Archive for August, 2017

Scarborough Police Beat: Sept. 1 – The Forecaster

August 31st, 2017
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Arrests

8/21 at 7:10 a.m. Jason R. Berube, 29, of Saco Road, Hollis, was arrested at Payne and Gorham roads by Officer Brian Nappi on a charge of operating under the influence.

8/21 at 2:08 p.m. Charles B. Tibbetts, 50, of Anderson Street, Portland, was arrested on U.S. Route 1 by Officer Brian Nappi on charges of disorderly conduct, operating an unsafe vehicle and refusing to submit to arrest or detention.

8/23 at 12:21 p.m. Ann M. Pullen, 37, of New County Road, Saco, was arrested on Ross Road by Officer Daniel Donovan on an outstanding warrant from another agency.

8/24 at 9:40 a.m. Jennifer L. Lunt, 38, of Sabbathday Road, New Gloucester, was arrested at U.S. Route 1 and Pine Point Road by Officer Breagh Gomez on a charge of operating under the influence.

8/24 at 9:46 p.m. Kyle A. Whitney, 28, of U.S. Route 1, was arrested at U.S. Route 1 and Old Blue Point Road on outstanding local warrants and an outstanding warrant from another agency.

8/25 at 2:03 a.m. Caroline A. Hall, 34, of Mechanic Street, Westbrook, was arrested on Ashley Drive by Officer Aaron Erickson on a charge of violating conditions of release.

8/25 at 4:50 p.m. Timothy A. Berry, 51, of Forest Avenue, Portland, was arrested on U.S. Route 1 by Officer Holly Thompson on an outstanding warrant from another agency, and charges of possession of marijuana and violating conditions of release.

8/25 at 8:48 p.m. Robert Lindsey, 35, of Raleigh Way, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, was arrested on Payne Road by Officer Ian Theriault on charges of failure to stop for an officer, unlawful

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/scarborough-police-beat-sept-1-2/

South Portland Police Beat: Sept. 1 – The Forecaster

August 31st, 2017
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8/12 at 2:07 a.m. Ian C. Paul, 21, of Arundel, was arrested on Interstate 295 by Officer Nicholas Dascanio on a charge of operating under the influence.

8/12 at 10:51 a.m. Luka D. Vuni, 29, of South Portland, was arrested on Cannon Road by Officer Theodore Sargent on an outstanding warrant from another agency.

8/15 at 11:50 a.m. Paula W. Finlay, 51, of Portland, was arrested on Willow Street by Officer Theodore Sargent on outstanding warrants from another agency.

8/15 at 5:27 p.m. Katherine E. Rameau, 31, no address listed, was arrested on Running Hill Road by Officer Jeffrey Warren on charges of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, theft by unauthorized taking and violating conditions of release.

8/16 at 8:06 a.m. Joshua Johansen, 36, no address listed, was arrested on the Casco Bay Bridge by Officer Peter Corbett on an outstanding warrant from another agency.

Summonses

8/13 at 12:59 p.m. Josephine Knowles, 43, of Dover Foxcroft, was issued a summons on Clarks Pond Parkway by Officer Ezekiel Collins on a charge of possession of marijuana.

8/13 at 2:13 p.m. Stephen M. Dzik, 23, of Portland, was issued a summons on Clarks Pond Parkway by Officer Michael Armstrong on a charge of illegal attachment of license plates

8/15 at 9:40 a.m. Carol Plummer, 47, of South Portland, was issued a summons on Hinkley Drive by Officer Rocco Navaro on a charge of operating with an expired registration.

8/15 at 11:54 a.m. Lilliana Kostina, 60, of Scarborough, was issued a summons on Western Avenue by Officer Kevin Sager on charges of operating with a suspended or revoked license and violating conditions of release.

8/16 at 11:13 a.m. Shol

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/south-portland-police-beat-sept-1-2/

We will seize your pot, Border Patrol warns

August 29th, 2017

Don’t let a Border Patrol agent know you’ve got marijuana, regardless of whether you have a prescription, if you don’t want to lose it, the Border Patrol warns.

