Amherst News-Times, 2000-01-12
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[__ Percival leads grapplers — Page 6 MLS academic team is online — Page Amherst News-Time C X 00 < ■ r >-n » 9 ,-n ] Wednesday, January 12. 2000 Amherst, Ohio I Students arrested for making bomb threa A female called Marion L. Steele High School on Monday, Jan. 3, and reported there was a bomb in the school. Police were called and the school was cleared while investigators checked the building. CenturyTel and other phone companies have a feature that can trace a phone call. If someone receives a prank or threatening phone call, they can press —star— 57 and the phone company will put a trace on the call. If a report is filed with law enforcement, the authorities can then access the phone company's trace and begin an investigation. Calling in a bomb threat is a felony. According to Joanette Romero, a phone supervisor for CenturyTel, K-9 units detect drugs in MLS cars The old axiom "when it rains it pours" once again has proven to hold water, and Marion L. Steele High School has been its victim lately. On Monday Jan. 3, a senior girl called in a bomb threat forcing educators to suspend classes for several hours. Last Friday, police had K-9 units at the high school parking lot and found drug paraphernalia and marijuana in two vehicles. K-9 units from the Lorain County Sheriffs Department, Vermilion, Avon Lake and Amherst police departments were on a training exercise at the Steele High School parking lot, when the dogs alerted to two different vehicles. Officers asked the high school student drivers for permission to search the vehicles. Both gave their consenL CONTINUED on page 2 the school employed the service immediately after the bomb threat was received, and phone company traced the number. The investigation revealed that the bomb threat was placed inside the school on a cell phone belonging to 18-year-old Ronald Gargiulo of 230 Sleepy Hollow Drive. A juvenile female actually placed the call, and another juvenile male was also involved. All three were transported to the police station and charged The perpetrator of the call and cell phone owner were charged with inducing a panic. The juvenile male was charged with failure to report a felony in progress. The minors were released into the custody of their parents. Gargiulo was arraigned in Oberlin Municipal Court on Jan. 4. All three are seniors at MLS. On top of the legal ramifications, the students still have to face school officials concerning the matter. According to school superintendent Bob Boynton, the three students are suspended and recommended for expulsion. There is an 80 day maximum on expulsion, and no school work CONTINUED on page 2 Meals on Wheels gives area seniors care, good lunch that fits budgets by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter The Sandstone Area Office on Aging provides area seniors, 65 years and older, with a host of services. They provide transportation, home safety assistance programs, yard work assistance, income tax preparation, information and referral programs, escort assistance services, help with insurance claims, housekeeping, visiting, minor home repair and form assistance (such as Golden Buckeye). There are some restrictions in each program, which service coordinator Nina Loran- deau will be happy to clarify for anyone interested in signing up a senior citizen for the programs and services. Most of the services and programs for the office are carried out by its mainly volunteer staff. Of the 24 staff members only four receive pay, and at least one is part- time. Laurie Knobbe was a volunteer delivery driver for Meals on Wheels for the past seven years. She has recently become the part-time coordinator for the Meals on Wheels Program. There are 20 volunteer drivers who take turns deliv- - ering hot meals to seniors. The delivery program is comprised of four different delivery routes, Amherst, Amherst Township, South Amherst and Brownhelm/ Henrietta. One driver normally covers one route. There are between 10 to 14 stops per route and it usually takes an hour to complete. Meals are served Monday through Friday, and the recipient is required to pay $4 per meal, since the program is not government subsidized. Route drivers start at Amherst Manor, which is the food service contracted to prepare the meals for seniors on the wheels program. Each driver matches the meals (which have the name of the recipient on it) to the list given to them. The meals are packed in a picnic sized thermos container, loaded and lunch is served...or at least "on the road" to being served. Specialty meals, such as for diabetics or people with allergies are also prepared at the manor. Recently, one of the volunteers became ill at the last moment and part time coordinator Laurie Knobbe had to run two routes. Rich Huhn and Cathy Miller ran the other two routes. Huhn is a retired teacher from the Lorain school system. He graduated from Wes- CONTINUED on page 5 Above, area senior Rose Szuchs talks about how much she appreciates the Meals on Wheels volunteers. And at right, volunteer Rich Huhn hands Floyd Studd of South Amherst his hot lunch. The cost for the service is only $4 per meal, but new volunteer drivers are always needed to keep the service intact. Council, mayor sworn in by judge During die Jan. 3 organizational meeting of city council. Common Pleas Court judge Edward M. Zaleski was on hand to swear in nearly everone, but the press. John Higgins was reaffirmed mayor, re-elected council members David Ku- kucka. Nancy Brown, Steve P'simer. Edwin Cowger, and Terence Traster were also worn in for the 2000 city council. John Dietrich became the new president of city council, replacing retired president Wayne Whyte. Attorney Ken Suimphauzer was sworn in as Amherst's new law director, replacing CONTINUED on page 2 Judge Zaleski swears m counci-at-large members David WHams, Nancy Brown, and David Kukuoka. Flu bug takes bite that packs a punch Y2K Bugs have passed with little effect so far, and government officials will keep their fingers crossed for several more weeks. The real Y2K Bug is taking a bile out of many people's schedules, and comes complete with its own TV commercial — influenza. Across the north coast of Ohio, emergency rooms have filled op with people looking for medical relief from d*e flu symptoms. According to an emergency room nursing supervisor at Amherst Hoa- pital, "Most of our staff has had the flu shots and we have not had modi lirknffli p*"P"g the staff — fr*wfir on wood." Every hospital in the area is fall, and at Amherst, a patient moat be released before a new one can be OONTtttUED on page 3 re.'v.j..*—, !*«-
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-01-12|
|Date of Original||12-JAN-2000|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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