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Page 68 nR‘e‘fiorter July 17, 2019 ____.1_ Meet Rob Laukaitis, a.k.a. Gomez Addams By Bailey Storey bolleyollyso siorey©gmoilcom Everyone who has ever owned a TV probably knows the name Gomez Addams. He is the father in one of the world’s most famous, creepiest fictional families. Un- less they’re a regular at the Rose Theater, the name people may not know is Rob Laukaitis, who is playing Gomez in the Roses pro— duction of “The Addams Family” this July. Rob was born in a small town in northern Pennsylvania, but grew up in New Albany. He began doing theater in ninth grade after his mu- sic teacher told him to audition for the school musical. He got a lead role, letting theater become a huge part of his life. While he didn’t move on to study it in college, Rob still stuck with theater in his spare time by performing in shows and taking voice lessons. After moving to Monroe County in 1997, Rob began working with local acting group The Backlot Players. Rob’s first show with them was “Oliver!” in 1999. Since high school, he’s been in at least 23 plays, two TV commercials, some training vid- eos, and an unreleased movie. I asked Rob if he found it diflicult to play Gomez because the char- acter is so well known, and he told me no. He said the only thing he really found challenging was not letting his memory of other actors that have played Gomez steer him too far away from the musical’s script. He said he gives 120% when he’s playing Gomez because of the type of character he is. He is all about his family, and he never tries to be the center of attention. There is no middle ground to his char- acter. Rob said he likes to know the characters he plays, and that growing up with “The Addams Family” TV show and movies re- ally helped him understand how to play Gomez. He also watched dif— ferent productions of the musical on YouTube and looked at Charles Addams original cartoons from 1938. The directors are also impor- tant when it comes to building a character because they’re the ones who make all final decisions about the actor’s performance. During rehearsals, he will try dif- ferent movements or will say lines with different emotions to see if it fits the character. Rob said he may change his appearance slightly in order to play a role. He also finds it difficult to disassociate from his character sometimes, but that dif- ficulty varies from show to show. I asked him if he considered himself a method actor, and he said while he did agree to have some of the same tendencies as a method actor, he is still able to separate from the char- acter. He wasn’t sure if that made him a method actor or just a dedicated one. Rob spoke very highly of his cast— mates in “The Addams Family”. He said they’re all very talented and devoted actors, and that they are passionate in their roles and always give 100% of their effort into each rehearsal. While he never did consider act— ing as a career, Rob still believes anyone he’s worked with at The Rose could make it big working in theater. “Ifyou think you can do it, LAUKAITIS then do it,” he said. When he isn’t per- forming, Rob works as the Strategic and Capabilities—Based I planning branch chief for Headquarters Air Force Reserve Com- mand at Robins Air Force Base. He also enjoys spending time with his family. “The Addams Family” has four more performances, July 19 and 20 at 7:30 pm, and July 20 and 21 at 2:30 pm. For more infor— mation or if you have any ques- tions, you can visit the theater’s website,wwwthebacklotplayers. org, or their Facebook page. Per- formance dates and times are also located on the theater’s marquee. Monroe Co. faces l9percent hike in iudicial costs . By Richard Dumas County will pay from the million. The total Circuit forsyfhnimymcmej previous year. budget is divided between Commissioners approved Butts, Lamar and Monroe r Monroe County Com_ a 2020 Circuit budget counties based upon casel— i missioners approved on (which took effect on oad. Monroe County spent Tuesday, july 2 a 2020 July 1) in which Monroe $582,285, or just under 35 i Towaliga judicial Circuit County will pay $691,738, percent, of the total Circuit 3 budget that calls for a or just over 41 percent, of amount of just over $1.67 ; nearly 19 percent increase the total Circuit budget million in the 2019 year. I amount of just under $1.68 Of the approximately . in the amount Monroe $1.68 million 2020 budget, Juvenile Judges/Services. Ambrose’s motion, com—- $313,994 (18.7 percent) District 3 commissioner missioners approved the I is allocated to judges, John Ambrose motioned measure by a 4-0 vote. $510,321 (31 percent) is to approve the 2020 budget District 4 commissioner allocated to the District as long as the percentages George Emami missed the Attorney’s office, $639,960 were for one year only and regular meeting as he was (38.1 percent) is allocated would be re—evaluated by holding a separate town to the Public Defender’s caseload again next year. hall meeting to discuss office, and $204,434 (12.2 After commission chair— internet needs at the same percent) is allocated to man Greg Tapley seconded time. Commissioners raise cost of picking up school trash eight Monroe County Schools locations. Commissioners nixed the contract, urging county manager Jim Hedges to determine exactly how much it costs the county to provide the service. Hedges then broke down the costs to commissioners on Tuesday, July 2, estimat— ing the county spends $23,662 annually to pick up school trash. He said gasoline By Richard Dumas lorsyih©mymcrnel e a... Monroe County Commissioners will charge the Monroe County Board of Education about 44 percent more for trash collection. On June 18, the BOE proposed pay- ing the county $16,500 in exchange for wfl‘IwIn. . (»le~5g§t§‘j mass-~ employees costs $4,689, disposal costs $14,420, vehicle depreciation costs $803 and employee supervision costs $3,375 for the $23,662 total. Hedges then