Police recover 61 computers stolen in school burglary

Portland police say many of the 78 new computers stolen from a school under construction have been recovered.

Police said 61 of the computers were found when they served a search warrant on a house Friday night. The other 17 computers are still missing, and police said they have likely been sold.

Police said they also seized 12 marijuana plants from the house. No one has been arrested and the investigation is continuing.

The stolen computers were 33 IMacs and 45 Apple MacBooks and were valued at $60,000.


Homeland security chief, senators join well-wishers

Soldiers returning and departing from Bangor International Airport often get welcomed by the Maine Troop Greeters group. This time, the country’s Homeland Security secretary and a group of U.S. senators joined the well-wishers.

A spokesman for Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins said the group was on its way to Halifax, Nova Scotia, for a security conference when their flight was diverted to Bangor on Friday night.

Collins, who lives in Bangor, joined the group — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.; Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.; Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.; Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; and Mark Udall, D-Colo. The group greeted two flights of troops returning from overseas.


Baldacci congratulates GOP for Tuesday election victory

Gov. John Baldacci is congratulating Waterville Mayor Paul LePage for his election as governor, and the Maine Republican Party for significant gains in the state House and Senate.

In his weekly radio address, the Democratic governor also tipped his hat to all of the candidates in Tuesday’s election, saying it takes a lot of courage to run for office and risk the judgment of your community.

Baldacci observed that just two years ago, pundits were wondering if the Republican Party had become a permanent minority or limited to just a regional influence. But he said that today, “the shoe’s on the other foot.”

In the Republican response, outgoing state Rep. Josh Tardy of Newport said his party is “deeply honored and humbled” by the Election Day triumph that gave the GOP the governorship and both legislative chambers for the first time in decades.


Man found, pronounced dead, after water search

A man whose body was found by searchers on Gerrish Island in Kittery on Saturday was identified by Coast Guard officials as David Sporcic, 65, of Conway, N.H.

Sporcic, who was pronounced dead at a local hospital, apparently was duck hunting. The Maine Marine Patrol found his car and trailer at Kittery Point. His boat remains missing, but decoys, hip waders and a life jacket were located.

The cause of death remains unclear, according to the Coast Guard. The Maine Marine Patrol plans to conduct an investigation.

Earlier Saturday, the Coast Guard was notified by the fishing vessel Vickie Ann that there was a camouflage boot, life jacket and several duck decoys in the water.

Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor arrived around 2 p.m. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod launched an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter around 3 p.m. to help search the area.

The Coast Guard cutter Reliance, Coast Guard Auxiliary Air, Maine Marine Patrol and New Hampshire Marine Patrol were also involved in the search.

A Maine Marine Patrol crew found Sporcic unresponsive on Gerrish Island after a search in the Piscataqua River.


Police continue to search for motorist who fled

Police on Saturday continued to look for a New Gloucester man wanted in connection with a high-speed chase that ended Friday night in North Yarmouth.

The chase began after a Cumberland County sheriff’s deputy spotted an improper license plate on a car being driven near Route 100 in New Gloucester.

The vehicle went onto railroad tracks in North Yarmouth before sliding off the rail corridor and into marshland. The driver, identified by police as James S. Fox, 31, fled.

A passenger, Jennifer Fox, also 31, was given a summons for possessing prescription drugs and hindering apprehension.

No one was injured.

The sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information about Fox to call 893-2810.