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Ashtabula Star Beacon (Newspaper) - January 1, 2001, Ashtabula, Ohio Monday january 1, 2001 Star Beacon -11o�?TBrien and Distel Duke it out Ashtabula a the race for the state representative seat reached new Heights or Depths on oct to. Republican candidate Sandra of Brien said someone followed her from her Job As county auditor to her Home on Stum Pville Road in new Lyme township on sept. 22. The occupants of the Van took pictures of her Home and surrounding property. Her husband also noticed a plane buzzing the House and taking pictures she said. A i know the Van followed me Home and my husband saw the plane a she said. A i believe this is All part of a Campaign to intimidate me. In a not crazy this actually she initially blamed incumbent and democratic candidate l. George Distel of Conneaut. Is it a coincidence that earlier that Day he Distel hired a television Crew to film a commercial at the Ashtabula county joint vocational school she said. And then an unmarked Van followed her Home. Distel denied sending camera Crews by land or air. A the idea that anyone followed her Home or trespassed is bad enough a Distel said. A but to accuse me of being some kind of stalker offends me in the on oct. 28 of Brien questioned a fuel Purchase Distel made at the Ashtabula county Airport on the Day her House was buzzed by a plane. Distel said the Purchase that appeared on his Campaign finance report was made by people in his Campaign. A ashes nowhere to be found when it comes to debating but she always seems to find time to make these silly conspiracy accusations a Distel said. A instead of talking and debating about the issues in a having to defend myself against these silly Distel then accused of Brien of hiring Stephen Marks a private investigator to look into his record and investigate his family. Of Brien denied the accusation and said Distel was planning to run a negative Campaign during the final weeks of the election. A instead of discussing the issues he is going to attack me personally and engage in politics of personal Ashtabula county democratic party chairman Arthur Vensel said the whole situation is disheartening. A a let a get on with the election process and quit All the fooling around a he said. A the whole thing would be silly if it weren to so october oct. 1 Melissa Litwiler 15, a student at Conneaut High school was crowned miss oktoberfest at the annual three Day festival. Rebecca Simon of South Ridge Christian Academy was runner up. Proceeds from the festival will for the 2001 fourth of july fireworks Celebration. Oct. 2 an empty lot on Austin Road in Geneva is the future site of a safety forces training Center. The facility will include a shooting Range a Burn building a training Tower a classroom building and a Lake. Both the City fire and police departments will use the site and it will be open to All Ashtabula county safety forces firefighter Doug Starkey said. Oct. 3 Kingsville resident Dennis Osburn or. Was found guilty of Gross sexual imposition. His name was added to the registry of sexually oriented offenders. He must report to the sheriffs department annually for 10 years after serving his jail sentence. Oct. 4 cd audio of Conneaut has to guarantee that the old Astatic building will be demolished before receiving a municipal loan for the demolition work. The company has to detail the work to be done since they failed to perform work promised to the City a few years ago. Oct. 5 the Ashtabula county grand jury indicted Johnny l. Stiltner 18, 833 e. 7th St., Ashtabula and Charles Bryant Smith 32, Stuart fla., on two counts each of aggravated murder with death penalty specifications and one count each of aggravated robbery. They Are charged in the March 15 stabbing death of Mark Korver 44, of East 52nd Street Ashtabula. Oct. 6 a cymbal clanged every nine seconds As 50 people marched from South Park Avenue to main Avenue. The Ashtabula March against abuse was held to remember those who have lost their lives due to Domestic violence. The cymbal clangs represented How often women Are abused Chris Loehrke executive director of Home Safe a shelter for victims of rape and Domestic violence. Bill West / Star Beacon Charles Smith 32, right and Johnny Stiltner 18, were arraigned on aggravated murder charges in october. Oct. 7 a suspicious fire in a state Street apartment building was the last Straw for Conneaut fire chief Bim Orrenmaa. He ordered All occupants out of the Structure immediately. The building has been the site of an ongoing Battle Between the City and the Absentee landlords Over health and safety violations. Orrenmaa said he was ready to go to court to Force a response from the out of town owners. Oct. 8 three Good Samaritans in Geneva helped a 76-year old Man who was having car problems. Ray Hartman owner of Geneva Amoco Jamie Jarvis owner of Eagle automotive and Mechanic Jeff Buck called Jack greenways wife worked on his car and made sure he got Home. Oct. 9 water usage