The Brattleboro Reformer from Brattleboro, Vermont on December 29, 1992 · 2
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Brattleboro, Vermont
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Tuesday, December 29, 1992
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2 Tuesday, December 29, 1992 Brattleboro Reformer Drunk driving in Mass, gets more expensive BOSTON (AP) Judges could require convicted drunk drivers to install a special device that would prevent their cars from starting if they failed a breath test under legislation passed Monday. The bill was sponsored by outgoing Senate Minority Leader David Locke, R-Wellesley, who has been trying to get the legislation passed since 1985. The best way to stop drunk drivers is to literally prevent them from getting started, Locke said. The bill was sent to Gov. William F. Weld on voice votes in both the House and Senate. Virginia Buckingham, a Weld spokeswoman, said the proposal is under review. Obviously, the governor favors any new tool we can have to fight drunk driving, but he also hopes that the Legislature will act on his comprehensive package which targets repeat offenders, Buckingham said. Weld has proposed lowering the blood alcohol level at which people are presumed to be intoxicated from .1 to .08, increasing sentences and fines for repeat offenders and marking license plates for repeat offenders who are allowed to continue driving. Lockes bill would authorize judges to order the locking devices as a condition of probation for those convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol. It also would require that devices be installed for repeat offenders who are allowed to continue driving on a hardship basis if, for example, they need to drive for work. Devices would also be required for those convicted drunken drivers under age 21. Fourteen other states have already passed laws allowing for installation of the testing device in cars, and several other states have similar laws pending. The device requires drivers to pass a test to determine their blood alcohol level before starting the vehicle. The legislation includes penalties for trying to bypass the test, including a fine of up to $1,000 and possible imprisonment. AP HOLIDAY SACRIFICE Mark Butler, a Red Cross volunteer from Greensburg, Pa., assists a lobsterman, who lost most of his gear during the recent noreaster storm along the New England coast, in filling out disaster relief forms Monday at St. Francis Church in Lynn, Mass. Along with other members of the Red Cross disaster team, Butler spent his Christmas holiday away from family helping others in New England. Red Cross workers spend holidays helping in Bay State DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) Ask Bob Dingman why he crisscrosses the country for the Red Cross, and hell tell you about the people who were hit hard by Hurricane Andrew in Florida, or floods in Houston, or tornadoes in Kansas. And then there was the lobsterman from Massachusetts. The lobstermans business had taken a beating from Hurricane Bob and the Halloween noreaster in 1991, and he was left in debt. Then the most recent storm struck, leaving his traps in a tangled mess once again. The lobsterman came to a local Red Cross center looking for help. He sat down in front of Dingman and started to cry. He said: T dont know how Ill handle it, I dont know how I can do it anymore, Dingman recalled. So Dingman listened, got the lob- brattleboro Reformer The voice of southern Vermont Quality through teamwork Published daily by Reformer Publishing Co.. Black Mtn. Rd., Box 802. Brattleboro, Vt. 05302 portion of the Reformer , is published on recycled news V " vv print, and we encourage v readers to recycle their newspapers Telephones News 802 254 2311 Classified 802 25 7 0563 Retail Advertising 802 254 231 1 FAX 802 257 1305 Vt Toll Free 800 649 2311 Circulation Customer Service Call 802 254 2311 Bellows Falls Region 802 463 39 78 Our circulation customer service department is open from 7 A M to P M Vlonduv through Friday and from 7AM to 10 tO A 1 Salurdm If you do not receive your pap-r by 7 AM Monday Saturday . please call the circulation number above SUBSCRIPTION RATES: 1 mo 3 mos 6 mos I ytdr Home Delivery Mad In County Mad Out of County $10 00 $27 00 $53 00 $105 00 $1100 $3000 $5800 $11000 $12 00 $34 00 $65 00 $125 00 Discounts available for senior citizens, military and college students All charge orders must be paid within 15 days. I SI'S NO oil I mo Second l.i'-s postage paid at Brat I Inborn Vermont (Ifi.fOti All adierlisinc e reiert revise or ( opy or prepay rr anti t ept.ii Member, Audit Bureau of Circulations A SNOWTHROWER EVEN A MOTHER COULD LOVE. Toro Powerlite In Stock! Ready To Go! THE TORO POWERLITE SNOWTHROWER. At only 36 pounds, its so light and easy to use, anyone can handle it. Clears up to 1 2" of snow, and throws it up to 25 feet. Performs so well, its backed by the Power Curve Performance Guarantee. Ask your Toro dealer for details. Havent you done without a Toro long enough? 