Amherst News-Times, 2002-09-18
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Eagles nest busted by state — Page 3 Get ready to run for your life — Page 8 Amherst News-Time o i-> o c o id x x r~ OT M M c: en o o 3 x d)< I H CT fT| t-J '-■'< r- -..- sa at h m WEDNESDAY, September IK, 2002 AMHI.RST, OHIO In Memorium Members of many groups, including the city administration, VFW, American Legion, and police and fire departments, take part in the September 11 commemoration ceremony on City Hall grounds. They gathered to pay homage to soldiers and emergency peronnel who have given their lives in defense of the United States. Mayor's son, 36, killed in car crash j ■ by JASON HAWK News-Times reporter City staff were shocked last week when they learned the son of mayor John Higgins died Monday, Sept 9, of complications resulting from an Possible auditors debate issues It was perhaps the mellowest debate in history when candidates for Lorain County auditor sounded off in front of cameras at the WACC cable station at Marion L. Steele High School Democratic incumbent Mark Stewart faced Republican challenger John Prajzner last Wednesday night at part of the "Amherst Debates: Your Choice, Your Voice" debate •tries. L The candidates were reluctant to /join in ad hominem attacks on their 'opponent, relying instead on the Merits of their accomrjlisrimenu and experience to woo voters. ■ Prajzner delivered his opening statements first, telling the debate's panel of reporters that one of his stain planks involves the auditor's office web site. I've talked to many people and showed them their home on the Internet. Many of the people were surprised that the photos were even on ■ere," he said. ^ Prajzner claimed that the Internet fliotos provided potential risks to automobile crash. Thomas J. Higgins, 36, was evacuated by helicopter to Grant Medical Center in Columbus early Sunday morning, where doctors were unable to repair his auto-related injuries. According to Sgt Dick Miller of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Higgins was traveling north on Interstate 71 at an unsafe speed in excess of 65 mph when his vehicle swerved off the road. At 2:47 a.m., his rented 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier went up an embankment, rolled several times and struck a fence before finally coming to a rest. Because he was not wearing a safety belt when the crash occurred, Higgins was completely ejected from the vehicle, Miller said. State Highway Patrol officers arrived on the scene at 2:57 a.m. and immediately called for medical assistance. "It's hard to tell what would have happened if he'd been wearing his seat belt," said Miller. "The car rolled several times. Under those conditions, he might have sustained heavy injuries or very few." Higgins, who graduated from Elyria Catholic High School before going on to receive a marketing degree from Ohio State University and a law degree from DePaul University, was staying with his parents while recovering from serious head CONTINUED on page 5 Cop grievance filed, withdrawn when overtime pay questioned by JASON HAWK Lorain County Auditor candidates John Prajzner (R) (left) and Mark Stewart (D) (right) shake hands at the WACC cable television studios but week before the taping of the "Amherst Debates: Your Choice, Your Voice" series. residents, including security issues and the threat of theft. He said that only those pictures approved by residents should appear on the department's web page. He said bis other main issue regarded the unionization of city auditors. "It should be up to employees whether they want to unionize or not, and no one should stand in their way. And I believe that is also ac cording to the Ohio Revised Code," hesskL Stewart in his opening statements appealed to viewers to consider his accomplishments since assuming the auditor's position in 1994. in- cluding ntoderaisntion of the office, of new software snd , sit years of comprehensive annual financial awards, new county lyattwns, sad an interactive for "It's been a blistering eight yean in the county auditor's office." Stewart said. "We have been at a torrid pace." He also pointed to his bad-ground as an advantage, recounting bis e»- perience as a t*u*ie-certified teatden- tinl appraiser, bis education in real estate Isw, and community involvement. CONTINUED on page 2 Newt-Times reporter The refusal of councilmembers to authorize overtime wages for Amherst police resulted last week in a class action grievance against the city. The grievance was filed on Sept 9, by the Amherst Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, the union that represents local law enforcement. It is the solid position of the union that (the) lights, benefits, and provisions have been removed for lice chief Lonnie Dillon placed an agenda request at the Sept 4 finance committee meeting, asking council- members to vote to transfer funds between police accounts. Dillon asked that: $30,000 from regular salary accounts be transferred to salary overtime accounts; $11,000 from regular salary accounts be transferred to part-time salary accounts; and $4,000 from regular salary accounts be transferred to uniform allowance and irresponsible reasons," wrote Amherst OPBA director Brian Brancatelli ia a letter to the mayor. "Thus, because of the -dtoiisifhfed actioas of the finance coawaioee's vote, the ag-feenient between the -anion and the city has been violated." The difficulties began what po- There is s $130,000 surplus in the regular salary accounts due to personnel leaving the police force, retiring, or being called to military service, chief Dillon told council- members in a Sept S letter.. However, without council action, these funds can sot be used to pay part-time aad overtime wages to of- ficers who spend extra houra cover- lag shifts that lack adequate CONTINUED on paga • t I
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2002-09-18|
|Date of Original||18-SEP-2002|
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