March 12, 2010

Dispatches

— SOUTH PORTLAND

Old order found, clearing up mystery on health coverage

The South Portland City Council's health insurance coverage has an official stamp of approval after all.

At Monday evening's council meeting, South Portland resident Albert A. DiMillo Jr. questioned the city's longtime practice of providing health coverage to members of the council. Among DiMillo's complaints was that city officials were unable in recent weeks to say how and when the insurance benefit was first authorized.

City Manager James Gailey said the mystery was solved by the City Clerk's Office on Thursday after ''a full search for anything associated with the council's health insurance.''

The staff dug up a council order, a copy of which was provided by Gailey, that extends the city's health coverage to ''such (council) members as desire to participate.'' It became effective on Sept. 1, 1977.

STATEWIDE

Reading service for the blind to temporarily air on Internet

Maine AIRS -- the Maine Audio Information Reading Service of the Iris Network -- will temporarily begin broadcasting exclusively on the Internet on Sunday.

Maine AIRS volunteer readers present local news from Maine's daily and weekly newspapers and periodicals for individuals who are visually impaired, blind or print-handicapped. Listeners who have been using the SAP signal broadcast by MPBN television will need to access the signal through the Iris Network's Web site by visiting www.theiris.org and clicking on the Maine AIRS logo.

In response to a federal mandate to broadcast digitally, Maine Public Broadcasting will turn off its analog TV transmitters early Sunday morning. This requires Maine AIRS to switch to the SCA signals of Maine Public Radio.

When the new SCA broadcast facilities are ready to go live, Maine AIRS listeners will receive an SCA receiver from The Iris Network. Call (800) 715-0097 for information about the new broadcast system and how to obtain a receiver.

WESTBROOK

Two facing cocaine charges after police raid their home

Westbrook police and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested two people after a drug raid Friday morning at 131 Bridgton Road.

Police charged Rocco Corsetti, 61, with aggravated trafficking in crack cocaine and Venus MacLean, 33, with possession of cocaine.

Assisted by the Cumberland County Tactical Team, police forced their way into the house to execute a search warrant at 5:15 a.m. Police recovered what they described as a large quantity of cocaine packaged for sale, including some that Corsetti threw onto the front lawn as police knocked down his back door.

Police expect more arrests as the investigation continues.

NEW GLOUCESTER

Domestic dispute leads to standoff, man's arrest

A 42-year-old man was arrested Thursday night after a standoff with police that lasted nearly three hours.

Maine State Police were called to the McKenny Drive home of Jeffrey Roderick in early evening for a domestic dispute that possibly involved a weapon. Roderick's wife and teenage daughter had fled the house unharmed, and Roderick had barricaded himself inside.

After several hours of communicating with police by cell phone, Roderick surrendered. No shots were fired, and no one was injured. He was taken to the Cumberland County Jail shortly before 10 p.m.

Police told WMTV-TV (Channel 8) that Roderick is facing possible charges of domestic assault, criminal threatening and obstructing the report of a crime.

ALFRED

Grand jury indicts man, 22, on drug, weapons charges

The York County grand jury on Thursday indicted a man from Hollis on drug and weapons charges.

Kenneth Beaudoin, 22, is accused of aggravated cultivation of marijuana, firearm possession and criminal forfeiture.

York County sheriff's deputies arrested Beaudoin after an April 28 raid at his home on Plains Road uncovered 108 marijuana plants, about $16,000 and two firearms.

BIDDEFORD

Man struck at train crossing was listening to MP3 player

A mother says the young man who was hit by Amtrak's Downeaster was listening to an MP3 player and didn't hear the train.

Police say 19-year-old Gary Bussell was struck by the train Wednesday morning at the Main Street crossing in Biddeford as he was walking to school.

He suffered a broken leg, broken elbow and broken pelvis.

His mother, Laura Gerry, says he received the MP3 player for Christmas. She believes he was spared from worse injuries because he landed in a snowbank after being hit.

The Downeaster connects Portland to Boston and has stops in New Hampshire.

PORTLAND

Maine artist confirmed for National Academy of Arts

A Maine artist has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve on the advisory body of the National Academy of the Arts.

New York native Barbara Ernst Prey, who has a studio in Tenants Harbor and runs a gallery in Port Clyde, will serve a six-year term on the National Council of the Arts. She was nominated to the post by President Bush.

Prey is a painter who specializes in watercolor. Her work is in the collections of the White House, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Farnsworth Museum of Art in Rockland.

-- From staff and news services

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