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27 July, 2018 THE QUODDY TIDES Page 25 Police facilitate restorative justice process by Quinn Sluzenski traditional retribution, it focuses on get- On July 16, the Balleyville Police De- ring offenders to accept responsibility for partment facilitated the first step in a re- their actions and work to heal the harm storative justice process between a family done to victims, generally alongside the and four boys. Identifying details of the aim of preventing future harm. boys and family have been left out to pro- The family worked with Constant to tect their privacy, develop a plan for punishment and amends. Earlier in 2018 the group of boys inves- When they were ready, the first step was to tigated an abandoned farmhouse and meet and talk with the boys. Representa- played around with a flint and steel. After rives from Restorative Justice of Maine putting out the fire with some pond water, were sent to facilitate the meeting, and they returned home. The fire reignited Fitzsimmons was invited because the boys during the night and burned the farmhouse listed him as someone they could turn to. down. Fitzsimmons describes the meeting as The next day, Police Chief Bob Fitzsim- emotionally intense. "The boys were giv- mons received a call from the mother of en the opportunity to apologize and to tell one of the boys. He had told his mother the family why they were sorry and how what happened and asked her to call the they have felt since the event. The family police. When Fitzsimmons arrived, the spoke about their feelings and memories boy confessed to what he'd done. of a homestead that had been in the family The police department turned over the for generations and how the loss affected investigation to the fire marshal's office, them." which led to Class A and Class C felony All parties supplied input for a contract charges. Darrin Constant, the local juve- that included an assessment, counseling nile community corrections officer, con- and community service, among other re- tacted the owners of the farmhouse and quirements. If the boys complete the con- updated them on the status of the investi- tract to the satisfaction of Constant and gation. The owners, a woman and her fa- the family, the charges will be dismissed. ther, decided they didn't want the boys to This is the latest restorative justice case go to court. Fitzsimmons remarks that they since the Baileyville Police Department "didn't want the boys run over by the started a program last year. It is an option wheels of justice." Instead, they chose to for misdemeanor crimes and other crimes pursue a restorative justice path. by discretion of the victim. Five youths In the words of the program's national from the area have completed the pro- website, restorative justice "emphasizes gram to date, with a 100% success rate accountability, making amends and fa- thus far. Fitzsimmons and the Baileyville cilitated meetings between victims, of- Police Department express high hopes for fenders and other persons." Instead of these boys and their futures. by Helen Brooks Tel. 454-7409 SEWALL MEMORIAL CHURCH During the month of July the front win- dow is shining for Evelyn Manship. On Tuesday afternoons at 4 p.m. sign language is being offered by Nancy Fen- nell for those interested in learning. On Sunday, July 29, a hymn sing will be held at 4 p.m. It is also the church's annual food drive to support the Labor of Love in Eastport. On July 15 members of the Diffin fami- ly were in attendance for the regular wor- ship service. There were displays and stories about when the Diffin family set- tled in Robbinston. The family is working to raise money for a stained glass win- dow. HISTORICAL SOCIETY On July 22 the St. Croix Historical So- ciety gathered for their annual picnic at the McCarter Cottage. The views from the cottage on the St. Croix were spectacular. On Sunday, August 19, at 3 p.m. at the Ridge Cemetery in Robbinston, an event honoring Alex Bush will be held. A 4 p.m. service will follow at Sewall Memo- rial Congregational Church. The front window will shine in his memory during the month of August. POMONA GRANGE On July 10 members of Pomona Grange met for their monthly meeting at Cathance Grange. Plans are ongoing to celebrate 100 years of the Grange. Other projects being worked on are the state book club, supporting the state education fund and the Beals Hospitality House. The next meeting of Pomona Grange will be in Au- gust in Jacksonville. Grange contacts are Dale Hoist in Al- exander, Louise Lee in Cathance, Paul Woodman in Perry, Nathan Pennell in Jack- sonville and Helen Brooks for Pomona. Mexican charged with illegal entry On July 10 Houlton Sector Border Pa- trol agents assigned to the Calais station arrested a Mexican national after he ille- gally entered the United States from Can- ada. At approximately 10:30 a.m. the Houlton Sector Tactical Communications Center received a report of possible