January 18, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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BOWDOINHAM

Man, 19, facing charge of unlawful sexual contact

A Phippsburg man has been arrested and charged with having unlawful sexual contact with a girl from Bowdoinham.

Brett Strout, chief deputy for the Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Office, said the 13-year-old girl contacted police on Sunday, alleging that she had been sexually abused in her home the previous night.

Cpl. Aaron Skolfield investigated her complaint, and on Wednesday police arrested Cody Ayer, 19, of Heron Cove Road in Phippsburg. Ayer was taken into custody at a home on Hill Road in West Bath.

Ayer was charged with one count of unlawful sexual contact, a felony, and held on $5,000 cash bail in the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset. His court date has been set for March 12.

MACHIAS

Report: Jail employees used funds targeted for inmates

A report shows that an account at the Washington County jail meant to benefit inmates was used to buy women's undergarments and other personal items for employees.

According to a report prepared by a lawyer hired by Sheriff Donnie Smith, more than $7,000 from the Inmate Benefit Account was also used in 2012 to buy computer equipment, books, clothing, and more.

The account is meant to be used for purchases that benefit inmates, including telephone time and items from the commissary.

WABI-TV reports that one employee justified the purchases by saying she needed to dress properly for work, and her work benefited the inmates.

The county commissioners are scheduled to meet Thursday to discuss the report.

Sheriff Smith says two employees have been suspended.

PALERMO

Man, 27, dies after Jeep crashes into tractor-trailer

State police say a man has died of injuries he suffered in a crash in Palermo.

Police say Dean Camacho, 27, of Waterville died during the night at Maine Medical Center in Portland, where he was taken after Wednesday's accident.

Camacho was a passenger in a Jeep driven by Christian Arsenault, 23, of China. Arsenault lost control of his vehicle on a curve, causing it to slam into an oncoming tractor-trailer early Wednesday morning. Arsenault remains in critical condition at the Portland hospital.

Troopers say speed was the cause of the crash and the snowy weather played no role.

BANGOR

Fatal stabbing in December ruled as case of self-defense

A fatal stabbing last month has been ruled a case of self-defense, and prosecutors have decided not to press charges.

Police say Jeffrey Leblanc, 34, was stabbed once in the abdomen at a home in the early-morning hours of Dec. 29. He was taken to a hospital where he later died.

Police say Leblanc was a guest in the home and assaulted a resident, causing facial injuries. The resident tried to fend off Leblanc, who continued assaulting the person. Finally, the resident stabbed Leblanc.

The case is closed.

Police say Leblanc had been at the hospital just hours before the stabbing, after being seen covered in blood in the street trying to enter homes and moving vehicles. Leblanc left the hospital after refusing treatment.

BUCKSPORT

Court denies appeal of man's 2002 murder conviction

Maine's highest court has rejected an appeal from a construction worker who's serving a 47-year sentence for the 2002 bludgeoning death of a Brunswick teenager.

Olland Reese of Bowdoin was convicted of murder for killing Cody Green, 16, with the blunt end of a hatchet.

The teenage girl was buried behind Reese's mother's home, and her body was wrapped in a futon sheet from Reese's bed.

Reese, 29, sought a new trial based on new DNA evidence.

Reese's attorney argued that a lower court judge erred by denying his post-conviction motion for a new trial.

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