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Biddeford Journal Tribune (Newspaper) - March 2, 1990, Biddeford, Maine The daily newspaper of Yor 35 cents March 2, 1990 City clerk charged with embezzlement by Emily Caldwell and Tom Biro staff writers Biddeford a City clerk Luc angers was arrested this morning and charged with theft for allegedly stealing $7,000 from the City. Police det. Richard Gagne said angers was arrested in his office at City Hall at approximately 10 30 . Gape said police have narrowed Down the time the alleged theft occurred but would not comment further on the details. He and det. Sgt. Robert Devou made the arrest and Are investigating the Case. Angers was released on personal Reco Pizante and $2,500 single surety bail by a bail commissioner. He did not spend any time in jail. He will be arraigned on april 24, Gagne said. Theft is a class b felony which carries a maximum prison sentence of to years and a maximum Fine of $10,000. Angers could not be reached for comment at either his office or his Home. A woman who answered the phone at the clerks office this afternoon would not comment on the arrest. Treasurer Paul Gobeil could not be reached for comment. A anger continued on Page 12 Tom Wallace staff photographer Dana Harris was led into Biddeford District court by York county sheriff department officers this morning where he was arraigned on manslaughter charges in connection with shooting death of Joseph Low wednesday. By Tom be Ostaff writer Biddeford a Dana g. Harris 20, acc Dently shot 21-year-old Roommate Joseph Low in the head wednesday As he played with a Handon he believed was not loaded his defense attorney said today. Attorney Gary Libby told judge Andre Janelle during arraignment proceedings that Harris a always kept on the safety of his in and always kept the chamber empty. A there had been people during the course of the Day handling the a shooting continued on Page 12defense shooting an Accident Luc a. Anger traffic traumas Dot urges plans to ease the flow by Emily Caldwel staff writer Biddeford a five Points intersection would have eight Points if City and state transportation officials take up a consulting firms recommendation for the routes i and 111 Crossroads. According to a preliminary recommendation made thursday two distinct intersections would be created at the five Points area and most driveways arbitrarily entering the intersection would be fused into two primary Access Points that various businesses would share. Five Points ranks highest in need for safety and operational improvements among eight intersections in Saco and Biddeford said traffic Engineer David Wilcock of the consultant firm Vanasse Hangen Brustlin inc. Of Watertown mass. The second highest priority for improvement according to Wilcock is the intersection of main water and Hill streets in Biddeford at the foot of the York Hill Bridge. Water and Hill there engineers have recommended physically moving water Street to the Northeast and creating separate left turn lanes for Hill and water streets off main Street. Currently one Lane feeds left turns onto both Hill and water streets which converge in a v at main Street. But the proposal cuts through City property near the Saco River that is being planned for commercial development said Robert Dodge Community development director in Biddeford. A a it a kind of striking to see that much land dedicated for this purpose a said Dodge who was concerned about the loss of so much of the City property. Five Points at the five Points intersection under the consultants recommendations West Street would become a two Way Street and a traffic Light would be installed for Carl o. Walsh staff photographer traffic consultant David Wilcock of Vanasse Hangen and Brustin inc., Watertown mass., Points out proposed changes his company came up with for the Tri Corner at main Street and route 1 in Saco. The consultants were hired by the state to recommend improvements for traffic flow through Biddeford and Saco. West streets intersection with the Western portion of route 111. Just North on route i would be a second traffic Light where the Eastern approach of Alfred Street from downtown Biddeford would curve through property currently housing the Sunico Gas station. The new exit from Alfred Street East onto route i would create an intersection with an Access driveway located across route i. The physical changes to the roads would be combined with a series of overhead signs and striping to guide Drivers to their destinations. A traffic continued on Page 12 Lack of regional plans leave county out of recycling funds by Wendy Watkins staff writer York county towns were conspicuously absent from a list of 16 towns and cities slated thursday to receive state recycling Grants. But state officials say if the towns agree to revise their plans Money should come their Way. While none of the local municipalities a among them san 24 pages Abby 8 business 7 classified 19-23 comics 17 Community 18,24 lotteries 12 movies 8 new England 6 obituaries 2 opinion 10,11 sports 13-16 television 8 world