State DEA dismantles suspected meth lab

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has dismantled a suspected methamphetamine lab at 481 Stone Road in the York County town of Newfield.

Agents took apart about 10 so-called “one-pot” meth containers at the property Tuesday, according to a news release from Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Suspects have been identified but not yet charged, he said.

Deputies from the York County Sheriff’s Office noticed several items commonly used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine outside a mobile home on the property when they went there Monday to serve paperwork to a resident renting the home, according to the release.

They notified the MDEA, which returned Tuesday with members of the Newfield Fire Department and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

This is the 13th investigation of a suspected meth lab in Maine this year.


Tractor-trailer crash closes Route 112, takes out utility pole

The eastbound lane of Route 112 reopened Tuesday afternoon after a tractor-trailer loaded with 16-ounce bottles of water crashed in Saco near the Buxton town line at 1:30 a.m.

The driver of the truck was not injured, Saco police said. The truck, which also knocked out a utility pole, was destroyed in the crash.

The crash left electrical and telephone wires lying on the road, compelling authorities to close the road and reroute traffic several miles around the area, police said.

The westbound lane reopened at 11:30 a.m.

The Maine State Police commercial vehicle enforcement unit and local police are investigating the crash. Saco police did not charge the driver.

The crash happened at a bend in the road where there have been several tractor-trailer crashes in the past, police said.

Some of the bottled water was intact, but much of it was damaged, police said.


Search continues for suspect in girlfriend’s shooting death

Maine authorities are still searching for a St. Francis man wanted in connection with the shooting death of his girlfriend.

Police say Jesse Marquis, 38, is considered armed and dangerous.

More than three dozen searchers on Tuesday failed to find Marquis, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety. More searches are planned Wednesday.

Marquis was last seen early Saturday fleeing into the woods after leaving the home of 31-year-old Amy Theriault in the town along the Canadian border. He is described as 5-foot-7, 150 pounds, with black hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing jeans, a green hooded sweatshirt, and a baseball hat.


Man arrested after firing gun in apartment

A city man is under arrest after a gun was allegedly fired in an apartment Monday night in Lewiston.

No one was injured in the shooting reported at about 7:30 p.m., but Brent Verney, 23, was arrested on a charge of reckless conduct with a firearm.

Police say it appears that a single shot was fired into the air during an argument between two men. A single shell casing was recovered from inside an apartment.

Police say a witness gave a description of the suspect and in what direction he was headed and Verney was arrested a short time later in possession of a 9 millimeter handgun.


Meetings planned to discuss scallop fishery management

A series of meetings to discuss the development of a scallop fishery management plan is under way in Maine.

The first meeting was to be held Tuesday in Rockland. Other meetings are scheduled for June 16 in Ellsworth, June 17 in Machias, June 19 in Blue Hill and June 24 in Dennysville. Officials said the meetings will also include discussions about the previous season and the upcoming season.

Officials said the Scallop Advisory Council’s “season setting” meeting will follow the meetings on June 30 in Brewer.

The state Department of Marine Resources is hosting the meetings. State officials have said the last season’s catch will top the 2012-13 haul of 427,080 pounds at a value of nearly $4.9 million.


Maine State Police honor Trooper of the Year

Maine State Police have honored Jarod Stedman from Troop E in Bangor as Trooper of the Year.

The annual state police awards banquet was held Tuesday at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.

Stedman was one of 11 nominees for the award, which was established in the memory of Trooper Charles Black, who was shot to death while responding to a bank robbery in 1964 in South Berwick. Among others recognized at the event were troopers involved in three separate rescues over the past year.

– From staff and news services