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Wednesday, September 13, 1995
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TP'1 The Beacon Journal Wednesday, September 13, 1995, Page C5 I Norton ' 8 Man is sentenced in custody case ( Former Norton resident David ; Estright was sentenced to a year c in prison yesterday for interfering v with the custody of his son. c Estright was arrested by the FBI in Kentucky in May, a few days before an Unsolved Mysteries feature about him was to air. Nine months earlier, he had taken his son and left the area. b Davey Estright's mother, Pam Bauer, had spent all those months worrying about her son. The couple were in the process of divorc- b ing when Estright left with Davey. Initially, the father had been charged with child stealing. How- b ever, those charged were dropped after authorities learned that neither parent technically had perma- , nent custody of Davey. When the charge was lowered to interfering with custody, Estright, 53, pleaded guilty. b In court yesterday, he denied to Common Pleas Judge James Murphy that he had dressed the t, boy as a girl to avoid detection. He said he took the child for his own welfare. Akron Kenmore couple faces t drug charges after fire A Kenmore couple were arrest- ed on drug charges yesterday af- C ter firefighters battling a blaze in the basement of their home discovered 50 to 100 marijuana plants growing in the basement fc David Penrod, 41, and his wife, Cindy, 25, were charged with cultivating marijuana, possession of drug pafaphenalia and felony possesion of marijuana after the 1 a.m. fire in their home on Tenth t Street Southwest. Officials said grow lights used on the marijuana plants apparent- c ly shorted out, causing the fire. Penrod reportedly asked neighbors not to call the fire depart- t ment and tried to fight the fire himself with a garden hose. Penrod and his wife appeared in Akron Muncipal Court yester- t day and were each released on a $2,500 signature bond. t Akron Clinton invited to hold conference in Akron t President Clinton has been invited to hold the Midwest Economic Conference in Akron in November. Summit County Executive Tim Davis extended the invitation yesterday in a letter to Clinton. "Once dismissed as an industrial pariah 'the Rust Belt,' as it was known s Summit County and Northeast Ohio has shaken off the 'rust' and created a glimmering future for its citizens," Davis wrote. Davis cited examples of local and regional projects and how s they have created a positive economic climate "in an area once written off as an industrial Death Valley." He also pointed out Akron's recent designation as an All-America City. ' STOW Former member will serve on school board The Stow-Munroe Falls Board of Education appointed former school board member Jack Braun to fill the unexpired term of Bill Ellis, who resigned Aug. 14. Braun, president of Braun & Steidl Architects, served on the board from 1986 to 1993. The term expires in December. wsam Aurora .Three-year contract gives teachers raises The Aurora school board at a special meeting yesterday approved a three-year contract with the teachers' union. It provides for raises of 3 percent the first year, 3.25 percent the second year, and 3.75 percent the third year. The board also approved the same raises for administrators, secretaries and food-service and maintenance workers. The teachers' contract is retroactive to Sept. 1. joan greig -Canton Business owners get OK to destroy building The owners of one of Canton's oldest buildings have received permission to raze the structure if they want to. ! The Canton Planning Commis- sion yesterday issued a "certificate 1 of appropriateness" to proceed Swith tearing down the Landmark ! Building on the northeast comer of (Tuscarawas Street East and Cher-! ry Avenue. The 180 -day moratori-j urn that the commission imposed ) in March expired on Aug. 27. j Renovation or demolition plans for buildings like the Landmark, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, fall under a city ordinance to preserve old buildings to prevent them from being demolished overnight. Scott Gwinn, one of the owners, has said that they would like to either tear down the building or sell it because renovation would be too expensive. Gwinn was not at the meeting. The commission does not know what the plans are for the building. tat j if, carbetta Granger Twp. Zoning commission chairman resigns post The Granger Township trustees last night accepted the resignation of Zoning Commission Chairman Dave Gifford, who is leaving the commission because of a change in his work schedule. The trustees set a public hearing for 7 p.m. Sept. 25 on the proposed rezoning of land along state Route 18. The meeting will be in the Granger Fire Station at 3691 Ridge Road. joanne boruvka York Twp. Buckeye board hires a business manager The Buckeye school board last night hired John "Doug" Beckler to fill the new post of business manager for the school system. Beckler, who served in the same position with Lorain schools, was given a two-year contract at $43,000 a year. The board approved the appointment of Cynthia Carrick as assistant principal at Buckeye High School. She was given a two-year contract at $51,000 a year. arline radden Montville Twp. Trustees vote to buy $2,650 meeting table The Montville Township trustees last night voted to have a 14-foot oak conference table with a glass top made for the Town Hall. The table will be purchased from Valley Furniture in Baltic, near Charm. It will cost $2,650. The trustees discussed hiring Boyert's Nursery to remove two crab apple trees and do landscaping at the Town Hall. The cost is estimated at $3,000. The trustees said they will meet with the owners of the nursery to discuss