December 10, 2012

Local/State Dispatches

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Jack Shangraw, 89, of Kennebunkport died Sunday morning when his 2004 Ford Ranger struck a utility pole off River Road in Arundel. Police said speed and road conditions may have contributed to the accident.

Courtesy York County Sheriff's Office

The Joe Kreisler Teen Shelter replaces the Lighthouse Shelter, providing 24 beds for homeless teens without family, friends or resources. The shelter will ensure that teens are safe around the clock and have access to nutritious meals, adult supervision and connection and resources to help turn their lives around.

Preble Street is the leading provider of services to Portland’s homeless and low-income residents and serves more than 500 people each day.

U.S. Attorney’s Office collects $2 million in legal penalties

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maine said it collected nearly $2 million in connection with criminal and civil cases it handled in the past fiscal year.

U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty II says about $1.1 million was collected in criminal actions and close to $603,000 in civil actions during fiscal year 2012. There was more than $200,000 in criminal and civil forfeitures.

U.S. Attorneys’ Offices are responsible for enforcing and collecting civil and criminal debts owed to the U.S. government, and criminal debts owed to crime victims.

Nationally, U.S. Attorney’s Offices collected $13.1 billion for the year.


Cleaner fuels cited for drop in power generator pollution

New England’s power grid operator says emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides by electricity generators have decreased dramatically since 2001.

ISO New England says emissions of sulfur dioxide fell 60 percent and emissions of nitrogen oxides dropped 52 percent from 2001 to 2011.

The ISO says emission controls on power plants have helped. But it says the decline is mainly due to increased use of natural gas-fired generators, which are more efficient and have fewer emissions than oil- and coal-fired generators.

As of 2011, natural gas accounted for 52 percent of the region’s energy production, up from 15 percent in 2000.

Oil accounted for less than 1 percent of energy production, down from 22 percent in 2000. Coal has fallen from 18 percent to 6 percent during that time.

– From staff and news services

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