PORTLAND

Police charge man, 24, with Rite Aid robbery

Portland police arrested a 24-year-old man Friday and charged him with robbing a drugstore the night before.

Daniel Macisaac of Portland was arrested Friday afternoon on Cumberland Avenue. Police said he is the man who entered the Rite Aid drugstore at 290 Congress St. at about 8:45 p.m. Thursday, threatened a clerk and demanded cash.

According to police, the robber claimed to have a gun but didn’t display a weapon, and he ran from the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.

No one was hurt.

BRISTOL

Man suffers injuries in unexplained explosion

A man was injured Thursday night by an explosion in a house in Bristol, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The Bristol Fire Department was called to 329 Carl Bailey Road at 8 p.m. for a report of a small explosion. The resident of the house was taken to Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta with injuries to his left thigh and one of his hands, said Sgt. Joel Davis of the fire marshal’s office.

There was no fire, but officials did not immediately know Friday what exploded. Another person in the house was unable to provide information, said Davis.

The Maine State Police bomb squad was scheduled to clear the house Friday morning for investigators seeking a cause for the explosion.

YORK

Man, 65, faces theft charges over offers to fix appliances

A South Portland man faces felony theft charges after York police say he engaged in a scam in which he offered to fix people’s appliances at their home and took money for parts but never completed the work.

Police on Thursday charged George D. Healy, 65, of 68 B St. with three counts of theft by deception. The charges were felonies because of two prior convictions, police said.

Healy would give a repair estimate to a potential victim, who would pay him up front for parts and labor, police said. He would then deposit the check but never return to do the work.

Detectives uncovered numerous complaints in York and neighboring communities, police said.

Wells and Ogunquit police also charged Healy with theft by deception, police said.

Healy has an initial court appearance on May 1 at York County Superior Court.

Anyone with additional information is urged call the police tip line at 439-1199.

PARIS

False police complaint nets 9-month sentence

An Oxford County woman has been sentenced to nine months in jail for lying in a complaint she made against a Dixfield police officer.

Nikki Libby was sentenced this week after a jury found her guilty of unsworn falsification.

The 35-year-old Libby filed a formal complaint against the officer, claiming he used excessive force when he arrested her on a warrant at her Mexico apartment last June. She said she told the officer the handcuffs he put on her were too tight and he was hurting her.

Prosecutors said a medical report and video of the incident showed no excessive force and no damage from the handcuffs, The Sun Journal reported.

Her lawyer told the jury that police used selective medical reports.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Sen. King in the Arctic to observe combat test

U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine is bundling up for a military excursion to the Arctic.

King will be aboard with the Navy this weekend as it tests combat systems in the frigid Arctic Ocean. The senator said the trip will help him make better decisions on the Armed Services Committee.

King said he will tour the Navy’s ice camp built by the Arctic Submarine Laboratory. He will also board a submarine and observe training exercises.

The U.S. says the Arctic is a region important to national security. The Navy trains in the challenging environment every three years to test combat readiness.