Amherst News-Times, 1999-07-21
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Delinquent taxpayers beware — Page 7 Her generosity to help horses — P r i Amherst News-Time Wednesday. July 21, 1999 Amherst. Ohio Market's fire blamed on two juvenile girls by QLEN MLLER News-Times reporter Jamie's Flea Market owner Lolita Mock was in a state of shock when a friend greeted her at Cleveland Hopkins Airport July 12 and informed her a large portion of her business had burned to the ground. She was returning from Maryland, where she had been visiting a daughter and her family. It wasn't the homecoming she had anticipated either when she saw the smoldering remains of flea market's main building. Her shock turned to disbelief two days later when she learned 10- and 13-year-old girls had been arrested by the Lorain County Sheriffs Department for setting the fire. "I iust can't comprehend that two children 10 and 13 could do such a destructive thing," she said, shaking her head. "I don't know what those young people thought they were doing, but their intent was to destroy and I don't why. I wish I did." The girls, cousins, were seen by a witness who informed other people. A series of contacts and interviews led deputies to the girls, detective Denise Wilms said. They are being held on aggravated arson charges in the county juvenile detention home in Elyria pending a hearing in Lorain County Juvenile Court. The 13-year-old, from Westlake, was visiting her 10-year-old South Amherst cousin and they were reportedly playing in the area. The two initially set fire to paper and plastic trash in two plastic barrels, one located in the rear of the destroyed main building and the other in back of an adjacent building to Ihe east The fire in the barrel was near the main building and spread to a wooden door frame and the building. At that point, both girls fled, Wilms said. Detectives said the cause — arson — was obvious to fire investigators. Firefighters found the second barrel was still burning when they arrived at the blaze. Luckily, it was further away from the adjacent building. They pulled it away and extinguished it. Word of the girls' arrest quickly spread among vendors as they arrived July 14 to open their booths or set up outside the flea market's un- CON71NUED on page 2 Jamie's Flea Market owner Lolita Mock is interviewed about her business's tragic fire by a TV crew. She was besieged by news media after the arrest of two juvenile arsonists was announced. Wetland obstacle may stop turnpike at Rt. 58 by QLEN MILLER News-Times reporter First it was the turnpike interchange versus the Lake Shore Railway Association. Now it's the turnpike interchange versus the spotted salamander and the Friends of the Wetlands, although the railroad group is not completely out of the picture. Both groups were among about 90 people who packed Oberlin Municipal Court's chambers July 14 to speak their minds during a public hearing on the proposed interchange held by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA). Among them was David George. The RL 58 property owner sat on a bench just outside the courtroom while inside opponents criticized a wetlands mitigation proposal suggested by turnpike authorities. "This is all a farce, just another delaying tactic and a another stall by somebody," he told the News- Times. "There's no reason why we can't all work together to make it happen." George said he tailed to understand how the environmentalist group could slow plans for the long- delayed interchange because of the presence of salamanders. His question, which also was asked by others, was answered by Tom Harcarik, one of the OEPA representatives who moderated the hearing. Reviews of the use of any wetlands area are required by two sec- riais of trie federal Clean Water Act (hat didn't exist when the interchange was conceived nearly six years ago. It is among the environmental regulations the turnpike commission must satisfy before construction is allowed, he explained. There are a total of 3.79 acres of wetlands in the area where the turnpike is to be built east of RL 58. Salamanders live in them and may not survive if they are moved tone*' wetlands suggested by turnpike engineers, members of the environmental group said. The move involves mitigation, die creation of replacement wetlands ia the Carlisle Rtaervation, a county tMOopolitan park about five miles southeast of the proposed in- A anal) aecttoa of land Theatre troupe to stage show on anniversary this weekend by QLEN MILLER News-Times reporter July 22-24 marks an auspicious occasion for the Sandstone .Summer Theatre and the dozens of people, young and old, who have sung its praises over the years. It's the theater's 30th anniversary. It has become the oldest and longest running student-youth theater group in the Greater Cleveland area and a summer tradition among Amherstonians. Many young thespians have gone on to bigger and better things after being introduced to the world of musicals while volunteering as actors, set designers or production workers. The theater was the brainchild of Robert Bostwick, a former Amherst school vocal music teacher who wanted to give kids, especially those who enjoyed musk, something to do in the summer other than play He approached the Amherst Women's League and convinced it to help start the theater as an alternative cultural outlet and fundraiser. It was a successful investment. Ticket sales netted $1,900, a good profit even for 1969. The Women's League was so enthusiastic about the outcome that it reinvested all the profits in the next year's play. Today the theater has a budget of $12,000 to $13,000 and a list of people knocking at its door to join. Diane Yale-Peabody, who helps promote and advertise the productions, said a small portion of funding comes from the school board's summer recreation fund. The vast majority is raised from ticket sales, patron donations and a $35 theater registration fee for anyone living inside the Amherst school district. About 10 percent come from outside the district and are drawn to the theater by its reputation for CONTINUED on page 2 &?.' i ' Stars of tht upoonttng "Guys and Dots'partonnanoa ••»*• a tooetherneae pot* during rahaaraal. From Ml am Sean Wanger, Sarah Mehota. JoV Marina and Matthew Heat. mm~m\yammw •^^^■■ar^aWf. *f¥| waviMia| *ap*nal Wfatwa*mmwam a aasmma~* From above and and Sara Wataer
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-07-21|
|Date of Original||21-JUL-1999|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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