Amherst News-Times, 2001-06-27
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E Local girls part of winning team — Page 8 Players audition for new show - iIPs 10 Amherst News-Tim n m o o O (O I I r 00 M M c ai o o ■ < X M c m m M r- co is 3> O -^. 37 si < O-v. ^ mi*® r* co Wednesday, June 27, 2001 Amherst, Ohio CO o o -< I 50 cents Beaver Creek Reservation to prem to The Amherst Beaver Creek Reservation will open officially next month. According Dan Martin, director of the Lorain County Metro Parks, as of June 18, the park was nearly complete. A check list showed that the trails were 95 percent complete, tree planting was 50 percent complete, and die soccer field was the largest project to be completed because of complications that arose during last fall's grass planting. Rocks were found in the playing grounds and the contractor will have to redo the entire field. "Although we are a little behind schedule we hope everyone will join in the opening of the new park,'' Martin said during last week's committee meeting. According to Martin, park officials will also place a barrier between the park ami the police station because residents have been using the area as an unofficial entrance into the park. "I believe we will get 150,000 visitors there per year," Martin told After attending a surprise party held in honor of their retirement, Lawrence Lalonde and Ray Be- ran take a minute to pose behind the awards presented to them by the South Amherst Fire Depart- r firefighters retired after n them stands their Elizabeth Kangas shows off her framed letter from President George W. Bush. Young Republican gets letter from her President by YVONNE GAY New*-Time* reporter Elizabeth Kangas, 10, may look like a typical little girt, but first impressions can be deceiving. As the fifth-grade Shupe Middle School student sat in the living room of her South Lake Street home last week, she smiled while admitting la being a stanch Republican and said she and her family watched the nitrrr* of me presidential nee unfold last ill, end was ifcUgJunl to kern mat final results placed W. Bush in the While House. In met, she was so pleased with the results that she felt compelled to write the 43rd President a letter, thanking him for a job well-done. But Elizabeth's involvement with President Bush didn't end there. To her surprise an envelope from the While House arrived to me Kan- gases' home four weeks later. "I was nervous,'' the 10-year-old said, remembering the day she opened the letter several weeks ago. Inside the large envelope was a signed picture of President Bush and a typed ssassage, which was also signed end written on White House stationary. The , letter thanked Elizabeth for writing, and encouraged her to tap into her own special talents. It reads in pare Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. "I am pleased to hear from young people like you who am canning) enough to take the time to write. All of us have God-given talents that we can use to make the world a better place. m "Remember that trading is one of urn best ways to expand your views of the world.. J hope that you will CONTWUfO on page 3 council members. "These spaces become family places." According to Martin, $700,000 was donated from the community for construction of the park, and those people who donated monies will be recognized on the day of the opening. Signs will also be posted through out the park regarding the newly passed bicycle helmet ordinance, recommending children wear their safety gear. "It's been a pleasure working with you Dan," mayor John Higgins said during the meeting. Safety and service director Sher- rill McLoda also thanked Martin for a job well done. She also asked residents to donate rocking chairs for use in the main building. Chairs are typically $150, and plaques will be placed on the chairs in honor of their donors. Festivities will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 1. on SA firefighters give up 'family' for retirements Ray Beran and Lawrence "Larry" Lalonde joined the South Amherst Fire Department at the same time 31 years ago. The men live in close proximity of each other, and are even somewhat related as Lalonde's niece is married to Beran's son. And recently, the two firefighters did something else together, they retired. Last Sunday, firefighters, EMTs and family members gathered at the South Amherst station to honor the two retirees by throwing a surprise party. And, after, receiving accolades from Chief Scott Faight, a long line of fellow volunteers in full dress, as well as the EMTs, lined up to shake the hands of the men who have given so much to their community for so many years. "Being a volunteer fireman is not like a job." Raight said. "And it's not a hobby. I is a way to help your fellow man. / nd, after you've been here a whil<, it turns into your family." Neither Lalonde or Beran have been jumping on the firetruck when the siren sounded for a while. Beran has been the radio man for the last two years, only going out when the department was short on help. And Lalonde has been in California visiting his sister. But the two have spent a lot of time fighting fires and reporting to accidents, and between them have