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0 NEW ENGLAND 3 Tuesday, September 19, 1989 Brattleboro Reformer Frank wonders if he can still do job WASHINGTON (AP) Liberal advocates as well as Rep. Barney Franks supporters are watching uneasily for signs that his involvement with a homosexual prostitute will seriously damage his effectiveness in Congress. Frank, the Massachusetts Democrat who has acknowledged a relationship with Stephen L. Gobie, told the Boston Globe over the weekend that he would not seek re-election next year if he decides the controversy hurts the causes he has worked for in 10 years in Congress. Frank declined to be interviewed Monday.

But friends and allies described him as wrestling with the question of his own effectiveness, even if he remains politically secure within his district. The question for him to decide, that will make the difference is whether he believes he could be an effective member of Congress, that he would not do this just to go through the motions, said Ann Lewis, Franks sister and a Washington political consultant. That is a question he is going to decide. Franks administrative assistant, Doug Cahn, said Frank would not resign and was awaiting the outcome of a House ethics committee investigation of his case. The Boston Globe editorially urged Frank to resign on Sunday.

But at least one group of supporters, the liberal arms-control group Council for a Livable World, circulated a letter urging Frank to ignore such calls, saying even a Barney Frank whose effectiveness in Congress is some Frank has been outspoken in a number of liberal causes, but particularly in areas of ethics legislation, housing, and homosexual rights. Maria Foscarinis, executive director of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, described Frank as one of the leading advocates for housing programs in Congress and said his problems are a concern to other housing advocates. I think theres some concern about the effect that this will have on his advocacy, she said. The question is whether the issue will become so consuming that it will obscure his ability to take positions on substantive issues. I think it shouldnt, and I hope it wont be, but it really depends on how this plays out, she said.

Bill Taylor, a Washington civil rights attorney, said Frank has been extraordinarily effective on liberal issues. I dont know that anybody can come to a clear conclusion right now about what the impact of events will be, Taylor said. Judith Lichtman, president of the Womens Legal Defense Fund, which has worked with Frank on issues, said other members of Congress have overcome embarrassing personal disclosures or poor judgment. I believe that in the long term his effectiveness as an important public servant should in no way be harmed by his personal misjudgments, she said. Aides to Frank say he has received strong support from his district.

what diminished this year still ranks among the most effective members in the U.S. Congress. Frank disclosed his homosexuality in 1987, and won re-election the following year with 70 percent of the vote in a district that has elected him five times to Congress. Democratic strategists said they believed Franks support within his own district remains strong, despite the revelations. The House ethics committee is investigating the new information, at Franks request.

Frank has acknowledged that he paid Gobie for sexual relations after responding to an ad in a gay newspaper in 1985, and then hired him as a personal assistant. Frank said he had hopes of helping Gobie move away from his past, but Gobie said he used Franks apartment for prostitution and that Frank was aware of his activities. Frank says he did not know. In an interview with Newsweek, Frank said Gobie wasnt the first prostitute I had used. Frank has already moved to lessen his role on one issue the investigation of allegations of mismanagement and political favoritism at the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Reagan administration.

He is a member of the House subcommittee leading the HUD investigation, but said he decided to step back from that issue because of his own difficulties and would focus on legislative remedies to HUDs problems while the committee continues its probe. WILLEMIEN DINGEMANS Teen charged in four R.I. killings arraigned tectives if you wish to call it a confession you can refer to it as that but he gave a statement to the investigating detectives which would very strongly implicate himself and no others in both homicides, Blanchard said at a news conference after the arraignment. Blanchard declined to provide details, but said a weapon believed used in the Heaton killings and other evidence had been taken from the Price home. Im not certain that I know the motive for the killings, Blanchard said.

Prices lawyer, public defender Robert E. Marro, declined to comment on Blanchards statements or to say if police had indicated his client had confessed. WARWICK, R.I. (AP) A teen-ager charged in connection with four slayings that terrorized a city neighborhood, including the stabbings and beatings of a woman and her two daughters, implicated himself in statements to police, Chief Wesley Blanchard said Monday. Craig E.

Price, 15, entered no plea at his Family Court arraignment, held under heavy security because of death threats made against the youth. Judge Carmine DiPetrillo ordered Price held at the state Training School, the juvenile prison, for his protection and the protection of the public. He scheduled a probable cause hearing for Thursday at which prosecutors must detail some of their evidence. Attorney General James E. ONeil said that under the states juvenile laws, Price, if found delinquent, could be held at the Training School only until age 21.

