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August 12, !998 THE LAMAR DEMOCRAT AND SULLIGENT NEWS "The Weekly Read Daily" Page 15 State Volleyball Campers Pryor Appoints Mobi!e Medical '- Examnner As New Dnrector Of State Department Of Forensnc Scuences t .... , . " he parhcspants m Bevfll State s volleyball camp. Ladles from all over West Ala- few from Mississippi participated in the camp. First Row (LzR): Matt Shirley (Ball Boy- Stokes (Vernon), Amanda Johnston (Mississippi), Ashley Hubbert (Fayette), Tiphani (Vemon), Kelly Hill (Vernon). Emilie bston (Mississippi), Justin Hams (Sylvania), Stephanie Phillips (Car- ;hana Hudson (Northside), Jenny Brown (Berry), Dana Griffin (Berry), Randi Bagwell Rekeima Dw (Holt High School), Camilla Drew (Holt High School), Natalie Hill), Theresa Berry (Berry), Shelly Renfroe (Northport), Britani Clark (Berry), (Fayette). , Kim Kin (North Crystle Baker (Bevill Sophomore), Valerie Harris (Bevili Bethany McGlothin (Tuscaloosa), Becky Stone (Vernon), and ,(Fayette). Announced For M(ihtgomery For Theft From Medicaid Agency Bill Pryor h- sentenclrg this of a Montgomiy relating to 000 from the edicaid Agency. Bigelow, 30, to 18 months il- which was us- her successlhl years super- pleaded guilty in County Circuit 21, 1997, to of stolen :lay, her, to first-de- and his Cheyenne also of Delray guilty to first: of stolen prop- Bartoszewic: has into e Mont- ty District for r Bartoszicz September 29, lmprisortment, require that three years does not years n. i The Bartoszewicz have made restritution to EDS because EDS had reimbursed Medicaid for its losses. Stephen Bartoszewicz was convicted for creating and filing false Medicaid claims in 1996 when he was working as a sys- tems engineer at Electronic Data Systems, the company that pro- cessed Medicaid payments. An investment by the Attorney General's Office found that Bartoszewicz had payments for the false claims sent to the two women, who were charged for having cashed the checks. The case was refeiied to the Attorney General by Commis- sioner Gwen Williams of the Alabama Medicaid Agency. "I am pleased that our agencies were able to work together to plug a potentially serious drain of the public's Medicaid funds," Pryor said. "I commend the vigi- lance of the Medicaid employ- ees whose Commissioner Gwen Williams alerted us to this crime, the employees of EDS for their assistance and cooperation, and the professionalism and skill of our own Chief Investigator Jack Brennan, Special Agent Mike Roeder, and Assistant Attorney General Bruce Lieberman, for bringing this case to a success- ful conclusion. Services continues Understand and social and Health Retardation, Abuse is making to prevent qual- successful there are'four attempts abuse in Said the director Substance division, are:ha- l. in their a at ,olice treat- options," ,'atment most cost-ef- etest, con- certifies the Operations of community agencies which provide treatment services to about 15,000 new clients each year. Seventy-five percent of the clients are male, and ten percent are adolescents. The drug of choice of 50 percent of the clients is alcohol; 33 per- cent are treated for cocaine and 15 percent for marijuana. Ba- sically, the remaining2 percent have problems with opiates. "Only a small fraction o/a per- centa!e seek treatment for the use ottranquilizers, inhalants amphetamines, hallucinogens or substances other than those previously mentioned," said Polligue. The department is pleased to support a variety of treatment options from intensive outpa- tient to residential rehabilita- tion programs. "A substantial portion of our treatment funds are applied to intensive outpa- tient services, which are avail- able for both adolescents and adults, because these programs have proven to be the most cost-effective for the greatest number of people," Polligue said. Specialized services, as re- quired by the federal block grant, are also provided. "We are especially proud of our spe- cial services fo'r pregnant women and women with depen- dent children," said DMH/MR Commissioner Virginia Rogers. "Ancillary services such as child care, transportation, pre- MONTGOMERY, AL - Attor- ney General Bill Pryor announces his appointment of Dr. James Downs of Mobile, a medical ex- aminer for the Department of Fo- rensic Sciences, as state director to replace 20-year director Carlos Rabren, who is retiring at the end of