July 11, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Man, 35, indicted in case of teens getting tattoos

A Cumberland County grand jury has indicted a Scarborough man who allegedly tattooed two 14-year-old girls earlier this year at a motel in Scarborough. It is illegal to tattoo anyone younger than 18 in Maine.

Joshua Grant, 35, was indicted Friday on 19 counts that include furnishing illegal drugs, unlawful sexual contact, endangering the welfare of a child, furnishing liquor to a minor, tattooing a minor, tattooing without a license and possession of sexually explicit materials.

When he was charged in March, Scarborough police said Grant invited the girls to The Downeaster Motel on Route 1, where he was renting a room.

Police said they learned that the girls had been tattooed at the motel after being notified by a guidance counselor at Westbrook Middle School. Police did not identify the girls.

Grant was on federal probation at the time of the incident for a conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm.


Burglaries target sheds, car; police recover most items

Police are investigating burglaries of sheds and a car in the area of Ryefield and Foxwell drives.

A resident of Foxwell Drive called police at 6:12 a.m. Wednesday to report she saw a man trying to break into her shed.

Officers found two other sheds in the Ryefield Drive and Foxwell Drive area that had been broken into. The owner of a shed on Ryefield Drive reported a chain saw, leaf blower and weed whacker were stolen. The items are valued at $400.

The owner of a shed on Foxwell Drive that was broken into reported a saw and weed trimmer, valued at $60, were missing. A car on the same street was broken into and a $90 GPS system stolen, according to police.

During the K-9 track, police officers found all of the stolen items except the chain saw, hidden under bushes.

The man seen trying to break into the shed was described by a witness as a white man, about 6 feet tall, wearing black shorts and a gray hooded sweatshirt, said Detective Sgt. Rick Rouse.

Anyone who saw something suspicious in the area is asked to call the detective bureau at 883-6361.


Car goes airborne for 100 feet after swerving to avoid deer

State police are investigating a crash in which a Ford Taurus went airborne after the driver swerved to avoid a deer on the Carl Broggi Highway.

Lebanon's Assistant Rescue Chief Jason Cole said he saw the crash, at 4:42 p.m. Wednesday.

Cole said the driver of the Ford Taurus, a 33-year-old man from Rochester, N.H., and his passenger, a 1-year-old boy, were injured when their vehicle went off the road, hit a culvert and went through the air for about 100 feet.

The car came to rest after striking a tree head-on, Cole said. Several motorists stopped to help him remove the man and child from the vehicle.

They were taken to Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.H. with non-life threatening injuries.


Two indicted on arson charges in downtown fires

The two Lewiston men who are accused of setting fires that destroyed two apartment buildings and damaged a third building in downtown Lewiston earlier this year were indicted Wednesday on arson charges by an Androscoggin County grand jury.

Brian A. Morin, 30, of 35 Jefferson St. and Bryan Wood, 23, of 131 Bartlett St. were indicted on three counts of arson each. The men, who knew each other, were arrested May 10. They are being held in the Androscoggin County Jail.

The fires they allegedly started destroyed two vacant buildings on Bartlett Street and damaged an apartment building on Horton Street. It was the third major fire in the city's downtown in 12 days.

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