May 17, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Portland man sentenced for sexually exploiting a minor

A Portland man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to serve 25 years in prison for sexually exploiting a minor to make child pornography.

David Muise, 26, of 141 Cumberland Ave. pleaded guilty to the charge on Jan. 29 and faced a sentence of as much as 30 years. Judge Nancy Torresen sentenced Muise to serve 20 years of supervised release after his prison term.

Muise used his cellphone camera to take a series of pornographic pictures of himself with a sleeping 4-year-old girl on Aug. 26, 2011. A search at Muise's home in September of 2012 revealed sexually explicit photographs of the minor stored in multiple electronic devices, according to court records.

In 2012, Muise exchanged messages, files and photos over the Internet with Daniel Cobb, 37, of Rock Hill, S.C., according to court records.

After Muise's arrest in October, Cobb was arrested in November at his home. Cobb faces the same charge as Muise and is accused of sending explicit pictures of his friend's young daughters to Muise.

Cobb pleaded not guilty in December and is scheduled for trial in federal court in Portland in June.


Police continue search for missing teenage girl

Maine law enforcement officials are searching on land and air and reviewing computer and cellphone records following the disappearance of a 15-year-old girl from Glenburn.

Nichole Cable was last seen by her parents Sunday evening and more than 45 officers from various agencies are working to locate her. Her mother, Kristine Willey, said she was scheduled to meet someone she had met on Facebook.

Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross said her disappearance is still being treated as a missing-person case.

WZON-AM says he's urging anyone who saw someone who could've been Cable on Route 221 in Glenburn between 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 a.m. Monday to call 947-4585.


Limestone man charged in death of New York teen

Police have arrested a Maine man in connection with the death of a 14-year-old girl who was found charred and naked on a Brooklyn beach.

Christian Ferdinand, 20, of Limestone, Maine, was arrested Thursday on a second-degree murder charge.

The medical examiner had determined that Shaniesha Forbes died of "homicidal asphyxiation," which includes suffocation and smothering.

The Brooklyn girl's body was discovered on Gerritsen Beach on Jan. 6.

She had attended the Academy for Young Writers in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She disappeared two days before her body was found.


Police seek suspect who robbed customer at ATM

Police are looking for a man who robbed an ATM customer on Main Street on Tuesday.

A customer at the Key Bank automatic teller machine reported to police that at 6:45 p.m. he was approached by a man with a knife who tried to force him to withdraw money.

The suspect accessed the victim's account and instead stole a small amount of money from the customer then ran, said Gorham Detective Sgt. Dana Thompson.

The robber was last seen climbing over a fence at the back of 45 Main St. and running toward Preble or Elm streets.

He was described as 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, with short brown hair, and was wearing a plain black baseball cap, a black jacket and tan shorts.

Police said the incident appears to be isolated but encouraged residents to be vigilant and to call police if they see someone suspicious near an ATM.

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