Archive for June, 2016

Charges dropped against Maine man accused of growing 148 pot plants

June 30th, 2016

TENANTS HARBOR, Maine — The state has dismissed charges against a Tenants Harbor man in connection to two separate drug seizures.

The dismissals came after 56-year-old Edward Thorbjornson completed a successful deferred disposition.

His attorney, Jeremy Pratt, said the case was garbage, and that is why the state dropped the charges.

Thorbjornson was charged in March 2015 with felony importation of bath salts from China. The investigation by members of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Postal Service began a month earlier after agents seized an international package that was coming from China after observing several other packages going to Thorbjornson from that country, according to the MDEA.

The powder was checked at the state’s health and environmental testing lab and confirmed to be bath salts.

He was arrested again in October 2015 on charges of felony cultivation of marijuana and violating a condition of release. He was accused of growing nearly 150 marijuana plants at his home.

The arrest came after the MDEA conducted a bail check. When the officer went inside the home, Thorbjornson said they were growing medical marijuana for five patients, according to the affidavit.

A check of the basement and outside allegedly found 148 plants.

Pratt said that for the state to have proven the bath salts charge, it would have had to prove that Thorbjornson knew the product was illegal in Maine. He said that the website from which he purchased it referred to the product as a herbal remedy and said

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Kennebunk woman facing drug charges after Dayton traffic stop

June 30th, 2016

A Kennebunk woman is facing multiple charges after police found more than a pound of marijuana and other drugs in her car during a traffic stop in Dayton.

Trooper Adam Schmidt stopped a Volkswagen Jetta on Murch Road in Dayton on Tuesday afternoon and smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car, according to police. During a search of the car, the trooper found more than a pound of marijuana, 10.6 ounces of Psilocybin mushrooms, 2 grams of shatter (concentrated THC), 1 gram of ecstasy, seven strips of LSD and a digital scale.

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The driver, Kathryn Lapierre of Kennebunk, also had a small amount of marijuana in her pocket. Police say Lapierre did not have a medical marijuana card.

Lapierre was arrested on charges of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs and unlawful trafficking in Schedule X drugs (Psilocybin mushrooms). Police expect she will be indicted on additional charges of two counts of unlawful possession of Schedule W drug, unlawful possession of Schedule X drug and use of drug paraphernalia.

Lapierre was taken to York County Jail where her bail was set at $5,060.





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Topsham Police Beat: July 1

June 30th, 2016
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6/23 at 10:53 a.m. Seth Caron, 28, of Maine Street, Brunswick, was arrested by Sgt. Robert Ramsay on Bypass Drive on an outstanding warrant from another agency.


6/21 at 6:05 p.m. Sierra Still, 21, of Hillside Street, Yarmouth, was issued a summons by Sgt. Robert Ramsay on Bypass Drive on charges of possession of marijuana, and sale or use of drug paraphernalia.

6/26 at 7:58 p.m. Walter Burch, 61, of Cumberland Avenue, Portland, was issued a summons by Reserve Officer Cheryl Holmes on Lewiston Road on a charge of operating an unregistered motor vehicle more than 150 days.

Fire calls

6/21 at 4:06 p.m. Fire call on Lewiston Road.

6/21 at 9:02 p.m. Fire call on Winter Street.

6/22 at 5:15 p.m. Fire alarm on Coburn Lane.

6/24 at 10:24 a.m. Fire alarm on Heron Drive.

6/24 at 11:30 a.m. Fire alarm on Kent Circle.

6/25 at 10:41 p.m. Fire alarm on Bunny Lane.

6/26 at 9:25 a.m. Utility problem on Governors Way.


Topsham emergency medical services responded to 24 calls from June 20-27.

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Scarborough Police Beat: July 1

June 30th, 2016
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6/20 at 5:26 p.m. Paolo Patriotti, 21, of Dutton Hill Road, Windham, was arrested on Payne Road by Officer Benjamin Landry on charges of operating with a suspended or revoked license and violating conditions of release. 

6/23 at 10:12 p.m. Allyson Susee, 18, of Twilight Drive, was issued a summons on Twilight Drive by Officer Benjamin Landry on a charge of terrorizing. 

6/24 at 1:22 a.m. Ryan J. Milke, 23, of Parkside Drive, Lyme, Connecticut, was arrested at U.S. Route 1 and Sawyer Road by Officer Travis Hon on a charge of operating under the influence. 

6/24 at 6:12 p.m. Darren C. Russo, 51, of Washington Avenue, Portland, was arrested on U.S. Route 1 in Saco by Officer Michael Sawyer on an outstanding warrant from another agency, and charges of operating after habitual offender license revocation and operating under the influence. 

6/24 at 10:21 p.m. Jessica L. Maffeo, 38, of Grant Street, Portland, was arrested on Gallery Boulevard by Officer Benjamin Landry on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking. 

6/24 at 11:16 p.m. Jarrett P. O’Connor, 27, of Salem Street, Portland, was arrested on northbound Route 701 by Officer Sgt. Barker on an outstanding warrant from another agency. 

6/26 at 1:12 a.m. Charles M. Carter, 58, of Wing Street, Bangor, was arrested on U.S. Route 1 by Sgt. Thomas Chard on charges of operating under the influence and operating after suspension. 


6/20 at 5:26 p.m. Elizabeth Patriotti, 19, of Dutton Hill Road, Windham, was issued a summons on Payne Road by Officer

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New Hampshire man arrested after leaving Starks pot festival Sunday

June 29th, 2016

A New Hampshire man is free this week on $1,000 bail following his arrest Sunday in New Sharon after police searched his car as he was leaving a marijuana advocacy festival in Starks.

