April 26, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Middle-school bomb threat follows message day earlier

A bomb threat against Gorham Middle School on Friday was determined not to be a credible threat, according to an email sent to parents from the school department.

Gorham police and fire officials responded to the written threat about 2 p.m. Friday, said a police dispatcher. It's not clear where the threat was written.

A Portland police officer went to the school with a bomb-sniffing dog to check the building.

An announcement was made in the school that all after-school activities were canceled. All students who normally walk home were taken into the cafeteria. School buses left the campus with other students.

On Thursday, Gorham's police and fire departments investigated a message written in a girls' bathroom that said, "bomb? In the woods."

A message sent to parents said that after investigation, police determined the message was not credible and posed no threat. No action was taken in that incident.

It's not known whether the two incidents are related.


Man with shoe camera who 'stalked' women sentenced

A Saco man who was accused of using a camera in his shoe to record videos looking up the skirts and dresses of women at Walmart in Scarborough and the Maine Mall in South Portland pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of violation of privacy.

William Tibbals, 31, of Pepperal Street was sentenced to eight months in jail and $200 in restitution for one woman's therapy costs, after his plea in Cumberland County Unified Criminal Court.

As part of a plea agreement, two charges against Tibbals were dropped: one felony count of aggravated sexual aggression against a child under 12, punishable by up to five years in prison, and a misdemeanor charge of violation of privacy.

Assistant District Attorney William Barry asked the judge to give Tibbals a one-year jail sentence. Tibbals' attorney, David Wayrens, sought a six-month jail term.

Barry said Tibbals used an iPod to record video through a hole in his shoe as he "stalked" women around the stores and stuck his foot between their legs. He recorded for 77 minutes at the Maine Mall on July 15 and 59 minutes at Walmart on July 16.

Police released images from Walmart surveillance cameras, and one of Tibbals' co-workers recognized him, Barry said. Police found the videos from both locations on Tibbals' computer when they searched his home in August.


Former student indicted in fatal stabbing of man

A former Eastern Maine Community College student has been indicted in connection with a fatal stabbing in Bangor earlier this month.

Akeem Harris, 23, of Amityville, N.Y., is accused of stabbing 30-year-old Thomas Taylor outside an apartment building April 9.

WABI-TV said Harris withdrew from the college in Bangor after the stabbing.

Police said he and Taylor fought in a parking lot of the Birch Circle Apartments where Taylor was found with a stab wound to the chest. He died later at a hospital.


Raid turned up pills, pot, 5-foot iguana, police say

Two Bath roommates face charges of possessing and growing marijuana -- and one of them will have to register his 5-foot iguana -- after a raid by police Thursday.

Police searched at 42 Windjammer Way at 3:24 p.m. after receiving a tip.

The search turned up marijuana plants, marijuana, Adderall pills, which are used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and the reptile.

Clancy Morton, 37, was charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia and faces a June 18 court date in West Bath District Court. He also was ordered to register the iguana with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

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