Monday, March 10, 2014
From staff and news services
N.H. man, 45, gets 15 years for two Maine bank heists
A New Hampshire man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison for bank robbery, interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle and interstate transportation of stolen property.
U.S. District Judge Nancy Torresen imposed the 188-month sentence Friday on Bernie Subocz, 45, of Manchester, N.H.
He was accused of a pair of bank robberies in Wells and York in November 2011. He pleaded guilty.
Another Manchester resident, Christie Hendrix, 34, was sentenced previously to 22 months for stealing a car and using it as the getaway vehicle in the York robbery.
Torresen imposed a harsher-than-normal sentence on Subocz, based on a criminal history that she described as one of the worst she had seen.
Body recovered after fire thought to be occupant's
Fire officials say a body has been recovered following a house fire in the Waldo County town of Monroe.
The state Fire Marshal's Office said the body is believed to be that of the occupant, Randy Oliver, 56, but the state Medical Examiner's Office will examine the body and confirm the identification.
The fire was reported Thursday night, and the body was recovered Friday morning in rubble that had collapsed into the basement.
Investigators said it's unlikely the fire's cause will be determined because of the extensive damage.
Ex-treasurer pleads guilty to bilking two nonprofits
The former treasurer of the Bangor-Breakfast Kiwanis Club and Greater Bangor 4th of July Corp. has pleaded guilty to stealing about $140,000 from the organizations over several years.
Bruce Fowle pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of theft in a Bangor courtroom.
Authorities said Fowle, 62, had been stealing from the organizations for several years, and an investigation began last August when members of the organizations realized money was missing.
The Greater Bangor 4th of July Corp. raises money for the city's annual fireworks display.
Fowle is no longer involved with either group. WABI-TV reported that he pledged in court to repay the money.
He will be sentenced at a future date.
Mayor appoints first Somali to position on school board
Lewiston has long had a significant Somali population, and now Maine's second-largest city has its first Somali school committee member.
Zam Zam Mohamud cast her first votes this week following her appointment by Mayor Robert Macdonald to complete the term of a member who resigned.
Mohamud, 38, told the Sun Journal that she intends to serve out the term that expires in January and might seek election.
She's no stranger to the city's schools. She was an engaged and active parent during the education of her own children, both of whom are now in college.
She said serving on the school board is a way for her to give back to the community that provided her children with a good education.
She's been a U.S. citizen since 2006.
Teen riding on roof injured when car flips and pins him
Authorities say a Dixfield teenager is expected to survive after riding on the roof of a car that flipped and pinned him underneath.
Police said the teen was on the roof of the car in Mexico about 4:30 p.m. Thursday when the 15-year-old driver lost control on a dirt road.
Rumford Deputy Fire Chief Richard Coulombe told the Sun Journal that the driver backed toward a curve, got into the soft shoulder on the outside of the curve and flipped the car over, landing upside down in a drainage ditch.
The teen on the roof had one leg pinned.
Firefighters from several departments lifted the vehicle so ambulance crews could free the boy.
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