Saint Joseph’s College president steps down

Joseph Lee, who was appointed president of Saint Joseph’s College in 2007, has announced his resignation to the college’s Board of Trustees, effective immediately. Lee came to the college in 2005 as vice president of enrollment management.

“The time is right for me to step down before a new academic year. This will afford me more time to be with family and friends, especially my three sons,” Lee said.

Trustees Chairwoman Claire Bowen said Lee has had a “strong interest in advancing academic opportunities for the students at the college.”

College spokesman William McCarthy said the trustees will discuss appointing an interim president.


Court vacates conviction for ex-leader of biker gang

Federal prosecutors have until Sept. 29 to decide whether to seek a hearing following an appeals court ruling that set aside the drug conspiracy convictions of the former president of the Maine chapter of a motorcycle gang and his co-defendant.

The 1st District U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston this month vacated the convictions of Richard “Zip” Szypt and Ramon Dellosantos, who were convicted in 2009 of conspiring to distribute cocaine. Szypt, who led the Maine chapter of the Iron Horsemen motorcycle gang in Old Orchard Beach, was sentenced to life in prison. Dellosantos got 10 years.

The appeals court ruled that the evidence presented at trial did not support the charge in the indictment. Both men remain in jail.

Police seek information in robbery of CVS Pharmacy

Police searched Tuesday for a man who robbed the CVS Pharmacy at the Pine Tree Shopping Plaza on Brighton Avenue.

A man approached the pharmacy counter at 8 p.m. Monday and demanded narcotics. After being given some prescription medication, the man ran. There was no weapon shown and no injuries reported.

The suspect was described as a white man in his late 20s or early 30s, about 6 feet tall, wearing faded baggy jeans, a dark hooded sweatshirt and dirty brown leather workboots, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 874-8533.


Kennebunk town manager gets statewide recognition

The Linc Stackpole Manager-of-the-Year Award has been presented to Kennebunk Town Manager Barry Tibbetts. The award recognizes one person a year from a pool of 175 Maine county, city and town managers.

Sanford Town Manager Mark Green nominated Tibbetts for the award.

“Barry recently championed and brought to fruition a reconstruction of Kennebunk’s Main Street. This involved dealing with controversial issues with various citizens groups during a time of economic downturn,” Green said.

The award is named for Lincoln Stackpole, Machias’ town manager from 1970 until his death in 1977.


Murders of woman, children prompt domestic-abuse bill

A bill prompted by the killings of a mother and her two children in Dexter in June is being prepared for consideration by the Legislature.

Rep. Ken Fredette, R-Newport, has submitted a bill title to amend Maine’s bail code to require consideration of domestic violence when setting bail for people charged with crimes.

He said details of the legislation are being developed, but it will likely include provisions regarding whether a suspect has a history of domestic violence or other violent acts.


Services planned for Bates professor stricken at triathlon

Preparations are being made to honor the life of an economist and Bates College professor who died after being stricken during a triathlon.

David Aschauer, 58, of Portland died Aug. 22, a day after he had been rescued during the swimming portion of the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust’s annual fundraising triathlon.

The Sun Journal said the cause of death has not been released.

A funeral is set for Sept. 17 in Brunswick. That will be followed by a memorial reception at Bates.