illegal activity in Calais. Agents tracked an indi- vidual to an area downtown, where they located the subject. During questioning the subject freely admitted that he had illegal- ly crossed the international boundary from Canada into the United States and did not possess immigration documents allowing him to enter or remain in the U.S. Further checks confirmed the subject was a 45- year-old citizen of Mexico who had previ- ously been ordered removed from the United States in 1994. He was charged with re-entry after removal and entry with- out inspection. Man sentenced for interstate stalking Donald Cain, 49, of Henderson, Nev and formerly of Conroe, Texas, and Co- lumbia, S.C was sentenced on July 19 in U.S. District Court by John A. Woodcock Jr. to five years in prison and three years of supervised release for interstate stalk- ing. He pied guilty on January 11, 2018. According to the indictment and evi- dence introduced at the plea hearing, Cain was married in August 2014 to a resident of Aroostook County. When they met, he worked in Calais but soon relocated to San Antonio, Texas. His wife remained in Maine. Between November 2014 and De- cember 2015, the defendant used a tele- phone to call and send threatening text messages that caused substantial emotion- al distress to his wife. In imposing the statutory maximum sentence, Judge Woodcock noted that Cain's conduct was "utterly reprehensi- ble" and constituted a "psychological as- sault" and that he had "never before seen a stalking crime of such length, intensity, vulgarity, scope, sophistication and im- pact." The investigation was conduced by the Houlton Police Department, the San An- tonio Police Department, the Maine Com- puter Crimes Task Force and the FBI in Maine and South Carolina. FILLING MAIN STREET IN CALAIS with the raucous roar of motorcycle engines were approximately 100 vehicles participating in the final year of Riding for a Voice. The event was originally organized by former Robbinston resident Kayla Garriott as a means of raising awareness and solidarity to combat childhood sexual abuse. (Lura Jackson photo) Bikers ride to help sexual abuse victims by Susan Esposito abuse services and $1,000 to the Next The final Breathe the AIR Riding for a Step. We also gave money to BACA [Bik- Voice motorcycle ride to raise money for ers Against Child Abuse] in Maine and victims of sexual abuse was a big success Canada," reports Robin Bouchard, mother and attracted the largest number of partic- of event founder Kayla Garriott. "We had ipants in the seven years of its existence, done this for seven years without a hitch. "We had 87 bikes and 12 cars who Everything always wentperfect." drove from Calais to Machias, and we Garriott was sexually assaulted by her were able to donate $1,000 to AMHC's father Kevin Cobb from age 10 until her [Aroostook Mental Health Center] sexual junior prom when her mother discovered what was happening. "The seven rides could not have hap- Author to read from pened without the help from all of you," said Kayla Garriott to her supporters. "I book about women was honored to be named Hurricane by veterans of Vietnam BACA Maine and [want to leave people with this quote], 'Never mistake her si- Author Claire Starnes will read from lence for weakness. Remember that the her book, Women Vietnam Veterans: Our air goes still before the onset of a hurri- Untold Stories, on Thursday, August 9, at cane.'" 6:30 p.m. at St. Anne's Episcopal Church "We had riders from Portland to Saint in Calais. The book chronicles the partici- John, N.B. Some of them were Canadian pation of the estimated 1,000 American firefighters," noted Bouchard. "More of military women other than nurses who them were local this year, I think because were stationed in Vietnam during the war. it was the last ride." Statues was born in Maine and enlisted The ride received escorts from the Cal- in the Women's Army Corps in 1963, vol- ais Police Department, Baileyville Police unteering for Vietnam in 1969. She co- Department, Maine State Police, Wash- founded the nonprofit organizationington County Sheriff's Department and, Vietnam Women Veterans Inc. in 1999 in lastly, the Machias Police Department. an effort to locate the line and staff offic- "The Wabanaki Warriors also helped ers and enlisted women who had served in with traffic control," adds Bouchard, who Vietnam. didn't want to forget Mike McLean of the Through the years, Starnes has been American Legion in Calais. collecting the stories and researching how The trivia contest created for the final these women ended up being stationed in ride was won by the BACA Canada team. Vietnam. Her book is a culmination of this research. Caregiver YOU'VE HAD THE REST, NOW TRY THE BEST! Excellent product starting at $40 a quarter or $150 an ounce. I have been a patient/provider for 12 years and have developed several strains which are useful in treating many ailments. 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