March 15, 2013

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Sherri Dupree of Wilton was found not guilty of felony aggravated assault and two misdemeanor charges of assault.

The Sun Journal reported that Brian Sweeney was cleared of aggravated assault, while the jury deadlocked on two lesser charges of misdemeanor assault.

Prosecutors alleged that an ax-wielding Sweeney and cleaver-wielding Dupree attacked Jeremiah Gattis and his girlfriend at Gattis's Farmington home last April.

The defense said the dispute stemmed from a disagreement over an unfinished tattoo Gattis gave Sweeney.

The defendants said they went to the home to pick up Sweeney's belongings, and Gattis was the aggressor.


Man convicted of assault after punching neighbor

A Wilton man has been convicted of punching his neighbor in the face because he was annoyed by the victim's car horn beeping.

Dean Martin Jr. was convicted this week of felony assault for the October attack on Hutch McPheters. The men lived across the street from each other.

According to testimony, Martin became angry because every morning when he left his home, McPheters gave his car horn three quick beeps as a way to say goodbye to his daughter and mother.

Prosecutors said one morning Martin threatened McPheters, and McPheters replied with a sarcastic comment about Martin only hitting women.

The Sun Journal reported that Martin's lawyer told the jury that McPheters taunted and provoked her client.

Martin is being held pending sentencing next week.


Board OKs zoning change for more student housing

Brunswick's Planning Board has approved a zoning change that opens the door for Bowdoin College to convert a former assisted-living facility near campus to student housing.

The college agreed late last year to buy the building on Harpswell Road, but needed the town to change the zoning to turn it into a dormitory.

The board this week voted 4-1 to approve the change.

The Times Record reported that a Bowdoin official said acquisition and renovation of the building is part of the college's ongoing effort to consolidate students who are now scattered around town.

The college has assured neighbors that the dorm will be "chemical-free quiet" housing.

The zoning change now goes to the Town Council for a public hearing.


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