at the Lake Erie correction Institute has climbed steadily since the first full month of usage in May. Conneaut a Revenue also has climbed steadily. The Revenue from the prisons water Bill has exceeded the City a Many gathered As they respect during the March against abuse Ralley in Ashtabula. Expectations City manager Robert Herron said. Oct. 10 agents from the Bureau of alcohol tobacco and firearms will arrive in Conneaut to pick up the remains of eight pipe bombs to study. The bombs were found in a Grassy Field near a residential neighbourhood. They were fused loaded and ready to go. Gov. Robert Taft attended a Republican party reception at Ferrante winery and Rist Orante in Harpersfield. He was invited by Edward Crawford chairman of Parko Hio holdings of Cleveland owner of general aluminium in Conneaut and Geneva to visit the Hubei province in China and develop a Trade partnership. Oct. 11 Joseph Dular Espyville pa., had his state License As a professional clinical Counselor revoked after he admitted to ethical and sexual misconduct. He allegedly had sexual involvements with two female clients. Oct. 12 director of the division of housing and Community development Michael l. Penna said Ashtabula City Council needs to make it known that code enforcement needs to be a priority. He told members of councils Community development committee that it is often cheaper for a property owner to fines for noncompliance than it is to fix up a Structure. The committee was meeting on the Issue of Urban blight. Oct. 13 Johnny l. Stiltner 18, of Ashtabula and Charles Bryant Smith 32, of Stuart fla., pleaded not guilty to the March 15 stabbing death of Mark l. Korver. Oct. 14 a 3-year old Eagle released at the Arcola Creek Estuary was the first Eagle released by Lake metro Parks into a Lake metro Parks facility. The Eagle had been rescued from the former May co. Building in Cleveland in june. He had been attacked by a Bill West / Star Beacon Ohio department of wildlife employees band an Eagle at Arcola Creek Estuary in Kirtland. Pair of Peregrine Falcons and also had contracted Avian pox virus. He was rehabilitated at the wildlife Center in Kirtland. Oct. 15 the 17th annual covered Bridge festival kicked off saturday with a Parade through Jefferson. The festival celebrates the 16 covered Bridges found in Ashtabula county a the most of any county in Ohio. Oct. 17 members of the Conneaut education association approved a 2.5 percent wage increase by the necessary two thirds majority. G. Joseph Colucci said the new pact was a reworking of the school boards offer approved by a simple majority of the Union members last month. The pact will go before the Conneaut Board of education for approval. Oct. 18 the Tannery Hill Bridge built in 1918, was closed after stress from a heavy vehicle crossing it caused one of the steel diagonals to snap. County Engineer John Smolen or. Said Access to a Home and at least two plane landed in Denver for a scheduled Layover. Oct. 20 a Geneva resident is almost $22 million Richer after winning the states super lotto drawing. The Winner Pur Bill West / Star Beacon students a Thurgood Marshall elementary school in Ashtabula were treated to a special Reading program. Businesses would be hampered the next few Days during repairs. Oct. 19 Sean Cox 30, Ashtabula put his paramedic training to Good use when he cared for a Cleveland Man going into cardiac arrest on a flight from Las vegas to Cleveland. Cox a part time paramedic with the Ashtabula township fire department cared for the Man for one and one half hours until the chased the ticket at the grocery bin 727 main St. Owner Chong i said the Winner chose annual payments and will receive $48,000 per month after taxes oct. 21 a 12-year old student at Saybrook elementary school sprayed 12 of his classmates on their hands and in their Mouths with an oily peach coloured liquid. The 12 students were treated for skin rashes and the 12-year old was taken to the youth detention Center. The liquid was confiscated and will be Analysed. Oct. 23 Domestic violence is no longer a family problem Ashtabula municipal court judge Albert s. Camplese said. Its now viewed As a Community problem. Home Safe an organization that provides Aid and shelter to victims of rape and Domestic violence is a presence in municipal court and soon will be a presence in Eastern and Western county courts Chris Loehrke executive director said. Oct. 24 students at Thurgood Marshall elementary school in Ashtabula went on a magical Reading carpet tour thanks to Otis san Didge owner of s amp b flooring co. The children were treated to an hour of a creative storytelling program while sitting on donated carpet squares. Oct. 25 the former american Fork and Hoe Plant on West 57th Street was the site of a four alarm fire that raged for seven hours tuesday. Ashtabula fire Captain and inspector Gerald Singer said the cause was not determined yet. The Plant had been see october Page 14

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