Former bookkeeper pleads guilty to stealing $20,000

A former bookkeeper for a nonprofit school food service has been ordered to repay $20,000 after pleading guilty to theft from the organization.

The Sun Journal of Lewiston said 57-year-old Jane Dutton of Fryeburg will not serve any jail time. But she was ordered to pay back $20,000 to the volunteer-run Maine School Food Services Association.

Dutton entered the guilty plea Friday in Oxford County Superior Court. She was charged with embezzling the money between August 2005 and July 2007 while serving as the association’s treasurer and bookkeeper.

Under a plea agreement approved by Justice Robert Clifford, Dutton must repay the stolen money over four years. If she’s successful, she can withdraw her plea to the felony count and plead to a misdemeanor count of theft and pay a $500 fine.


Police looking for suspect who robbed Dunkin’ Donuts

Police are looking for a man who robbed a Dunkin’ Donuts on Main Street early Saturday.

Police said a white man, about 5-foot-10 with a medium build, entered the store shortly before 2 a.m., approached a clerk, demanded money and showed a knife. They said he was wearing a green hooded sweat shirt with white lettering on the front and back, black jeans and white sneakers.

After getting an undetermined amount of cash, the man left the store at 51 Main St. and ran off in the direction of Portland, police said. Westbrook police ask anyone with information to call the department at 854-0644 or the anonymous tip hotline at 591-8117.


Elementary school, library will be dedicated today

The new Buxton Center Elementary School and the Dr. Paul Vincent Library will be dedicated at a ceremony at 2 p.m. today at the school, 912 Long Plains Road.

The school consolidated students and staff from the town’s four former elementary schools: The Eliza Libby, Frank Jewett, Jack Memorial and S.D. Hanson schools. The old schools lacked sprinkler systems, had undersized classrooms and were not handicapped accessible.

The new 128,000-square-foot facility houses 850 students in kindergarten through Grade 5. The state covered most of the $26.5 million construction cost.


Baldacci cites state efforts toward economic recovery

Gov. John Baldacci says efforts are under way on several fronts to develop business activity and help bring Maine out of the recession.

In his weekly radio address Saturday, the governor said national indicators show that the economy is still in a precarious position.

But Baldacci said the state is helping to pave the road in a number of ways. It’s trying to develop traditional industries and groundbreaking technologies such as ocean renewable energy. Also, the state has expanded the Pine Tree Economic Development Zone program, which offers tax incentives to expanding businesses.

Baldacci said the state is partnering with the Maine State Chamber of Commerce on an initiative that enables Maine students to see opportunities in Maine once they graduate.