the plans. linda frederick Lake Twp. Zoning appeals board OKs building of condo The Lake Township Board of Zoning Appeals last night granted a conditional use permit to St. Ives Land Co. to build condominiums on 29.23 acres east of Cleveland Avenue between State and Bletch-ley streets. Developer Bill Lemmon said he expected to begin construction next spring on 13 two-family units and 50 single-family units. The board granted a variance to Hartville Auction for a pole sign at 1015 Edison St BETTY O'NEILLrRODERICK Springfield Twp. Investors group hosts landlord program The AkronCanton Real Estate Investors Association will meet at 7 tonight at the Holiday Inn South, I-77 and Arlington Road. Don Beck of Maple Glen, Pa., speaks on Down to Earth Land-lording. The cost is $10 per person or $15 per couple. Call 673-2458 for more information. Massillon Jimmy Buffett Night to benefit food bank The Northeast Ohio Parrot Head Club will host another Jimmy Buffett Night party at the Pelican Cove on South Main Street in Green at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The $1 admission donation will go to the Akron-Canton Food Bank, according to Tim Depew of Massillon, co-founder and president of the local Parrot Heads group. Akron Handicapped students offer to rake leaves Litchfield Middle School students with disabilities are offering leaf-raking services to residents near the school at the cost of $1.50 per bag. Residents provide the bags; the school will provide the students and the rakes. The lawn-care service is part of a program that teaches vocational skills. For more information, call Leslie Richards at 836-7951. Shots hit car; no one injured Canton police arrest 1 suspect after chase. Gunman still sought By George W. Davis Beacon Journal stqff writer CANTON: Canton police had one suspect in custody and were searching for two others yesterday in a series of shootings from a car Monday. Nobody was injured. Detective Sgt Peter DiGiacomo said yesterday that officers captured a 16-year-old Canton youth when he and two others bailed out of a car during a pursuit on Georgetown Road Northeast at Trump Avenue. The juvenile was being held in the Multi-County Juvenile Attention Center pending a hearing this afternoon on a charge of delinquency by reason of complicity to felonious assault Police said the intended 23-year-old victim and a friend were at a service station on Tuscarawas Street East about 6:30 p.m. when Plain Clerk claims township trustees hoarding money Continued from Page CI who is opposing Cirelli for the clerk's post in the Nov. 7 general election, told the commission, "We are protecting the interests of the taxpayers." He said that when the trustees voted unanimously to adopt the budget in Jury, there were no objections then from Cirelli or anyone else. He also charged that the budget was not the responsibility of the clerk, who only had to certify that the funds were available. Horowitz said he was aware of the conflict among the township officials, then ordered another meeting in about three weeks to consider the whole budget, including the proposed $2.1 million general fund. Told that some township officials saw Cirelli's tax-cut plan as a hook on which to hang his re-election campaign, the first-term clerk bristled. "That's absolute nonsense. My actions are based on the skyrocket in the general fund carry-over of $860,000 from the end of 1993 to '94 and the failure to use that money. "If they're not going to spend it, they should return it to the taxpayers," Cirelli said. "My proposal to the Budget Commission, which I gave to members last week, is based on dollars and cents and nothing else." Cirelli charged that the trustees are hoarding money, and urged them to eliminate the 0.1-mill inside millage that brings the township about $69,000 annually. The move would save those owning a $100,000 home about $3 annually. The clerk also said that although Dogs Human police wanted to start program earlier Continued from Page Cl would try to get extra benefits since they'd have to keep the dogs at home and care and feed them," said Burza, a former veteran and chief detective who was fired by Ribar last year. "The use of the dogs is very good in tracking drugs and searching for victims in buildings, but this should have been done at least four years ago when deputies volunteered to do it" Burza said. A Ribar spokesman was informed of Burza's remarks, but Ribar had no response. Ribar's two deputies, Paul Schis-menos and Jim Cartwright, spent their own money to buy the dogs, which live at their homes. There was a legal purpose in officially certifying and deputizing the dogs, Ribar said. Ohio law grants special protection to police dogs. Injuring them on duty is a felony crime. Ribar said the dogs "bring a new tier to our level of response" on behalf of county residents. Ribar had the deputies raise their right hands and take the oaths on behalf of their dogs, Gator and Max, who sat obediently at their sides. Deputy Managing EditorNews Charles W. Stevens 996-3751 Day City Editor Karen Chuparkoff 996-3758 the gunman and two companions drove in and pointed a handgun at the man. The two had argued earlier after the gunman had pushed the other man's 2-year-old son. As the man started to get out of his friend's car, the friend grabbed him and sped off. They said they heard two clicks as if a gun had jammed before they roared from the station, and then they heard a shot as the chase started through the northeast end, DiGiacomo said. As the two cars turned onto Camahan Avenue Northeast, more shots were fired, shattering the back window of a passing motorist's car and just missing the 37-year-old driver. Canton officers sent to the area spotted a white Plymouth believed to