December 5, 2012

Local & State Dispatches

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A city engineer said the home is structurally unsound and a heavy snowstorm could cause the roof to collapse.

The Orchards say the tarpaulin-covered hole has been there several years and is not a problem.

Yvonne Orchard told The Times Record that they can't afford to move. Her hours at a local supermarket have been cut to fewer than 20 per week. Her 81-year-old husband has diabetes.

Joanne Marco, executive director of Bath Housing Authority, said she'll work with the Orchards to find them a place.


Six-hour standoff ends with armed man's arrest

A six-hour standoff with an armed man in a Lewiston hotel ended peacefully.

Police arrested Jeff Sewell about 1 a.m. Wednesday and charged him with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and causing a police standoff.

Police responded to the Morning Star Inn about 7 p.m. Tuesday following a dispute between Sewell and another man.

That other man, Richard Lamothe, said he notified motel management when Sewell loaded a gun. Lamothe said Sewell appeared intoxicated.

City officers and state police surrounded and evacuated the motel and closed the road to traffic as Sewell barricaded himself inside a room.

Sewell eventually gave himself up and was taken to the Androscoggin County Jail.


Maine Film Center buying Railroad Square Cinema

The parent organization of the Maine International Film Festival plans to buy the Railroad Square Cinema.

The Maine Film Center said the purchase advances its mission to enrich, educate and entertain the community through film and art. The film center has partnered with the cinema for 15 years to stage Maine's premier film festival and other special programs.

Film center Executive Director Shannon Haines said Waterville has a wealth of film resources, including one of the best-known art house cinemas in the country, an internationally known film festival and a new cinema studies program at Colby College.

Haines said the Maine Film Center wants to bring those resources together to firmly establish Waterville as a vibrant center of film exhibition and education.


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