March 13, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Convicted felon arrested on gun possession charge

Police say a convicted felon was arrested Tuesday after they found weapons and ammunition in his home.

Lt. Michael Murphy of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said officers searched the home of Robert Wallace, 54, after receiving a tip that he had firearms.

Wallace, who lives on Birch Lane in Newcastle, was convicted in 1980 for aggravated assault and in 1997 for possession of a firearm by a felon.

Police say they seized two rifles Tuesday, along with several rounds of ammunition. Wallace was arrested without incident and charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.

He was held in the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset.


Plan for addressing impact of Alzheimer's to be released

The first Maine State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias will be released Thursday during a news conference organized by the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter.

The plan was developed by a task force including family members, advocates and officials from the Maine Office of Aging and Disability Services, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maine Area Agencies on Aging.

More than 37,000 Mainers have Alzheimer's disease, and that number is expected to grow to 53,000 by 2020, according to the Alzheimer's Association.

Maine and other states are developing Alzheimer's disease plans to create the infrastructure and accountability needed to confront the sweeping economic and social impact of the disease.

The plans are linked to the association's first national plan to allow strategic and coordinated implementation across the country.

The news conference will be held at noon in the Hall of Flags.


Shipyard employees brace for reductions in wages

Workers at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard are bracing for pay cuts as the Department of Defense works to trim its budget.

To meet required budget cuts, the Department of Defense is telling civilian workers they must take 22 furlough days over the next six months.

Paul O'Connor of the Shipyard Metal Trades Council told WMUR-TV that the cuts have caused a surge in applications for retirement. He said a month less of productivity means a costly backup of overhaul work on nuclear submarines.

Administrators are working with unions to figure out how to schedule the furlough time.

More than 5,000 people worked at the shipyard in Kittery, Maine, last year.


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