A bank teller is accused of stealing money from the Gardiner Savings Bank branch in Randolph.Police say Samantha Roberts, 18, of Gardiner stole $2,100 to help her boyfriend settle a drug debt.Police say the boyfriend is the father of Roberts’ unborn child.The theft was discovered earlier this month after a customer complained of being shorted one hundred dollars.Roberts is due in court in late October.
The verdict was rendered Friday in the trial of a Maine State Prison inmate charged with kidnapping, terrorizing and assault.After nearly two hours of deliberation, a jury found Michael Chasse guilty on all eleven counts against him.Chasse defended himself during the two week trial, and throughout proceedings he admitted to holding a prison librarian and an inmate in an office of the prison, tying them up and injuring them.Chasse said he was involuntarily intoxicated by a letter the ate, which had lipstick marks on it.
The case of a Maine State Prison inmate accused of kidnapping and assault at the prison has been found guilty on all counts.Michael Chasse is on trial in Rockland, representing himself.Prosecutors say Chasse held a prison worker and an inmate hostage for seven hours in June of 2008.Thursday, Chasse said he told the prison worker she got herself into the situation and had she stayed seated like he asked, he never would have done anything to her.He said he told her he had planned a killing spree and he was filled with anger that had been building for years.The judge had put a time limit on Chasse’s testimony, forcing him to wrap up.
A methadone clinic in Rockland has been shut down by state and federal officials after the owner of the clinic was arrested on drug charges.Last month, Maine Drug Enforcement Agents, sheriff’s deputies and state police arrested clinic owner Angel Fuller-McMahan of Owls Head after authorities say they caught her selling cocaine in a parking lot.Three days later, clinic counselor Carol Gardiner of Thorndike was arrested for attempted possession of cocaine.The Turning Tide methadone clinic, which opened in 2008, provided methadone to about 280 drug-addicted clients before it was shut down.
A homeless man accused of trying to rob a bank in Corinth was found not guilty by a jury Thursday afternoon.Jerome Richards, 25, was sentenced to time served to two lesser charges that he pleaded guilty to.Richards was arrested in June when an off duty trooper saw him walking toward the entrance of the Maine Savings Federal Credit Union wearing a black hoodie backwards, with eyeholes cut out, and black latex gloves.When Richards spotted the trooper, he took off.Police tracked Richards down, and say they found the sweatshirt, the gloves and b.b.
Police say a driver who caused a head-on collision in Vassalboro has been arrested for driving after having his license suspended.Police say David Burden, 34, of Augusta was heading north on Route 201 when he crossed the center line, crashing into a vehicle driven by Cheryl Bouchard, 64, of Winslow.Bouchard was taken to the hospital for head trauma and a broken leg.Her three grandchildren were in the car.
After two years of appeals and hearings, the Board of Environmental Protection has ordered the clean up of the former Holtrachem facility in Orrington.BEP members voted in favor of accepting a plan that orders the Mallinckrodt company to remove two of the five contaminated landfills.The company will also have to manage the remaining three sites to ensure they are safe.The former Holtrachem plant made chemicals used in the pulp and paper industry for more than 30-years.The plant closed in 2001.Today’s order reduces what the department of environmental protection had originally required of Mallinckrodt, which was to remove all five landfills.Company officials say they’re eager to begin clean-up, but they still don’t agree with all the terms.Mallinckrodt contests that the removal of landfill number two would expose citizens in Orrington to harmful air emissions.The clean up is expected to cost Mallinckrodt more than $100,000,000.
The social security program turned 75-years-old Thursday.Senior citizens, religious leaders, and others gathered in Orrington to celebrate the anniversary of the anti-poverty program.Advocates that gathered at the Orrington congregational church are hailing the social security program a smashing success.”In the early 30’s, the poverty rate among seniors had exceeded 50%.
The Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Alton celebrated the grand opening of its new self-guided nature trail.The Wabanaki Interpretive Trail is point seven miles long.It explores the history of fish in the Pushaw Stream and Native American fishing.Molly Lizotte, a Senior at the University of Maine created the trail as part of her senior capstone project.She says the past year of planning was worth it.”It feels really nice to see it come through, I didn’t think at times we would actually get to this stage but it’s good and I’m really excited to see what it does to the refuge,” Lizzotte said.The self guided nature trail is the first in a series of interpretive walking and canoe trails at the Hirundo Wildlife Refuge.If you would like more information, visit their website at www.hirundomaine.org