Amherst News-Times, 2000-06-21
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Long-time cop retires — P< Amherst News-Time ■ 71 '^dnesday, June 21, 2000 Amherst, Ohio Teens use stolen radios to taunt poli by KATHLEEN WILLBOND News-Times editor Six juveniles, ages 14 to 16, were arrested Saturday night, after threatening, and taunting police for hours using the radio frequency that normally is used by Amherst and Vermilion police. The juveniles were caught with the help of a private resident, Todd Dunlap, who helped police locale where the teenagers were hiding. Dunlap is an amateur radio enthusiast, and helped police locate the teenagers in a private home in the Jackson Street area. One of the juveniles, a 15-year-old, is employed by the city summer job program and was working at the wastewater treatment plant. He stole three radios from the plant, according to police. At about 8:30 pjn. on Saturday, police said they began to hear "unauthorized" transmissions on the police channel. The statements made on the radio included the subjects speaking to the Amherst officers on duty by their last names, calling the officers "pigs", swearing and threatening officers. At times, they said they had cops "in their scope" indicating they were threatening to shoot police. They also taunted the dispatchers on duty. The subjects were warned several times to stop, but continued to taunt police until about 2 a.m. on Sunday. Vermilion police, who were dealing with crowds associated with the annual Fish Festival activities, were forced to change to an alternate police frequency. Amherst sergeant Dan Mak- ruski admits the taunting made duty difficult for the police. "It's tough, because we look at our radio as our link ' to each other and our dispatchers," he said Monday. "It was scary, they were messing with our means of comrnunication...in a worst case scenario, someone could have been injured and we wouldn't be able to get help." Makrusi said the police listening in suspected the perpetrators were juveniles, and he thought he recognized one of the voices. Using information provided by Dunlap, who first heard the taunting statements over a police scanner, the police were able to locate the house where they thought the transmissions were being generated. Makruskl said they watched the house for hours, then deciding to investigate further. He said police knew a juvenile lived at the residence, with his grandmother, and had a history of being in trouble. Police knocked on the door and got the teen's grandmother out of bed, he said, who gave them permission to search the house. It was 4:30 am. If the grandmother had refused a search, police said they would have gotten a judge out of bed to request a . search warrant be issued. Six male juveniles were located in the basement of the house, Makruski said. Two radios, one with the police frequency, were located as well. One of the junveniles admitted stealing three radios from the wastewater treatment plant The third radio was later located at his home. Five of the juveniles were charged with being delinquent by reason of theft, disrupting public services, telecommunications harassment, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. One was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia only because he did not transmit any messages over the radio. s d e u Resident Todd Dunlap, who helped police interviewed by a television news reporter on catch six juveniles who were taunting and Monday, threatening police over the radio frequency, is At times, Makruski said the youths admitted over the radio that they were smoking pot, and questioned police why they were not arresting them. Five of the teens were being held at the detention center. Makruski is using a compu ter at the police station along with tapes of the messages to determine how many times the teenagers transmitted over the police frequency. Donation/sale of land could add city parking The city is taking another look at creating more parking downtown, although a decision is probably at least two weeks away. Milad Abraham has offered to sell and donate all of his parcels of land in the downtown district to the city. The offer includes five contiguous lots totaling about 1.S acres between Park and Tenney streets, with two of the lots with frontage on Church Street Mayor John Higgins said the property could be used as a parking lot with room for up to about 90 cars. He said Abraham had offered the parcels to the city in 1997, but Abraham and the city could not agree on a sales price. Sales price could again be a sticking point, according to Higgins. He said the city is waiting for the results of a second appraisal on the property. A first appraisal showed a value significantly lower than the $595,000 appraisal Abraham presented with his offer of $549,93?. According to the offer. Abraham would donate two of the parcels, totaling $264,498, and sell the remaining three parcels to the city at a cost of $285,439. "We can only go 10 percent over the appraised value," Higgins said. Higgins said the second city appraisal would be completed in about 10 days. Even if the city could reach an agreement with Abraham on the sales price, there would be other obstacles to converting the property to a parking lot Because two of the parcels were the former locations of a gas station and an auto body shop, the property would be subject to environmental testing before the transaction could be approved. And the city would have other costs associated with demolishing existing structures, paving, lighting, and landscaping, among others. Higgins said he could not say what those costs might be at this time. 'First we'd have to hire an ar chitect to design what it would be," Higgins said. "After that we would have a better idea of what it would take." In 1997, the News-Times reported Higgins projected the costs at about $59,000. He estimated with the increased cost of oil used in asphalt the total would be closer to about $70,000 today. Bike cop catches D'Mart robbers A police patrolman who was on his first day of bike patrol made a pretty good catch: a robber who was trying to escape on foot Patrolman Jacob Perez, a member of the Amherst Police Department for about a year, was riding through the area of town near Dairy Mart, when he saw a subject running from the area of the store. About 9 p.m. on Saturday, Perez stopped the man to talk to him because he was "acting suspicious" as he ran from the area of the store. Perez had not yet received a radio transmission report of the attempted robbery of Dairy Mart, r which a male, wearing a buck bag over his head, enterui the store and brandished what appeared to be a chrome-fuiished handgun. He ordered the Dairy Mart clerk lo give him Ihe money from the cash register. The clerk refushed, to the man look $6 from a customer that was standing at the cash register md then fled on foot But as Perez talked lo the man he Hopped, he received a transmission about die rob- : bery, along with a description of the man involve! CONTINUED on page 3 Young driver racing toward his dreams by VICKIE HAUFF Newt-Times correspondent While most teenage boys spend their weekends working long hours to fix up their first car, Dave Shul- lick Jr. of Amherst is spending weekends racing his. Raised on the racing circuit, 18-year-old DJ, as he is known, around the track, is in his second year of racing Super Modified can. His father Dave Shullick Sr. has been in the business for nearly 30 years, winning numerous races around Ohio tracks. When his son showed an interest at the tender age of five years, Shullick Sr. put him in a quarter-midget car. Now with 13 years of track experience on his side, DJ is winning all over the map and breaking track records regularly. "We go anywhere from Lorain County Speedway to Pennsylvania, Michigan and Canada," Dave said. They are part of the Super Modified Series. Driving for Kovacs Racing Team, DJ was named 1999 Rookie of the Year at Sandusky Speedway, at well at with the Twinstaie Auto Racing Club, a club that coven Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. I_iownatthe"WmgedW_Tiori" among race enthusiasts, Super Modified Cart run at speeds mat can range from 110-180 miles per hoar, ind hold a 900 hone power engine pushing a mere 1350 pound, alcohol powered vehicle. "That's the exact required weight to keep ia conjunction with die rules," Dave said. 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|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-06-21|
|Date of Original||21-JUN-2000|
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