February 13, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Andrews' lawyer told the Kennebec Journal that his client did nothing wrong and was simply cleaning out his desk.

Prosecutors say Andrews was disgruntled and destroyed the records as a "parting shot" at the department.


New plates commemorate World Acadian Congress

Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap says new commemorative license plates marking next year's World Acadian Congress are now available for purchase.

They are the first commemorative plates produced by the state since the United States celebrated its Bicentennial in 1976.

In 2014, the World Acadian Congress will be hosted by the international region known as Acadia of the Lands and Forests, which incorporates the northernmost part of Maine, as well as northwestern New Brunswick and southeastern Quebec.

The World Acadian Congress is held every five years in a region of the world that's inhabited by Acadians. It draws more than 50,000 visitors from 44 countries and has an economic impact that exceeds $50 million.

The plates are available for sale at participating credit unions throughout Maine.


Tow truck strikes school bus but no injuries are reported

Police say no injuries were reported after a tow truck hit a school bus.

The bus was carrying 23 schoolchildren when it was struck from behind by the tow truck on Tuesday morning.

Police said the bus had slowed down to make a turn when it was hit. They said the cause of the crash is being investigated.


Police say propane stored in pickup caused explosion

Police say propane stored in a pickup truck caused an explosion.

They said that small bottles of propane hooked up to a hand-held torch and a 100-pound propane container were inside the truck before it caught on fire. The truck had been having electrical problems before it burst into flames on Tuesday.

Firefighters stopped the flames before they spread to the nearby house. WZON-AM reported that they also removed the tank before it ignited.


Drug agents seize $450,000 worth of bath salts in mail

Maine drug agents say they have seized $450,000 worth of so-called bath salts that were in a package mailed to a man who was charged just last month in a separate case involving $1.2 million worth of the drugs.

Officials last week searched a package mailed from China to a mail facility in Hampden. Inside the package, agents found more than 6.5 pounds of bath salts, a synthetic drug that can make users delusional and violent.

The MDEA said the package was addressed to Leonard Wells at an address in Greenbush. Wells was one of four people charged last month with drug trafficking in connection with the seizure of 18 pounds of bath salts.

Nobody has been charged in last week's seizure, but police said arrests are expected.


Mainer accused of murder wants statements tossed

The attorney for a Maine man charged with fatally shooting a Florida firefighter over a drug debt wants a judge to throw out statements his client allegedly made to police.

Jeffrey Silverstein told a Waldo County Superior Court judge Tuesday that statements Daniel Porter, 25, made to police in Connecticut last February should be inadmissible because Porter wasn't read his Miranda rights. A few days later, Porter was charged in Maine in the death of Jerry Perdomo, 31, of Orange City, Fla.

WLBZ-TV reported that prosecutors told the judge said that when Connecticut police questioned Porter in a hotel room, they didn't read him his rights because he wasn't under arrest and was free to leave at any time.

Porter has pleaded not guilty to murder.


Town board votes to accept $41,000 from errant logger

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