Archive for September, 2012

Dixfield police log

September 30th, 2012

DIXFIELD — The Police Department handled 94 calls from Sept. 1 to 19. Among them are the following:

Arrests

* Monique Hill, 24, Roxbury, operating under the influence, 11:54 p.m. Sept. 2 on the Common Road. An officer spotted a car crashed into a ditch and found Hill uninjured in the vehicle. She was taken to Oxford County Jail in Paris.

Thefts

* At 7:16 p.m. Sept. 19, an Averill Road resident reported a burglary. Items taken included two televisions, three swords, a chain saw and a PlayStation 2. The items are valued at more than $2,500. There are no leads.

* At 4 p.m. on Sept. 2, a Birch Street resident reported theft of medications.

Accidents

* At 7:51 p.m. on Sept. 4, an officer responded to a tractor-trailer rollover on Route 2 east of the Canton Point Road intersection. An investigation revealed that the rig, operated by Matthew Howes, 37, of Ashland was taking the corner at a speed faster than was safe. The truck overturned, spilling a load of lumber and closing the road for hours. Howes, who wasn’t injured, was summoned on a charge of imprudent speed. The tractor-trailer was totaled.

* At 11:11 a.m. Sept. 3, Glen Zambon was traveling west on Route 2 with passenger Andrea Zambon, both of South Newbury, Vt., on a 2011 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. They were following a 2002 Hyundai operated by Jaqueline Jasud of Hartford. While approaching a four-way intersection, Jasud put on her left directional, according to witnesses. Zambon started to pass Jasud on the right, when

Article source: http://www.sunjournal.com/news/river-valley/2012/09/30/dixfield-police-log/1257987

Bath Salts – Designer Drug Danger

September 30th, 2012

Bath salts

The media has been abuzz in recent weeks about “bath salts” — but they’re not writing headlines about the scented crystals used for bathing or Epsom salts. Bath salts are the latest designer street drug to raise alarm bells across Europe and the United States. Marketed falsely under benign-sounding names that also include “research chemicals” or “plant food,” these substances are part of a dangerous new class of drugs called synthetic cathinones.

Synthetic cathinones are structurally and pharmacologically similar to methamphetamine, Ecstasy, and LSD, which are also considered designer drugs — that is, manufactured versions of controlled substances. Synthetic cathinones pose serious health risks and danger to the public. Side effects include chest pains, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, agitation, hallucinations, extreme paranoia, and delusions. They are addictive and have been linked to deaths. A number of incidents of bizarre behavior have fueled recent media stories.

But what makes them particularly dangerous is their ease of access — bath salts are available legally via the internet or in drug paraphernalia stores. That’s because the so-called “chemists” who produce them make constant, minor alternations to the drugs’ chemical make-up, dodging Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Schedule 1 classification on a technicality — and leading many to claim the drugs provide a “legal high.” Further fueling their popularity, the outlets that sell bath salts often promise that urine drug screens will not detect their presence. Not so…

Ameritox, a uring drug testing company, announced recently the

Article source: http://brainblogger.com/2012/09/30/bath-salts-designer-drug-danger/

Four nabbed in ongoing Waterville drug trafficking investigation

September 30th, 2012

Posted: 9:41 PM
Updated: 9:45 PM

Four nabbed in ongoing Waterville drug trafficking investigation

Drugs, guns retrieved from School Street apartment

By Rachel Ohm
Staff Writer

WATERVILLE — Police arrested four people and seized a variety of drugs and firearms Friday afternoon at a School Street apartment in connection with an eight-week drug-trafficking investigation.

Ryan Schall

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Havier Olmo

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The arrests took place after police executed a search warrant at 13 School St., Apartment 5, according to Waterville Deputy Chief of Police Charles Rumsey.

The apartment is several houses away from the Albert S. Hall School, a fourth- and fifth-grade elementary school.

The arrested suspects are Ryan Schall, 20, of 6 Bellevue St., Apartment 2, Winslow; Jill Longstaff, 36, of 253 Augusta Road, Winslow; Havier Olmo, 29, of in Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Nicole Gormley, 20, of 4 Main Place, Apartment 1, Waterville.

Twice after her arrest, Longstaff suffered seizures that prompted her to be taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center for treatment, police said.

Police arrested Olmo first after seeing him walking on School Street. Old Orchard Beach police already had issued an arrest warrant for him for failing to appear on a charge of refusing to submit to arrest. When police arrested him on Elm Street, he tried to escape by running down the street in handcuffs, Rumsey said.

