Naples man gets eight years for pharmacy heist, break-in

A Naples man who robbed a pharmacy in Windham in July and had been convicted earlier of breaking into houses in 2009 was sentenced Friday in Cumberland County Unified Criminal Court to back-to-back, four-year jail terms for the two crimes.

Christopher McCue, 29, of 701 Lakehouse Road in Naples pleaded guilty Nov. 28 to a single count of robbery for the heist July 12 at the Walgreens pharmacy at 741 Roosevelt Trail in Windham.

At the time, McCue was on probation for the 2009 burglaries, having served one year of a five-year sentence, according to court records.

He was sentenced by Judge E. Paul Eggert on Friday for the Windham robbery and for violating his probation from the 2009 case. Eggert ordered McCue to serve the remaining four years of the sentence from the 2009 case, then four more years for the Windham robbery, according to court records.


Man convicted of harvesting valuable baby eels illegally

A man told a Marine Patrol officer that he “couldn’t help himself” when he snared more than $1,000 worth of elvers. But it’s going to cost him dearly.

A Knox County jury on Friday convicted Gary Hallett, 44, of Hancock of fishing for elvers during a closed period. That means he’ll lose his right to harvest the valuable baby eels during the upcoming season, in addition to paying criminal and civil violations.

The Bangor Daily News said Talbot had netted one-half to three-quarters of a pound of elvers before being caught by police on April 7.

The Marine Patrol officer said the price of elvers ranged from $1,200 to $2,400 per pound, meaning the bucket contained as much $1,600 worth of elvers.


Head-on crash on Route 17 kills one, injures another

Maine State Police say an elderly Coopers Mills woman is dead and another woman seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash on Route 17 in Windsor.

Police said 76-year-old Helen Hinckley was killed when her car crossed the centerline and struck an oncoming vehicle head-on.

Sixty-six-year-old Rita Cushman of Livermore Falls was seriously injured. She was taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

Police said Hinckley may have suffered a medical problem before the crash.


Police to give update Friday about probe of missing girl

Police will hold a news conference next week to provide an update on the investigation of the disappearance of Ayla Reynolds.

The news conference will be held in downtown Waterville at 2 p.m. Dec. 14, three days before the one-year anniversary of the toddler’s disappearance.

Ayla was reported missing on Dec. 17, 2011, by her father, Justin DiPietro. No one has been named as a suspect or a person of interest.

DiPietro has said that Ayla was abducted. Investigators say the girl was not kidnapped and they believe the three adults who saw her last — her father, her aunt Elisha DiPietro and Courtney Roberts — are withholding information.

Investigators believe that Ayla is likely dead. State police are asking that anyone with information call them at 624-7076.


Police charge transient man with robbing CVS Pharmacy

Police charged a transient man with robbing a CVS Pharmacy on Capitol Street last month.

Daniel Lee Nelson, 31, was arrested in Gardiner Thursday and charged with the Nov. 17 robbery.

Nelson was held at Kennebec County jail without bail, according to police.

On Nov. 17, Augusta police Lt. Christopher Massey said a lone robber threatened an employee at the pharmacy counter “and as a result of the threat was given oxycodone pills.”

No weapon was displayed and no one was injured, police said. The robber, who wore a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and dark face paint, fled on foot.


Cases of gonorrhea on rise in Maine, health officials say

Gonorrhea cases are going up in Maine.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says Maine recorded 370 cases of the sexually transmitted disease through October this year. That’s up from 272 cases for all of last year and nearly four times the number in 2008.

State epidemiologist Dr. Stephen Sears told the Bangor Daily News there’s been an increase in sexually transmitted diseases in many parts of the country.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines in August on how gonorrhea should be treated as the disease becomes resistant to more drugs.