December 6, 2012

Local & State Dispatches

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Maine Mall fires grumpy Santa after complaints

The Maine Mall has sacked Santa Claus because children and parents complained he was rude, grumpy and wouldn't even let one child sit on his lap.

Jessica Mailhiot and her 6-year-old daughter, Chantel, went to see Santa this week. They told WGME-TV that he was rude and wouldn't let the girl sit on his lap when they said they didn't want to buy a $20 photo.

Chantel says when she asked Santa for an American Girl doll, he replied she'd get an "American football."

When the mom posted her story online, others shared similar experiences.

The station contacted the Santa, but he didn't want to comment.


Marine Resources study looks at lobster licensing rules

A new report looking at Maine's lobster licensing system is recommending ways to address shortcomings in the current system, including a tiered licensing structure.

The 82-page report released Wednesday by the Department of Marine Resources provides a top-to-bottom analysis of the state's lobster licensing system. State officials will discuss the findings with people in the lobster industry before presenting it to the Legislature's Marine Resources Committee in January.

The report examines both the strengths and weaknesses of the current system, which went into place in 1997.

One recommendation calls for a tiered system with four levels of commercial licenses. The report further recommends changing the way lobster trap tags are calculated to reduce the waiting periods for people trying to become lobster fishermen.


U.S. Attorney criminal, civil action collections increase

The Maine district of the U.S. Attorney's Office collected nearly $1,654,000 in civil and criminal actions and forfeitures in fiscal year 2012, an increase of nearly 50 percent over the previous year, the office announced Thursday.

Nationwide, U.S. Attorney's offices collected $13.1 billion in civil and criminal actions in fiscal year 2012, more than doubling the $6.5 billion collected in fiscal year 2011.

The Maine district collected nearly $1,090,00 in criminal actions and nearly $564,000 in civil actions in fiscal year 2012. In the 2011 fiscal year, it had collected more than $554,000 in criminal actions and nearly $603,000 in civil actions for a total of nearly $1,158,000 received, Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald Clark said.


Officials probe circumstances of man who shot himself

Lincoln County sheriff's deputies are investigating a shooting that occurred Wednesday afternoon.

Lt. Rand Maker said a 70-year-old man who lives on Moonlight Drive contacted police around 12:30 to report that he had been shot in the neck.

The man was taken by ambulance to the Edgecomb Fire Department, where he was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

Rand said investigators believe the shooting was self-inflicted and unintentional. The man, who suffered a non-life threatening injury, was not identified by police.


Two York men arrested in burglary of Waterboro home

Two York County men have been arrested in connection with a burglary at a home in Waterboro on Wednesday afternoon.

The York County Sheriff's Office arrested Travis Wakefield, 22, of Lyman, and Nathan Desfosses, 22, of Shapleigh after they allegedly broke into a home and stole 10 handguns.

Police said the homeowner returned and found two men fleeing from his home. He notified authorities, who used a state police canine to track the men.

Trooper Matt Williams and his dog, Landy, found the handguns that had been hidden in woods near the home. Landy also flushed out the suspects, who were hiding nearby.

Wakefield and Desfosses were charged with burglary and are being held at the York County Jail on $10,000 bail. They are scheduled to be arraigned in Biddeford District Court on Friday.

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