April 5, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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NYC teen waives extradition for murder trial in Maine

The teenager from New York who is charged with murdering a Westbrook woman has waived extradition but is not expected to be transferred from New York to Maine for at least two weeks.

Anthony Pratt of Far Rockaway, N.Y., was arrested Tuesday and charged with murdering Margarita Fisenko Scott, whose body was found on Jan. 17 in her SUV in the Motel 6 parking lot on Riverside Street.

Portland police said Scott, 29, was shot in November. They said Pratt, 19, and Scott were dating and both sometimes stayed at an apartment at 266 West Concord St., where they believe the shooting occurred.

Pratt will appear in Queens County Criminal Court on April 12 to arrange a date for his trip to Maine. He's not expected to be brought to Maine before April 19, officials said.


Poll: Mainers support background checks for guns

A new poll shows that Maine residents overwhelmingly support mandatory background checks for gun purchases.

Portland-based Pan Atlantic SMS Group said Tuesday that 90 percent of those surveyed said they support mandatory background checks on all potential gun buyers, with 8 percent opposed.

Fifty-seven percent said they favor a ban on assault-style weapons, with 38 percent opposed. Sixty percent said they support a ban on ammunition clips that hold more than 10 bullets, with 34 percent saying they were opposed.

Pan Atlantic surveyed 403 residents by telephone from March 11 to 16. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.


City voters will vote May 14 on approving school budget

Portland voters will decide May 14 whether to approve the 2013-14 school budget, city officials said Thursday.

School officials are still working on the budget, and the school board will vote on it Tuesday. The City Council is scheduled to vote on the school budget May 6.

School budgets need approval from local voters under the state's school consolidation law. Voters will be asked on May 14 whether they want to continue that budget validation process for another three years.

More information about the school budget is at www2.portlandschools.org/school-budget.

Absentee ballots are available on request. They can be returned to the city clerk's office after the City Council votes on the school budget and before 8 p.m. on May 14.

Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Police charge man for February 7-Eleven robbery

Police charged a Lebanon man Thursday with robbing a 7-Eleven store in Springvale in February.

Police say Benjamin Lapanne, 30, was the man behind the distinctive mask who showed a gun and demanded money at 10 p.m. on Feb. 5, fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police released a security video that showed a masked robber wearing a bright purple sweatshirt.

Police also released an image of the type of mask the man wore, composed of pieces of fabric stitched together.

Lapanne was held in the York County Jail on $75,000 bail.


Men charged with using knives to threaten couple

Two Portland men who allegedly threatened a couple in their home in Bath were arrested Wednesday night.

Fadhil Alghazi, 51, and Ali K. Anthony, 41, were arrested after police got a 911 call about 9:06 p.m. Wednesday saying that a couple were being threatened by two men with knives.

The suspects left the home in a taxi as police arrived. A police officer saw the vehicle downtown and identified the men. The taxi was being driven by Anthony. Police say one of the knives used in the incident was recovered from the taxi.

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