have been involved in the shootings and chased it east on Georgetown before the three occupants decided to run. DiGiacomo said he expected to have a felonious assault warrant for the suspected driver-shooter this morning. the township has received 81 percent of its general fund revenue for this year, it has spent onty 21 percent. He cited projected interest earnings of $75,000 while he expects about $250,000 by year's end. He also suggested that the trustees could drop the 2 percent surcharge on residents' Warner Cable bills, cutting $59,000 from the budget Jackson Township trustees took similar action earlier this year. Vince Marion, who has been the township administrator since December 1993, later said, "The only thing new from Mr. Cirelli today is that he feels the carry-over amount reported in the 1996 budget submitted in Jury is only about half of his projection." He said that the township must have matching money set aside in order to qualify for certain state and federal grants. "As the submitter of the grants, I have certified statements from the clerk stating that these funds are available and earmarked for a specific purpose," Marion said. He said that Cirelli has missed an average of 23 percent of trustees meetings since 1993, when Marion was hired. Marion said that six months after he started work, he presented the trustees with a five-phase eco nomic development plan, with Phase 1 bringing an alternate water source and extension of sanitary sewer lines throughout the township. The board fully agreed to set aside money for those purposes. "Based upon this plan that in eludes three other storm sewer projects and the construction of a new storage building and fire training center, Plain Township needs our current level of revenue to be maintained and that includes the passage of the upcoming fire levy as well," Marion explained. "I talked with all three trustees this morning concerning these plans, and all three agreed that our general fund millage shouldn't be reduced." Max, a 4-year-old German shepherd, has been trained with Cart-wright to search buildings or isolated areas for victims. Gator is the drug-searching dog managed by Schismenos since April. During these past five months, Gator has found drugs including 75 pounds of marijuana since April in about 50 of 70 traffic stops, Schismenos said. "He's my best friend, partner, work dog and pet," Schismenos said. He bought the 2-year-old German shepherd and took him through training courses in Richland County, Schismenos said. Medina County Commissioner Pat Geissman, a Republican, said the county paid for the dogs' 10-week training course and will recover money from drug seizures for education programs run through a drug task force. A new Ohio Supreme Court ruling may make drug searches more difficult during traffic stops. The court ruled last week that a police officer must advise motorists when they may leave after a traffic stop, before seeking consent to search their vehicle for drugs. Schismenos said he has heard of the ruling but has not yet been briefed on its impact. As a deputy on road patrol, he makes routine traffic stops but also uses the dog for searches outside a vehicle if he suspects drugs. The dog is so accurate that he has found residue in a car long after the drugs had been removed, Schismenos said. CCC Organization helps district replace wetlands Continued from Page Cl animals and plants up close. The wooden walk, which will be more than 7 feet above the wetland' s bottom, will arc through the southeastern portion of the wetland A wetland isn't always pooled, but it's often soggy. It's a unique ecosystem and a natural sponge and filter system for the Earth's water. The boardwalk is designed to keep people confined to one part of the wetland The waterfowl are very finicky, said parks district landscape architect Brad Westhall. "They don't respond that well to interaction with the public," he said The rest of the wetland will be inaccessible by boardwalk "to preserve the area and let it do its thing," Westhall said. "Its thing" is re-evolving into a natural wetland. In previous decades, the land was drained with clay pipes and farmed. The area is still pretty dry. But one need only dig a few feet to hit water. As the wetland has been dug, ground water has seeped into it as planned. But, for now, the water is being pumped out so the reclamation machinery does not get stuck in the muck. The irony of using bulldozers and the like to restore the land to its natural state is not lost on Mike Holstein, 18. "There's a thin line between reclamation and destroying," Holstein said as he glanced over at the noisy equipment digging the wetland beyond the boardwalk. Like Woods, Holstein lives in Canton and recently joined the CCC. Also, like Woods, he's clearly enjoying being outside. "Hey, Eron, there's your hawk!" Holstein yelled out to fellow worker Eron Folsom, a 19-year-old hawk watcher from Plain Township, out Root Art will be debut during dedication Oct. 1 Continued from Page Cl are female. The four parts of the face represent four distinctly different racial groups, and the background shows scenes of Columbus' ships coming to America and scenes from the natural world on this continent. Surrounding this central face are panels that show, among other things, the tools and weapons of early humans, the common arts practiced by tribal societies, and the means of transportation by which people (from the pre-Columbian natives to modern immigrants) have traveled to America. And one panel includes a picture of a tree with big, deep roots, a wordplay allusion to the name of the school. Since A.I. Root was a famous beekeeper in Medina at the turn of the century, the tree picture also includes a Medina Bee (the