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1 BANGOR DAILY NEWS OCTOBER 7-8, 2000 FROM Lawsuit Continued from Page B1 According to the lawsuit, Wellman was a senior child protective worker in 1985 when she began investigating information that involved a number of children being sexually exploited and abused by a group of adults in both Hanco*ck and Penobscot counties. That investigation led to a significant drug operation, she claims, which eventually involved child protection workers in Ellsworth, the Ellsworth District. Attorney's Office, Bangor Police Department, the Attorney General's Office and Maine State Police. "Police investigators determined in August 1985, if not earlier, through interview of a child victim that perhaps as many as one dozen adults were holding sexual gatherings where adults and children Mitchell Continued from Page B1 The major challenges today are to reduce automobile emissions. and to make cars and trucks more fuel In addition, global warming is a real problem that mighty nations such as the United States must take a leadership role in addressing, Mitchell said.

During a tour of the Mitchell Center, which comprises a portion of the second floor of the Sawyer Environmental Research Center, the former senator criticized Congress for not stepping up to the plate to combat global warming, which many scientists believe is being accelerated by the emissions of pollutants called greenhouse gases from cars, manufacturing Drugs Continued from Page B1 drug possession because officers found additional narcotics on his person. Crandall did not identify those narcotics. Brown recently entered a guilty plea to a felony drug offense and was awaiting sentencing. His charge was elevated to an aggravated offense because of a 1995 felony drug trafficking conviction. Police also arrested Paul Tomah, 42, of Indian Township and charged him with felony trafficking.

Tomah was one of the 17 people arrested in February. He was out on post -conviction bail. On Monday, Tomah, his wife, Yolanda, and eight other people, who were arrested in February, entered guilty pleas in Washington County Continued from Page BI trzemski, today we have retired his robe," said the judge's son, John Brody of New York. "His number has gone to the rafters Just as they say, there was only one Cousy, Orr, Russell or Williams, they will say there was only one Mort Brody," John Brody said, referring to star Boston athletes. Maine Superior Court Justice Donald Marden quoted Civil War hero and Maine Gov.

Joshua Chamberlain to describe Brody. Marden knew Brody for 36 years as a friend, legal adversary and fellow judge. He compared Brody to a self-sacrificing character mentioned in the song titled "Big John," popular in the 1960s. Brody was a "big, big man. Big of Teen soccer player died from cerebral aneurysm The Associated Press BETHEL A 14-year-old girl who collided with another soccer player at Gould Academy on Wednesday died from a ruptured cerebral aneurysm, according to the State Medical Examiner's Office.

Lauren Nealle-May of Portola Valley, was a student at New Hampshire's New Hampton School, which was playing Gould Academy in a junior varsity game at the time of the accident. She was pronounced dead after being flown to a hospital in Norway. The second player was not injured. New Hampton Headmaster Jeffrey Pratt Beedy said the school is stunned and that coming to grips with the death will take time. Nealle-May's classmates have been writing messages of grief and attaching them to a "tree of life" in the dining hall.

were participating in group sexual contact, and this contact was taking place in Hanco*ck and Penobscot counties, plaintiff's area of responsibility" the suit states. least two of these children resided in Hanco*ck County and were, indeed, taken into state custody." The complaint further alleges that authorities determined as many as eight other children were being exploited who were believed to be from Penobscot County. Wellman asserts that her investigation revealed that the sexual activities were being professionally photographed and videotaped and distributed as child p*rnography in Maine and outside the state. She also claims to have discovered that members of the faculty and or staff at the University of Maine in Orono were involved in a child p*rnography ring and that equipment from the university was likely used in the filming of sexual activity and other human activities. He said it was a shame the United States has failed to ratify international protocols that called upon countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Mitchell said many people criticize Vice President Al Gore for writing a book about the environment and taking a strong stand on that issue. But, he said, the leadership Gore has shown on environmental issues is what is needed. Laboratories like those at the water research center are needed because they help discover problems society doesn't even know exist. "Now we have the ability to know what we couldn't know 10 years ago," Mitchell said, pointing to lab equipment. The center, which includes 18 scientists from four colleges within the university, has taken a 1 lead in Superior Court, to felony trafficking in controlled drugs.

Tomah's sentence was stayed after. his attorney told the Superior Court judge that the couple would lose their housing on the reservation if it were unoccupied for 30 days. Yolanda Tomah, 26, who was sentenced Monday to one year in jail, with all but 30 days suspended and two years probation, began serving her time immediately. Police also arrested a 17-year-old Baileyville youth in Calais on Friday and charged him with aggravated trafficking because his alleged offense occurred in a school zone. An additional arrest warrant, Crandall said, has been issued for Whilelmina Lewey, 36, of Eddington and Indian Township.

