Girl spared rabies shots, but dog’s owner is charged

A 5-year-old Falmouth girl won’t have to get rabies shots after all.

The girl, who was with a child care provider, was bitten on the back of the neck by a dog last week on a trail not far from the Ocean Avenue dog park in Portland.

The dog’s owner gave the care-giver a telephone number in Vermont that was not in service, said Falmouth police Lt. John Kilbride.

The girl would have needed rabies shots if the dog could not be found to determine whether it had been vaccinated.

In response to a story in the Portland Press Herald, the dog’s owner left a copy of the dog’s rabies certificate at the dog park, where the girl’s mother had put up posters.

“The woman wrote a note on it saying, ‘I’m sorry it happened.… We never thought about the child going through rabies shots,’” Kilbride said.

The certificate had the owner’s name blacked out.

Kilbride said officers figured out the name of the dog’s owner. “We held it up to the light,” Kilbride said.

Police charged Alison Slattery, 25, of Kidder Street in Portland with keeping a dangerous dog, based on the incident and the deceit, Kilbride said.

She is due in court Dec. 13. The charge carries a fine of $250 to $1,000.

The dog is a 46-pound pit bull-Labrador retriever mix, Kilbride said. It will be kept in quarantine for 10 days in the house.


Five charged with trespass in party at vacant house

Police charged five people with criminal trespass for throwing a party in a vacant house late Monday night.

Officers checking on the vacant house at 503 Ocean Ave. found a group of adults from York and South Carolina having a “pirate party” during Hurricane Sandy, said police Lt. Jerry Congdon.

“I don’t know how they found this place,” Congdon said. “They were pretty well inebriated when we arrived.”

Congdon said the five party-goers were burning driftwood in the fireplace and were cooking fried chicken.

As many as 15 people had been at the party earlier in the evening, he said.

All were charged with criminal trespass and are scheduled to appear Jan. 23 in York District Court.

Their names were not immediately available because power at the police station was spotty Tuesday morning, Congdon said.


Two businesses hit by thefts while their power was out

Authorities say two break-ins were storm-related because they happened while the businesses lacked power.

At 3:45 a.m. Tuesday, the owner of Sawyer’s Variety on Route 202 near the Windham line reported that someone broke into the building and stole about $600 worth of cigarettes.

In a separate theft, from Ray’s Laundromat, police charged Stefanie Frank, 25, of Gorham with theft and criminal mischief in connection with $200 stolen from the business.

The laundromat is open all the time but is not always staffed, police said.

The theft was discovered early Tuesday morning.

Despite a power outage, investigators found surveillance video that implicates Frank, police said.


Courtney gets Collins’ help in campaign for U.S. House

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is campaigning for one of Maine’s Republican candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Collins plans to be in Bath on Wednesday, when she will walk through downtown with Jon Courtney, the Republican candidate in the 1st Congressional District.

He’s running against Democratic incumbent Chellie Pingree.

On Friday, Collins will be in Fort Kent campaigning with state Rep. Peter Edgecomb.


Arms maker wins contract to build machine gun device

A military weapons manufacturer based in Saco has been awarded a $28.2 million contract to build quick-change barrel kits for machine guns, a device that allows soldiers to limit their exposure to enemy fire.

Karl Johnson, a spokesman for General Dynamics’ Armament and Technical Products division, confirmed Tuesday that the company has been authorized to build up to 12,000 kits at its plant in Saco.

Johnson said the quick-change kit allows soldiers in combat to spend significantly less time changing and adjusting the barrels on their machine guns.

Johnson said the Army cited the device as one of the best military inventions of 2011.

The announcement, made Tuesday by U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, comes just one month after General Dynamics announced it would lay off 50 employees at its facility in Williston, Vt., and 30 workers in Saco.

Johnson said the new contract won’t change the company’s work force reduction plans, which are driven by a decline in demand for gun production and weapons production contracts that are about to expire.


Jail officer returns to work after being hit by inmate

A corrections officer at the Franklin County Jail was checked out at a hospital after getting hit in the face by an inmate.

Sheriff’s Lt. Niles Yeaton says the female guard was struck by the inmate’s hand on Friday morning.
He told the Sun Journal the unnamed worker had marks on her neck and had blood on her ear.

She drove herself to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington to be checked out and then returned to work.

The inmate was subdued and placed in a cell.

There was no word on charges but a report will be sent to the District Attorney’s Office to be reviewed.


Hospital agrees to buy natural gas for heating

MaineGeneral Medical Center has agreed to buy 10 years’ worth of natural gas for its new regional hospital in Augusta from Maine Natural Gas, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA.

Chuck Hays, chief executive officer of MaineGeneral Medical Center, said natural gas would be the hospital’s primary heating source.

Using natural gas will save the hospital, which is due to open in late 2013, about $600,000 per year.

Maine Natural Gas started installation earlier this month of a natural-gas pipeline in the Augusta area.

The agreement with the hospital comes as Maine Natural Gas competes with rival firm Summit Natural Gas of Maine to serve the area.


Dentists’ offices to provide free treatment on Friday

Adults who cannot afford dental care will be able to receive free treatment Friday at one of 13 dentists’ offices in Cumberland and York counties.

The Greater Portland Dental Society is putting on the event, called Dentists Who Care for ME, for the fourth year.

Patients should arrive early Friday at one of the participating offices to make an appointment.

Slots are likely to fill quickly.

The offices will not make appointments before Friday.

Patients can choose one treatment among a cleaning, filling, extraction or referral to a specialist, who may or may not provide free care.

Volunteers for the day include dentists, dentist specialists, hygienists, office assistants and others.

Dr. Demi Kouzounas of Scarborough and Dr. Barry Saltz of Portland are coordinating the event.
Participating offices, their addresses and hours are:

Dr. Michael Frost, 323 Main St., Cumberland Center, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dr. Alan Chebuske, 110 Auburn St., Portland, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dr. David Bagdasarian and Dr. Shane Bryant, 1334 Washington Ave., Portland, 7 a.m. to noon

Dr. Kathryn Horutz and Dr. David Kerr, 173 Ocean Ave., Portland, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dunstan Dental Center, 618 Route 1, suite 4, Scarborough, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dr. Mark Diamond and Dr. Lucas Homicz, 500 Enterprise Drive, Scarborough, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dr. James Ortengren, 463 Cottage Road, South Portland, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Aspen Dental, 171 Maine Mall Road, South Portland, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dr. Jean Paul Boudreau, 25 Long Creek Drive, South Portland, 8 a.m. to noon

Bayview Dental Associates, 70 Bayview St., Yarmouth, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gentle Dental, 440 Narragansett Trail, Buxton, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dr. Jim Trentalange, 1389 Portland Road, Arundel, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dr. Kenneth Myers, 2 Blackstrap Road, Falmouth, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.