this month. "I am confident that the citi- zens of Alabama will be well- served by Dr. Downs," Pryor said. "Of the many impressive candi- dates who applied for this job, I feel that James Downs is the most imminently qualified by his educa- tnon, experience, and vision for the department's future. As a medical examiner for the Alabama Depart- ment of Forensic Sciences since 1994, he has distinguished himself as chief of Autopsy Service and of Investigative Services, and served as morgue safety officer and su- pervisor of autopsy technicians. He currently serves as a consultant to the Behavioral Sciences Unit at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Vh:ginia, and has completed Peace Officers Standard Training at the Southwest Alabama Policy Acad- emy in Bay Minette." Downs holds a bachelor's de- gree in biochemistry from the Uni- versity of Georgia and a doctorate of medicine from the Medical Uni- versity of South Carolina, which residencies in anatomic pathlogy and clinical pathology and a fellow- ship in forensic pathology, all also from the Medical University of ............ South Carolina. He has lectured natal coseling and case man- agement help women overcome barriers that might normally prevent them from seeking treatment, Rogers said. Other specialized programs include HIV intervention services; ac- tivities to reduce youth access to tobacco; and the administra- tion of a revolving loan fund to help recovering persons estab- lish residences. The division also regulates the state's metha- done clinics, which are de- signed to help eliminate the use of illegal drugs and allow a per- son to lead a more normal life than would otherwise be pos- sible. The budget for the Sub- stance Abuse Services Division is around $33 million for this fiscal year, and it is primarily federal dollars. "Seven of ev- ery eight dollars spent by the division are federal dollars," said Pollingue, who also em- phasized that it is money well spent. "For every dollar spent on treatment, society saves seven dollars, primarily in costs associated with criminal activ- ity or health care," Pollingue said. The division's budget also supports prevention services. Currently, there are about 75,000 kids in department- sponsored prevention pro- grams. "Some are specialized programs, like the adventure- based camp for high risk youth at The Bridge in Gadsden," Polligue said. Others include 130 programs around the state provided through the Governor's Discretionary pro- grams, another federal funding source administered with in the Substance Abuse Services Di- vision. For further information about the department's sub- stance abuse services, call 242- 3961. Information and referrals may also be received by call- ing 1-800-SOBER90. O@OOOOOOQOOOOOIM) extensively and is widely published on a number of specialized topics of forensic sciences. Under state law, the Attorney General appoints the director of the Department of Foresnic Sciences. "This may be one of the most far- reaching and important decisions I make as Attorney General," Pryor said. "The director I have chosen will serve the law enforcement community and our state for many years to come. The retiring direc- YESTERYEARS, August 1957 - Detroit: George Clifton returning to Birmingham late Sunday evening, had a serious car wreck in front of Roy Gillilands. The car left the road, jumped the ditch and turned upside down. The car was dam i. aged, but the driver escaped with only slight injuries. YESTERYEARS, October 1957 - Who's Who elected for the Senior Class at Millport Class as follows: Most Popu- lar: Elouise Brewer and Edgar Morris; Best Dressed: Jimmy Bassett and Jean Hudgens; Best All Around: Lois Cunningham and Harrel Graham; Cutest: Judy Vails and Bobby Ray; Wittiest: Sylvia Seay and Dexter McCullough; Most Athletic: Harrel Graham and Patsy Haney; Friendliest: Wetona Woods and Billy Johnson; Most Likely To Succeed: Billy Richards and Ellen Sparks; La- ziest: Wetona Woods and Charles Reynolds; Most Attrac- tive: Patsy Haney and James Stokes. YESTERYEARS, August 1957 - Detroit: The work on the school yard for the new school building is about completed. tor, Carlos Rabren, has made a pro- found influence over the last 20 years, presiding over the modern- ization of DNA and firearms tech- nology and bringing Alabama to the leading edge of the collection of forensic evidence." The Attorney General was