October 30, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Two Sanford High students charged in sex toy prank

Two Sanford High School seniors were charged with disorderly conduct this week after they escalated the rivalry between Sanford and Massabesic high schools by leaving a sex toy with an explicit note for students at the high school in Waterboro.

The package was found at 7 a.m. Saturday, the day after a football game between the two high schools was postponed because of a threat of violence.

The package, wrapped in Christmas paper, was labeled with a tag that read “To Massabesic from Sanford” and left outside the athletic director’s office. Police found the box contained a sex toy “and an explicit note describing what they could do with the toy,” said York County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy William King in a written release.

Massabesic School Resource Officer Jason Solomon identified two suspects Tuesday, both seniors at Sanford High.

Solomon charged each with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. Isaac Sweeney, 18, of Springvale is expected to appear in court on Feb. 25. The second suspect, a juvenile, was not identified.

“Both expressed remorse over the incident that they initially viewed as an innocent prank,” King said.

Sweeney and the juvenile also face punishment from school officials.


High court upholds murder conviction in 2010 killings

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has upheld murder convictions for a 23-year-old man whose lawyer said he was “played” by a skilled law enforcement officer during an interrogation.

The defense contended Thayne Ormsby’s remark that “I’m going to have to plead the fifth on that one” should have been enough for the detective to end the interrogation.

But the court ruled unanimously on Tuesday that Ormsby’s confessions were made voluntarily and that their admission during his trial didn’t violate his Fifth Amendment rights.

The court also upheld his sentence of three life terms.

Ormsby was convicted last year of three counts of murder and one count of arson for the 2010 stabbing deaths of Jeffrey Ryan, his 10-year-old son and a family friend in the town of Amity.

Man pleads guilty for failing to register as sex offender

A man convicted of a sex offense in Arizona who came to Maine in 2012 without registering here as a sex offender pleaded guilty in federal court in Portland on Tuesday.

Robert Wayne Lyon, 27, who had lived at various addresses in Wells in 2012 pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Portland, before U.S. District Judge Nancy Torresen to a charge of failing to register with the Maine Sex Offender Registry..

Lyon had pleaded guilty in Arizona in 2007 to a charge of sexual conduct with a minor, a crime that requires him to register under state and federal law following his release, which he acknowledged when he updated his registration in Arizona in 2009, according to court records.

Lyon is scheduled for sentencing on Feb. 11 and will face up to 10 years in prison.


Psychiatric hospital funding problems seen near solution

Gov. Paul LePage’s top health official says the funding problems at a state-run psychiatric hospital still haven’t been solved, but could be soon.

Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew told lawmakers on Tuesday she is optimistic that federal regulators will return soon to inspect the Riverview Psychiatric Center and will find that the hospital should start receiving federal funds again.

The hospital lost $20 million, or about half of its operating budget, in federal funding earlier this month. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services cited problems surrounding the creation of two separate units at the 92-bed facility.

Mayhew says the state has also initiated a legal appeal to the federal government’s decision. She says the first proceeding in that appeal is later this week.

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