Couple jailed on charges of trafficking in heroin

A Lincoln County couple were charged with aggravated trafficking in heroin after drug enforcement agents stopped their car Thursday night and discovered $72,000 worth of heroin.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency stopped a car being driven by Nicholas Buscanera, 21, of Westport, and Stephanie Little, 28, of Edgecomb, as part of an investigation into the importation of heroin in Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties. Agents learned the two were going out of state Thursday to obtain heroin, according to a news release by the Maine Department of Public Safety. Late Thursday night, Sagadahoc County sheriff’s deputies stopped their car along Route 1 in Woolwich at the request of the MDEA.

A search of the car uncovered two bags that contained 72 grams of heroin, the equivalent of 2,880 individual doses, police said. Buscanera and Little were taken to Two Bridges Jail, with bail set at $5,000 each.


Two arrested, one sought in attack on woman, theft

Buxton police have arrested two people and have an arrest warrant for a third in connection with an attack in which a woman was tied up and left bleeding from the head.

Police were called to a home at 32 Callahan Road at 9:15 p.m. on April 11 after a woman was attacked by two men and a woman whom she interrupted during a burglary of her house, police said. The three left after taking money from the house.

The woman was taken to Mercy Hospital in Portland for treatment of her injuries.

Police released little information about the attackers at the time but took the unusual step of releasing a picture of the victim with scrapes on her forehead and cheek.

Police arrested Stacey Day, 35, of Buxton at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, charging her with robbery and aggravated assault. An hour later, they arrested Gregory Hoar, 29, of Gorham, charging him with robbery and aggravated assault also.

Both were held on $20,000 bail at York County Jail in Alfred.

Police are still searching for Michael Crockett Jr., 30, of Buxton, and have an arrest warrant charging him with robbery and aggravated assault.

Police ask that anyone with information on Crockett’s whereabouts call 929-5151 or 929-6612.


Signs to alert drivers to spots where rare turtles may cross

New signs will alert drivers in southern Maine to the presence of rare turtles that may attempt to cross roadways.

The Nature Conservancy says the signs will be installed at endangered-turtle crossing locations in Wells, South Berwick and York with the goal of reducing car collisions with Blanding’s and spotted turtles. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is cooperating with the Nature Conservancy on the sign effort.

The conservancy says May to July are critical months for protecting Maine’s turtles because that is when females attempt to reach nesting areas, which often involves crossing roads. Both species are protected under Maine’s Endangered Species Act.

The signs will only be used seasonally.


Painter Alex Katz to speak at art museum event

Painter Alex Katz will speak at a Portland hotel in June at an event hosted by the Portland Museum of Art.

The event is already sold out.

Katz, who divides his time between New York City and Lincolnville, Maine, will speak at the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel on June 11 at 6 p.m.

Katz has had a connection to Maine since he received a scholarship to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1949.

He was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for Painting in 1972 and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1988.

Tickets for the event went on sale Friday and the museum reported that they quickly sold out.


Paving projects start Monday; expect traffic disruptions

Paving projects set to begin Monday in Saco could cause delays in the coming months.

Crews will pave Cascade Road before moving to Old Orchard Road and then to Spring Street.

Drivers should expect lane closures and one-way traffic throughout the entire project, which is expected to wrap up the first week in August, according to the Maine Department of Transportation.

On Cascade Road, paving will be done from Route 1 to the Old Orchard Beach town line. Old Orchard Road will be paved from Ferry Road to Timber Oaks Lane, and Spring Street will be paved from North Street to Lincoln Street.


Prosecution rests in trial of two in burned-bodies case

The prosecution has rested its case in the trial of two men accused of killing three people and burning their bodies after a Bangor drug dispute.

Nicholas Sexton of Warwick, Rhode Island, and Randall Daluz of Brockton, Massachusetts, are standing trial at Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor for the 2012 killings. The men are each charged with three counts of murder and one count of arson.

Prosecutors rested Friday. Sexton’s defense team will present its case first, followed by Daluz’s team, on Monday. Sexton is expected to take the stand.

The victims were Nicolle Lugdon, 24, of Eddington, Daniel Borders, 26, of Hermon and Lucas Tuscano, 28, of Bradford. The trial began May 1.


Livestock Expo aims to interest kids in agriculture

The Northeast Livestock Expo will take place over three days in Windsor with an emphasis on encouraging interest in agriculture among young people.

The ninth annual expo begins Friday at the Windsor Fairgrounds. The first day of the event is geared to children and is expected to attract more than 1,000 people. It will include displays about types of food for livestock, veterinarians explaining livestock care, and a live horse with a drawn-on skeleton to illustrate its anatomy.

Food, livestock equipment and educational displays will be on hand all three days.

– From staff and news services

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