“We are not going out looking for it, but if an agent is helping a driver change a tire along the border and the driver lights up a joint, by law, we must seize it,” Chief Patrol Agent Daniel Hiebert said Monday at a press conference at the Bangor International Airport.

Maine voters in November made it legal for adults 21 or older to possess 2.5 ounces of marijuana. The state legalized the drug for medical use in 1999, but access wasn’t settled until 2009.

Marijuana possession still is illegal under federal law, which categorizes it as a Schedule I drug, just like heroin, morphine, LSD, peyote and oxycodone.

In 2013, after Colorado and Washington state legalized marijuana, the Obama administration shifted law enforcement priorities to focus on distribution rather than possession.

Now, under President Donald Trump, Hiebert said, “Our marching orders are to enforce the law.”

Since 2012, nearly 720 pounds of marijuana has been seized by Border Patrol agents in Maine, but no one has been prosecuted as the result of those seizures, according to agency statistics. In the 2016 fiscal year, there were 31 seizures, up from 15 in fiscal 2015. In fiscal 2017, which began on Oct. 1, 2016, there have been 19 seizures.

Hiebert’s advice to users of recreational or medical marijuana is simple: “Be careful. If

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2017/08/28/health/we-will-seize-your-pot-border-patrol-warns/

Warren man gets two years for trying to strangle woman – Courier

August 27th, 2017

Rockland — A 25-year-old Warren man will be spending two years in prison for trying to strangle a woman earlier this summer in St. George.

Trevor Libby was sentenced this past week in Knox County court to five years in prison with all but two years suspended for felony domestic violence assault. He will serve two years of probation upon his release.

Libby was given concurrent lesser sentences for assault on an officer, assault, criminal mischief and operating a vehicle without a license.

Libby was arrested July 9, by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office after officers responded to a report by a passing motorist of a woman screaming while running out of a home on River Road in St. George and a man pulling her back into the house, according to a police affidavit filed after the arrest.

The passerby reported that he then saw the woman leave the house and walk along the road and the man — Libby — get into a car and follow the woman.

The woman was found by police at another residence in the town. The woman reported that she and Libby had gotten into an argument and she left the house, at which point Libby grabbed her and forced her about in the house. Once in the house, he threw her on a bed and began choking her.

She said she did not lose consciousness. She then left the house and walked to her mother’s home and Libby

Article source: https://knox.villagesoup.com/p/warren-man-gets-two-years-for-trying-to-strangle-woman/1682161

Police justified in killing of Presque Isle man, New Hampshire rules …

August 25th, 2017

Four Massachusetts State Troopers were legally justified in fatally shooting a Presque Isle man who fled Maine while under investigation for an alleged sexual assault, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office ruled on Wednesday.

The details of the shooting of Michael Brown, 40, on June 15 were detailed in a 40-page investigative report released by New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald. The report contains audio and video of the incident.

The troopers said they thought they were justified in shooting Brown because he had already shot at them and was trying to run them over after leading them on a 40-mile chase.

Brown was “was attempting to avoid apprehension on June 15, 2017, and created a dangerous situation, which he escalated to the point where it became reasonable for four Massachusetts State Troopers to conclude that they faced an imminent threat of deadly force from Mr. Brown,” the report concluded.

The troopers involved — Michael Caranfa, Robert Holland, George Katsarakes and Daniel Purtell — will not face any charges and are back at work.

The Presque Isle Police contacted Brown on June 7 about the sexual assault allegations, but he avoided them and fled in his uncle’s stolen Toyota Tacoma truck with his uncle’s loaded 9 mm pistol on June 15.

Brown’s relatives told police that he had contacted them and had said that he would “not go down without a fight” and would try to get shot by police, the report stated.

Brown was spotted in

Article source: https://bangordailynews.com/2017/08/24/news/aroostook/police-justified-in-killing-of-presque-isle-man-new-hampshire-rules/?ref=mostReadBox

Two local referendum questions set for Boothbay’s November ballot

August 25th, 2017

Marijuana growers would be treated differently than other manufacturers in the Industrial Park if Boothbay approves a zoning ordinance this fall. Residents will vote on two local referendums pertaining to legalized retail marijuana. The selectmen hosted a joint public hearing Aug. 23 with the planning board prior to the select board meeting.

