Amherst News-Times, 2002-06-26
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Phones help stop violence — Page 2 | Former Comet now Iowa coach — Page 6 " *-* O O » Amherst News-Timel < o^ W I DM SDAV. Jiitu- 1<k 2002 Man shocked, Merchants help Business owners from downtown Amherst have come together to create a benevolent fund for the worker who was shocked when he came in contact with overhead wires carrying 7,200 volts of electricity. Twenty-year-old Derek Carter was cutting mortar between bricks on a building on the corner of Park and Cleveland Avenues last Monday, when he apparently leaned back and touched his head against the electrical wires. Carter was in a hydraulic lift, sometimes called a "cherry picker" and holding a tool when the accident happened. A downtown businessman who asked not be named said his wife works across from where the Carter had been working and they both felt that something had to be done. They decided lo get together with other business people to raise funds lo help with Carter's care, which will likely last years due to his injuries. "The kid's just getting started in life," he said. He said he and his wife thought Carter was a nice young man and they noticed how hard he was working for his employer, CAR Masonry. The businessman said Carter was very proud of his job. He said he thinks this is something all the Amherst businesses will get involved with. "Somebody's in need," he said. Wingard Racing, a new business on Park Avenue specializing in muscle car accessories, is also collecting money for Carter. Michelle Wingard, who owns the business with her husband, said the company is offering a discount to customers who contribute at least five dollars to the fund to help defray the costs the family faces because of Carter's accident According to reports. Carter, a drummer in the praise band at House of Praise church in Lorain, had to have his left hand amputated because of damage that occurred when he electricity exited his body. He graduated in 1999 from Southview High School in Lorain. Carter is still in critical condition at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is still investigating the accident Contributions to the Derek Carter Benevolent Fund car. be mailed to FirstMerit Bank 160 Cleveland Ave. Amherst, 44001 or dropped off at any FirstMerit Bank location. Police seek fifth break-in suspect At the Lorain County Sheriffs Department issues a warrant for the arrest of a fifth suspect in a string of daylight robberies, it seems the man they worked so hard to nab last month was just the tip of the iceburg. The men are suspected in at least nine, bold daylight robberies around Lorain County, including several in Amherst Sheriffs deputies arrested the first suspect Jose Ortiz, 18, after a five-hour chase. Ortiz led police from five departments on a foot chase through residential neighborhoods, the Golden Acres nursing home and the woods before he was nabbed by the deputies and an Amherst Township resident Antonio Tannon, 33, who goes by several other names including Antonio Colon, was arrested in southern Michigan while driving a Lincoln stolen from Amherst Tannon, who is from Chicago, had a suitcase full of clothes from a South Broadway burglary in the trunk. He was also seen driving the Ford Contour that Hector Rivera, the third suspect, was suspected of driving the day of the manhunt the day the car was stolen in May. Rivera, 21, was arrested in Cleve land June 13. Deputies said that Rivera has been mostly cooperative. Omar Guticrrez,19, was arrested the following day. Deputies had a nickname lo work with, and heard he was coming into town, so they staked out the house he would be visiting. Ortiz had only known Rivera briefly before the burglaries, and Gutierrez had known him about a month. Rivera and Tannon have known each other for years, according to Lopez, and refer to each other as brothers. The fifth suspect is a relative of Rivera's. The sheriffs department issued an arrest for the unnamed suspect Monday afternoon. Rivera is suspected in a burglary that took place after the arrest of Ortiz, as well as the original nine. His cell phone was found below a window outside the home. He claimed he loaned it to Gutierrez. Lopez said most of the victims were older. One of the victims, a 92-year-old woman, had to be hospitalized after the burglary. She is now home, staying with family. Some of the jewelry allegedly stolen from the burglaries was traded for drugs, but much of the other property has been retrieved. Driver sentencing stalled for testing Five years and three psychiatric evaluations after sexually abusing junior high school girls, former Amherst bus driver Andrew J. Bishop still has yet to be sentenced. Lorain County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark A. Betkski ordered the man convicted of 19 counts of rape and four counts of extortion to be evaluated again. Two out of the three mental health experts that evaluated Bishop thus Car have said that he shows signs of malingering. They said that Bishop was intentionally falsifying or exaggerating symptoms to appear mentally ill. Bjshop could be sentenced lo life in prison for blackmailing the young guis into having sex with him. He claimed to have pictures of them lifting their tops at a football game and threatened to make them public if they did not have sex with him. Bishop pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity initially. He was ordered fit to stand trial in January and returned to the Lorain County Jul from the North Coast Behavioral mental health facility. He then changed his plea to guilty. Louis Romero and his wife, Cheri, pose with their grandchildren on the new ramp provided for them by friends and strangers. Man blessed by Eagles, others by AMY PERSINGER News-Times reporter Anybody taking a look from the outside at the turn Louis Romero's life had taken in the last four years would be surprised