October 18, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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A Maine State Police trooper responded to an alarm at Northeast Bank at 3:55 p.m. A man had entered the bank and demanded money from a teller. Customers and bank employees who saw the crime said no weapon was shown. The robber then escaped with an undisclosed amount of money.

Witnesses provided a description of the suspect, along with a description and license plate number for his vehicle, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

McCole was later arrested at the home of an acquaintance on Edes Falls Road in Harrison. He is currently being held at Cumberland County Jail.

McCole was released from Cumberland County Jail on Oct. 8 after serving 150 days for burglary, forgery and criminal mischief, police said.


Man arrested, allegedly pointed rifle at motorist

Police arrested a Hallowell man with a loaded rifle in his truck that he had allegedly pointed at a motorist earlier Thursday in Prospect.

Benjamin Hackbarth, 34, was arrested by state troopers after a brief struggle on Middle Street in Hallowell around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

He was charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, failing to submit to arrest or detention, and possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle.

Lt. Aaron Hayden said state police responded to a reported road rage incident on North Searsport Road in Prospect, which is in north eastern Waldo County, around 2 p.m. Thursday. A motorist reported a gray Ford F-350 had stopped behind him on the road and someone inside pointed an “assault style” rifle at the car’s occupants, Hayden said.


LePage: Emergency agency director retiring in November

Gov. Paul LePage says the director of the Maine Emergency Management Agency is retiring in November.

During his tenure, Robert McAleer oversaw emergency response during 12 major disasters, including the St. Patrick’s Day and Patriots Day storms in 2007, Tropical Storm Irene in 2010 and a blizzard this year.

McAleer was appointed MEMA director by then-Gov. John Baldacci in 2007 and was reappointed by LePage, who said he’ll miss McAleer’s “professionalism and excellent leadership.”

LePage said he has appointed MEMA Deputy Director Bruce Fitzgerald to serve as the agency’s acting director upon McAleer’s departure in November.

State accepting applications for district judge opening

Gov. Paul LePage’s judicial selection committee is accepting applications for an open judge position.

The governor says a district judge position needs to be filled because of the retirement of Judge John David Kennedy. The person selected will likely be assigned to the West Bath District Court.

Applications are being accepted until Nov. 15.

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