Amherst News-Times, 2002-08-14
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Students must get parking permit — Page 6 School bus routes start on Pa< Amherst News-Time O I-* O O O 10 X X r— 00 l-l M C CP o o 3 X CD < X M c rn m IX) i- 01 s> 3 H M > o -^. 73 S> > h hj < o-^ m > s ] WI I)NI SHAY, August 14, 2002 AMIII US I , OHIO Wife apologizes for husband's abus o X l\> I by JASON HAWK News-Times reporter A four-year tragedy finally reached a point of closure Monday when former Amherst schools bus driver Andrew Bishop, 56, pleaded guilty to 19 felony counts of rape and four counts of extortion. He was sentenced to 28 years in prison, with no chance for parole. Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Bcdeski justified the sentence, saying that Bishop received seven years for each of his four victims. Court documents state that Bishop forced four teenage girls to have sex with him, using as leverage his claim that he had video footage of them flashing a three-year-old boy, and additional tape of one of the girls having sex. According to assistant county prosecutor Vasile Katsaros, there were an estimated 100 to 120 sexual incidents between Bishop and the girls. "I wish he would have gotten life," said Bishop's wife, Debbie, who is filing for divorce. "He'll be 83 when he gets out," she said. "He'll probably die in prison. But that's not the point If I would have heard the judge say 'life,' it would have finally been over," she said. Debbie, who has been married to Bishop since 1983, said she never saw any signs that he was a sexual offender. "I feel so guilty and keep asking myself why I didn't see it," she said. "This is someone I cared about," Debbie said. "But he was a con artist. He controlled me. And when they arrested him, I had no idea he was like that," she said. Since his arrest in November, 1998, court proceedings have been slowed by appeals and psychological evaluations. "It's been a long four years," said Debbie. "It seems like he had more rights than the victims. It sickens me." One of the deciding factors in Bishop's sentence length was testimony on his behalf from Westlake CONTINUED on page S Teachers await BaCk tO SChOOl: kids, changes by JASON HAWK News-Times reporter Amherst residents will hear parents breathe a collective sigh of relief when students return to school on Thursday, Aug. 22. Staffs at all five city schools and St. Joseph's Catholic School have been scrambling to ready buildings, paperwork, curriculums, and schedules. New facilities, ongoing construction projects, some new teachers, and additional programming will greet students when they return to Marion L. Steele, Nord Junior High, Shupe Middle, Powers Elementary, Harris Elementary, and St. Joseph's schools next week. To help reacclimate students and their parents, here is a rundown of information to make the transition easier Science wing, cafetorium new at Steele Marion L. Steele High School starts the day at 7:35 am., and classes end at 2:40 p.m. Last year, 1,250 students, including JVS students, attended the high school. A slight increase in enrollment is expected this year. Principal Jeff Riesen is looking forward most this year to working together with faculty, students and staff, and seeing the benefits from the new additions to the high school and athletic facilities, he said. Students will find it hard to ignore ongoing construction efforts at the high school, as work crews st th ca of n< th cl at ai c< di .- -» -aa er if f e!38 the niRh school, as work crews si City lackk to buy $75,000 access road from residents by JASON HAWK News-Times reporter 1 City council members raised both questions and voices at tempers flared last week in a debate over the future of city access to Quarry Road at an emergency meeting an Monday, Aug. S. For five yean, the city has leased property from Florence Lealie. 