Lapchick becomes seventh to file as mayoral candidate

A local marketing professional announced her candidacy for mayor on Monday.

Jodie Lapchick, owner of Portland-based Lapchick & Co., is the seventh candidate to register with the city.

The others are Erick Bennett, Charles Bragdon, David Marshall, Jed Rathband, Christopher Vail and Zouhair Bouzrara.

Candidates can’t start circulating petitions to get on the ballot until July 1, but registration allows them to set up candidate committees, start raising funds and take other steps to prepare for the race.

Ballot petitions, which require at least 300 signatures, must be returned by Aug. 29.

Lapchick, 48, has lived in Maine for about 20 years, and in Portland for the past 12.

She ran Lapchick Creative from 1998 until 2009, when it went out of business.

Lapchick said Monday that she supports the city’s economic development plan to attract more creative professionals, including artists, musicians and chefs.


Aprile named as president, CEO of Goodall Hospital

Goodall Hospital has named a new president and chief executive officer.
The hospital’s trustees announced Monday that they have appointed Patricia “Patsy” Aprile to take the hospital’s top job on June 1.

Aprile has been vice president of operations at Goodall for the past six years, running the day-to-day operations and overseeing building and expansion projects.

She was responsible for the development of Goodall’s campus in Sanford and its expansion into Waterboro and Kennebunk.

Under her direction, Goodall has completed four major building projects on time and on budget, attained accreditation and built a culture of discipline and regulatory compliance, according to the hospital.

Aprile said her primary focus will be to continue discussions with MaineHealth, looking for collaborative ways of serving the residents of York County.

Aprile will replace CEO Darlene Stromstad, who has accepted the CEO position of Waterbury Hospital in Waterbury, Conn.

Biddeford woman charged with painkiller theft at CVS

A Biddeford woman is charged with trying to steal prescription painkillers from CVS on Main Street in Sanford on Sunday.

Police say Kimberly Vigue, 23, was wearing heavy clothing, a hood, a baseball cap and gloves when she demanded OxyContin at 4 p.m. She said she had a gun and threatened to shoot workers, police said.

She was given medicine and left the store, but as she did, she was tackled by William Leonard of Springvale, who was outside the store with his wife.
The couple held the robber until police arrived. Police found no weapon.

Vigue is charged with robbery and violating bail conditions from a previous arrest.

Officers took her to the York County Jail, where she was held on $25,000 bail.


Woman charged following alleged theft from Sears

Police say a 29-year-old woman was charged after she became combative while being arrested for allegedly trying to steal a shopping cart load of items from a Sears store.

Police say Melissa Lacasse of Old Town was confronted by two police officers at the Bangor Mall late Saturday afternoon, after it was reported that she had left the store without paying for items valued at $863.

When officers tried to arrest the woman, she allegedly assaulted one of the officers and spit on a security officer.

Lacasse was charged with theft, assault, and assault on a police officer, as well as trafficking in prison contraband, after officials allegedly found prescription drugs on her.

Nobody required medical attention.


Land trust accepts gift of five acres near Little River

Five acres of woodland on the Little River near Topsham’s border with Lisbon have been preserved by the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust.

The property was given to the trust by Max Miller & Co., Inc.

Little River is a tributary of the Androscoggin River. It has been showing signs of becoming a run for Atlantic salmon, an endangered species.

The parcel on Route 196 has historically been used by the public to access the 43-mile-long river, which is a popular recreation area and brook trout fishery.


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