Sunday, March 16, 2014
From staff and news services
Girl spared rabies shots, but dog’s owner is charged
A 5-year-old Falmouth girl won’t have to get rabies shots after all.
The girl, who was with a child care provider, was bitten on the back of the neck by a dog last week on a trail not far from the Ocean Avenue dog park in Portland.
The dog’s owner gave the care-giver a telephone number in Vermont that was not in service, said Falmouth police Lt. John Kilbride.
The girl would have needed rabies shots if the dog could not be found to determine whether it had been vaccinated.
In response to a story in the Portland Press Herald, the dog’s owner left a copy of the dog’s rabies certificate at the dog park, where the girl’s mother had put up posters.
“The woman wrote a note on it saying, 'I’m sorry it happened.… We never thought about the child going through rabies shots,’” Kilbride said.
The certificate had the owner’s name blacked out.
Kilbride said officers figured out the name of the dog’s owner. “We held it up to the light,” Kilbride said.
Police charged Alison Slattery, 25, of Kidder Street in Portland with keeping a dangerous dog, based on the incident and the deceit, Kilbride said.
She is due in court Dec. 13. The charge carries a fine of $250 to $1,000.
The dog is a 46-pound pit bull-Labrador retriever mix, Kilbride said. It will be kept in quarantine for 10 days in the house.
Five charged with trespass in party at vacant house
Police charged five people with criminal trespass for throwing a party in a vacant house late Monday night.
Officers checking on the vacant house at 503 Ocean Ave. found a group of adults from York and South Carolina having a “pirate party” during Hurricane Sandy, said police Lt. Jerry Congdon.
“I don’t know how they found this place,” Congdon said. “They were pretty well inebriated when we arrived.”
Congdon said the five party-goers were burning driftwood in the fireplace and were cooking fried chicken.
As many as 15 people had been at the party earlier in the evening, he said.
All were charged with criminal trespass and are scheduled to appear Jan. 23 in York District Court.
Their names were not immediately available because power at the police station was spotty Tuesday morning, Congdon said.
Two businesses hit by thefts while their power was out
Authorities say two break-ins were storm-related because they happened while the businesses lacked power.
At 3:45 a.m. Tuesday, the owner of Sawyer’s Variety on Route 202 near the Windham line reported that someone broke into the building and stole about $600 worth of cigarettes.
In a separate theft, from Ray’s Laundromat, police charged Stefanie Frank, 25, of Gorham with theft and criminal mischief in connection with $200 stolen from the business.
The laundromat is open all the time but is not always staffed, police said.
The theft was discovered early Tuesday morning.
Despite a power outage, investigators found surveillance video that implicates Frank, police said.
Courtney gets Collins’ help in campaign for U.S. House
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is campaigning for one of Maine’s Republican candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Collins plans to be in Bath on Wednesday, when she will walk through downtown with Jon Courtney, the Republican candidate in the 1st Congressional District.
He’s running against Democratic incumbent Chellie Pingree.
On Friday, Collins will be in Fort Kent campaigning with state Rep. Peter Edgecomb.
Arms maker wins contract to build machine gun device
A military weapons manufacturer based in Saco has been awarded a $28.2 million contract to build quick-change barrel kits for machine guns, a device that allows soldiers to limit their exposure to enemy fire.
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