July 18, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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BANGOR

Bank robbery suspect, 66, arrested within one hour

Police arrested a 66-year-old man in connection with a bank robbery at Bangor Savings Bank on Wednesday morning.

Police were called to the bank at 3 State St., where bank officials described the robbery suspect as an older man with gray hair and a gray beard, possibly carrying a yellow bag.

Within an hour, Bangor detectives arrested Percy Cartwright of Bangor at the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center, police said.

All but $20 of the stolen money -- which was less than $1,000 -- was recovered, police said.

The mental health facility is a few miles from the bank and police are looking into whether Cartwright may have used public transportation as his getaway vehicle, police said.

Cartwright was taken to the Penobscot County Jail, charged with robbery. No one was injured.

 

Mechanic gets seven years in deadly crowbar beating

An auto mechanic who was convicted in the fatal crowbar beating of a neighbor is going to prison for seven years.

Peter Robinson of Bradford was sentenced Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center. WABI-TV said the judge imposed a 14-year sentence but suspended half of it. He's also sentenced to four years of probation.

Robinson was convicted of manslaughter in the death of Donald Trask, 71, in November 2011.

There was bad blood between Robinson and Trask and his family members before an altercation turned deadly. Robinson testified that he thought Trask's cellphone holder was a gun holster before he grabbed the crowbar from the older man and beat him with it.

 

Sentencing delay granted for former basketball star

The sentencing of a former Maine college basketball star on child pornography charges has been postponed.

Dana Wilson of Brewer was scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, but the hearing was delayed until Aug. 20 because his psychologist had a scheduling conflict and was unable to appear in court.

Wilson's lawyer said it's important that the psychologist testify because Wilson was "dealing with a lot of stressful personal events" in his life at the time of the offense, including the breakup of his marriage.

Wilson, 62, was found guilty in May of possessing child porn.

Wilson averaged an NCAA Division III best nearly 35 points a game during his senior year at Husson College in 1974. He was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame last year, but his induction has been revoked.

 

Study of border crossing fee won't be funded, Collins says

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said the possibility of charging border crossing fees for people to enter the U.S. by land from Canada or Mexico is all but dead.

The Maine senator said Wednesday that the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee has approved the department's fiscal year 2014 funding bill with language that expressly prohibits funding any study looking into the feasibility and cost of instituting a border crossing fee.

Collins, who grew up near the Canadian border in northern Maine, said border community residents routinely go back and forth between countries to work, dine, shop, visit family or attend church.

Collins, a Republican, and other members of Congress from border states strongly objected when the Department of Homeland Security, in its 2014 budget proposal, asked permission to study a fee at land border crossings.

EDGECOMB

Two men seriously injured in alcohol-related ATV crash

Two men were hospitalized, one in critical condition, after the all-terrain vehicle they were riding flipped early Wednesday morning on Old County Road.

Christopher Dighton, 23, and Drew Wallace, 23, both of Edgecomb, were seriously injured when the ATV they were riding rolled over in the roadway at 12:30 a.m., according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. Neither man was wearing a helmet.

Dighton was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to Maine Medical Center in Portland. Wallace was driven there by ambulance, the release said.

Dighton is in critical condition and Wallace is in satisfactory condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Deputies said the ATV may have been driven without headlights and that alcohol contributed to the crash. They are not certain who was driving at the time of the crash, the news release said.

 

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