Price is a former high school football player known as Iron Man, who was repeating the ninth grade. He was arrested Sunday at his house about a block from where Joan Heaton, 39, and her daughters, Jennifer, 10, and Melissa, 8, were found beaten and stabbed to death in their Buttonwoods neighborhood home Sept. 4. DiPetrillo said Price was charged with three counts of deliquency first-degree murder and one count of deliquency burglary in the Heaton killings. Price also was charged with one count each of deliquency first-degree murder and burglary in the July 1987 stabbing death of Rebecca A.

Spencer, 27, who lived two houses away from Price. He gave a statement to the investigating de Elderly couple murdered DANBY (AP) An elderly couple found dead in their home was murdered, according to preliminary autopsies on Monday. The bodies of George and Catherine Peacock were found in their home on Route 7 on Sunday. States Attorney James P. Mon-geon refused to release any information on how the couple died or whether a murder weapon was found.

Mongeon said police are seeking information from anyone who may have passed the house since last Tuesday. The body of Mr. Peacock, 76, was found at the bottom of a flight of stairs. The body of Mrs. Peacock, 73, was found on a second floor.

A police crime unit was called to the scene. Police said there was no sign of forced entry into the house. Acquaintances said they had last seen Mr. Peacock last Tuesday or Wednesday. Police were contacted wheftheJilSd- to show Sunday for his job as a desk clerk at the Rutland Lodge.

You could virtually set your watch by George, said David Nowick, lodge general manager, who described Mr. Peacock as one of the most gentle, considerate people Ive ever met in my life. He was a sweetheart. Everybody loved him. He was extremely polite and willing to help anybody whenever he could.

The pair had moved to Danby more than a dozen years ago, said neighbors and acquaintances who described them as a private couple with a happy relationship nd strong religious convictions. Roof falls in at YMCA pool BOSTON (AP) Nine small boys and a teen-age lifeguard in a swimming class were injured Monday when part of a roof collapsed into a YMCA swimming pool, authorities said. Three of the children, all 3 and 4 years old, and the lifeguard were hospitalized as a result of the accident, which left a jagged 20-by-15 foot hole in the roof of the boxy, brick West Roxbury-Roslindale YMCA. Some parents were watching their children take a swimming lesson when a rain of cement chunks and beams fell into the water in the shallow end of the 55-meter pool just before 2 p.m. We were looking through a picture window down the other end, and then the whole roof over the shallow end just came down in one piece, said John Welch, whose son, Michael, was not injured in the accident.

The boys instructor, 18-year-old David Bortolotto, was hit by falling debris but still managed to pull four children from the water. Police Superintendent Gerard McHale called Bortolotto a real superstar. He collapsed after he got the kids out. A second instructor, Ellenmarie Joyce, pulled out another three of the youngsters. Most of them were screaming or hurt, it was scary, she said.

Stuart Robbins, YMCA treasurer and a daily swimmer at the pool in a residential section of the city, said, It could have been an extremely tragic situation. Were talking about reinforced concrete. Half of the pool was covered by debris which turned the water black. No noise preceded the roofs collapse, said YMCA manager Bill Selafani. We had no reason to believe we would have any problem with the roof.

Selafani was in the next room when the crash occurred. He jumped into the pool to look for the children, but all had been pulled out by then, he said. Man questioned in homicide to be tried in separate case MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) A man questioned in the strangulation death of a Londonderry woman was turned down Monday on his request to have his trial on two misdemeanor charges postponed. Daniel Vandebogart, 27, of Manchester, asked for a delay of his Thursday trial on charges of criminal threatening and simple assault involving a Manchester woman.

Manchester District Court Judge Norman Champagne rejected the request. In June, Ada Geigel said a man grabbed her neck and hair and threatened to break her neck. Vandebogart remained in custody on charges that he violated his parole from Montana. Meanwhile, the prosecutor who tried to have Vandebogart locked up in July says he changed his mind after talking with the former sex offenders parole officer. Thomas Ficarra, then a city prosecutor in Manchester, branded Vandebogart a danger to the community in asking in mid-July that his bail on the assault charge be revoked.

Ficarra withdrew the motion on Aug. 1, allowing Vandebogart to remain free until he was arrested last week in connection with the disappearance of Kimberly Goss, 29, of Londonderry. Goss body was found by searchers three days after her disappearance, and an autopsy showed she apparently was strangled, but not sexually assaulted. No other details have been released. Ficarra filed his motion, which related to the Geigel case, after learning from Montana authorities that Vandebogart had been sentenced there in 1982 to 20 years in prison for raping a 15-year-old bov.