One referendum would establish nine drug-free zones around the community. In 2009, selectmen designated the Harold B. Clifford Playground, Knickerbocker Lake Access Area, Knickercane Island, Knickercane Boat Launch and Parking Areas, Boothbay Common, Three Trees on Ocean Point, Murray Hill Boat Launch, Shipbuilders Park, and Grimes Cove as drug-free zones. But the designations didn’t become official because residents never approved them.

The second referendum would establish a municipal ordinance regulating growing and selling retail marijuana. The proposed referendum would limit retail marijuana operations to the C-2 and Industrial Park districts. The question’s language would also treat marijuana-growing differently than other manufacturing operations. Under the current ordinance, manufacturing in the Industrial Zone doesn’t require planning board approval.

Based on the proposed referendum’s language, retail marijuana-growing would require planning board approval. During the public hearing , Darrell Gudroe, a consultant with a local medical marijuana business and partner in a planned retail marijuana venture in Boothbay, questioned why retail marijuana was being treated differently.

During previous planning board discussions, members decided to follow state guidelines in characterizing growing retail marijuana as a manufactured product, not an agricultural one. Gudroe and his business partner Jan Martin have attended nearly all the planning board meetings and

Article source: http://www.boothbayregister.com/article/two-local-referendum-questions-set-boothbay-s-november-ballot/91069

Police justified in killing of Presque Isle man, New Hampshire rules

August 24th, 2017

Four Massachusetts State Troopers were legally justified in fatally shooting a Presque Isle man who fled Maine while under investigation for an alleged sexual assault, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office ruled on Wednesday.

The details of the shooting of Michael Brown, 40, on June 15 were detailed in a 40-page investigative report released by New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald. The report contains audio and video of the incident.

The troopers said they thought they were justified in shooting Brown because he had already shot at them and was trying to run them over after leading them on a 40-mile chase.

Brown was “was attempting to avoid apprehension on June 15, 2017, and created a dangerous situation, which he escalated to the point where it became reasonable for four Massachusetts State Troopers to conclude that they faced an imminent threat of deadly force from Mr. Brown,” the report concluded.

The troopers involved — Michael Caranfa, Robert Holland, George Katsarakes and Daniel Purtell — will not face any charges and are back at work.

The Presque Isle Police contacted Brown on June 7 about the sexual assault allegations, but he avoided them and fled in his uncle’s stolen Toyota Tacoma truck with his uncle’s loaded 9 mm pistol on June 15.

Brown’s relatives told police that he had contacted them and had said that he would “not go down without a fight” and would try to get shot by police, the report stated.

Brown was spotted in

Article source: http://bangordailynews.com/2017/08/24/news/aroostook/police-justified-in-killing-of-presque-isle-man-new-hampshire-rules/

Courier-Gazette letters to the editor, Aug. 24 – Courier

August 24th, 2017

The real problem in Charlottesville

On Friday, Aug. 11, a torch-wielding mob descended on the University of Virginia campus chanting Nazi slogans. People filmed the events with their smartphones and uploaded them to the internet. The nation could see events unfolding in near real time.

On Saturday, Aug. 12, videos continued to stream out of Charlottesville. There were yet more crowds of chanting neo-Nazis. There were also militias. Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, said these militiamen had better equipment than the police. He even suggested that the police were intimidated into inaction by their mere presence.

HBO’s Vice News followed some of the white supremacists through the streets, interviewing them and documenting their actions. They spoke of exercising to prepare their bodies for violence, killing the counter protesters and creating an American “homeland” for white people. Around 1:40 p.m., a car plowed into counter-protesters and killed a young woman named Heather Heyer and injured 19 others.

