Thursday, December 12, 2013
One Longfellow Square names executive director
Kippy Rudy is the new executive director of One Longfellow Square, a Portland-based nonprofit arts organization devoted to live performance and education.
Rudy has more than 20 years of experience in fundraising and nonprofit arts management in Maine.
She has worked at several Portland arts institutions, including PORTopera, Portland Stage Company and the Portland Museum of Art.
One Longfellow Square will host a free performance at 8 p.m. Oct. 24 to welcome Rudy to her post.
Dechaine attorney: DNA test points to alternative suspect
An attorney working on behalf of a Maine man convicted of killing a 12-year-old girl in 1988 says new DNA testing on evidence in the case points to an alternative suspect.
Steven Peterson told the Bangor Daily News on Thursday that a court order prevents him from identifying who the new DNA is from, but that it represents a major breakthrough for Dennis Dechaine.
Dechaine was convicted of killing Sarah Cherry of Bowdoin in 1988 and sentenced to life in prison.
He maintains his innocence.
Peterson said using new technology, DNA that does not belong to Dechaine was found on the girl's clothing.
Peterson said he is awaiting further analysis and likely will request a court conference to determine whether a new trial is warranted.
Two Hannaford baked items may have unlisted allergens
Hannaford Supermarkets is warning customers that two of its bakery items may have contained unlisted allergens.
The Scarborough-based company said its Red Velvet Cake Truffle and Chocolate Cake Truffle may have had an error on the label.
People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg, milk, peanuts, wheat, soy and tree nuts should not eat these products.
The products were distributed in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont and New York and have been removed from shelves.
Hannaford said no illnesses have been reported in connection the products.
Woman gets 90 days in jail for evading state income tax
Maine's attorney general says a 60-year-old South Thomaston woman will serve 90 days in jail for failing to pay state income taxes between 2007 and 2010.
A District Court judge on Thursday sentenced Gertrude Black to 364 days, with all but 90 days suspended, and one year of administrative release. Black will also have to pay $7,086 in restitution for the tax due.
Attorney General William Schneider said that from 2007 through 2010 Black was a personal care assistant for an elderly person with dementia. Schneider said Black acknowledged she had her patient pay for many of Black's personal expenses such as utility, veterinary, auto insurance, cable and cellphone bills, along with auto loan payments.
Black blamed her conduct on her use of alcohol.
Two local shops end battle over names of sandwiches
The legal battle between two Bangor sandwich shops over the names of certain specialty sandwiches is over.
The Coffee Pot Cafe in April asked a federal court to award it any profits Legacy Sandwich derived from several similarly named sandwiches using the words "deluxe" and "superdeluxe," as well as damages and legal fees.
The dispute dates to the 2009 closure of another sandwich shop after 80 years in business. The owners of both shops in the legal dispute employ former workers of the closed store and both claim to have the closed store owner's blessing.
The Bangor Daily News reported that lawyers for both shops filed a joint stipulation of dismissal on Oct. 1 in U.S. District Court in Bangor.
Police investigating theft of $5,000 worth of copper
Jay police are investigating the theft of about $5,000 in used and new copper from the North Jay Water District building.
Cpl. Jeffrey Fournier told the Sun Journal on Thursday that the burglary is believed to have occurred Monday night or early Tuesday. The copper was reported missing Wednesday morning.
New rolled copper and an assortment of fittings and some used copper were among the items taken. The incident remains under investigation.
Anyone who has information on the break-in is asked to call Jay police.
-- From staff and news services