March 6, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Man given 45 years in prison for 2009 drug-related killing

A Norridgewock man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for the drug-related slaying of a man who was sitting in his pickup truck.

Robert Nelson of Norridgewock was sentenced Tuesday for killing Everett Cameron, 60, of Anson with a gunshot to the head during a drug transaction in October 2009.

Nelson was convicted of murder in December.

Nelson admitted he met Cameron the day of the shooting, but didn't kill him. He said he met Cameron to tell him he couldn't repay money he owed him for prescription drugs Cameron sold him.

The Morning Sentinel reported that Nelson, 42, maintained his innocence Tuesday.


Selectmen reject proposal for vote on requiring guns

Sabattus selectmen on Tuesday voted down a proposal put forth by retired police Officer David Marsters to have residents vote at June's town meeting on a proposed ordinance that would require every head of household in Sabattus to own a gun.

Marsters said such a law would promote safety and deter crime.

The Sun Journal reported that Police Chief Anthony Ward told selectmen he opposed the measure. He said he's a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, but also believes people "also have the right not to bear arms."

The proposal failed by a vote of 4-0, with two selectmen abstaining.


Investigators say fetus in bag was miscarried

Authorities say no criminal charges are pending in the case of a woman who was found carrying a fetus in a plastic grocery bag.

Sgt. Paul Edwards said officers confronted the woman Friday after getting a call that she had a fetus. The woman approached an officer with what appeared to be a fetus inside a sealed plastic container, which was inside the bag.

The state Medical Examiner's Office in Augusta, the Attorney General's Office and police investigated. They determined the matter concerns the miscarriage of a 15-week-old fetus.

Edwards said Wednesday the mother has been identified, but he didn't say whether she was the woman who was carrying the bag. He says the case is considered closed.


N.H. woman pleads guilty to two 2012 bank robberies

Police say a New Hampshire woman has admitted robbing banks last year in York and Conway, N.H.

York police said Roxanne Esty, 36, also known as Roxanne Gillis of Gorham, N.H., pleaded guilty to both robberies on Wednesday, after waiving extradition.

Police say she robbed the Bank of New Hampshire in Concord on May 11 and the Kennebunk Savings Bank in York on May 29, after standing in line and presenting the teller with a note.

Police have not said how much cash was stolen in either robbery.

The Portsmouth Herald reported that Esty is a former nurse who had her nursing license suspended in December 2011 for allegedly diverting drugs, according to the New Hampshire Board of Nursing website.


Former employee sentenced for thefts from group home

A Mechanic Falls woman has pleaded guilty to stealing from the nonprofit group home for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities where she worked, and to stealing from one client.

Prosecutors say Terri Arsenault, 41, misused a John F. Murphy group homes credit card. Arsenault also took money from a trust account of a resident at one of the three homes, where she served as administrator.

Investigators say she used the nonprofit's credit card to buy gas, groceries and other household goods, often at night, on weekends and during vacations when she wasn't working. The thefts dated to 2007 and 2008.

The Sun Journal reported that in a deal with prosecutors, Arsenault agreed to a maximum of nine months in jail at sentencing. She also agreed to pay $15,000 in restitution.

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