April 5, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Alghazi was charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, terrorizing and assault. Bail was set at $25,000 cash. Anthony was charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, terrorizing and indecent conduct. Bail was set at $10,000.


Senate kills bill to lower state's capital gains tax

As expected, the Maine Senate killed a bill Wednesday to exempt 50 percent of capital gains income that's subject to federal tax from Maine's income tax.

Senators voted 21-14 to reject the bill, a day after the House voted 91-55 in opposition.

The Republican-sponsored bill would cost nearly $191 million through 2017, also reducing municipal revenue sharing by nearly $2.5 million over that period.

Rep. Richard Malaby, R-Hancock, the bill's sponsor, said that merely counted revenue lost, ignoring an increase in capital gains investment that would occur if taxes were lowered.

But Democrats said it's unlikely that the money lost would come close to equaling the money gained.


Man gets 10 years in prison for trying to hire a killer

A Mars Hill man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for trying to hire someone to kill his ex-wife.

Mark Stetson was sentenced Wednesday in Aroostook County Superior Court. He had pleaded guilty in January to solicitation of murder, solicitation of robbery and solicitation of kidnapping.

Authorities say Stetson, 43, was already in jail on charges from a dispute with his ex-wife early in 2011 when he offered to pay an inmate to kill his ex-wife and, if necessary, tie up their autistic son. The plan was to make it look like a robbery.


Man pleads guilty for killing Florida firefighter in dispute

A Maine man has pleaded guilty to killing a Florida firefighter and drug dealer in a dispute over money.

Daniel Porter pleaded guilty Wednesday to manslaughter in the death of Jerry Perdomo, 31, of Orange City, Fla. In a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped a murder charge against him.

WZON-AM said Porter will be sentenced April 22. Prosecutors are recommending that he serve 20 years in prison.

Porter, 25, was arrested in February 2012 at a rented house in Jackson, Maine, where police say he killed Perdomo. Porter told police that he owed Perdomo $3,000, and police said the men had exchanged threats.


Selectmen urge diligence from officials on oil pipeline

Raymond is the latest town to pass a resolution on the possibility of oil from western Canada passing through a pipeline running from Portland to Montreal.

But unlike other towns' resolutions in Maine and Vermont that oppose so-called tar sands oil passing through the pipeline, Raymond's calls on state and federal officials to use the same "due diligence" in addressing the oil as they would for any similar project.

Selectmen passed the resolution unanimously Tuesday.

Selectman Charles Leavitt said Raymond's resolution doesn't contain political rhetoric but acknowledges that Portland Pipe Line has expressed interest in having its pipeline carry the oil.


Teen tattoo charges could cost man his probation

A Scarborough man charged with giving tattoos to two 14-year-old Westbrook Middle School girls now faces charges he violated his federal probation. Joshua Grant, 35, of Scarborough was issued a summons last week to appear in court on charges of tattooing a minor, tattooing without a license, unlawful sexual contact, endangering the welfare of a child and assault.

Grant, who is on federal probation, was charged Wednesday with violating probation because of the new criminal conduct allegations. He was sentenced in 2009 to 30 months in prison and three years supervised release for a federal charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

A police complaint said Grant corresponded with the two girls online last month and arranged to give them each a tattoo. He picked them up in a tractor trailer truck and drove them to the Scarborough hotel room where he lives.

Police say Grant gave one girl a tattoo on her buttocks and the other a tattoo on her inner thigh.


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