Amherst News-Times, 2001-08-01
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Foundation celebrates its 50th — Page 12 Class of 1951 meets again — P-^3 Amherst News-Time Wednesday. August 1, 2001 Amherst. Ohio o uo x x r 00 H m c <n o o 3 X ro < x m c m h </> r- in ® 33 <s> 2> M f\J < o -^ m 3) rj r~ Co 00 O O County keeps track of sex offender '-■ by PAUL MORTON Associate editor They're here, all around us, and most of them are not even required to let us know. There are nearly 200 of them in Lorain County, with the number growing all the time. Yet you couldn't identify one on the street, unless you happened to be one of a select few to be notified. These mysterious individuals are persons who have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to sexually- oriented criminal offenses and have been labeled by the courts as sexual offenders. Two await trials on kid crimes by ERIK YORKE News-Times reporter' Richard Armstrong and Andrew Bishop; one was a local businessman, the other a former Amherst school bus driver. They have two perfectly normal sounding names, but if you are a parent, the Crimea these men are accused of can send shivers down your spine. Both of these men are accused sex-offenders awaiting criminal trials. Both men have been indicted on charges of allegedly raping children, among other indictments. Armstrong, whose home is at 408 Oaknoll Drive in Amherst Township, awaits his pre-trial to be held on Mon day, Aug. 3. He is charged with 11 counts of rape, two counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material of performance, two counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor and one count each of gross sexual imposition and attempted rape. Armstrong allegedly invited girls into his home where he allegedly videotaped and photographed them taking their clothes off or performing sex acts. In one instance, Armstrong allegedly took a girl into his bedroom. Prior to being arrested, Armstrong was part-owner of North Coast Multi Media Advertising Group, in Elyria. His partner there, Ron Skolnik, was stunned to hear of the CONTINUED on page 6 In 1997,01 r Re gistration and Notification law went into effect, establishing a system for convicted sex offenders to register with their county sheriff or local police departments, and for authorities to notify school officials and the offender's immediate neighbors. The law, and others like it around the country, is commonly known as "Megan's Law", named for Megan Kanka of Hamilton, NJ., who was raped and murdered by a convicted sex offender who lived in her neighborhood. Under the Ohio law, persons convicted of or pleading guilty to certain sex offenses may be designated CONTINUED on page 6 Legion to build new post; forget its past by ERIK YORKE News-Times reporter After three years without a place to call their own, the Elmer Johnson Post #118 of the American Legion will soon have a new building. The address of 921 N. Lake SL is the future site of the Amherst post's new building. According to Post Commander Tom Hauck, the legion hopes for construction on the new building to begin in late August and be complete by October. "A dream that a lot of people thought would never happen is finally coming true," Hauck said. The Amherst post was forced to sell their old building after their operating costs became too high. This came after the suspension of their liquor license by the state for gambling several years ago. Hauck said that the post now wishes to put the past behind them. "We want everyone to know that the post is active," Hauck said. They currently hold meetings every Wednesday evening at 8 pjn. at the Amherst Veterans of Foreign Wars post Hauck said that the VFW was very nice to allow the American Legion to share their space. According to Hauck, Post #118 had been looking for a new construction site for some time. The new building will be paid for by proceeds left over from the sale of the old building and donations. Upon completion of the new building, one of the two cannons that used to sit outside Amherst City Hall will be moved to the American Legion post The other cannon now sits at a newly built war memorial near State Route 2. The Amherst post, which has 418 members according to finance officer Steve Ference, will also establish the Sons of the American Legion. This group will \x open to the families of those in the service. Groundbreaking for the new building should take place in August, Hauck said. After the building has been completed, there will be a grand opening. Until then, current members are encouraged to attend horseshoe pitching sessions every Thursday at the site of the new building. Finance officer Steve Ference (left) and Commander Tom Hauck stand at the site of what will be Amherst's new American Legion Local teen ■ aids JVS team in skills test by ERIK YORKE News-Times reporter Amherst resident Jesse Csincsak, ;' 19, was part of a team that took second place in the Vocational Indust- | rial Clubs of America (VICA) Skills-USA Teamworks Competition in Kansas City. Mo., last Csincsak, a recent graduate of the Lorain County Joint Vocational School and Marion L. Steele High School, was one of four people from Lorain County who represented the stale of Ohio at the competition, The team was responsible far building a fully operational kitchen module. Each of the four students had a specialty and Csincsak was in charge of the electrical needs of the post. Goal for completion of the post is October. At left is a model of what the completed project will look like. Sixth graders' scores best in Shupe School proficiency history "He did really well on his part of the competition, was really the glue that held everything together," said In Ramaex. head of the Industrial Electricity program at the County JVS. Amherst resident Jesse <^lnce**, 19, was part Industrial Clubs of America (VICA) Skato-U of a team that took second place Inthe Vocational Teamworks CompetWoin in Kansas Cly. Mo -USA The team won the right to sent the state of Ohio after first ticipating in a state competition on *e Ohio " "We weal to than with an atU- tude to wta and we ended up taking tot place," Catacaak said By piactog tot to *a stale i ate to City for As aa- W^nV'VIVW epee ^Ma^LV w Last school year, sixth graders at Shupe Middle School did what no other sixth grade class in Amherst had done before. The Ohio state standard for the sixth grade proficiency test is met when 75 percent of students pass a section of the test For the first time, Shupe sixth graders exceeded that standard in all five sections of the test "The kids toe* the test seriously," said Shupe principal Greg Ring. "They've done a great job." According to Ring, not only did the studffiti meet toe ifirifnf to each section of the lest, bat 61 percent of students passed all five. This year's teat results are a tege improvement over the previous two school years. In writing, students passing mat section increased by 16 percentage points from SI percent last year lo 97 percent this year. In reading, students passing that section tocwaaod by 17 percentage points from 67 (below die standard) last year lo 84 percent bus year. They tocwamd by 17 percrnrnga pones to the math section as waU. with a below stsndard 68 last year compared to 85 percent this year. Seven percentage points were gained in the citizenship section from last year. Students went from 83 percent passing to 90 percent this year. The students increased by nine percentage points from last year to the science section. Last year's percentage of 69 was improved upon aa 78 percent of students passed it this year. Ring attributes this year's success to a three-tier test preparation plan. This year, the school placed responsibility on the lest scores on students, teachers and panels. Students were encouraged by incentives like a party at toe Amherst Cinema for those students who exceeded the 75 percent standard to every section. There was also a lottery drawing for a new bicycle. A student would have his or her sane in the drawing up to five tunc*, once for every section of the teattoattoey ■oared 73 percent or above to. Tba teachers toeraaeivaa, Rtoc said, focused on eto objectives of CONTINUED on eaema i*
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-08-01|
|Date of Original||01-AUG-2001|
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