February 15, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Among the items reported stolen were jewelry, tools and a large number of rolled coins from one home.

Police said the three suspects stole to support their heroin habits.

One co-defendant has already pleaded guilty, while the third man's case is pending.


Man sentenced for robbery, striking woman with gun

A Farmingdale man will spend four years in prison for robbing a woman at gunpoint and striking her in the face with a handgun.

Thomas J. Rodriguez, 31, of Farmingdale pleaded guilty in Kennebec County Superior Court this week to robbery, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, and assault, all on Nov. 3 in Augusta.

According to a police affidavit, Rodriguez arrived at the victim's apartment and demanded money at gunpoint. When she laughed at him and told him she had none because her check went directly to the bank, he struck her with the handgun, according to the affidavit.

The sentence is concurrent to a probation revocation from convictions in Machias.


Fourteen are in the running for 2014 Teacher of the Year

Fourteen teachers are in the running to be Maine's 2014 Teacher of the Year, Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen announced Thursday.

The winner will be announced in September at a surprise event at the teacher's school. The 2013 Teacher of the Year is Shannon Shanning, a special education teacher at Bruce M. Whittier Middle School in Poland.

The 2014 nominees are:

Anne Carney, St. Albans Consolidated School

Susan Carpenter O'Brien, George B. Weatherbee School, Hampden

Christiane Cullens, Mount Desert Island High School

Mary Graziano, Hartland Consolidated School

Kerri LeSieur, Biddeford Primary School

Karen MacDonald, King Middle School, Portland

Joshua Pietras, Penquis Valley High School, Milo

Suzen Polk-Hoffses, Milbridge Elementary School

Susan Ray, Sacopee Valley Middle School, Hiram

Cynthia Raymond, Hall-Dale Middle School, Farmingdale

Laurie Rodrigue, Cony High School, Augusta

Nancy Sargent, Cumberland and Oxford Canal School, Westbrook

Marsha Snyder, Thornton Academy, Saco

Tracie Wagenfeld-Hallissey, Willard School, Sanford

A teacher can be nominated by anyone. The nomination is sent to the school principal, who submits the nomination.

During the selection process, a panel visits the semifinalists' schools and talks to parents, colleagues and students. Semifinalists create portfolios and give oral presentations. The final three are interviewed by a group of past winners, who select the Teacher of the Year.


Motorist flees scene of crash that caused power outage

A car crash on Upper Cross Road on Thursday knocked out power to a significant portion of the town and police were looking for the car responsible.

The crash was reported at 1:13 a.m. and snapped the utility pole near the corner of Center Road, according to Assistant Rescue Chief Jason Cole.

The car left before emergency crews arrived to find the pole snapped in multiple places, Cole said.

A witness saw a pickup truck with front-end damage and part of the telephone pole in the grille, he said. The truck was seen heading toward the fire station on Upper Cross Road, he said.

Power was knocked out to about 300 homes and businesses in central Lebanon.

Maine State Police are investigating the crash and ask that anyone with information call 657-3030.


Father of murder suspect indicted over pound of pot

The father of a Maine man who is charged with murder in the shooting death of a Florida firefighter has been indicted on drug trafficking and possession charges.

WABI-TV reported that prosecutors said Gary Porter, 56, of Jackson had more than a pound of marijuana that he planned to sell.

Porter's son, Daniel Porter, 25, is charged in the fatal shooting of Jerry Perdomo, 31, of Orange City, Fla., last February.

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