August 11, 2010

Dispatches, Aug. 10: State lawmaker arrested on OUI charge after crash

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Sean Flaherty, a Democrat who represents Scarborough in the state House of Representatives, was arrested early Sunday morning on a charge of driving under the influence.

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The Bangor Daily News reported that Pennsylvania State Police say the unknown suspect could be from the Gardiner, Maine, area and that his vehicle is registered in Maine.

Police say the suspect approached a couple Aug. 3 at the Kinzua Point Information Center, tied up the man, forced the woman into his pickup truck and took her to the Red Bridge area of McKean County. He then released her.

The suspect is described as white, 30 to 40 years old, with short hair, possibly balding and a dark scruffy beard. He identified himself as Mark.


Archaeological dig starting at Pemaquid site this week

An archaeological dig of what’s believed to be a 17th-century structure at the Pemaquid historic site will get under way this week.

The weeklong excavation at the Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site in New Harbor will be open to the public for viewing.
Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands historian Tom Desjardin said a test dig has revealed more than 300 artifacts at the structure site, such as pieces of pottery and china and nails.

The dig is sponsored by the Friends of Colonial Pemaquid and led by the Maine Historic Preservation Commission.

Colonial Pemaquid was home of American Indians at least 7,000 years ago and was also the site of a 17th-century English fishing station and village.


Mother of girl killed in 1980 wants FBI to take over case

The mother of a Maine girl who was killed in 1980 wants the FBI to take over the investigation.

Pamela McLain made her comments on Sunday, the 30th anniversary of the killing of her 16-year-old daughter, Joyce, who apparently was abducted while jogging in East Millinocket.

McLain says she’s disappointed that there hasn’t been a break in the case in the last two years, since the girl’s body was exhumed and investigators retrieved what they said were usable DNA samples.

Over the years, the unsolved killing has been the focus of intense publicity, including a national television show and magazine article.
McLain told the Bangor Daily News that police have about a dozen suspects or people of interest in the case.


FairPoint giving regulators more information on plan

FairPoint Communications says it will submit more information to Vermont regulators in hopes of getting them to reverse their disapproval of the company’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy.

The company considered trying to get a federal bankruptcy court effectively to overturn the June 28 decision of the Public Service Board. But Michael Smith, FairPoint’s Vermont president, said the company has decided to go back to the Vermont board first.

FairPoint declared bankruptcy last October. Its plan to rework its finances and emerge from bankruptcy by the end of this summer has been approved in the 17 other states where it operates. Vermont is the sole exception.

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