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CITY & REGION 1 gsaar.vg:?... ? THE BEACON JOURNAL WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16, 1991 Suspect is on probation Stray-bullet Barberton case This was finally our day in court, and it was so sad that she couldn't be there. . . She was here anyhow, p Susan Bednarski mother of slain girl - si - J, 7 A. J i" 7 v " ' ' ! i- t :i f V wi -p p ,.. link N 'lib - -&tc:-y: 1 J .:!SrS,sliel,.,,.,.,.if ai, f. Beacon Journal photosOtt Gangl Susan Bednarski, mother of slain woman, in court on Tuesday; at right, Richard Frazier confers with attorney Ralph Buss (right) Tiffany's voice from dead accuses stepfather By Christina Maly Beacon Journal staff writer Tiffany Skiba's voice was heard at her stepfather's rape trial Tuesday, even though she was stabbed to death in November. A taped statement made Sept. 26, 1988, said Richard C. Frazier would drag Tiffany into a back room and force her to have sex with him as frequently as five times a week every time her mother left the house. Her mother, Susan Bednarski, who was in the witness room away from the courtroom in Medina while the tape was played, said it was bitter irony that her daughter had to die before she could tell a jury about the alleged abuse. "This was finally our day in court, and it was so sad that she couldn't be there," said Bednarski. "Everything he tried to prevent, and she was here anyhow." Frazier is accused in Cuyahoga County of murdering his stepdaughter to prevent her from testifying at his trial in Medina County on charges of rape, gross sexual imposition and sexual battery. She was 18 when she died. Frazier is accused of sexually abusing Tiffany from 1983, when she was 11, until he was imprisoned on unrelated charges in 1987. The family lived in Medina County during the time. Frazier was free on bond on Nov. 8 when Skiba's body was found, stabbed more than 20 times, in her grandparents' home in Cleveland. If convicted in the See VOICE, page D2 Two referees on way to Innes struck by car and 1 is killed NUGGETS By Robert Holies Beacon Journal staff writer A West Akron resident said Tuesday that if the city had heeded a request for a pedestrian traffic light on East Avenue near Innes Junior High School six years ago, a fatal accident Monday night might not have happened. Eugene Moore, 67, of Odelle Drive, Franklin Township, was pronounced dead at 6:35 p.m. at Akron General Medical Center. He and David R. Parisen, 40, of East Wilbeth Road in Akron, were both hit by a car at 6:05 p.m. as they were crossing East Avenue near the school, police said. Parisen was in serious condition Tuesday at Akron General. The driver of the car, Glenn E. Crowder, 27, of Chester Avenue, Akron, was charged with driving with a suspended license and expired license plates. Police said the men were crossing from a parking lot across from Innes to referee a basketball game. They were not in a crosswalk, police said. Ray Harris, who lives near Innes, said he asked the city to install a pedestrian traffic light about six years ago when his children were pupils there. "With all the people who cross there to get to the school and the heavy traffic, a pedestrian traffic light is needed," he said. "If they had put up a light, maybe this accident wouldn't have happened." Akron traffic engineer Edward Zuschak said he was not familiar with previous requests for a light. In order to put up one, he said, the city would have to receive a request and conduct a study. School brass finds parking perk is tarnished Administrators for Akron schools received an unpleasant sur prise when they arrived at their jobs on Tuesday. Their reserved parking spaces were gone. Red cloth covered the no-parking signs that marked the best spaces near the administration building entrance on North Broadway downtown. Also, visitor-designated spots had appeared. "We're just pleased as punch," said a support staff member, who had not been accorded one of the reserved spaces in the past. When she saw the signs were covered, she said, she pulled into a prime spot. "It's a no-cost way of saying to people that we're here to serve you and welcome you to our building," said acting Superintendent James Hardy, in one of his first acts in his new position. Hardy said the no-parking signs still will be used to reserve spaces for board members during meetings. Hardy By Susan Smith Beacon Journal staff writer A 22-year-old Copley Township man shot last week by a Barber-ton police officer after a lengthy chase was no stranger to law enforcement officials. Timothy M. Hosey, who is recovering from gunshot wounds at Barberton Citizens Hospital, escaped through an open fire door from the Akron Corrections Facility in November 1989 eight days before his term for several minor misdemeanors would have ended. According to court records, Hosey was found six months later, on May 7, and charged with escaping from jail. He was taken to the Summit County Jail. On June 7, Hosey pleaded guilty to the escape charge in Summit County Common Pleas Court and was sentenced to six more months in jail. In mid-September, Hosey's attorney, Ellen Kaforey, sought to have him released early. In court records, she described Hosey as someone who habitually exhibited anti-social behavior, mostly by buying and using small amounts of drugs. She wrote that he had been hospitalized at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron throughout his teen years for drug and alcohol abuse problems. She said he had been traumatized by incarceration. "It has certainly already had the desired effect of persuading (Hosey) that his criminal escapade should never be repeated," Kaforey wrote in a petition to Judge James Williams. Williams responded by granting Hosey probation starting Sept. 18. After his release, court records indicate Hosey stayed out of trouble at least with local police until early Friday morning, police said. On Friday morning, responding to a burglary at Gables Machine and Engineering on West Waterloo Road after an alarm went off at 1:25 a.m., police tracked Hosey in the snow