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20 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 26 - October 2, 1997 Grand Jury indicts three SCI guarqfls fi prisoner abuse By Kerry Kester A Sussex County grand jury in- dicted three Sussex Correctional Institution officers on Tuesday, Sept. 16, for alleged misconduct against Wade Blankenship, 38, an inmate destined to be incarcerated for the remainder of his life. According to the indictment, Mark Murphy, Michael Truitt and James Burton Jr. used fear to force Blankenship into participating in acts from which he had the legal right to refrain. The three guards were indicted for coercion, offen- sive touching, second-degree un- lawful imprisonment, third-degree conspiracy and official miscon- duct. Ron Phillips, a Georgetown at- torney representing Burton and Murphy, said his clients will plead "not guilty" at their Oct. 10 ar- raignment in Superior Court. "Our position is still the same - that no crimes were committed," I disabled veteran Gordon B. Paige, of Spokane, Wash., and formerly of Lewes, died of heart failure at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1997. Mr. Paige served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and was a dis- abled veteran. His stepfather, Christopher Timmons, prede- ceased him in 1972. He is sur- vived by his mother, Laura Tim- mons of Lewes; five brothers, Dalton Paige of Dallas, Texas; Charles Timmons of Kingsland, Ga.; James Timmons of Lady Lake, Fla.; Timothy Timmons of Lewes, and Marvin Timmons of Dallas, Texas.; four sisters, Lor- raine Timmons of Moultri, Calif., Ann Carey of Frederica and Mar- jorie Reese and Cynthia Gray, both of Lewes; a son, Pierre Paige of Spokane; a daughter, Nicole Paige of Seattle, Wash.; and his companion, Sherry Milward. Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 28, from the Violence Continued from page 16 groups. The Family Violence Treatment Unit, for example, of- fers victim support groups as well as a men's group for perpetrators. It is currently developing a chil- dren's group. To inquire about those services, call 422-2420. Support groups, Rowland said, "support people and whatever they're going through. It isn't the I Clean up Continued from page 18 The Center for Marine Conser- vation uses data turned in by the volunteers to determine the vol- ume and type of contaminants dumped in to the world's waters. said Phillips. "We intend to pro- ceed through trial." The indictment asserts the men threatened physical harm to the prisoner, touched him "with a stick" in a manner that "would likely cause offense or alarm to him," and unlawfully restrained him, knowing that their behavior was not only illegal but also con- trary to the conduct expected of public servants. "These guys were long-term employees," said Phillips. "They were decorated employees. They were promoted through the ranks and at all times before their arrest were thought of as exemplary em- ployees." Although Rosemary Beauregard, who is representing Truitt, was unavailable for com- ment, Phillips said he was includ- ing Truitt when he referred to the men as exemplary employees. The indictment states that the , incident occurred between Oct. Chapel of Melson Funeral Ser- vices, Long Neck Road and Route 24, in Long Neck, where friends may call after 7 p,m. Burial will he private. Elizabeth M. Marvel, retired sales derk Elizabeth M. Marvel, age 71, of Lewes, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 1997, of respiratory failure at Beebe Medical Center. Born in Sewickley, Pa., Mrs. Marvel had been a sales clerk at Flo-Ed Fashions in Rehoboth Beach for 16 years, retiring in 1989. She previously worked at Penelope's Pappagallo Shop in Rehoboth Beach. She was a mem- her of St. Jude's Catholic Church, Five Points, Lewes. Her husband, David H. Marvel, died in 1975. She is survived by a daughter, Betsy Marvel of Lewes; a son, David H. Marvel Jr. of Milford; a sister, Eleanor Hazen of Ellwood City, Pa.; three brothers, James Masterani of Toluca Lake, Calif., John Masterani and Thomas Mas- terani, both of Sewickley; a grand- daughter, Jessica Marvel of Mil- ford; a grandson, David H. Marvel III of Milford; and a friend. Karin mission to say, 'you have to leave this bum,' because that decision can only be made at the time when the woman is ready to make it." Other Sussex County resources include Rape Crisis-CONTACT, 1-800-262-9800; Attorney Gener- al's Office, Victim/Witness Assis- tance Program, 856-5352; Delaware Victim Center, 1-800- VICTIM- 1 ; Domestic Violence Advocacy Center, 856-5843; and particularly for domestic violence, Families in Transition, 422-8058. Barbara Alien, helping with the' Brownie Troop, let the girls run down to the water occasionally to take a break from their chores and enjoy the beautiful fall weather. "This is what it's all about," said Allen. "They need a clean place to run and play and they're glad to he helping to keep it clean." 20, 1996, and Nov. 20, 1996, but the state police investigation indi- cates the incident may have hap- pened on Nov. 20. Carl Danberg, assistant to the commissioner at the Department of Correction (DOC), said last month that a fourth guard was also involved in the incident through related is- sues. The state did not charge that officer in the indictment proceed- ings. "The Department of Correc- tion's investigation has shown that there is officer misconduct, and conduct that is not tolerated by the commissioner," said An- thony Farina, DOC media rela- tions specialist. "Parts of his [Blankenship's] allegations are accurate." Farina said the three officers were terminated from their posi- tions. Danherg said in August that the fourth officer retained his em- ploymont at the prison. "It's a dis- Downs of Lewes. Services will he held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30 at St. Jude's Catholic Church, with burial in St. Peter's Ceme- tery, Pilottown Road, Lewes. Contributions are suggested to Delaware Hospice, Southern Di- vision, North DuPont Hwy., Georgetown DE 19947. Arrange- ments were made by Parsell Fu- neral Homes, Lewes. ciplinary matter within the depart- ment at this point," said Danberg. "The department does not believe he poses a threat to the inmate." Farina said Blankenship is serv- ing a life sentence for 1981 first degree rape and first-degree bur- glary convictions resulting from crimes he committed in Kent County. and Increase Your Income with tax-free municipal bonds. Call or stop by today for more Information. 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