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Elyria Chronicle Telegram (Newspaper) - May 09, 2001, Elyria, OhioState the chronicle Telegram wednesday May d1 let seeks permanent funding fix Kristin Yarbrough the chronicle Telegram Elyria Lorain county transit needs to find a Perma nent funding source perhaps a property or sales tax Levy to expand its service to county Resi dents beyond the Bare mini mum it now provides let s executive director Debbie Mohr said. Mohr said the county the fed eral transit administration the Ohio department of transportation bus fares and advertising provides funds for let. But the county commissioners have said they will have to put funding of mandated responsibilities ahead of optional services like the transit when the need arises said Gerald Innes an assistant county prosecutor who provides Legal counsel to the commissioners. County funds make up Mil lion of let s million 2001 budget. The commissioners have made it pretty Clear that s not something they plan to fund for he said. The transit s major financial this is Lorain county s Public transportation system. It needs to be what the Public wants it to motor Loti be Culva director need is operating Money Mohr said. Let usually can get Grants to buy buses and terminals but can t use that Money to pay Dri vers. The More routes and More hours let runs the More Money it needs for operations. The current 17 routes Are a Good foundation for what the transit would like to operate in the future Mohr said. But Many residents have let let know that they want service to More areas and expanded hours. This is Lorain county s Public transportation she said. It needs to be what the Public wants it to let has three options it could seek a real estate tax ask the commissioners for a sales tax increase without a vote or put its own sales tax Levy on the ballot Innes said. Let could put a sales tax Levy of up to 1.5 percent on the ballot but Board members seemed to favor a 0.25 percent increase at a special Board meeting monday Innes said they also talked about pooling resources with the newly created Lorain county port authority or other entities. Lorain county s transit system is in the top 11 largest in the state and the Only one of those that lacks a dedicated funding source Mohr said. The majority of the other Tran sit systems Are funded by sales taxes. But in the past voters have turned Down let levies four times Mohr said. In 1995 the most recent and successful attempt 41 percent of voters approved a 0.3 Mill Tran sit Levy. No decisions were made last night and the Board will meet in the future to discuss the Issue Mohr said. Activists take Cincy Center stage Cincinnati a Black residents who said they Are angry with and afraid of police marched into City Hall on tuesday to complain that Blacks Are mistreated in Cincinnati. The demonstration and rally came the Day after a grand jury handed up what some see As inadequate charges against a White police officer who shot and killed an unarmed Black Man. I be got kids at Home nieces and nephews. They re scared of the police. It should t be that Brandon Johnson 21, said during an Impromptu session with Council members gathered for a committee meeting. You be got to open your the meeting lasted for More than 90 min utes with speakers complaining about the police Job prospects for Blacks and the City allowing litter to accumulate in their neighbourhoods. Council member Minette Cooper who is Black asked How Many of the protesters Are registered to vote. About half of them raised their hands. Register to vote and vote. That s How we change Cooper told them. The activists accompanied by several Black clergymen said they want the City to impose tighter controls on officers. Several of the activists called for harsher penalties for Cincinnati police officer Stephen Roach who was indicted monday on two Mise Meanor charges in the april 7 fatal shooting of Timothy Thomas an unarmed Black Man. The shooting prompted three nights of rioting before a curfew restored order. It was the worst racial violence since the Rev. Martin Luther King or. Was assassinated in 1968. Stephen Roach you can t hide we charge you with marchers chanted As they walked through City streets with watchful police holding Back traffic to let the protesters pass. Several of the activists said they fear the police and believe that they harass Black citizens. We re like an endangered species a moving said will Leary 33, of Cincinnati a provident Bank loan closer who joined the activists when they gathered on Fountain Square a downtown Public Plaza. Roach 27, surrendered to authorities tuesday on the charges of negligent Homi cide and obstructing official business. He was released after posting Bond. His lawyer plans to enter written pleas of innocent wednesday in Hamilton county municipal court at an arraignment at which Roach is not required to appear. See activists d2 won t sit Down a demonstrator sits in the Middle of Mam St while police organize in the Over the Rhine District of Cincinnati on monday. Activists marched to City Hall tuesday to express to Council their angst after a grand jury returned a Misdemeanour indictment against a police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed Black teen. Elsewhere the Rev. Al Sharpton Speaks outside the Justice department in Washington on tuesday where he called for a Federal criminal investigation into the police shooting of Timothy Thomas. Indicted Cincy cop has Hometown fans Oxford a the Cincinnati police officer indicted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed Black Man was a High school football player with plenty of fans in his Hometown Stephen Roach 27, was a firefighter and police dispatcher in this South West Ohio College town about 30 Miles Northwest of Cincinnati. He also was a Security officer at the University of Dayton from which he graduated in 1996 he left the dispatcher s Job to see rescued Boater swam for his life Toledo Blade Cleveland tossed into Lake Erie when a wave smashed and sunk their Small fishing boat four friends huddled together in the frigid water struggling to stay warm and afloat As their