March 1, 2013

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U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty II says Razo operated an interstate drug conspiracy from a California prison using contraband cellular telephones. Drug Enforcement Administration agents in Portland, Maine, who were monitoring a court-authorized wiretap, learned that Razo had arranged for a four-pound shipment of methamphetamine to Iowa.

Police in Iowa seized the shipment and learned that Razo arranged for the distribution of other drugs across the United States.

The conspiracy charge alone carries a maximum penalty of life and fine of up to $10 million.


Man found after costly hunt is cited for fleeing crash site

A man who police say disappeared after crashing his car, then was found in Massachusetts several days later, has been cited by police for leaving the scene of an accident.

Lt. Michael Ward says Gene Stanley Burns Jr. of Oxford was issued a court summons on Thursday.

Police say Burns, 24, crashed into a tree Saturday night. When officers arrived, Burns was gone. Fearing Burns was hurt, police mounted an expensive and time-consuming search involving more than a dozen law enforcement officials, dogs and a plane.

On Tuesday, Burns returned a text from police saying he was in Abington, Mass., about 20 miles south of Boston and roughly 150 miles from Oxford.

Ward tells the Sun Journal that Burns told officers he doesn't know how he ended up in Massachusetts.


Collins backs bill to boost offshore wind energy efforts

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is co-sponsoring a bill to boost offshore wind energy generation, which is being aggressively pursued in the state.

Collins, a Republican, joined Democratic Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware in introducing the Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act. A House version of the bill is also being introduced.

The proposals provide financial incentives for investment in offshore wind energy. They seek to extend investment tax credits for the first 3,000 megawatts of offshore wind facilities placed into service, or about 600 wind turbines.

The sponsors say the tax credits are vital for wind energy technology because of the longer lead time for the permitting and construction of offshore wind turbines, compared to onshore wind energy.


Dad considering legal action over knife-in-cake incident

A Lewiston man says he's considering legal action after finding a knife in the store-bought cake he purchased for his son's second birthday party.

Nathan Bibeau says as the family was slicing into the Elmo birthday cake bought at the Auburn Walmart, someone saw a small metal paring knife.

Bibeau tells WGME-TV he was "pretty disappointed," and called Walmart immediately.

Walmart apologized and offered a refund. A corporate spokeswoman said the knife incident "should not have happened," and the retailer was eliminating use of the knives at store bakeries nationwide.

Bibeau says the damage was done. His son's birthday party was ruined.

He says he has talked to a lawyer, but says the incident will not stop him from shopping at Walmart.


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