March 30, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Robbery suspect had court date for previous crime

The man who allegedly robbed a Yarmouth pharmacy, sparking a high-speed police chase that ended when he crashed his car near Freeport, was a few weeks away from a sentencing hearing for a previous crime, authorities said.

Dylan Libby, 21, was arrested Jan. 27, 2010, for alleged burglary and theft, according to the York County court clerk. His case was placed on deferred disposition, with a final sentencing hearing set for May 14.

But Libby allegedly held up the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Yarmouth on Wednesday, rammed his car into a police officer's vehicle, and then fled on Route 1 north and then onto Interstate 295.

Libby's vehicle rolled over when he tried to leave I-295 at Exit 22 in Freeport, injuring him and a passenger, Madeline Damon, 18.

Authorities arraigned Libby Friday in his hospital room at Maine Medical Center, charging him with robbery and eluding police, said Cumberland Assistant District Attorney Matt Tice.

Additional charges are likely, Tice said. Damon has not been charged.

Libby was ordered held on $100,000 property or $50,000 cash, said Tice.


Packages mailed to Maine held 28 pounds of pot

Two out-of-state men were arrested Thursday after an investigation into two packages of marijuana totaling 28 pounds that were mailed from California to Maine.

Kimsour Lim, 36, of Long Beach, Calif., and Chamroeun Mao, 32, of Lowell, Mass., were charged with felony trafficking in marijuana.

The investigation by Saco police, Maine State Police and U.S. postal inspectors, began earlier this week.

A resident of Smutty Lane in Saco noticed that a package had been delivered to an abandoned home nearby. Suspicions aroused, the resident opened the package, discovered marijuana and called police. The next day, postal inspectors in Portland intercepted a similar package.

The two shipments had a combined street value of $85,000, said Saco Deputy Police Chief Jeffrey Holland. The drugs were bound for Massachusetts, he said.

The two packages led police to Lim and Mao, who were arrested during a traffic stop on Interstate 95 southbound on Thursday.

Holland said this is the first time his department has investigated a case that involved drug trafficking by mail.


Local man, 32, faces assault, criminal threatening charges

A Portland man was arrested on multiple charges Thursday by the U.S. Marshal's Violent Offender Task Force and Lewiston police.

Alvin Lee Weisberg, 32, was charged with gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact, aggravated assault, criminal threatening and violation of conditions of release in an incident that was reported in February to Westbrook police, the department said.

He was also charged Thursday with failing to appear for a jury trial on a separate matter, according to Westbrook police.

Westbrook and Portland police are investigating additional sexual assault allegations against Weisberg, the release said.

Police are asking people with information about Weisberg to call Westbrook Detective Sgt. Patrick Lally at 854-2531, ext. 414, or Portland Detective Mary Ann Bailey at 874-8533.


Shipyard union says 14 days of furlough still 14 too many

Union officials at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard say they're still concerned about lost work time despite the Defense Department's announcement that furlough days will be reduced from 22 to 14.

Furlough notices will be sent out in early May. The furloughs will start in June and last through September. Employees will be furloughed for one day in each of the last 14 weeks of the 2013 budget year.

Paul O'Connor, president of the Metal Trades Council at the Kittery, Maine, shipyard, said it's still 14 days too many. He said submarine maintenance work could fall behind schedule.

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