February 15, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Police said the killing occurred at Gary Porter's home in Jackson and stemmed from a dispute over a drug debt that Daniel Porter owed Perdomo.


Woman arrested after raid by MDEA uncovers meth lab

Maine drug agents have arrested an Aroostook County woman on drug charges after a raid on her home uncovered evidence of a methamphetamine lab.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency said it executed a search warrant at 32-year-old Felisha Suitter's mobile home in Smyrna about 2 p.m. Wednesday. Suitter tried to flee out the back door but was apprehended.

Police said agents in chemical and fire-resistant suits and breathing apparatus scoured the trailer and another building on the property for several hours, seized equipment, chemicals and other items used in the making of methamphetamine, as well as an unspecified amount of the finished product.

The agency requested the search warrant after investigating reports of drug activity on the property for several months.


Experts blame phosphorus for fish-killing algae bloom

Experts say that unusually high phosphorous levels in Lake Auburn caused a fish-killing algae bloom last year, but what caused phosphorous levels to spike remains under investigation.

A team of water quality experts and engineers hired by the Lake Auburn Water Protection Commission to investigate the fish kill gave an initial report Wednesday night at Lewiston City Hall.

The Sun Journal reported that engineers said the high phosphorus levels could have been caused by runoff from the lake's feeder streams and ponds or by a new species of algae or a combination of the two.

They also are trying to determine whether the bloom was an isolated event or a troubling trend and how to stop it happening again.

The bloom in September killed an estimated 200 trout.


Colorado fugitive arrested for sexually exploiting child

Police have arrested a man wanted by authorities in Colorado on charges of sexual exploitation of a child.

Police in Lisbon acting on information from the Maine Computer Crimes Task Force arrested Scott Helms, 48, on a fugitive from justice charge this week.

Police said Helms is wanted by the Gilpin, Colo., County Sheriff's Office on three felony counts of Internet sexual exploitation of a child and two felony counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a child.

Helms appeared Wednesday in district court in Lewiston and was held on $10,000 cash bail.

Police said Helms has lived in Lisbon for several years. They did not disclose the exact nature of the alleged offenses.


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