Amherst News-Times, 2002-03-06
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Who would you ask to dinner? — Page 3 I Your pets make the paper — Pages 8-9 Amherst News-Time WI-DNF.SDAY, MARCH (», 2(11)2 AMH1RST. OHIO - - _ C3 O X' X X r BMH _ 'S o c CD < X i- — — _ 3> c —~ X s 3> M N < n •*-, m j> ® r- w Principal finds n , \ wanted for paro j violation in hallway "he road to state Amherst grappler, Brian Cesear, scores a nearfall against Andrew Legg of Fremont Ross during last Saturday's consolation semifinals en- route to a 6-0 victory. Cesear finished fourth in the state after a sixth place last year. The story about Cesear's weekend is on page 6. by AMY PERSINQER News-Times reporter After being confronted at Powers Elementary School last Thursday, a man wanted on a parole violation stemming from a murder conviction, was arrested in Norwalk after allegedly stealing $78 from a school there. A Toledo resident, 44-year- old AI DeBoe has a history of violence and criminal behavior. He has been in and out of prison most of his adult life for minder, burglary and drug trafficking. He was wanted at the time of his arrest for parole violations in addition to suspicions that he was responsible fa- thefts in Huron County Schools the day before he was seen at Powers. Powers principal Dave Anghilante confronted the man who was walking in the halls of the school, according to Amherst police Sgt Dan Jasinski. DeBoe told the principal he was looking for the school board offices to apply for student teaching. Jasinski said that DeBoe provided Anghilante with his identification which Anghilante documented. After talking, the man left and the principal followed him out. When the man caught Anghilante attempting to copy down his license plate number, he became agitated and threatened the principal, according to Jasinski. Jasinski said that Anghilante attempted to contact the school resource officer. Patrolman Jon Balog but was unable to, so he called the police department DeBoe was picked up in Norwalk for allegedly stealing money from a purse in a school office there. Superintendent of schools Robert W. Boynton sent out letters to parents the following day to apprise them of what actually happened. Schoolchildren don't seem to have been in any immediate danger at any time. Allegedly DeBoe's intent was theft. Man won't get money for street repairs by AMY PERSINGER News-Times reporter In a surprising turn of events, city council has informed a local resident that the city will not be reimbursing him for costs he incurred when he repaired a sewer line underneath a city street and repaired the street after completing the work. In January, George Walts attended a council meeting to inform council that he felt a city ordinance requiring its citizens to pay for any costs of repairing all lines up to the main including, though not specified in the ordinance, excavation and repair of city roadways, wasn't fair to residents. He told council that after he discovered his tie-in had collapsed under the street he was surprised to leant that it was his responsibility to fix it. He had his tie-in repaired at a cost of approximately $3,500 and had to pay $500 for a road opening permit The money for the permit will be returned to him, according to utilities supervisor Ron Merthe, after he has the road repaired in the spring. Amherst's Ordinance 912.02(d) states, "the owner of all houses, buildings or properties used for human occifrare-/( e**jAwmeni. recreation or ^H^jpu^oses, situated within life city and abutting on any street alley or right of way in which there is now located..a public sanitary or combined sewer of the city, is hereby required, at his expense, to install suitable toilet facilities therein, and to connect such facilities directly with the proper public sere in accordance with the provisions of this chapter..." Walts also feels that the collapsed tie-in is a direct result of paving and roadwotk that was con.olded.jx. Autumn Drive by the city laflTjiHa.- mer. Merthe said that after talking to the foremen involved, he doesn't think the city caused the collapse. There are others who see things Walts's way, though. "It's a known fact that on Autumn Drive it's the city's problem," councilman Steve P'Simer said, referring to problems residents on Autumn Drive have been having since the roadwork was done. Merthe said that Waltses' prob- jtap is different from those who "complained earlier in the year that the city had damaged their lines. In a telephone interview last month mayor John Higgins said that after meeting with Merthe, the city would be paying the Waltses half the cost of the repairs they had to make. Merthe said that the discussion he had with the mayor involved the presumption that the city was responsible for the damage, and in that case the city would have paid the entire coat The Waltses have since received a letter from council clerk Olga Si- vinski stating that council would not CONTINUED on page 2 City gives final thumbs up to creation of cop auxiliary It's official: an auxiliary police unit is going