November 29, 2012

Local & State Dispatches

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The decision for both posts was unanimous, according to Town Clerk Tody Justice.

LEWISTON

Police: Suspect twice tried to torch boyfriend's belongings

Police say the Lewiston woman who led police on a high-speed chase through several communities this week tried to torch her boyfriend's possessions with homemade Molotov cocktails.

Heather Kullson was charged Tuesday with arson, assault and eluding police after she was finally stopped following two chases that reached 80 mph.

Police say they responded to a Lewiston home at about 6 p.m. after a report that Kullson, 21, had tried to start a fire.

Police chased her, but called the pursuit off. Police say she returned to the scene and again tried to start a fire. Police chased her again, this time catching her in Poland.

The Sun Journal reported Kullson is being held in the Androscoggin County Jail on $25,000 cash bail.

MONROE

Police: Man admits to sex with minor while out on bail

Authorities say a Monroe man who was out on bail after being charged with having sex with a 14-year-old girl is back behind bars for having sex with the same girl.

Christopher Whitcomb, 35, was first charged by the Maine State Police on Nov. 13 with sexual abuse.

The Waldo County Sheriff's Office said police received a report Monday, while Whitcomb was out on bail for the first charge, that the teen had run away from home and might be with him.

Police say they brought Whitcomb to the sheriff's office and he admitted to having sex with the girl again. He was charged with violation of release conditions and sex abuse of a minor.

He remains in jail without bail. It was not clear if he had a lawyer.

ALBION

Cast-iron tomb door discovered missing

Thieves made off with a cast-iron tomb door from an Albion graveyard this month, police said.

The door was taken from Maple Grove Cemetery sometime between Thanksgiving and Saturday, police said.

Kathryn Sawtelle, chairwoman of Albion's cemetery committee, says there has been vandalism at all the town's three cemeteries, but the door theft is new. She thinks it was stolen to be sold as scrap, even though cast iron fetches just a dime per pound.

She said she doesn't know the exact dimensions or weight of the door but thinks it was heavy enough to require a couple of people to carry it.

The door likely dates to the cemetery's establishment in 1820.

Police say there are no suspects.

AUGUSTA

Poliquin: Costs of developing public housing are dropping

A year after accusing the Maine State Housing Authority of spending too much to develop public housing, a board member says those costs are coming down by 25 percent.

Board member Bruce Poliquin, who is also state treasurer, says the average development costs of new housing, rehabilitated buildings and historic structures will drop from $197,000 per unit this year to $150,000 per unit for projects to be approved next year.

A year ago, Poliquin said per-unit development costs at some housing projects exceeded costs of single-family homes. That became a theme in his push to eliminate waste and cut costs in state government.

Poliquin said savings in housing costs were achieved by eliminating unnecessary "green" regulations, and rewarding developers who come up with their own money-saving plans.

 

Suspect in drug store's third robbery of year described

A pharmacy has been robbed of prescription medication for the second time in a week and the third time this year.

Police say the CVS on Capitol Street was robbed about 3 p.m. Wednesday.

There have been nine drug store robberies in the city this year. Police say that statewide there have been 53 pharmacy robberies, more than double last year's total.

No one was hurt in Wednesday's robbery and police were still looking for the suspect, who was described as a slender man, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall, wearing khaki pants, white sneakers, black gloves, a dark hooded sweatshirt with a hood and a dark ski mask. No weapon was used.

-- From staff and news services

 

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