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B2 City & Region The Boston Globe TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2002 Lawyer seeks new trial for sect leader ?r By Michele Kurtz GLOBE CORRESPONDENT The attorney for a leader of an Attleboro religious sect who was convicted of first-degree murder last week in the starvation death of his infant son has filed a motion for a new trial on grounds that the judge failed to give jurors sufficient instructions about the law. "j Francis M. CfiBoy filed the motion in Bristol Superior Court in Taunton yesterday. His client, Jacques Robidoux, 29, on Friday Man charged with licking women's feet Jwo victims say pey were accosted in R.I. supermarket ASSOCIATED PRESS rj WOONSOCKET, R.I. - A Providence man has been arrested tor allegedly licking the feet of two female shoppers at a Woonsocket Supermarket, police said. 2 Police have received three calls describing similar incidents elsewhere in the state. 2 Raymond C. Dublin, 34, was arrested Thursday after turning fiimself in at Woonsocket police headquarters, The Providence Jjburnal reported. At his arraignment in District Court last week, e pleaded innocent to two counts of simple assault. The assaults allegedly occurred fhe afternoon of June 6 at Shaw's Supermarket on Diamond Hill Eoad. J A 32-year-old Woonsocket woman reported that a man started to follow her, stopping on one side of her each time she paused to select a grocery item, i The man complimented her fjet and said her toenail polish was "pretty." j Then, according to the police Report, the man bent down as if to pick up an item for a low shelf, grabbed the woman's foot and licked it. 'The woman told police she simply walked away, but noted the man following her, so she headed for the checkout counter. She said the man stopped following her Boy, 7, charged with ASSOCIATED PRESS WEST SPRINGFIELD A 7-year-old boy was charged yesterday with setting a house fire that killed his younger brother and sister. The boy, whom authorities would not identify because of his age, was arraigned in Springfield Juvenile Court on one charge of delinquency by reason of setting fire to a dwelling. He denied the charge and was placed in state custody, officials said. j His 2-year-old brother and 3-year-old sister died in the Sunday morning blaze. The 7-year-old and his mother escaped uninjured, authorities said. ; Authorities declined to identify the toddlers until their father is Anti-Muslim acts drop But study warns harassment is still a problem By Kevin Graham ; GLOBE CORRESPONDENT : While incidents of racial and religious intolerance directed toward Muslims living in Maine have decreased since Sept. 11, they are continuing, according to a study released yesterday by the University of Southern Maine's Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence. To get a sense of how the lives of Muslims in and around Portland have been altered following the terrorist attacks, center directors hired four members of the Muslim community an Afghan, a Liberian, a Nigerian, and a Somali who spent January through April interviewing about 45 Muslim refugees and others from 10 countries. ,The study did not collect law enforcement statistics. Instead interviewers such as Nasir Shir, who moved to Portland from Afghanistan in 1984, tried to get other Muslims to talk about their experiences. It wasnt easy, he said. "They wanted to say America is was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole after a jury found him guilty of murder in his son Samuel's death. Robidoux testified that he and his wife, Karen, stopped feeding Samuel solid food in order to comply with a family member's religious prophecy. In his motion, O'Boy said, among other things, that Superior Court Judge Elizabeth B. Donovan failed to give jurors adequate direction during their six hours of and continued to walk around the store. The man then approached a customer in the cosmetics aisle, according to the report. He told a 32-year-old Blackstone, Mass., woman she had pretty feet and that he was a "foot man." When the man bent down and started arranging items on a low shelf, the woman thought he was a Shaw's employee, she told the police. He then placed part of his face on her foot, she said. As the man fled toward the exit, the woman's husband followed him and took down the license plate number of his car as he drove away. Police said they traced the car to Dublin. After discovering that he had a record of sexual assaults, they included his image in a photo lineup, and both alleged victims picked him out. Police said they have received three calls informing them of similar incidents that occurred recently elsewhere in the state, and the callers described a suspect fitting Dublin's description. In 1991, Dublin was convicted of first-degree sexual assault and sentenced to 15 years with 10 to serve; in 1998, he was convicted of second-degree sexual assault and sentenced to 15 years with five to serve. Dublin is being held without bail at the state prison for allegedly violating the terms of parole and probation. He will appear at a pretrial hearing in District Court June 24. notified. An autopsy is scheduled. State Police Trooper David Percy said the fire was