June 20, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Police asked anyone with information to call 937-5806.

SACO

Police request help finding man missing since June 12

Police are seeking a 24-year-old Saco man who has been missing since June 12.

Kevin L. O'Donnell of 185 Heath Road was last seen leaving his home on foot wearing a navy-blue T-shirt, a gray hooded sweatshirt, navy-blue or black shorts and black-and-white running shoes.

Saco police asked anyone who has had contact with O'Donnell or who might know his whereabouts to contact them at 284-4535.

AUGUSTA

House backs MaineCare bill on drug addiction treatment

The House gave its final approval Wednesday to a bill to extend MaineCare coverage for certain drug addiction treatments to more than two years.

The bill would allow for the continuation of MaineCare coverage for methadone and Suboxone if a person is pregnant, has serious and persistent mental illness or lives with a young child.

Suboxone and methadone treat addictions to heroin and similar drugs. Maine now has a two-year cap on coverage for such treatment.

Supporters said that having a limit on the treatment puts patients at risk for relapse. The measure faces a final vote in the Senate.

 

Ban on drone surveillance without a warrant advances

Lawmakers have advanced a proposal to ban law enforcement from using unmanned aerial drones for surveillance unless they have a search warrant.

The Democratic-led House approved the bill on a 108-39 vote on Wednesday. The Senate endorsed the bill on Tuesday. It now faces final votes in the House and Senate before heading to Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

The bill also would put a moratorium on drone use until July 2015. Law enforcement could only use drones without a search warrant when national security is at risk. Drones would not be able to use facial recognition technology or weapons.

Education institutions and other groups that use drones for training and research would be exempt from the bill. The use of drones to survey things like natural disasters would be allowed.

 

Suspect admits sex offenses involving two girls in 1980s

A Corinna man has pleaded guilty to sex offenses against two young girls that occurred more than a quarter of a century ago.

Glenn Graves pleaded guilty Tuesday in Kennebec County Superior Court just before he was scheduled to go to trial on three charges of gross sexual misconduct.

Prosecutors said the offenses occurred from October 1985 to April 1987 and the victims were younger than 14 at the time.

District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said the case came to light during an investigation into an unrelated case in 2012.

Graves, 57, was sentenced to eight years in prison with two to serve, and four years of probation.

Graves' attorney said his client "decided it was time to end this case."

BLAINE

Man dies from burn injuries suffered when vapors ignite

Fire officials say a northern Maine man has died after being critically burned Tuesday afternoon while cutting up an old heating oil tank with a welding torch.

The state Fire Marshal's Office said Reginal Otis, 72, of Blaine died overnight after being flown to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston with burns to 80 percent of his body.

Investigators said it appears the torch ignited vapors as Otis was cutting apart the tank at his home. It's unclear what type of flammable liquid remained in the tank.

BANGOR

Man denies murder charge in domestic violence death

A Bangor man accused of killing his girlfriend has pleaded not guilty.

David Coon entered the plea Wednesday in Superior Court. He's charged with murdering Sherry Clifford, 49, who died from asphyxiation and a neck injury.

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