Amherst News-Times, 1998-05-27
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less sprouts at home — Page 12 Ten qualify for state meet — Page 6 \mherst News-Times May 27. 1998 Amherst. Ohio 50 cents mer city auditor indicted on tax charge by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Former city auditor and council- ; man Jim Gammons and his wife, : Suzanne, have been indicted by a I federal grand jury for tax evasion j and filing fraudulent tax returns. If convicted, Gammons faces up to 21 years in prison and $1.25 million dollars in Tines. His wife could get as many as many 16 years in prison and up to $1 million in fines, according to the U.S. Attorney's for the Northern District office in Cleveland. Gammons is charged with three counts of allegedly attempting to evade filing the couple's joint in come tax return for 1989 through 1991. The government also has charged him with two counts of filing false income tax returns for the couple's business, Energy Recovery & Marketing Services, Inc., for the 1990 and 1991 fiscal years ending Sept. 30. Suzanne Gammons, who func- Chiropractor has no regrets after decades of helping his patients by GLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Two patients called Dr. Denver Watson about a month ago complaining of aches and pains and asking for treatment. The 71-year-old chiropractor did not want to refuse them even though he was lying in bed, weak from the cancer that invaded his body two and a half years ago. Both men came to Watson's Woodhill Drive home because he was in no condition to meet them at his office, something he has asked patients to do since opening his practice in 1952 — often working as late as 11 p.m. For one man, Watson's wife of 47 years, Catherine, walked down into the couple's basement to find a small device that sends electronic impulses into soft injured tissue. The critically ill doctor then gave the man a 40-mi- nute treatment and told the longtime patient to call him in the morning, an old cliche but true. By 6 p.m. the following day the patient's pain was gone. Watson is philosophical about his own illness. It has been treated both medically and homeopathically, a treatment in which the knowledgeable doctor adamantly believes. "I've had a very good life, met and treated wonderful people and have a wonderful wife and loving family," he said during a bedside interview. His cancer was first discovered more than two years ago. It was prostate cancer, but has since spread to his bones. "Whatever happens is God's will," he added. Catherine Watson, his four sons, Ronald, Garry, Gerald CONTINUED on page 2 Lori Betchker Rebekah Drew Melinda Dodson Local girls embrace their heritages before festival Lori Betchker, Rebekah Drew and Melinda Dodson all have competition in their futures. All three Manor. L. Steele High School students are seeking the queen's crown at the 23nd Lorain International Festival. Each is preparing herself for the June 19 pageant to be held at Lorain's Palace Civic Center, although none think Of it as a beauty contest. Betchker, 17, is representing Germans and is sponsored by the German/American Association of Lorain County, Inc. She doesn't see the pageant as the first step into a modeling career. A junior, she plans to be an optometrist and thinks of the competition as a means to self improvement. "It's not just your looks. They judge you on your poise, how you carry yourself and how much knowledge you have of your nationality," she explained. An athlete since seventh grade, her joy is playing volleyball and running track at MLS. She also plays on the Cleveland Junior Olympic Volleyball Team, a team composed of the best high school-age volleyball players in the area. She also stu dies karate. She made the team in March and has been playing en it since then. Her grandfather, Don Grm, has been involved with the International Festival for many years. It wasn't until this year that Betchker thought of competing and probably will not enter the talent segment of the contest. "It's just a way of improving myself, something I want to do other than athletics," she explained. Like Betchker, Dodson, who recently won a top Girls Scout honor, said she has wanted to compete in the festival for several years. She recalls seeing the pageant when she was younger. Since then, she has dreamed of becoming a Korean princess. Her dream became a reality this year when festival officials opened the contest to high school juniors for the first time. "I am proud of being Korean and hope to share my knowledge with others," she added. Dodson, a 16-year-old junior, will enter the talent segment by playing a piano solo. The talent pan is not judged. Instead, it is held for entertainment while the judges mull over who will be chosen as queen and her court. Drew, a Slovak princess, said she first became interested in the international festival and the pageant while attending it with her mother, Bobbie White, and her late grandmother, Margaret Grugel. Drew, 18, admired the contest and wanted to become the Slovak princess when she became old enough. It, too, is a dream come true for her. "Now I see the pageant as more than just the attractiveness and splendor of the costumes, but as a wonderful opportunity to learn more about my own her itage, meet wonderful and intelligent young women and learn about their cultures, " she said. "It also will allow me to express the importance of keeping one's traditions alive and becoming an active pan of the community." She has not decided if she will enter the talent portion of the pageant. If she does, she will dance ballet or modern dance. A senior, Drew plans to become a dental hygienist. tioncd as the company's bookkeeper, is charged with two counts of allegedly assisting in the preparation of the company income lax returns, according to U.S. Attorney John M. Sicgle. Sieglc declined to reveal how long the couple has been under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service or the amount of income they allegedly failed to report. Bul according to a statement issued by his office, the couple "substantially understated" their joint income for 1990 and 1991. In addition, they "overstated" deductions taken for the company during the same two years. Gammons is the company's president and sole shareholder, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office. Mayor John Higgins said the charges against Gammons are a surprise to him and other city officials who worked with him as city auditor between 1992 and 1997. Higgins said Gammons resigned CONTINUED on page 2 Denver Watson and his wife, Catherine, relax at home. Poppy's little girl Darren Morales buys a poppy and a small American Flag from Rachel Stevens, 1, on his way to lunch. The daughter of Gregory and Barb Stevens, Rachel was selected as this year's Poppy Girl by the Amherst American Legion Post. All sales benefit disabled veterans. Downtown banners sound nice but violate ordinance A proposal to hang banners from downtown light poles was cut down by city council's building and lands committee May 18 despite the efforts of councilman John Mishak. By a 6 io 1 vote, the committee killed a proposal by Community Banners, Inc. to hang at least 50 banners vertically from downtown light poles. The idea was introduced to city council May 4 by a representative of Community Graphics, Inc. of Pitts- ford, N.Y., the firm's parent company. The vinyl banners are meant to promote cily pride and create a common theme in a downtown area. For $395 a year, merchants would have been asked to place the names of their business on the bottom part of the banner, but not advertising. The idea did not hang well with several committee members, who noted an ordinance prohibiting signs and banners would have to be repealed. Councilman Steve P'Simer feared this might enable merchants who didn't like the banners or wanl to pay $395 to hang their own nonconforming banners. Both city ueasurer Kathleen Litkovitz and safety service director Sherrill McLoda thought the banners would create a cluttered ap pearance, especially on a furrow street like Park Avenue. In addition, granting permission would suddenly reverse a longtime ban imposed on businesses over several years, Litkovitz explained. "We have many businesses who have been in business for years who we've given a tough road to hoe when they've planned to put any signs or banners out," she said. "It's not fair to people who have been here a long time to turn around and do this " The idea's only defense came from Mishak, who asked council to CONTINUED on p*g* 3
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1998-05-27|
|Date of Original||27-MAY-1998|
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