January 11, 2013

Maine Dispatches

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Police say Jermaine T. Hill, 32, a transient, called police at 12:20 a.m. to say that a man had been shot in the stomach and was bleeding badly at the corner of Wilmot Street and Cumberland Avenue, and that the gunman was still in the area.

Police dispatched 10 officers, and the Fire Department had two engines and an ambulance ready to respond.

Hill gave the dispatcher the name Thomas Hill when he called. When officers couldn't find a victim, they started looking for the caller. Dispatchers determined that the cellphone call had come from the Monument Square area, police said.

Officers converged on the area and saw Hill. While they were talking to him, his cellphone rang. It was police dispatchers calling back the number from which the shooting was reported.

Hill tried to say that somebody else named Thomas Hill had borrowed his phone then left, police said.

Making a false report is a misdemeanor. Hill was held in the Cumberland County Jail on $750 bail. Police say Hill's motives are unclear.


Man charged for assault with field hockey stick

Police have charged a man with assaulting a woman with a field hockey stick.

Police responded to a 911 call at about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday from a man who said he was attacked by two men and a woman who had knives and brass knuckles.

When police caught up with the man who made the call, Christopher Stone, 29, he told them he had been attacked in a dispute over a cellphone. Stone was carrying a field hockey stick.

The responding officer became suspicious because Stone had no injuries consistent with being assaulted with knives or brass knuckles.

Police determined Stone was the aggressor and had used the stick to beat a woman about the upper body and head. He was charged with aggravated assault and other offenses.


Suspect in year's first NYC homicide sought in Maine

Police are searching for a man wanted in connection with New York City's first homicide of the year.

Deputy Police Chief Jarred Mills told WZON-AM that Raymond Mayrant was seen early Wednesday at a Motel 6, inquiring whether a passport is needed to cross into Canada.

Police have issued a bulletin for a stolen Black Nissan Altima he's believed to be driving.

Police in New York say Mayrant, 25, shot his girlfriend and her mother during an argument on Jan. 3. The mother, Elzina Brown, 59, died at the scene.


Selectmen vote to ban weddings at Town Office

Selectmen voted 3-0 Tuesday to ban weddings at the Town Office.

Town Manager Michael Byron had recommended against allowing town employees who are notaries to conduct weddings at the office.

The issue arose after a same-sex couple got a marriage license New Year's Eve, but was denied their request for one of the town's notaries to conduct a ceremony.

"With all the calls on municipal clerks for regular services, they don't have the time," Byron said.

Rich Hirschmann, who wanted to be married that day, said later that a policy was needed because the request created confusion.


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