December 11, 2012

Local & State Dispatches

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Police charge trio following car burglaries

Police are trying to find the owners of a number of items recovered after three people were charged with breaking into cars in the area around Deering High School.

Police arrested three people Sunday morning in connection with a series of car burglaries in the area of Ludlow Street and Candlewick Terrace. Police recovered clothing, GPS units, iPods and credit cards.

Police spotted Joshua Walker, 37, in the area at 7:20 a.m. Sunday and charged him with two counts of burglary to a motor vehicle and carrying a concealed knife.

Police then went to Motel 6 where they charged Jeremy Day, 33, and Kristina Walker, 43, who is Joshua Walker's wife. They were charged with two counts of receiving stolen property and possession of cocaine.

Police ask that anyone who has had items stolen but have not reported it to police to do so to help them identify the owners of recovered items. That can be done online at the city's website by clicking on the "police" link then the "submit an online police report" link.


Supreme Court upholds conviction in Bangor killing

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has upheld the murder conviction of a 21-year-old man who's serving a 35-year sentence for fatally shooting a rival on a street in Bangor.

In Tuesday's unanimous decision, justices rejected arguments by Zachary Carr, who was convicted in the death of John "Bobby" Surles, 19, in January 2010. According to the opinion, Carr shot Surles in the chest while he was lying unarmed on the ground after a confrontation between two groups of young people.

In his appeal, Carr contended that the trial court judge should have granted him a new trial because prosecutors failed to disclose a recorded interview with a key witness. He also challenged whether there was sufficient evidence to convict him and how various factors were determined in calculating his sentence.


Maine gains in ranking of nation's healthiest states

Maine moved up a spot to become the ninth healthiest state in the 2012 America's Health Rankings, the United Health Foundation announced Tuesday.

Vermont ranks as the healthiest state for the sixth year in a row, while Mississippi and Louisiana tied as the least healthy, the foundation said in a news release.

Compared to all other states, Maine has less violent crime, a smaller uninsured population and fewer low-weight births, according to the foundation, an arm of UnitedHealthcare insurance company.

Maine's health challenges include high rates of smoking and cancer deaths and a moderate obesity rate, the annual study found.

The healthiest states include Hawaii at No. 2, followed by New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Minnesota. All six New England states are in the top 10, with Connecticut at No. 6 and Rhode Island at No. 10.

The five least healthy states include South Carolina (46), West Virginia (47) and Arkansas (48).

The foundation reported that Americans are living longer due to several medical advances, but unhealthy behavior and preventable illness threaten quality of life.

Nationwide, nearly 28 percent of the population is obese and more than 26 percent get no exercise, resulting in an increasing prevalence of diabetes and high blood pressure.

Premature, cardiovascular and cancer deaths have declined since 1990, by 18 percent, 34.6 percent and 7.6 percent, respectively. However, American adults are experiencing troubling levels of obesity (27.8 percent), diabetes (9.5 percent), high blood pressure (30.8 percent) and sedentary behavior (26.2 percent).

The ranking is published jointly by the United Health Foundation, American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention.

The ranking is based on data from recognized outside sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Medical Association, FBI, Dartmouth Atlas Project, U.S. Department of Education and Census Bureau.

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