December 5, 2012

Local & State Dispatches

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Police probing theft of jar with money for kids' gifts

Police are investigating the theft of a jar that contained money for Christmas presents for needy children who live on Munjoy Hill.

The jar was stolen last month by a man wearing a Bonny Eagle High School sweatshirt -- his image was captured by a store surveillance camera -- from a counter at the 7-Eleven store on Washington Avenue.

The money in the jar was to have been used for gifts for needy children and to help pay for a Christmas party Dec. 15 at the Root Cellar on Washington Avenue.

"There wasn't that much money in the jar, but this person took from a kid that will now have to go without," said Linda York, whose family is trying to carry on a tradition started more than 30 years ago by her mother, Marie Trott.

Trott, who died last year, created the Munjoy Hill Mother's Club. York and her eight siblings promised to keep the club going. The club hopes to provide presents to more than 100 needy children.

Another donation jar is at Collucci's Hilltop Market on Munjoy Hill. York can be reached at 518-3169.


School board elects Caron new chairman unanimously

Jaimey Caron is the new chairman of the Portland Board of Public Education.

Caron, the at-large representative on the board, was elected unanimously at the board's inauguration this week.

Caron, a civil engineer who has two children in Portland schools, was first elected to the board in 2007. He has served on the Finance Committee since then, and now chairs the transition team for the new superintendent, Manny Caulk.

Caron is a project manager for Burns & McDonnell of New Gloucester. Before joining the school board, Caron served nine years on the city's Planning Board.

Caron previously led the school board's Facilities and Transportation Committee, the Elementary Schools Capital Needs Task Force and the Facilities Task Force.


Westbrook man sentenced for Molotov cocktail incident

A Westbrook man who was part of a group who threw a flaming Molotov cocktail onto the porch of a home on East Valentine Street in Westbrook in January 2011 was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to serve three years in federal prison.

Brian York, 22, had waived indictment in August and pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of an unregistered destructive device -- a liquor bottle filled with gasoline and stuffed with a tube sock, according to court records. The device had been thrown as part of an ongoing feud.

Judge George Singal also sentenced York to serve three years of supervised release following his prison term. York was ordered to refrain from use of alcohol or other intoxicants, stay away from people consuming alcohol and have no contact with a seven people on a list.


Local teen drowns in pond after falling through ice

The Maine Warden Service said a teenager drowned Wednesday afternoon after he fell through ice while checking beaver traps on Chapman Pond.

Cpl. John MacDonald identified the drowning victim as Joshua Wardwell, 17, of Oxford.

MacDonald said Wardwell's 15-year-old girlfriend was on shore and saw the accident. She notified emergency personnel around 2:30 p.m.

Members of the Oxford and Paris police departments, as well as the Oxford Fire Department, got Wardwell out of the pond and took him to Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway, where he was pronounced dead.

The Maine Warden Service is encouraging people who venture onto ponds, lakes or rivers to use caution because the ice is very thin.


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