January 16, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Through Rapid Renewal, citizens are able to quickly and easily renew their vehicle registrations and pay their municipal excise taxes online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Rapid Renewal may be accessed through www.sosonline.org, the secretary of state's site for online services.


Teen pedestrian injured in hit-and-run accident

The York County Sheriff's Office is investigating a reported hit-and-run that injured a 17-year-old boy Tuesday.

The boy told police that he was walking along Townhouse Road in Waterboro about 5:15 p.m. when he was hit from behind by a white SUV.

The impact knocked him over, the boy told sheriff's deputies, and he saw the SUV stop briefly before continuing on toward Hollis.

The boy was treated at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford for what sheriff's deputies said were not life-threatening injuries.

Deputies said they didn't know if anyone in the SUV was hurt or if it suffered any damage.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 324-1113.


Lewiston man, 24, admits stealing, selling handguns

A Lewiston man accused of stealing a pair of handguns during a Falmouth house burglary in 2011 and then selling them in Lewiston pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

Chad Nichols, 24, waived indictment at his initial appearance before Judge D. Brock Hornby on a charge of possession of stolen firearms and pleaded guilty to an "information," a document outlining the charges that would have been sought in an indictment.

Nichols faces as much as 10 years in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced on May 15.

Nichols had told a detective at the Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office that he and another person participated in a burglary on Oct. 25, 2011, in Falmouth. Nichols took possession of the stolen handguns, a Glock 9mm and a Ruger .380, after the burglary, drove to Lewiston and sold them there, according to court documents.


Portland Museum of Art hires development director

The Portland Museum of Art announced Wednesday that it has hired Elizabeth Cartland as its director of development.

Cartland will be responsible for managing the museum's fundraising staff, overseeing the implementation of a major gifts program, managing an overall strategy of annual leadership giving programs and acting as lead fundraiser for the institution.

"Liz Cartland is a skilled fundraiser and experienced manager who will bring leadership and energy to our development department," museum Director Mark Bessire said in a news release.

Cartland comes to the museum from the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., where she was director of annual giving and philanthropy officer since 2008. She oversaw the $2 million annual giving program.

Before joining Peabody Essex, she raised money for the Joslin Diabetes Center and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.


Maine Huts and Trails has a new executive director

The organization that's developing a backcountry network of huts along 180 miles of trails in western Maine has a new executive director.

Maine Huts and Trails has named Charlie Woodworth to head the Kingfield-based organization. Woodworth is an avid outdoorsman and a longtime Yarmouth resident who is relocating to Kingfield.

He replaces Nicole Freedman, who has returned to Boston to be executive director of bicycle programs for the city.

Maine Huts and Trails was formed with the long-term aim of building 12 overnight shelters and nonmotorized trails stretching from near the New Hampshire border to the Moosehead Lake region. Each shelter has a main lodge, private rooms with beds, hot showers and home-cooked meals. So far, the organization has built four huts and created 80 miles of trails.


Winslow woman, 31, admits burglarizing Dunkin' Donuts

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