She has been charged with felony trafficking. Police were still looking for her late Friday Police said that in a related case, Michelle White, 24, and Mark Antho- heart, big of courage, big of concern for his family and friends," Marden said. About 175 people filled the courtroom for the 11 a.m. unveiling, over which Maine's chief federal judge, D. Brock Hornby, presided.

Brody's three grown children, two of them attorneys, spoke emotionally of their father while his young grandchildren sat nearby. U.S. Attorney Jay McCloskey attended the ceremony. Most members of the state's Supreme Judicial Court, a panel on which Brody served from 1990 to 1991, also attended. Appellate Judges Kermit Lipez, Conrad Cyr and other members of the federal appellate court in Boston were present for an event punctuated by laughter and tears.

In addition, seven of Brody's 15 former law clerks, including one from as far away as San Francisco, made an appearance. Brody had officiated at many of their weddings. 3 fishermen rescued off Nova Scotia coast The Associated Press YARMOUTH, Nova Scotia Three fishermen were rescued Friday morning in waters off southwestern Nova Scotia after their boat sank. A 12-meter fishing boat reported it was taking in water. Three rescue ships were sent to the area.

The fishermen were taken aboard the Coast Guard ship Clarke's Harbour. They were rescued from a life raft that was spotted by a Hercules patrol plane. The men were in good condition, officials said. There was no word on why the vessel started sinking. Capt.

Jason Proulx of the Halifax rescue center said the stern of the vessel sank very quickly, leaving the bow bobbing above the surface for some time. Pumps later were put aboard the boat and it was being towed to West Head, he said. "That's when the smoke started coming down on her," Fuller said. All of the information Wellman gathered was reported to the proper police agencies, the suit claims. It also says she requested reports and interviews from Maine State Police regarding the case and was denied a access.

According to the complaint, child protective workers are normally provided that information. When she began planning for a preliminary protection order hearing, Wellman claims, she encountered "extreme resistance from DHS," which interfered with her case preparation. The attorney general became involved, and DHS supervisors ordered that the case not be forwarded to a forensic evaluator, which was also normal procedure in such cases. Wellman claims that her case files were censored and that during a behind-closed-doors meeting with an attorney general representative researching acid rain and water pollution problems caused by mercury, dioxin, MTBE and other chemicals. Last year, the center, one of 49 congressionally authorized water research centers nationally, was ranked as one top four programs in the country by the U.S.

Geological Survey, the federal agency that oversees all the labs. The fact such a high-quality lab is in Maine is a testament to the importance of the state's environment, Mitchell said. "A clean environment is essential to healthy human life anywhere on Earth," Mitchell said during his address. "It is especially important here in Maine because the quality of our environment is critical to our economy" Millions of people visit the state each year and countless more want to move here, he said. For those peo- ny, 33, both of Calais were indicted by the Washington County grand jury on Thursday, Oct.

5. White was charged with aggravated trafficking and Anthony was charged with trafficking. White allegedly sold Dilaudid tablets to an informant for the MDEA on June 14. Anthony was charged in connection with the alleged sale of 20-milligram OxyContin pills to an MDEA undercover agent on June 15. Calais Police Chief Michael Milburn, who last week met with the City Council to discuss the drug problem in the city, said Friday that he was pleased with the number of arrests.

He said he believed it would send a message to the rest of the drug dealers. "Anyone who is considering selling drugs, beware. Eventually, you are going to get caught," he warned. Milburn said his department would continue to pressure drug The portrait actually an enlarged photograph shows a tall, robust man standing in a suit covered by a black judicial robe. In the image, Brody has placed his left hand on several law books he used as guides for his legal decisionmaking.

Standing in front of the American and state flags in his courtroom, Brody is seen gazing ahead with purpose. U.S. Defense Secretary William R. Cohen did not attend the ceremony but sent a letter of tribute to Brody. U.S.

District Judge George Z. Singal, who replaced Brody in July, recalled his colleague, in earlier days, telling "war stories" of private practice. On the bench, however, he maintained decorum. "Once you've interacted with Mort Brody, you're always connected," Singal said. "Mort will always be with us." A Lewiston native, Brody was described as a man of ideal judicial temperament, a patient man and an Maine driver indicted in fatal car crash The Associated Press ALFRED A motorist accused of excessive speed in a crash that claimed the life a Kennebunk woman has been indicted on charges of manslaughter and reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon her car.

An accident reconstruction team estimated that Amanda Spaulding, 19, was driving her car at least 20 mph over the posted limit when she lost control of the vehicle on a bend in the road on April 6. Her car careened into the path of an oncoming car, causing a collision that killed Pamela McAlevey, 69. Spaulding and her passenger, Allen Nagy, 20, also of Kennebunk, were seriously injured. Lt. Matthew Baker of the Kennebunk Police Department said an accident reconstruction showed the minimum speed Spaulding's 1977 Buick could have been going was 55 mph.