Olmo was charged with a laundry list of offenses including escape, possession of

Article source: http://www.kjonline.com/news/four-nabbed-in-waterville-sweep_2012-09-29.html

Libertarian presidential pick could win votes in Maine

September 29th, 2012


If you’re like most Maine voters, you’ve probably never heard of Gary Johnson.

If you have, you’re likely a die-hard Libertarian, a political reporter and/or under the age of 40.

But the former two-term governor of New Mexico and Libertarian Party candidate for president may play a bigger role in Maine’s 2012 election cycle than many could have guessed when Johnson entered the race as a Republican in April 2011.

Johnson provides a segment of Maine’s young Republicans with an option to Mitt Romney after their efforts to boost the presidential campaign of Texas Rep. Ron Paul were thwarted by several controversial decisions, first by the Maine GOP and then by the Republican National Committee.

Johnson also holds appeal for a sizable segment of Maine voters who are more left-leaning than the Democratic candidate on the ballot. His support of medical marijuana, his message on peace and his support of ending U.S. military involvement abroad resonates with many.

While it’s not the first time Maine has had a Libertarian Party candidate on the ballot, it may be the first time that candidate draws enough votes to officially establish the party in Maine. Typically, a Libertarian Party candidate for president will pick up between 0.25 and 0.5 percent of the vote.

“Gary Johnson will significantly outpace that,” Jim Melcher, a political science professor at the University of Maine at Farmington predicted in an email message Friday. Melcher wrote that one recent poll that suggested Johnson

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2012/09/29/politics/libertarian-presidential-pick-could-win-votes-in-maine/

Fugitive, 31, sought in Bangor triple homicide

September 29th, 2012

Nicolle Lugdon (right) and close friend Kristina Sprague on Lugdon's 24th birthday last July.Lucas Alan Tuscano, 28, from Bradford is one of the three people who was killed and found in a burned-out car on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, in the back parking lot of a Bangor business.Daniel Thomas Borders, 26, of Hermon has been identified as one of the three people found dead inside a burned out car in Bangor on Aug. 13, 2012.

BANGOR, Maine — Police are searching for a 31-year-old man in connection with the slayings of three people whose charred bodies were found in a burned-out car in Bangor in August.

Nicholas J. Sexton, 31, address unknown, is wanted on a fugitive from justice warrant for a triple homicide in Maine, according to a police log issued Thursday by the Brockton (Mass.) Police Department and obtained

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2012/09/28/news/bangor/fugitive-31-sought-in-bangor-triple-homicide/

Fugitive, 31, sought in Bangor triple homicide

September 29th, 2012

BANGOR, Maine — Police are searching for a 31-year-old man in connection with the slayings of three people whose charred bodies were found in a burned-out car in Bangor in August.

Nicholas J. Sexton, 31, address unknown, is wanted on a fugitive from justice warrant for a triple homicide in Maine, according to a police log issued Thursday by the Brockton (Mass.) Police Department and obtained by the Bangor Daily News. Brockton Police Department dispatcher Robin Bell confirmed the information on the police log Friday afternoon.

“He’s a fugitive wanted on a signal 25, times three,” Bell said during a telephone interview. “Signal 25 is murder. It’s a triple murder.”

The Brockton police log does not say which law enforcement agency requested the fugitive from justice warrant for Sexton, except to say it’s from Maine.

“Maine wanted us to go pick him up,” Bell said. “We didn’t get him.”

Brockton police went looking for Sexton at about 9:50 p.m. Wednesday, the Brockton police log states. The Penobscot County grand jury handed up indictments late Wednesday afternoon. It is possible that Sexton was secretly indicted, leading to the warrant being issued.

Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Friday night that he could not confirm the issuance of the warrant, but added: “There are certain things, when dealing with the AG’s office and

Article source: http://www.sunjournal.com/node/1258261

Ballot Initiatives to Watch

September 28th, 2012



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September 28, 2012, 7:44 am

(CBS) Voters in every state on Nov. 6 will have the opportunity to
influence the trajectory of the nation when they cast their vote for
president. In a handful of states, voters can specifically influence
history on a few significant issues like marriage, marijuana and
genetically modified food.

Across 34 states this year, voters will weigh in on 159 ballot initiatives, according to the Initiative and Referendum Institute at the University of Southern California. Here’s a look at some worth watching:

Same-sex marriage

Same-sex
marriage has been the subject of legal debate for two decades, but 2012
may be the first year a ballot initiative in favor of same-sex marriage
passes. There are four states this November with marriage questions on
the ballot.

