December 11, 2012

Local & State Dispatches

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Police arrest 12 people named in warrants

Police are cracking down on people wanted on arrest warrants.

Police said Tuesday that they arrested 12 people in the sweep, with charges ranging from trafficking in heroin and crack cocaine to warrants for unpaid fines and charges of violating bail conditions.

The department and its special enforcement team worked as part of a group of 22 officers, including State Police troopers, York County Sheriff's deputies, probation officers, drug agents and members of the Southern Maine Violent Crimes Task Force.

Teams of officers were assigned lists drawn from the 337 Old Orchard Beach residents with active warrants outstanding and the 162 people listed as having bail conditions. The officers continue to work through the list, the department said.


Turner man pleads guilty to dozen hunting violations

A man has from Turner pleaded guilty to a dozen hunting violations and a felony drug charge.

Everett T. Leonard entered his pleas Tuesday in Androscoggin County Superior Court in a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Leonard was one of four people arrested in January 2011 in a case in which police seized hundreds of pounds of deer meat, guns and other hunting-related equipment from their homes.

The Sun Journal reported that the charges followed a four-month investigation by the Maine Warden Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Pennsylvania Game Commission for crimes in Maine and Pennsylvania.

Leonard's father, Everett H. Leonard, previously pleaded guilty to drug and illegal hunting offenses in a plea deal. A judge suspended his sentence because of his health problems.


Region's homeless shelter closes without warning

The only homeless shelter along Maine's midcoast has shut down without notice.

The Mid-Coast Hospitality House in Rockport closed in the past few weeks, but the exact date and circumstances of the closing haven't been revealed.

Samantha Mank, who had run the shelter with her husband since 1999, told the Bangor Daily News she had no comment.

Former Hospitality House board member Kathie Carrigan of Camden said she learned of the closing from recent phone calls from volunteers who had brought cooked meals to the shelter and found it closed. There are no signs posted at the shelter announcing that it has closed.

The nearest shelters to Rockport are more than an hour away, in Waterville, Bangor and Brunswick.


Three teenagers charged in theft of cash and jewelry

Three teenagers have been charged in connection with the burglary of $20,000 worth of jewelry and cash from a Bowdoin home.

The burglary was reported Dec. 1.

The Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Department has issued summonses for Eric Napoleon, 19, of Bowdoin, and two 17-year-old boys, one from Bowdoin and one from Bowdoinham.

Chief Deputy Brett Strout told The Times Record that nearly $10,000 in cash and about $10,000 in jewelry were taken from the home, including a safe the money and jewelry was in. The cash was removed and the safe thrown in the Androscoggin River in Topsham.

Strout says most of the money of and jewelry has been recovered.

All three suspects face February court dates.


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