January 11, 2013

Maine Dispatches

From staff and news services


Three women arrested on prostitution charges in sting

Kittery police arrested three women on prostitution and other charges Wednesday as the result of an undercover sting.

Interim Police Chief Ted Short said the women, including one from Biddeford and another from South Portland, were arrested at a local hotel following separate attempts to solicit sex.

Short refused to identify the hotel, but said an undercover police officer used advertisements he found on two Internet sites -- Backpage and Craigslist -- to meet the women.

Amy Boutin, 34, of Biddeford and Nedra Levasseur, 30, of South Portland were each charged with engaging in prostitution, possession of a scheduled drug and violations of conditions of release. Ryanne McCann, 26, of Rollingsford, N.H., was charged with engaging in prostitution.

"We want to send a strong message that this type of activity is not going to be tolerated in Kittery and those violating laws relating to prostitution will face criminal prosecution," Short said, in a statement.


Hunter indicted in shooting death of a fellow hunter

A man from Wales has been indicted on manslaughter and other charges in the shooting death of a fellow hunter in November.

Christopher Austin of Wales was charged Wednesday in the death of Gerard Parent, 49, on Nov. 20.

The Sun Journal reports that the indictment says Austin, 41, caused the death "recklessly or with criminal negligence."

Austin also was charged with firing his hunting rifle within 100 yards of a building or residential building without permission of the owner.

The Maine Warden Service says the two men were shooting at the same deer in Wales and one of Austin's shots hit Parent in the chest and killed him.


Fire station addition under construction collapses in wind

An 8,000-square-foot addition to the Poland Fire Station that is under construction collapsed in high winds early Thursday morning.

Fire and Rescue Chief Mark Bosse said firefighters had just returned from a traffic accident around 4 a.m. when they heard a bang.

Bosse said no one was inside the wood-framed addition, a $2.3 million project to house offices, provide training and storage space, and be used as sleeping quarters for firefighters.

The addition will have to be rebuilt, but at no cost to the town, Bosse said. The collapse will delay the project by about three weeks. PM Construction of Saco started the project six weeks ago.

It will be business as usual at the town's fire station -- a brick and mortar structure that was unaffected by the collapse.

"It was caused by a freak of nature," Bosse said Thursday night. "We'll pick up the pieces tomorrow."


Police looking for bicyclist in two purse-snatch incidents

Police are looking for a bicycle-riding purse snatcher who has struck twice in the past week.

A 54-year-old woman told police she was at Oak and Free streets talking on her cellphone near her car when a man rode up on a bicycle and grabbed her purse off her shoulder, police said.

She was knocked to the ground, but not injured, police said. The man was wearing black clothes with a dark-hooded sweatshirt and riding a black bicycle, she said.

On Sunday, a Scarborough woman told police that at 8:30 p.m. she was walking on the sidewalk in front of 145 Commercial St. when a cyclist rode past her and grabbed her purse.

Her male friend tried to chase the robber, but he got away, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 874-8533. 

Man held for false report of a shooting in downtown

A Portland man who police say called 911 to report a shooting in downtown Portland early Thursday morning has been charged with filing a false report.

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