1 99 1 The Toro Company FIRESIDE! VcS, )aND free parking 7Mla& HARDWARE Mon P0pm Putney Hoad. Brattleboro, Vermont 05301 I Phone 257 0363 or 254 4927 sterman some financial help, and helped him work out a budget. Dingman, 61, a Red Cross volunteer from Huntington, W. Va., came to Massachusetts a few weeks ago to help victims of the recent blizzard and will probably be here until well into 1993. He wont get to spend the holidays at home with his family, but Dingman says the experience is worth it. More than 300 Red Cross workers have put in 12- and 14-hour days since the blizzard struck in mid-December. Most volunteers are from Massachusetts, but Dingman and about 50 others came in from other states to lend a hand. Sure, theyd like to be home for the holidays, but we feel like were doing something, said 26-year-old Lori Johnson, who came from Oklahoma City to help. The Red Cross set up makeshift centers in Scituate and Lynn to help storm victims, with the headquarters set up in a Dedham warehouse. Volunteers work on a cement floor under fluorescent lights. Hilma Siek, a registered nurse from Toledo, Ohio, started volunteering for the Red Cross during the Lake Erie floods of the 1970s, and has been sent to about three disasters a year ever since. This year, shes helped victims of Andrew in Louisiana, Hurricane Iniki in Hawaii, and now the storm in Massachusetts. On her desk is a Christmas card from her daughter-, nearby is a family picture. Its the first time shes missed a Christmas at home. But the volunteers become fast friends. For Christmas, they gathered for a dinner at a nearby Holiday Inn. Touys Tom Bradley ia 75. Inga Swenson is 60. Ed Flanders is 58. Mary Tyler Moore is 56. Marianne Faithfull is 46. Paul Trible is 46. Laffit Pincay is 46. Mark the occasion with a birthday or anniversary mention o( someone you know. Line mention Is only 5, pholo mention Is 1 0. Please send Information and paymenl to: Reformer Birthdays and Anniversaries. P.0. Box 802. Brattleboro. Vt. 09302 so that It Is received by us two days before the occasion. Please Include a self-addressed stamped envelope If you with your pholo returned. New England briefs City wants a piece of Pease land PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) The city wants a piece of land at the former Pease Air Force Base valued at more than $10 million, according to the director of the Pease Development Authority. The value of the nearly 400-acre parcel was announced Monday by George Jones. The city is interested in creating an industrial park on the land. The appraisal could determine the direction both the authority and the city take in their dealings with the Air Force for the land. Unsolved Mysteries features McCue ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) Less than two weeks before his second trial in the 1987 murder of Alene Courchesne, Richard McCue will be featured on the Unsolved Mysteries television series. The segment is scheduled to air 8 p.m., Jan. 6. It was taped in Dover and Somersworth, and in Lowell, Mass., in October. McCue, 29, formerly of Lowell and Rochester, was found guilty of first-degree murder by a Strafford County Superior Court jury in 1988. He was granted a new trial in July after allegations of juror misconduct surfaced. The 20-minute segment will feature interviews with McCue at the State Prison, his parents and a juror from the first trial. Prosecutors contend McCue was the last person to see Courchesne before her body was found near Exit 14 of the Spaulding Turnpike. An autopsy revealed she had been strangled. Semiconductor foundry to lay off 33 WESTBORO, Mass. (AP) The Massachusetts Microelectronics Center plans to idle 33 employees at its semiconductor foundry during the next two months, company officials said. Paul Rosenbaum, MMCs executive director, said Monday the layoffs were a result of Allegro Microsystems decision to discontinue using MMCs semiconductor processing facilities. MMC said it would offer severance packages to the laid-off production personnel and engineers, along with outplacement assistance and extended medical benefits. MMC will try to rehire the employees when business developments allow, the company said. Raytheon gets $134m Air Force contract LEXINGTON, Mass. (AP) A Raytheon Co. subsidiary has received a $134 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for 36 T-1A Jayhawk airplanes. The contract, which calls for delivery between June 1994 and June 1995, is the Air Forces fourth option, and would put the total number of T-1A Jayhawks built by Beech Aircraft at 113. The contracts total value is $482 million, company officials said Monday. Insurers want larger rate increase BOSTON (AP) The insurance industry intends to appeal the 1993 automobile insurance rate increase of 5.2 percent, seeking instead an increase of 7.8 percent, according to the Automobile Insurers Bureau. Daniel Johnston, president of AIB, said the formal challenge will be made during the first week of January. The automobile industry had originally sought an 11.3 percent increase, but later modified its request to 9.2 percent. But the state pared it down, citing, among other reasons, the companies lack of success in combatting fraud. N.Y. chiropractors bill declared dead ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) An effort to require that chiropractic services be covered in all health insurance plans in New York state was declared dead on Monday at least for now. The Senate sponsor of a bill to mandate chiropractic coverage said he has withdrawn his legislation, fearing a veto by Gov. Mario Cuomo. But state Sen. Guy Velella said