August 28, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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“This will be the last leg of the 295 project (that began in 2010),” Talbot said. “Drivers won’t see this type of intensity for a long time to come.”

The paving work is expected to continue through Friday morning with a number of ramp closures scheduled between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

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Driver hits police cruiser, gets charged with OUI

A Richmond man has been charged after he drove his car into a police cruiser parked on the side of the road during a traffic stop.

Geoffrey Dow, 53, was arrested moments after the crash and charged with operating under the influence, said Lt. Aaron Hayden of the Maine State Police.

Nobody was injured in the crash.

Trooper Mark Ferreira stopped a car for speeding on Maine Avenue around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, police said.

Dow, driving a 2004 Nissan sedan, approached from behind and hit the driver’s side rear quarter panel of the cruiser and broke off the mirror, Hayden said. He described it as a glancing impact that caused relatively minor damage.

Dow continue on Maine Avenue after the accident until Ferreira pulled him over. Hayden said Dow stopped quickly and there was no pursuit.

Dow was booked at the Gardiner police station, where he posted bail and was released.
Hayden was unsure what happened to the original driver in the traffic stop.


Man gets 21 months for 2012 pharmacy robbery

A South Thomaston man has been sentenced to less than two years in jail for robbing a Rockland pharmacy last year.

In an agreement with prosecutors, Michael Willis, 29, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday to serve 21 months of a seven-year jail sentence.

His lawyer, Erick Morse, told WABI-TV that his client apologized in court and said he was driven by his addiction to drugs.

Willis robbed Jensen’s Pharmacy of prescription painkiller pills in July 2012.


Officials say missing man’s body found near hospital

A Maine Game Warden official says the body of a missing Skowhegan man has been found and that the death isn’t considered to be suspicious. Lt. Kevin Adam of the Maine Warden Service says the body of Vaughn Giggey III, 40, was found Tuesday afternoon near Redington-Fairview General Hospital.

He didn’t comment on possible cause of death.

The Morning Sentinel says tracking dogs from the Maine Warden Service and Maine State Police had spent the day searching for Giggey.

He was last seen Friday night when he left his house to walk to his mother’s house less than 2 miles away in Skowhegan. He never showed up or called.


Redevelopment authority hails 214 jobs at former base

The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority says 214 private-sector jobs have been created at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, now called Brunswick Landing, and that 260 acres and 24 buildings have been conveyed to the private sector as of this summer.

Also, more than 700 students are expected to enroll this fall at the Southern Maine Community College satellite campus at the former base. which closed in May 2011.

Executive Director Steve Levesque said the agency is projecting nearly 400 jobs by the end of next year from the current mix of companies at Brunswick Landing. Those include Molnlycke Health Care, Maine Tool and Machine, Kestrel Aviation and Oxford Networks.

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