January 15, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Federal prosecutors say Duane Toothaker, 42, of Bristol helped the pair rob a University Credit Union branch on Dec. 21, 2011, by advising them how to do it, driving the getaway car and writing the note that was presented to the teller.

Toothaker was sentenced on Monday to 57 months in prison.


Marine deserter discharged to resume life as woman

A man who deserted the Marines 31 years ago, returned to Maine and began a new life as a woman has been wondering about her fate.

The Marines now say she has been discharged.

Elizabeth Tremblay, who was Pvt. Donald Tremblay when she went AWOL, told the Sun Journal that her past caught up with her in September when she was arrested.

Capt. Greg Wolf, a Marine spokesman, said Monday that the case has been resolved and Tremblay has been discharged.

He said old cases aren’t uncommon. He said that the Marines have 540 desertion cases pending, and that half of those are 20 years or older.

Tremblay, 57, says she legally changed her name about 15 years ago and began a hormone regimen to prepare for sex-change surgery.


Defense in prostitution case seeking a delay to prepare

An attorney for a Thomaston man who is charged with 59 counts in connection with prostitution in Kennebunk has asked a judge to postpone the trial for at least a month.

Daniel Lilley, the attorney for Mark Strong, 57, filed a motion Monday in York County Superior Court to delay his client’s trial, which had been scheduled to begin next week.

Police have alleged that Strong, who owns an insurance agency in Thomaston, was a partner of Alexis Wright, 29, who is suspected of running a prostitution business out of her Zumba studio in Kennebunk dating back to 2010.

Strong also had a sexual relationship with Wright, according to court documents.

Lilley’s motion asks for a postponement until Feb. 19 to give him more time to prepare a defense.

Lilley has been outspoken in the past about the large amount of evidence that is expected to be presented in the case but was not available for comment on Monday.

The motion indicates that the prosecutor, York County Deputy District Attorney Justina McGettigan, opposes any delay.

Earlier this month, Lilley asked that the case against his client be dismissed, but Superior Court Justice Nancy Mills denied that request. A decision on the latest motion is expected later this week, according to a court clerk.

Wright also faces numerous charges but her case will be tried separately.

Additionally, more than 60 people have been charged with paying Wright for sex. None of their cases has gone to trial. Many have pleaded guilty and paid small fines.


Woman’s thumb reattached after accident at gas pump

Police say a 51-year-old Maine woman had emergency surgery after losing her thumb in a freak accident while pumping gas into her car.

Brewer Deputy Chief Jason Moffitt said the Bangor woman was filling up at a Brewer convenience store Monday morning and jumped into the driver’s side when the car began rolling forward.

Moffitt told WZON-AM that the driver’s side door then hit a bumper on the gas pump island, slamming the door on her thumb and cutting it off.

He said the woman and her thumb were rushed to the hospital, where she underwent surgery to re-attach it.

Officials said about 10 gallons of gas were spilled, but that Brewer fire crews quickly cleaned it up.
Police haven’t released the woman’s name.

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