Friday, April 18, 2014
From staff and news services
Fight over ‘who was crazier’ends with hammer attack
Police charged a Portland man with assault and reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon in a hammer attack on a drinking buddy Sunday night.
Lt. Gary Hutcheson said Lawrence Crouxford, 60, struck Joseph Pedegrow, 32, of Portland in the head with a hammer after the two argued about “who was crazier.” The incident took place on Alder Street around 4 p.m.
Hutcheson said the men had been drinking together. Pedegrow was taken to Maine Maine Medical Center and treated for a head injury. Crouxford was taken to the Cumberland County Jail.
Saco driver faces OUI count after striking telephone pole
Police charged a Saco man with operating under the influence after his SUV crashed into a telephone pole early Sunday.
Sgt. Bruce Cote said Aaron Crowe, 19, was driving a 1998 Dodge Durango when it left Flag Pond Road around 2:30 a.m.
A male passenger suffered a minor cut. Crowe was not injured. Police said the road had to be closed for about two hours.
Former Maine Outlaw leader to serve time in shooting
A former president of the Maine chapter of the Outlaws motorcycle gang has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for his role in sanctioning the retaliation shooting of a rival Hell's Angels motorcycle gang member.
According to the Journal Tribune of Biddeford, 41-year-old Thomas "Taz" Benvie of Sanford was sentenced this month on one racketeering charge in Richmond, Va. Three other racketeering charges were dismissed.
Benvie was charged for his role in a 2009 shooting, when two other Outlaws members shot a Hell's Angels member in central Maine as payback for an altercation between gang members in Connecticut.
Benvie was one of 27 Outlaws members and associates nationwide charged in a federal indictment last June.
During the roundup of suspects, Outlaws member Thomas "Tomcat" Mayne was killed in a shootout with federal agents at his home in Old Orchard Beach.
Possible link between N.H., Sanford crimes probe's focus
Police in two states are investigating whether pharmacy robberies Sunday in Sanford and Rochester, N.H., are related.
Sanford police Detective Sgt. Jason Wagner said the Rite Aid at 464 Main St. was robbed around 12:45 p.m. Sunday. The Rochester robbery took place earlier Sunday at the Walgreens Pharmacy on South Main Street.
Wagner said that in Sanford, the suspect implied the use of a weapon and left with an undisclosed amount of pills. No injuries were reported.
N.H. man seeks new trial in murder of Maine woman
A 29-year-old New Hampshire man convicted of murder in the death of his former fiancee from Maine is seeking a new trial.
Jason Twardus has filed a motion for a new trial in York County Superior Court in Alfred. According to Foster's Daily Democrat, the motion says the request is based on new evidence discovered since Twardus' conviction last fall.
A jury found Twardus guilty of strangling Kelly Gorham, a 30-year-old nursing student from Alfred, in August 2007 and burying her body on his father's property in Stewartstown, N.H., near the Canadian border. He has not been sentenced.
During the trial, Twardus' attorney told jurors that prosecutors should have focused on two other men who had dinner with the victim the night before she disappeared.
State trooper shoots pit bull after dog attacks its owner
A Maine State Police trooper shot and wounded a male pit bull Saturday after the animal attacked its owner and forced him to barricade himself in a room in his mobile home on Route 16.
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