bodies went numb. Somewhere in the rough Lake a fifth Man was missing. The group was terrified. I did t want to die. I was try ing to save everybody else get everybody else out of there. I knew that nobody was going to see us. Nobody was said 16-year-old Joe Hackney. Three of the men died in the water. But Joe who was spotted by a Boater As soon As he dragged himself onto a break Wall a half mile away was Able to Alert the coast guard in time to save his Best Friend 18-year-old Rich Hellisz. Joe had been swimming for 90 minutes. Killed were Michael deck 32, John Acord 27, and Ryan Lee 27. All three were found unconscious about half a mile North of Burke lakefront Airport. The men were apparent victims of hypothermia All five men were wearing life Hackney jackets. Had they not been wearing them there s a pretty Good Chance it would have been a lot Fuller said. Here was one individual that swam to Shore and i have to believe that without a life jacket that would have been a very difficult Joe said the group went out to fish from the 17-foot Westfield Powerboat a 1961 Model that deck and Acord bought Friday night. It was their first time out in the boat. After about 90 minutes on the water the men decided the Lake was becoming too Choppy. According to the coast guard station in Cleveland winds of 15 knots from the East were whip Ping the Lake into Waves of two to four feet. Acord who was driving the boat headed for Shore about we were coming Back in and see Boater d2 gop won t claim indicted Traficant Washington a Ohio rep James Traficant under indictment on bribery and other charges remains a Man without a Home in the House. And if it s up to House majority Leader Dick Armey Traficant will stay that Way. I have told Jim myself and told him some time ago it would not be in his Best interest to join the Republican Armey said tuesday. He does t get his mile of Slack if he s a Republican and Jim needs a mile of Slack Traficant a Democrat known for theatrics was re elected in november to his ninth term from a Blue Collar District around Youngstown. He was kicked out of the democratic caucus in Jan uary because he voted for gop rep Dennis Hastert to remain House speaker Traficant Manning drug Bill becomes Law meth manufacturers could now face first degree felony charges Capitol wire com Columbus taking Crank or ice May not kill you but making it can thanks to a new Law sponsored by state rep. Jeff Manning a North Ridgeville. Ohio lawmakers have made the penalty for manufacturing of methamphetamine near places where children gather the same As murder and rape. Gov. Bob Taft signed into Law tuesday House Bill 7, which raises the penalties for producing methamphetamine to a first degree felony if produced near a juvenile facility or school or in a Public place. Possessing the chemicals with the intent of manufacturing also known to users As Crank or becomes a third degree felony we will not allow methamphetamine to destroy our communities. We will put the Crimi nals that threaten the lives and health and safety of our citizens out of business and behind Taft told hundreds of Law enforcement officers gathered for a one Day conference on the sub Manning Jet. Manning sponsored the Bill at Taft s request. Manning said what once was thought to be a relatively harm less drug used by All night party goers has been found to have Long term health threats. The seriousness of the production crimes stems from the explosive nature of the laboratories used to mix the chemicals to pro Duce the drugs. About 20 percent of the labs that Are found Are found because they burst into flames and Manning said. We did n t want these to be manufactured around schools or Public areas where people could be Taft said the drug has moved throughout the Midwest and he is working with other governors on a Multi state task Force to address its spread. He noted that in 1999, Ohio narcotics officers confiscated 49 Grams of meth during arrests in 2000, the number elevated to Grams. In Lorain county the drug has not been a pressing concern of investigators but they do see it emerging As a potential problem said Deborah Eskut a detective with the Lorain county drug task Force. Taft praised Manning rep. Ann Womer Benjamin chair woman of the House criminal Justice committee and sen. Scott Oelslager chairman of the Senate criminal Justice commit tee for shepherding the Bill through the general Assembly. In addition to criminal sanctions the Law also allows communities to recover clean up Cost from persons convicted of operating the labs. Womer Benjamin a Aurora said the chemicals pose such a hazards to water supplies and air Quality that clean up of labs is similar to that of toxic waste Sites. The Law takes effect on aug. 7. A tabs chronicle Pride promotion with the coming of summer Elyria Pride pennants Are going up around the downtown area with me help of City workers like Man Doe tit and Jack Snider. Pride Day in Elyria is May 19. Many thought he d find a Home with the Republican caucus but he has t requested inclusion and gop leaders Haven t offered it. Since party leaders Divide up com Mittee seats Traficant is the Only currently serving House member with no committee assignment. A Federal grand jury in Cleve land indicted Traficant last week on charges including conspiracy bribery racketeering and filing false tax returns. He says he will defend himself in court though he is not a lawyer Armey r Texas did not address that indictment but described Traci cant As an interesting Guy private prisons Don t save state Cash report says Columbus a privately operated state prison in Ashtabula county gets relatively easier to manage medium Security inmates yet still produces Little savings compared to state run lock ups according to a new report from a Cleveland think tank. A study released tuesday by policy matters Ohio charges the Lake Erie correctional institution in Conneaut received inmates with fewer medical prob lems and lower Security risks than inmates sent to typical state facilities. Because of this Ohio can not determine whether the Utah company running Lake Erie

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