July 18, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Company proposes to build new Route 1 shopping plaza

The Dolphin Cos. announced plans Wednesday to build a new shopping center next to the Dolphin Marketplace on Route 1.

The 61,500-square-foot Shops at Oak Hill would be anchored by a 40,000-square-foot grocery store. The plaza also would include a restaurant and retail building, according to a news release from The Dolphin Cos.

Jay Chace, assistant town planner for Scarborough, said the company has yet to start the formal review process for its development plans.


Part of manhole cover hits windshield, injuring driver

A Farmington woman suffered minor injuries when part of a manhole cover flew into her windshield Wednesday morning.

Sierra McGraw, 26, was driving south on Route 2 when her vehicle was hit by half of a manhole cover, said Officer Ryan Rosie of the Farmington Police Department.

Rosie said police think a tractor-trailer was driving north on Route 2 when the truck drove over the manhole cover, splitting it and causing it to fly into the support beam between her windshield and driver-side window.

Rosie said the manhole was recently worked on, so it's possible the cover was not securely fitted into the manhole and that caused it to break when hit by the tractor-trailer.

The driver of the tractor-trailer did not stop after the accident and Rosie said the driver probably did not know what had happened.

McGraw was treated at the accident scene by NorthStar ambulance crews but was not taken to the hospital, Rosie said. He said she appeared to have only suffered superficial scratches.


South Berwick man, 23, sentenced in fatal overdose

A South Berwick man who supplied drugs to a man who fatally overdosed in his apartment in 2010 was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to serve 71 months in prison.

Shawn Verrill, 23, had pleaded guilty March 20 to distribution of buprenorphine (Suboxone) resulting in the death.

The man who died, Miles Malone, 20, of Atkinson, N.H., went to Verrill's apartment in South Berwick on Oct. 12, 2010, and died after obtaining two Suboxone pills from Verrill and taking them while he was there, according to court records.

When police arrived at the apartment the next day, Verrill initially denied that he and Malone had taken the drugs and claimed that Malone had fallen asleep after playing video games. But an autopsy showed that Malone died of an overdose, the court records show.

Police who searched Verrill's apartment found multiple bottles of pills hidden in a concrete block used as a television stand. A lab analysis showed that Verrill's DNA matched the DNA from the cap of the Suboxone bottle, according to court records.

Judge D. Brock Hornby sentenced Verrill to serve three years of supervised release after his prison term.


No bail for suspect accused of killing alleged informant

A Greene man who is charged with the slaying of a man he believed was a police informant has been ordered held without bail.

Nathan Morton appeared in court on Tuesday.

Morton is charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and hindering apprehension or prosecution in connection with the killing of Romeo Parent in April.

The Sun Journal reported that Morton's lawyer said his client should be allowed to live at his parents' home pending trial because he is not a flight risk.

The prosecutor countered that Morton was an admitted drug dealer who would resume that activity if released.

Authorities said Morton drove Parent and another man to a secluded area, where the other man stabbed and strangled Parent because he had told to police about a burglary.

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