name of the city schools' sports teams) at the top of the branches. The students will paint the elements of this ambitious design on tiles tomorrow, and then the tiles will be fired and glazed before being installed on the wall. The new school on the city's southwest side has ample wall space for art displays, but the students in this first Class Officials seeking help to build one-room school Continued from Page Cl about and lots of local experts are available. In addition, it's the curriculum for fourth graders. The biggest issue in getting the idea off the ground is money. Wargo said several administrators and other school employees have agreed to help construct the building on their own time. With help from volunteers, War-go said, the one-room school could Shoup Daughter graduated in 1994 from Hoover High Continued from Page Cl viewed Krum said the search progressed more quickly than expected. The original target date for having a new superintendent in place was Jan. 1. School board member Timothy Schiltz said the Stark County School District gave valuable clerical and technical assistance during the side Canton. "I like nature; that's why I'm here," Folsom said The park district's Westhall said that many people are not aware of the corps. "People will say, 'The Civilian Conservation Corps? I thought that was in the 1930s.' " Actually, Ohio's latest version of the CCC was born in 1978. It is modeled after the 1930s government work programs designed to help Americans survive the Great Depression. Today, it attracts young adults in need of job skills. The work crews maintain hiking trails, build docks, plant and cut down trees and build boardwalks, among other projects. (For more information about the CCC, call camp leader Mark Gonzales at 452-9835.) Assistant crew supervisor Drue Kovick, 24, of North Canton says he's learning about protecting the environment while building. He proudly notes that the wood being used has been treated with a special nontoxic solution that will not hurt the wildlife. Wood often is treated with a substance containing arsenic to ward off termites. Park officials note that the Medina wetland, to be open to the public next spring, and its boardwalk are somewhat rare in the area. Wetlands usually are not reconstructed in parks. Often, they are destroyed by development. When they are destroyed the government often requires the developer to create a new wetland area someplace else, and these new wetlands generally are not open to the public. The price tag for the Medina project is more than $165,000, but much of the cost is being borne by companies that destroyed another wetland in the county. The park district wants to use the wetland in Sharon Township to teach young people about the environment. Since the state was settled, Ohio has lost about 90 percent of its wetlands at first mostly to farming and later primarily to commercial, industrial and residential development. The district even plans to turn the wetland into a breeding ground of sorts, for endangered trees such as the swamp cottonwood, Westhall said. group to study there feel this project is more important than the usual art assignment. "This is going to be there forever, and students in the future will ask who made it," commented Noah Homstrom, 13, another seventh-grader. It all ties in with what the seventh grade has been studying, said Zach. "In a unit on prehistoric humans now, we're learning about archaeology, and how they dig up things from the past," he said. Paul Kim, 12, noted that the paints and pottery discovered today that were left behind by ancient tribes were made up of much the same materials that the Root School students are using this, week. Someday, somebody may dig up the clay-tile mural they are making and understand something about the way students lived in the late 20th century in Medina. The mural will not be ready for public viewing in time for the Root School dedication on Oct. 1. That event for which a time has not yet been announced, will be the first opportunity for many Medina residents to view the new $15 million school building at 333 W. Sturbridge Drive. The building, designed with sloped roofs over three separate but connected wings of classrooms called "pods," was built with money from a 1992 bond issue. The unveiling of the mural will be in a Nationality Days program for students and parents during the school day of Oct 6. be built for about $15,000. School officials are searching for grants and donations. It was 75 years ago that Coventry moved from a one-room school house to a larger building. If the money is found, Wargo said, he will ask his board of education for approval to proceed. If everything falls into place, the building complete with some modem amenities such as plumbing, heating and electricity could be ready by the end of this school year. "We're always trying to think of ways to make learning fun, and this is one of those ways," Wargo said. "And I'll bet that these youngsters will remember Ohio history better than any student who has had to learn it from a book" search process, but the selection of Shoup was the work of the North Canton board. Shoup said he plans to be a visible superintendent. "The superin-tendency is almost a way of life. I have been at this long enough that I understand that and so does my family," Shoup said. Shoup's daughter Laura graduated from Hoover High School in 1994. His wife, Jean, is a counselor at Canton's McKinley High School. Shoup holds three degrees from Kent State University a bachelor of arts in psychology, a bachelor of science in elementary education and a master of education in educational administration. He is working toward a doctoral degree.

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