August 29, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Wanda Brochu was trapped in her vehicle until firefighters could extricate her with the jaws of life, police said.

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The car continued to accelerate past the building, first hitting six parked cars, then three people walking on the dock. The car knocked Wyatt Gold, 6, and Dylan Gold into the air. Wyatt was thrown between two parked cars, but Dylan landed on the ground and was run over, the report said.

When Torgerson's car finally stopped, the boys' mother was pinned between it and a parked car.

Dylan died on the way to the hospital.

Torgerson was not injured. The report notes that results of a blood test, required in all crashes with serious injuries, is pending. Torgerson told police she doesn't know what happened.

AUBURN

Man charged with arson to have mental evaluation

A Lewiston man who is charged with setting a fire at a Lewiston apartment building has been ordered sent to a state psychiatric hospital for a third time for a mental health evaluation.

The Sun Journal reported that Brian Morin was in the Androscoggin County Jail awaiting a bed at the hospital in Augusta.

Morin's attorney filed a motion last week seeking a follow-up mental exam for his client. He wrote that Morin "has severe mental health problems" and is "hallucinating and hearing voices."

Morin, 30, and another man are charged in the May 6 fire, which was the third major fire in Lewiston in less than two weeks.

According to an affidavit, the men used lighter fluid to start it.

Morin has pleaded not guilty and is being held on $350,000 bail.

BREWER

Police captain pleads guilty to OUI, gets fine, demotion

A police captain in Brewer has admitted he drove drunk.

Christopher Martin was pulled over Saturday night and charged with operating under the influence. He pleaded guilty to the charge Wednesday.

Public Safety Director Perry Antone told WZON-AM that Martin has been suspended for 60 days without pay, will be demoted to lieutenant and will spend a year on probation when he returns to duty. He must also complete a substance abuse program.

In court, District Judge John Lucy ordered Martin to pay a $700 fine and suspended his license for 90 days. Martin, 41, has been with the force for 19 years.

Martin's blood alcohol level was .17, more than twice the legal limit of .08, according to the Penobscot County prosecutor.

ORONO

Driver won't face charge in death of paving worker

Authorities say no charges will be filed against the driver of a vehicle that hit and killed a man who was working on a road paving crew in Orono.

Capt. Josh Ewing told WABI-TV that prosecutors have concluded that it is not possible to prove criminal negligence, so no charges will be filed.

Police said Richard Thibodeau, 56, of Carmel was struck about 7 p.m. May 7 while working on Forest Avenue. He was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

He worked for Harvey Paving and Seal Coating of Hampden. Police say late-afternoon sun may have been a factor.

 

Houlton office will remain closed since bill is tabled

A state office will remain closed because a bill that would have reopened it failed to advance Wednesday.

Democratic and Republican leaders on the Legislative Council chose to table the bill, so it will not be taken up during a special session Thursday.

Administrative and Financial Services Commissioner Sawin Millett decided recently to close the Maine Revenue Services office in Houlton to save $900,000 over two years.

Gov. Paul LePage said that he and Democratic leaders decided to hold a handful of bills over until January. He said the decision to close the office was difficult but is within the administration's purview.

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