March 21, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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It wasn't just a fake license plate that a Maine state trooper saw on the back of an Albany Township woman's minivan, it was a very poorly drawn one.

Trooper Eric Paquette said he pulled over the woman's vehicle in Greene when he spotted the plate, which was nothing more than two pieces of heavy paper taped together with hand-drawn numbers in black marker.

Paquette tells the Sun Journal that it was "of very poor quality."

He says Susan Powell, 58, said it was her vehicle and that there was something wrong with the plate but denied making it.

Paquette says he's spotted many fake plates, but this is the first hand-drawn one.

Powell is awaiting trial in Androscoggin County Superior Court.

BANGOR

Kings offer matching grant to repair city library's roof

Stephen King and his wife have agreed to pay $3 million to overhaul their century-old hometown library, as long as $6 million is raised from other sources.

Tabitha King, the author's wife, serves on the building committee of the Bangor Public Library, which is planning a $9 million modernization. She's also a former longtime board member.

One of the library's most pressing needs is a new roof to protect its collection, described as the biggest in northern New England. The library's copper roof was installed in 1912, when the library was built, and library officials say it's beyond repair.

The Bangor Daily News, which first reported the Kings' matching grant, says residents will vote in June whether to borrow $3 million for the roof repair.

 

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