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Rochester, New York
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Wednesday, September 18, 1985
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TURIIAOOUT Hi FAYETTE Former Fayette Supervisor James Somerville lost the GOP nomination for a November comback try to town Councilman Gail Abbott, a surprise candidate. Story, 4B. WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 1985 ROCHESTER NEW YORK SECTION B I QJlP-Jt ff Q I - l....k.ft..,...!.I.M I 8B DEATHS 9B COMICS Democrat ana (fliromclej L5L1 XT Teen imprisoned for killing woman Tony Gibson, a Rochester youth who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the slaying of an 83-year-old Harris Park woman, was sentenced yesterday to 20 years to life in state prison. On Aug. 21, in a rare courtroom confession, Gibson admitted that he killed Amy Lewis when he clamped down on her throat to keep her quiet after breaking into her northeast-side apartment on May 19, 1984. In court last month on the day his . trial was to begin, Gibson, 17, admitted killing Lewis while burglarizing her apartment at 98 Harris Park and r6b-bing her of jewelry and cash. But he said he did not remember raping her. First Assistant District Attorney Charles Siragusa said he recommended that Gibson be sentenced to the maximum of 25 years to life "due to the heinous nature of the crime." State Supreme Court Justice Donald J. Mark said last month that a lesser sentence of 20 years to life was appropriate because Gibson had pleaded guilty. Fathers meeting tonight The Rochester chapter of Equal Rights for Fathers will hold an informational meeting from 7 to 9:30 tonight at the MetroCenter YMCA, 444 East Main St., Rochester. Among the items to be discussed are New York's proposed joint-custody legislation and a recent proposal by the Law Revision Commission, a research arm of the state Assembly, to provide free mediation services to couples who are getting divorced and cannot agree on child custody arrangements. The meeting is free and open to the public. For information, call 621-3330. 4 charged with burglary Rochester police arrested four city men yesterday and recovered several thousand dollars worth of stolen proper- -ty from an apartment on Pullman Avenue and from two cars, according to Sgt Sam Pozzanghera of Lake Section. Police said the property could be connected to as many as 15 separate home burglaries on the northwest side. Police Investigator Guy Pietrantoni said police charged the four with second-degree burglary and third-degree grand larceny in connection with one of the burglaries. Those arrested and the addresses they gave police are: Patrick Polimeni, 25, of 313 Wilder St; David Gaddy, 27, of 39 Pullman Ave., Apt. 4; Charles Tellier, 19, also of 39 Pullman Ave., Apt. 4; and Daniel Valerio, 16, of 1387 Dewey Ave. The four were being held in the city lockup and are scheduled to be arraigned today in City Court. He saves energy, $31,000 Henry Manczyk, who manages the heating and air-conditioning systems for the city of Rochester's 120 buildings, has received an award for saving the city $31,000 in energy costs at the Public Safety Building. Manczyk received a first-place plaque from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers' northeast region, which consists of New York and New England. About 4,600 engineers belong to the society. , Manczyk said the savings were accomplished though a variety of energy conservation measures, including the installation of timers and other control devices to monitor temperatures inside the building. Society honors 4 scholars The Steuben Society of America, George Ellwanger Unit 53, will hold its annual party and scholarship banquet 6 p.m. Sunday at the Mapledale Party House, 1020 Maple St., Rochester. Robert A. Kidera, retired president of Nazareth College, will speak. A total of $3,000 in scholarships will be awarded to four local high school graduates. The students won a competition for the scholarships after qualifying for recognition in German proficiency under the New York State Foreign Language Teacher's Association testing program. The banquet will commemorate the birthday of Fredrik W. Von Steuben, a general under George Washington in the Revolutionary War, and to honor students who have qualified for the Steuben Society's scholarship program. $42,000 goal in Webster The annual "Webster Community Chest Week" will begin Sunday and continue through Sept. 28 in an attempt to raise $42,000. The money will be used by the Community Chest organization to continue its program of emergency assistance to local residents and to support youth and senior citizen activities. Pledge cards have been mailed to thow living and working in Webster. AREA DEATHS Beales, Phoebe E., 86, Albion, Sept. 16. Nunemaker, William E., Lima, Sept. 16. Kimmel, Mildred (Kull), N. Hornell, Sept. 16. Geary, May L., 80, Palmyra, Sept. 16. Sheridan, Arthur T., 73, Le Roy, Sept. 16. Colonna, Genevieve (Depczynski), 62, Albion, Sept. 17. Zanghi, Madeline (Bartolotti), 