March 18, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Windham police looking for would-be Shaw's robber

Windham police are looking for a man who demanded money from a Shaw's Supermarket on Saturday but left before any money was handed over.

Police said the man entered Shaw's at 770 Roosevelt Trail about 4:25 p.m. and handed a customer-service employee a note demanding money and then left. He was last seen headed behind the store.

The man is described as about 40 years old, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 and wearing a blue jacket and baseball-type cap with a logo on the front.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Paul J. Cox at 892-2525.


Maine securities regulators warn about online scheme

Maine securities regulators are warning investors about a questionable online scheme offered by a foreign-based company known as Profitable Sunrise.

Officials say the company has tried to sell unregistered investment contracts through multiple online sources, prompting serious concern and action by securities officials throughout the country.

Securities Administrator Judith Shaw said the company makes promises it has no intention of keeping. Shaw said that neither Profitable Sunrise, nor its investment products, are registered in Maine as required by the Maine Uniform Securities Act.

Consumers who have invested with Profitable Sunrise are encouraged to contact the Office of Securities at (877) 624-8551 (toll free in Maine) or (207) 624-8551.


Hurricane relief efforts redoubled after blizzard

A Hurricane Sandy relief effort in Maine is taking on new urgency following last month's historic blizzard.

Maine volunteers supported by the Portland Fire Department are launching a Hurricane Sandy relief project offering rebuilding tools and supplies to storm victims who are still trying to reclaim and rehabilitate their damaged homes. Sponsors say the project's taken on new urgency in the wake of February's winter storm.

On March 23, all of the fire stations in Portland will serve as collection points, and citizens can drop off any of the needed items, including eye protection, commercial grade dehumidifiers, pet supplies, non-perishable food, propane space heaters and utility knives.

Also needed are hammers, pump sprayers, bleach, work gloves, brooms, paint supplies, rollers, brush trays and tray liners and sandpaper.

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