The Brattleboro Reformer from Brattleboro, Vermont on November 14, 1991 · 2
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Thursday, November 14, 1991
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2 Thursday, November 1 4, 1 99 1 Brattleboro Reformer New autopsy reveals no new evidence CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Preliminary indications in a new autopsy on a woman who died 27 years ago show no new evidence in her death, a state prosecutor said Wednesday. The body of Rena Paquette was exhumed Wednesday and an autopsy was performed by Dr. Roger Fos-sum, the states chief medical examiner, to determine if she committed suicide or was murdered, as her family claimed. Fossum said he disclosed the findings to the family and the attorney general's office and said he plans no further tests. He declined to elaborate. Assistant Attorney General Tina Nadeau said she had not spoken directly with Fossum, but he left her a telephone message that said no new evidence" has been uncovered. Victor Paquette, the womans son, said the family has decided not to say what Fossums findings were. It's confidential. Were not saying anything right now. He said some results of Fossum's tests wont be known for 10 days. Rena Paquettes charred body was found clad in nightgown and slippers at a pig shack about a mile from the familys Manchester farmhouse on Feb. 3, 1964. Police concluded she burned herself to death. But her family believes she was murdered. Richard Baron, a longtime family friend who has written a book on the case, has said her brother, Woody Ferland, talked to a state trooper, who claimed authorities knew she didnt kill herself. SHOP: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday 12 noon-5 p.m. JC Penney Direct mmmm line , CATAL OG SHOPPING 1 800 222 6161 JCPenney ... Route 5,. Fairfield Plaza J Putney Road Brattleboro. Vt g. Thank You Many thanks to my family and friends for the gifts, cards and memorable surprise party at the American Legion in honor of my 80th birthday. Harriet Peltier , of the rich and famous... and the rest of us. Todays Birthdays Actor Brian Keith is 70. Actor McLean Stevenson is 62. Actor Don Stewart is 56. Jordan's King Hussein is 56. Britain's Prince Charles is 43. Good God, Gurdy, look whos 30!!! Mark the occasion with a birthday or anniversary mention of someone you know. Line mention is only 15. photo mention Is 1 10. Please send Information and payment to: Reformer birthdays and Anniversaries. P.O. Box 802, Brattleboro, Vt. 05302 so that It Is received by us two days before the occasion. CONDOM RULE VIOLATED Gayle Baston is seen in this September 1991 photo outside the St. Patricks Shelter for Homeless Women in Cambridge, Mass., holding a container of condoms. Baston, director of the emergency womens shelter since 1989, has been dismissed from her position at the Catholic charity sponsored shelter for making condoms available to shelter residents. Catholic Charities fires shelter head for providing condoms to residents BOSTON ( AP) The director of a womens shelter run by Catholic Charities of Massachusetts was asked to pack up and leave Wednesday, after news accounts appeared about her dismissal for providing condoms. Gayle Basten has headed St. Patricks Shelter for Homeless Women in Somerville since it opened in a former convent in December 1989. She was fired last month for making condoms available to the women who use the shelter, but was to direct the 22-bed facility until Dec. 1. Catholic Charitiess William Keaney, Bastens supervisor, said he WEATHER EYE MOSTLY SUNNY today and mild, high 45 to 50. Tonight, clear north, fair early south followed by increasing clouds, low 30 to 35. Friday, cloudy, rain likely, except chance of rain northeast, high 45 to 50. thought it was best if she left the shelter. It wasnt about acting out in a punitive way, Keaney said. She had scheduled interviews with the press during work hours. In light of that I thought it was best that she leave today. Joseph Doolin, archdiocese director of Catholic Charities in Boston, said: The events were distracting from the agencys ability to serve people at that site. Basten said she did not want to compromise her stance on the importance of condoms in preventing the spread of AIDS among women, especially those she served. On Tuesday, when Bastens dismissal was disclosed, Catholic Charities officials said she had bucked the Churchs policy on sex. The Church does not condone use of condoms, Doolin had said. Abstinence is the course of action CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A