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Inmate who died at Maine State Prison had filed federal civil rights suit - Bangor Daily News

Monday, May 01, 2017

Deane Brown died while serving a 58-year sentence for multiple robbery, burglary and theft offenses of which he was convicted in 1996 in Knox County Superior Court, Maine Department of Corrections Commissioner Joseph Fitzpatrick said in a news release.Brown’s earliest possible release date was not until 2032, the commissioner said. In accordance with the department’s policy and Maine attorney general’s office protocols, Maine State Police and the medical examiner have been notified, and they are reviewing the death.According to published reports and federal court documents, Brown filed a federal lawsuit in 2007 alleging that his First Amendment rights to free speech were violated after he forwarded a letter written by a guard who sympathized with prisoner complaints to a Rockland low-frequency radio station. The letter was posted on the station’s website.Brown alleged that for nine months in 2006, he regularly telephoned the host of a Saturday morning program who put him on the air to report on problems, as perceived from the prisoner’s perspective, within the facility.His lawyer said that until then, prison officials did not oppose the regular radio appearances, even though they were largely critical. After the guard’s letter was made public, prison officials wrote a cease

Marian C. Smith, 75 - Herald-Mail Media

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Coop) graduated with honors from Brunswick High School in 1960.She went to work for the U.S. Department of Energy where she worked on the Oppenheimer project. There she was awarded the “Sustained Superior Performance Award” for recognition of her excellence in providing secretarial support to the Division of Internal Affairs and to the assistant director for technical exchanges.After working for the federal government for 21 years, Marian left to become a stay-at-home mom and dedicate her life to raising her daughter.Years later, she began working at Stone Manor Country Club as an administrative assistant, as well as a board member and bookkeeper for the Brunswick Medical Center.She was an active member of the former New York Hill United Methodist Church and the current New Hope United Methodist Church.Marian also participated in many school activities with her daughter and granddaughter, as well as various community activities.Marian wanted to be remembered less by her jobs or awards, and more by her kindness, generous heart, loving personality, and warmth and tenderness.She was the sweetest woman and would have done anything for anyone. She went out of her way for others, but never wanted to inconvenience or be a burden on anyone.She is survived by her cherished daughter, Kimberlee Butler and her partner, Jeremy Wilson, of Jefferson, Md.; her only grandchild and the light of her life, Briana Butler; her brother-in-law and his wife, Charles E. and Mary McCall; niece and her husband, Tamara, and Jeff Walker; nephew, Charle

Obits for April 12, 2017 - Antigo Daily Journal

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Bradley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.— Keith Karpf Sr., 81, died on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in Arizona. A memorial was held in Arizona and another will be held at Lake Superior in the fall.— A memorial for James Lukas will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Bradley Funeral Home. James died on Nov. 27, 2016 at the age of 79. — Margie Royce, 81, White Lake, died on Monday, April 10, 2017. Visitation will be on Monday, April 17, 2017 at Four Corners Assembly of God from 11 a.m. until noon with a Memorial Celebration of Life following at noon. Services in care of Strasser-Roller Funeral Home. — James Darling, 80, Antigo, died today, April 12, 2017. Funeral services are pending. The Bradley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Obits for April 12, 2017— Margaret Baxter, 96, Antigo, died Tuesday, April 11, 2017. The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church. Visitation will be in the church on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. The Bradley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.— Keith Karpf Sr., 81, died on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in Arizona. A memorial was held in Arizona and another will be held at Lake Superior in the fall.— A memorial for James Lukas will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Bradley Funeral Home. James died on Nov. 27, 2016 at the age of 79. — Margie Royce, 81, White Lake, died on M

Lawsuit: Gravestones lost, damaged due to disrepair at San Fernando Mission Cemetery - LA Daily News

Monday, April 03, 2017

Mission Hills cemetery had failed to apply a maintenance fund into fixing up a cemetery that has fallen into disrepair.The class-action lawsuit, filed March 21 in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges breach of contract, negligence and fraud by concealment.It said the Catholic cemetery founded in 1800 near Mission San Fernando Rey de España and now home to such Valley stars as comedian Bob Hope, singer Ritchie Valens and actor Chuck Connors, has sunk into a state of disrepair and neglect.It said the archdiocese, which owns and operates the 86-acre San Fernando Mission cemetery at 11160 Stranwood Ave., has failed to employ a cemetery maintenance fund to guarantee the care of grave sites. The fund is supposed to be paid for out of 15 percent of the money paid for each burial, according to the lawsuit.“The grave sites of the decedents … are overgrown, covered in weeds, grave markers have been covered over, lost, damaged or removed,” the complaint said.An attendant at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery business office Tuesday referred questions to an archdiocese spokeswoman. The archdiocese said it learned of the lawsuit through media reports and had not been served.It said that its cemeteries were part of the ministry of the church and were therefore not required under state law to create a financial reserve for an endowment care fund, but that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles voluntarily maintains an equivalent fund “to ensure the perpetual care and maintenance of the final resting places of our Catholic faithful.” “We are not aware of any of the damage alleged in the litigation,” said Adrian M. Alarcon, a spokeswoman for the archdiocese, in a statement. “We want to assure our patrons that our cemeteries are committed to the steadfast care of the resting places of their loved ones.Advertisement“If there is a concern regarding the care of a grave at any of our cemeteries, patrons are asked to please c