76, Mt. Morris, Sept. 17. Case of missing Angelica woman reads like a mystery Flossie Wilbur gone 24 days, clues lead police to dead end By Dick Eisenhart Democrat and Chronicle ANGELICA The disappearance of Flossie Wilbur has all the ingredients of an Alfred Hitchcock mystery. A new car parked in the driveway with rotting groceries inside. An unlocked house and a half -eaten meal on the kitchen table. Wilbur, 75, has been missing 24 days. She was last seen buying groceries at a village market on Aug. 24. Her disappearance is almost as strange as the woman the townspeople described as disagreeable and cantankerous. "She was a loner, but I think she was lonely," said Grace Spangler, manager of the Angelica Post Office, where Wilbur and the village residents pick up their mail. "Even though she was a loner, it's a shame for a poor lady to disappear. It's strange, though. She did nasty little things. She was different." . Paul Gallman at a nearby hardware store said most people didn't know Wilbur and those who did usually avoided her. "She's still listed as a missing person," said Police Chief James Fleming, the Angelica town highway su perintendent who dons his uniform as head of the part-time, two-man police department on nights and weekends. Angelica school teacher Pete Johnson is the other officer. "It's like something out of Alfred Hitchcock," Fleming said. He started the lengthy investigation Aug. 30, when Trudi Gosper, an employee at the Village Market, told him Wilbur had failed to pick up her daily newspaper for six days. "I'd like to know where she is. I'd like to know what happened," Angi White said yesterday. "This always has been an easy-going, little town," said a companion, TURN TO PAGE 7B I "lTMr '"1"" -'''" n,m.,M,,,,,,,,IMi , r , Patrick Sandor Democrat and Chronicle Dr. John Burch stands near the now empty shelves in the Rochester Red Cross blood refrigeration facility. .. i. 1 1, i rpTTV K" n'"'JT re.'"" "' m "1 -a 4 Above, a bag is filled with donated blood, as, right, Mary Lou Jacoby of the Red Cross laboratory staff works on the process which separates platelets from whole blood. The Rochester Region Red Cross has issued an urgent appeal to donors to replenish . its drastically short blood supply. Red Cross a Surge in need, AIDS fear is cited for drop in supply By Erik Gunn : If y!p f v M If lfiJ4i J ppeai s for blood Democrat and Chronicle A drop in blood donations amid recent surges in the use of blood at area hospitals has created a local blood shortage that Red Cross representatives say reflects a national trend. Red Cross officials found yesterday morning that they had less than half as much blood on hand as they try to keep in stock and issued a public appeal for blood. "This really is the first time that we've had an all-out appeal to the media since 1979," Dr. John Burch, associate medical director at the Rochester Region Red Cross, said yesterday. "This isn't a problem that we're having alone. It's,occurring nationwide1 TURN TO PAGE 5B NHMI01 to pay Bess (for apples Processor in Williamson also will not buy as much fruit as last year By Craig Gordon Democrat and Chronicle WILLIAMSON Duffy-Mott Co. Inc. has announced that it will buy fewer apples and pay less for them this year than it did last year, a move one industry spokesman predicted could be devastating to growers. "The margin of profit isn't there. You're not even going to be breaking even," Norman Bentley, manager of New York Farm Bureau Marketing Cooperative's apples branch in Albion, said of the prices announced Monday. Duffy-Mott will pay $6.75 per 100 pounds of apples 2 inches in diameter and up, down from last year's $7.40 price, said Don Nadeau, director of field operations for the company in Williamson, Wayne County. Prices range as low as $3 for 100 pounds of apples smaller than 2'2 inches in diameter, compared to $3.75 for the same apples last year. Nadeau also said the company will buy about 68 percent of the 4 million bushels, or 168 million pounds, it bought last year mostly from local growers. "The demand overall is down substantially for processing apples," Nadeau said. Duffy-Mott, one of the largest area apple producers, is buying less because there is less demand for the applesauce it makes in Williamson and a second plant in Aspers, Pa., he said. The company also had apples left over after last year's purchases, meaning it needs to buy fewer now, he said. Duffy-Mott traditionally is one of the first processing companies to announce its prices, which become a sort of industry standard that most other processors follow in setting their own. But Bentley said Duffy-Mott's prices are comparable to what growers received in the late 1970s and early 1980s, even though production costs have tripled or quadrupled since that time. That could be dangerous to growers, especially young ones who have large debts to pay off, Bentley said. He and other growers fear the lower prices this fall could mean auction signs going up on apple farms in the spring. "I don't know how they'll be able to