Mentally ill urged to have say in by jolinmilioncherie


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     Saturday, May 6,2000

                    Eye on Bryan
                    & Liberty 4E
                                           TIME LINE
                                                    Brown stays on ballot                                                                                                                                                        Mentally
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ill urged
                    Business 5-8E

                                           Carolyn Brown is elected.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to have say
  Th« Rev, Fleming Rutledge,
  one of the first women to
  be ordained to the
                                           1993             :
                                           Brown takes office. County
                                           commissioners, unaware of a
  priesthood of the Episcopal              state law eliminating fees and
  Chtirch in January 1977. wi|l            commissions for tax
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Advocates are pushing the '
  preach at Christ Church on               commissioners, ask for local                                                                                                                                                         jfflicted, theirfamilies to ^ .
  Johnson Square; today-10                 legislation to put the tax                                                                                                                                                           vote, and they are hoping :
  a.m. clergy workshop, 7                  commissioner on a salary. The
  pirn, worship and sermon;                legislation dies. In the meantime,                                                                                                                                                   to erase bias through votes.
  Sunday - 8 a.m. prayer and               Brown accepts and later rejects
  sermon; 10:30 a.m. Holy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ;
                                           the county's salary of $37,300.                                                                                                                                                       By Mary Landers
  Eucharist and sermon, free               She begins to draw fees on                                                                                                                                                             Savannah Morning News                   :;
  and open to the public.                  vehicle tags sold.                                                                                                                                                                  • ' • ' . . ' " • - .• '            \'   • .... •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Politicians loss babies, hot people
 Savannah State University                 1994                                                                                                                                                                                   with bipolar disorder.                 . .:
 Players by the Sea will                   Brown begins to draw;                                                                                                                                                                     "On the average-guy level, people!
 present''A Raisin in the                  commissions oft taxes paid arid                                                                                                                                                         don't want to be affiliated with the>:
 Sun" at 8 p.m. through                    continues to draw fees. The                                                                                                                                                            mentally 111," said Carole Walsh,
 today in the Kennedy Fine                 Georgia Court of Appeals upholds                                                                                                                                                       ident of the National Alliance
 Arts Auditorium.-Admission.               a Monroe Superior Court ruling                                                                                                                                                         Dentally Hi,
 for the general public is                 that supports the ban on fees                                                                                                                                                          Savannah
 $5.50 per person. Call 356-               and commissions.                                                                                                                                                                        chapter.              ON THE
 2714 for tickets.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   That .bias is       WEB
                                       .1995 . - :W .V.'V' : ';: '. ''"'.                                                                                                                                                         part of the rea-           i
 The Chatham County Health               County Attorney Noel Osleen                                                                                                                                                              son mentally           To
 Department and All Kids                 advises Brown that she shouldn't                                                                                                                                                         ill people, their
 Count are sponsoring a free
 Birthday Party for
 Immunized Children from 10
                                         pay herself any fees or
                                         commissions.                                                                C^IynBraro
                                                                                                                                                                                Anne Cordeiro/Savarmafi Morning New?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  families and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  need to get
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Alliance fo rthe
 a.n).-2 p.m. today at the              1996 • ' . : • ; • ' -'.-. • - . . - . . - • . . .                                                                                                                                        politicians'           Mentally Ill's *
 National Guard Armory,
 1248 Eisenhower Drive.
                                        Brown begins drawing a
                                        paycheck from the county. Later                      Liberty County tax                                           SIDING AGAINST BROWN                                                    attention with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  votes, Walsh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Website, go to"
 Children 10 and under and              that year, she wins re-election
 their parents are invited for
 refreshments, door prizes
                                        with no opposition.                                  commissioner wins                                                                                                                    said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  group is'team-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Her      The site features
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         a helpline, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ing up with the        medical index,
 anfl performances at noon
 arid 1p.m. by Dr. Neil
                                        0steen and then county auditor
                                                                                             decision from elections                                                                                                              Savannah
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  branch of 'the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         information *
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         about family-
 Shglman, author of "Doc
                                        Larry Golden tell the County
                                        Commission that Brown has paid
                                                                                             board despite pay dispute                                                                                                            National Asso-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ciation for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         programs and
    •»•..• • • .                        herself $977.877 in fees and                                                                                                                                                              Advancement            information
 DEATHS                                 commissions. The County                              By Anne Cordeiro                                             Reggie Sage, above left, and James How                                  of       Colored       about their ^
 & FUNERALS                             Commission calls for an                              Savannah Morning News      . •                               filed a petition to try to disqualify Carolyn Brown                     People to rally        campaign to end
                                        investigation. Brown files suit                                                                                   less than an hour after qualifying ended April 28.                      mentally ill           discrimination.-^,