intentionally set "We want to work with him to resolve fire-setting issues with him," Percy said. "We have concluded it is an intentionally set fire. The court will have to decide if that's the case or not" But Fire Chief John Flaherty called the fire "an accident" and said the boy set the fire when he was playing with a cigarette lighter. "Those damn lighters cause so many fires," Flaherty said. "Little kids are fascinated with them. We're not charging this kid to be mean to him, but to get him help. He didn't know what he was doing or how dangerous it was." perfect," he said. "It's not Even I have become self-conscious." Portland, where the study, "After 9-11: Understanding the Impact on Muslim Communities Maine," was based, is the city where hijackers Mohamed Atta and Abdulaziz Alomari spent the night before board ing a flight to Boston early on Sept 11. According to the study, between 2,000 and 2,500 Muslims live in Maine. As recently as mid-April, the driver of a pickup truck drove within inches of a Muslim woman and her 2-year-old daughter as they left a Portland supermarket with a cart 'If one person does not feel safe, then none of us are truly safe. We are all part of one community.' Steven Rowe Maine attorney general full of groceries, and yelled racial slurs at them, said Stephen Wessler, the center's director. State Attorney General Steven Rowe said he's concerned about Muslims who dont feel safe reporting acts of harassment or threats of violence. "If one person does not feel safe, then none of us are truly deliberations and that she deprived Robidoux of a public trial. Donovan barred the media from the first day of jury selection. On the second day she questioned potential jurors at the bench out of earshot of reporters. Meanwhile, two more sect members are to appear in juvenile court today in Attleboro. Authorities say they believe Rebecca Cor-neau gave birth and that she and her husband, David, are hiding the baby. But the Corneaus say she IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIHIIII r j I i i I S.4 i -TV ""' - " t ' 1 f.- ! i 1 IE" 1 i - ' -7 t t IK I v f . J 4 v . - - .IMS GLOBE STAFF PHOTOBILL GREENE IN TRIBUTE Anne Coughlin and her son Jimmy of Concord, N.H., leaving the Vendome Fire Memorial after a 30th anniversary ceremony on Commonwealth Avenue yesterday. The fire claimed the lives of nine Boston firefighters, including Coughlin's father, Richard Magee. iiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiHiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiifiiiiniiiiiii starting fatal fire Flaherty said the boy tried to extinguish the fire, and estimated that 15 minutes passed before firefighters were called to the house, which is one-lOth of a mile from the Fire Department There was a delay there, and we're going to look at why that was more closely," Percy said. Nine residents were injured in the fire, authorities said. Many of them were hurt as they jumped from upper stories as flames ripped through the 3V4-story building housing six families shortly before 10 a.m. People living in the house next door say they helped catch people being thrown and lowered from the second and third floors of the in Maine safe," Rowe said. "We are all part of one community." The report not only highlighted the problems faced by Muslims in Maine, but made suggestions on how to resolve them. The center plans to develop public service announcements that emphasize that Muslims are our classmates, our neighbors, our co-workers." It also wants to foster education about different religious backgrounds, sponsor training sessions on understanding people from different parts of the world, and establish a rapid response plan to be implemented if there's another terrorist attack. "At some point, we will look back at what has happened in the years after Sept. 11 in the same way we looked back at how the Japanese were treated in the years after World War II, and be ashamed," said Wessler. "And we have to keep it out of the history books, but it's not going to work unless people from all walks of the community start looking out for each other." had a miscarriage. The two have been in jail on contempt charges since early February for refusing a judge's order to produce their baby or say where its remains are. The judge recently indicated he might release the Corneaus after today's hearing. David Corneau in 2000 led authorities to a remote site in a Maine state park where they found the remains of Samuel Robidoux and another stillborn child of the Corneaus. -1 ' ... - ' v : burning building. "A friend of mine on the third floor was screaming that the fire was at her door," said Todd Ku-bicz, 33. "She threw her son down to me, and then her daughter." Firefighters arrived in time to rescue his friend with a ladder, Kubicz said. "Everything was so quick, I just acted instinctively," he said. "I was only thinking about people hanging out of their windows." II 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 LOTTERY Monday number 6319 MONDAY PAYOFFS (based on $1 bet) EXACT ORDER All 4 digits $4,474 First or last 3 $626 Any 2 digits $54 Any 1 digit $ 5 ANY ORDER All 4 digits $186 First 3 digits $104 Last 3 digits $104 MASS MILLIONS June 17 6 17 26 29 35 37 (Bonus