November 21, 2012

Local & State Dispatches

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Maine Adaptive group gives winter jackets to storm relief

Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation is donating 300 winter uniform jackets to Superstorm Sandy relief efforts in New York. The van will be loaded and sent from Monument Square at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Maine Adaptive, formerly Maine Handicapped Skiing, replaced the winter jackets used by its volunteers this winter as part of a rebranding effort. The roughly 300 old jackets will be delivered to Material For The Arts in New York City to have the old MHS logo patched over and the jackets redistributed to aid agencies serving the New York metro area.


Police say man sold cocaine in middle school parking lot

A man has been charged with selling cocaine from a school parking lot.

Police said Reynard Eugene Carroll, 29, was a passenger in the car parked at Lewiston Middle School. They said he admitted to police that he had cocaine and turned over to agents about $700 worth of the drug Tuesday. He was charged with two counts of aggravated trafficking in cocaine in a school zone.

Agents searched Carroll's house and found more cocaine, for a total street value of about $5,500. Carroll's girlfriend, Shelby Viles, 19, was charged with one count of aggravated trafficking in cocaine.


Democrats remain winners after two district recounts

Maine election officials say Democratic state Sen. Christopher Johnson of Somerville remains the winner in his re-election race after a recount in Senate District 20.

Johnson's Republican challenger, state Rep. Leslie Fossel of Alna, requested the recount after unofficial results from Election Day indicated he had lost. The recount determined that 10,943 votes were cast for Johnson and 10,772 for Fossel.

Meanwhile, Democrat Catherine Nadeau of Winslow remained the winner after a recount of ballots in House District 54.

The Election Day results remained the same after the recount in the race between Nadeau and Republican Susan Morissette of Winslow.

The Secretary of State's Office said 10 recounts have now been completed and four remain to be done.


Police arrest two after man is assaulted, robbed in car

Police say two men were arrested Tuesday for punching a 26-year-old Portland man in the face and stealing his wallet and cellphone.

Benjamin A. Hamilton, 28, of Portland and Patrick J. Ridley, 26, of Bath were charged with robbery.

The victim, who was not identified by police, said he was riding in a car with two men he knew only by their first names when the robbery occurred around 11:55 p.m. Monday.

The victim told police that one of the men punched him, pulled out a knife and demanded the victim's wallet and cellphone. The victim then fled the vehicle and called police.

A short time later, Officer Michael Lever found the suspects' vehicle parked in front of an Office Drive home. Ridley and Hamilton were both found in the home, as was the victim's cellphone, police said.

Ridley was released on $1,000 bail and is expected to appear in court on Jan. 15. Hamilton was not able to meet $2,500 bail and is being held at Two Bridges Regional Jail.


Tip texted to police leads to underage-drinking charges

An anonymous tip line that allows the public to contact authorities through text messages led police to an underage-drinking party Monday.

Bath Police Chief Michael Field said officers got an "eTip" about a party at an apartment on Oak Grove Avenue involving teenagers. The legal drinking age in Maine is 21.

Officers went to the home and found several teenagers drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana. Four minors, ranging in age from 15 to 19, were charged with alcohol- and drug-related offenses.

Field said a 17-year-old boy hosted the party while his mother was out of town. He was charged with furnishing a place for minors to consume alcohol and with possessing marijuana.


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