The numbers that will appear on the first Gold Star family license plates were drawn by the Secretary of State this morning.The gold star plates are given to family members of military men and women killed in action and also to family members of 9/11 victims.Secretary of State Charles Summers randomly drew the numbers for the first 53 gold star plates issued in Maine.The chips that were drawn came from a Yarmouth based company that donated the tokens.The families who receive the gold star plates will also get the chip that was drawn as a keepsake.Secretary of State Summers says drawing the numbers in a lottery was the only fair way to do it.
An Augusta man is accused of stealing money from his ailing grandmother.Police say 24-year-old Nicholas Baron went with his grandmother on five different occasions when she withdrew nearly $12,000.Police were called when the victim’s son, discovered unexplained withdrawals while looking over her bank statements.We’re told it happened between July 19th and August 8th.Baron is being held at Kennebec County Jail on $15,000 bail.
A two car accident in Sullivan leaves one person dead and two others in the hospital.According to officials, a pickup traveling south on Route 1A around 5 o’clock Tuesday afternoon crossed the center line and collided with a Volkswagen Beetle.The driver of the beetle, Sharon Rolfe of Milbridge, was killed.Her passenger, Karen Pineo of Corinth, was taken to a local hospital.The driver of the pickup, George Rippere of Naples, Florida, was also taken to the hospital for what we are told are non life-threatening injuries.Authorities say this is the fourth fatality they have seen on this stretch of the highway.State Police are investigating the cause of the accident.
A trial is under way for a couple accused of cashing in no-deposit bottles and cans from out of state, here in Maine.Thomas and Megan Woodard ran Green Bee Redemption in Kittery.Police say they stole about $10,000 by cashing in containers from New Hampshire and Massachusetts.The Maine Beverage Association estimates that 90 million cans and bottles are fraudulently cashed in each year in Maine, costing beverage distributors up to 10 million dollars per year.
A former town treasurer in Manchester who spent more than a year in jail for aggravated forgery says she can’t pay the $80,000 she owes.We’re told Patsy Rollins told the court she can’t pay $100 a month because she doesn’t have the money.Rollins was arrested in 2003 when authorities discovered more than $200,000 was missing from the town.