August 28, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Mother accused of fleeing with her children returns

A mother who is accused of fleeing the state with her children during a supervised visit in Maine has been returned to the state to face criminal charges.

Authorities say Bethmarie Retamozzo, 34, is being held without bail in the Kennebec County jail on two felony counts of criminal restraint by a parent.

Retamozzo had 7-year-old Joslyn Retamozzo and 6-year-old Joel Retamozzo, along with a third child, her 2-year-old daughter, when she was arrested Aug. 18 in South Carolina.

WMTW-TV says she was returned Monday evening, and is due in court Wednesday. It’s unclear if she’s hired a lawyer. Police say Retamozzo was supposed to take her children to a park for a supervised visit but never showed up.

Man ordered to pay for security system for couple

A man who pleaded guilty to breaking into an elderly couple’s Oakland home while they were sleeping and stealing Christmas gifts intended for family has been ordered to pay for a security system for his victims.

Brandon Rimes of Fairfield was sentenced Monday in Kennebec County Superior Court to serve eight months of a three-year jail sentence, and ordered to pay $1,000 to replace the stolen gifts and $600 for an alarm system.

Prosecutors say Rimes, 26, and another man, who has already been sentenced, broke into the home of Charlotte Lovejoy, 88, and her husband, Del Lovejoy, 89, on Dec. 6.

Charlotte Lovejoy told the Morning Sentinel the burglary stole her peace of mind. Rimes’ lawyer says his client is remorseful and has apologized to the Lovejoys.

State gets grant to give AP tests to low-income kids

Maine has won an $80,415 federal grant to subsidize the cost of Advanced Placement tests for low-income students, the U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday.

Last year, low-income students in Maine took 1,557 AP exams, according to the College Board. The grant is part of $28.2 million in grants given to 42 states.

Officials said the amount should be enough to cover all but $10 of the cost of each exam taken by low-income students, to encourage those students to take the courses.

In 2011, the same federal grant covered the entire cost of the exams, according to federal data.

AP courses are offered through Maine schools and the state has an online AP program for students without local access. A student who scores a 3 or above on the exam gets college credit for that subject, which can cut college costs for students.

The funds can also be used for low-income students to take International Baccalaureate exams. Four schools in Maine offer those exams: Gray/New Gloucester, Greely and Kennebunk high schools and the Middle School of the Kennebunks.


Motorcycle accident injures its rider, slows traffic

Traffic was delayed in both directions on Interstate 295 in Portland Tuesday afternoon after a crash that involved a motorcycle.

The crash injured a single rider, who apparently lost control of his Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the northbound lane near the Deering Avenue overpass.

The driver was taken by ambulance to a local hospital with unknown injuries. The accident occurred around 3:30 p.m.

Paving project to close ramps as I-295 work winds down

The Maine Department of Transportation will put the finishing touches on its Interstate 295 improvement project this week by paving the northbound lanes between Scarborough and the Portland/Falmouth town line.

On Wednesday night and Thursday – between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. – the Exit 6B on and off ramps will be closed for paving. Motorists will need to use the Marginal Way or Franklin Street to get on the road.

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