The limit was 35 mph. and state police, she was ordered not to testify regarding her investigation and to withdraw her sworn affidavit. During that meeting, she was told that the judge was contacted and informed that her sworn statements were false, the suit says. According to the complaint, Wellman refused to withdraw the affidavit and was later placed on administrative leave, pending an internal DHS investigation. The lawsuit claims that members of the department, the Attorney General's Office and the state police began circulating rumors and published documents suggesting that the plaintiff was mentally ill, and otherwise unstable.

Wellman was forced to either take a disability retirement or be terminated, according to the lawsuit. It further states that she has constantly been in contact with the department since she left because of the disability retirement or dur-. ing efforts to be reinstated. ple and for future generations, "we must leave a legacy of clean air, pure water and unpoisoned said Mitchell, who served in the U.S. Senate from 1980 to 1995.

Mitchell, who has spent the better part of the last five years in Ireland trying to negotiate and end centuries of conflict between Catholics and Protestants, urged the high school and university students attending the ceremony to leave time in their lives to help others. "Among you is someone who will devote his or her life to the kind of research that will make Maine a better place to live and our country an even better nation than it is," he said. Outside the Maine Center for the Arts, more than two dozen University of Maine System professional employees were picketing to draw attention to the fact that they have dealers. He warned Calais residents that even though they've taken some of the alleged dealers off the street, there are others. "Citizens who suspect their neighbors of trafficking in drugs should call us," he said.

Commenting on this latest drug sweep, Pleasant Point Police Chief Joseph Barnes said that the raids in February initially put a dent in trafficking on the reservation. Barnes, who worked with the MDEA agents Friday, a said that although no one from Pleasant Point was arrested, his agency still was part of the sweep. "It doesn't matter where they are, we're involved in it. If it means our. people are going to other areas to purchase drugs, then we will do our part to help out," he said.

Barnes said that keeping the pressure on makes the drug dealers leery "That's what we want. We want them to look at us and wonder if we are going to educator who seemed to bask in the presence of the people with whom he worked and lived. For all the accolades he heard during a career that stretched 42 years, beginning as an antitrust attorney in Washington, D.C., in 1958 and ending with a presidential appointment to the federal bench, Brody kept his accomplishments in modest perspective, according to his admirers. "I think the most important thing is not to take yourself too seriously" Brody said at his induction to the federal bench in 1991. "Remember, judges are appointed, not anointed." A graduate of Bates College, Brody received his law degree from the University of Chicago in 1958.

After a stint in private practice and several years as. Waterville's city solicitor, he began working up the judicial ladder, first as a Superior Court justice and eventually as an associate jus- When her disability retirement ended in December 1999, Wellman had no money and could not get a recommendation from DHS, Fuller said, noting that his client had been under a great deal of stress during the time of the child protection investigation, which did affect her. However, two to three years ago, Wellman took numerous psychological tests, he said. She passed them and DHS still refused to rehire her, he said. Department policy dictates that a person not of retirement age who comes off disability is supposed to be hired back, he said.

Wellman, who is in her mid- to late 40s, was senior child protection worker for five years in the Bangor office, he said. The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, maintains that the defendant's actions resulted in slander and significantly reduced the value of the plaintiff's services in the job market for more than 15 years. been working without a contract for a year and a half. Because university and employee negotiators have been unable to reach a settlement, the two sides asked for the fact finding report that was issued in August. The report called for an percent wage increase over the next two years.

The workers had asked for 9 percent and the system had offered percent. Bruce Littlefield, chief negotiator for. the workers' union, said his group was willing to accept the terms in the report, which covered issues other than salary, but the university system is not willing to do SO. The purpose of the picket was draw attention to their cause, not to denigrate Mitchell, said Sherry Treworgy, associate director of the UM Career Center. bust them.

I think it put a significant dent in the first place," he said of the first raid, "but this does help." Crandall would not comment on the street value of the drugs that were seized, but he did say that the arrests took place all over the city, at residences and on the street. "We continue to recognize that we have a problem with prescription narcotics being smuggled into Calais from Canada. Efforts continue to address that problem," he said. The task force supervisor said that the 10 arrests illustrate area law enforcement's commitment to addressing the distribution of narcotics in Washington County "The problem continues, as many traffickers sell to support their own unshakable addictions to opiates. The intravenous abuse of opiate prescription drugs and associated crime continues to be a significant threat to the health of many communities in this area," he said.

tice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. President Bush nominated him to be a U.S. district judge in 1991. Brody's daughter, Elizabeth Brody Gluck, is a lawyer in Massachusetts. Married and the mother of two children, Gluck spoke of her family's struggle to face the "empty chairs" that Brody filled as the family patriarch.

