August 23, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Teen backs up pickup truck, pinning two against house

A woman and her 10-year-old son were injured Thursday when another son accidentally pinned the two against their house with a pickup truck.

According to the York County Sheriff's Office, Mollie Mooers, 37, had given her 13-year-old son permission to back up the truck.

Sheriff's deputies said the truck has a manual transmission and the boy's foot apparently slid off the clutch with the transmission in reverse. The truck lurched back and pinned the woman and her 10-year-old son, who was standing with her, against their house on Lombard Hill Road.

Deputies said Mooers suffered a broken leg and possible internal injuries. The 10-year-old had leg injuries. Both were taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland.

The sheriff's office said their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

The sheriff's office said no charges are expected.


Man found dead was close to home, authorities say

The man found dead on a Bowdoin road has been identified as David Curtis, the Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Office said.

Chief Deputy Brett Strout said Curtis, 56, was only a few houses away from his home on Adams Road when his body was found in the road shortly before sunrise Wednesday morning.

Strout said the sheriff's office doesn't suspect foul play, but is still waiting for the state Medical Examiner's Office to determine a cause of death.


Two moms face charges in daughters' ATV accident

Authorities say the mothers of two young girls who were injured in an ATV accident in Lincoln this week are facing charges for not properly supervising their children.

The girls, ages 8 and 12, were on the all-terrain vehicle on Tuesday when the driver overcorrected and they veered off a trail and into the woods.

The Maine Warden Service says the younger girl suffered a neck injury. Both girls are recovering.

It was not immediately clear who was driving.

Wardens tell WABI-TV that the accident was not reported as required and the ATV was removed from the scene before authorities got there.

One mother is charged with allowing a minor to operate an ATV while the other is charged for failing to report an ATV accident.


Central Maine Power warns customers about scammers

Central Maine Power Co. officials are warning customers about a scammers posing as collection agents.

Company spokesman Gail Rice said there have been a "rash of calls" from customers who have received calls seeking payment of bills. The callers claim to work for CMP.

"Some customers have been instructed to deposit cash or a money order into bogus accounts through convenience store cash transfer systems," Rice said. "Other have been instructed to call a specified number and provide financial information for the payment."

The targets have mostly been small business and restaurant owners in Lewiston, Portland and Augusta areas, Rice said.

She said the company never calls to request payment from customers in good standing. Customers who need to make an urgent payment should do so only through the CMP website or at one of the agents listed on the site.

Rice invited those with questions to call (800) 750-4000.


Convicted murderer makes second bid for new trial

A Sabattus man sent to prison for 55 years after he was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend is making a second bid for a new trial.

Daniel Roberts is asking Maine's highest court to vacate his 2007 conviction.

Roberts, 44, was found guilty of the August 2005 shooting of Melissa Mendoza, 29. The couple were involved in a custody dispute over their then 2-year-old daughter. Roberts said at the trial the shooting was self-defense.

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