Vermont woman, who was one of two winners of the largest Cash Lotto jackpot in history, has collected her half of almost $1.8 million. and condoms are only 85 to 90 percent safe anyway, he said. Disclosure of Bastens firing came less than a week after basketball star Magic Johnson revealed he is infected with the virus that causes AIDS. Due to his popularity, Johnsons announcement immediately made AIDS and safe sex a top issue of concern for the American public. Meanwhile, the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights applauded Catholic Charitiess firing of Basten and calling its ban on condom distribution at the shelter a courageous and principled act. The compromising of ones religious beliefs should not be a condition for receiving state and federal funds, especially to perform whet is after all, a public service, C.J. Doyle, executive director of the Catholic League, said in a statement Wednesday. Junette Johnson, 64, of Springfield, Vt., bought her ticket for last Fridays game at Shop n Save in Claremont. Johnson said she used family birthdays in her winning selection of 2, 3, 4, 12, 14, 15. Johnson, a grandmother of three, was accompanied to Sweepstakes headquarters in Concord on Tuesday by her son and daughter to pick up her check. LOTTERY MANNS ESTEE LAUDER Has A FREE GIFT With A $12.50 Estee Purchase Make Over Appointments Available As of 11 this morning, I was asked to shut up not in those words, Basten said. They said, You can stay until December first only if you wont talk to the press. r; Springfield woman Cash Lotto winner J. E. MANN BRATTLEBORO INC. VERMONT WEDNESDAY Tri-State - 0-8-1 0-9-4-4 Megabucks - 2-6-15-31-33-37 Mass. 1-6-4-6 Megabucks 5-10-11-18-20-21 Click With St. Nicki CARD OF THANKS To all of our friends mid family, thank you for your loving care and thoughtfulness during the loss of our mother, Mildred Mon money. Sincerely, Her Six Children Brown visits N.H. DURHAM, N.H. (AP) Former California Gov. Jerry Brown began his primary campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination Wednesday by attacking special interest money he says has corrupted both parties, particularly his own. Brown, who has pledged to limit contributions to his campaign to $100 per person, said the cost of running for office has given the power to choose candidates to political action committees and the countrys wealthy 1 percent who contribute large sums to campaigns. Im performing a service that is painful and unpleasant, but it is necessary, he said. Its a necessary surgery on the cancer that is destroying the Democratic Party and is affecting the body politic. Free media time and contribution limits are some of the' fixes, Brown told reporters during his first visit to the nations earliest primary state since his unsuccessful bid for the nomination in 1980. Speaking before and after a taped interview with public television, Brown repeated his call for congressional term limits and more government investment in energy research. He criticized President Bush for writing off a $7 billion loan to Egypt to secure its cooperation in the Persian Gulf War, money he said could have been used for research to help make the nation less dependent on foreign oil. Brown advocates tax cuts and putting federal money into infrastructure projects to pump up the economy, and universal health insurance that emphasizes prevention, environmental health and alternative healing methods. But, he repeated tirelessly, there was a catch. That will never happen as long as the Congress is collecting tens of millions of dollars from the medical insurance industry, Brown said. Likewise, a new energy policy cannot be formed as long as the oil and nuclear industry are writing candidates checks, he said. Running a campaign on $100 contributions is grass-roots politicking Brown said he thinks may work in New Hampshire, and spread to the rest of the nation. Im going to give the people of this state a chance to send a message that theyre sick and tired of politicians saying one thing, but being bought and paid for by the very interests that have to be brought under control, he said. He said his five major Democratic rivals likely will ignore that message. Report: Mass, minorities shortchanged in education WASHINGTON (AP) - Whites 25 and older in Massachusetts are twice as likely to have a college education as blacks or Hispanics, according to a Census Bureau report released Wednesday. The report, a part of the 1990 census, shows that as of March 1989, 12.2 percent of Hispanics and 14.9 percent of blacks in Massachusetts have attended