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The Brattleboro Reformer from Brattleboro, Vermont • 17

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NEW ENGLAND 17 Wednesday, October 4, 1989 Brattleboro Reformer Maine man dies after scuffle with police tempting to draw any conclusions about what happened, adding that the attorney generals office appeared to be doing a thorough job. There is still quite a bit of confusion as to what happened, Macdonald said. It doesnt look good for somebody. Schmersals older brother, Kevin, said the family learned of Henry Schmersals death at around 11:30 p.m. Monday and voiced frustration over the difficulty the family encountered in seeking information about his death.

Kevin Schmersal said family members went to the Rumford Community Hospital but we couldnt see the body. It was locked in the morgue. Kevin Schmersal said the victim, one of eight children, lived with his parents in Mexico and worked as a carpenter and mason. MEXICO, Maine (AP) A 28-year-old Mexico man died in a struggle with a policeman who was trying to arrest him for a traffic violation, according to state officials who began an investigation Tuesday. Brian MacMaster, director of investigations for the attorney generals office, said preliminary autopsy results showed that Henry F.

Schmersal died of asphyxiation due to neck compression. Dr. Henry Ryan, the states chief medical examiner, said that could be translated to mean strangulation. MacMaster identified the officer as Robert Sloma, an eight-year veteran of the Mexico force. He said Sloma had stopped Schmersal along the Roxbury Road between 9 and 9:30 p.m.

Monday for a motor-vehicle violation that was OUI-related, referring to the law against operating under the influence. There was a quite intensive struggle between the two men, said MacMaster, who declined to elaborate on the circumstances of Schmersals death. A lawyer retained by the Schmersal family, William E. Macdonald of Bangor, said late Tuesday that he believed the struggle had occurred in a wooded area where Schmersal had fled after being stopped by Sloma. Macdonald said a friend had been in the car with Schmersal, but he did not believe the friend had been in the woods during the struggle.

Macdonald declined to provide the friends name to a reporter, saying he wanted to talk to him first. Macdonald said it was his understanding that Sloma had been on patrol by himself at the time of the incident. Macdonald said he would wait for results of the states investigation of the incident before at Homeless get trailers MONTPELIER (AP) Gov. Madeleine Kunin said Tuesday the state will loan the city of Burlington four National Guard trailers to temporarily house the homeless. In a letter to Burlington Mayor Peter Clavelle, Kunin urged cooperation in setting up Fort Ethan Allen property as an overflow shelter for the winter, but said more immediate solutions must be found while that shelter becomes operational.

Cold weather may arrive sooner, Kunin wrote. I want to avoid, as Im sure you do, any hardship or tragedy from occurring while the zoning details at (the fort) are worked out. The trailers each can house 15 people could be adapted with heaters to provide shelter if the temperatures drop. Kunin said Administration Secretary Thomas Menson has identified 10 possible sites in Burlington to locate the trailers. But Clavelle said in a telephone interview that he expected to discuss other options with the state, adding, I do not feel that the use of these trailers satisfies the needs.

There are other more appropriate facilities. Clavelle said he would favor temporarily housing the homeless in armories or vacant military barracks, or in vacant property in Waterbury. The mayor had not seen the trailers, but said they are World War I vintage and lack toilets, showers and heat. They would be located in public parks or parking lots around town, he added. There are more workable, more practical, options, he said.

I happen to think there are alternatives that are more sensitive to the needs of the homeless population. Vermonts senators split on capital gains vote talking gains well under $1 million, said Robert Gross, director of individual income tax at the department. In the end were definitely going to show the net revenue loss. He did not have specific figures, however. Gross did say that 3 percent of Vermont taxpayers would gain 85 percent of the benefits under the bill approved by the House last Friday.

