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nmu~uln unnniun ~ wnul iiinngUlll ilWijnug~ 11 UlUlUlliill IIUUIIIUll lUll IlINIP.INUUl 4/28/2012 N Grc, aii Town Papers- i 2t 7 W Cota St ~nebtccJ w'a ~58564 Hometown Newspaper of Dianne Mclntosh Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, January 11, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 2 75 Cents Longtime local enthusiast finds niche in roller derby By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Anthony "GQ" Warner, 33, has been a longtime roller skater, but now he's taking his sport to the next level, moving from the rink to the roller derby track. Warner and his team, the Lane County Concus- sion, open their second season of roller derby at the Willamalane Sports Center in Springfield on Jan. 15. Warner, who plays the blocker and jammer po- sitions, got into roller derby last March while at a session skate at Oaks Park Roller Rink. He saw some people wearing roller derby shirts and asked them what it was all about. The roller skating is in his blood, he said. His mother, Vernell Warner, was a figure skater and der- by skater in the 1960s. Warner, who works at Game Time Sports Bar in Lebanon and skates two to three times a week, moved to Sweet Home from Salem in the first grade. He first skated at Skate Palace in Salem. He attended Sweet Home High School and Linn-Benton Com- munity College. Warner also enjoys Airs0ft, swimming and camping-,~ He has two sons, Layne, 7, and Lawson, 5, who are both learning to skate. "It's a stress relief," Warner said. "It keeps me fit. I love being on skates. In the summer, I skate around town. Roller derby itself is a team sport." It's a new option since hockey went away in this area, he said. Photo courtesy of Cindy Hart See Skater, page 8 Anthony "'GQ" Warner circles the track during a roller derby event. B ard plans ay By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era School District 55 will host an open forum at 5:30 p:m. on Jan. 23 to share information and take input from the public regarding the proposed four-day week. The forum is tentatively planned to be See Board, page 5 FBI report SH crime rate up By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports, Sweet Home has a higher crime rate than Linn County's two larger cities, Albany and Lebanon. But law enforcement officials question whether those numbers represent an actual spike in crime in this area of Linn County or whether they simply reflect a change in how crimes are counted. In past years, Sweet Home boasted a lower rate, and then after a local spikein the crime rate in 2004 and 2005, Sweet Home held an advantage over Lebanon while stay- ing about even with Albany. According to data released late in 2011 for 2010, Sweet Home had a rate of 52.4 re- See Crime, page 11 P Neighbors say skate park woes persist By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era After complaining to the City Council on Nov. 8 about perva- sive foul language and other al- leged offenses by some users of the city's skate park, neighbor Dan Kilpatrick said things im- proved for a couple of weeks and then returned to usual. In 2005, the year the park opened, the Sweet Home .Police Department handled 49 calls there, said Police Chief Bob Bur- ford. In 2010, they responded to the park 23 times, and in 2011, 29 times. Several of the complaints have been in regard to skaters' behavior after dark, around clos- ing time, which is one hour after sunset or, during the summer, 9 p.m. "We've been monitoring out there," said City Manager Craig Martin. The city has seen improve- ment in the number of problems with graffiti and that sort of activ- ity, said Carol Lewis, Community Development Director. City personnel have talked Devin Stafford performs a trick as at the Sweet Home Skatepark. Photo by Miriam Swanson other skaters watch Monday afternoon with park users since the initial it's another group," Lewis said. complaint to the City Council, The users change every single Martin said. Patrons there have day, and different people are there told the city it wasn't their groups day in and day out, although she causing the problems, but rather knows that some individuals are other groups from out of town. there more than others. "If you talk about a specific "When spring comes around activity, that group will tell you See Park, page 8 Photo by Scott Swanson SHEDG and Jamboree staff members stand in the lobby of their new of- rices. From left are Carlene Erickson, Sarah Winslow, Brian Hoffman, Cathi Hay and Erin Regrutto. SHEDG Staffers say new offices raise profile, cut costs By Scott Swanson Jan. 1, also included the Sweet Of The New Era Home Economic Development After more than l0 years in the Group staff, which had been pre- 1300 block of Long Street, theOre- viously located at 1331 Main St., gon Jamboree has moved its offices next to Steve Hanscam's account- to the commercial complex located ing office. Hanscam owns both of at 401 Main St., also occupied by the vacated offices.- Heritage Northwest Realty. The move, which took place See SHEDG, page 5