May 16, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Woman accused of stealing cash, jewelry from elderly

A South Portland woman who allegedly stole from elderly residents after entering their homes on the pretext that she was from "the agency" and was doing inspections has been charged.

Police arrested Margaret Wilkes, 53, Wednesday morning on three counts of burglary and three counts of theft.

Wilkes entered residents' homes and asked for medical information or did "inspections," and at the same time stole cash and jewelry, said South Portland Detective Sgt. Steve Webster.

Police were first notified in April about such a theft, then another on May 5. The most recent incident occurred Monday, Webster said.

South Portland police worked with Portland police to identify and find Wilkes, and arrested her on Main Street. A search warrant for her home on Bonny Bank Road led to the recovery of some of the stolen items, Webster said.

Wilkes was being held on $500 bail in the Cumberland County Jail.


Two crew members escape fire that gutted lobster boat

Two crew members of the 36-foot lobster boat Miss Ellie escaped safely after the boat caught fire off the coast of Wells just before 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The crew called to shore on a cellphone, which led the Coast Guard to issue an urgent marine broadcast asking any nearby boaters to assist.

The flames quickly engulfed the boat, which was four miles north of Boon Island Light, and the crew donned survival suits and climbed into a life raft, a Coast Guard spokesman said.

The Coast Guard dispatched a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Portsmouth, N.H. Meanwhile, a research vessel, the Tioga, responded and was able to get the crew aboard without any injuries, the spokesman said.

The fire gutted the boat, though it was still afloat at 11:15 a.m.


Judge rejects Schofield's bid to ease probation conditions

The woman who is serving a 17-year sentence for the suffocation death of her 5-year-old foster child more than a decade ago wants her probation conditions eased once she's released from prison.

But a judge on Tuesday rejected Sally Ann Schofield's request to relax her probation conditions banning direct or indirect contact with children under 12, ruling that it's premature because she's still in prison.

Schofield was convicted of manslaughter in the 2001 death of Logan Marr, who died after Schofield bound her with duct tape and left her alone in her basement in Chelsea.

The Kennebec Journal reported that Schofield's attorney indicated Schofield will be eligible for home confinement later this year and is concerned she could violate probation if she has incidental contact with a child. 

Senate upholds LePage veto of another education bill

Lawmakers have upheld the second veto of a bill by Gov. Paul LePage in two days.

The Senate on Wednesday sustained LePage's veto of a bill that sought to change the school budget approval process for school units known as alternative organizational structures. The vote was 23-12, just shy of the number needed to override the governor's veto.

LePage said he vetoed the bill because it "moves away from the ballot box" and toward special meetings, giving the school board more power over money matters.

On Tuesday, the House sustained LePage's veto of a bill that sought to allow school districts to hire superintendents without regard for whether they live within the district they will head.


Businesses urged to watch for counterfeit $50 bills

Police said Wednesday that someone is passing fake $50 bills and urged businessess to watch for them.

Police said in a news release that they had received several calls Wednesday reporting the fake bills.

The department included a picture of one of the bills, which has the serial number GE35575088A.

Police ask that anyone who suspects they have received a fake bill report it to police immediately.


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