August 2, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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TRENTON

Man charged with murder of accountant last seen in 2012

Maine State Police have a charged a Trenton man with murder in connection with the disappearance a year ago of an accountant who was never reported missing.

Richard Bellitieri, 60, of Trenton may have been missing for more than a year before skeletal remains found near his home at 318 Goose Cove Road were identified through dental records as his, said a state police statement.

Police charged William "Bill Tool" Morse, 43, with murder. He was arrested by agents of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency in Holden. He is being held in Hancock County Jail.

Bellitieri was last seen alive in June 2012. Nobody reported him missing, but his disappearance was recently discovered by the Bar Harbor police, the statement said.

The case developed after a traffic stop in Bar Harbor during which Morse was charged with drunken driving, but police would provide no further details prior to Morse's court appearance, scheduled for Friday.

The release didn't shed light on a motive or means for the death.

PORTLAND

Man is charged after brandishing shotgun

Police charged a man with assault with a deadly weapon after he brandished a shotgun at his roommate in front of a duplex on Dartmouth Street on Thursday.

Seth Miller, 26, was taken into custody after police received reports of a fight between Miller and another man at 188 Dartmouth St.

Neighbors said they heard two men arguing in the garage of the duplex around 10 a.m. The argument escalated into a physical fight about 30 minutes later and moved to the front lawn, where Miller allegedly brandished a double-barrel shotgun, said police Lt. James Sweatt. During the altercation, Miller dropped the shotgun, and both men ran into the duplex, Sweatt said.  

Police advised neighbors to stay indoors and away from windows while they called Miller and persuaded him to surrender around noon. He was then taken into custody.

No shots were fired, and there were no injuries.

The two men, who both live in the building, were arguing over rent money, Sweatt said.

"It appears Mr. Miller was trying to collect money," Sweatt said.

 

No sign of crime in death of jail inmate, police say

Police say there were no signs of injury or any crime in the death of a Cumberland County Jail inmate Wednesday.

Karyn Victoria Kundishora-Nowlin, 30, of Portland had been under observation in the jail's medical unit for seizures when a nurse checking her vital signs as part of routine medical rounds at 5:17 a.m. found she had very low blood pressure, according to a news release from the jail.

Medical staff performed CPR and summoned an ambulance. Rescue workers took over her care and brought Kundishora-Nowlin to nearby Maine Medical Center. The jail was notified of her death at 6:16 a.m.

The case is being investigated by the Portland Police Department as well as the internal affairs unit of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Such investigation is required by law whenever someone dies in custody.

An autopsy was done by the state Medical Examiner's Office on Wednesday, but no results were available and more tests need to be done, police said.

Kundishora-Nowlin's medical observation status meant that a corrections officer checked on her every 15 minutes, but did not check her vital signs, which is done by the medical staff.

SCARBOROUGH

Last-minute lane change causes crash on turnpike

A driver from New York who started to get off the Maine Turnpike at Exit 44 but changed his mind veered into a moving van during Thursday evening's rush hour, police said.

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