February 6, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Farmington Falls woman killed in rollover of SUV

A Farmington Falls woman died early Wednesday morning after her car crashed off Tower Road in Vienna, state police said.

Hilda Howe, 36, was killed in the crash just after midnight Tuesday and police say speed was a likely factor in the accident, according to the Maine Department of Public Safety. She was alone in the vehicle.

Howe lost control of her 2003 Mercury Mountaineer and the sport utility vehicle rolled over several times, according to state trooper Diane Perkins-Vance. The SUV stopped upright against trees and Howe, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from her vehicle, according to Perkins-Vance.

Responding to the accident were Maine State Police, the Mount Vernon Rescue and the Vienna Fire Department.


Man arrested after leading police on two-county chase

Police have arrested an Auburn man who led officers on a car chase through two counties that ended in a crash.

Police said Kenneth Dunn, 27, was driving west on Route 121 at 5:40 a.m. Tuesday when he was clocked going 65 mph in a 35 zone in Minot.

When police caught up to Dunn's car, instead of pulling over, he sped up.

The Sun Journal reported that Dunn was later spotted in Oxford driving 70 mph.

Officers eventually caught up to Dunn after he crashed into a stone wall.

He was unharmed. He was charged with eluding a police officer and criminal speed. He was taken to the Androscoggin County Jail where he was held on $1,000 cash bail.


Man sentenced to 18 months in prison for home invasion

One of three people charged with participating in a home invasion in Waterville has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. Junious Liggins of Waterville pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated criminal trespass and two counts of assault. In exchange, the state dismissed three other charges, including robbery.

Liggins, 32, was sentenced to five years behind bars with all but 18 months suspended, and two years of probation. He was also fined $600.

Prosecutors said Liggins and two other people, including a 14-year-old girl, broke into an apartment in October, pushed an occupant down and held him at knife point. Police say a wallet containing $50 and a cellphone were stolen. Prosecutors said Liggins has a criminal record in three other states.


LePage: Education numbers come from U.S. Census data

Gov. Paul LePage says U.S. Census data backs up his assertion that Maine spends too much of its education budget on administration costs.

In Tuesday night's State of the State address, LePage said Maine has the nation's highest school administrative costs, more than twice the national average.

LePage spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett said the governor's information came from the latest available census data. She said Census Bureau numbers show that 4.5 percent of Maine's education spending in 2009-2010 went to general administration, while the average amount among states was 1.9 percent.

The Maine School Management Association's Vicki Wallack said she had not seen the governor's numbers.


Industry felon sentenced for possession of firearm

An Industry man has been sentenced to nearly three years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Federal prosecutors said Paul Brackett, 40, was sentenced Tuesday to two years and nine months in prison and three years of probation.

He pleaded guilty in September.

Authorities said officers from the Maine Warden Service responded to a report of a vehicle off the road in Eustis last February.

The Sun Journal reported that wardens found Brackett nearby carrying a loaded handgun. Wardens also found a loaded AR-15 rifle in the back seat of the vehicle, and another rifle and ammunition in the trunk.

Brackett was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to two felony convictions.


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