Thursday, April 24, 2014
From staff and news services
Nancy Gertner, a retired federal judge who teaches at Harvard Law School, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Abromson Community Education Center on the USM campus in Portland.
Owner of massage parlor admits violations, pays fine
The owner of a massage parlor that was shut down because it had no business license and offered at least one sexual massage service admitted to a pair of charges in court Wednesday and paid a $1,500 fine.
Lucy Louie, 34, of Morristown, N.J., admitted in Cumberland County Unified Criminal Court in Portland to civil violations for operating Red Stone Spa at 585 Broadway without a massage license and failure to license as an adult use establishment. She was fined $500 for the first charge and $1,000 for the second, which she paid in cash.
A third civil charge of operating an adult use establishment at a prohibited site was dismissed by the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office because she admitted to the other two violations.
South Portland police and city officials ordered the Red Stone Spa closed on Aug. 19 after officers investigated a week earlier and found that the business was offering so-called “table showers,” or nude rubdowns of patrons.
“The Police Department has evidence that one or more massage therapists … are providing massages to clients whose genitals are exposed,” wrote South Portland police Officer Jeffrey Caldwell in a letter to the spa’s proprietors dated Aug. 20.
That particular practice constitutes a violation of a 1997 city ordinance that defines such businesses as “adult use establishments” and gives the City Council the final approval of their business licenses.
Police arrest one man, seek another in assault, robbery
A Westbrook man is in custody and police are seeking another suspect following an assault and robbery in Gray early Wednesday morning.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office responded to North Raymond Road at 1:20 a.m. for a report that a 20-year-old man had been beaten up outside his home by a group of suspects who then stole several items from his house, police said.
The victim was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries, the sheriff’s office said.
Deputies identified suspects, and then a vehicle matching one that left the scene was found in Westbrook. One occupant, Sam Kalmach, 19, of 33 Foster St. in Westbrook, was arrested and charged with robbery, aggravated assault and burglary – all felonies.
He is being held on $2,000 bail at Cumberland County Jail.
The sheriff’s office said it is looking for Matthew Kalmach, 21, of Portland in connection with the incident.
Cruiser camera’s footage leads to arrest for robbery
A man who is wanted in New Hampshire on burglary charges was picked up by Portland police after his theft of a woman’s cellphone was caught on a cruiser’s dashboard-mounted camera, police said.
Portland police charged Ryan Raiche, 31, with robbery, being a fugitive from justice and receiving stolen property after his arrest Tuesday evening.
Police were already looking for Raiche. Police say he was seen on a pawn shop security camera selling stolen jewelry and electronics, though police did not know his name at the time.
On Tuesday at about 6 p.m., an officer in the area of Congress and High streets was approached by a woman who said a man had just grabbed her and wrenched a cellphone from her hand, police said.
The incident took place in front of the cruiser while the officer was dealing with another incident, police said.
Police caught up with Raiche and, after checking the video, confirmed the woman’s account and charged him with robbery.
Women’s rights champion will speak Monday at USM
A retired federal judge and author of the autobiography, “In Defense of Women: Memoirs of an Unrepentant Advocate,” will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Abromson Community Education Center at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.
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