January 16, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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LEBANON

Pair arrested for shooting man interrupting burglary

Maine State Police say a couple from New Hampshire have been arrested in connection with the shooting of a man who interrupted a burglary at his home last week in Lebanon.

Police said Ronald Bauer and Susan Guierrez, both 48, were arrested Wednesday in Somersworth, N.H.

They are being held in New Hampshire on fugitive-from-justice charges.

Police said the pair will face charges of elevated aggravated assault in Maine in connection with the shooting of Richard Potorski, who interrupted a burglary at his home on the afternoon of Jan. 8.

Potorski was shot by an intruder, who then fled in Potorski's SUV. He remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Maine State Police said the couple burglarized the home to feed their drug habit. Potorski's vehicle was found in Rochester, N.H.

SCARBOROUGH

Former school bus driver facing felony sex charge

A Westbrook man who was a school bus driver in Scarborough and allegedly asked a girl to send him a nude picture of herself has been charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.

Stephen C. Mitton, 47, of Saco Street made his initial appearance Wednesday in Cumberland County Unified Criminal Court on that charge, a felony punishable by as much as 10 years in prison, and a misdemeanor charge of unlawful sexual touching.

Mitton was arrested Tuesday by Westbrook police, who are continuing to investigate.

Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz ordered Mitton held on $5,000 cash bail. As conditions of bail, the judge ordered Mitton to have no contact with the alleged victim, her mother or anyone younger than 18.

The Scarborough School Department said that, though Mitton's picture and profile are still on the department's website, he is no longer an employee.

BATH

Shipyard security officers rescue dog from ice floe

A poodle is safe after floating down the Kennebec River on a small ice floe before being rescued.

A black standard poodle named Hoku jumped on the ice chunk while exploring the shoreline in Bath with her owner Saturday morning.

As Hoku floated swiftly downriver, two members of the Bath Iron Works security team took a boat out into the river in a rescue attempt.

Sgt. Paul White told The Times Record that he and Cpl. Harland Stanley let their boat come to a standstill and waited for the ice chunk to drift by. When that happened, Stanley grabbed the leash and called the dog by name. She then jumped from the ice onto the boat -- dry and unscathed.

SACO

Local man, 23, is charged with trafficking in heroin

A Saco man was charged Wednesday with trafficking in heroin after an investigation into suspected drug activity at 125 Lincoln St.

Michael A. Constible, 23, is being held without bail in York County Jail.

Constible initially drew the attention of police Tuesday when he was arrested in Biddeford on an outstanding warrant. At the time he was carrying 1 gram of heroin, said Saco Deputy Police Chief Jeffrey Holland.

After that arrest, Maine Drug Enforcement agents and Saco police made contact with three residents in apartment No. 6 at 125 Lincoln St. A search of the apartment turned up 8.4 grams of heroin in a bedroom, Holland said.

The heroin was prepackaged for sale in 18 individual plastic baggies. The estimated street value of the heroin is $1,350, according to police.

AUGUSTA

Gilead joins municipalities offering Rapid Renewal

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap says the Rapid Renewal service, which enables Mainers to register vehicles online has now grown to 167 municipalities, with more than 800,000 transactions processed to date.

The latest town to offer the optional service is Gilead, in western Maine. Rapid Renewal is offered by cities and towns from York County to Aroostook County.

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