September 19, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

LIMERICK

Waterboro man, 22, killed when car hits utility pole

Authorities say a Waterboro man died after a single-vehicle crash in Limerick.

Barrett Sinnett, 22, of Waterboro was killed Tuesday night in a single-car crash on Parsonsfield Road in Limerick.

A spokesman for the York County Sheriff’s Office said an investigation shows that Barrett Sinnett was driving fast about 11 p.m. Tuesday when his car left Route 60 and hit a utility pole.

Police say Sinnett was thrown from his vehicle and declared dead at the scene.

The investigation is continuing but a preliminary analysis shows speed and alcohol may have been factors.

The damaged utility pole had to be replaced.

AUGUSTA

Tax revenue from casinos rises by $10 million in year

Maine gambling regulators say tax revenue from the state’s two casinos is up significantly over last year.

According to figures from the Maine Gambling Control Board, the state has taken in more than $35 million in revenues from slot machines and table games from Oxford and Bangor casinos during the current fiscal year. That’s more than $10 million more than at the same time last year.

Most of the increase can be attributed to the Oxford Casino, which opened in June 2012.
Board Executive Director Patrick Fleming told the Sun Journal that revenues are up in the year-over-year window.

The board collects 46 percent of net slot machine revenue and 16 percent of net table game revenue from the Oxford Casino.

HOOKSETT, N.H.

Wheel from Maine truck flies off, causing fatal crash

New Hampshire State Police say a wheel flew off a tractor-trailer from Maine that was going south on Interstate 93, hit a northbound police cruiser then bounced back into the southbound lane where it struck another car, causing a crash that killed the driver.

The crash shortly after 8 a.m. happened near the state liquor store in Hooksett when the wheel assembly, from a truck hauling a modular home, broke free. It hit the cruiser being driven the director of the state police, Col. Robert Quinn, who was not hurt.

Police said Kerry Anderson-Baker, 40, of Concord was killed.

The truck driver, Alan Condon, 51, of Oakfield, Maine, didn’t stop until after the Hooksett tolls and may not have known the wheel broke loose.

He was located in Maine. No charges have been filed.

GRAY

Two men accused of stealing beer, threatening store clerk

Two men face felony charges after allegedly walking out of a convenience store with beer and refusing to pay Tuesday night.

Christopher Chambers, 27, whose last known address was in Portland, walked out of the Circle K convenience store at 255 Shaker Road in Gray at 10 p.m. with a 12-pack of Shipyard beer and threatened the store clerk, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

Outside the store, Nicholas E. Norton, 25, who lives nearby on Shaker Road, also threatened the clerk, the sheriff’s office said.

Sheriff’s deputies and troopers with the Maine State Police arrested the two a short distance away on charges of robbery.

No weapon was shown.

PORTLAND

Connecticut man sentenced over 200 grams of cocaine

A Connecticut man accused of smuggling cocaine to Maine earlier this year to sell in the Portland area was sentenced this week in federal court to serve six years in prison.

Anthony Cordoza, 31, of Bridgeport, Conn., had pleaded guilty on June 13 in U.S. District Court in Portland to a charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Cordoza was the passenger in a 2004 Range Rover that Maine State Police stopped as it headed northbound on the Maine Turnpike on March 2. The trooper ordered the driver, a woman, out of the vehicle and questioned Cardoza, who admitted that he had 200 grams of cocaine in the center console of the SUV. When the trooper couldn’t find it, Cordoza re-entered the vehicle and flipped a switch revealing a compartment beneath the center console, according to court records.

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