September 19, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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At a sentencing hearing on Tuesday, Judge George Singal also ordered Cardoza to serve three years of supervised release after completing his prison term. Cordoza filed an appeal with the court on Wednesday.

The court also ordered the Range Rover be forfeited, according to court records.

Recordings of arguments available on court’s website

Maine’s highest court is making audio recordings of oral arguments available on its website.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court said the public can listen to lawyers make their arguments in cases that they’ve appealed to the state’s high court. The recordings will remain on the website for about two weeks after the appeal is heard.

Chief Justice Leigh Saufley said the service provides Mainers with greater access to the workings of the courts.

The website has had live streaming audio of oral arguments when they take place since the spring of 2012.


Maine State Music Theatre announces two promotions

Curt Dale Clark’s wish came true. The consulting artistic director of Maine State Music Theatre has had the word “consulting” removed from his title. The theater’s board president, Don Gerrish, announced Wednesday morning that Clark will serve as artistic director of the 56-year-old Brunswick theater, and Stephanie Dupal was named managing director.

Dupal, a Lisbon native, has served as general manager of the theater for 14 years, and began as business manager in 1993.

Clark is best known for his stage work. He has acted and sang with Maine State for eight seasons and has a long history in theater administration. This year, he also played a lead role in “Les Miserables.”

Bowdoin’s endowment is worth more than $1 billion

Bowdoin College’s endowment has exceeded $1 billion, campus officials said Wednesday.

In the most recent fiscal year ending June 30, the endowment earned 16 percent. The endowment, valued at $1.04 billion at the end of the fiscal year, is made up of over 1,600 individual funds.

About 45 percent of the endowment is used to support student financial aid. The school does not consider a student’s economic need during admissions, and in 2008 adopted a “no-loan” policy that replaced student loans with grants.

Bowdoin was ranked 20th on Forbes’ annual list of America’s Top Colleges earlier this year, and its financial health was rated an A+, based in part on its endowment.

Bowdoin’s 16 percent return is higher than the mean return of 11.6 percent for college and university endowments reported by Cambridge Associates, a firm that tracks endowment performance nationwide.


Chief: Insurance will cover replacing one of 3 cruisers

Saco’s police chief says insurance money will cover the cost of replacing only one of the city’s three police cruisers that were destroyed when a Massachusetts woman rammed them during a chase in July.

Chief Bradley Paul told the city council Monday that the insurance company has given the city the book value of the three cars, which is all it is obligated to do. The total compensation is nearly $29,000, enough to purchase and outfit one new cruiser.

The Journal Tribune reported that Paul says the department will make up for the loss of the other two cruisers by keeping two high-mileage vehicles for an additional year instead of retiring them.

He says the prospect of getting restitution from the Andover, Mass., woman is “fleeting,” as she remains jailed.


Rhode Island man charged with manslaughter in crash

A Rhode Island man was arrested Wednesday and charged with manslaughter and three other felonies in connection with a one-car crash on the Fourth of July in Thorndike.

The man, Alvaro Soares, 27, was driving from a family gathering with two passengers when the car struck a utility pole on Unity Road. Oscar Tizon-Brito, 23, a Peruvian national living in Rhode Island, was killed, while Soares and his sister Kelley Soares, 22, were both seriously injured.

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