Candlelight vigil held for Augusta inmate

Posted Jan. 18, 2009, at 10:29 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Friends and family of a man found dead in the Kennebec County Jail say he didn’t get the help he needed for mental health problems.

About 30 people held a candlelight vigil outside the jail Saturday night to pay tribute to the late Arthur “Brian” Traweek, who apparently took his own life on Monday. The victim’s brother said Traweek told people at the jail that he needed help and that his medications weren’t working.

Before his latest incarceration, Traweek was considered an example of the success of a court program aimed at helping mentally ill criminals turn their lives around.

Traweek graduated from the program and told the Kennebec Journal that he would need to remain on medication and undergo therapy to manage his schizophrenia and manic depression.

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