed in advance of an executive session held by council last Monday to discuss a personnel matter.

Executive sessions are meetings from which the public is excluded, held to discuss only a handful of subjects as defined by state law, among them litigation and personnel matters.

3/8/13

Helen McNamara Helen Clare Weinman McNamara, 87, of Bellevue, wife of the late Francis J. McNamara, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Mrs. McNamara was past regent of CDA #664, Court Allegheny. She worked at North Suburban Adult Services and the North Boroughs YMCA. She is survived by five children, Beverly A. Hulick of Texas, James F. McNamara of Verona, Patrick D. McNamara of Alaska, Theresa M. Pfeffer of Texas and Mary L. Palmer of England; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Edward C. Weinman.

3/8/13

Bellevue Council has conditionally approved a conceptual Lincoln Avenue streetscape design, eliminating one of the design’s key features despite a recommendation to the contrary by the borough’s advisory committee on the matter.

As part of Bellevue’s participation in the Allegheny Together program, grant funds were received to design a business district streetscape and draft bidding documents for some of the work in the long-range project. A second grant will provide funds for the first phase of construction.

3/8/13

Bellevue Council will consider a “pawn shop” ordinance that could help residents recover stolen goods and help police track down those responsible for burglaries and thefts.

Proposed by council member Jane Braunlich, the new law would govern not only traditional “pawn shops,” but jewelers, secondhand shops and other businesses that purchase items such as precious metals, electronics and firearms from people.

3/1/13

A woman was charged with aggravated assault following a two-car accident on Glaser Avenue at north Avenue on Feb. 24. Charged was Kacey Leigh Damas, 19.

A traffic stop on Teece Avenue at North Balph on Feb. 25 resulted in the arrest of Michele Mae Judge, 36, on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Police say she had eight vicodin pills without a prescription.

Ashley Jordan Gill, 23, was charged with driving under the influence on Ohio River Boulevard at the Meade Avenue Extension on Feb. 23.

3/1/13

The Allegheny County Department of Public Works has announced that the Levi Bird Duff Bridge in Ross/West View, carrying Center Avenue over the Parkway North (I-279), will be closed to vehicular traffic during rehabilitation work, which will begin on Monday, March 4, and continue through Friday, Nov. 1.

The bridge will be open to pedestrians for the duration of the project. While work occurs to replace the sidewalk, a temporary pedestrian walkway will be in use on the bridge deck.

3/1/13

The property tax millage rate in Emsworth will be reduced to 3.995 mills for 2013.

The reduction from 2012’s rate of 5 mills was approved by Emsworth Council at its meeting on Wednesday, and is in response to Allegheny County’s reassessment of property values.

Council president Paul Getz said that appeals involving some $10 million in assessed property values have not yet been decided by the county.

3/1/13

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames traveled to Canon McMillan High School last Friday night to take on the Centurions from Greensburg Central Catholic in a rematch of last year's WPIAL quarter-final match-up. Last year, the Flames lost to the Centurions by the score of 62-46. But this year, in their first round match-up, the Flames battled hard before falling to Greensburg Central Catholic by the score of 52-38.

3/1/13

Northgate's combined middle and high school choruses of over 100 voices assembled on steps leading to the stage in the auditorium this past Monday to sing a moving arrangement of the song most associated with John Lennon's message of peace and harmony, "Imagine," under the direction of choral director Kelly Winovich, with chorus member Sabrina Patak, a junior, signing the words to students.

3/1/13

Marianne Manjerovic Marianne P. Manjerovic, 57, of Bellevue, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Ms. Manjerovic enjoyed traveling. She is survived by five siblings, Doug Manjerovic and his wife Judy of Middlesex, Carol Prasko and her husband John of Ross Township, Kelly Ostlund, Chris Manjerovic and John Douglas; her dog, Dudley; and aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends were received at the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Bellevue, where a blessing service was held on Monday.

Marjorie Sommers Marjorie A. Sommers, 71, of West View, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013.

3/1/13

An Emsworth man has been charged with the burglary of an apartment in the borough and the theft of firearms.

Police say that Robert Szilagyi, 49, cut himself while breaking into the apartment, leaving behind a blood trail and DNA evidence. Ohio Township Police detectives obtained a search warrant for Szilagyi’s home, from which they recovered the stolen guns.

Szilagyi has been charged with burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and a violation of the Uniform Firearms Act. He was taken to the Allegheny County Jail after his arrest on Feb. 24.

3/1/13

Neighbors who live near an Emsworth council member are calling on him to resign or be removed from official positions that he holds after an incident that occurred over a parking space on their street.

Neighbors on Greenwood Avenue attended Wednesday evening’s meeting of Emsworth Council to report on what they say was poor behavior by council member Kevin Yurkovich on Jan. 26.

3/1/13

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.