Wednesday, December 11, 2013
From staff and news services
Saco man gets two years for stealing from employer
A Saco man has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for stealing more than $600,000 from his employer.
The Bangor Daily News reported that Joel Bailey was also sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland to three years of probation and ordered to pay full restitution.
Prosecutors say Bailey, 33, stole the money from The Jordan Group from October 2008 to January 2011 while working as a bookkeeper.
Authorities say The Jordan Group opened a line of credit in 2006. Bailey admitted writing checks from that account to himself and his own technology company. Bailey also wrote checks to himself and his firm, forging his boss' signature.
Bailey pleaded guilty in June to wire fraud.
Apartment search leads to arrest on drug charges
Police arrested a man from Brooklyn, N.Y., early Tuesday on drug charges after searching an apartment at 193 Congress St.
Based on complaints from the neighborhood, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency investigated the suspected sale of drugs from the apartment, said Sgt. Kevin Cashman, who heads the MDEA's Cumberland County task force. The agency got information that there might be guns in the apartment so it called in the Portland Police Department's special reaction team.
Police charged Joseph McNair, 42, with trafficking in cocaine base and possession of cocaine base after they found crack cocaine hidden in his underwear and some hidden above a ceiling tile in the bathroom, Cashman said.
The drugs, seven grams worth about $700, were packaged for sale, Cashman said. Police also found an oxycodone pill, he said.
No guns were found, he said.
McNair was held in the Cumberland County Jail on $25,000.
Leader in fight for gay rights wins annual diversity award
The 2012 Sampson Catalyst for Change Award will be given to Rita Kissen, an author, singer, composer and retired University of Southern Maine professor who has been a leader in the fight for gay rights.
The award will be presented to Kissen on Oct. 18 at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland. The award is given annually by the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine at USM. It recognizes someone who has been in the forefront for change regarding diversity, equality, and human and civil rights.
Kissen, who lives on Peaks Island, founded the Portland chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays and was a founding co-chair of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network of Southern Maine.
She was a professor of teacher education and women's studies at USM from 1995 to 2005 and wrote groundbreaking books on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues in the classroom.
Past award recipients include Rabbi Harry Sky (2007), Dale McCormick (2008), Sallie Chandler (2009), Allen Sockabasin (2010) and Howard Solomon (2011).
A 5:30 p.m. cocktail party will precede the dinner on Oct. 18. Dinner tickets may be purchased for $50 each by calling Susie Bock at 780-4269.
Senior housing complex gets final OK from planners
The Planning Board granted final approval Monday for an assisted-living project that drew opposition from neighbors on Black Point Road.
Wegman Cos., based in Rochester, N.Y., plans an 81-unit senior housing complex about 300 feet from the intersection of Black Point Road and Route 1. The 59,000-square-foot building will include a mix of studio and one-bedroom apartments, and a 20-bed dementia unit.
The proposal prompted neighbors to form the Friends of Oak Hill group to fight the project. Members said the complex would create traffic problems and change the character of the neighborhood.
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