New obituary deadlines -                against the county.                                                                             HINESVILLE        Sage and How, both residents, contend Brown is                          people to reg-
Effective immediately, the                                                                         upporters of lax Commissioner Carolyn Brown                                                                                    ister to vote          INSIDE         ;^
deadline for obituaries is
5:30 p.m. daily.
    I- . .
Ro&ertLBechtel, Hilton
                                        A Liberty County grand jury
                                        decides against pursuing •
                                        criminal charges against Brown.
                                                                                             S     clapped, praised the Lord arid gathered around
                                                                                                   her after a panel denied a petition to block her
                                                                                             re-election bid.               -.-,'•            ,•'
                                                                                                                                                          ineligible because she has refused to repay more
                                                                                                                                                          than $1 million in legal expenses and fees and ,
                                                                                                                                                          commissions frottv tax money.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The NAACP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  has a history of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Information ;•;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         about voter . *v!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 voter registra- registration * i
                                                                                                "Justice has been served," said resident Bonitav
  Head Island                           Later, that year, Atlanta Circuit                    Smith, after the Liberty County Board of Elections       Republican Bud Frankenthaler.'                                              tion drives,           drives. Page 36 >
Marietta M. Beiry,                      Superior Court Judge Joel Fryer,                     made its nulng Thursday.                : j                 After the decision, Brown said she felt numb. "If$                       said Richard                           '^
  dennville                             who was appointed to hear the                        ' Meanwhile, the artprriey for two men who had           good to see the Democratic process at work," she *                          Shinhoster,
Deldj'e E. Bishop,                      case, rules on Brown's civil                         sought to keep her from participating in July's          said.       ' .' '•       " • . . - . • • . . . . , ' '' • •                chair of the
  Stoainsboro                           lawsuit. She was not entitled to                     Democratic primary said he will appeal                      The five-member elections board—three people                             local NAACP's voter registration com-
Ellfc Bryant, Hilltonia                 fees arid commissions, Fryer                            Residents Reggie Sage and James C. How filed 4        appointed by the Liberty County Commissioners                               mittee and second vice president of
Vahilla D. Butler, Kingsland            rules.                                               petition to try to disqualify Brown less than an hour    and two-people appointed by political parties—                              the organization. This year, insteadtjf
Harriet H, Cunningham,                                                                       after qualifying ended April 28. They said Brown is      denied the petition. Tliey took less than 30 minutes                        knocking on doors and registering
  Hilton Head Island                    1999                                                 ineligible because she has refused to repay more         to deliberate their decision, which followed a day of                     'voters at supermarkets, the NAACP
Maggie F. Faglier, Hixson,              The Georgia .Supreme Court                           than $1 million In legal expenses arid fees and com--    testimony that resembled a trial                     ;                     looked for disenfranchised groups.
."Finn.                                 upholds Fryer's ruling. Brown was                    missions from tax money.              :     '               Resident Irene McCall agreed with the decision,                             The mentally ill fit the bill     "''"'
Freddie Green, Durham. N.C.             entitled to a minimum salary, but                       The decision means that primary voters will           saying it would be unfair to disqualify Brown. "I                              "(The need) was even greater than
Gertrude Mines, Forest Park             not fees and commissions.                            choose between Brown, who is seeking her third           wanted justice riot just for Carolyn, but for all the                      we anticipated," Shinhoster said.
Howard EVJohnson,                                                                            term, and John fl. Rogers, a retired insurance           citizens of Liberty County" McCall said.                                   "That population has- 'not been
  Spvannah                             April 2000                                            regional manager. The winner of the primary will                                                                                    encouraged to vote."
Jef die Mae Jones,                     Auditors calculate that Brown                         advance to the general election and run against                                               see BROWN, page 3E                        Georgia bans voting by people who
  Savannah                .            owes about $U million. ;                                                                                                                                                                  have been determinedly a court to
Gladys R. Knight Brunswick             Commissioner Chairman Jimmy                                                                                                                                                               be mentally incompetent. Forty-three
AvbW.McDanieUlenwood                   Smith demands that Brown                                                                                                                                                                  other state^, restrict the voting rights
Leftiuel McGowan, Uvalda               return the money before the                           SOME BACKGROUND                                          WHAT'S NEXT                                                                of people with mental illnesses,
Sidney H. Mosley, Lyons                qualifying period. Brown doesn't,                                                                                                                                                         including 12 states that prohibit vot-
Edward M. Robertson Jr^                and qualifies to run for a third                      Tax Commissioner Carolyn Brown filed suit in 1997        Superior Court Judge Joel Fryer in Fulton County                           ing by "idiots," "lunatics" or'"the.;
  Metier               ... ...         term. Reggie Sage and James .                         over how she should be paid. Now that the court          will have a hearing about the case's dismissal at 9                       insane," without specifying what ;
Audette Shinaberger,                   How, two Liberty County                               has ruled that she was not entitled to fees and          a.m. Friday at the Fulton County Courthouse.                              those terms mean, according to the ;
 wadley                                registered voters, Hied a petition                    commissions, she wants to dismiss the case.                                                                                        December 1999/January 2000 issue of ;
The Rev. Freddie Smith,                to disqualify her.                                    However, the county wants to wait until the court        Meanwhile, Robert Smith, the attorney for voters                          NAMI's newslettei-"Advocate." .- •
 Baxley                                                                                      decides how much she owes.                               Reggie Sage and James How, has said he will appeal                            NAMI, a 210,000-member advoca- '<
Minnie W.Strickland,                   May 2000                                                                                                       Liberty County Board of Elections' decision allowing                      cy organization based in Arlington, '
 Brunswick                             The Liberty County Board of                                                                                    Brown to seek re-election. The decision can be
Canton L Weeks, Beaufort               Elections denies the request                                                                                   appealed up to the Georgia Supreme Court.                                                           see VOTE, page 3E
Frederick Williams, Millen

