October 19, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Former President Bill Clinton points to western-themed socks worn by former President George H.W. Bush at Bush’s home in Kennebunkport during a visit last month. Bush has donated the socks, an autographed picture of the moment and a signed letter of authenticity to a charity auction for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.

The Associated Press/Clinton Foundation via the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland

Man from England pleads guilty to pornography

A man from England who took a sexually explicit photo of a 13-year-old Levant girl during an encounter in a Bangor hotel pleaded guilty Friday to a federal charge of production of pornography.

Nicholas Cheese, 26, of Oxford, England, appeared in U.S. District Court in Bangor before Judge John Woodcock Jr. and waived his right to have his case heard by a federal grand jury.

He now faces 15 to 30 years in prison at sentencing, for which a date has not been set.

The girl’s parents first told the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office on June 30 that she had been sexually assaulted by a man from England. In interviews with the girl and later with Cheese, detectives learned that he and the girl had been communicating online for 14 months before he visited Maine, and the girl had sent him sexually explicit videos and images, according to court records.

Cheese arranged to meet the girl in Bangor, where he had sexual relations with her at a hotel from June 26 to June 29, court records say.

Detectives, who interviewed Cheese at the hotel afterward, seized his cellphone, which contained a sexually explicit image of the girl taken at the hotel, according to an affidavit.


Three arrested as meth lab is found in parked vehicles

Police arrested three people from northern Maine after a meth lab was found in vehicles at a hotel parking lot.

Police say they found the ingredients for methamphetamine in a blue sedan and saw meth being actively made in a black pickup truck at the Hampton Inn in Ellsworth.

The hotel’s employees reported suspicious activity in the parking lot on Thursday night.

Ellsworth Police Dept. Lt Harold Page told WNSX-FM that the vehicles were searched after police found evidence of potential drug activity in a hotel room of three guests.

Jessica Jones, 29, of Fort Fairfield; Ezra Brady, 22, of Bridgewater, and Jesse Sawyer, 31, of Linneus have been charged and were held in the Hancock County Jail.


Objections raised over proposed ‘chain’ eatery

A battle is cooking in Ogunquit over a proposed new restaurant in town.

Some people say the proposed El Rodeo Mexican restaurant violates the town’s ban on “chain or formula” eateries.

The Pennsylvania-based company has more than two dozen locations, including one in South Portland.

Mary Breen, owner of the Bread and Roses Bakery, tells WMTW-TV that sounds like a chain to her. She says if El Rodeo is allowed to violate “the pristine character of town” it opens the floodgates to more chains.

Town Manager Tom Fortier says El Rodeo’s owners claim that since it is a family-owned company that does not answer to corporate masters, it isn’t a chain.

A town attorney is looking into the matter.

The Select Board plans a meeting on the issue Tuesday.


Bowing to his wife, Bush donates ‘crazy pair of socks’

Former President George H.W. Bush says his wife is getting fed up with his flashy socks, so he’s donated an exceptional pair of bright, cactus-themed socks to a church fundraiser.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland said the socks that Bush wore in a photo with former President Bill Clinton in Kennebunkport last month will be auctioned off Oct. 26 at its Harvest Ball.

The socks include a letter of authenticity in which Bush wrote: “I absolutely love a crazy pair of socks. Barbara, on the other hand, has had enough.”

The Harvest Ball helps sustain the diocese’s Harvest magazine. The magazine, sent free to its readers, has a readership of about 70,000 in Maine.


Parolee pleads guilty to unauthorized Maine move

A man who was convicted of murder in New Hampshire has pleaded guilty to a charge of moving to Maine without the proper authorization.

Barry Brown, of Raymond, N.H., was sentenced to 50 days in jail this week with credit for the time served since his arrest on Aug. 21 in Chesterville. The Sun Journal reports he is also required to return to New Hampshire and report to his parole officer.

The 50-year-old Brown was released on lifetime parole after serving more than two decades behind bars following a 1984 murder conviction.

Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. said that although Brown had applied to New Hampshire probation authorities for permission to move to Maine, the process had not been completed when he was apprehended at a Chesterville home.


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