Amherst News-Times, 1999-02-03
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Grapplers enjoy national ranking — Page 6 Topless dancers in the cold Amherst News-Tim< Wodnosd.iy. February 3, 1()99 Amherst. Ohio Kids grill congress i during his school vi^n by QLEN MLLER Congressman Sherrod Brown answers questions from Nord Junior High School eighth graders during a 45-minute "meet your congressman'' visit. More than 40 students sought answers to questions ranging from the impeachment of president Clinton to school dress codes. News-Times reporter Would U.S. Representative Sherrod Brown ever consider running for president? Not really. Despite the good the president tries to do, "it's an impossible job" that's full of more pressure than he now experiences. And how long does he want to keep his job? "Until the voters decide otherwise," he replied, noting there are no term limits for U.S. congressmen or senators. The questions were among dozens asked of Brown by Nord Junior High School students who gathered in the school gym Jan. 26 to learn about the life and beliefs of a politician. Nord was one of three Lorain County schools Brown visited during the two or three days a week he tries to spend in the 13th District he represents. It was his final stop on a Lorain-Amherst school speaking lour, the kind of visits a staff member said he likes to make several times yearly to interest and educate students in politics. But the lead off question asked by one of 260 students was one the congressman expected — what prompted Brown to vote against the impeachment of President Bill Clinton? Without hesitation, Brown replied Clinton's alleged actions are neither impeachable offenses nor grounds for his removal from office. He favors censure, an option that would still leave a "permanent black mark" on his presidency for what the congressman called "a morally reprehensible" act While admitting Clinton lied under oath, Brown noted it was a personal lie about his own behavior and not something that adversely affected the government. He said Clinton's wrongdoings are of a different nature than those committed by the late Richard Nixon, who resigned prior to impeachment. Nixon's crimes affected gov ernment operations while Clinton's deal with his personal life, he said. Once past the big inevitable question. Brown answered queries for about 45 minutes dealing with everything from abortion to school dress codes. Some had been previously thought out in class with the help of teachers, according to Nord principal BUI Mariey. Brown said he would never vote to impose dress codes, but thinks standardized dress isn't "a bad idea." It tends to improve behavior and helps students focus more on studies rather than what each wears. The congressman noted he supports continued eduction as a means of self-improvement On abortion rights, he believes the choice should be left up to the woman, her doctor "and whoever else the woman wants to bring into that choice." When asked his opinion of NAFTA, the North American CONTINUED on page 2 la** J , _m;-zJ , , je9«* i _ I ka m •*!»—.■ mim ■-"' S\ Q I ■mmmiMh/^ :■ - ••:>mwu>.i A city street craw fHls potholes along Rt. 58 with asphalt while an Amherst patrolman fol lows them In a patrol car to ensure their safety on the busy highway. Drivers, officials, workers deal with pothole brigade by OLEN MILLER News-Times reporter Potholes: they're everywhere much to the disgust of driven and the frustration of city officials who receive complaints about them. They are the result of the hard freeze and icy road conditions of early January that were soon followed by unseasonably warm SO-degree tsmpwalunw Pavement, including some that was laid down within the last two or three yean, cracked snd budded as a result of the frigid temperature and the quick thaw. Only days after working nearly 24 hours a day to clear streets of snow and ice, street crews were busy again last week, this time nairhiai some of the i This is th in the last eight or 10 years because this was a severe heave-thaw," mayor John Higgins said. "We haven't seen something like this for many years and it has hurt us. This is a premature