Amherst News-Times, 2001-06-13
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(II m Two take state track titles — Page 8 Sliman's, workers still disagree — ff o ■- .:.< '.■ o p x e *e >n -h -1 O 3 Amherst News-Time X ^ a w h t-1 re t> r -s - *; a v ***■» 3> f •--■ to o n H ;-J -3 Wednesday, June 13, 2001 Amherst, Ohio Oaknoll man charged for molesting kit ■j by YVONNE GAY News-Times reporter Many residents on Oaknoll Drive in Amherst Township said they were surprised lo team that their neighbor had been charged with several counts of child molestation. According to the Lorain County Sheriff's department, Richard Armstrong, 34, was charged with IS felonies on Friday, June 1. Charges included four counts of rape, 10 counts of illegal use of a minor, and one count of gross sexual imposition. After the Elyria businessman was arrested on Friday, he posted bond the following day and was released. However, police officials rearrested Armstrong last Wednesday, after several more residents came forwarding alleging incidents of sexual abuse. According to detective Sgi. Shawn Hadaway of the sher iffs department, so far more than five residents have filed additional charges against Armstrong. According to Hadaway, Armstrong was also placed back into custody for his own protection, fearing some residents might decide to take the law into their own hands. "Many of the people are under 18 years of age, some of them are now adults, and said they had something happen to them when they were minors," Hadaway said. According to Hadaway, detectives are currently in the process of interviewing and re-interviewing victims involved in the case. "Some of them are remembering more details," Hadaway said. "After we're finished with the investigation, which will probably be some time next week, we'll send the case over to the county courts...(Not including the most recent charges filed), he could get life in prison with the felonies he already has against him." Hadaway said due to the nature of the case investigators will act quickly in order to get Armstrong through the court system as soon as possible. If Armstrong is found guilty of being a sex offender, like all offenders he would have to register with the police department every 90 days and let authorities knew where he is residing. Neighbors in the area would also rccievc a letter from First-grade students from Cher McCann's class at St. Joseph cises first grade students performed last month. About 47 students School demonstrate how birds (paper puppets), pick up worms from McCann's class and Julie Gargasz's class studied wind, seeds, (toothpicks). The experiment was a part of a series of science exer- bubbles and birds. St. Joe's students shine at art fair Sl Joseph School held its annual Aits Fair recently, with a display of class projects and musical performances. Art displays featured explorations of many media such as watercolors dragons, paper mosaics on religious themes, pen and ink renditions of ancient pottery, pastel colorings of birds and mushrooms, crayon drawings in the Blue Willow tradition and watered marker flowers. Presentations were made by the sixth-grade students, who displayed science fair projects, and the fifth- grade students who featured a jungle of clay sculptures and drawings of zoo animals. Other displays showed models of Native American Indian homes, posters depicting the social trends of past decades, presidential biographies and reports on insects. During the music program, kin- deigartners sang songs about things they were learning, such as "The Days of the Week," (which was also sung in Spanish), "Big Of Storm Comin\" and "ABC Rock." First-grade students performed a collection of songs about books and reading, featuring Dr. Seuss and Frog and Toad. Second-grade students performed songs about how they are like others entitled, "We Speak the Same Language." Songs from the fifties were dramatized by fourth-grade students, who sang, "Splish Splash," "Do You Love Me?" "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," and "Do Wah Diddy." Students were directed by the school's art and vocal teacher, Barb Bialko. Sterling is gold to Nascar's fans by DIANA HOUGLAND N-T sports reporter Almost every Saturday night, the Lorain County Speedway provides thrills and excitement for racing fans from all over. But this past Saturday night, the Nascar track produced even more excitement, a visit by a Winston Cup driver. Sterling Martin, one of several driven who have helped bring Dodge back lo Nascar racing, took a little time off from the stress of competing, to sign autographs and give hugs to adoring Cans. After completing qualifing on Friday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mi., ninning a few practice laps early Saturday morning and men attending a mandatory meeting. Martin hopped a plane and made a quick trip to was scheduled to sign ■»HH*t at the local track from 6:30 pm. to 8:30 pjn., but seeing the number of fiaos waiting patiently ia line to meet him, he quickly got 10 work even earlier, greeting even* fen like a personal friend. "1 go wherever the fens want me m be." he said wuh his soft Tennessee dnrwL "I do this all the time." Martin, who is driving tne number 40 Coon Light/Team SABCO Dodge Intrepid, is competing in die Nascar Winatoa C*q> Series for his lMMlMMon. White still attending high school Nascar Winston Cup driver Sterling Martin took time from his hectic schedule to Jump from Michigan to Amherst last Saturday and sign events as the Daytona 500 which he it only one of three driven to win local authorities, making them aware that a sexual preditor lives in