August 17, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Dean Bushey, 67, of Ogunquit was charged on Aug. 1 with unlawful sexual contact after he, too, was accused of grabbing an undercover officer through his clothing.


Suspect in triple slaying says victim pleaded for life

One of two southern New England men charged with killing three Maine residents last year and then setting fire to a car containing the bodies told investigators that one victim pleaded for her life before being shot.

Randall Daluz, 35, of Brockton, Mass., told detectives that two men were dead when he got into a car with drug dealer Nicholas Sexton of Warwick, R.I., in August 2012 and that he watched Sexton use a gun to kill a third victim, who was crying and hysterical, according to a state police affidavit.

But the affidavit also quoted a former cellmate of Daluz's as saying he killed the woman to earn Sexton's trust.

The defense argued Thursday in court for separate trials. Prosecutors argued that since the evidence against both men is the same they should be tried together. The judge did not immediately rule.

Sexton and Daluz were accused of killing the victims in a drug-related dispute. The victims, whose bodies were recovered from a car found burning in Bangor on Aug. 13, 2012, were Daniel Borders, 26, of Hermon; Nicolle Lugdon, 24, of Eddington; and Lucas Tuscano, 28, of Bradford.

Sexton and Daluz came to the Bangor area in Sexton's rental car to sell drugs, according to the affidavit.

The investigation found that Sexton was angry at Borders for allegedly switching to another source of drugs. A gun linked to the bullet that killed Lugdon was later retrieved from the muddy bank of the Penobscot River. 

Gardiner woman admits stealing taxpayers' IDs

A Gardiner woman has pleaded guilty to stealing the identities of people she was supposed to help get property tax relief.

Federal prosecutors said 43-year-old Joann Rittall pleaded guilty Thursday to identity theft and fraud charges which led to $240,000 in tax refunds to which she was not entitled.

She was released pending sentencing.

Prosecutors say Rittall helped more than 20 people file claims under Maine's Residents Property Tax and Rent Refund "Circuit Breaker" Program. She then used their personal information to file federal income tax returns claiming refunds in their names.

The Kennebec Journal reported that Rittall directed the refunds to be sent to bank accounts she had opened.

She also agreed to repay almost $220,000 to the U.S. Treasury and almost $20,000 to the state of Maine.


Officials urging caution after rabid skunk found

Wayne officials are urging area residents to use caution around wild animals after a rabid skunk was found at a campground.

Town Manager Aaron Chrostowsky said in a statement that the animal was acting aggressively toward campers at Beaver Brook Campground.

The Kennebec Journal reported that the skunk was taken from the campground Saturday and later confirmed to have rabies.


Residents must register to dispose of old pesticides

Maine is urging residents to take advantage of a free program to safely dispose of pesticides this fall.

The Maine Board of Pesticides Control and Department of Environmental Protection are running a program in October to dispose of old chemicals like DDT and lead arsenate Maine residents might have in their homes.

It says improperly getting rid of these chemicals can contaminate drinking water.

Home, farm or greenhouse owners will be able to bring the pesticides to four locations throughout Maine. Residents must register for the program by Sept. 27.


Police following leads in robbery of Key Bank

Police on Friday continued to follow up on leads in a bank robbery Thursday afternoon on Main Street.

Chief Leonard Macdaid of the Newport police said a white male with a thick black beard and mustache entered KeyBank about 2:15 p.m. and demanded money. The man, dressed in blue jeans, a dark blue shirt with a collar and a baseball cap, left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, Macdaid said.

The man is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall with an average build.

Macdaid would not say whether the man showed a weapon in the bank. 

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