State Trooper Niles Krech, of Troop D barracks in Augusta, said he was assigned to a speeding detail Sunday afternoon on Route 134 in New Sharon when he pulled over Thomas S. Daigle, 22, of Madbury, New Hampshire, for speeding.

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“They have a lot of issues with people speeding in that area,” Krech said Thursday. “We even have a passive radar set up because people are hauling through that area of New Sharon.” He said the speed limit on the stretch, which is Starks Road in New Sharon, is 25 mph.

Krech said he saw items in Daigle’s car and in the pocket of a passenger that led him to believe he had cause to search the car, and he asked the pair to get out of the car. He said the passenger cooperated, but Daigle did not.

“He continually verbally battled me and refused to step out of the car, so I explained to him briefly what was going on and why I was doing what I was doing and he continued to argue with me,” Krech said.

Krech said when he reached in the driver’s side window and unlocked the door, Daigle grabbed his hand and pulled it away. He said

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South Portland police use Taser on man threatening suicide

June 29th, 2016

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — City police were forced to use a Taser on a 29-year-old man allegedly threatening suicide on Tuesday evening, a police official said.

Police were notified of the man, who had been threatening suicide by overdose and a knife, around 9:30 p.m., according to South Portland police Lt. Frank Clark.

The man’s name was not released.

Officers located the man inside his pickup truck in a parking lot, and the man jumped out of the vehicle and confronted police in an aggressive manner upon being asked to open his window, Clark said.

The man refused to comply with commands, and retrieved a hockey stick from the bed of the truck and challenged police with it, Clark said. Eventually he dropped the stick but continued to defy officers’ commands.

One officer attempted to physically restrain the man, but he punched and assaulted the officer, and a Taser was subsequently used to subdue the man, Clark said.

Police recovered a knife and marijuana from the pickup and the man was taken to a local hospital for a medical and psychological evaluation.

The case will be forwarded to the district attorney for possible charges.

Police encourage anyone having feelings of hopelessness or helplessness to contact the department’s crisis team at 774-HELP.

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Court document: Money dispute at heart of shooting at Wal-Mart parking lot

June 28th, 2016

AUGUSTA — A dispute over money was at the heart of a shooting Sunday evening in the parking lot in front of Wal-Mart, according to a police affidavit filed in court.

That detail arose as police on Monday continued to piece together what led up to the shooting, while also looking for a person they say is a witness.

Document: Affidavit for Kweasia ‘Reggie’ McBride



Meanwhile, three of the four people arrested Sunday in connection with the shooting, which was apparently drug-related, made initial appearances in court Monday.

During the hearing for one of the suspects, Justice Robert Mullen said that the scene seemed “like an old Western shoot-out out in the Wal-Mart parking lot.” The confrontation ended when two armed bystanders intervened, police said.

Here are those charged:

• Kweasia “Reggie” McBride, 45, of Harlem, New York, charged with reckless conduct with a firearm, Class C, and aggravated trafficking in drugs (heroin), Class B. His bail was set at $50,000.

• Frankie Dejesus, 27, of Rochester, New York, charged with reckless conduct with a firearm, Class C, and aggravated assault, Class B. His bail was set at $25,000.

• Diana Davis, 28, of Rochester, New York, charged with aggravated assault, Class B. Her bail was set at $5,000.

• Samantha Tupper, 24, of Augusta, charged with probation violation and furnishing drugs (heroin), Class B. She is being held without bail.

The hearings for McBride, Dejesus and Davis at the

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Supreme Court rejects appeal of Maine men in gun rights case

June 28th, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected arguments by two Maine men and upheld a federal law prohibiting people convicted of domestic violence from owning guns, even if the assault that led to the charge was not intentional.

The decision validates a portion of the sweeping federal prohibition, in effect since 1996, that bars felons, fugitives and other groups of people from owning guns, including anyone convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence crimes.

William E. Armstrong, left, and Stephen L. Voisine appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court for their right to own a firearm. The court Monday ruled against the Mainers, who had both pleaded guilty to domestic violence assault. Photos courtesy of Maine Department of CorrectionsWilliam E. Armstrong, left, and Stephen L. Voisine appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court for their right to own a firearm. The court Monday ruled against the Mainers, who had both pleaded guilty to domestic violence assault. Photos courtesy of Maine Department of Corrections

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In a 6-2 opinion written by Justice Elena Kagan, the court answers a question left open when it last reviewed the gun control measure: Should someone who acted recklessly, but not intentionally, at the time of a misdemeanor domestic assault be allowed to own a gun?

The two men are Stephen L. Voisine of Wytopitlock, who was twice convicted of assaulting his partner and also

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Maine: Marijuana Legalization is Ballot Question 1

June 27th, 2016
Maine: Marijuana Legalization is Ballot Question 1

Initiative to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Maine Will Appear on Ballot as Question 1

AUGUSTA, ME — Secretary of State Matt Dunlap announced Monday that the initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Maine will appear on the ballot as Question 1.

The secretary of state set the final wording of the ballot question last week.

It reads, “Do you want to allow the possession and use of marijuana under state law by persons who are at least 21 years of age, and allow the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance?”

“The wording of our ballot question is far more important than the order in which it will appear,” said David Boyer, manager of the “Yes on 1” campaign. “It conveys to voters that the cultivation and sale of marijuana for adult use will be subject to regulation, taxation, and local control. We are pleased, as those themes comprise the core of our initiative and help explain the benefits of ending marijuana prohibition. Residents of Maine will be hearing a lot more about regulation, taxation, and local control as we spend the next four months encouraging them to vote ‘yes’ on

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Maine marijuana question first on November ballot – Bryan

June 27th, 2016

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2016 11:03 am

Updated: 11:31 am, Mon Jun 27, 2016.

Maine marijuana question first on November ballot

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