stay in business," grower Randall King, who lives in Morton, Orleans County, said of farmers heavily in debt and facing lower prices. King said he produces 55,000 to 60,000 bushels of apples a year. The decreased demand also will hurt farmers, eventually causing them to sell their apples for whatever they can get, Bentley and King said. ' "The big thing that's going to hurt is what we're going to get for the remainde r of what we didn't sell," King said. Ken Pollard, executive vice president of the Western New York Apple and Cherry Growers Association, agreed with King and Bentley on that point, but said he thought many farmers would be able to ride out this year's bad prices. "At these prices, it's very difficult for growers to stay in the apple business," Pollard said, "but I don't foresee any wholesale abandonment of fruit farms." Pollard said he was looking to out-of-state buyers to make up some of the difference between the grower's supply and the local processors' demand. TURN TO PAGE 7B Reassessment 'a pain in the neck' for Galen, landowners By Craig Gordon Democrat and Chronicle CLYDE Mistakes made in the controversial reassessment program in the town of Galen aren't as easy to clear up as Assessor Jane Kissel thought they would be. The Galen assessment review board has thrown out all but 16 of the approximately 168 correction forms Kissel filed to fix errors in land reassessments. Since then those property owners have filed grievances themselves to clear up the prob lems. One of the mistakes was on Carlton Miller's reassessment. Miller, 68, of 206 Sodus St., said a tax map wrongly showed his property line extending 270 feet from the road instead of 190. He said Kissel had told him she could correct the mistake with a correction form, but Miller's was one of the many forms the as-1 sessment review board tossed out. He was at a grievance hearing last night to correct in person what Kissel had tried to correct on paper. "It gets to be a pain in the neck," Miller said. "You think you got something straightened out and then you haven't. It's one hell of a mess." The board has met about eight times since June to handle more than 700 grievances that arose out of Kissel's controversial reassessment of land this year, the first since 1977. Board chairman Ralph Tavano said the board had to meet once more last night to hear grievances from people whose corrections were denied. The board last month rejected all but 16 of the roughly 168 correction forms Kissel submitted to them to correct what she thought were errors on the tentative assessment roll. The board had decided most of the forms were unacceptable because they went beyond what an assessor can legally correct after the roll is filed, Tavano said. Once the tentative roll is filed, only the review board can correct it, either by approving correction forms or hearing people's grievances of their assessments. TURN TO PAGE 6B Public or private, broker still seeks East Avon airport By Bob Bickel Democrat and Chronicle EAST AVON Louis Thomson says if the federal government will not pay for an airport in East Avon, he will try to find $20 million from private investors to build it. Thomson, an East Avon real estate broker whose dream of an airport here has been endorsed by the Livingston County Board of Supervisors, is challenging the town of Sweden in Monroe County in the competition to win Federal Aviation Administration approval and funds to build a so-called reliever airport. The new airport would handle charter, freight and other operations to take some pressure off Rochester-Monroe County Airport. The need for a reliever airport is now being studied by the firm of Cress and Associates of Lexington, Ky., with a $58,500 FAA grant. The town of Sweden applied for the study grant in hopes that the privately owned Ledgedale Airport in Sweden could win FAA funding for expansion. Glenn Cooke, director of the Genesee-Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council which is supervising the study, said he TURN TO PAGE 6B Christian youth group is seeking new place for concert tomorrow Denied use of school for religious reasons By Mary Holleran Democrat and Chronicle A coalition of Christian youth leaders, denied the use of East Junior -Senior High School for a rock concert and religious discussion, are having a tough time finding a place to hold the Friday night event. "We've been looking and calling everywhere and nothing's open," said Joel Smith, executive director of the Greater Rochester Youth for Christ and a spokesman for the Rochester Area Youthworker Roundtable, the group sponsoring the event. City School District officials yesterday denied the group's request to use East's auditorium and adjacent facilities, saying state education law does not allow a public building to be used for religious purposes. "I think it was an unfortunate incident," acting Superintendent Peter McWalters said at a press conference yesterday afternoon. "If this was reviewed TURN TO PAGE 6B 3ES

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