The trial of a former Augusta Fire Department Captain accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl began Thursday.Court records say Robert Macmaster had sex with the girl over a period of four years beginning five years ago.On the stand Thursday the girl described MacMaster as a father figure to her family.She said she lived at his house weekends.Defense Attorney Sean Farris asked her if she made up the abuse story for money.She said no.One of her friends testified Thursday too.
The state’s highest court says a 45-year-prison sentence will stand for a man from Belfast who admitted to kidnapping and robbing a 72-year-old woman, then leaving her for dead.24-year-old Stanley Ward appealed his sentence to the Maine Supreme Court, saying it was too extreme.Ward pleaded guilty to robbing, kidnapping and trying to kill Patricia Moss in November 2009.Police say he went to Moss’s house to steal money, tied up her hands, forced her into her car, drove her to a remote camp and cut her throat.She survived and crawled to Route 137 for help.Ward was sentenced last July.In their decision, the justices said not only was the 45-year-term for Ward correct, but also commendable.
This year for the Fourth of July how about grilling something different than hamburgers and hotdogs?Â How about GRILLED RED, WHITE, and BLUE PIZZA?Â Jackie Conn, from Weight Watchers joined us to share an idea for a slimtastic 4th of July meal.Grilled pizza is easy, delicious, healthful and economic and just right for a Independence Day get-together because your guests can build their own pizzas.Â Grilled PizzasBuy refrigerated fresh pizza dough (1lb) at the supermarket.
Newburgh’s former deputy town treasurer will be sentenced Friday for stealing nearly $200,000 from the town.Cindy Dunton pleaded guilty to the charges last month.Newburgh residents have put up signs throughout their town about Dunton’s sentencing, hoping lots of people will show up at court.
The dentist chair is not exactly everyone’s favorite place to sit, but for a group of high schoolers, it may have actually inspired their future.”Because I have braces, you know, I kind of find the orthodontist interesting,” said student, Tanner Furgeson.And his classmates agree.”After watching my doctors do it I was kind of starting to get interested.
A convicted sex offender was arrested after police say he didn’t update his information in the state’s sex offender registry.Forty-one year old Harold Leathers of Morrill is charged with failing to comply with the registration.The Waldo County Sheriff’s office says Leathers’ picture on the registry was outdated.When they tried to contact him, police say he didn’t respond.Leathers was arrested Monday and taken to Waldo County Jail.He was released on bail, and is scheduled to appear in court in August.
The remains of Sergeant First Class Jason Sargent will arrive back in Maine Thursday evening.A motorcade will travel from Bangor to the Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home in Ellsworth between 5 and 6 Thursday night.Calling hours for Sargent will be Saturday, July 2nd from 4pm to 6pm at the Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home.
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