ball 49) Jackpot: $4,096,367; PREVIOUS DRAWINGS Sunday 6928 Saturday 4840 Friday 1157 Thursday 3181 Wednesday 7264 MONDAY NUMBERS AROUND NEW ENGLAND Maine, N.H., Vermont 3-digit 157 4-digit 8775 Rhode Island 4432 Connecticut 3-digit 754 4-digit 9383 V; IIIIIMIIIIIIIIIIiMllllllltlllltlllMIIIMIIIIIlllMlllllinilMIII1MlltMIIIIIMIIIMttlltllllMIIIIIIMIIHItlll11lltlllfliltl'')llllllintllMIMII 9 y lllllllllllllilllllllllllllllllllllllllllllltlllllllllllMlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllltllllllllll New England in brief BOSTON Northeastern law school appoints dean A law professor with a specialty in employment litigation has been ap- . pointed dean of Northeastern University School of Law, replacing the outgoing dean, Roger Abrams. Northeastern University President Richard M. Freeland announced the appointment of Emily A. Spieler yesterday. Spieler, a Brooklyn, N.Y., native, previously served on the faculty of West Virginia University College of Law since 1990. She practiced law in Boston from 1974 to 1978, specializing in legal problems of women workers. She graduated from Harvard in 1969, and received her law degree from Yale in 1973. (AP) 4 hurt in crash of police vehicle, car A police prisoner transport wagon was involved in an accident that left two officers with minor injuries yesterday at the intersection of Blue Hill Avenue and Johnston Road, police said. The driver and a passenger in the other vehicle also suffered minor injuries and were taken to area hospitals, where they were treated and released. Police said there were no prisoners in the police wagon and said the accident is under investigation. No charges have been filed. NEWTON Helicopter makes emergency landing A helicopter from the Rhode Island Army National Guard yesterday made an emergency landing on a school ballfield in Newton, according to police. The military helicopter safely landed at Oak Hill Middle School and the crew told school officials it had experienced engine trouble, said Kenny Yee, assistant principal. Students at the school toured the aircraft before repairs were made and it was able to take off again. A National Guard spokesman could not be reached for comment CAMBRIDGE Police investigate fatal shooting A Cambridge man was fatally shot in the head on Windsor Street last night, said police spokesman Frank Pasquarello. Ricardo Sean Williams, 27, of Cambridge, was outside a Windsor Street house between New-towne and Harvard streets when he was shot at about 7 p.m., Pasquarello said. Neighbors said Williams was sitting in a car when he was shot at point blank range. A fire rescue team responded to the scene and took Williams to Cambridge Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police are investigating. CONCORD, N.H. Lawyer requests hen against diocese A lawyer representing more than 50 people who say they were molested by Roman Catholic priests asked a judge yesterday to approve a $30 million lien against the Diocese of Manchester. Peter Hutchins, who filed a suit in April against the diocese, asked the court to freeze the diocese's real estate, bank accounts, and other assets to ensure it has enough money to pay any settlement or verdict for his clients. Hutchins said he decided to request the hen after the diocese announced last week the details of a voluntary independent mediation program to settle claims against the church by alleged victims of sexual abuse. A spokesman for the diocese had no comment until church lawyers reviewed it (AP) ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND Judge rules against Russian sailors A judge has ruled that lawyers for three Russians facing manslaughter charges in the sinking of the trawler Starbound off Massachusetts cannot get evidence gathered by US investigators. Defense lawyers for the three Russians, who are accused in the ramming of the trawler by the oil tanker Virgo that left three men dead, asked for prosecutors to disclose evidence obtained by US authorities in Newfoundland. Judge Keith Mercer said the court lacked jurisdiction to order disclosure of material held in the United States. The Russians Captain Vladimir Ivanov, 2nd Officer Dmitriy Bogdanov and deck watch officer Mikhail Gerasimenko remain free on bail in St John's. (AP) LYNN Charter school tries to prevent closing In an 1 lth-hour bid for survival, the Lynn Community Charter School yesterday appealed a hearing officer's decision that the state Board of Education was correct in closing the school for academic and administrative problems. The board is expected to reaffirm its decision at a special meeting today in Maiden. The school filed a second appeal urging board members to reconsider, saying the hearing officer ignored their complaints about the vague process for inspecting charter schools. 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 i t 1 fflie Boston 0lobe Directory News Desks Local (1-617)929-3100 NationalForeign (1-617)929-3125 Business (1-617)929-2903 LivingArts (1-617)929-2800 Sports (1-617)929-3235 Editorial Page (1-617) 929-3025 Switchboard (1-617)929-2000 Submit a news tip to: localnews Editors and writers can be reached via e-mail as listed below individual stories. 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