In Maine, Question 1 asks voters, “Do you want to allow the State of Maine to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples?” Polls show most Maine voters support the initiative, but it could be a close call.

Maryland’s
Question 6 asks voters to uphold a law permitting same-sex marriage
that Gov. Martin O’Malley signed in March 2012. A poll from May shows strong support for the law.

Similarly,
Washington state’s R-74 asks voters to either approve or reject the law
passed earlier this year that allows same-sex marriage. As of August,Article source: http://www.kmjnow.com/pages/landing?Ballot-Initiatives-to-Watch=1&blockID=635863&feedID=806

Veazie police investigating trailer park burglary, medical marijuana theft

September 27th, 2012


VEAZIE, Maine — Veazie police are looking for a suspected thief who stole $500 to $700 worth of marijuana from a man who has a permit to grow the plant for medicinal purposes.

The victim, who lives in Graystone Trailer Park off Route 2, reported the burglary around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The resident had about 2.5 ounces of prepared marijuana taken and the plants in his home were “deflowered, so to speak,” said Veazie police Sgt. Keith Emery.

Police continue to investigate the burglary, Emery said. Anyone with information is asked to call the Veazie Police Department at 941-2358.

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2012/09/27/news/bangor/veazie-police-investigating-trailer-park-burglary-medical-marijuana-theft/?ref=latest

Brunswick Police Beat: Sept. 28

September 27th, 2012

Arrests

9/18 at 2:46 p.m. Peter A. Milliken, 36, of Williams Road, Sabattus, was arrested at Cushing and Cumberland streets by Officer Thomas Stanton on a warrant.

9/20 at 11:46 p.m. Christopher L. McKenney, 21, no address listed, was arrested on Cumberland Street by Officer Patrick Scott on two warrants and a charge of protective custody violation.

9/24 at 9:33 p.m. Debra A. Bourassa, 56, of Maquoit Road, was arrested on Maquoit Road by Officer John Roma on a charge of violating condition of release.

9/24 at 9:58 p.m. Kurt Otterstein-Mueller, 42, of Hildreth Road, Harpswell, was arrested at Gurnet and Coombs roads by Officer Patrick Scott on a charge of operating the influence.

Summonses

9/18 at 9:33 a.m. Frances D. Levesque, 60, no address listed, was issued a summons on Union Street by Officer Jonathan O’Connor on a charge of criminal trespass.

9/19 at 6:44 p.m. Kaitlyn M. Jones, 24, of Upper Pond Road, Litchfield, was issued a summons on Maine Street by Officer Patrick Scott on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.

9/19 at 9:56 p.m. Ryan M. Doyle, 29, of Potter Street, was issued a summons on Maine Street by Officer Patrick Scott on a charge of forgery.

9/20 at 1:41 p.m. Naptalle N. Hogg, 27, of Hollis, N.Y., was issued a summons on Pleasant Street by Cpt. Mark Waltz on a charge of possession of marijuana. 

9/21 at 4:31 p.m. David A. Gilliam, 39, of Cundy’s Harbor Road, Harpswell, was issued a summons on Federal Street by Officer Patrick Scott on a charge

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/news/print/2012/09/27/brunswick-police-beat-sept-28/136465

Kennebunkport man indicted on theft charge

September 27th, 2012

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KENNEBUNK — A Kennebunkport man was indicted in York County Superior Court on charges alleging he smashed the window of a parked car on Nasons Court and stole a purse with more than $500 inside.

David W. Berthiaume, 20, of 4 Acadia Road in Kennebunkport, has been charged with burglary of a locked motor vehicle, theft by unauthorized taking of an amount greater than $500, criminal mischief and violation of bail conditions. Berthiaume is also facing a civil charge of possession of a usable amount of marijuana.

Kennebunk Police Lt. Tony Bean Burpee said police received a call from a Nasons Court resident on June 13 reporting that the passenger side vehicle of their car had been broken into and a purse was stolen. The resident provided police with descriptions of male subjects seen in the area earlier as well as a description of a vehicle.

Based on those descriptions police were led to Berthiaume and conducted interviews with him as well as others. Bean Burpee said police found money and other evidence in the car, as well as receipts from the Kennebunk Extra Mart from which they obtained video surveillance footage.

Traffic, no injuries in Tuesday accidents

KENNEBUNK — Though two accidents snarled traffic in Kennebunk Tuesday, no severe injuries were reported.

On Tuesday morning, at

Article source: http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20120927-NEWS-209270341