as- sisted in his appointment by a screening committee that was led by Jefferson County District At- torney David Barker and included Madison County DA Tim Morgan, Florence Police Chief Rick Single- ton, Tuscaloosa County SheriffTed Sexton, Baldwin County DA David Whetstone, Houston County DA Doug Valeska, and Montgomery Police Chief John Wilson. The committee narrowed the field of applicants to three for the Attor- ney General's decision. "In some ways this was a diffi- cult choice, because each finalist was well-qualified and would have made a fine director," Pryor said. "We were fortunate to have for fi- nal consideration Fred Taylor Noggle, Jr. of Auburn, a forensic scientist and drug chemist, and Dr. Gregory P. Wanger of Montgom- ery, a medical examiner, both serv- ing in the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for several years. I am grateful to these men for offering their services, and to the committee for providing me with three exceptional candidates. Rabren, who came to the Ala- bama Department of Forensic Sci- ences as a teenage volunteer and continued to work part-time throughout his years of higher edu- cation, said he was "fortunate to have found a challenging and thrill- ing career at the early age of 15." He recalled with pride the department's tremendous techno- logical advances in those 40 years, of whicfi he spent the last 20 as director. Commending Pryor for his se- lection of Downs as his successor, Rabren praised the coming direc- ---- ill YESTERYEARS, August 1957 - Detroit: Detroit is sorry to lose Mr. H/mm and princi- pal of the school. Mr. and Mrs. Hamm have both been em- ployed here until Mrs. Harem was employed at Sulligent. It is reported that Mr. Hamm will also be one of the faculty at Sulligent High School. tor as "dedicated and devoted to his responsibilities and service. He will maintain a standard of quality, determination, and diligence to get correct answers. I am confident that the employees of this agency, and law enforcement will enthusi- astically back him." Giving thanks to the great lead-, ership of retiring director Carlos Rabren and those who precededl him, Downs praised them for the Department's exceptional person-, nel and for the high quality of other, candidates from within the depart-i ment. "My fervent desire is to con- tinue to guide our ship on the right. course," he stated. "As we begin a new millen- nium, I think it essential to remem-- ber and redirect our department's; attention to what we are and what we do," he said of his plans for the department. "From the very- beginning's in the days of the Scottsboro boys to today, we have; and must continue to stand for TRUTH. In our discipline, such truth is obtained through science. The new and exciting develop- ments in science and technology, combined with the tried and true, methods of the forensic sciences,; are our tools. Scientific fact is what we as a department strive to find; in so doing, we hope to provide, answers, those which implicate and, those which exonerate. Such facts ; are used in the legal process in the quest for justice." In addition to his professional ; accomplishments, Downs' com- munity service includes represent- ; ing Baldwin County on the Ala-( bama Child Death Review Team. He is a vestry member and junior, warden of Trinity Episcopal:, Church in Mobile, where he has' served as an active member for many years. He and his wife, Heather Pennington Downs, have, three children, Jennifer, Jessie, and  Grace, and are expecting another  child in mid-September. YESTERYEARS, August; 1957 - Anne Seay, senior physi-i cal education major at Harding ' College, Searcy, Arkansas, was named to the Dean's List for the ; summer session. Anne is a : 1954 graduate of Lamar County High School and is the daugh- ter of Mrs. Ellie Seay of, Vernon. ATTENTION VERNON DANCERS AND SURROUNDING CITIES AND COUNTIES Susan Forrester and her staff of Susan's Dance Studio will be coming to your town? Dance classes will be held on Mondays only at the National Guard Armory Drill Hall. Registration is this Saturday, August 15th from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Susan's Dance Studio in Columbus, Mis- sissippi. The studio is located across from New Hope School. Bring ,your child to register and to be fitted for shoes and dancewear. For more information please call Susan Forrester at 601- 328-2772. Please help us pass the word!