November 22, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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“As you can well imagine, this is not a legitimate call, and is not how such instances would be handled,” the police department said on its Facebook page.

Anyone who received a similar call or has questions should contact his or her local police department, according to the police’s Facebook page.

Additional details were not immediately available.


Man found guilty of several drug and firearms charges

A Monroe man who prosecutors describe as the patriarch of a sophisticated family marijuana growing operation has been convicted of federal drug and firearms charges.

Federal prosecutors say James F. Ford, 58, was found guilty on Thursday after a three-day trial.

Ford was convicted of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, maintaining a drug involved premises, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Prosecutors say they seized 300 pot plants worth $800,000 along with growing equipment and two semi-automatic weapons from Ford’s home two years ago.

Ford’s two sons, both in their 30s, have pleaded guilty.

His wife’s trial ended in a mistrial and she is scheduled to be retried next month.


Maine couple indicted for Social Security, welfare fraud

A Maine couple have been indicted by a grand jury in New Hampshire on charges relating to Social Security and welfare fraud.

Foster’s Daily Democrat reports Robert and Nina DeAngelis of Berwick are accused of falsely reporting job statuses and incomes.

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