November 28, 2012

Local & State Dispatches

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Mitchell will be honored at a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at Glickman Library on Forest Avenue in Portland. The event is free and open to the public.


State board votes to let town send older students to Maine

The New Hampshire Board of Education has given the town of Rollinsford permission to move forward with a plan that could send the town's older students to school in Maine.

The board's unanimous vote last week approved Rollinsford's request to opt out of an agreement that sends the town's students in grades 7-12 to schools in Somersworth.

If Rollinsford voters approve the change in March, the town would begin sending students to Marshwood High School in 2015. But it would be three years before students in grades 7-12 are attending the school in South Berwick.

Sarah Browning, of the Department of Education, told Fosters Daily Democrat that Rollinsford voters want to make the change because they were unhappy that Somersworth overruled some of their proposals.


More than 500 attend service for three killed in plane crash

More than 500 people gathered for a memorial service at the University of Maine on Tuesday night in memory of three fraternity brothers who died in a plane crash.

Members of the university's Greek community, students, faculty and staff packed an auditorium to remember the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity brothers -- David Cheney, 22, of Beverly, Mass., Brazilian exchange student Marcelo Rugini, 24, and 2011 graduate William "B.J." Hannigan of Portland.

Authorities said the three were killed when their single-engine plane clipped a pickup truck during takeoff at the Knox County Regional Airport in Owls Head on Nov. 16.

School leaders commended fraternity members Tuesday night for how they've reacted to the tragedy. After the service, the crowd moved outside for a candlelight vigil.


World Bank education expert chosen for college president

A higher-education specialist with the World Bank has been named the next president of Kennebec Valley Community College.

The Maine Community College System board of trustees endorsed Richard Hopper of Westport Island on Wednesday to become the school's next president. He will succeed Barbara Woodlee, who will retire in April after 30 years on the job.

The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans to developing countries for capital programs.

As an education specialist in the World Bank's Europe and Central Asia region, Hopper has overseen lending operations, grants and technical assistance for education. He also spent a year as chief academic officer for the University of Central Asia.


Man gets 16 years in prison for shooting, robbing man

A Lewiston man who police say lured a 63-year-old meat salesman to an abandoned building with a text message, then shot and tried to rob him, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Steve Anctil pleaded guilty to robbery Tuesday in Androscoggin County Superior Court for the May 23 shooting that left Kristopher Klimek of Naples with a bullet wound to his abdomen. Anctil, 26, was sentenced to 25 years in prison with nine years suspended.

The Sun Journal reported that Anctil's lawyer says his client accepted the plea deal from the state, in part, because he was facing federal gun sentences that might have lasted just as long.

Prosecutors said Anctil planned to rob Klimek, but ran away empty-handed after shooting him. 

Police say women led them on 20-mile high-speed chase

Police say they arrested a Lewiston woman who led them on a 20-mile car chase through several communities that reached speeds of 80 mph.

Authorities said Heather Kullson, 21, was finally apprehended in Auburn about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.

The chase began about 6 p.m. when Kullson allegedly fled a traffic stop in Lewiston. The chase went through New Gloucester and Poland, and state police joined in when she drove onto the Maine Turnpike.

Kullson was charged with two counts of eluding police, two counts of arson and one count of aggravated domestic violence assault. Police did not elaborate on the charges, saying the incident is still under investigation.

No one was hurt, but several police vehicles suffered minor damage.


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