Wednesday, June 19, 2013
From staff and news service reports
AG probe: Marshals justified in shooting Biddeford man
The Maine Attorney General's Office says two law enforcement officers met the legal threshold for using deadly force during a shootout on a Portland sidewalk.
Investigators said Friday that U.S. Deputy Marshal Michael Tenuta and Special U.S. Deputy Marshal John Gill, part of a violent-offender task force, each fired four times after Arien L'Italien of Biddeford fired at them as they attempted to arrest him on Jan. 27 in Portland.
L'Italien, who was shot in the leg, is in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges including assaulting a federal officer and being a felon in possession of a gun.
Following the shootout, L'Italien made the news again when he managed to sneak out of his jail cell to have a tryst with a female inmate.
Police: Woman who shot boyfriend feared he'd leave
A Waldoboro woman accused of killing her boyfriend told police she shot him because she feared he was leaving her for another woman.
That's according to a police affidavit filed in Lincoln County Superior Court.
The Bangor Daily News reports that Arline Lawless, who is also known as Arline Seavey, is scheduled to appear in court Friday on a murder charge for allegedly killing Norman Benner in July.
Detectives arrested Seavey, 25, on Wednesday as she was being discharged from a psychiatric hospital in Westbrook.
Benner's body was discovered in the couple's home when family members went to check on him on July 23. He had been shot in the head. Police say Seavey also shot herself.
Firefighters cut branches, climb tree to free skydiver
Firefighters say it took more than two hours to free a skydiver who landed in a tree.
They say the 28-year-old man from Somerville, Mass., jumped from an airplane from 13,000 feet. After free-falling for one and a half miles, he opened his parachute. When he looked down, he saw a big cloud.
Eli Bolotin at Skydive New England said the man correctly steered around the cloud and chose to land in some trees Thursday afternoon rather than some smaller fields. Bolotin said it's safer.
The skydiver was stuck 50 to 60 feet above ground in Lebanon. Firefighters from nearby Milton and Rochester, N.H., provided a ladder and high-angle rescue equipment. They had to cut some branches and climb the tree to get to him.
The skydiver was not injured.
Police look for three suspects who assaulted man in home
The Androscoggin County Sheriff's Department is searching for three masked men it says were involved in a home invasion in the Maine town of Poland.
Authorities say three men forced their way into a home at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday, tied up and assaulted the male resident, then made off with some cash.
No weapons were used or displayed. The victim was not seriously hurt.
The suspects were described as black men wearing dark clothing, gloves, ski masks and carrying backpacks. The suspects left on foot and were last seen on Route 122 in Poland.
A search with the help of dogs did not locate the suspects, although some evidence the suspects dropped was recovered.
Investigators do not believe this was a random act.
Car dealer to host exhibit about black military pilots
A traveling exhibit dedicated to telling the story of the obstacles that black military pilots and their ground support crews overcame to fight in World War II will be in Brunswick next week.
The "Rise Above" traveling exhibit will be at the Bill Dodge Auto Group, 262 Bath Road, on Wednesday and Thursday -- just before the opening of the 2012 Great State of Maine Air Show, which will run from Aug. 24-26 at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station.
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