to be formed to supple- ment the Amherst Police Department City council last week voted 7-0 to approve formation of the auxiliary police unit In January, police chief Lonnie Dillon proposed an ordinance developing an auxiliary police force within the Amherst Police Department He suggested starting the unit with three local men, who had already volunteered, and adding one officer per year until the unit reaches its maximum of 10 officers. Rich Wolfe, Ron Yacobozzi and Ken Bring all started training with the Lorain County Sheriffs department training program in January, anticipating council's approval of the force. The unit will be completely volunteer. None of the officers will receive pay and will be required to work a certain number of hours per month. The ordinance does provide for some start-up costs for the new officers. Dillon indicated that he plans for the unit to be self-supporting eventually. Dillon said the volunteer force will be used to assist officers in a variety of ways. The auxiliary officers will be used instead of regular officers at some sporting events and supplement the regular force at parades, the Old Time Jamboree, and other events. Auxiliary officers can also ride along with regular officers so they aren't alone or required to call another car when it-spending to calls. The ordinance will go into effect 30 days after it is signed by mayor John Higgins. Wolfe. Yacobozzi and Bring will complete their training in May. Three girls, all Marion L. Steele High School seniors qualified as finalists for the National Merit Scholarships based on their PSAT scores and es say submissions. The girls should know by May if they won one of the scholarships. Three high school girls National Merit finalists Organ is. ailing, but church community comes to rescue The Amherst schools continue their educational winning streak with the announcement of three National Merit Scholarship finalists from Marian L. Steele High School. The students, seniors Holly Sleas- man. Heather Stay and Kristen Jacovetti, all scored in the top three quarters of one percent of die more than 1,250,000 students who took the PSAT Matt their junior year. The scholarships vary from $1,000 to $2,500 and are baaed on CONTINUED on page 2 Spring is around the corner, time to start thinking about that bit of remodelling that needs to be done, and all the costs that come with it St Peter's United Church of Christ has some remodelling to do of their own that will cost them $40,000. But they aren't working oo the church or the parsonage or even the parking lot That $40,000 price tag is to restore the church's 72-year-old pipe organ. The Chi Rho organisation of St Peter's will be hosting a family style roast beef dinner Saturday, March 9, to help benefit the Organ Restoration Fund. The event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children 4-12. Children up to three years old eat free. The church will only sell 100 tickets to the event The leather bags that push the air through the organ's pipes are beginning to crack and dry out The organ is still working but beginning to malfunction. Church secretary Bea Yohn said that the members wanted to repair it before it quit working altogether. She said that the organ is an integral part of their set-rices and the church would miss it if it breaks. The organ was installed by MP. Muller Pipe Organ Company ia 1930 at a coat of $4,970. The i pany had installed 5,773 pipe t CONTINUED on page 2 I New water rates start customers boiling by AMY KRMNQER News-Times reporter No one's happy to get utility bills, but some Amherst residents were more than a littk surprised by their March 1 utility bill from the city. there is aome con fusion as to when the water rate hike that mayor John Higgins announced at the Feb 11 council meeting was going to go into effect Higgins announced at the Feb. 11 council meeting that rates for water would be increased on the first of March. He also sent out a letter that moat residents received later that week that said the rale increase would be reflected on the March 1 bill. The ate hike actually went into effect on Jan. 1, six weeks before the mayor's announcement 10 a-aaa^twr^a. JjyJ three days after the safety- service director, Sherrill McCloda signed off on the Higgins said that if the cky had wailed a couple of more months to increaae the rates the water fund would be brake. He also said that the they are paying to supply wtter to increased by 30 , The dty iae't reo*_*ri*r-g a baft rate for cky of Elyria, which in- creased Amherst's coat more, arrowting to Higgins. He said Aroheat is trying to find out if there is same error on Elyria's aide, a alow meter for example, causing Elyria to overcharge the dty. letter was a little the rate hike had to be im- He mid the cky $200,000 alike Wart one Teery the He add, too, that it be tine for Amhent %%\ into ways of i
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2002-03-06|
|Date of Original||06-MAR-2002|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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