for more than three miles to Barberton, where Barberton police joined the chase. Some officers See SUSPECT, page D2 Off to the unknown Area Marines leave amid tears By Reglna Brett Beacon Journal staff writer As the Marines lined up next to the waiting buses, an officer yelled out, "Is there anybody here that isn't scared?" No hands went up. Then sniffles turned to sobs as family members bid farewell to the 135 men of Company G, 3rd Battalion, 25th Regiment, 4th Marine Division as they left the Marine Corps reserve (t I'm combat-ready. But no one's center on Dan Street reslly ready. B Tuesday eveniner for w Sean Salmen North Canton Tuesday evening for Camp Lejeune, N.C., where they will be trained before leaving for Saudi Arabia. Everyone seemed to be crying except the Marines. One set of tiny hands wrapped in fuzzy pink gloves clutched a hard camouflaged helmet tighter than the little girl would have held a baby doll. "When you comin' back?" 6-year-old Rebecca asked her stepdad, Sean Salmen, of North Canton. "I'll be back in a little while," said Lance Cpl. Salmen as he adjusted his M-16 rifle and bayonet to make room in a pocket for the candy she offered. Salmen, 19, held back his emotions as he gave final hues to his 16- month-old son Christopher and his wife, Michelle, who is expecting a baby in August. He chose not to tell his children why he is leaving. "It'll be up to me to explain when I come back or up to her mother to explain if I don't come back, he said. With an air of confidence each Marine seemed to keep during the goodbyes, Salmen calmly said he was prepared to See AREA MARINES, page D5 V .7 , 7 nc- v ' i if i - -t. t f&fr: x4 .Lr . (l I 7 ; Is ' V ?. . 7,r Few come to pray for peace in gulf Beacon Journal photoPaul Topl Marine Sean Salmen, stepdaughter Rebecca Tell me, has the madness started? When I attended the 12 a.m. candlelight prayer vigil at Kent's United Methodist Church on Tuesday the U.N.'s midnight deadline for war was still a full 24 hours away. In those first few minutes of Tuesday there was still hope for peace, although it seemed as fragile as the tiny yellow flames that bounced on the wicks of the candles sitting on a marble altar in the silent, empty chapel. That's right an empty chapel. It was already midnight and not one person had walked through the church doors. I had expected to arrive to a gathering of a hundred or more students. My age is showing I imagine after all this is the '90s, not Lra Carl p ij Chancellor f A walk for peace About 200 prayed and sang hymns during a peace walk in Kent. Page D5. the late '60s. I guess I should understand it's difficult to pull away from the likes of Arsenio and Johnny. Or perhaps there is just a sense of helplessness ... a feel-See KENT, page D5 Delay in property taxes proposed for military personnel Treasurer asks council to OK By Steve Hoffman Beacon Journal politics writer Summit County Treasurer John A. Donof-rio said Tuesday he was urging legislation that would give those in the military reserves and National Guard a break on their property taxes when called to active duty. Because of "financial hard- Donofrio ships" on reservists and their families, Donofrio said in a news release, he was proposing "legislation to the Summit County Council that would postpone the deadline for payment of real property taxes and waive all penalty and interest charges normally assessed for late payment of taxes for any reservists that have been called for active duty" until the reservist returns from active duty. Donofrio said his proposal also was intended to apply to National Guard units activated because of the Persian Gulf crisis. The plan would give those coming back from active duty the opportunity to work out a payment plan for the taxes they owe, he said. It would be based on financial status and could stretch out for several years. Legislation could be drafted in time for council committee meetings Thursday, Donofrio said. If not, the proposed ordinance would be introduced Jan. 24. Property taxes for the last half of 1990 are due Feb. 20. Donofrio estimated that some 300 to 400 residents of Summit County have been called to active duty. Assuming all of them are homeowners of average means, that would mean a temporary loss to the county treasury of about $180,000 out of the $110 million usually collected each six months, Donofrio estimated. He stressed that his program postpones payment of taxes, but doesn't eliminate the need to pay. Glenn seeks to ease burden By William Hershey Beacon Journal Washington Bureau Washington Before the U.N. deadline nacspii for F"l,l1"1 Iraq to pull out of Kuwait, Sen. John Glenn unveiled a legislative package to ease the financial burden for American troops in the Persian Gulf. As chairman of the Manpower r t -i Glenn Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Glenn, D-Ohio, is in a position to move the four bills. The first proposal would exclude from federal taxation the military pay of enlisted men and women and the first $2,000 a month earned by officers while on Operation Desert Shield duty. Glenn unsuccessfully tried to win passage of this bill in the last Congress. A second bill would exempt troops serving in the Persian Gulf from filing federal income tax returns for six months after returning to the United States. 'U. There is no exempt period now, Glenn's office said. A third bill would put all military personnel not just those serving in Desert Shield who are released from active duty on equal footing with civilians when it comes to receiving unemployment compensation. Now, civilians qualify for 26 weeks of benefits after being out of work for a week. Those released from the armed services, however, must be out of work for four weeks to qualify for 13 weeks of unemployment benefits, Glenn's office said. The last bill would aid those recalled to active duty from retirement. It specifies that they be recalled at the highest pay grade held before retiring. Now, retirees can be recalled only in their retirement pay grades, Glenn's office said.

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