October 8, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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AUGUSTA

Warning issued about driver’s license scams

Maine’s secretary of state is warning residents about possible online scams concerning driver’s license renewals.

Matthew Dunlap said in a statement this week that Maine’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles has received some complaints about websites that purport to provide new driver’s licenses or renewals, but which charge customers and provide nothing.

The secretary’s office says residents can get driver’s licenses only through the Bureau of Motor Vehicles or AAA New England locations. Residents must establish proof of residency and legal presence before getting a license.

The bureau is encouraging those who think they may be a victim of a scam to contact the BMV Investigations Unit at 624-9000, extension 52144.

ORONO

Maine supreme court to hear cases in schools

Maine supreme court justices are going back to school.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is visiting Maine high schools, where oral arguments will be heard this week in cases that have been appealed to the court.

Justices were scheduled to hear three cases Monday at Orono High School. They will hear cases Tuesday at Nokomis High School in Newport and Wednesday at Cape Elizabeth High School.

This is the eighth year that the court had has held oral arguments at Maine high schools to give students a chance to hear cases.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Robbers dressed in black and white sought by police

Police are searching for two robbers, one who was dressed in black, the other in white.

Police say two employees of the Amato’s shop at the corner of Evans Street and Broadway were leaving the store after closing it shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday when they were accosted by two men in the parking lot.

One of the men showed a gun and demanded money.

The robbers fled with a small amount of cash, police said.

Police said one suspect is about 6 feet tall, thin, and wore a black hooded sweatshirt and black bandanna with patches of white on it. The other suspect is about 5-foot-10, medium build, and wore a white jacket, white bandana and jeans.

Police ask that anyone who saw people matching that description or anything else suspicious in the neighborhood around 11:15 p.m. Sunday to call the South Portland police at 799-5511.

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