On Thursday, Aug. 17, around 5 p.m. I tuned into “Across the Aisle” with Keith Shortall on Maine Public Radio. One of the people regularly featured on this program is Meredith Burgess. When asked to comment on Gov. LePage’s response to the events in Charlottesville she echoed the governor’s claims that “both sides” were to blame and that the real issue was “monuments, and what they stand for,” and how complicated it is to judge history with “today’s standards.”

Meredith gave no details of the so-called “problems” with the “two sides.” What exactly were the “problems” with the

Article source: https://knox.villagesoup.com/p/courier-gazette-letters-to-the-editor-aug-24/1681004

South Portland Police Beat: Aug. 25 – The Forecaster

August 24th, 2017
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8/5 at 12:53 a.m. Gary Utgard, 52, of Shapleigh, was arrested on I-295 by Officer Kaitlyn Thurlow on charges of operating under the influence and exceeding the speed limit by 30 mph or more.

8/5 at 2:31 a.m. Brian West, 27, of Raymond, was arrested on Western Avenue by Officer Kevin Theriault on charges of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, operating under the influence and violating conditions of release.

8/5 at 9:38 p.m. Jeffrey Walsh, 50, of South Portland, was arrested on Market Street by Officer Michael Armstrong on a charge of refusing to submit to arrest or detention.

8/6 at 5:25 p.m. Stephen P. Nelson, 66, of South Portland, was arrested on Thompson Street by Officer Shane Stephenson on an outstanding warrant.

8/6 at 11:03 p.m. Jonathan W. Hines, 29, of South Portland, was issued a summons on Anthoine Street by Officer Jeff Warren on a charge of domestic violence assault.

8/7 at 9:30 a.m. Kyle Hays, 43, of South Portland, was arrested on Anthoine Street by Officer Rocco Navarro on an outstanding warrant.

8/8 at 8:15 p.m. Joseph Wynot, 21, of South Portland, was arrested on Spring Street by Officer Ryan Le on an outstanding warrant.

8/8 at 10:31 p.m. Justin Moore, 30, of Wiscasset, was arrested on Main Street by Officer Kevin Sager on charges of terrorizing and disorderly conduct. 

8/10 at 7:26 a.m. Charles Brant, 36, of South Portland, was arrested on Anthoine Street by Officer Jacob LaChance on charges of domestic violence assault, violating conditions of release and an outstanding

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/south-portland-police-beat-aug-25-2/

South Portland Police Beat: Aug. 25

August 24th, 2017
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Arrests

8/5 at 12:53 a.m. Gary Utgard, 52, of Shapleigh, was arrested on I-295 by Officer Kaitlyn Thurlow on charges of operating under the influence and exceeding the speed limit by 30 mph or more.

8/5 at 2:31 a.m. Brian West, 27, of Raymond, was arrested on Western Avenue by Officer Kevin Theriault on charges of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, operating under the influence and violating conditions of release.

8/5 at 9:38 p.m. Jeffrey Walsh, 50, of South Portland, was arrested on Market Street by Officer Michael Armstrong on a charge of refusing to submit to arrest or detention.

8/6 at 5:25 p.m. Stephen P. Nelson, 66, of South Portland, was arrested on Thompson Street by Officer Shane Stephenson on an outstanding warrant.

8/6 at 11:03 p.m. Jonathan W. Hines, 29, of South Portland, was issued a summons on Anthoine Street by Officer Jeff Warren on a charge of domestic violence assault.

8/7 at 9:30 a.m. Kyle Hays, 43, of South Portland, was arrested on Anthoine Street by Officer Rocco Navarro on an outstanding warrant.

8/8 at 8:15 p.m. Joseph Wynot, 21, of South Portland, was arrested on Spring Street by Officer Ryan Le on an outstanding warrant.

8/8 at 10:31 p.m. Justin Moore, 30, of Wiscasset, was arrested on Main Street by Officer Kevin Sager on charges of terrorizing and disorderly conduct. 

8/10 at 7:26 a.m. Charles Brant, 36, of South Portland, was arrested on Anthoine Street by Officer Jacob LaChance on charges of domestic violence assault, violating conditions of release and an outstanding

Article source: http://www.theforecaster.net/south-portland-police-beat-aug-25-2/