Three suspected of taking oil from home
BELFAST (AP) — Police in Belfast say three men are suspected of siphoning oil from an outdoor oil tank at the vacant home of a woman who recently died.
Police say the three were detained early Monday after attempting to hide in the woods behind the home.
Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham tells the Bangor Daily News the men had several five- gallon containers with them and said they had permission to take the oil.
He said police are investigating that.
However, a search of their car turned up drug paraphernalia, including hypodermic needles and syringes. They were arrested on a charge of refusing to submit to arrest or detention.
Garage owner indicted on murder charge
BANGOR (AP) — A grand jury in Maine has indicted a 48-year-old Bradford man for murder in connection with the Nov. 12 beating death of a general contractor.
Peter Robinson was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury in the death of 71- year- old David Trask of Hudson.
Police say Trask and Robinson knew each other and that a dispute between them erupted into a confrontation. The state medical examiner’s office says Trask died from blunt head injuries.
Trask was the owner of David P. Trask & Son Inc. in Hudson.
Robinson, who owns an automotive garage, was arrested five days after Trask’s body was found on property near Robinson’s home.
LePage: New team to help job creators
AUGUSTA ( AP) — Gov. Paul LePage says a new team has been assembled to improve the state’s business climate and help Maine businesses survive and grow.
The governor’s newly formed team of account executives is now up and running in the Department of Economic and Community Development.
Commissioner George Gervais says the team of business experts with diverse backgrounds will serve as a single resource to guide businesses through the maze of state government and help them through the process of opening, expanding or relocating.
He says the account executives will make all the necessary contacts, develop the right teams and bring together the appropriate experts so business owners can focus on running their business.
Man sentenced to 8 years for robbery
BANGOR (AP) — A Bangor man is going to prison for eight years for robbing a bank while he was on supervised release for a pair of bank robberies five years ago.
Forty- year- old Donald Lloyd Turner was sentenced Wednesday in U. S. District Court in Bangor. He pleaded guilty last spring to robbing a Bangor Savings Bank branch in Bangor in March and making off with more than $3,200.
The Bangor Daily News says Turner was sentenced to five years in prison for two bank robberies in the Portland area in 2006.
FAME loans $1 million for mill restart
AUGUSTA ( AP) — The Finance Authority of Maine says it has done its part to assist in the restart of one of the two paper mills in the Katahdin region.
FAME’s board approved a direct loan of $1 million to assist as operations resume in East Millinocket, where about 215 workers have been recalled. FAME says the loan approved in mid-November will help the company make personal property tax payments due to the towns by the end of 2011.
Richard Cyr, CEO of Great Northern Paper, says the paper company is appreciative of FAME’s “ swift and flexible actions.”
Fisheries disaster declaration supported
PORTLAND ( AP) — Maine’s congressional delegation is supporting Gov. Paul LePage’s request seeking a federal fisheries disaster declaration to provide aid to Maine’s groundfishing fleet.
LePage on Tuesday said he sent a letter to Commerce Secretary John Bryson calling for a federal fisheries disaster declaration for Maine’s fleet. His request followed a recent report documenting a sharp decline in Maine’s fishing fleet due to changes in federal fishery management plans.
Police to offer alarms to crime victims
SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) — The police department in South Portland is teaming up with an electronic security company and Family Crisis Services to provide home alarm systems to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.
The so-called S.A.V.E. program, which is short for Security Against Violence Effort, aims to provide victims with a panic alarm for temporary use. If activated, there’d be an immediate response from the South Portland Police Department.
Transportation event slated for today
AUGUSTA ( AP) — More than 500 people are attending a conference in Augusta that focuses on the latest in transportation.
The 61st annual Maine Transportation Conference is being held today at the Augusta Civic Center. Attendees include transportation contractors, planners and design engineers, as well as state and municipal officials.
Levant man charged with beating father
BANGOR (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a Maine man accused of savagely beating and robbing his 72- year-old father, then keeping him from seeking help.
Fred Ward of Levant was indicted by a Penobscot County grand jury on Wednesday on charges of burglary, robbery, aggravated assault and kidnapping. He remains behind bars on $100,000 bail.
Authorities say the 31-yearold Ward was arrested Nov. 4 when Bangor police went to check on the older man, who had called the previous day to say his son had kicked in the door of his home.
The Bangor Daily News reports that police found the older man with injuries to his head and face, including eyes that were bruised and swollen shut and blood coming from his mouth.
Prosecutors described the beating as “savage.”
L.L. Bean president loses legal dispute
CUMBERLAND ( AP) — The CEO of outdoors outfitter L.L. Bean has lost a legal battle with his neighbors over a stone wall and cedar stockade fence on his waterfront property in Cumberland.
Maine’s highest court sided with his neighbors in a threeyear dispute and ordered L.L. Bean President and Chief Executive Chris McCormick to take the wall and fence down within 30 days.
The neighbors claimed the wall and fence that run along an easement they used to access the water changed the path’s course and made it impossible to maneuver vehicles on it.
The Portland Press Herald reports that the Maine Supreme Judicial ruled that relocation of the easement would have to provide “equally as convenient and beneficial” access to the ocean as existed previously.
Fire suspect seeks dismissal of charges
AUGUSTA (AP) — A lawyer for the Maine man accused of burning down a coffee shop that employed topless servers has asked a judge to dismiss the charges.
Raymond Bellavance’s attorney asked a judge in Kennebec County Superior Court on Wednesday to dismiss arson charges because prosecutors had not disclosed all the evidence gathered about the fire at the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop in Vassalboro in June 2009. The evidence includes interviews with inmates in the jail where Bellavance is being held pending trial.
The Kennebec Journal reports that Bellavance’s lawyer says the inmates were offered favorable treatment.
The 50-year-old Bellavance of Winthrop is scheduled to go on trial Dec. 14.
Hunter charged with shooting dog
STANDISH (AP) — A Westbrook hunter who shot and killed a dog he said he thought was a coyote has been charged.
The Maine Warden Service says 50-year-old Steven Barrows was issued a summons this week on a charge of shooting a domesticated animal.
Authorities say Barrows shot the Siberian husky on the last day of deer season Saturday while hunting in Standish. Game wardens say the dog slipped out of its harness and ran into woods near its home.
Brewer man indicted for March accident
BANGOR (AP) — A Brewer man police say was drunk when he crashed his car into a utility pole leaving his girlfriend paralyzed has been indicted.
Gordon C. Cameron was indicted Wednesday on charges of elevated aggravated assault, aggravated assault and aggravated criminal operating under the influence of intoxicants in connection with the March 30 accident.