BANGOR

Pittston man sentenced in oxycodone case

A Pittston man was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to nearly 41/2 years in federal prison for having oxycodone mailed from Florida to Maine for nine months in 2008.

George David Lavoie, 51, also was sentenced to three years of supervised release after he completes his prison term.

In addition, Lavoie was ordered to forfeit $50,000 in cash and his property at 18 Lavoie Way in Pittston.

Lavoie in November waived indictment and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intention to distribute oxycodone, an addictive opium derivative. He faced up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.

When Lavoie was arrested in November 2008, investigators found 531 80-milligram oxycodone pills in his truck and a safe in his Pittston home, according to court documents.


RAYMOND, N.H.

Drowning presumed after canoe capsizes

A Salem, N.H., woman was presumed drowned after a canoeing accident on the Exeter River.

The New Hampshire Union Leader reported Sunday that Cassandra Ray’s body had not been located but the search was being treated as a recovery, not a rescue.

Crews searched by land, boat and helicopter Friday evening and Saturday.

State Fish and Game Lt. John Wimsatt said the search was called off due to the flooded river’s dangerous condition.

Ray, 21, was paddling with two others who were able to swim to shore. None of the three was wearing a life vest.


BOSTON

Joseph P. Kennedy III won’t run for Congress

Joseph P. Kennedy III, the son of a former congressman and the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, said Sunday he had decided against running for the U.S. House from Massachusetts this year.

Kennedy told The Associated Press that he wants to remain in his new job as a prosecutor in Cape Cod’s Barnstable County. The 29-year-old Stanford University and Harvard Law graduate has held the post for eight months.