February 2, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Police warn public about dangerously potent heroin

Police say dangerously potent heroin that has hit the streets of Portland has caused numerous overdoses in the past two months, two of them fatal.

Police issued the warning Friday and asked the public to help them determine the source of the exceptionally strong batch of the drug.

Two Portland men have died and 11 people have needed life-saving medical treatment for overdoses since Dec. 1.

Police note that heroin is never safe, but when doses are more potent than people anticipate, it can have deadly consequences.

Police ask that anyone with information call 874-8533 or submit an anonymous tip -- text "GOTCHA" plus the message to 274637 (CRIMES) -- or submit a tip through the Portland Police Department's website.

Anyone who suspects that a person has overdosed on heroin should call 911 immediately, police said. 

King uses Skype to meet with Shipyard employees

U.S. Sen. Angus King is trying to meet face-to-face with his Maine constituents, even when he's not in the state.

King on Thursday used Skype to talk to Shipyard Brewing Co. employees while he was at the U.S. Capitol in Washington and they were gathering for their annual employee meeting in Portland. It was first time King used the video-chat Internet service to meet with constituents since taking office early last month.

During the session, King spoke with Shipyard Brewing president Fred Forsley and sales director Bruce Forsley and congratulated them on the company's continued growth.

A King spokesman said King plans to meet with students in Maine schools via Skype monthly beginning in March.


Woods files paperwork, officially runs for governor

Democrat Steve Woods, who announced in November that he intends to run for governor in 2014, has filed paperwork with the Maine ethics commission to make it official.

The Town Council chairman and entrepreneur from Yarmouth said he plans to spend a few months traveling the state to listen to people's concerns during an "exploratory period."

Woods is returning to the Democratic Party after an independent bid for U.S. Senate. Maine Democratic Party Chairman Ben Grant said he welcomes Woods' enthusiasm.

Other Democrats including former Gov. John Baldacci are considering seeking the party nomination. Independent Eliot Cutler also has said he's running for governor.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage has set up a re-election committee but there's been no official announcement on whether he plans to run for a second term.


Police charge Winthrop man with threat to roommates

Police have arrested a man who allegedly threatened to kill his roommates with a machete.

Winthrop Police Chief Joseph Young said officers responded to a 911 call from people in Nicolas Rolling's home saying they were being held hostage Friday morning. Young said Rolling allegedly swung the machete at one of his two roommates, whom he accused of stealing his money.

Rolling was charged with terrorizing with a dangerous weapon and criminal restraint with a dangerous weapon. He was being held at the Kennebec County jail.

There was no indication whether he had an attorney.


Police investigate fuel thefts from homes, church tank

Police are investigating three heating fuel thefts in the past few days.

Chief Ernest Steward Jr. said two homes and a church have been hit.

While just five and 10 gallons of oil were stolen from the homes, about 100 gallons of kerosene were siphoned from an outside tank from the church. Kerosene sells for more than $4 per gallon.

The theft was reported by a delivery person who noticed a fuel stain in the snow.

Steward said all three incidents are under investigation. It is unclear whether they are related.

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