National 4,5 weather Snow. Page 2. Focus on volunteers on today a Community Page the journal Tribune begins a series of profiles on the volunteers of our communities. Page 24. Ford Biddeford Saco and old Orchard Beach a will receive any of the $1.79 million Given out during this round of Grants up to an additional $3 million More will be dispersed As of april i. The Money awarded to other towns and regional associations will be used to Purchase buildings balers and other equipment needed to promote solid waste recycling. Jody Harris director of the states recycling office said the waste m plan continued on Page 12 Cruz found guilty of murder Ricardo Cruz Pili photo by Eric Wicklund staff writer Alfred a a cuban refugee convicted thursday of strangling 19-year-old Jessica Woodley in her old Orchard Beach condominium on oct. 8, 1988, will probably serve his sentence in Maine because no other country wants him says assistant attorney general Erie Wright. Wright the prosecutor in the Case against 49-year-old Ricardo Vidal Cruz said Cruz is an a excl unable alien subject to deportation a but no country will accept him. A i guess Well have to take care of him a said Wright after the jury had returned its guilty verdict. Cruz was found guilty of first degree murder late thursday afternoon in York county Superior court after a four Day Trail which was coloured with the testimonies of former drug dealers current prostitutes opposing pathologists and cuban refugees the six Man six woman jury took Only an hour to convict him. A the facts were there. It was just a matter of sifting through All the evidence and believing some of it and not believing other parts a said one woman juror who asked that her name not be used. A we found the defense had some Good Points to make but. We were Superior court Justice William s. Brodrick postponed sentencing to give Wright a Chance to talk to . Immigration and naturalization service officials about Cruz a resident status. The judge also ordered Cruz to undergo a psychiatric evaluation Cruz faces a sentence of 25 years to life in prison Cruz a refugee of the 1980 Marial a Cruz continued on Page 12 air test results Are in merc gets clean Bill of health by Lee Burnett staff writer Biddeford a the air around the merc incinerator contains less Lead than the air Over some roads in the state and far less than considered unhealthy by Federal standards according to new state testing results. The dirtiest air sampled at three locations in Biddeford and Saco during the month of january contained just five percent of the amount of Lead considered dangerous by Federal standards according to the state department of environmental Protection. The test results confirmed earlier testing information which was collected during the first 18 Days of january. A the findings still indicate real real Low readings a said Leighton Carver head of air testing for the dept a air Bureau. The highest current Reading of 5 percent is slightly higher than the highest Reading of 3.3 percent in the preliminary testing but still less than at some roadways in the state Carver said. Readings at Tukey a Bridge in Portland one of the most heavily trafficked areas in the state Are about to percent Carver said. Carver said he was not prepared to discuss the results further until the figures had been reviewed by the state s toxicologist Robert Frakes. Frakes has already passed judgement on the preliminary results As a not something that should be a health the air testing is a requirement imposed upon merc by the Maine attorney general a office As a result of repeated violations of environmental Law in the fall of 1988. The consent agreement requires Only testing of Lead in the twin cities air because other contaminants Are continuously tested in the exhaust going up the merc stack itself. Air is sampled at three locations on Saco Island in the immediate proximity of the Plant at the Saco Valley shopping Center in Saco about a half mile away and at the eagles club in Biddeford about a mile away. The newest results elicited the same reactions from interested parties As the preliminary results. Environmental watchdogs expressed scepticism at the reliability of the results while Plant operators cheered them. A it confirms what we be been saying All along that this Plant is being run in an environmentally Safe manner a said Randall Parenteau operations manager for the Plant that Burns trash from area towns and produces electricity. But Saco City councillor Janet Fernald argued Quot that the results Are unrepresentative of mercy a True affect on air because the Plant runs at less than full capacity during the Winter months. A a in a worried. I have to be worried about every aspect of the Plant. They have to prove More than just the Winter a Fernald said. A a let a see How they do during the summer. Iti be Parenteau said the Plant is running at full capacity now and the mix of trash wont change come summer. Monitoring will continue with monthly reports for the next three years Carver said

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