Dutch lawyer admitted to Vt. bar By JILL ARABAS MONTPELIER (AP) A nonresident alien living in Vermont said Monday she hopes to be practicing law next month, following a high court ruling allowing her admission to the state bar. The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled that Willemien Dingemans, a citizen of the Netherlands, may be admitted to the Bar of the Vermont Supreme Court, said her attorney, Gregory Clayton. Admission will allow her to argue cases in court afid perform legal work on her own. Right noty, she can only do legal research under the supervision of attorneys admitted to the bar.

Im feeling very good, said Dingemans, 28. Its good to know the state could not discriminate against non-resident aliens. The written decision of the Supreme Court has not yet been released, but Clayton, who argued the case on several grounds, said the high court ruled the matter was an area of exclusive federal control. States such as Vermont cannot impose additional burdens on lawful immigrants, he said Monday morning from Downs Rachlin Martin, the St. Johnsbury law firm where he and Dingemans work.

Dingemans first came to Vermont in 1980 as a camp counselor in Newbury. She returned in 1987 after earning a law degree in the Netherlands and a masters of laws from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Dingemans was admitted to the bar in New York state. She passed the Vermont bar exam on her first try last year, but was denied admission and filed suit in July 1988. According to the rules, admission was open only to U.S.

citizens or aliens lawfully admitted to the country for permanent residence. Clayton said the case was won on the basis of the federal supremacy clause. That means they decided the state of Vermont could not discriminate against aliens so as to conflict with federal law, he said. The state of Vermont, which argued the case against Dingemans, is still reviewing the case and has not yet decided whether to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, said Assistant Attorney General Julie Brill.

Were extremely pleased with how this came out, Clayton said. He said Dingemans could be practicing law by the end of October, if she is admitted to the bar promptly and then settles a clarification on her federal visa, which he described as a technicality. Dingemans said she looked forward to being able to practice law in Vermont, although her legal career was not as hampered as it would have been if her area of specialization required her to be in court regularly. Trial begins for two former bankers in loan violation case do consulting work, was president of Marble Financial Corp. of Rutland until August 1988.

Senior District Court Judge Lee Gagliardi will preside. The charges against McElroy carry a maximum 115-year sentence, while the charges against Stedman hold a maximum penalty of 120 years in jail. Multi-million dollar fines could also be imposed. loans were harmless and met guidelines normally imposed in the industry. Our guys will say that each made the loan in accordance with banking practices, said James Carroll, McElroys attorney.

Stedmap had been president of the First Twin-State Bank in White River Junction. He is now co-owner of Barcomb Motors in Hardwick. McElroy, who has been trying to RUTLAND (AP) A jury was empaneled Monday in the trial of two former Vermont bankers charged with making unsecured personal loans to each other in 1987. Robert Stedman of Hardwick and Thomas McElroy Jr. of Rutland are standing trial in U.S.

District Court for conspiring to violate federal banking laws. Jury selection and opening arguments took place in Rutland, while the trial i scheduled to begin Tuesday Bennington Superior Court in Manchester. Stedman, 39, and McElroy, 46, have denied charges in a 46-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury this summer. The indictment charges that McElroy provided three loans totalling $650,000 to Stedman, which he later renewed. It charges Stedman made four loans to McElroy totalling $625,000, with four renewals.

The loans were made between Jan. 1, 1987, and Nov. 23, 1987, according to documents. The indictment alleges the men were having financial difficulties when the loans were made and did not disclose the aggregate sum of their loan indebtedness in application forms. The loans were used for speculative stock purchases, according to the indictment.

Attorneys for the men said they will not contest that their clients made the loans, but will argue the OUR LOWEST TICKETED PRICE SELECTED STYLES OF AMERICA'S FAVORITE BRAND KIDSWEAR 5 Sale Ends Man rescued from ledges EAST MIDDLEBURY (AP) Friends, family and rescue workers combined efforts over the weekend to rescue a Starksboro man who was found on a steep ledge in the Ripton Gorge, state police said. Family and friends located Anthony Montgomery, 28, on the ledge early Sunday morning after he failed to return home from a fishing trip the day before, said state police in Middlebury. Police said a friend forded the turbulent waters of the gorge and stayed with Montgomery until rescue workers could pluck him from the ledge. Police said Montgomery left Saturday to go fishing in the gorge area. His wife notified police when he failed to come home on time, and after she located his car on Route 125 near the gorge, state police said.

Family, friends and police began to search, while police notified their search and rescue team. Authorities said Montgomery was located early Sunday morning, and a friend, Barry Winningham of Lincoln, forded the waters and stayed with Montgomery after his friend was found lying at the bottom of steep ledges next to the water. Police said Montgomery was cold and bruised when found. Also assisting at the scene were members of the Trinity Baptist Church and the Starksboro rescue squad. Oct.

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