February 6, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Woman gets four-year term for killing boyfriend in 2011

A Portland woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to manslaughter for fatally stabbing her boyfriend in 2011.

As part of a plea deal, Lisa McDonald, 49, will serve four years in prison.

McDonald stabbed Carlos Ramos, 47, once in the chest at his apartment at 991 Forest Ave. on Nov. 28, 2011.

In the days after his death, neighbors described the couple's relationship as marred by drinking and violence.

McDonald was arrested months after Ramos' death, on Feb. 22, 2012, after she was indicted on the manslaughter charge. She was sent for a mental evaluation to determine her competency to proceed with the criminal case.

McDonald had been due to stand trial this month, with jury selection scheduled to begin Feb. 22.

But in a hearing in Cumberland County Unified Court on Wednesday, Justice Roland Cole gave McDonald a 15-year sentence with all but the four-year prison term suspended.


Robbery in parking lot could be latest in series

Portland police are investigating a robbery that occurred in the parking lot of One Portland Square and are trying to determine if it is connected to a series of robberies over the past month.

A 20-year-old worker at the One Portland Square office building walked to his car at 6 p.m. Tuesday and was accosted by a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a mask covering the lower half of his face.

The robber demanded cash and the man said he had none but might have change in his car, police said. The man rummaged around in his car looking for change but had little, prompting the attacker to punch him in the face, police said. The attacker then fled.

Police are trying to determine if the crime is related to an ATM holdup at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at Two Portland Square in which an attacker with a similar description forced a woman to withdraw money.

They also are exploring whether it is related to a series of purse snatchings and attempts in the past month, the most recent ones occurring Monday night at Casco Street and a short while later at the 550 block of Congress Street.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 874-8533.



While raccoon tests positive for rabies, no cause for panic

Police said Wednesday that a raccoon found off Littlefield Road tested positive for rabies, but warned residents not to panic if they see raccoons outside during the day.

Police Chief Jo-Ann Putnam said a dog on Robinson Road came into contact Saturday with a raccoon that was acting aggressively. The raccoon was killed and taken to Augusta, where a lab test showed it was rabid.

It is not unusual for a raccoon to be out during the day in the winter, but residents should call police if the animal is acting aggressively toward animals or people, Putnam said.

Residents with questions or concerns are asked to call animal control officer Roberta "Bobbi" Mescavage at 646-9354.


Armed robbery of 7-Eleven remains under investigation

Police are investigating an armed robbery at the 7-Eleven at 489 Main St. in Springvale that occurred at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

A man entered the store and displayed a gun and demanded cash before fleeing, police said.

The man is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds, with green and gray eyes, wearing a ski mask, a purple hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, green gloves and hiking boots.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sanford police at 324-9170, extension 4.

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