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The Bangor Daily News from Bangor, Maine • 11

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1 Maine jobs Gov Baldacci signs bill that freezes hiring B4 Local Regional B2-3 Joni Averill B4 Weather B8 wwwbanqordailynewscom Section BANGOR DAILY NEWS Tuesday July 3 2007 Cold case: Clues sought in 1977 slaying New technology could be key to move investigation forward dog Taylor Gardner said Her body was found at around 9:45 the next morning in the Asticou Azalea Gardens in Northeast Harbor and her dog was located a half-mile down the road News reports at the time said Spellman was bludgeoned to death but not sexually assaulted Gardner said 30 years is a long time to keep a secret "People engaged in this type of behavior he said Gardner and state police Detective Jay Pelletier said the investigation continues and that Pelletier has worked on the case for years sister Amie Vaughan now 52 said she last saw her sister in Vermont on BY TONI-LYNN ROBBINS OF THE NEWS STAFF BANGOR State police said Monday they hope new technology will help them solve the 30-year-old murder of a woman whose body was found on Mount Desert Island Maine State Police Sgt Troy Gardner said during a news conference that more sophisticated techniques including new ways to analyze DNA and to study footprints and fingerprints could help move forward the investigation of Leslie death Spellman 26 of Hingham Mass was last seen on June 18 1977 in Barre Vt She hitchhiked from there to Acadia National Park on MDI with her June 18 1977 Where the two split up Spellman was bound for Maine and Vaughan was going to upstate New York to visit friends Vaughan traveled to Bangor on Monday from Chapel Hill NC to meet with the press in hopes of bringing more publicity to her case and finally find her killer never over It never goes Vaughan said would like to know who did it and where they are Spellman loved to paint play the guitar and mandolin and travel Vaughan said Her sister was a very small woman and she remembered how Spellman had to use a steplad-der to reach under the hood and into the engine of her June 19 2007 marked the 30th of the unsolved murder of Leslie Spellman of Hingham Mass She is pictured with her dog Taylor BANGOR DAILY NEWS MAP BY ERIC ZELZ beloved Jeep Vaughan said Vaughan who was 22 at the time of the murder said she could not even speculate about who was responsible for her death See Spellman Page B5 PHOTO COURTESY OF AMIIE VAUGHAN Medicare preventive services underutilized DOT replaces 6 cable strands on Narrows bridge Span stayed open during research test intensive treatment for chronic conditions such as heart disease lung disease diabetes and some forms of cancer Yeh told the seniors every dollar we spend on diabetes management we save $9 on she said In another example she said half of all women and a quarter of all men will break a bone due to age-related thinning of the bone tissue Yet only one third of all seniors have had a bone-density scan an important step in identifying and treating osteoporosis and one now covered by Medicare for people with certain risk factors seem like leaving money on the table for something that could really help your Yeh said She urged seniors to become familiar with their own health histories to share a checklist of See Preventive Page B5 retirement community in Orono Seniors would stay healthier she said if they took advantage of the many preventive screenings tests and other procedures that were added to the Medicare program benefits in the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 New preventive benefits include flu and pneumonia vaccines laboratory testing for high cholesterol routine colonoscopies mammograms and prostate cancer screenings diabetes screening and selfmanagement training bone mass measurements smoking cessation and more Some of these benefits are completely paid for by Medicare while others require a 20 percent co-payment from the enrollee Healthier seniors also means fewer taxpayer dollars spent on pricey hospitalization and BY MEG HASKELL OF THE NEWS STAFF ORONO Too few of older residents take advantage of preventive health care benefits available to them through the Medicare program according to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or CMS On Monday morning representatives from the program's New England office were in Orono to persuade elders to seek care before they get sick in order to safeguard their own health as well as Medicare's bottom line "Do you know we spend about $1 billion a day in Medicare? And about 90 percent of that is spent treating problems after the said regional administrator Dr Charlotte Yeh speaking to a roomful of seniors at the Dirigo Pines ogy said Chris Burgess the lead design engineer for Figg Engineering Group the Florida-based company that designed the bridge "The strands can be replaced one at a time and it can be done while the structure is open to Although the project was delayed briefly while crews waited for materials