August 14, 2013

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Voters OK using school aid to offset retirement costs

Residents on Tuesday approved changes to a budget adopted just two months ago, allowing school officials to use increased state aid to offset a shift in teacher retirement costs.

The 999-472 vote approves a budget that will also provide some tax relief.

The town faced $520,283 in teacher retirement costs that had been shifted from the state to the town. But after voters approved the $38.8 million budget in June, the state budget provided $788,038 in additional state aid to Scarborough, allowing it to cover the increased retirement costs.

The remaining $267,755 will be used for tax relief.


Solon man killed when van rolls over on I-95 exit ramp

A 65-year-old Solon man was killed Tuesday afternoon when the van he was driving rolled over on Exit 112A of Interstate 95, according to Maine State Police Lt. Aaron Hayden.

William Partridge lost control of his 1977 GMC Vandura van, which was "fully loaded" with personal belongings, at 4:48 p.m. on the right side of the off ramp, authorities said. The van then crossed the exit lane and rolled over on the lane's left side.

"He was not wearing a seat belt," Hayden said, and "was tossed around in the vehicle along with his belongings."

Partridge, who was the sole occupant, was found dead at the scene, Hayden said.

The accident remains under investigation, but there was no reason to suspect the vehicle had been forced off the road or that criminal activity caused the crash, Hayden said.


Woman injured in rollover of car Aug. 6 dies of injuries

A woman who was seriously injured last week when her car overturned on Interstate 295 southbound in Bowdoinham has died of her injuries, Maine State Police said Tuesday.

Mona Lee Kelley, 56, of Steep Falls was thrown from the car after it overturned several times in the median just after 6 p.m. on Aug. 6.

State police had been looking for the car after several motorists called to report seeing it being driven erratically and striking a guardrail in Gardiner without stopping.

Troopers suspect alcohol was a factor in the crash, according to the state police.


Two brothers, their father indicted in man's beating

Two brothers from Brunswick and their father, accused of beating a Portland man with a metal pipe in May, have been indicted by the Cumberland County grand jury.

Justin Haycock, 29, Joshua Haycock, 31, and Walter Haycock, 62, were each arrested in Brunswick on a charge of elevated aggravated assault after the May 5 attack at 98 India St. in Portland.

The victim, a 50-year-old man who was left with serious head and facial injuries, told police that three men he knew came to his apartment, he let them in and they attacked him.

The three members of the Haycock family were each indicted on the original felony charge of elevated aggravated assault, as well as burglary and aggravated criminal trespassing. The father was indicted on an additional felony charge of criminal threatening.

The most serious charge against the men, elevated aggravated assault, is a Class A felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

Appeal date set for man in killing of 2 adults, boy

Maine's highest court has scheduled an appeal date for a man serving a life sentence for killing two adults and a 10-year-old boy in northern Maine.

Thayne Ormsby's appeal will be heard by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Sept. 9. The 23-year-old Ormsby was given three life sentences in the 2010 stabbing deaths of 55-year-old Jeffrey Ryan, his 10-year-old son and a family friend at Ryan's home in the Aroostook County town of Amity.

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