1030 Quarry Road, at a coat of $1,500 per year. With Leslie's pemttuion. city workers built aa access road across bar property to allow f**affic ftow ar- o-atd the condemned Quarry Road Bridge. **wmb the Quarry Road Bridge was conderruied. we found we were left without passage to 18 liornes," Mad mayor John Higgins. ''We'd lake to see the existence of this road eontinue," he said. Since the lease expired in March, aowever, traffic has continued white orjmptnsation has halted. Higgins was first to propose a solution Monday night. He suggested that a lump sum of $10,000 be paid to Leslie, and an additional sum of $1,000 per year be added to her compensation until the cost of the property is paid. The appraised cost of the property is $75,000. **I think there are some ethical issues here," said Higgins. "Mrs. Lealie went out of her way to help us when we needed it; now we should help her." he added. Not all members of council and the city administration agreed with the mayor's plan, including treasurer Kathleen Litkovitz, who suggested a renewal of the city's tease for $1,500 per year. The budget for next year is already going to be tight without expending those kinds of wsourect, she said. Cou-Kilman Ed Cowger agreed, backing his position by citing possible layoffs and unemployrnent increases next year that will further deplete the budget Members ol council debate how they will pay for an access road. "At of April 1. that if not city property, it's private property," he said, indicating that Leslie is no longer obligated to kaep the road open Council president John Dietrich agreed. "We don't have $75,000 to give Mrs. Leslie. I'm sorry, at this time," he said. "I was under the uudastaatding that at the end of the lease, the land would be bought and that we would have a bridge." Leslie said. Amis call vote to table discus- sion on the issue nanowty tailed in a 3-4 decision, and -atanben a measure to exaniiae a reading of the resosvtiou. At a second emergency -Meting held on Aug. 8. cc-urcilinembers voted a 5-1 to tease the property one The Fourth Ward cc*uncilmember Jen- nifer Warilk. Cowger did not attend the meeting to lodge hit opposition. Councilmember-at-large David Williams proposed posting signs near the property's enffsace indicat- mg to local reshknts that public usage will be restricted effective after the tease expires on March 31. 2003. OtMacU's resolution may not solve all he city's problems, however, as Amherst Utilities may still require access to the tntofficiaUy- named Leslie Lane. "Anient Utilities has a 12-inch water main on Leslie Lane en the east ade ot tne road that allows us an easy access to our wafer -Mia sad win cut down on lawn repair Ronald Merthe In a tetter, to Hf- gi-as. "In the sear tWrrate, we nay intents frota the erepetiy bring a Mm from she (we- and friendly school. Many students believe lunch to be the most important aspect of the school day. Students eat during the third period, which is divided into four 30-minute segments. Full (regular) lunches cost $2.25 each, and milk costs 40 cents. These prices apply to all the Amherst district schools. According to school personnel, many new options will be added to the selection this year, including a salad bar, snack bar, and pizza. The setup is similar to a college cafeteria. This year, the foods and services director, Mrs. Wanda Warford, is nstituting a computerized lunch ard that can be prepaid, and delta-is purchases like a debit card. Although students will return en- nass on Aug. 22, high school fall ports teams have been practicing iince Aug. 5. The starling date for :ach sport is determined by the 3hio High School Athletic Association. "The Amherst community has always been very supportive of the schools in our district," said Riesen. "One of the important issues we will be planning for this school year is the passage of a Permanent Improvement Levy," he said, adding that such a measure would not increase taxes or establish new taxes. Nord staff includes 12 new teachers At Nord Junior High School, students report at 7:35 a.m. and leave at 2:34 p.m., although students are CONTINUED on page 6 Two say voting districts not fair by JASON HAWK News-Times reporter Two members of the city council have accused mayor John Higgins of "sliameless get-rymsndering" hi efforts to rediatrict the city's voting wards. A tetter to the mayor said that his •••districting proposal if unconatitai» tional and only for political gain. The historical purpoec of geny-' maMtering has bees to manipulate the division of voting diatricts ao that rJispropoitiorsate aumams of partisan etectan are located in hey du-tricts while giving other parttes prac--dence in as few districts m possible. PoHucal power, as s tees*aV is skewed to one party. Aaindcoendem review of the po> pulation of the km newly wards shows s 23 3 owner to tor mem) to oar wrote. sty. ocoading to targe Nick Bnisky and Ptsarth Waal tXtefTsMUCO en -mm • ■IWatlSiWrsaaiS jElli -* aeS>a »^ »—«»*■**** -
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2002-08-14|
|Date of Original||14-AUG-2002|
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