2011-11-29 / Maine

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Report: Maine family should be alive

DEXTER (AP) — A new law enforcement report says a Dexter woman and her two children would be alive today if the state’s justice system worked better.

Authorities say Steven Lake killed himself in June after shooting his estranged wife, Amy, and children, 13- year-old Coty and 12-year-old Monica.

The report written by four former Maine police officers who are also therapists and counselors says Steven Lake should have been in jail the day of the killings because he was awaiting a court date to face charges for threatening his family with a gun.

Instead, he had been bailed out twice within a year at a cost of just $4,000 total.

Piscataquis County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy on Monday told the Bangor Daily News that police and courts followed existing laws.

Man gets 10 years in molestation case

FARMINGTON ( AP) — A Westbrook man who served briefly as a police officer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually molesting a young girl.

Steven Goozey was also sentenced on Monday to six years of probation upon release and ordered to register as a sex offender.

The 39- year- old Goozey pleaded guilty to 10 counts of unlawful sexual contact in October. Prosecutors say he molested the girl multiple times over a four-year period from 2006 to 2010 when she was under 12 years old.

Goozey worked for the Carrabassett Valley Police Department for three months in 2010 but was fired for unrelated reasons.

The Sun Journal reports that his defense attorney told the judge that Goozey knows what he did was wrong.

Maine-based vessel bound for Great Lakes

ROCKLAND ( AP) — A Maine-based Coast Guard cutter is preparing to deploy to the Great Lakes to assist in the largest domestic icebreaking operations in the country.

The Thunder Bay, a 140-foot icebreaking tug, departs from Rockland today and will arrive in the Great Lakes region in a couple of weeks. Once it arrives, it’ll be assisting other Coast Guard vessels in Operations Coal Shovel and Taconite.

Icebreaking on the Great Lakes is key to keeping shipping lanes open to an estimated $2 billion worth of steel, coal, heating oil, grain and other products.

Coast Guard cutters from the Northeast have successfully assisted with icebreaking in the Great Lakes for the past three winters.

Augusta man charged in roommate stabbing

AUGUSTA ( AP) — Police say a dispute over a messy kitchen prompted an Augusta man to stab his roommate in the belly.

Malcolm Robert Moore was charged with aggravated assault after allegedly stabbing his roommate three times in the abdomen Sunday morning. He was being held at the Kennebec County jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.

Witnesses told police that the 37-year-old Moore stabbed Aaron Francis Brunelle after he told Moore to clean up the mess he had made in the kitchen.

The Kennebec Journal reports that the 32-year-old Brunelle was flown to Central Maine Medical Center with what police described as lifethreatening injuries. He was listed in good condition Monday.

Moore told police that Brunelle grabbed him in a headlock and punched him and he acted in self-defense.

DHHS official resigns from pot program

AUGUSTA ( AP) — The director of the state division responsible for overseeing Maine’s medical marijuana program has resigned.

Catherine Cobb, director of the DHHS Division of Licensing and Regulation, will step down on Dec. 2.

Department of Health and Human Services spokesman John Martins told the Bangor Daily News that Cobb and the assistant director of licensing and regulation were placed on paid administrative leave on Oct. 21 as a part of a managerial review of that division.

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