if he wasn't starting to get a little bitter. But1 after five minutes in the living room of the home in WeSlwoods he shares with his wife Cheri and their two young'grandsons, any outsider would know that Romero counts his blessings. He can't stop telling people about the nice tilings that friends and family keep doing for him lately, like the ramp the Eagle's Club built for him. Romero, 47, has diabetes. Last fall he developed a complication called Charcot joint The bones in his feet just started breaking. The problem is worsened by the fact that due to his illness, Romero can't feel pain in his legs and didn't know how much damage was batiig caused to his feet and legs. "He worked his whole life," Cheri said. Not being able to work was. nearly devastating to him. Romero can stand, but he can't walk around very well. He uses a wheel chair anytime the family goes out He wears braces on both of his feet and ankles to reduce the chance of injury to his bones. The couple had set up a portable ramp on the stairs leading out of their home. Cheri was talking to her friend, Juanita Robinson, one day about some of the trouble her husband was facing. It was just one of those regular conversations friends have, catching up on the good and the bad everyone goes through. But what happened from that conversation is what is so moving to Romero. Robinson talked to her husband about the Romeros' situation, and the two felt compelled to do something to help their friends. The Romeros said they told Robinson they were fine with the portable ramp they had set up, but Robinson wouldn't have it "David came over with a friend, and next thing I know, I had a ramp," Romero said. The actual process took a little longer than that but not much. Robinson brought over his friend Ron Harper and the two of them made measurements around the porch and front of the Romeros house. Robinson, a member of the Amherst Eagles Club, described the family's situation to the club and asked them for the funds to build Romero a ramp. He had already gone to Carter Lumber and told them the situation and worked out a price. Carter Lumber agreed to provide the lumber below cost CONTINUED on page 3 Race driver turns entrepreneur People say to start a great business start with a passion and a need. The owners of a new store downtown did just that Michelle Wingard, 24, and her husband, Jerry, 30, decided to take something that they both loved and turn it into the only business of its kind in the area. The Wingards both love cars. More specifically, they love Mustangs. She races them at Norwalk Raceway Park in Norwalk every chance she gets and her husband loves to work on them. He keeps them in racing condition for her. Currently the couple owns three, a '91 CX and two '95 GTs. It works perfect" Jerry Wingard said, "I like to build them and she likes lo race them." The problem, according to Michelle Wingard, is that most local "speed shops" are geared toward Chevy enthusiasts. Before they opened their own store, any time they needed parts for one of their cars the couple would have to have it ordered, because the shops wouldn't have what they needed in stock. The gears started turning in their heads and the couple started discussing opening their own "speed shop." On May 6 the couple opened Wingard Racing at 135 Park Ave. The company specializes in American muscle car accessories, Wingard said She said you'd go to Wingard for "anything to do with car parts." Wingard said late model Ford parts make up about 80 percent of their business and the store is doing very well. Wingard said she grew up in Amherst and when they saw the space open up on Park Ave., she knew that was the perfect place for their shop. She said it was a prime location and easy to find. When she tells customers that the store is right downtown Amherst, they know exactly where she nwanff "We love Amherst," Wingard said Wingard racing is one of several downtown businesses that are taking donations for Derek Carter, the masonry worker who was injured in Amherst last Monday. The business is offering discounts to customers who donate five dollars or more to the fund. She said her customers have been more than willing to help the family with their need. The couple has three daughters, Michaela, 7, Sydney, 4 and Shelby, 6 months. Jerry Wingard says he learned everything he knows about cars from his father, Gerald "Barrie" Wingard, who loved working on cars as much as he does. His father died in 1998 of Lou Gehrig's disease. The Wingards said that Jerry's father was very much in their hearts as they made preparations to open the business. Wingard said her father-in-law built cars from the ground up, completely rebuilt at least 25 cars. He even built a kit car in 1964. "He was always working on something," Jerry said of his father. Wingard said they recently completed rebuilding her car and she plans to be back on the track at Norwalk soon, with her partner waiting for her in the pits. Williams takes case to Congress When a U.S lee held tearing* oa the Medicare reunbuneoksot for on the in for Wilakms works as director of medical eajtiiMient. they celled on Amherst city rounribnan David T. CoqK, a for Iavacare for cal eouipoont with the tower prices paid by the Department of Ve Affairs " ical equipment providers Medicare. "Invacare and the industry Williams. lor of home Williaausaidtteiepott's atoas are Invalid port tejjdmsm propeaali to save raoney for beneficiaries and fee Medicare Treat Fend." Williams Williams, councilman-at-large, In Us keatitnoay, William cttal- pans the VA, which provides only testified on Wednesday before dm longed the of a report the equipOKat, with the 12 byte Office of la- of Medi- vidua! aadatevioestiMttodl- will btindry accept receive from CONTINUED on l awaraiOn—,.**' •
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2002-06-26|
|Date of Original||26-JUN-2002|
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