August 17, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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There are indications the burglars may return to the same neighborhoods again, police said.

The burglars have entered homes through unlocked doors or have cut screens on open windows, they said.

Items commonly stolen include laptop computers, computer tablets, cash, jewelry, medications and firearms. The burglars have especially targeted Apple computer products, police said

The burglaries have occurred all hours of the day and night, they said, adding that in some instances the residents were home.

Police encouraged area residents to lock all their doors and windows when not at home. They also recommended securing valuables and keeping detailed lists of serial numbers of their electronics.

Such items are sold frequently, police said, and recovery is difficult without any identifying serial numbers or markings.

Police have increased patrols in the affected areas. Residents are urged to call police if they see people behaving suspiciously in their neighborhood.

One resident confronted a potential suspect, who has been described as a white male with black jeans, black sneakers, a black backpack and dark hair and about 6 feet tall with scruffy facial hair, police said.

The following have had recent burglaries: Melbourne Street, The Munjoy South complex, Hammond Street, Vesper Street, Morning Street, Glengarden Drive, Harvard Street, Harris Avenue, Newton Street, Goodridge Avenue, Plymouth Street, Harmony Street and Palmer Avenue, police said.

More specific crime mapping can be viewed at mapnimbus.com

Maine ranks among best for its nursing home care

Maine ranks among the top states for nursing home care, according to a report by a nonprofit advocacy group. New Hampshire and Rhode Island were also among the top states.

Texas and Louisiana ranked the worst in the nation, failing every staffing measure in a report by Families for Better Care, whose goal is to improve long-term care.

The group scored, ranked and graded states on eight federal quality measures, such as the average number of hours of nursing care each resident received per day.

WELLS

Suspected of DUI, man faces charge of heroin possession

A Wells man who police suspect was driving under the influence has been charged with possession of heroin after police searched his vehicle and found various drugs.

Justin Tully, 33, was stopped for speeding around 11:30 a.m. Thursday on Merriland Ridge Road and was arrested after police determined he was driving while impaired, Wells police said in a news release Friday.

Police said they searched his vehicle afterward and found the following drugs and drug paraphernalia: 0.8 grams of heroin, 44 grams of hashish, 60 pills of diazepam, 40 pills of lorazepam and 11 hypodermic needles.

Tully has so far been charged with a single felony count of possession of heroin and may face other charges if he is indicted by the York County grand jury.

Tully was released from the York County Jail later Thursday on $1,000 bail.

KENNEBUNK

Wells man facing charge of unlawful sexual contact

A Wells man accused of grabbing an undercover police officer through his clothing earlier this week in Kennebunk was arrested and charged with unlawful sexual contact, police announced Friday.

Dana Smail, 62, of 66 Little Creek Lane, Wells, had been talking to the undercover officer at the Roger's Pond rest area on Aug. 13 when he grabbed the officer's groin area, police said in a release.

Police have been receiving information regarding lewd and suspicious activity taking place at the Roger's Pond and York Street rest areas in Kennebunk, which resulted in the undercover operation being conducted.

Smail is scheduled to appear in Biddeford District Court on Oct. 9.

Police made a similar arrest two weeks ago during the undercover operation at a York Street rest area.

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