Saturday, May 25, 2013
Investigation continues into Westbrook woman's murder
Police are releasing little information about a Westbrook woman found murdered Thursday in a vehicle at the Motel 6 parking lot on Riverside Street.
The death of Margarita Fisenko Scott, 29, was ruled a homicide by the state medical examiner Friday.
Police are not releasing any information about the cause of death, the vehicle in which Scott was found, her address and other identifying information as they continue to investigate her murder.
"We are in the infancy stages right now, doing a victimology and everything that goes along with that," Portland Police Lt. Scott Pelletier said Saturday.
Police are seeking help from the public and have asked anyone with information about Scott or who had recent contact with her to call them at 874-8604.
Gospel concert among events scheduled to mark King Day
A gospel concert is among the events planned in Maine to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The Annual MLK Holiday Observance Gospel Concert will be held Saturday at Portland's Merrill Auditorium. The concert features seven choirs.
On Monday, the annual MLK Breakfast Celebration will be held at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. The keynote speakers will be Rinku Sen, president and executive director of the Applied Research Center, and two local high school students, Fatma Adnad of Casco Bay High School and Mohamed Nur of Deering High School. The Applied Research Center is a national racial justice organization
The event will conclude with a live-streaming of President Obama's inauguration.
Lewiston man charged with stabbing drug informant
A judge has set bail at $60,000 for a Lewiston man who is charged with stabbing and punching a woman because he found out she was a drug informant.
The Sun Journal of Lewiston reported that the bail set Friday for 36-year-old Mark Brown was $10,000 more than the amount sought by prosecutors. Judge John Beliveau said Brown, if released on bail, could pose a danger to the community and might leave the state.
Brown is charged with twice stabbing a 22-year-old Lewiston woman Monday after learning she was an informant for an agent at the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. Police records also state that he punched her in the face.
Brown faces charges of criminal threatening, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, tampering with a witness or informant and aggravated assault.
Maine-New Hampshire river to be site of dredging project
The Army Corps of Engineers will start dredging the Piscataqua River in Maine and New Hampshire next month to remove about 15,000 cubic yards of sand and gravel.
The work will be done at a 35-foot-deep channel upstream from the Interstate 95 bridge in the Piscataqua and at Portsmouth Harbor.
The $878,000 project is being managed by the corps and will be done by Cashman Dredging & Marine Contracting Co. of Quincy, Mass. It will take several weeks to complete.
LePage uses address to pitch hospital repayment proposal
Gov. Paul LePage says Mainers shouldn't be asked to wait for years to be paid for their work.
But in his weekly radio address Saturday, LePage said that's what the state is doing to Maine's hospitals.
The governor pitched his plan to settle a $484 million debt to hospitals for past Medicaid services, with income from liquor sales.
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