August 29, 2013

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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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House Speaker Mark Eves of North Berwick said Democrats are concerned about the closure but understand it cannot be corrected with legislative action.


Dumbbell attack results in charges for Maine man

A man and a woman are facing robbery, assault and other charges after authorities say they attacked a woman with a dumbbell and led police on a high-speed chase in Rhode Island.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced Wednesday that a grand jury has indicted Prince Benjamin, 28, of Biddeford, Maine, and Nasstassja Hampton, 24, of Warwick in connection with the incident in June.

Authorities said the pair assaulted a woman with a dumbbell before robbing her in her Warwick home. The woman played dead and called police when her attackers left.

Hampton and Benjamin are accused of leading officers on a chase on Interstate 95 that ended when they drove off the highway in Richmond.

They are being held in custody and are scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 13.


Thief steals from church, leaves satanic message

Police are investigating a break-in at a Randolph church in which the someone made off with about $1,500 in electronic equipment and even helped himself to a snack from the refrigerator.

Bette Seymour, administrative assistant and treasurer for the United Methodist Church, said the loss of a computer and television and other items is a financial strain.

Two brass collection plates that survived a 1962 fire that destroyed the old church building were also stolen. Seymour called them "irreplaceable."

She told the Kennebec Journal the words "Pray for Satan" were scrawled on a message board outside the pastor's office.

Deputy Chief Ryan Reardon of the Kennebec County Sheriff's Office said the stolen items have an estimated value of $1,500. He said investigators have developed some leads.


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