to arrive the process itself went smoothly according to Tom Doe the DOT project manager for the bridge project went very Doe said Monday makes us very confident that to replace steel with steel will be a The installation of the carbon fiber strands establishes the bridge as a new research laboratory that will not only monitor the many steel cables that support the structure but also study whether carbon fiber is a suitable material for cable stay cables The idea of studying carbon fiber cable strands grew out of See Replace Page B5 BY RICH HEWITT OF THE NEWS STAFF PROSPECT Construction crews scored a couple of firsts on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge last week when they replaced six individual cable strands in the stays of the new bridge as part of a long-term research project Crews from Cianbro-Reed Reed the joint venture that built the bridge removed six steel strands two each from three individual cable stays on the western side of the bridge and replaced them with carbon fiber strands This marked the first time that cable strands have been replaced while a bridge remained open to traffic And it is the first time that the carbon fiber technology has been used in a cable-stayed vehicular bridge All of the work was done inside the hollow bridge deck while traffic continued to move overhead proves that the technol Pioneering tax credit law aims to stop burse their college loans eyes of the nation are looking at said Justin Alfond of the League of Young Voters which helped push the Opportunity Maine bill that was enacted with a historical flourish before the legislative session closed in late June The law described as version of the GI bill that was or a degree in a state college or university and then lives works and pays taxes in Maine after earning that degree Opportunity Maine offers an option allowing a Maine company that hires a Maine college graduate to take the credit if it assumes the former student's loan debt See Credit Page B5 signed by President Franklin Roosevelt 63 years ago attempts to end a of Maine college graduates to other states in search of better pay to meet the demands of their college loans among other expenses It provides tax credits to reimburse educational loan payments for any Maine resident who earns an associate degree BY GLENN ADAMS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AUGUSTA With applause filling his office Gov John Baldacci on Monday signed what is described as the nation's most far-reaching law to keep the best and brightest from fleeing after graduation by offering tax credits to reim Man gets 12-year sentence for running area cocaine ring Hunters fishermen to pay tribute to Robinson 85 old was still guiding and hiking miles to his many secret fishing holes until his death last week He died Friday while working in his garden at his camp overlooking the West Branch of the Penobscot River and Mount Katahdin was a role model to me and he was an said Paul Reynolds editor of the Northwoods Sporting Journal and co-host with Robinson of a weekly radio program never stopped going Eighty-five years old and he would still walk three miles to a trout In fact in a conversation with Robinson the day before he died Reynolds compared notes with See Wiggie Page B5 BY KEVIN MILLER OF THE NEWS STAFF Hunters and fishermen are gathering in Millinocket today to pay final respects to a registered guide renowned in sporting community for his knowledge of the outdoors vibrant personality and seemingly endless energy Wilmot Robinson became a master Maine guide in 1950 but the Millinocket resident began helping people in the Maine woods decades earlier while spending boyhood summers in Baxter State Park An avid gardener writer storyteller and co-founder of such groups as the Alliance of Maine the 85-year- $400 fine and $660 in restitution to the state for testing the drugs Assistant Attorney General Patrick Larson said Monday that Keys had earned $5000 to $6000 a week from selling drugs He lived in Bangor from October 2005 to May 2006 then returned to New York and sent other people to Bangor on buses to deliver the cocaine He was arrested in New York in April and has been held at the Penobscot County Jail since then He is one of 11 people charged in connection with the drug ring according to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency See Cocaine Page B5 BY JUDY HARRISON OF THE NEWS STAFF BANGOR The New York City man charged with running a drug ring that sold and distributed at least $300000 worth of cocaine in the Bangor area was sentenced Monday in Penobscot County Superior Court to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs Edwin Devaughn Keys 25 faced up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50000 Keys who qualified for a court-appointed attorney was ordered by Superior Court Justice Andrew Horton to pay a BANGOR DAILY NEWS FILE PHOTO BY JOHN HOLYOKE "Wiggle" Robinson is shown in this 2003 photo YOU COULD THIS WEEK PRIZE! 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