Two People Sue Catholic Cemetery Due to Inability to Find Loved One's Graves - Westside Today

Monday, April 03, 2017

Mission Hills cemetery is in such disrepair that they cannot find their loved ones’ graves.William Howard and Jodi Howard filed the proposed class-action suit Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging breach of contract, negligence and fraud.The lawsuit does not state the relationship, if any, between the plaintiffs, whose attorney, Jeffrey Spencer, could not be immediately reached.The suit seeks unspecified damages, plus the creation of a trust so that any wrongfully obtained monies can be returned to the class plaintiffs.An archdiocese spokeswoman said the lawsuit has not yet been served so she had no comment on its allegations, but she issued a general statement about Catholic cemeteries.“The care of our burial grounds is a priority for our Catholic cemeteries as a ministry of the church,” the statement read. “Catholic cemeteries, as religious ministries, are not required under state law to create a financial reserve for an endowment care fund. However, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles voluntarily maintains a designated fund that is equivalent to what is required by state law to ensure the perpetual care and maintenance of the final resting places of our Catholic faithful.”According to the lawsuit, San

Dept. of Health: Torrington Man Forged College Transcript To Obtain Mortician's License - Hartford Courant

Monday, March 27, 2017

Ryan turned himself in to investigators at the Troop L barracks in Litchfield on Tuesday, state police said. He was released on a $5,000 bond and will appear in superior court in Litchfield on Monday, according to his arrest report.Christopher Ryan, the suspect's father, is an owner at the Gleeson-Ryan Funeral Home in Torrington, where the suspect allegedly worked. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Documents from the state Department of Health show that the younger Ryan voluntarily surrendered his embalmer's apprentice license in June after an investigation by the department revealed he lied about his credentials when applying for the license a year earlier.That investigation was initiated after a former professor of Ryan's at Lincoln College of New England discovered that the state had issued Ryan a license to practice, despite him not completing his courses in mortuary science at the school.A month after the Department of Health probe concluded and Ryan surrendered the license, state police opened their own investigation into his alleged forgery.Ryan allegedly took great lengths to obtain the permit, going as far as to create an email account impersonating the professor whose complaint initiated the probe and forging a transcript–including a false signature from the school's registrar–showing that he had successfully obtained a mortuary science d

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Funeral for former Springfield police detective Kevin Burnham to be held Friday in Wilbraham -

Saturday, June 10, 2017

October of 2016, the trial date was pushed back numerous times.On Monday, after failing to appear for a scheduled hearing where he was expected to plead guilty to the charges against him, a Hampden Superior Court judge issued a warrant for Burnham's arrest. Law officials found Burnham unresponsive at his Raymond Drive home, after which he was taken to Baystate Medical Center, where he was later pronounced deceased. Burnham, who was the longest serving officer on the force at the time of his retirement in 2014, was well liked and inspired a website, Friends of Kevin Burnham, that features testimonials about his history of community service, local union involvement, and long period of service with the police department. The Massachusetts attorney general's office announced Tuesday it would formally drop charges against Burnham in the wake of Burnham's death.  Services are to be held for Burnham Friday at 11 AM in St. Cecilia's Church, 42 Main St., Wilbraham. No calling hours. Sampson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Christopher J. Burnham Memorial Scholarship Fund, Greater Springfield Credit Union, 1030 Wilbraham Rd., Springfield, MA 01109-2098.

Lolis Elie, Lawyer Who Helped Desegregate New Orleans, Dies at 87 - New York Times

