2011-12-22 / Maine

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Woman abducted from Augusta store lot

AUGUSTA (AP) — Augusta police are looking for a man they say abducted a woman walking to her car after shopping at Walmart and drove her to an ATM in her own vehicle where he forced her to withdraw money.

Police say the man fled on foot after Tuesday night’s kidnapping and is still on the loose.

The man is described as white, in his early to mid-20s, and about 5 foot, 10 inches tall. He was wearing a dark hooded sweat shirt and a dark baseball cap with a white logo on the visor.

Police tell the Kennebec Journal the 51-year-old victim was not injured.

The man showed a weapon, but police did not disclose what kind of weapon. They also did not say how much money he got away with.

Oakhurst celebrates 90th anniversary

PORTLAND (AP) — Oakhurst Dairy is celebrating its 90th year in business.

Maine’s largest dairy says its milk was transported in glass bottles by two horsedrawn wagons in Portland when the company was incorporated 90 years ago Wednesday.

The company now processes 130,000 to 150,000 gallons of milk five days a week and distributes its dairy product in four states.

The Bennett family has owned and operated Oakhurst Dairy for three generations, with four family members now actively involved in running the business.

The company says Oakhurst is the largest familyowned, independent dairy in northern New England.

Home sales increase again in Maine

SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) — Sales of existing singlefamily homes are up in Maine for the fifth straight month.

The Maine Association of Realtors says home sales jumped by nearly 10 percent in November over a year ago. For the month, real estate agents sold 856 homes, up from 781 in November 2010.

The median sales price of those home fell slightly, from $ 170,000 to $ 169,000 — a decline of less than 1 percent.

For the three-month period from September through November, the association says sales of existing homes went up by 8 percent while the median sales price fell by 3 percent.

During that stretch, Knox County had the highest median sales price, at $223,500.

Wescott to serve as L.L. Bean ambassador

CARRABASSET VALLEY ( AP) — Two- time Olympic gold medalist Seth Wescott is partnering with L.L. Bean in the new year.

Wescott will serve as brand ambassador and assist product developers and product testing. He’ll also make appearances on behalf of L.L. Bean as the company celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2012.

The Maine native is a spokesman for Maine’s “Take it Outside” and “WinterKids” programs that support healthy and active lifestyles. He says he’s proud to be working with L.L. Bean because the brand is associated with “quality, outdoor recreation and healthy active living.”

Wescott won his first gold medal in the inaugural snowboardcross in the Turin Olympics, then collected gold again in Vancouver. He recently returned from a backcountry adventure in Antarctica where he explored challenging terrain while product testing L.L. Bean outerwear.

Gambling board sees need for more staff

AUGUSTA ( AP) — The executive director of Maine’s Gambling Control Board says a new casino in Oxford and Hollywood Slots’ addition of table games will require $800,000 for new staff to monitor the gambling industry.

Patrick Fleming said at Tuesday’s meeting that the money would come from the share of revenues from the Oxford and Bangor facilities that go to fund the board.

The Sun Journal reports that the funding will pay for five full-time inspectors at the Black Bear casino in Oxford, one more at the Bangor racino and a supervisor who would report to Fleming. It would also add an office assistant and a Maine State Police detective.

The state currently has three full-time inspectors.

Fleming recommended submitting the budget request as emergency legislation, rather than through the regular budget process.

Three suspected of stealing checkbooks

GUILFORD (AP) — Police have identified three people suspected of stealing two checkbooks from an 85-yearold Guilford man and writing $32,000 worth of fraudulent checks.

Piscataquis County sheriff ’s investigator Allen Emerson says 22- year- old Johnathan Lehman of Guilford was arrested Tuesday and 42-year-old Brent Wells of St. Albans was arrested Saturday. Both are charged with forgery.

The third suspect, a 37-yearold Etna woman, is in jail in Florida and has not yet been charged.

Emerson tells the Bangor Daily News that Wells and Lehman were hired by the elderly man in October to remove scrap metal from his property.

The victim discovered the theft when a check he wrote in December to pay for the work bounced.

Police say electronics and other items bought with the stolen checks were found in Wells’ home.

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