Man jailed for five months for laptop computer theft

A 31-year-old Portland man is going to jail for five months for stealing more than 60 laptop computers from an elementary school under construction near his home.

Henry Berry was sentenced Monday in Cumberland County Superior Court after pleading guilty to felony theft and a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession. According to WMTW-TV, he was also ordered to pay more than $17,000 in restitution to the Maine School Management Organization.

Police said Berry stole the Apple computers as contractors were working to finish construction on the Ocean Avenue Elementary School last fall.

Snow forces school closures on first full day of spring

Snow forced some Maine school districts to close early on the first full day of spring Monday.

The National Weather Service said parts of northern and western Maine were expected to see up to 6 inches by midnight. Along the coast, the forecast called for rain and snow.

Fire Department gets grant for oxygen masks for pets

The Portland Fire Department has received a grant that will allow it to buy oxygen masks for pets that need help in surviving fires.

The Planet Dog Foundation donated $1,000 to the fire department for oxygen masks that can be fitted for dogs and cats. The foundation says smoke inhalation is a leading cause of death for pets trapped in fires.

The foundation is the nonprofit arm of Planet Dog, a dog products company based in Portland.


Police probe disappearance of Marine from Standish

The Naval Criminal Investigation Service and local police are investigating the disappearance in Arizona of a Marine from Standish.

The parents of Cpl. Joshua Barron are appealing for help from anyone who may know what happened to him. Barron was last seen by his roommate on March 15.

The 22-year-old Barron, who lives in an apartment off base, is stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., where he’s an engineer and mechanic with Marine Logistics Squadron 13.


Dixfield prisoner dies at Somerset County Jail

A Dixfield man serving a 90-day sentence for his involvement in a 2009 fatal crash in Wilton died Saturday at Somerset County Jail.

According to medical reports, Richard Greco, 61, suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm, Somerset Sheriff Barry Delong said Monday. Jail staff started CPR until emergency personnel could arrive, but they could not revive him.

Greco was sentenced last month in Franklin County Superior Court to two years with all but 90 days suspended as part of a plea agreement.

Greco, who was believed to be affected by prescription drugs at the time of the crash, was driving a pickup truck on Routes 2 and 4 when his vehicle struck a Chevrolet driven by Shawn Hiscock, 31, of Jay, killing Hiscock’s front-seat passenger, Avis Pettengill, 73, of Jay.


AG’s office won’t prosecute town’s deputy police chief

The state Attorney General’s Office has decided not to prosecute the town’s deputy police chief on a domestic assault charge, according to the officer’s attorney and others.

Deputy Police Chief Steven Trahan, 41, was arrested March 4 by Maine State Police and charged with domestic assault after Trahan’s girlfriend reported he grabbed her to prevent her from leaving his Clinton home.

Trahan has been on administrative leave without pay since the incident, Town Manager Joshua Reny said Monday. He said the town is forming a committee for an internal investigation to determine what action, if any, should be taken.

Somerset and Kennebec District Attorney Evert Fowle said Monday that his office learned last week of the attorney general’s decision not to prosecute.


Canadian man sentenced for marijuana smuggling

A 50-year-old Canadian man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for his role in a smuggling operation that distributed thousands of pounds of marijuana.

Andre Picard of Riceville, New Brunswick, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

Picard pleaded guilty last August to smuggling marijuana across the border between 2005 and 2007. Prosecutors say Picard and his network of drug runners delivered 100 to 135 pounds of pot each week to distributors in Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and North Carolina.

At least five other people involved in the scheme have been charged or sentenced.


Two men suffer broken legs in snowmobile-car collision

Police said two men suffered broken legs when they rode their snowmobile into the path of a car in northern Maine.

According to WABI-TV, 32-year-old Jason Gillis of Pittsfield and a passenger were riding on a snowmobile trail in Stockholm when they failed to stop where the trail crosses a local road.

Police said a car was unable to stop and struck the machine when it crossed in its path. Nobody in the car was injured.


Maine sawmill dismantled, being shipped to Siberia

A Maine sawmill that once employed about 75 people is headed to Siberia.

The former Morgan Lumber Co., mill in Bingham has been foreclosed, sold, dismantled and will be shipped to Siberia in pieces.

The mill produced framing lumber for construction projects. It closed in May 2006 and a creditor foreclosed on the property.

The Kennebec Journal said the company that foreclosed on the property sold it to a Russian company.