January 30, 2013

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"Given the panic this type of report could cause a neighborhood or community, we treat it very seriously," Thompson said.

Police did not publicize the alleged attack because they were skeptical, though they investigated aggressively, Thompson said.

Police held off announcing the charge because they were completing their investigation and presenting the information to the District Attorney's Office, Thompson said.

Welsh's Facebook page says she has worked with the Westbrook Fire Department since 2011 and has been a member of the Gorham Fire Rescue Department since 2008.

Welsh is on paid administrative leave pending an internal inquiry, said a Westbrook human resources official, Liam Gallagher.

PORTLAND

Man admits taking photos with girl to make child porn

A Portland man pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to sexual exploitation of a minor to make child pornography.

David Muise Jr., 26, of 141 Cumberland Ave. faces a sentence of 15 to 30 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for May 16.

Muise used his cellphone camera to take a series of pornographic pictures of himself with a sleeping 4-year-old girl on Aug. 26, 2011.

In 2012, he exchanged messages, files and photos over the Internet with Daniel Cobb, 37, of Rock Hill, S.C., according to court records.

After Muise's arrest in October, Cobb was arrested in November at his home in South Carolina. Cobb faces the same charge as Muise and is accused of sending explicit pictures of his friend's young daughters to Muise, according to court records.

Cobb pleaded not guilty in December but is scheduled to change his plea in federal court on Feb. 28.

 

Police arrest local man, 22, for taking another man's car

A Portland man who allegedly demanded a man's car keys and threatened to kill him if he went to the police faces charges of robbery.

Police say Abdiraham Haji-Hassan, 22, took the car keys of a 52-year-old Buxton man he knew as they visited a home on Valley Street on Tuesday.

Police say Haji-Hassan then took the man's 2004 Pontiac Sunfire. The man reported the incident to police about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, and about an hour later Officer Dan Hondo saw the silver car at Cumberland Avenue and High Street and stopped it, police said. Haji-Hassan was arrested on charges of robbery and driving with a suspended license.

WINDHAM

Trash truck rolls onto its side on icy road, injuring driver

A Pine Tree Waste trash truck rolled over on icy roads in Windham on Wednesday morning, injuring the driver.

The truck rolled onto its side on Evans Ridge Road about 9:30 a.m., dispatchers said. The road was closed while emergency workers removed the driver and took him to the hospital and worked to right the truck.

The man's injuries did not appear to be serious, dispatchers said.

AUGUSTA

County jails facing cuts over $560,000 shortfall

Maine's county jails could run out of money before the end of June unless more than half a million in cuts are found.

The state predicts that fourth-quarter payments to Maine's 15 county jails will fall short by about $560,000.

Mark Westrum, chairman of the Maine Board of Corrections, said a state curtailment of more than $160,000 is further squeezing the books.

The nine-member board began deciding how it will measure the needs of counties and widely different facilities.

Westrum said the Board of Corrections hopes to weigh all variables before it decides where to cut. Some decisions could come at its next meeting, scheduled for Feb. 19.

Randall Greenwood, chairman of the Androscoggin County Commission, told the Sun Journal his jail already runs a tight ship.

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