Amherst News-Times, 1998-05-06
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Councilman barks at bad dogs — Page 16 I Three promoted at AFD Page 5 Amherst News-Times i May 6, 1998 Amherst. Ohio 50 cents New program aimed at boost for downtown Small donation could reap big benefits for businesses by GLEN MILLER Powers Elementary School extended lirst grade teacher Patti Wegehaupt demonstrates to her class how big a tree being planted by maintenance man Jim Dodson will grow. About three dozen Powers children attended a special tree planting ceremony at school in honor of Earth Day. News-Times reporter The city is expected to embrace a privately-funded downtown rehabilitation and renovation program for a mere $700 pending the approval of city council. The advantages of joining the Ohio Street Program for $200 a year were explained to city council's finance committee May 4 by mayor John Higgins. In addition to the annual membership fee, council will be asked to spend $500 for an assessment of downtown Amherst by Main Street development experts on June 30. Based on the assessment, the nonprofit group will provide the city with information on how to maintain, renovate and give the downtown area an economic shot in the aim. Started in Ohio last year. Main Street has been adopted by several area communities, including Oberlin and Wellington, as part of an effort to restore and maintain the economic vitality of downtown business districts using historic preservation. The program will provide the cily with the type of guidance on downtown revitalization Higgins said he has been seeking since taking office more than two years ago. Membership in Main Street will help provide the city with the expertise its does not have because of its lack of a planning or economic development director. "The hardest part about revitalization is learning about how to go about it," Higgins explained. "Wc are trying to become educated about it and this will be a big step in doing CONTINUED on page 6 Former law director pleads guilty before trial by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Former Amhersi law director Thomas Sanborn pleaded guilty April 27 to stealing money from clients and could face more than 26 years in prison when he is sentenced in six to eight weeks. Sanborn pleaded guilty to five counts of grand theft and one count each of theft, forgery and tampering with evidence rather than be tried in Lorain County Common Pleas Court for the offenses. He also faces up to $35,000 in fines pending the completion of *"• background report for visiting judge Robert Barney. The former law director's plea brought to an end a nearly two-year effort by Lorain County "prosecutor Gregory White to prevent Sanborn from escaping imprisonment for the theft of more than $200,000 from former clients. The trial is the result of an investigation ordered by White last year after Sanborn pleaded guilty to theft 'wfiniit "lie surrendered to federal authorities. A federal judge sentenced him to serve six months in a closed Akron- area alcoholism treatment facility and placed him under an additional six-month house arrest. In doing, he avoided prosecution by the state. It was then when White's office audited Sanborn's financial documents and discovered he allegedly stole more money from i ,!cmc than prt^Wfflyifrlbwn. —aa» 0: '*».\, Although he says he has paid back money stolen from his clients, Sanborn pleaded guilty after Ford refused to quash the use of his financial records, statements and other evidence gathered by White's investigation. His Lorain attorney James Burge, filed the motion to suppress the evidence April 21. He argued Sanborn's rights of self-incrimination were violated two years ago because he was threatened with jail if he refused to turn over documents and records. But White's office successfully argued Sanborn could not make that claim because of his prior confession of guilt to federal authorities. Assistant prosecutor Jonathan Rosenbaum argued the confession prevented him from turning over the evidence to the prosecutor's office and allowed him to negotiate a plea without going to prison. Based on his federal guilty plea, Sanborn's law license was indefinitely suspended by the Ohio Supreme Court last month. He is working as business manager for an unidentified area trucking company pending his sentencing. i I What year Is it? Check Amherst's history against the world's by GLEN MILLER Historical timeline creator Vivienne Bickley dresses a mannequin timeline exhibit through Dec. 20. The exhibit is part ot the museum's that will be on display as part of the Amherst Historical Society's 25th anniversary events. News-Times reporter Amherst wasn't always Amherst Prior to 1909, it was known as North Amherst to differentiate it from neighboring South Amherst Long Ixefore that, it was originally called just "The Corners" between 1811 and 1827. The names the city has known over the last 187 years are just a few of the many interesting tidbits Vivienne Bickley dug up while creating a timeline display for the Amherst Historical Society. On display at the Quigley Museum through Dec. 20, the timeline correlates the city's history with events that have happened in the rest of the world over more than five generations. It gives people a "truer feeling of life" from the time of the first setder, Jacob Shupe in 1811, until the early 1970s, when the Amherst Historical Society was first organized, Bickley said. Based on her research, the city was called Plato between 1827 and 1869 — at least that's what postmarks she found indicate. No one knows where the name came from, although Bickley said there was a Plato family that apparendy lived in the area. Plato overlaps with 33 of the years the city also was known as Amherstville, a name given it by residents in 1836. Thai's the same year Davy Crockett lost his life in Texas at the Alamo. The city remained Amherstville until 1872, when it was changed to North Amherst. "North" wasn't officially stricken from the record until 1909 — the year plans for a huge luxury ship called the Titanic were first conceived. CONTINUED on page 3 Council to oppose additional liquor sales at BP i Concern about the sale of wine and packaged mixed drinks at a gas station has prompted city council to oppose the granting of a liquor license to the British Petroleum outlet on Leavitt Road. Council members agreed to oppose the license when it was brought to Uieir attention at an April 27 meeting. As a result, law director Alan Anderson and councilman John Dietrich are expected to voice the city's objections during a public hearing to be held by the Ohio Division of Liquor Control. No hearing date has been set, al though it is likely to be held in Elyria sometime within the next two months, according to division officials. Beer is currently sold in (he gas station's small carryout and convenience store. The new permit would also allow it to sell wine and certain pre-made mixed drinks in bottles unlil 1 a.m. Police chief William Hall or another police officer is expected to be asked to join Dietrich and Anderson in explaining the city's opposition. Several council members noted the area around the Amherst Plaza and the intersection of Leavitt and Cooper Foster .Park roads has been a constant source of complaints for police during the lasl two to three years. According to mayor John Higgins, a growing number of drivers and other people have been arrested in the area during special traffic blitzes conducted by the police and Lorain Counly Sheriff's Department Charges have included disorderly CONTINUED on page 2
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-05-06|
|Date of Original||06-MAY-1998|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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