recommended charging the BOE $23,700 for the next school year with the amount to increase by $700 to $24,400 in 2020-21 and by another $700 to $25,100 in 2021-22. motioned to approve Hedges’ recommen- dation, which was seconded by District 2 commissioner Eddie Rowland. Commis- sioners then approved the measure 3-1 with District 1 commissioner Larry Evans the lone dissenter. District 4 commissioner George Emami missed the regular meet- ing as he was holding a separate town hall meeting to discuss internet needs at the the county picking up trash weekly at costs $374, salaries and benefits for county District 3 commissioner John Ambrose same time. I y . _ Themanalsonotifiedhisbankaboutthe ” Join, as [at am 0°““““ed"°'“53 ' Juliette post office employee 4:” I Driver arrested after high- repgfls work van side" “i + speed chase on Hwy. 42 N. I l At about 8 am. on July 11, a female Juliette ‘ A 35-year'old white Jackson woman was post Office employee told Cpl. Jake Justice that l anestedand charged with DUI afteratraffic hergmyZQOO Honda Odyssey workvanhad l stop on West Johnston Street on July 11. At been stolen. The employee said her father : about 2; 15 am, Dep, Wade Kendrick was bought the van for her andsaid she only drives ] . i . headed northbound on Hwy, 42 North when it for work The employee said she typically ] ,, awhite 2011 Buick Lucerne crossed over leaves thevanpaiked at the post office, located r ' , . the center line, forcing Kendrick to drivehis on Bowdoin Road The employee said on July 1 ‘ v ‘ patrol car off the road to keep from getting hit. 10, She parked the V311 near the loading dOCk ‘ . Kendrick then turned around and pursued behind the post office but discovered it was 5 it the car at speeds in excess of 100 mph but was missing When She arrived at WOIKOD lUlY 11- f not able to locate it. Kendrick then spotted A male CO-WOI'ker told the employee that her thecarnearFairviewChurchRoadanst. vanwasstillparl<edh1itsspotat§z30pmon E ChadBeckfinallystopped the caron West July 10 when he left the post office. Justice ( Johnston Street near Country Club Drive. The then entered the van as stolen. female driver, who smelled strongly of alcohol Monday J U 9 ‘ andYVhose 6Y6? Wf’vreglazedandbloodslfot» Florida couple arrested after ’ ’ muedmdmmgmb‘m'me duvet de uties discover mari'uana 1 5_8 m Dro In thenfailedafieldsobrietytest. Kendrickfound P , l 1 p p inside the air an open container of Modelo 1 _ _ beer. He also found on the front passenger seat A 407%”) d Whlte B omta Spmgs Fla , - . -- man was arrested and charged wrth Violation 1 apillbottlecontainmgsuspectedmarijuana fth Geo . Co nedS] Mafia Kendrick then took the driver to the Monroe 0 tragi rgla mm th Ce abo , , , 7 , Countylajlqhedfiverwasalsochargedmm a cstoponl—75Sou .onJuly7.At _ ut ‘ r r f .. . 10:08 am, Sgt Kevrn Williams sawa white 5 possesswn 0 mamuana’ an Open comma Ford Five Hundred without a brake light t, violation failure to maintain lane and reckless . . . . . ' 0W . . ’ , wasfailingtomarntainitslaneonI-7580uth ’ dnvmg' firmflednfiarker saw thgomale , 'eran emale tseatpassenger th . 68 weSt J Oh “Ston F O rSyth, Forsyth man calls deputies verynervouswith tremblingstom— ’ achs and Williams smelled July, 17th 2019 p ‘ “Troop 51 has been a blessing to my son. He has had positive role models through troop leaders and his peers, that'helped him reach Eagle Scout. Being a single mom with a high functioning autism son that is very important.” Jill Turner . Cub Sout Pack 51 and By S ut T o 51 M..g;~,grgj,a,rm«smqagamwwy.w.«w, “wmwflk‘rnrthsamm- over possible fraud AtaboutSpm. on July 11, aForsythman told Cpl. Christian Sawley he posted a grill for sale online and was contacted by a buyer via text message The buyer told the man he was out of town but would have a mov- ing company come by and pick up the grill. However, the buyer asked the man to pay the moving company for him. The man said the buyer then sent him a check for $3,800, $1,200 for the grill and $2,600 for the moving company The man said he then sent money to the moving company but was told it wasn’t enough for them to pick up the grill The man said he then messaged the buyer whotold him he was in a dispute with the moving company. The man said the buyer then sent'him another check for $5,950 and told him to send the money to a Pennsylvania trucking company. Themansaidthebuyerinstructedhimtocash the check and then go to the post office and buy money orders in $1,000 increments. The mansaidhe thendepositedthe checkathis bank, First Union, and then waited 24 hours before taking $5,950 in cash to the post office. The man said he then bought the money orders and sent them to the trucking company ' but later found out that his check bounced. possession o marijuana marijuana coming from the passenger, but the driver did not appear impaired The front seat passenger admittedto ' amarijuana cigar out of the vehicle prior to the stop, and thedriverrefusedtoallowWilliamstosearch the vehicle. Williams’ K—9 dog Zibi alerted on the vehicle. Williams and Cpl. Thomas Haskins then found in the driver side door pocket a plastic bag containing a powdery white substance. They also found in the center console avapepenwith THC oil inside of it. Inside the driver’s book bag, depu- ties found two cigarette packs containing THC oilandrawmarijuanaaswellasseveralwhite pills behaved to be Oxyoodone. The driver told deputies that everything belonged to him ex— cept for the marijuana and the powdery white substance while the front seat passenger said the marijuana was hers. Williams later sent the powdery white substance to the Geo ' Bu- reau of Investigation (GBI) crime lab r test- ing. Both the driver and the passenger Were then taken to the Monroe County Jail while twobackseatp ers, ages 16 and 17,were nottakenintocdst .Thedriverwasalso charged with having defective equipment. Meanwhile, the passenge , a 37-year-old white Bonita Sp ' Fla woman, was charged with