at least four years of college, compared to 28.5 percent of whites in the same age group. For high school graduates, the racial gap was less pronounced. About eight of 10 whites in Massachusetts age 25 and older graduated from high school compared to about seven of 10 blacks and six of 10 Hispanics. The race data does reflect the fact that you have a disparity in-education among the ethnic groups, said Jeff Nellhaus, a specialist with the Massachusetts Department of Education. Theres a story in that. Its sort of what you would guess, but it should set off some blinkers and warning lights. Surveys conducted by Massachusetts of graduating high school students showed only a slight disparity between ethnic groups among those students planning to attend college. For example, about 45 percent of white high school seniors said they planned to go to college while about 40 percent of blacks held the same ambition. Those numbers compared to the census figures indicate that a higher percentage of minorities may be unable to realize their goal of attending college because of financial problems. Or they may be more likely' to drop out of college because a poorer secondary education left them unprepared, Nellhaus said. Husband-wife police officers get jail sentence in rape case NEW BEDFORD, Mass. ( AP) - A husband and wife from Rehoboth, both ex-police officers, were sentenced to prison Wednesday for the rape of two young girls. Donald Dube, 35, a former Somerset detective, was sentenced to two to 20 years in the state prison at Walpole. His wife Patricia, 38, a former officer in Swansea, was sentenced to 10 to 15 years in the Framingham womens prison. Bristol Superior Court Judge Gerald ONeill said Dube must serve at least eight years of his sentence before he becomes eligible for parole. Patricia Dube must serve at least six years and four months. Both were convicted last month of rape of a child and indecent assault on a person younger than 14. Renee Dupuis, the Bristol County assistant district attorney who prosecuted the case, said the jury also convicted Patricia Dube of assault with a dangerous weapon, a gun. Dupuis said the incidents involved the adopted daughters of a Dighton couple who had been friends with the Dubes. Prosecutors said the assaults took place between about 1982 and 1984, beginning when the victims were 11 and 12 years old. The victims and several neighbors testified that the Dubes sometimes arrived at the girls home wearing police uniforms and driving a cruiser. About 50 of the Dubes supporters attended the sentencing. For Sale by Jamaica Board of Selectmen One Hewlett Packard HP1 50 Computer; 1 0O Series with 1 5 megabytes with 1 hard disc drive and 1 single-sided disc drive plus separate dual double-sided disc drive. Keyboard and HP Touch Screen Monitor, HP 2930 Series Dot Matrix Printer. Dust covers included. Software includes Condor 20-3 DBMS software, also Wordstar with Mailmerge, Spellstar, Personal Card File, Memomaker and Lotus 1-2-3. Purchased in 1984. May be seen at Jamaica Town Clerk's Office, Tues.-Fri. 9 a.m.-12 noon and 1-4 p.m. Please submit bids by Dec. 1 , 1 991 , to Jamaica Board of Selectmen, P.O. Box 173, Jamaica, Vt. 05343. The board reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Souvenir Santa Photos TmPn Here CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE Saturday, Nov. 16 REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) requests proposals from qualified firms to provide technical support which will include: Santa will be downtown 10-12 Santa will be at Putney Rd. 1-3 Pictures with Santa only $2.95 Free Face Painting Free Refreshments Free Balloons Register to win for our Giant Stuffed Santa to be raffled. 1 . Identify the major chemical facilities and transportation routes in the state of Vermont. 2. Create an automated database of the above information which includes chemical inventory and location of facilities and routes. 3. Develop hazardous materials contingency plans for chemical facilities and local governments. This project must be completed by September 30, 1992. If you wish to receive a copy of the RFP, please contact the following by December 6, 1991: Extra Added Feature At Our Main St. Location Create a one-of-a kind full color photo mug with any photo. The Mug Factory will be set up to make your mug in minutes. BAKERS Downtown & North Plaza Main St. 4icuijL Putney Rd. Robert deMcmge Department of Public Safety Emergency Management Division 103 South Main Street Waterbury, Vermont 05671 (802) 244-8721

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