November 28, 2012

Local & State Dispatches

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Police identify suspect who posed as deputy, stole cash

Police say they have identified the man accused of posing as an undercover sheriff's deputy to get money from another man, but they won't release his name because he has not yet been charged.

The victim told police on Nov. 21 that a man had come to his door the previous night claiming to be an undercover Cumberland County sheriff's deputy. He told the victim he would be arrested unless he gave the man money, police said.

The victim drove the suspect to a TD Bank ATM in North Windham, where he withdrew an undisclosed amount of money. The victim then dropped the suspect off near Lampron's Mini Mart on Route 115 in Windham, police said.

Media coverage of the incident and a security photo taken at the ATM led to tips that identified the suspect.


Longtime legislator named director of new policy office

Gov. Paul LePage has named longtime legislator Richard Rosen to head the new Governor's Office of Policy and Management.

Rosen will become the office's first director on Dec. 6, after he completes his fourth term in the state Senate. Before becoming a senator, he served three terms in the House.

The Office of Policy and Management will be in charge of creating and reviewing budgets across state agencies, facilitating intergovernmental coordination, evaluating the effectiveness of economic incentive programs and delivering economic data.

LePage said Rosen, a Republican from Bucksport, has a proven record of "making the difficult decisions necessary to keep government within its means." 

Roommate stabber ruled not criminally responsible

A judge has ruled that an Augusta man who stabbed his roommate was not criminally responsible by reason of mental disease.

Malcolm Robert Moore on Tuesday was ordered held at Riverview Psychiatric Center in the custody of the commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services until he is deemed unlikely to cause harm to himself or others.

The Kennebec Journal reported that Moore was indicted in February on a charge of aggravated assault on his roommate, Aaron Brunelle.

Prosecutors said they got into a fight last November after Brunelle told Moore to clean up a mess he made in the kitchen. Brunelle survived.

A mental health professional said Moore was not taking his medication at the time. 

Woman accused of burglary in series of home break-ins

A Dresden woman has been charged in a string of burglaries this summer in Kennebec County.

State police said Sabrina Marino, 23, is charged with three counts of burglary and one count of theft by receiving stolen property stemming from break-ins in Augusta, Manchester and Wayne.

Police said about $5,000 worth of property was taken during the home burglaries, and none of it has been recovered.

Marino was apprehended Nov. 20, when she was a passenger in a car stopped by Kennebec County sheriff's deputies and Gardiner police.

Her boyfriend is also facing charges.


Professor lets world know: She has missing scallop guts

The case of the missing scallop guts has been solved.

The tale unfolded Monday when a fisherman put two buckets in the back of a car with University of Maine license plates at a convenience store. It was the wrong car, and the motorist drove away.

It turns out they weren't just any scallop guts. Andy Mays of Southwest Harbor had been collecting scallops for six months for a project at UMaine's marine research facility. He had gutted the bivalves, isolated different organs and preserved them in formaldehyde.

The Bangor Daily News said the motorist, a UMaine professor, later noticed the buckets and learned via social media that they contained valuable research. She ended the mystery by posting online, "It is me. I have the scallop guts."

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