Authorities transfer Hobson to New Hampshire prison

David Hobson is now being held in the maximum-security unit of the New Hampshire State Prison.

Hobson, 34, was transferred from the Carroll County House of Corrections in Ossipee on Wednesday afternoon after his arraignment on a felony charge of escape. Hobson escaped from the county jail on Dec. 1, prompting a five-day manhunt in southern Maine.

Jason Johnson, superintendent of the county jail, said Hobson was moved out of his facility for “safety and security reasons.”

Hobson is in the state prison’s Special Housing Unit, where inmates may be under lockdown for as long as 23 hours a day, said Jeff Lyons, a spokesman for the state’s Department of Corrections.

Lyons said Hobson will likely remain in the maximum-security unit until Carroll County asks for him to be returned.

Hobson was awaiting trial on burglary charges when he escaped the county jail by climbing onto the roof and going over a fence topped with razor wire.


Cellular phone store robbed by suspect packing handgun

A cellular phone store was robbed in Gorham on Thursday night by a man police say was packing a holstered handgun.

Sgt. Dana Thompson said the suspect entered the U.S. Cellular Store at 102 Main St. and demanded that the clerk give him money from the register.

During the robbery, the suspect, a white male about 5-foot-7, opened his black canvas hooded coat, a movement that revealed his weapon.

The robber fled with a small amount of cash.

The suspect had a slim build and brown hair. He was wearing a light blue scarf.

Anyone with information about the robbery, which was reported at 6:40 p.m., should contact Thompson at 222-1660.


Eastern Maine man found guilty of bankruptcy fraud

A jury has convicted a man from eastern Maine of bankruptcy fraud for failing to disclose financial assets when he filed for bankruptcy five years ago.

George Rayner of Baileyville was found guilty Wednesday in federal court in Bangor.

Court documents show that Rayner concealed from the Office of the U.S. Trustee and his creditors a savings bank account, a deferred compensation retirement account worth about $150,000, and his entitlement to pay for unused sick leave and vacation time benefits from his employment as a police officer in Baileyville.

He also failed to report a $97,000 lump sum distribution from his retirement account and a $12,000 payment from the town for unused benefits.

Rayner faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Sentencing has not been scheduled.


Three suspects face charges after robbery of cab driver

Three suspects have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery that occurred early Thursday morning.

Capt. Tom Roth said Westbrook police arrested David Martinez, 22, of Gray, Abdiaziz Dahir, 19, of Portland and one male juvenile on Thursday night.

The three allegedly robbed a cab driver at knifepoint. The cab driver sustained minor cuts.

Roth said the driver picked up the three in Portland and was robbed around 4 a.m. near the intersection of Brackett and Prospect streets in Westbrook.

Martinez was charged with violation of a protection-from-abuse order, robbery, aggravated assault and terrorizing. Dahir and the juvenile were charged with robbery and aggravated assault.

— From staff and news services