• Obituaries 2E
  f .      • •               • .
                                                                         THE EDWARD WRIGHT CASE
                                                                                                                                                             Aggressive approach credited in increased
Caih 3 Midday
   h 3 Evening
                                       Trial postponed for man accused                                                                                       number of statewide insurance-fraud arrests
     ; •3-2
                        . •• •     •   of daughter's death, dismemberment                                                                                    By WatttrC. Jones
                                                                                                                                                             Savannah Morning No«            .... . - . '
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       sional licenses, Oxendine said. And for many
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       cases, professionals are needed to file the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       phony clainft.
         Game                                                                                                                                                  ATIANTA — Government officials say they                   Auto insurance companies are targeted
          8-16-30-32                   Lead defense lawyer cites                                                                                             are beginning to put a dent in the epidemic of            most often for fraud. The industry estimates
         >g Money Ball: 26                                                                                                                                   Insurance-fraud cases in Georgia, with more               15-30 percent of the average driver's premi-
                                       health problems as reason                                                                                             arrests in a nine-month period than the previ-            ums go to cover fraudulent claims against the.
Fl rlda                                to delay June 5 start date.                                                                                           ous year.                                                 company, totaling about $200 yearly for die
Cash 3                                                                                                                                                         They credit aggressive investigation and                average Georgia motorist                     ?<
      •3-4                             By Jan Skutch                                                                                                         prosecution, sawier Insurance companies                      "A lot 6Tpeople think that in terms of insur-
PI   Y4
                                       Savannah Morning News                                                                                                 and some well-publicized convictions of pro-              ance fraud, it's a victimless crime," said Tbrty
      -2-8-7                                                                                                                                                 fessional^                                                Nix, a claims manager for State Farm Insur-
                                          Two years ago, Savannah awoke to news of                                                                              During the 12 months between July 1997                 ance, the stated largest auto insurer. But poll-
      iriday lotteries                 the discovery of a dismembered body in a                                                                              and June 1998, the state made 17 fraud arrests            cyholders are the actual victims, he said.
                                       makeshift grave.— a                                                                                                   and won 14 convictions. In the following 12                  People filing bogus claims are often ordi-
                                       woman's body sliced         INSIDE                                                                                    months, the numbers soared to 54 arrests and              nary individuals in need of money, including
                                       into seven pieces by a. .                                                                                             33 convictions. And from July 1999 until                  preachers and business owners, but rings of
                                       hatchet and chain           Timeline shows                                                                            March of this year, arrests were up to 57, with           professional crooks also are at work In many
                                       saw.                        Edward Wright's                                                                           35 convictions.                                           instances.
                                          Her father quickly      journey through                                                                               "We're really starting to take a bite but of It,         At the core of each network are "runners,"
                                       surfaced as the chief      the court system.                                                                          and the word is getting out on the street," said          people who earn from $200-$800 for every
Flbrlda                                suspect in what a vet-     Pag«3C                                                                                     Insurance Commissioner John Oxendlne.                     person they bring to the doctors, pharmacists
Fantasy 5                              eran police Investiga-                                                                                                "Now people are finding out you can actually              and lawyers needed to file the actual claims. ;
  lP'1-24-2-23                         tor said was "one of the most cold-blooded
                                                                                               Cail tlmore/Savannah Morning N«w» (ile photo
                                                                                                                                                             end up in jail for it."                                      Investigators say a runner may work with
                                       crimes I have ever dealt with."               Edward Wright, 64, who Is accused of tilling                               Lawyers and medical professionals who see              just one professional or a handful, and often
                                                                                     his daughter, France** Regtna Wright, In                                their colleagues heading behind bars are
                                                                 see WRIGHT, page 3E November 1997, will not be tried on Jane 5.                             growing reluctant to Jeopardize their profes-                                          see FRAUD, paq« 3E-i

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