October 17, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Sam Kalmach

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.

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Nancy Gertner, now a professor at Harvard Law School, will present the 21st annual Frank M. Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service, hosted by the University of Maine School of Law. The lecture series honors the late Judge Frank M. Coffin, longtime federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, former member of Congress, and renowned leader and mentor in public service.

A champion of civil rights and women’s rights, Gertner is a teacher, an author and a former defense lawyer. She was nominated to the federal bench by President Bill Clinton, and served as a U.S. District Court judge in Massachusetts from 1994 to 2011. She teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, forensic science and sentencing.

Admission to the event is free, but seating is limited and registration is required. For more information, call 780-4344 or email mainelaw@maine.edu.


State offers $1,000 reward in shooting of bald eagle

The Maine Warden Service is trying to determine who shot to death a bald eagle in Hermon earlier this week.

The eagle, which is protected by federal and state laws, was found near Hermon Pond and Souadabscook Stream, according to Cpl. John MacDonald.

The warden service is trying to determine who shot the bird and why and is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

It is against state law to hunt species that were previously on the state’s list of threatened or endangered species, which includes the eagle. Violating that law is a Class D misdemeanor crime punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and up to one year in jail.

MacDonald said the shooting of a bald eagle in the state is rare, happening perhaps once a year.

The warden service asked that anyone with information contact authorities on the Operation Game Thief hotline at (800) ALERT US (253-7887) or at www.maineogt.org.


Robbery of Northeast Bank remains under investigation

A person robbed a bank in Harrison, assaulted a customer and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash, the Cumberland Country Sheriff’s Office said.

The robbery occurred at 3:55 p.m. at Northeast Bank at 46 Main St.

The suspect did not display a weapon, police said, and the customer who was assaulted was not injured.

After the robbery, the suspect drove away. A Maine state trooper, who was in town at the time, arrived at the bank within minutes of the call being broadcast by a police dispatcher. A Cumberland Country Sheriff’s deputy who patrols Harrison arrived shortly afterward and secured the bank.

Customers gave police a description of the suspect and the vehicle license plate. The sheriff’s office and Maine State Police continue to investigate the robbery.


Standish man faces charges over heroin found in his car

Authorities say a Standish man has been charged with heroin possession after police found him semiconscious in his vehicle at the Oxford Casino last weekend.

Police say 32-year-old Michael Lafollette was charged with possessing illegal drugs and violating probation.

Chief Jon Tibbetts said officers responded to the casino after security reported an unresponsive person in a parked vehicle.

Tibbetts told the Sun Journal that officers found 4 grams of heroin in Lafollette’s vehicle, along with drug paraphernalia.

Police didn’t know if Lafollette was heading into the casino or had already left. There was no indication that Lafollette was distributing the drug.

Lafollette remains in jail pending a court appearance. It was not known if he has a lawyer.


Family asks for public’s help with finding missing horse

The owners of a horse that’s been missing for more than a week are asking for the public’s help in finding the animal.

Phyllis Savage said the 9-year-old Arabian mare was last seen on Oct. 8 in the Bray Hill area in Phillips. It was last seen in a corral with an electric fence.

Savage told the Sun Journal that her 12-year-old granddaughter was staying at a friend’s house and brought her horse, Allie, so she and her friend could ride together.

The horse was seen during the day and was missing when her granddaughter came home from school.

The horse is brown with white on its forehead.

The family says the horse may be in the thick woods in the area.

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