Joint Committee on Taxation says that while the cut would increase revenue for the first two years, as people sell assets to take advantage of the lower rate, it would result in a net loss in revenue in the long term. That would be the case in Vermont as well, according to a state Tax Department official. Sure there is going to be some (initial) gain tiny though. Were Dauby couple stabbed to death ComeJHelp Us Celebrate Our 2nd Anniversary Oct. 2 through 14 MONTPELIER (AP) U.S.

Sen. James M. Jeffords, said Tuesday he will reluctantly vote for a temporary reduction in the capital gains tax provided the cut does not increase the federal deficit. Im not going to vote for anything thats a revenue loser, Jeffords said in a telephone interview. But Sen.

Patrick J. Leahy, said he will oppose the cut, instead favoring an expansion of eligibility for tax deductions for Individual Retirement Accounts, a spokesman said. We dont need a tax break for the wealthiest Americans, said Joseph Jamele, Leahys spokesman. Leahy is leaning towards a bill in the Senate, sponsored by Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, D-Texas, that expands the income tax deduction for IRA investments.

Jamele said the Bensten bill would achieve the same goals as the capital gains cut namely, economic expansion. The House last Friday passed a two-year reduction in the capital gains tax -the tax on income earned from sale of stocks, bonds or real estate. The Bush administration says the cut would create incentives for more savings, investments and economic growth. Opponents characterized the vote as a tax cut for the wealthy. Up to 80 percent of the benefits would go to taxpayers earning more than $100,000, according to the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation.

President Bushs fight to lower the capital gains tax is now headed for the Senate. Jeffords said that philosophically, he believes capital gains should be taxed as they are now as ordinary income. But he said one benefit of the cut could be to help reduce the federal budget deficit by helping boost the economy through increased investment. I would swallow a capital gains tax if it does raise revenue, he said, adding that a two-year cut may be his only option when it comes time to vote. But he said he would oppose a reduction if the long term results were to compound the budget deficit.

Critics of the Bush administration plan say it will do just that. The Ca, 'sh -'Og ing the cause of death was released to counter speculation in Danby about how the Peacocks died. Mongeon said he has not ruled out robbery, but he would not say whether anything had been taken from the home. When George Peacock was found by police on Sept. 17, his wallet was next to his body and his back pocket was ripped.

State police are continuing to review all the reports and evidence gathered at the scene, and are following several strong leads, he added. Police were called when George Peacock failed to show for his Sunday morning shift at the Rutland Lodge. It is believed the couple died the previous Wednesday or DANBY (AP) A thin, double-edged knife killed an elderly Danby couple in their home last month, Rutland County States Attorney James Mongeon said. Mongeon said Monday that George Peacock, 76, and his 73-year-old wife, Catherine, were killed with the same weapon, a knife less than 1 inch wide. He said they died where their bodies were found.

George Peacock was discovered at the foot of the stairs in the couples two-story home; Catherine in an unfurnished upstairs bedroom. Mongeon would not comment further on the case, noting that police want to release as few details as possible. He said the information concern FloorinG Storewide Savings Plus Extra Savings on In-Stock Carpets and Vinyls Blinds Ceramic Tile Vinyls Carpets Hardwood Flooring Introducing Our New Extra Wide Carpeting Horizon House Greenfield outreach's ex-chief arrested Regular Store Hours: 9-5; Sat. 9-1 SPECIAL STORE HOURS: Fri. til 8 and Sat.

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Michael F.S. King was arrested Monday by Oakland, authorities as a fugitive from Massachusetts, following a tip from local authorities here, said Greenfield Police Capt. Joseph LaChance. I called the sexual assault unit in Oakland yesterday and talked to the officer out there and gave him the information we had received, LaChance said. "They were able to locate King, who was using an assumed name.

King was being held by at the Alameda County Sheriffs Department on $100,000 cash bail, LaChance said. He said an extradition hearing will be scheduled to return him to Massachusetts. Upon his return, King would face a $100,000 bail requirement already set in Massachusetts, LaChance said. King, 35, had been executive director of the Veterans Outreach Center in Greenfield. He left the city after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with the sexual assault of a Greenfield woman on Aug.

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