December 5, 2012

Local & State Dispatches

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For a candidate without a campaign, the results sound impressive.

In a special election to name the next Freeport town councilor in District 1, David S. Gleeson Jr. captured more than 94 percent of the vote.

He did it with 34 votes. His was the only name on the ballot.

The contest was scheduled after former District 1 Councilor Sara Gideon resigned Oct. 9 when she moved out of the district. The town charter requires councilors to live in the area they represent. Gideon now represents Freeport in the state Legislature.

Chuckling about the rapid electoral process, Gleeson said he hardly had time to print pamphlets before the polls opened Tuesday. Daniel J. Collins won the other two votes cast.

"From (gathering) the signatures to the election, it was four weeks," said Gleeson, happy to represent the district, which is dominated by commercial properties mixed with a few residences.

He said he plans to maintain a balance between the two demographics. "Truly, it's a civic duty I'm running on, rather than an activist agenda," he said.


Suspected gas leak forces evacuation of Greely High

A possible gas leak forced the evacuation of nearly 800 students and teachers from Greely High School on Wednesday.

The odor was reported about noon, said Principal Dan McKeone.

Students were moved to the adjacent Greely Middle School for about an hour while the building was ventilated.

When the Cumberland Fire Department cleared the building as free of gas, classes were nearly ready for dismissal about 1 p.m., McKeone said.

"It probably ate up most of the final period of the school day, about 45 minutes," he said.

The Dead River Co., which supplies the school with gas, is investigating the cause of the odor, he said.


Teen charged with robbery of restaurant at knifepoint

A teenager from Raymond has been charged with robbing the Subway restaurant on Main Street on Tuesday night.

Police said they got a call about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday saying that a man armed with a large hunting knife had robbed the Subway at 615 Main St. and then ran from the store with cash.

Officers and a tracking dog searched for the man, but were unable to find him. However, police said they got tips that led them to Jacob D. Lipman, 18, of Raymond, who was found in Westbrook late Tuesday night.

Police said they recovered cash, a knife and a camouflage jacket and ski mask that they believe were used in the robbery.

Lipman was charged with robbery and is being held at the Cumberland County Jail.


Complaint about prostitute leads to man's own arrest

Police say a New Hampshire man was charged after he called police to complain that a prostitute had not given him his money's worth.

Police announced the arrest of Scott Pipher, 34, this week.

The investigation started in the spring. Police say Pipher called them on March 25 to complain that a woman he had hired did "had shorted him by 10 minutes."

Police say the investigation led to the arrests announced this week of two alleged prostitutes as well Pipher.

Pipher is scheduled to be arraigned in Biddeford District Court on Dec. 12. He could not be reached for comment. His last known address was in Portsmouth, N.H.


Housing authority will help find place for evicted couple

A husband and wife ordered out of their home by city officials say they have nowhere to go.

Alan and Yvonne Orchard were issued an eviction notice last week because their home of 19 years has a 2-foot diameter hole in the roof.

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