September 5, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Town Council approves sale of former White Rock School

The Town Council voted Tuesday to sell the former White Rock School to Great Falls Construction, which plans to renovate the building into 12 senior apartments.

The council voted in January to spend $175,000 to tear down the school, which closed in 2011 when Great Falls Elementary School opened. Before approving the demolition, however, the council took another vote in May to put out a request for proposals to purchase, lease or develop the 12.4-acre property.

Along with Great Falls Construction, Earthschool of Maine, a home school cooperative, submitted a proposal to the town. The council chose Great Falls and voted 5-0 Tuesday to sell the building to the construction company for $1, under the conditions that the company invests at least $800,000 in the property and the athletic fields on the site remain open to the public, said Town Manager David Cole.


Officer investigating missing juvenile makes drug arrest

A police officer who was sent to a home on Longwoods Road early Wednesday to investigate a report of a missing juvenile ended up arresting an adult who lived there on unrelated drug charges after finding 4.5 pounds of marijuana and other drugs including hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Alexander Buchanan, 20, of 128 Longwoods Road was charged with two felony counts of unlawful trafficking of drugs, three misdemeanor counts of unlawful possession of drugs and violating his conditions of release in another case that prohibited him from possessing drugs or alcohol.

The marijuana's street value was about $16,000, and the 5.8 ounces of mushrooms had a street value of $1,800, police said.

Photos released by Falmouth police showed safes filled with plastic bags containing drugs, multiple cellphones, a computer and a prescription drug container.

Police said Buchanan also had various narcotics, trafficking material and drug paraphernalia. They said the missing juvenile was found at the home and returned to her home.


Man sentenced for cocaine and oxycodone trafficking

A Brooklyn, N.Y., man was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to serve seven years in prison for illegal distribution of oxycodone.

Kevin St. Hill, 27, sold oxycodone pills to an undercover law enforcement agent on June 26, 2012, in Augusta and was a leader of a major oxycodone and cocaine trafficking operation in central Maine from January to June 2012, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

St. Hill pleaded guilty to the single count against him on Dec. 19.

U.S. District Court Judge John Woodcock Jr. also sentenced St. Hill to serve three years of supervised release following completion of his prison term.


Suspect in school incident was on probation, police say

Police say a Cornville man who is accused of threatening to kill people at a charter school in town has an extensive criminal history and was on probation.

James Mayo pleaded not guilty to the charge of probation violation during an arraignment Tuesday but did not enter a plea to charges of terrorizing, criminal threatening and criminal mischief in connection with Monday's incident at the Cornville Regional Charter School. He was held in jail.

Police had to use pepper spray and a stun gun on Mayo, 42, to subdue him.

Police told the Morning Sentinel that Mayo was banging on the school's windows, threatening to kill people. He did not have a weapon.

No students were at the school, but staffers were inside preparing for the first day of classes.

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