Amherst News-Times, 1997-06-25
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Sheriff substation is on — Page 3 Lady soccer player kicks boot — Pge 7 | Amherst News-Time O <£> X X ""• 00 \- M 05 < X M M tfl f— 'y 3 —' 3> O 33 Wednesday, June 25, 1997 Amherst, Ohio Area man crushed by tons of dirt on job by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter A South Amherst man was killed in a construction accident last week when ihe wall of a trench lhat he was working in collapsed on top of him. Chad A. I .amies, 30, was pronounced dead at 1:01 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, at the construction site on S. Lake Street, about a quarter mile north of Middle Ridge Road. Amherst police received the call at 11:53 a.m., according to patrolman Hector Rivera, who arrived on the scene shortly thereafter. Construction workers at a nearby house immediately ran to the scene after the accident and tried to dig Landes out. "When wc arrived they had his face uncovered and were already attempting to revive him," Rivera said. Landes, who was employed by Associated Contractors of Wakeman, was making a watcrlinc connection in the 12-fool deep trench to the Cooper's Run housing development, when the four to five tons of clay wall suddenly caved in on him. Co-worker Scott Hayncs was also in the trench at the time but was able to scramble to safety. He did not request medical treatment. A Cleveland MetroHealth Lifef- light helicopter arrived on the scene and was joined by ambulance teams from both Amhersl and Lorain as they attempted to save Landes. They performed CPR.on him for at least 25 minutes, according to Rivera. Bul emergency workers were never able to bring back a pulse or respiration from him and an autopsy revealed he died from severe head and neck injuries, according to Lorain County coroner Paul Matus. Landes and Haynes were working inside a steel trench box used for cavc-in protection, according to Matus, but had stepped outside of il briefly to work on a lateral line when ihe collaps< 'There was ton: lapsed on lop of] lieve killed him' s said. He added lhat recent rains had waterlogged the soil, which has a heavy clay content. There arc also veins of sandy soil in the area which CONTINUED on page 2 More than golden High school mates make a life out of loving each other by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter Two lifelong residents of Amherst will be proving this weekend that if you "lake lime lor each other," your marriage can pass the test of time. Raymond and Amelia Nickel will be celebrating their 67th wedding anniversary on Saturday at Amherst Manor; they have known each other since ihey were high school sweethearts at the old Central School back in the 1920s. The Nickels have one daughter, Barbara Fricke. who also lives in Amhersl and said her "parems' constant devotion lo one another" is whal has made their marriage so very special. The Nickels were married on June 28, 1930, in ihe parsonage of Sl. Peter's United Church of Christ by a Reverend Schmidt. They have been lifelong members of the church and have always lived in Amherst. Fricke said her father and mother, now 88 and 85 years old, wailed until Amelia graduated from Central before tying ihc knot. "My father lived right next door to Central," Fricke explained. "So he would still be in his room until that last bell CONTINUED on page 5 Amelia and Raymond Nickel relax together in the sun room at Amherst Manor prior to the midday meal. Kid crime keep cops working in summer by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter Two incidents last week involving juveniles and Amhersl police officers contradict several recent complaints lhal the police department has nothing belter to do than to harass Amherst's youth. In one case, two juveniles who had beaten and robbed a 12-year-old boy in Maude Neiding Park, were promptly apprehended by Amherst police and booked into the Lorain County Detention Home. And later that same day, a makeshift war between juveniles who utilized smoke bombs, sparklers and eggs was stopped and mediated by Amherst police, who negotiated a mutual cleanup rather than making arrests. In the first case on June 16, the 12-year-old was invited lo go to the park with two older boys whom he assumcc to be his friends. Bul just before 7 p.m., as the boys were talking under some trees in the center of the park, one of the youths suddenly attacked the 12-year-old. beating him aboul the face and body, while the other juvenile jumped on top of the victim lo hold him down. As the younger boy gol up and tried to escape, his two assailants Stole a $70 pager lhal his father had purchased for him. The boy's father called the Amherst Police Department, and patrolman Diane Mahar and Mark Cawihon responded to take a report. The victim only knew one of the boy's last name, the other one who was less well known to him lives in Lorain and is the cousin of the first assailant, who lives in Amhersl. "We were able to pick up one juvenile thai same night, and found CONTINUED on p«ge 5 Cats have one less life to live Two kittens survive trip in car engine You might say a local jeweler found a couple of diamonds in the rough when he spotted the first of two charcoal-gray kittens drop from underneath a car parked in downtown Amhersl last week. David Goline, owner of Dave's Gold & Jewelry Repair ai 280 Church Sl., said he was gazing oul his window last Tuesday morning when he saw what appeared to be "a little puf- fball" drop to ihe pavement from underneath a blue station wagon parked across from his shop. 'Then ii started to move and I realized il was a kitten," Goline explained. "I ran across the street and picked him up — and then another one dropped down and this lime it was a girl." For a moment, Goline thought it might be raining cats, minus ihc dogs. Then wilh two charcoal kitties held firmly in his arms, Goline began to rock the vehicle in case there were any more reckless felines hiding in ihc engine compartment. Bui the brother and sister team were the only ones who had hitched a ride, so Goline's next mission was to determine who their chauffeur was. He tried the beauty shop next door to his business, and although the clients found the kittens (who seemed no worse for wear) adorable, none could lay claim to litem. "I knew Angelo's wasn't open yet, so then I tried the Chatterbox Restaurant and that's where I found John," Goline said. CONTINUED on page 2 David Goline displays the sibling hitchhikers he saw exiting from the engine compartment of John Washburn's station wagon. Washburn (wearing hat), said the eight-week-old kittens are available for adoption. Big fines may stop parking abusers by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter Although the city has done some work in the past to make Amherst more accessible to the physcially challenged, a local advocacy group maintains there is still room for improvement, and came before council last week to address the problem. Tom Kuhlman is a Vietnam War veteran who is classified as 100 percent disabled by the Veterans Association due to injuries he received overseas. In the 1970s, Kuhlman came before city council in a successful effort to have handicapped parking places installed at the downtown street comers, and has been working since to improve the situation for persons with disabilities. Bui things have noi changed as much as he would have liked and at a finance committee meeting held June 16, Kuhlman requested council raise handicapped parking fines lo $500, issue $1,000 fines to persons illegally using another person's handicapped parking permit and lo address other issues relating lo creating smoke-free environments and ensuring buildings arc accessible lo the physically challenged. "The American wilh Disabilities Act says lhat all barriers lo disabled persons should come down, invisible or otherwise," Kuhlman lold council members. "Ninety percent of the buildings in Amherst arc in non-compliance for disabled facilities." Kuhlman and other disabled associates founded a non-profit organization called the American wilh Disabilities Act Advocacy Consulting and Mediation group in an attempt to put greater pressure on CONTINUED on page 6
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-06-25|
|Date of Original||25-JUN-1997|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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