Woman injured after being hit by car crossing Route 1

A 46-year-old woman was injured Friday morning when she was hit by a car while crossing Route 1 in Scarborough.

Scarborough police said the woman was hit by a 2005 Pontiac sedan driven by Dorothea Orlando, 51, of Cumberland. Orlando was traveling north near the intersection of Route 1 and Hannaford Drive.

The injured woman was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland for treatment of injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening, according to police. Her name was being withheld until her family could be notified, and was still unavailable Friday night.

Police said Orlando has not been charged in connection with the accident, which is under investigation.


Washington Senate leader moves to close debate on Maine judge

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Friday used a parliamentary maneuver to hurry a vote on the appointment of Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Jon Levy to serve on the federal bench.

Reid filed a cloture motion to bring about the vote of Levy and five other of President Obama’s judicial nominees without debate. The Nevada senator has used the move repeatedly in recent months to sidestep Republican filibusters.

No one spoke against Levy during a committee hearing on his nomination in December.

The first cloture vote is scheduled to take place April 29, though exact times have yet to be determined, according to a press release from the office of the U.S. Senate Democrats.

Levy would replace Judge George Z. Singal on the U.S. District Court bench and would join two other full-time judges in Maine, John Woodcock Jr. and Nancy Torresen.



Jury selection starting for man representing himself

Jury selection begins Monday in the trial of a criminal defendant who is possibly the first in Maine to be denied a lawyer and be ordered by a judge to represent himself.

Joshua Nisbet, 36, of Scarborough had gone through five court-appointed lawyers since his 2011 arrest on a robbery charge before the judge decided he had “no other alternative” than to strip Nisbet of his constitutional right to another.

Nisbet’s last two lawyers, Neale Duffet and Jon Gale, withdrew after they claimed Nisbet threatened Gale during a meeting at the Cumberland County Jail on Feb. 26.



Attorney general clears state trooper in shooting

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills has ruled a state police trooper was justified in shooting and wounding a suspect during a confrontation in Searsmont in September.

Leonard Maker confronted trooper James MacDonald with a shotgun at Maker’s father’s home while MacDonald and another trooper were attempting to serve a protection from abuse order on Maker. Mills said in a statement released Friday that MacDonald shot Maker in the hand when the trooper retreated and fired his handgun.

Mills said MacDonald was justified in believing “unlawful deadly force was imminently threatened against him” and the other trooper.

Maker was treated at a hospital for his wounds. He was later indicted on felony and misdemeanor charges.

Obama appoints Mainer salmon conservation chief


President Barack Obama has appointed Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher as commissioner of the Council of North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization.

Obama announced the appointment Thursday. Keliher said in a statement that the new post will not interfere with his role as marine resources commissioner. He became chairman of the department in 2011.

The North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization is an international organization established by an intergovernmental convention in 1984 that seeks to restore and manage Atlantic salmon populations. The Gulf of Maine’s population of the fish is protected by the Endangered Species Act.


Teen faces charges for crash that killed her passenger

A 16-year-old Bucksport girl is facing charges in connection with a crash six months ago that took the life of her 15-year-old passenger.


Prosecutors say the girl has been summoned to juvenile court to face charges of manslaughter and aggravated driving to endanger. She is expected to appear in court in May.

The vehicle was headed north on the night of Oct. 3 when it left the road and struck a tree.

The passenger, 15-year-old Taylor Darveau, was taken to a hospital, where she died. She was a cheerleader at Bucksport High School. The driver was also hurt.

The driver had her license for only two months at the time of the crash and legally was not allowed to have juvenile non-family members as passengers.


Woman gets jail for tossing Molotov cocktails

A Lewiston woman who threw Molotov cocktails at her ex-boyfriend before leading police on a high-speed chase has been sentenced to jail.

Heather Kullson was ordered to serve three months of a five-year sentence and four years of probation after pleading guilty Thursday to two charges of criminal use of explosives and two counts of eluding a police officer. Her lawyer said the 22-year-old Kullson suffered a breakdown over the breakup with her boyfriend, which led to the November 2012 events, the Sun Journal reported. A court psychologist called her actions an aberration. Police said after she threw the homemade explosives she fled the area in her car at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.

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