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

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...

Daniel Lilley, respected and tenacious Maine defense attorney, dies at 79 - Press Herald

Monday, March 27, 2017

Sunday night by the Portland Press Herald.In 2013, Lilley represented Mark Strong Sr., a defendant in the Zumba prostitution scandal in Kennebunk. Strong was found guilty in York County Superior Court of 12 counts of promotion of prostitution and one count of conspiring to promote prostitution. Prosecutors argued that Strong and Zumba instructor Alexis Wright worked together.Tina Heather Nadeau, a Portland-based criminal defense attorney, served as Lilley’s co-counsel in the Zumba case, which attracted national attention. Even in a case as difficult as that, Nadeau said Lilley’s sense of humor remained intact.Nadeau said she remembers conferring in private with Lilley about arguing a motion before Superior Court Justice Nancy Mills.“I remember telling Dan that it would be proper to use the word ‘whorehouse’ in court because Shakespeare used it, and that it would lend potency to the argument that the johns had no valid expectation of privacy when they visited the studio to engage a prostitute in sexual acts for money. When court resumed, he dropped that bomb in his argument, which made Justice Mills’ eyebrows reach her hairline. He chuckled about that one for a few days,” Nadeau said in an email.Nadeau said she was surprised when she heard that Lilley had died. His reputation as one of the state’s best defense attorneys gave him an aura of invincibility.“I never for a moment thought that anyone on earth would outlive him,” Nadeau said Sunday night. “I was convinced he would live forever.”Amber Tucker worked with Lilley for the past two years as his senior associate counsel. Tucker worked as co-counsel with Lilley on his last case, representing Matthew Davis of Houlton during his murder trial in Machias. Davis was convicted in December in the shooting deaths of an Oakfield couple at their home three years ago.“He was a wonderful mentor and friend,” Tucker said in an email. “Dan took his obligations to his clients very seriously, always making them a priority.”She said Lilley’s law firm in Portland “is dedicated to ensuring a smooth transition” for his clients. “In that spirit, the staff will be in the office tomorrow and personally reaching out to each client, assuring them that they continue to be a priority. He will be greatly missed by all of us.”Schwartz noted that another one of Maine’s leading criminal defense attorneys died last year. Peter DeTroy III, 68, of Portland died of cardiac arrest while riding his bike near his home.Lilley’s obituary was not available Sunday, but Bailey said Lilley’s family informed him that there will not be a traditional funeral service.“There will be some type of celebratory event down the road,” Bailey said.According to Lilley’s LinkedIn page, he graduated from the Boston University School of Law in 1967. He is the owner of the Daniel G. Lilley Law Offices, 39 Portland Pier, which is located on the Portland waterfront.Dennis Hoey can be contacted at 791-6365 or at:[email protected]...

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

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...

Daniel Lilley, respected and tenacious Maine defense attorney, dies at 79 - Press Herald

Monday, March 27, 2017

Sunday night by the Portland Press Herald.In 2013, Lilley represented Mark Strong Sr., a defendant in the Zumba prostitution scandal in Kennebunk. Strong was found guilty in York County Superior Court of 12 counts of promotion of prostitution and one count of conspiring to promote prostitution. Prosecutors argued that Strong and Zumba instructor Alexis Wright worked together.Tina Heather Nadeau, a Portland-based criminal defense attorney, served as Lilley’s co-counsel in the Zumba case, which attracted national attention. Even in a case as difficult as that, Nadeau said Lilley’s sense of humor remained intact.Nadeau said she remembers conferring in private with Lilley about arguing a motion before Superior Court Justice Nancy Mills.“I remember telling Dan that it would be proper to use the word ‘whorehouse’ in court because Shakespeare used it, and that it would lend potency to the argument that the johns had no valid expectation of privacy when they visited the studio to engage a prostitute in sexual acts for money. When court resumed, he dropped that bomb in his argument, which made Justice Mills’ eyebrows reach her hairline. He chuckled about that one for a few days,” Nadeau said in an email.Nadeau said she was surprised when she heard that Lilley had died. His reputation as one of the state’s best defense attorneys gave him an aura of invincibility.“I never for a moment thought that anyone on earth would outlive him,” Nadeau said Sunday night. “I was convinced he would live forever.”Amber Tucker worked with Lilley for the past two years as his senior associate counsel. Tucker worked as co-counsel with Lilley on his last case, representing Matthew Davis of Houlton during his murder trial in Machias. Davis was convicted in December in the shooting deaths of an Oakfield couple at their home three years ago.“He was a wonderful mentor and friend,” Tucker said in an email. “Dan took his obligations to his clients very seriously, always making them a priority.”She said Lilley’s law firm in Portland “is dedicated to ensuring a smooth transition” for his clients. “In that spirit, the staff will be in the office tomorrow and personally reaching out to each client, assuring them that they continue to be a priority. He will be greatly missed by all of us.”Schwartz noted that another one of Maine’s leading criminal defense attorneys died last year. Peter DeTroy III, 68, of Portland died of cardiac arrest while riding his bike near his home.Lilley’s obituary was not available Sunday, but Bailey said Lilley’s family informed him that there will not be a traditional funeral service.“There will be some type of celebratory event down the road,” Bailey said.According to Lilley’s LinkedIn page, he graduated from the Boston University School of Law in 1967. He is the owner of the Daniel G. Lilley Law Offices, 39 Portland Pier, which is located on the Portland waterfront.Dennis Hoey can be contacted at 791-6365 or at:[email protected]...