deterioration of the streets." The eost of the damage is inconclusive but is expected to cut into the amount of work that can be done in this year s street unprovemem program. A large portion of the money aurendy has bean rttttiraicd to the replacement of the Jackson Street bridge over Conrail railroad tracks. Patching wing a three-year- old hot mix Tpurhhw began last week and will continue as needed. Still, complaints come ia from drivers along with (voices of concern from city OulciaHS- At ttw Ian, 25 chy council the needed patching. Milt Pommeranz, the city's consulting engineer, said most streets are "holding up fairly well" considering the extent of the quickness of thaw, cracking and uplifting of the pavement "You've got to expect this when you have the* kinds of weather we've had," he added. "About all you can do is patch and patch, snd hope they bold until something permuneatcan be he explained. It is the degree of the yet to come that concerns the inayor. Funds for 1999 street iinprovemeats are atom Hm- iied than Mart because of the planed retnUdtag of the FaafaTfOn SOMt baWM. waste** to *•#« WhefMu home,' Higgins said, to fee ami ta reaaw a cONTMtMD on eeaa % mseaaB*mT%8 a amWmamaWaW ^pam \r^amm^m ~ Repeat offenders push '98 crime figures a little higher by GLEN MLLER mhm —■■/ aammmaaaataaaa. News-Times reporter Technically, adult crimes in Amherst went up a little last year, although some of it can be blamed on a few offenders who committed more then one crime before being caught or, in one case, escaping the long arm of the law. The 1998 Amherst Police Department's annual report reveals the total amount of serious crimes fell from 550 in 1997 to 381 last year. Overall, the number of adult criminal offense arrests rose by 40, up to 501 from 461 in 1997, while juvenile arrests were 173, two less than the preceding year. The decreases in adult offenses came in assaults, grand and petty thefts and auto thefts, but the number of arsons, rapes, robberies, burglaries and breaking and enterings increased. The biggest increase was in rapes, up from 4 in 1997 to 18. The increase was due to the arrest of a former Amherst school bus driver who raped several teenage girls more then once over nearly a 12-month period, according to lieutenant Lon- nie Dillon. Burglaries, which rose from 18 to 29, were partially due to the activities of two men, one of whom was caught after burglarizing businesses and homes along Cooper Foster Park Road in early spring. The other |%^Nrexj5 ***"- wmss-m\m |Crimes Reported j j 1998 1997 1996" ImT 3 HOMICIDE RAPE 16 ROBBERY 11 10 BURGLARY/B&E 29 18 47 40 ASSAULT 90 116 93 84 GRAND THEFT PETTY THEFT AUTOTHEFT ARSON TOTALS 24 33 52 118 195 353 334 292 13 17 20 23 381 550 656 573 ICrimet Cleared HOMICIDE 1 | 1998 1997 1996 "lain RAPE 18 ROBBERY 18 82 19 95 12 BURGLARY/B&E ASSAULT __ GRAND THEFT _ PETTY THEFT __ AUTOTHEFT ARSON 0_ TOTALS 252 culprit managed to escape police detection after breaking or cutting out screens along parts of Lake Avenue during warm weather. There were 11 robberies, the largest number since 10 were investigated in 199S. although eight of 14 14 86 91 83 22 36 80 234 199 12 13 ■218 372 381 "393 them were solved. Overall, 252 (about 66 percent) of the 381 were cleared, about the sm a in 1997. Juvenile crimes were down two CONTINUED on pone 8 Hospital maternity ward scheduled to close soon Amherst Hospital's maternity waed wiM be closed in the com- ing attains ona to a low number of bittern the hospitri. Officiate MfihOfaUftoaal The building wOl be located nc<m of a three story parkhag garage on East River Street, the existing site of the Elyria Medical Arts BaUdh* tioas sndcals to Aas- 1994. services wiB be moved to a i ma •—- Tt\,mk. huaaillal at me uiyna aammma, hospital officiate arid ao ctoataf were safarnid to BMH Regional Medkad Cent*. l^bkshlm. director of Wb«teya»,teywiMb»- part of a aew i aafcteeMto ft care is -We are auaatm mii* Hi i ii ii ma i A ifv mtfr.$/na- ■ ■ vf* 1 ■ •***&-■ m nnH bbbbbbI la—M •aanaaai
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1999-02-03|
|Date of Original||03-FEB-1999|
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