many stories to tell. "We've got too many to tell," Beran laughed. "We would be here for a long time." "But I do remember when I was on the church roof with another fellow on New Year's Day and the roof blew up," he continued. "The smoke was a puffin' and a puffin' and the next thing I knew we were blown off." When asked if he and the other firefighter were injured, Lalonde laughed. "Yeah," be laughed, "they landed in the shrubs." Lalonde thinks more about the many different car crashes that the department was called out to. "I remember this one out of Rt 58," he recalled. "There was one just after midnight when some kids were killed, and then the next morning there was another one when a couple of school teachers were killed. The two accidents happened about 100 yards from each other." But, regardless of how horrible some of the memories are, they both agree that they had some good ones and they both agree on one more fact. "We're sure going to miss this place," Beran said sadly as Lalonde shook his head in agreement While the celebration was going on and the food was being dished out, the inevitable happened, a siren went off. Dress jackets were removed, the turnout gear went on, and the trucks drove away, sirens blaring. But, as they will do from now on, Lalonde and Beran stayed behind. man loses identity to credit card scam artist A Cleveland Heights man is suspected of stealing the identity of a local Amherst CEO, and several other high profile professionals. Amherst officials closed die case three weeks ago on a 34-year-old suspect who they believe stole the identities of several Cleveland doctors, lawyers, and one company head from Amherst. The Secret Service, Cleveland Heights Police Department, and the United States Postal Service, along with the Amherst Police Department all took part in die case. There was no paper trail," detective James McCann said. There was a lot of stuff done through the internet He was using a cell phone, so I found his phone records and was able to find him that way." McCann, who spearheaded the investigation, said he could not discuss specifics or the suspect's name because die Cleveland Heights resident has not been formally charged. However, after officials were able to track the man down, he did say that the man confessed to the crimes. According to McCann, police started the investigation after an Amherst businessman filed a complaint on March 30. The man told police that he had received several phone calls from credit card companies concerning purchases that were made in his name. "He, (the suspect) would get credit cards in someone else's name," McCann explained. The suspect had attempted to get checks in the (Amherst) man's name. I worked on this case and nothing else for one month." According to McCann, the suspect targeted high paid professionals because in many cases those professionals are either too busy to notice a change in their credit line, or not paying full attention to every bank statement or credit card bill He also said the suspect was an employee of a prominent Cleveland hospital, and was able to retrieve the Amherst man's credit cards other pieces of credit while he was being treated at the hospital. Further investigations led officials to obtain a search warrant on the suspect's home where they found numerous papers and medical records that linked the 34-year-old man to other identity theft crimes. When McCann and other officials confronted the man at his place of work in Cleveland on May 22, he confessed to the crimes. While searching the man, officials also recovered two stolen credit cards front the suspect According to McCann, the investigation remains open while officials continue to gather other charges against the 34-year-old. Meanwhile he said he will turn information he has gathered surrounding the case over to federal authorities, where the suspect could face possible indictment in federal court CONTINUED on page 2 Community police will put cops back program on beat A new community policing program will put Amherst officers back on the beat According to Lt Dennis Seger of the Amherst Police Department in decades past officers were assigned to cover certain areas of their community known as lieats." By walking moss areas officers became familiar with the people in their assigned section of town, and the resi- feltsafe they wish was keeping But with the passage of police bated to and for me asost part ■p losing BMV nection with their community. However, a similar program jchfdulfd to start this month plans to switch the tocos of polking back to the streets. There are no major problems with crimes here," Soger said about (he Amherst community. However, he arid getting back to basics, and being present before a problem grows out of control can be helpful to the city and iu g&&ft«S Like the old beat menu of yesteryear, dm aew program will place individual officers on assignments to specific areas throughout me city. Those areas win be the CONTINUED on page t Oaganjs) tfljjMT tamtam
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-06-27|
|Date of Original||27-JUN-2001|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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