October 29, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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BRUNSWICK

Bank robbery in progress thwarted after tip to police

Brunswick police say they thwarted a bank robbery that was in progress Monday afternoon after being tipped off by a Bank of America employee.

Deputy Chief Marc Hagan said officers confronted the suspect as he was leaving the Maine Street branch of Bank of America. Raymond D. Leavitt, 51, a transient from Portland, was taken into custody without incident.

Hagan said Leavitt did not display a weapon during the robbery, but officers said that when he was arrested he had several knives.

Leavitt was arrested and charged with attempted robbery. He was taken to the Cumberland County Jail in Portland, where he was also being held Monday night on a warrant out of Old Orchard Beach for failing to pay fines. His bail has been set at $8,600 cash.

KENNEBUNK

Police identify man who fell to his death from roof

Police have identified the man who fell to his death Friday from a porch roof as Stephen J. Gardner of Kennebunk.

Gardner, 56, was a construction worker whose last known address was 23 Old Alewive Road in Kennebunk. Gardner was standing on the roof of a farmers-style porch at 137 Summer St. when he stepped backward and fell to the ground, said police Lt. Anthony Bean Burpee.

Gardner and another person were working on the roof at the time.

Gardner was taken by ambulance to Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford, where he was pronounced dead.

Police have not said how far Gardner fell and continue to investigate. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration also is investigating the incident.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H.

Bridge linking Portsmouth and Kittery being inspected

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation is inspecting the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which connects Portsmouth and Kittery.

The inspection was scheduled to start Monday. The bridge carries the U.S. Route 1 bypass over the Piscataqua River between the two states.

The bridge will have lane closures as needed and as weather permits from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily for up to 11 weekdays.

Flag persons, electronic message signs and warning signs will be used to notify motorists of the lane closures. Motorists traveling between Portsmouth and Kittery are asked to use alternate routes if possible to avoid delays.

In the event of adverse weather, the inspection work may be delayed until the next suitable workday.

Work to replace the 73-year-old bridge is expected to start in September 2014.

BERWICK

Man wanted for violating probation located, arrested

A man wanted in New Hampshire on charges of violating probation has been arrested in Berwick.

The U.S. Marshals Service said Michael Delgreco, 55, was arrested Monday morning without incident.

Delgreco, whose last known address was in Hudson, was being sought on an outstanding warrant issued by the Rockingham County Superior Court. The probation violations stemmed from a conviction and sentence for selling heroin.

A “Fugitive of the Week” broadcast on Delgreco was aired Friday on local stations and appeared in local publications.

The marshals said tips provided by the public indicating Delgreco was possibly employed in the Berwick area helped in their search.

PRESQUE ISLE

Man charged with arson in fire at community college

The State Fire Marshal’s Office says a man has been charged with arson following a weekend fire on the campus of Northern Maine Community College.

Investigators said the fire happened early Saturday in an occupied apartment bedroom in Penobscot Hall. The fire was extinguished by the building sprinkler. Several adjoining apartments had water damage.

More than a dozen students and guests escaped without injury.

Police on Sunday charged Paul Wasson, 22, of Presque Isle with arson after reviewing security cameras and witness accounts.

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