Police arrest armed man who allegedly pointed rifle at house

Portland police arrested a gunman Thursday on Revere Street after he allegedly pointed a gun at a house as part of a neighborhood dispute.

Police charged Juergen Bolte, 71, of 99 Revere St., with terrorizing and threatening display of a firearm, after a passerby saw Bolte standing in his front yard pointing a rifle at a neighbor’s house, police said.

Police – who had already been to the house shortly before the 4 p.m. arrest to mediate a dispute – found Bolte sitting in the bushes with a rifle.

Bolte did not fire the rifle and police believe the neighbor was unaware the gun was being pointed at his house, Assistant Chief Vern Malloch said. Nobody was hurt.

Police hid behind trees and houses, some with their guns drawn, shortly before the man’s arrest, witnesses said.

Friends of Congress Square announce summer events

In an attempt to portray what the plaza could become if it remains a public space, the Friends of Congress Square Park announced a series of summer events at the park at Congress and High streets.

They include concerts, dancing, a pancake festival, art-making for kids and adults and other activities.

“This is just one of the many things that the Friends of Congress Square Park are doing this summer to show that it’s possible to revitalize a public space that the city gave up on years ago,” Frank Turek, an organizer of the group, wrote in an email to media.

The Friends of Congress Square Park is leading an effort to reverse a City Council decision to sell a portion of the park to an Ohio developer. The organization opposed the sale, and has forced a citywide vote June 10.

The friends group has added benches to the park and recruited a food truck to serve lunch daily. It has cleaned the park and Thursday announced the summer entertainment lineup.

It begins at 6 p.m. May 29 with a local music showcase featuring A Severe Joy, Boyfriends and Leveret. On May 30 at 6 p.m., the Hadacol Bouncers and the Portland Swing Project will lead an evening of swing dancing.

Read the full list of events at congresssquarepark.org/events/



Ruptured pipe leaves residents without water

A ruptured pipe in Cumberland left most of the town’s residents without water Thursday night.

Fire Chief Daniel Small said a 16-inch pipe ruptured about 5:30 p.m., while a work crew was trying to run a new line for service near the intersection of Main Street and Turkey Lane.

Most Cumberland residents west of Interstate 295 lost water until about 10:30 p.m. Water district crews planned to spend the night flushing air from the system. Tap water is safe to drink, Small said, and no boil-water order was issued.


Search for missing woman yields no new information

A police search of property in Eastport for a woman whose family has not seen her in a decade yielded no information that could shed light on her disappearance.

Marilyn Lehan, 59, lived in Eastport with her husband, Brian, from 2002 to 2004 and was active in the local church. Her family has not seen her since 2004, although they told police it was not unusual for her to go long periods without communicating with them. They reported her missing to Eastport police last summer.

Eastport police have since asked for Maine State Police to assist with the investigation.

Police have spoken with her husband and he has been cooperative, said Department of Safety spokesman Steve McCausland. Brian Lehan moved to California after the Clark Street house was foreclosed on, police said.

Police on Thursday used cadaver dogs to search 14 acres behind the couple’s former home. McCausland said police did not have evidence that Lehan’s remains were there but now can rule that out in their search for her. The dogs searched for eight hours but found no signs of the woman.

Police said they had no plans to return but may search other areas as new information comes in.

Police asked that anyone who had contact with her prior to her disappearance contact state police Detective Micah Perkins at 1-800-432-7381, or call Eastport police.


Trial jurors reach no verdict for second straight day

Jurors went home without a verdict for the second straight day in the trial of two men charged in the drug-related killings of three people whose bodies were discovered in a burning car in Bangor in 2012.

Jurors were more than 20 hours into deliberations that began Wednesday in the trial of Randall Daluz of Brockton, Massachusetts, and Nicholas Sexton of Warwick, Rhode Island, who face three counts of murder and one of arson. The jury is scheduled to return Friday morning.

Both men were tried before the same jury in a trial that opened three weeks ago.

Sexton told jurors Daluz shot the victims. Daluz didn’t testify.

The victims were 24-year-old Nicolle Lugdon of Eddington; 26-year-old Daniel Borders of Hermon; and 28-year-old Lucas Tuscano of Bradford.


Police seeking tips about woman who took donations

Westbrook police hope the public can help identify a woman suspected of stealing a donation jar from the counter of a Dunkin’ Donuts downtown Wednesday.

Police released photos of the woman at the counter of the store at 742 Main St., including one in which she appears to be reaching for the jar for donations to Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.

Police said she took the jar around 11 a.m. Wednesday and left in a maroon, four-door car.

Police ask that anyone with information about the woman call the department at 854-044 or its anonymous tip line at 591-8117.


6-year-old suffers injuries when Jeep rolls over her

Police say a 6-year-old girl was injured this week when a Jeep Wrangler she was playing inside began moving.

Police told the Sun Journal that the Jeep rolled over the girl when she jumped out Monday. Another 6-year-old in the Jeep was not hurt.

Maine State Police Lt. Brian McDonough said the injured girl was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland, where she was being treated for internal injuries.

McDonough said the children were pretending to drive when the Jeep shifted into neutral and began rolling. He said the injured girl became trapped under the vehicle.