His oldest son, Ronald Brody, a lawyer in New York City and the father of twins, spoke of the example set by his father. "He was a man who always strove to do the right thing," Ronald Brody said. As a loving husband and father he gave unconditional love, gentle guidance that was "the most important influence in my life." "Thank God for the time I had with my father," his son said. "I stand before you today with a heavy heart: yet I'm proud to be my father's son." State high court denies appeal in Internet p*rnography case PORTLAND Maine's highest court Friday upheld the convictions of two Portland men who were ordered to serve 10 years apiece in prison for dealing child p*rnography on the Internet. In its unanimous opinion, the Supreme Judicial Court rejected arguments that the law under which Michael Weeks, 24, and Dale Martin, 35, were indicted was unconstitutionally vague.

Weeks and Martin were sentenced in February after entering conditional pleas of guilty to trading hundreds of images depicting men sexually abusing children as young as 18 months old. In denying a motion to dismiss the indictments, a judge had rejected defense arguments that the images did not INEZ A. WITHAM BUCKSPORT Inez A. Witham, 87, died Oct. 6, 2000, in Deer Isle.

She was born in Blue Hill, July 7, 1913, the daughter of Harry and Lucy (Grindle) Atherton. Mrs. Witham is survived by her five children, Ruby Parker of Bucksport, Robert Witham of New York, Frances LaBree of Bucksport, Walter Witham Penobscot and Kendall Witham of Blue Hill; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held I p.m. Tuesday at the MitchellTweedie Funeral Home, 14 Elm Bucksport, with the Rev.

Karla Frost officiating. At the request of her family, there will be no calling hours. Interment will be at Castine Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Island Nursing Home, Deer Isle, 04627. CHARLOTTE E.

LURVEY MANSET Charlotte E. Lurvey, 90, died Oct. 5, 2000, at a Bar Harbor healthcare facility. She was born March 9, 1910, in Roxbury, the daughter of Ezra W. and Mary Elizabeth (Donahue) Lurvey.

Charlotte graduated from high school in, Roxbury, Mass. and went to secretarial school. She worked for the Lawrence Robinson Agency, for 50 years. She was a member the Southwest Harbor Congregational Church and Rowena Rebecah Lodge for many years. Charlotte was an avid knitter.

She is survived by her niece, Terri Lanpher of Seal Cove; a nephew, Anthony Higgins of Fryeburg; two close friends, Carolyn Dolliver and Gladys Townsend. Contributions in Charlotte's memory may be made to the Southwest Harbor Congregational Church, High Road, Southwest Harbor, 04679. Service arrangements will be announced by the Fernald Funeral Chapel, Mt. Desert at a later date. Quadruplets born to couple in Limington The Associated Press PORTLAND A Limington couple are the parents of Maine's first quadruplets since 1996.

Fertility drugs didn't work for Thomas and Suzanne Fickett. But after eight rounds of in vitro fertilization, they learned Suzanne was carrying quadruplets. Fickett, 35, gave birth Monday to two boys and two girls at Maine Medical Center in Portland with the help of about 28 doctors and nurses. Steven Allen, Olivia Alice, Michelle Elizabeth and Brian Richard each weighed between 2 pounds and 3 pounds, 14 ounces. Dr.

Jacquelyn Blackstone, the couple's obstetrician, said the children were healthy The quadruplets were delivered two months early to protect the smallest one, Steven. Doctors worried he would suffer with so much competition in the womb. But now, Steven is faring well. In fact, he is the only one who began eating on his own Thursday "The littlest seems to be doing the best," said Suzanne Fickett. "The bigger ones need a little help breathing." The babies are expected to remain at the hospital for two months.

Quadruplets last were born in Maine in 1996, according to the Office of Data Research and Vital Statistics. The rate of multiple births in Maine has increased from 1.8 percent of births in 1980 to 3.1 percent last year. Blackstone believes the rise is due to the increasing number of fertility drugs available to women. The Associated Press qualify as p*rnography because the state law in effect at the time failed to specifically mention computers. The supreme court noted that the law, which was later amended, listed "mechanically reproduced visual material" along with books, magazines, videotapes and other means of disseminating p*rnography.

"There is no doubt that defendants' computer is a machine and that its files contained 'mechanically reproduced visual material' even though the material was not visible to the naked eye unless printed or displayed on a computer screen," Chief Justice Daniel Wathen wrote in the court's unanimous opinion. Weeks and Martin were accused of setting up a site on the World Wide Web and visiting chat rooms to request and supply graphic sexual photos of children. Arrest Continued from Page B1 also allegedly used a weapon, according to police, who would not say what it was. During the attack, he allegedly forced her to drive to a secluded location in Winthrop and sexually assaulted her, before returning to her workplace and fleeing on foot. The woman was treated at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta.

Commeau was arrested at 11:25 p.m. Wednesday in Lewiston, police said, after a Monmouth officer discovered that Commeau's car had been parked in the area of the woman's workplace. The Associated Press contributed to this report..

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