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Saturday, May 6,2000
Eye on Bryan
& Liberty 4E
Brown stays on ballot Mentally
Carolyn Brown is elected.
to have say
Th« Rev, Fleming Rutledge,
one of the first women to
be ordained to the
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
Anne Cordeiro/Savarmafi Morning New?
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
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.
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
Shglman, author of "Doc
Larry Golden tell the County
Commission that Brown has paid
board despite pay dispute National Asso-
ciation for the
•»•..• • • . 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- . .
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 $1 million in legal expenses and fees and ,
commissions frottv tax money.
has a history of
about voter . *v!
voter registra- registration * i
"Justice has been served," said resident Bonitav
Head Island Later, that year, Atlanta Circuit Smith, after the Liberty County Board of Elections Republican Bud Frankenthaler.' tion drives, drives. Page 36 >
Marietta M. Beiry, Superior Court Judge Joel Fryer, made its nulng Thursday. : j After the decision, Brown said she felt numb. "If$ 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
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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
. •• • • 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
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-
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