March 5, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Police check on woman with apparent fetus in plastic bag

Authorities are investigating what appeared to be a fetus that a woman was carrying in a plastic bag as she walked in downtown Bangor, police said Monday.

Police confronted the woman Friday afternoon after getting a call that she had a fetus, said Sgt. Paul Edwards. What appeared to be a fetus was in a sealed plastic container the woman was carrying in a grocery bag, he said.

Nobody was arrested, and no charges have been filed.

The state medical examiner was expected to conduct an examination Tuesday to determine whether it was indeed a fetus, and if so how old it was, whether it came from a miscarriage or abortion, and who the mother is, Edwards said.

The woman, whose identity was not made public, was interviewed and released, he said.

"When we responded she came right to the police officer and handed it over," Edwards said. He did not elaborate. 

Hampden man sentenced for possessing child porn

A Hampden man who was on Maine's sex offender registry for sex crimes involving a child has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison on federal charges of possession child pornography.

Walter Mosher, 65, pleaded guilty in June and has been detained since his arrest in March 2012. He was sentenced Monday.

Federal prosecutors said Mosher's computer contained images of child pornography, specifically images and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Court records say he used a peer-to-peer file sharing network to download images of child pornography.

Mosher is on the Maine Sex Offender Registry for a 1986 case that resulted in convictions in Aroostook County of gross sexual misconduct, unlawful sexual contact and sexual exploitation of a minor younger than 14.


Authorities identify pilot who crashed on Long Lake

Authorities have identified the pilot of a small plane that crashed on Long Lake on Saturday.

He was identified as Anthony Longley, 57, of Casco.

Damage to the plane was minimal and the pilot was not injured.

Officials say the single-engine Cessna crashed on Long Lake when Longley tried to land.


Waterford residents vote against tar sands pumping

Another Maine town has voted to oppose any move to pump tar sands oil from Montreal though northern New England.

Residents of Waterford voted 56-34 Saturday to pass a resolution opposing the transport of tar sands oil.

Waterford became the third Maine town to oppose the transport of tar sands oil through the Portland-Montreal Pipeline. A total of 7.8 miles of the pipe runs through the town, crossing the Crooked River watershed. Environmentalists say a plan is in the works to reverse the flow of the pipe that now carries oil 236 miles from Maine to Canada.

The Sun Journal reported that opponent Paula Easton said there is "enormous" risk in moving tar sands oil. Portland Pipe Line President Larry Wilson told voters they have been given information riddled with "mistruths."


Police say report of gunman near school was unfounded

Maine State Police say a report of a gunman that prompted dozens of state troopers, deputies and others to converge on an elementary school was unfounded.

State police said two first-graders at Mill Stream Elementary School in Norridgewock told their teacher Monday morning that they thought they saw a man dressed in dark clothing near the school and that the man might have had a rifle.

Police said the class was put into lockdown and that nearly three dozen law enforcement officials responded to the school, along with dozens of parents.

After the pupils were interviewed, police determined that no gun had been seen. The lockdown was later lifted and parents were informed there was no threat, but many parents took their children home.

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