Amherst News-Times, 1997-05-21
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Traffic light work begins — Pag Amherst News-Time ° •-* O O o W X X <— 00 l-H |_| CIPOO 2 x <"< IH c: m m (A r» m 3 H 3> O X 3> l-i < O rn j> m Wednesday, May 21, 1997 Amherst, Ohio Cops eyewitness man's police station suic by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter A local man who told a police dispatcher he was despondent and was unable to perform his trade as a plumber, shot and killed himself in the parking lot of the Amherst Police Station Saturday night. Daniel Bowens, 46, of 250 Taylor Street, first called the police station at 11:24 p.m. and talked to dispatcher Barbara Hudson, asking to speak to cither patrolman Hector Rivera or Walter Gould. Police detective Lonnie Dillon said (hat Bowens was a lifelong Amherst resident who attended Marion L. Steele High School, and knew Hudson and the two patrolmen while growing up. Hudson told Bowens that neither officer was available and after a brief conversation, he hung up. At 11:33, Bowens called Hudson once again, telling her that he had physical problems that were preventing him from working and he had decided to "end it all." While keeping Bowens on the line, Hudson radioed for all available officers to respond to the station, after Bowens told her he was calling from a cellular phone in the police station parking lot and was armed. Officer John Balog was first on the scene and found Bowens parked in his Ford Escort with all of the o z Nr Proud of our town Pride Day in Amherst was a great success this year, with volunteers contributing to projects such as Ihe Amherst Office on Aging, Maude Neiding Park, Old Spring, Townhall and the areas surrounding the train tracks at Maple, Tenney and Church streets. Citizens who did not volunteer for specific projects could be seen throughout the city sprucing up their homes and property. At right, students plant flowers surrounding trees on the north side of Town Hall. For more Pride Day photos, turn to Page 3. windows rolled up — still on the phone with Hudson. Hudson continued talking to Bowens after more officers arrived, attempting to soothe him, but after asking her to tell his family, "I love them and this has nothing to do with them," he hung up at 11:47 p.m. Two minutes later, Bowen called back on the 911 line and told Hud son, "I'm going to do it." Officers Luther Smith, Ron Brothcrton and Diane Mahar arrived shortly and while the officers attempted to gel Bowens lo talk lo them, he held a 20-gauge shotgun to his chest and pulled the trigger. The officers had to break the win- CONTINUED on page 3 Veterans, others to honor war dead during Memorial Day ceremonies Although Memorial Day is traditionally the time to kick off the summer season, sometimes ihe significance of the holiday is lost among backyard barbecues or boating on the lake. But citizens of Amherst will have ihe opportunity to pay tribute to those who gave their lives for our country during the Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 26 at 10 a.m. According to American Legion fifth division commander Joe Godfrey, who is assisting with the coordination of this year's event, the lineup begins at 9:45 a.m. on Washington Street near Marion L. Steele High School, and will con tinue across Cleveland Avenue, down Forest to Park Avenue. The parade will end at town hall, where a memorial service will be held — including Taps being played and a gun salute to fallen comrades. American Legion Post 118 is sponsoring this year's parade and State Representative Bill Taylor will be giving the address during the ceremony, after traveling by car along the parade route. Also driving in the parade will be mayor John Higgins, safety/service director Cookie McLoda and a number of veterans. Joyce Gain and Gerri Rice are the CONTINUED on page 3 Young accident victim honored by school mates at Harris »i in«<i^ by BILL ROSS News-Times reporter As the little buckeye tree was being planted in his memory in front of Harris Elementary School, classmates, friends and family of Jacob Balda tearfully remembered the boy "who loved to give hugs." Jacob was killed in a multi- vehicle collision on the night of Jan. 14, as he traveled home from a hockey game with his fain:.-, Tim. As their van entered the intersection of Russia Road while heading north on Rt. 58, it collided with a van driven by Naihan Eden. The Balda's van spun around and was hit by another van traveling south on Rt. 58 — and it was that impact that killed Jacob. Although the others involved in the wreck recovered from their injuries, Jacob's death continues to haunt his family — and it is hoped that the memorial service will help to mend a multitude of broken hearts. Principal Dan Trent chairs ihe Crisis Management Team at Harris, and following the accident made the service available to grieving students. "In the course of the counseling sessions, many of Jacob's friends wanted to do something lo remember him by," Trent said. "The idea of a tree was repeatedly suggested and since trees are symbols of life, we also thought it was a good idea." At the ceremony, which was attended by Jacob's classmates, his parents and family, his friends and'school faculty, a special engraved stone was placed permanently beside the buckeye tree. , Jacob was particularly fond of buckeye trees and had previously brought one to school lo talk about. A selection of photographs depicting his brief life and joyous times was also placed nearby, along with Jacob's favorite baseball hat. Speaking at the ceremony, Jacob's fourth grade teacher Karol Goodman said, "Just as this tree will live and grow, so will our precious memories of Jacob." But the emotion of the moment was overwhelming, so Trent finished Goodman's remarks while she softly cried. "His memory can never be taken away from us." Following up on those words, Tim Balda spoke lovingly of his son. "Don't be sad...you have his happy smile in your heart," he told Jacob's classmates. "And you'll always have this little tree to remember him by." Balda later told the News- Times that in spite of his words of encouragement, it had taken him all day to work up the courage to speak, but he felt he had to do it for the other children. "We're still having a pretty rough lime of it," Balda said in reference to his family. A trial date has been set for Eden for Sept. 8, who will be facing a variety of charges in connection with Jacob's death, including driving under intoxication. "They have a pretty airtight case against him," said Balda, adding that Eden's blood alcohol count was listed at .26 shortly after the accident. "Thai's enough to kill some people," he added. «iS • At top, principal Dan Trent eulogizes Jacob Balda during a ceremony at Harris Elementary School, along with Jacob's teacher, Karol Goodman. At left, students lay soil at the base of a buckeye tree planted in Jacob's memory. At top is the memorial stone placed alongside the tree at the entrance to the school. % tnaaaammamm»amaaaaaaa$t0aj)aymam ■»■»«■* minms»aMnWtSgSt^t*^' MrVkraraaaa^raaamrfataB] n.nwwyw.
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 1997-05-21|
|Date of Original||21-MAY-1997|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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