Saturday, April 08, 2017

African-American people,” he said in a C-SPAN interview in 2003. “The world that I inherited was a world that said white people were superior, and people of African descent were all powerless.”“What the civil rights movement did was to remove that,” he said. “It raised our consciousness.”Mr. Elie’s advocacy on behalf of civil rights organizations, individual clients and generations of aggrieved blacks raised white consciousness, too.In one instance he was the star witness in a lawsuit against Louisiana’s ban on out-of-state lawyers representing criminal defendants. Anthony G. Amsterdam, an emeritus professor at the New York University School of Law, who was a lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee, recalled Mr. Elie’s powerful testimony.“On cross-examination,” Professor Amsterdam wrote in an email, “the state’s attorney was dumb enough to ask him: ‘Mr. Elie, is it not true that the condition of Negroes in the State of Louisiana has improved during the past five years?’ Lolis said, ‘Yes, but … ’ And then went on to give a two-hour answer that was easily the finest, most fiery civil-rights speech I have ever heard — in court, in church, or anywhere else.”“The judges were enthralled,” the professor continued. “They sat there drinking it all in. They didn’t even call a break for lunch when the usual lunchtime hour came in the middle of his answer.”Mr. Elie was born in New Orleans, a block from the Mississippi River, on Jan. 9, 1930, according to his family. (His birth certificate says Feb. 9, 1928, but the family believes it is incorrect.)His father, Theophile, was a truck driver who did not encourage his son to continue his education beyond the Gilbert Academy, a Methodist high school. His mother, the former Mary Elizabeth Villere, worked part time as a maid.Mr. Elie spent six months as a merchant seaman before landing in New York, where he shined shoes and delivered stationery by subway. He was drafted and inducted into the Army in mid-1951 (the Army had been desegregated in 1948). He was trained as a clerk-typist and befriended by an Italian-American soldier who had also felt the sting of discrimination and who urged Mr. Elie to one day get a law degree, as he had.“The desegregation of the armed services is possibly one of the most signi

Karen Zona

Saturday, April 08, 2017

She graduated from Shrewsbury High School in 1974 and Quinsigamond Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Secretarial Services. Karen was the Assistant Clerk of Courts at the Worcester Superior Court for 40 years; she was still working at the time of her illness.Karen was predeceased in 1999, by her beloved husband of 10 years, John A. “Jack” Zona. She leaves her two sons, John T. Zona and Matthew F. Zona both of Shrewsbury; six siblings, Jane T. Domings and her husband William of Dennis, Paul F. Tymon and his wife Anna of Worcester, Stephen J. Tymon and his wife Susan of Tyngsborough, Susan M. O’Neill and her husband Dennis of Shrewsbury, and Lisa M. Casarotto of Boca Raton, FL; a sister-in-law, Kathleen Tymon of Shrewsbury, also survived by many nieces, nephews and her grand dog, Sadie May. Besides her husband and parents, Karen was predeceased by a brother, Michael G. Tymon who died in 1992. Karen the fun loving lady she was, enjoyed spending time with her family and friends traveling and at the family home on Cape Cod.Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Karen’s family on Wednesday March 29, 2017 from 4-8 pm in the BRITTON-SHREWSBURY FUNERAL HOME, 648 Main Street, Shrewsbury. A funeral Mass celebrating her life will be on Thursday March 30, 2017 at 10:00 am in Saint Anne’s Church, 130 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemete

Last Salute - Carroll Daily Times Herald

Monday, April 03, 2017

Levi Pingrey, a sophomore at West Point. “He’s just a wealth of knowledge. We were lucky to get to know him.”Schumacher’s son recalled having a father who served as a superior role model.“I feel so blessed to have had a dad who is everything you could have asked for,” Jeff Schumacher said.Hundreds of people gathered at the First United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids for the funeral, while others, including Congressman Steve King, R-Kiron, a friend of Schumacher’s, paid respects at the visitation Thursday at Ohde Funeral Home.“Growing up in Coon Rapids, you couldn’t help but know who John J. Schumacher was,” said Carroll County Sheriff Ken Pingrey, the father of Will and Levi. “Everyone in town knew him and he, in turn, knew everyone in town. He is one of those rare people who always had a smile and was quick with a handshake, even when he may have been facing adversity himself. He later became a mentor to both my boys as they decided to enter the military. He lived an exemplary life that we all could learn from.”John Kult, a family friend from Coon Rapids, said Schumacher was a “master storyteller” — an attribute that allowed him to keep World War II memories fresh and on the ready for schoolchildren and other audiences.In the early morning of March 23, 1945, Schumacher (pronounced “shoemaker”) joined thousands of Allied troops in Operation Varsity, an airborne assault on Germany along the Rhine River in Wesel. With a stomach full of a steak that tasted an awful lot like a “last meal,” Schumacher rode in the driver’s side of a Jeep carried by a CG-4A glider, towed behind a C-47 plane, from France to hostile German territory. No seat belts. No parachutes.“For 40 years, we tried to forget it,” Schumacher said in a 2013 interview with this newspaper. “Once you get to this point, you realize how lucky you were to survive something like that.”Schumacher, a private with the 194th Glider Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division, said he doubts the existence of a rougher riding craft than the glider — “which was no more than a welded tubular frame stretched with canvas, a plywood floor and a nose section with room for two pilots.”Within the first 12 hours of Operation Varsity, casualties were high for the 17th — 1,080 killed, and up to another 4,000 wounded or missing or captured.Schumacher landed safely and proceeded with the mission: Securing key territory in western Germany.Only weeks earlier, Schumacher served at the Battle of the Bulge, the bloodiest battle for Americans in World War II, one in which