December 23, 2013

Local & State Dispatches


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Newlyweds Electronic Technician 2nd class Tyler and Leigh Schneider embrace on the pier as the U.S. Navy attack submarine USS Missouri returns to the submarine base in Groton, Conn., after completing a six-month overseas deployment Friday. The attack submarine, one of the most advanced in the Navy fleet, conducted missions involving surveillance and reconnaissance in an area of operations around Europe on its maiden deployment.

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Pair of women in their 20s sought in seafood robbery

Police are searching for two women they say entered a retail seafood establishment Sunday evening, demanded money, and fled in an older-model, black Toyota pickup truck.

Lt. Anthony Bean Burpee said the women entered Herb’s Seafood, 58 York St., around 4:45 p.m. and demanded cash from the employees. Burpee did not know if the robbers displayed a weapon.

Burpee said the women left in a pickup truck, and were last seen heading north on Route 1.

The first robber is described by police as being in her 20s, heavyset, and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt underneath a black coat. Her accomplice is also in her 20s with a thin build, and has a scar near the right side of her mouth. She was wearing a pink hooded sweatshirt underneath a black coat. Both women were wearing blue jeans.

Anyone with information regarding the suspects is urged to contact the Kennebunk Police Department at 985-6121.


Coast Guard suspends search, seeks more info

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its active search in response to for an unknown distress call Sunday afternoon, but officials said they would like to hear from anyone who has information on what happened.

Petty Officer Kurt Hein said that someone called the Coast Guard’s distress line on Saturday afternoon.

“We received a frantic-sounding call that stated the words ‘Coast Guard’ twice,” Hein said. Radio direction-finding equipment pinpointed the call to Casco Bay, about a mile east of Jewell Island.

The Coast Guard immediately launched two 47-foot Motor Life Boat crews from its South Portland station and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station in Cape Cod, Mass.

The active search was called off shortly after noon on Sunday.

Hein said it’s possible that it was a false alarm, or that the caller found safety before the Coast Guard reached the area. Hein said that typically the caller will come forward to explain what happened, but not always.

Anyone with information regarding the call is asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector Northern New England command center at (207) 767-0302.


Woman arrested for allegedly stabbing boyfriend

A Gage Street woman was arrested Friday night after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend.

Ariana Lee Doherty, 27, was charged with elevated aggravated assault in the stabbing of her boyfriend, Donald Ladson, 45, in the apartment they shared on Gage Street, police said.

Ladson was taken by ambulance to MaineGeneral Medical Center to be treated for his injuries and has since been discharged.

Augusta police Sgt. Danny Boivin was not sure of the extent of Ladson’s injuries or the nature of the conflict between the pair.

The stabbing was reported at 9:30 p.m. Friday.

No one else was in the couple’s apartment at the time of the stabbing, police said.

The incident remains under investigation.

Doherty is being held without bail at the Kennebec County jail.


LePage administration lauds mill’s hiring

Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration says a mill in northern Maine is expected to add 20 new jobs early next year.

LePage’s office said the Louisiana Pacific Corp. plant in New Limerick hired 41 new employees last year and is hoping to continue to grow in the new year.

The mill manufactures building materials that are used in construction, repair and remodeling.


State police start increased traffic enforcement

Connecticut State Police have launched a holiday traffic enforcement program aimed at saving lives and preventing injuries. Operation S.A.N.T.A., or stop another needless tragic accident, focuses on behavior that most frequently causes accidents and injuries, including driving under the influence, speeding and failing to wear seatbelts.

Police say DUI enforcement will increase dramatically during the holiday season. State police troopers have scheduled DUI sobriety checkpoints and enhanced DUI enforcement operations on the roads and highways across Connecticut.

– From staff and news services

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