January 13, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

PORTLAND

Two men sought following armed robbery at apartment

Police are looking for two men in connection with an armed robbery at the Bayside Village Apartments on Friday night.

Portland Police said the men forced their way into an apartment at 132 Marginal Way at 8 p.m. while brandishing a shotgun and a handgun.

They threatened the occupants and demanded money and drugs. The men fled with money, prescription medications and video gaming equipment. No one was hurt, police said.

The suspects, both white males, are in their late teens or early 20s.

One is about 5 feet 11 inches tall and was wearing a blue-and-black ski parka and carrying a yellow-and-blue snowboard bag.

The other is about 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and was wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt under a black hooded jacket and carrying a brown-and-black backpack.

Video images of the suspects were recovered.

The Portland Police Department asks anyone with information about the incident to call 874-8575.

SCARBOROUGH

Saco man accused of peering up skirts using shoe camera

A Saco man was arrested Friday night for allegedly using a camera in his shoe to take photographs up women's skirts and dresses at the Walmart store in Scarborough in July.

William Tibbals, 31, of Pepperell Street, was charged with a felony count of visual sexual aggression against a child under 12 and multiple counts of violating privacy.

Tibbals is being held at the Cumberland County Jail. Bail information was not yet available, Scarborough Police said.

The arrest followed a long investigation triggered by reports by customers that a man with a camera in his shoe was capturing images up women's skirts, said Scarborough Police detectives.

They were aided by the Saco Police Department Computer Forensics Unit and the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit out of Lewiston.

AUGUSTA

Former Saco councilwoman hired as Sen. King scheduler

U.S. Sen. Angus King has hired a former Verizon official as his Maine state scheduler.

The independent senator said that Paula Armstrong of Scarborough formerly served as director for Verizon business sales call centers in California, Washington and Oregon. Armstrong also was assistant to the vice president for Verizon call centers across the nation.

In Maine, she has served on the Saco City Council and also worked for former Sen. William Hathaway, D-Maine. King also worked on Hathaway's Senate staff during the 1970s.

Armstrong will serve as the point of contact for all of King's scheduling requests within Maine. King said she'll play an instrumental role in connecting him with fellow Mainers at home.

The senator has announced a number of staff appointments during the past couple of weeks.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H.

South span of new bridge to be set in place Tuesday

Builders say a new, 300-foot-long span of the Memorial Bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine will be moved into place Tuesday.

Archer Western Contractors said the bridge's new south span will be moved from the State Pier in Portsmouth and set on rebuilt piers in the Piscataqua River.

The span was built on a barge berthed at the Port Authority Pier. Around 9 a.m. Tuesday, shortly after low tide, the barge will be moved downriver to a position between the piers.

With the use of tugboats and a temporary jacking system, the span will be positioned and then lowered onto the new piers.

Once the span has been set in place, workers will begin to assemble the north span.

It's scheduled to be placed in March. 

-- From staff and news services

 

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