September 26, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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The Sun Journal reported that the 35-year-old Melchoirre entered an Alford plea, meaning while maintaining his innocence he acknowledges a jury could have found him guilty based on the evidence.

Melchoirre had maintained that the stabbing was in self-defense. Edwards said while not happy with the deal, he wanted to move on.


Former president a witness for women’s wedding

Former President George H.W. Bush, a longtime summer resident of Kennebunkport, served as an official witness last weekend at the wedding of Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalson.

Bush’s spokesman, Jim McGrath, confirmed that the president and his wife, Barbara, attended women’s wedding.

McGrath said that during their years in Kennebunkport, the Bushes had become friends with both women, who operate a store in Kennebunk.

“Helen and Bonnie have operated a well known store for a number of years. It’s a small town and you get to know people,” McGrath said.

Thorgalson posted a photograph on her Facebook page showing the former president signing the couple’s marriage license, with a caption that read “Getting our marriage license witnessed.”

Maine voters legalized same-sex marriage in 2012.


Police identify man killed in crash Tuesday morning

Scarborough police identified the man killed in a car crash on Route 77 Tuesday morning as Robert A. Taylor, 72, of South Portland.

Police are still awaiting results from the state medical examiner but suspect Taylor may have had a medical condition because there was no sign of braking or swerving before the car he was driving collided with a tree between Ocean Avenue and Piper Road.

The impact, at about 7 a.m., caused a small fire in the engine compartment that a passing motorist put out with a fire extinguisher.


Local man arrested Monday will face charge in New York

New York authorities have issued a warrant for a South Portland man arrested earlier this week charging him with attempted murder.

Raphael Encarnacion, 24, who also lives in the Bronx, has waived extradition to New York and is being held at the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn without bail until he is transferred to New York.

A spokesman for the New York City Police Department said details about the allegations against Encarnacion would not be released until he is formally charged there.

Encarnacion was himself the victim of a shooting in January 2012 in Vassalboro after a dispute at a party. He was flown by helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center and underwent surgery.

On Monday night, South Portland police surrounded an apartment building in the city’s Redbank neighborhood and arrested Encarnacion after a tip from New York police that he was living in the city.

Encarnacion was taken to Androscoggin County where a warrant had been issued charging him with driving without a license.


Nonprofit will donate vests to protect two police dogs

Two Department of Corrections police canines will be getting protective vests thanks to a nonprofit company that produces the gear.

Rex, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinoise stationed at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham, and  Gunner, also a Belgian Malinoise,who works at the Mountain View Youth Development Center and Charleston Correctional Facility, will be outfitted with vests to protect against bullets and stabbings.

The two vests are provided by Massachusetts-based Vested Interest in K9s with support from the Petco Foundation.

Fourteen other dogs in New England will receive the complimentary vests, which cost $950 each.


Dixmont man sentenced for robbing pharmacy twice

A Dixmont man who robbed the same Rite Aid Pharmacy in Newport twice last year was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to serve 41 months in prison.

Jonah Masse, 27, handed the pharmacist a note on both Aug. 16, 2012, and Sept. 16, 2012, claiming to have a gun and demanded oxycodone and hydromorphone tablets, according to court records.

Following the robberies, many witnesses recognized Masse’s picture taken by surveillance camera images and indentified him to authorities, court records state. Masse pleaded guilty to two counts of pharmacy robbery on March 12.

Judge John Woodcock Jr. also sentenced Masse to serve three years of supervised release after completion of his prison term.

Masse’s girlfriend, Sydney Duff, 21, a Canadian native, was also scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday for her role in the robberies.

She pleaded guilty to two counts of aiding and abetting pharmacy robbery on March 12.

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