Grant will aid around 100 laid-off mill workers

Maine is getting more than $250,000 from the federal government to help workers who were laid off at the Lincoln Paper and Tissue mill.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud announced the release of the $256,000 in National Emergency Grant funding on Monday, which he said will go toward assisting roughly 100 workers affected by unemployment find new jobs.

The mill in Lincoln announced in December that it was furloughing about 200 employees, citing in part costs associated with a boiler explosion.



UMaine football player gets extradition hearing

The University of Maine football player accused of stabbing a man to death in Florida appeared for an extradition hearing in Georgia to determine whether he would willingly go back to Florida to face murder charges there.

Zedric Joseph, 23, was advised of his rights and told the judge that he wanted to consult with his lawyer in Florida before making a decision about whether to fight extradition.

The hearing will resume on Friday.

Joseph was arrested in Richmond County, Ga., early last week. He is accused of stabbing to death Ricardy Chery, 23, on March 7. He also is accused of stabbing Vashti Laurore, 23, his former girlfriend, in the hand.

If Joseph waives extradition, he will be returned to West Palm Beach to face charges of murder and aggravated assault. If he chooses to fight extradition, there will be a subsequent hearing on that issue.



Trucking company, driver acquitted in teen’s death

A trucking company and driver have been acquitted of manslaughter charges stemming from the death of a 15-year-old boy two years ago in Sanford.

The Journal Tribune reports that Justice John O’Neil issued his verdict Monday following a four-day trial last week.

The judge described the condition of the truck operated by Stuart, Torno and Stuart Inc. of Lebanon as “deplorable,” noting that the inspection sticker had expired and that three of the four brakes weren’t working. But he ruled the evidence didn’t support a finding of recklessness or criminal negligence under the law.



Crews extricate two teens from truck mangled in crash

Two teenagers became trapped inside a mangled pickup truck after it crashed in Nobleboro on Monday morning, and it took rescue crews about an hour to remove them from the wreckage.

Lt. Rand Maker of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said the 2007 Chevrolet pickup operated by Cody Beaucage, 18, of Jefferson was heading south on East Pond Road when he lost control on a curve about 11:45 a.m. The truck fishtailed before going into a ditch and striking several large granite blocks. The truck rolled over and came to rest on its roof.

Police closed the road down for nearly four hours. It took a local contractor, who was using an excavator, along with members of the Nobleboro and Jefferson fire departments, about an hour to remove Beaucage and Kenneth Snyder, 19, of Jefferson from the truck.

A 17-year-old juvenile, who was in the back seat of the truck, and Beaucage were treated for broken bones and internal injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

Snyder’s injuries were less serious.


Maker said it appears the crash was caused by speed and alcohol. Once the investigation is complete, the sheriff’s office will consult with the District Attorney’s Office to determine if criminal charges should be filed.


Woman charged with impersonating federal officer

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office says a Raymond woman has been charged with impersonating a federal officer.

Authorities told WGME-TV that Julie Sutherland posed as a federal animal welfare agent to trick a Casco woman into giving up her horse last month by claiming it was being neglected.

When the woman and her boyfriend asked Sutherland for her federal credentials, she couldn’t produce them, so they went to police.

The sheriff’s office didn’t arrest Sutherland, but issued her a summons to court last Friday. She is facing up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

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