their neighborhood. According to sheriff department reports, the incident was brought to light after a deputy was dispatched to Shupe Middle School when principal Gregory Ring received an anonymous telephone call at the school. The caller stated that during a sleep over, Armstrong told the girls if they wanted to spend the CONTINUED on page 13 ball player and played in four high school bowl games. Aa a senior linebacker, he was also team captain. But things changed for the second generation driver when he filled in for his injured father. Grand National legend Oifltvd Xoo Coo" Martin, nek in 1976 at just it yean of age. And he hm been natrisc s for this race back-to hartr This nana, aboard fee diver Intrepid. Martin km ben helping Dodge reclaim feme after yean of ma." Martta nil "Aad I an gted to be part of Dodge'i man n autographs for fans at Lorain County Speedway, before returning to drive his car to a third place finish in the Kmart 400. Corning lo Lorain County Speedway may nave been just what Martin nowfed to help his chase for fee 2001 NnwdumpiOMhip. On Friday Martin qualified back te fee field in 29th position. But when fee checkered flag fell tale Sunday af- tcmooa, Martin had worked his way lo a solid mird pteee finteh behind CONTWUID en page a Council gives OK to 'recommend' bike safety rules by YVONNE GAY News-Times reporter "Yes!" council-at-large member David Williams said, as fellow members voted to pass the revised bicycle helmet ordinance Monday. The safety helmet ordinance that was defeated over one month ago by council passed 6-0 after revisions to the original ordinance were made. In late March, council defeated the proposed ordinance which would have established safety standards for children under 16 yean of age, requiring them to wear helmets while riding bikes, scooters, skateboards and the like. The ordinance was defeated 5-2 after several members of council voiced objections. While some members said they thought parents were responsible enough to make sure that their children wear helmets, others questioned council's ability to mandate the ordinance. Now, instead of "establishing" safety standards, the revised ordinance is "recommending" them, and will also allow for the placement of signs throughout Amherst. The signs will state: "The City of Amherst strongly recommends the use of ANSI or SNELL approved safety helmets whenever operating tricycles, bicy cles, scooters, skateboards, roller skates or in-line skates." For the past several weeks, members of the community and the Safety Community Coalition expressed their support for the needy revised ordinance to council. Jan Endrai, originally from North Carolina, said she moved to Amherst from a state where no helmet law had been passed, and hoped Amherst would decide to do otherwise. "I think kids should wear safety helmets," Endrai said, and showed her support by attending several council meetings. "I tell my boys, 'it's to keep your brains in your head.' Any city safety ordinance they can come up with, I'm for." Endrai said if the city were to pass the ordinance, she would have the law to back her when telling her two boys why they should wear their helmets. "I was disappointed that they didn't pass it (the first tune)," she said. Also in attendance to show support for the proposed ordinance were Becky Opel, a member of fee Parent-Teacher Organization, and Marilyn Hill, a health educator with the Lorain County Safe Community Coalition, which is conducted through the Lorain County General CONTINUED on page 14 Recreation agenda is packed with fun School is over and fun is on the way for students who have just completed kindergarten up to the age of IS. The Amherst summer recreation staff ia eagerly awaiting the start of this year's summer recreation activities. Along with the many new and exciting arts and crafts projects, field trips will take summer campen to many distant and fen places. The group will be traveling to the Cleveland Zoo and the new Australian Adventure Exhibit, the Rain Forest, Swings-N-Things, Goodtimes and Sports-N-Stuff for some batting and golf practice. For boat lovers, two new bolting adventures will take participants to Cleveland's harbor Feat to aw fee Tall Ships Challenge feat <~rt*fifff 14 historic sailing vessels from around fee world. Also, a trip will be taken to Sand- suky Bay to sail fee ana n a pirate on Captain Gundy's Pirate Adventure. The summer staff has also planed a vtatt to NASA teCtewtlnd eludes a visit to fee ifeny London Ctacotetw Factory te Nor* Canton and two trips to Toft'i Ice Great Lakes Science Center and a larger than life adventure at the OmniMax Theater. Baseball fens won't want to miss a Cleveland Indians game and the summer wouldn't be complete without several tripe to SkateworkL bowling at Rebman's and Chuck-E-Cheese's Pizza Time Theater. For video days, full run movies will be show at Amherst Cinema. The summer recreation program is open to any Amherst student who has completed kindergarten up to fee age of IS. Sign-ups will be held at Steele High School (north end) or the back of Harris School on Wedneeday, June 13 from 1-3 pjn. aad on June 14 during the boon of g am. to noon and 1-3 For feoae who it to sign-ups during bob arifl be out fee summer. Al acJrivim will begin oa Friday. June IS end ran five days a week until Jury 25, fee day of the a.aiUla gf £» te to sl of fee «d to gat ten tin pink for free. ■i-™-aWh^rr.i»».-.rt«^
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-06-13|
|Date of Original||13-JUN-2001|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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