June 20, 2013

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A police affidavit indicates Coon told investigators that the two were on the floor in a tussle when he covered her mouth to keep her from screaming. He said she was having breathing difficulties when he got up, so he dialed 911.

Police described it as a domestic violence homicide.

 

Man who falsely obtained VA benefits sent to prison

A man from Down East Maine has been sentenced to three years in prison for fraudulently obtaining veterans' disability benefits from the federal government.

Richard Ramsdell Jr. of Cutler also was ordered Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to pay almost $143,000 in restitution to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Ramsdell had pleaded guilty in January.

Prosecutors said Ramsdell, 38, obtained benefits by falsely claiming to be unemployed and unable to work because of an injured back and his mental condition.

Authorities said he was working for a wreath manufacturer and as a fisherman and painter during that time.

STARKS

Grand jury declines charges in shooting of unarmed man

A grand jury has declined to bring charges in the case of a Starks man who was shot on his own property after a confrontation with a group of hunters.

Kerry Hebert was shot in the stomach on Oct. 31 by a man who was among a group of hunters at the end of a dirt road leading to Hebert's home. The shooting followed a confrontation between the hunters and Hebert, who said they were too close to the home he shares with his wife and two children. Hebert was unarmed.

Hebert's attorney said he was "very surprised" by the grand jury's decision.

District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said there was not enough evidence to proceed with criminal charges in the case.

JONESBORO

Driver dies when vehicle hits pole, lands on its roof in ditch

State police say a driver died after he lost control of his car and it struck a pole.

Daniel Snowdeal, 48, of Jonesboro was dead at the scene, police said. He was the only person in the car.

The accident happened about 3 a.m. Wednesday on Route 1A in Jonesboro, near the Whitneyville town line. Police said the vehicle came to rest on its roof in a ditch.

They said speed and alcohol appeared to be factors in the crash.

DOVER, N.H.

Children's museum receives Creative Economy Award

The Children's Museum of New Hampshire has won a Creative Economy Award from the New England Foundation for the Arts.

The award, which has a $2,500 prize, recognizes successful strategies, scope of impact on the creative economy and the possibility for replication in other communities.

The museum relocated from Portsmouth to Dover five years ago, renovating a historic armory in a waterfront park. Museum representatives are included in city discussions about public art, parking, festivals, other nonprofits locating in the city, and economic development. Museum personnel also are involved with the city's Tourism Committee, Dover Main Street, the Chamber of Commerce and the Arts Commission.

"We have worked hard to forge meaningful relationships with city leaders and organizations, and lend our expertise where it could be helpful," said Justine Roberts, the museum's executive director.

The New England Foundation for the Arts is a nonprofit that operates with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New England state arts agencies, and from corporations, foundations and individuals.

 

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