January 8, 2013


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Man sought in credit union holdup turns himself in

The man who police say robbed a credit union in Sanford last week has turned himself in to police.

Police said Monday that Justin Brady demanded cash from a teller at the York County Credit Union last Thursday. Justin Brady turned himself in at 3 a.m. Monday.

Authorities say after accosting the teller around 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, the robber fled with an unknown amount of money. No weapon was used, police said.

Sanford police received information about the vehicle used in the robbery and tracked it to Manchester, N.H., then got an arrest warrant for Brady on Friday.


Jeep, school bus collide, causing minor injuries

Two people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries after a Jeep collided with a school bus.

The driver of the Jeep told police that the sun, low in the sky, made it difficult to see.

The collision happened shortly after 3 p.m. Monday.

WABI-TV said 13 children and the driver were on the bus but none of them was hurt.

The passenger and the driver of the Jeep were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.


Antique vehicles destroyed in garage fire; owner escapes

Authorities say a garage fire destroyed two antique vehicles but the owner got out safely.

Fire Chief Thomas Doe says the fire on Monroe Road started at about 4 p.m. Sunday when the homeowner was in the garage doing some work on the cars.

Doe tells WABI-TV the man was grinding metal when a spark flew and ignited the blaze.

By the time firefighters arrived, the garage was fully involved. A car and a pickup truck, both built in the 1940s, were a total loss.

Winterport firefighters were joined by the West Frankfort and Newburgh fire departments.

Doe says the garage was insured but he does not think the vehicles were.


Change of trial venue OK'd for man accused in stabbing

A judge has approved a request by a Lewiston man charged with stabbing his girlfriend to move his trial to Portland.

A lawyer for Cleveland Cruthirds, 26, argued in the motion for a change of venue that a "large majority" of the jury pool in Androscoggin County had some connection to the case, "causing an unusual amount of conflict of interest in jury selection."

The Sun Journal reports that Cruthirds' trial is now scheduled to be held in Cumberland County Superior Court on April 8. He remains held on $250,000 cash bail.

Cruthirds is charged with attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault, aggravated assault and burglary.

Authorities say Cruthirds got angry when he found out that his girlfriend had been in contact with her former boyfriend.


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