March 15, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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State police spokesman Steve McCausland said Carson, 71, refused to answer the door Wednesday when troopers arrived to arrest him for sexual exploitation of a minor. Troopers said he shot himself after the state police tactical squad was called in.

McCausland said Carson was taken to Central Maine Medical Center for surgery for a gunshot wound to the chest and he's expected to survive.

Detectives had searched Carson's house last week and seized evidence related to the investigation. The alleged victim is a young girl.

BANGOR

Owner of health clinics settles improper billing suit

Federal prosecutors say the owner of three women's health clinics in the Bangor area has agreed to pay nearly $300,000 to settle claims that he improperly billed Medicare and Medicaid.

Authorities say in 2009, Dr. Robert Grover and the clinics informed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services there were problems in their billing, including overbilling in excess of allowable amounts for gynecological services and billing for services never performed.

After an investigation in which Grover and the clinics cooperated, the U.S. and the state filed a civil complaint alleging violation of the federal False Claims Act from January 2008 through January 2009.

Prosecutors say a woman who worked at the clinics and who pleaded guilty to fraud charges was solely responsible for the billings.

PORTLAND

East End School to host fair for summer camps

The Fourth Annual Summer Children's Camp Fair will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at East End School Gymnasium, at 195 North St.

Staffers from some 70 participating camps will be on hand to answer parents' questions about a variety of overnight and day camps available to their children this summer.

Slugger, the Seadog mascot, will make a visit.

The event is free.

For more details, call 518-9557 or go to www.mainecamps.org.

BOSTON

Trial of Boston man begins in killing of Lewiston woman

Jury selection in the trial of a Boston man who is charged with the drug-related killing of a Maine woman is under way.

Prosecutors say opening statements in the first-degree murder trial of Amos "Ace" Don could start as soon as Thursday.

Don is charged with shooting Erica Field, 29, of Lewiston, in the head in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood in August 2009.

Authorities have said that Don, 27, was a cocaine and heroin dealer who enlisted Field's boyfriend as a dealer for the Lewiston area. Prosecutors say Don sat in the back seat of a car and shot Field and her boyfriend in the head as retribution for the theft of some drugs. The boyfriend survived.

Don's lawyer has said his client maintains his innocence.

 

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