September 20, 2013

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Sheriff's deputy's shooting into car legally justified

A sheriff's deputy was legally justified in shooting into the car of a man who tried to ram his cruiser after setting fire to his estranged wife's home, the state attorney general said Thursday.

A report indicated Androscoggin County sheriff's deputy Dennis Sampson fired three times after Michael Callahan tried to ram his cruiser. The deputy had been told Callahan, who had fired 90 gunshots in a standoff months earlier, might be armed.

The episode unfolded May 24 when Callahan was reported to have set fire to his estranged wife's home in Minot and to his own home. Then Callahan rammed the woman's vehicle repeatedly before Sampson chased him, police said.

Sampson told investigators that he followed Callahan's damaged pickup truck until it stopped and backed up, forcing him to reverse. Sampson's cruiser went down an embankment into a ditch, where he saw the truck rocking as if someone were moving around in the cab.

Sampson, a 23-year veteran police officer, fired three times but missed.

Attorney General Janet Mills said Sampson was legally justified is using lethal force because he thought he was in imminent danger. No one was hurt.

Callahan is awaiting trial on charges of domestic violence, reckless conduct, aggravated assault, reckless conduct and violating the conditions of bail and a protection order.


Alleged Broadway stabbing leads to additional charges

Two people were arrested after an alleged stabbing on Broadway early Thursday, police said.

A 42-year-old woman was stabbed in the leg around 4 a.m. at 1478 Broadway, police said. The woman was treated by paramedics at the scene and did not need to be taken to the hospital.

A suspect and several other people had fled, police said, but a short time later, two were found. Alanna Derrig, 20, of Portland was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, violating conditions of release and receiving stolen property.

Police said the incident began when Derrig and the victim, who are related, argued over a phone conversation Derrig had with a third party.

They said the receiving stolen property charge arose when police discovered that Derrig had several debit cards that police believe were stolen.

Raymond Lester, 27, of Portland, who was with Derrig when police found her, was arrested on two felony warrants for failing to appear in court on charges of forgery and theft by receiving.


Rollover crash in which driver fled is investigated

Maine State Police are investigating a rollover crash in which the driver fled.

According to Lebanon Rescue, the accident was reported around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday. When crews arrived at the site on Lower Guinea Road, there was no driver in the area.

They said the car apparently hit a tree, rolled onto its roof and came to rest, upside down, in the road.

The road was closed for about a half hour.


Two men charged with drug trafficking in York County

Two men are charged with selling drugs in York County, Kennebunk police and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency said.

Zoran Trajanoski, 26, of Wells is charged with aggravated unlawful trafficking in heroin. Kennebunk police said the charge is aggravated because he allegedly sold drugs near a school in Biddeford.

Matthew Danis, 26, of Arundel is charged with trafficking in marijuana and violating bail conditions. Kennebunk police said Danis was free on bail while awaiting trial on a charge of aggravated trafficking in heroin. In that case, he allegedly sold heroin to a Kennebunk man who subsequently died of a drug overdose.

Both men were arrested Sept. 12 after an investigation that involved surveillance and undercover purchases of drugs, according to police.

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