June 10, 2011

Local/State Dispatches

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Maine State Trooper Tom Pappas was named Trooper of the Year in a ceremony held Thursday in Augusta.

Robert F. Bukaty/The Associated Press

Bay State man indicted in fatal Westbrook stabbing

A Massachusetts man wanted in connection with the fatal stabbing of a Westbrook man has been indicted.

A Cumberland County grand jury Thursday indicted Tareek Hendricks, 29, on charges of murder and elevated aggravated assault.

Hendricks is wanted in the April 21 death of 40-year-old Robert Stubbs. Police identified Hendricks, whose last known residence was in Worcester, Mass., from photographs found on a cellphone he left behind at Stubbs' home.


State trooper, civilians honored for contributions

Maine state police honored civilians who assisted investigators following the death of a Texas boy during a ceremony in Augusta that honored law enforcement officers from across the state for their work on other cases.

During Thursday's ceremony, state police also named Trooper Tom Pappas as its Trooper of the Year.

State police honored two citizens who helped in the investigation into the death of Camden Hughes, whose body was found last month in South Berwick. Based on a tip, police eventually located the boy's mother in Massachusetts, where she was arrested.

Lisa Gove saw the truck of the murder suspect and reported it to police. Truck driver Steve Scipione saw the truck in Massachusetts and told police.

Julianne McCrery of Irving, Texas, was arrested on a murder charge.


Grant of $400,000 will help cleanup at former school site

The Greater Portland Council of Governments is getting a $400,000 federal grant to help pay for the cleanup of the former Adams Community School site at 48 Moody St.

The grant, from the Environmental Protection Agency, is being formally announced Friday. It's one of six EPA grants in Maine for a total of $2.95 million.

The school site, which is being redeveloped into townhouses, will be cleaned up under the "brownfields" project to de-contaminate sites for re-use. Separate grants from state agencies are being used to pay for the cost of asbestos removal and the disposal of contaminated soils from the site.

Prior to its use as a school, the site had a railroad maintenance repair shop and a hand-grenade factory. The school was opened in 1958 and closed five years ago.

Other EPA grants are being awarded to clean up:

The Bridgton Memorial School property, which used to be a rail yard; town-owned property on Shaker Road in Gray, the site of a former gas station; the Greater Maine Auto Auction site on Route 202 at Maine Turnpike exit 63 in Gray; the Main Street fire station in Gray; and a former public works site in Windham.


Masons to host parade with 'Community Unity' theme

The Masons, a fraternal organization, will host a parade to honor military, police, firefighters and rescue workers. The parade will include Masons and the affiliated Shriners from across the state.

The parade is set for Saturday at 10 a.m. on Main Street from Beach Street to Pepperell Square and the theme is "Community Unity: a Salute to our Men and Woman who protect us at Home and Abroad."

The procession will feature 28 units, including bands and clowns.


State to investigate police shooting of armed man

The Maine Attorney General's Office is investigating a confrontation in Belfast that ended with a police officer critically wounding a 29-year-old Swanville man armed with a shotgun.

The Belfast Police Department says officers attempted to stop a vehicle shortly before midnight Wednesday that had refused to stop for an officer in nearby Searsport.

When the vehicle eventually stopped at the intersection of Route 141 and Smart Road, police say the driver, Ben Thompson, stepped out with a shotgun.

Officials say Thompson was ordered to put the gun down, and he was shot by Belfast Officer Dan Fitzpatrick.

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