July 6, 2012


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Surveillance image of woman police say robbed the TD Bank on Maine Mall Road.

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Kendra Drinkwater, right, her daughter, Sage, 9, and her mother, Paula Marquis of Portland, do some biking Thursday along Back Cove in Portland.

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Superior Court Justice Thomas Warren ruled Monday that the state had not established that Mukhtar is 18. Mukhtar was transferred from the Cumberland County Jail to the Long Creek Youth Development Center after the ruling.

Mukhtar made his first appearance in the case as a juvenile Thursday. Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz determined that there was probable cause to detain him.

Assistant District Attorney Stephen Dassatti said during the hearing that the prosecution will likely try to have Mukhtar tried as an adult. That process requires a hearing before a judge. It has not yet been scheduled.

Man accused of wounding woman with pellet indicted

The Portland man accused of starting a six-hour standoff after shooting a woman with a pellet gun in May has been indicted by a Cumberland County grand jury.

Brian Kelley, 48, faces charges of reckless conduct, aggravated assault and criminal threatening.

Police said Kelley shot a woman from the window of 19 Cedar St. Kelley was arrested after police shot tear gas into the building.

The woman was hospitalized and had to have exploratory surgery, the prosecutor said at the time.


Safety roadblock leads to detainment of N.H. fugitive

A man wanted in New Hampshire for nine years has been caught at a traffic safety roadblock.

The Oxford County Sheriff's Office said deputies set up a roadblock last month to educate motorists about safe driving habits and differences between motor laws in Maine, New Hampshire and Canada. Deputies got suspicious when one vehicle turned around just before the roadblock.

When the car was stopped, a passenger, identified as Jeffrey Dewhurst, 36, fled into the woods. He later turned himself in.

Authorities told the Sun Journal he was wanted on a New Hampshire warrant issued in March 2003 on a charge of failure to appear/habitual offender driving while intoxicated.

Dewhurst was charged with being a fugitive and taken to the Oxford County Jail to await extradition.


Police say woman, 24, tried to pass counterfeit $50 bill

Police charged a Rumford woman with forgery after she allegedly used a counterfeit $50 bill to buy gifts.

Police were called Wednesday to Tates gift shop after a worker there suspected that a woman had used a fake bill. Police said they located Randi Theriault, 24, on the pier and found she had four counterfeit bills in her wallet.

Theriault was charged with two counts of aggravated forgery. Bail was set at $660, which she did not have. She was taken to the York County Jail pending a court appearance.


By chance, man recovers brother's treasured medal

An Orono man has recovered the Purple Heart that his brother received for his service in Vietnam more than a decade after it disappeared, thanks to a chance visit to a shop in Bangor.

Army Pvt. Larry Nadeau, who died in January 1966, received the transcribed medal posthumously, and his brother Allen Nadeau treasured it. In 2000, he lent it to the local chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America for an educational display.

Somehow it got lost, and repeated attempts to find it failed.

Allen Nadeau took another shot in January, asking the local chapter's vice president for help. On a whim in June, Ted Pietz stopped in the Maritime International shop in Bangor and asked about the medal.

The store owner had it -- and gladly turned it over to its rightful owner.

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