April 9, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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PORTLAND

Police investigate robbery at Don’s Sports Cards

Police are investigating a robbery at a well-known shop that sells sports trading cards.

The owner of Don’s Sports Cards, at 578 Brighton Ave., told police that a man entered his store around 10:45 a.m. Monday and threatened him.

The owner, who believed he was being robbed, struggled with the suspect. Police said the owner was hit on the head several times before the suspect fled. The owner suffered cuts to his head but was not seriously injured.

Nothing was taken from the store. The suspect was described as a white man in his 30s, about 5-foot-10, weighing 150 to 180 pounds.

The suspect fled in a Subaru Legacy station wagon with a roof rack, operated by a woman with dirty blond hair tied in a ponytail. The car’s license plate had the numbers 774Y printed on it but the victim was unable to get the full number. Anyone with information should contact Portland police at 874-8533.

BRUNSWICK

Republican Richardson says he’ll run in primary

A 30-year Navy veteran who lost in the 2012 Republican primary for Congress says he will run again.

Blaine Richardson of Belfast was a political unknown when he took on state Sen. Kevin Raye in the 2012 Republican primary for the 2nd District. Raye won 60-40 percent in the primary but lost to Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud in the general election.

Richardson, who’s aligned with the conservative wing of the Republican Party, told The Times Record  that he’s going to run in next year’s primary and already has a campaign committee in place.

ROCKLAND

Farnsworth plans exhibit of N.C. Wyeth paintings

Maine’s Farnsworth Art Museum is opening an exhibition this month that features about 30 paintings by N.C. Wyeth on loan from the Brandywine River Museum in Pennsylvania.

The paintings span four decades of Wyeth’s work and include early western paintings, paintings that were used as illustrations for Robert Louis Stevenson classics, and later illustrations in experimental style.

Some of the books in which his illustrations appeared will also be on exhibit.

N.C. Wyeth, who died in 1945, split his time between Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley and coastal Maine.

The Farnsworth museum devotes much of its space to his Maine-related work, as well as that of his son Andrew and grandson Jamie.

The new exhibition opens April 27 and runs through Dec. 29.

WATERVILLE

Former Sen. Alan Simpson to speak at Colby College

Former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson is coming to Maine to deliver a speech at Colby College.

The three-term senator from Wyoming will be at the Waterville campus Wednesday to deliver the 2013 George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture.

Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, who’s from Maine, will be at the event.

Simpson served in the Senate from 1979 to 1997. More recently, he was co-chairman of President Obama’s commission to reduce the federal deficit.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It’s sponsored by the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement.

DYER BROOK

Authorities charge man with unlawful touching

Maine State Police have charged a man who has clergy visitation rights at the Aroostook County Jail with unlawful sexual touching of a woman he was counseling.

John Walker, 65, who was arrested Friday at his home in Dyer Brook, is free on bail and will appear in court next month.

State police said he met the 30-year-old woman at the jail, where her boyfriend was incarcerated, and made an unwanted advance while providing “spiritual counseling” to her at his home.

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