Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York on July 23, 1999 · Page 17
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Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York · Page 17

Rochester, New York
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Friday, July 23, 1999
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6B DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE FRIDAY, JULY 23, 1999 vaiuaoie uoupon Homes near church showing improvement Residents and landlords have rehabilitated nine properties near Grace United Methodist Church. BY STAFF WRITER LARA BECKER Residents consider the two-block radius surrounding Grace United Methodist Church a lost region, a swath of rental properties lying between the Maplewood and Edgerton neighborhoods but belonging to neither. Until this summer, the wood-frame houses on that slightly sloping land had been forgotten. Gutters dangled from rooftops. Ugly gaps showed where siding had been ripped off or worn away. Lawns were strewn with litter, according to residents who walked the area and took note of the decline. Five months ago, 160 people, including residents, landlords and Neighborhood Empowerment Team officials, decided to stake a claim. They demanded improvement of the 10 most neglected properties around Grace United Methodist, 121 Driving Park Ave. . They began collaborating in late February. Yesterday, they declared success: Nine of the 10 worst properties had improved or are scheduled for repair. The properties are on Thorn and Mason streets and on Lexington and Driving Park av enues. Four of the houses, the only properties that have been completely rehabilitated, stand on Thorn Street. They boast freshly pamted steps and neatly shorn lawns. The owners of two of the Thorn Street properties attended yesterday's announcement, applauding their efforts and hoping to inspire other landlords to clean up the houses they rent. "At first it shocked me" to be con sidered a neglectful landlord, said Jim Pavia, who owns 23-27 Thorn St. "Then I took a look around and thought, 'Yeah, there's a lot of work that just needs to be done. It s better for the neighborhood, better for my property. I see this as a very positive thing." It is a challenging job. While the 10 listed properties improved, others nearby fell into disrepair. "But there is this new attitude of cooperation, of feeling it's part of neighbors responsibility to make it happen," said the Rev. Ida Miller, who has worked at Grace United Methodist for 11 years. "We've got a sense of resiliency. We're just going to do our part and trust." Man who shot another gets 8 years in prison BY STAFF WRITER MICHAEL ZEIGLER A Rochester man who shot another man, then was captured by a private investigator after a highspeed chase, will go to prison for eight years. State Supreme Court Justice Donald J. Mark gave that sentence yesterday to Reginald Castel, who pleaded guilty to first-degree assault in an attack on Reginald McQueen on Jan. 7. Castel, 25, of Savannah Street shot McQueen, 23, of Joseph Avenue in the leg and abdomen while they argued at Joseph Avenue and Kelly Street. Stephen Tausch, owner of Invex Investigation Agency, saw the shooting while he was driving by. When Castel got into a car and drove off, Tausch followed him through the city and into Gates while talking with 911 dispatchers on a cellular phone. Castel ran from his car after he hit another car on Westside Drive. Tausch also left his car, caught Castel and handcuffed him. Castel could have been sentenced to prison for a minimum of five years and a maximum of 25 years. Prosecutors offered him a break to plead guilty because a knife was found on McQueen, and Castel might have been able to claim self-defense, said Monroe County Assistant District Attorney Joseph Cur-ran. Q Court says state not liable in Canandaigua boy's death STAFF REPORT ALBANY An appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a negligence lawsuit against New York state by the father of a Canandaigua boy who was fatally beaten by his stepmother 10 years ago. The Appellate Division of state Supreme Court yesterday affirmed a decision by the state Court of Claims, which ruled that Walter W. Boland failed to show that the state's negligence was responsible for the death of Aaron Boland. Aaron, 3, was killed by his stepmother, Penny Lee Boland, in 1989. Several days earlier, a neighbor had called a statewide child abuse hotline to report seeing bruises on him. Hotline workers referred the case to child protective workers in Oneida County, instead of Ontario County. The mistake was caught within one day, but Aaron was hospitalized with fatal injuries by the time investigators arrived. Aaron's father, who had left Aaron and the boy's sister with their stepmother while he was overseas in the Army, sued the state for negligently operating the hotline. In affirming the decision to dismiss the lawsuit, the Appellate Division said Aaron's death was tragic but agreed that the father failed to prove that the boy would have lived if the call had been routed correctly. Penny Boland pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to prison for four to 12 years. 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Her husband, Deputy Mark Yanus, 36, was killed after the ill coupie s car was 4C I hit head-on Mon day. Police on the Caribbean island said the driver who struck the Yanus' car was at tempting to elude police, had been ' drinking and was driving at night without his headlights on. A full military funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Holy Spirit Church, 1355 Hatch Road, Webster. Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Profetta Funeral Home, 1650 Empire Blvd., Webster. Meanwhile, an education fund has been established for the Yanus family's three children, who range in age from 16 months to 13 years. Donations may be made to the Yanus Education Fund, co Solomon Smith Barney, 360 Linden Oaks, Rochester, NY 14625. 1 1 (Save $30.00) I We Will Check All Door Parts I Adjust Springs & Cables Lubricate Rollers & Hinges Tighten All Hardware, Tracks & Hinges I With Coupon Only Not Valid With Any Other Otter I I 1 Foundation Repair & Drainage $5 J EPF fcpr On Completed Job. 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