he would rewrite the bill to clear up technical problems and try to get it passed again next year. Some insurers currently reimburse customers for visits to a chiropractor, but the legislation would force all insurance policies to contain chiropractic coverage. Court upholds sex abuse conviction BOSTON (AP) The states appeals court Monday upheld the conviction of a Tyngsboro teacher for having sex with a 15-year-old student. Karen Cross, a high school special-needs teacher, was found guilty last year of having sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 16. She appealed the ruling in Middlesex Superior Court, arguing that the trial judge erred by allowing television cameras to film the proceedings. She also argued that the judge excluded evidence about the students prior sexual activity and admitted into evidence her notes to the student. Cross attorney argued that the presence of television cameras and video equipment in the courtroom would distract the jury. But the appeals court noted that the U.S. Supreme Court has said something more than juror awareness that the trial is such as to attract the attention of broadcasters must be demonstrated to exclude cameras from the courtroom. Cross was sentenced to a 3- to 5-year prison term with one year to be served. N.H. officials say DWI arrests drop By The Associated Press Driving while intoxicated arrests since last January are down 35 percent nationally and 32 percent in New Hampshire, according to state police who hope the drop signals the success of campaigns against driving drunk. Weve been really targeting (drunk drivers) over the last few years, said Capt. David McCarthy of the state police. People know if they drink and theyre out there driving, theyre going to get arrested. Drunken driving opponents say education, stringent enforcement of DWI laws and highly publicized accounts of driving drunks going to jail for fatal accidents are all changing public attitudes toward drinking. NANCY HAS NEWS A Quit SLfiMC' A& 5ooJ4J S&etrruAoe Toe; American Cancer Society Fresh Sturt Class Tuesdays, sturtingjun. 5 5:30-6:30 p.m., 5 weeks At Ilruttlelxrro Memorial Hospital To register cull: 354-4239 or I (800) 287-5479 Blizzard damage compares to noreaster BOSTON (AP) - The blizzard that pounded the coast and dumped snow across Massachusetts this month damaged about the same amount of insured property as the Halloween noreaster of 1991, officials said Monday. Initial estimates indicate this years storm damaged about $90 million to $100 million worth insured property, including flood damage which is covered separately under the National Flood Insurance Program. The overall tally from last years storm was about $93 million. All the coastal communities suffered damages equal to or less than the October storm of last year, said Angela Magara, a specialist with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. Observers say the damage from this years storm could have been far worse had there not been advance warning from weather forecasters. Also, some coastal homes washed away by the 1991 storm had not been rebuilt, so there was nothing left to destroy. A lot of the properties that were vulnerable last year were just not there this year, said Kevin Merli, who helps administer the National Flood Insurance Program. Nature is kind of doing the mitigation work here. Also, severely damaged homes that were rebuilt after last years storm were required to be elevated above 100-year flood levels, Merli said. Con man waives Maine extradition PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A man accused of conning women into marriage and then leaving with their money was being held Monday while awaiting arraignment on two counts of theft by deception. Steven Gloger, 45, of New York, was flown over the weekend from Toledo Express Airport in Ohio and turned over to authorities in Maine. Glogers scheduled arraignment Monday in Cumberland County Superior Court was postponed until Tuesday to allow him time to hire a lawyer, a court spokeswoman said. The Maine charges date back to late 1988 and early 1989 when Gloger allegedly attempted to pass counterfeit checks while he posed as a wealthy lawyer and accountant. Gloger, who had been held in Ohios Seneca County Jail since Nov. 14, waived extradition to Maine in a hearing last Wednesday in Tiffin Municipal Court. Municipal Judge Frederick Daniels had continued a Dec. 17 hearing because authorities in Maine and in Illinois, where Gloger is wanted on similar charges, had not completed the necessary paperwork. Gloger faces a charge of one count each of defrauding an innkeeper, deceptive practices and being a fugitive from justice. LOTTERY MONDAY Tri-State -1-7-9 2-0-4-8 Mass. 5-S-2-9 Mass Cash - 15-24-26-29-34 WEATHER EYE PERIODS OF RAIN, cloudy. Some pockets of freezing rain or snow possible during the morning, high 35 to 40. Chance of precipitation 90 percent. Southeast wind around 10 mph. Tonight, rain may change to freezing rain or snow before ending after midnight, lows around 30. Chance of precipitation 80 percent. Wednesday, still cloudy with a chance of rain or freezing rain, highs in the mid-30s. GRAND UNION Oft youlmslol1 Putney Rd.. Brattleboro Open 24 Hours Main St-.. Wilmington Open 8 ,i ni 9 p in 7 d.iVs

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