Police believe a second car has been stolen in connection with the search for a man from southern Maine who escaped from a New Hampshire prison.Police say 33 year old David Hobson of Alfred was in the recreation yard of a prison in Ossipee when he climbed over a perimeter fence topped by razor wire.He was awaiting trial on a burglary charge.Police were looking for a car stolen in New Hampshire, but now believe he’s stolen a car in Sanford. They are currently looking for a 2004 Honda Accord with Maine License Plate 1355 MV.He is considered desperate and dangerous and anyone who has seen him or knows where he might be should call Maine State Police in Gray at 657-3030.
A search continues for a man from southern Maine who escaped from a New Hampshire prison.Police say David Hobson, 33, of Alfred was in the recreation yard of a prison in Ossippee when he climbed over a perimeter fence topped by razor wire.He was awaiting trial on a burglary charge.Police believe he may have stolen an SUV while in New Hampshire. They are looking for a 2004 black Toyota Highlander with New Hampshire license plate 1481896. State Police believe Hobson May return to Maine. He is considered desperate and dangerous and anyone who has seen him or knows where he might be should call Maine State Police in Gray at 657-3030.
A Lewiston man who says he was molested by a former Syracuse University basketball coach is seeking to suppress evidence in his own molestation case in Maine.Zach Tomaselli, 23, is accused of abusing a 13-year-old boy.He has said that having been abused himself made it difficult for him to understand a proper relationship between a man and a boy.Tomaselli also denies the sexual abuse charges against him.He wants a judge to prevent a videotaped interview with police from being used as evidence in his case.Tomaselli says he was molested in a Pittsburgh hotel room in 2002 by Bernie Fine when Fine was an assistant coach at Syracuse. Fine has denied the allegation.Tomaselli also filed a complaint with New York police, accusing his father of sexually abusing him.A state police spokesman says they completed an investigation and no charges were filed against the father, who has said he thinks his son is lying about the allegations against Bernie fine.
Georgia wildlife researchers say endangered right whales are starting to show up along the southern Atlantic coast.The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says an aerial survey crew spotted the first right whale of the winter calving season last week off the coast of South Carolina.The whales, which grow up to 50 feet in length, migrate each winter from New England to the warmer waters off South Carolina, Georgia and Florida to give birth. Experts estimate fewer than 400 of the whales remain.Clay George, who heads the right whale monitoring program for the Georgia DNR, says warmer weather this winter could mean more whales stay off Georgia’s 100 mile coast rather than head further south into Florida.The right whale calving season typically lasts into mid-April.(The Associated Press)
A former Maine woman who was at the center of an 8.5-hour police standoff in 2005 has been sentenced in federal court to time served for telephone harassment of judges and other government officials connected to the confrontation.Charlotte Bea Palm also was sentenced Monday to one year of supervised release. During that time she is barred from having firearms and other weapons, and must undergo mental health treatment.The Portland Press Herald reports that a judge noted that the 50-year-old Palm has battled mental illness for much of her life and was under increased stress when she made the harassing calls earlier this year.She pleaded guilty last month to one count of telephone harassment. Her lawyer says she is remorseful. Charges related to the standoff have been dismissed. (The Associated Press, The Portland Press Herald).
A Westbrook man who served briefly as a police officer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually molesting a young girl.Steven Goozey was also sentenced on Monday to six years of probation upon release and ordered to register as a sex offender.The 39-year-old Goozey pleaded guilty to 10 counts of unlawful sexual contact in October. Prosecutors say he molested the girl multiple times over a four-year period from 2006 to 2010 when she was under 12 years old.Goozey worked for the Carrabassett Valley Police Department for three months in 2010 but was fired for unrelated reasons. The Sun Journal reported that his defense attorney told the judge that Goozey knows what he did was wrong. (The Associated Press, The Sun Journal).
A man from Maine has become the third person to accuse a long time assistant basketball coach at Syracuse University of child sex abuse. Syracuse fired Bernie Fine Sunday.His firing comes after new allegations from a man from Lewiston.Zach Tomaselli, 23, says he was abused by fine in 2002 on a Syracuse road trip to Pittsburgh.He told the associated press fine touched him multiple times in a hotel room in that one incident.â€œIâ€™m hoping all of this helps sex abuse victims in the future. I hope that through this somehow Iâ€™m able to help them in a way and allow them to see that it’s right to come forward.â€ Tomaselli told reporters.Tomaselli is facing charges of his own in Maine. He’s accused of molesting a 14-year-old boy.He says the abuse he suffered as a child warped his ability to know what’s appropriate behavior and he’s now in counseling.Meanwhile, no charges have been filed against Fine.
More questions are being raised about expenses claimed by a publicly funded legislative candidate in southern Maine.Republican Rep. David R. Burns of Alfred claimed $475 in expenses for campaign signs in 2010. But the Journal Tribune of Biddeford says the vendor who was listed in a spending report never made the signs and never received payment.The matter is under review by the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices, which will review that and other campaign cases Wednesday.The commission staff is recommending that Burns’ case be referred to the attorney general for possible criminal investigation. It also asks that the commission find Burns illegally mingled Maine Clean Election Act funds with personal funds, made false statements, used funds not related to hiscampaign and committed other violations. (The Associated Press, Journal Tribune).
A Lewiston man has won the first place prize in the amateur category for the National Wildlife Federation’s annual photography competition.John Theberge took the winning shot in 2008. The photo shows a hoverfly perched delicately on a lone pink flower in a field of yellow flowers.The 53-year-old Theberge told the Portland Press Herald that a bit of luck was involved. At first he just intended to shoot the pink flower when the insect happened to pass by.The winners were announced earlier this month. Theberge won an iPad for his entry. He says he’d entered the contest twice before, but this is the first time he’s won. There were about 27,000 entries.You can check out the winning photos here. (The Associated Press, The Portland Press Herald).
Police in York County are searching for the driver of a van that struck a woman walking along a Lebanon St. and then left the scene.Police say Michelle Rainaud, 42, of Lebanon was struck from behind by a green commercial van at about 3:30 p.m. on Monday.She was taken to a hospital and is expected to recover. Authorities say the van that left the scene had some kind of writing or advertising along the side.Police are appealing to the public for help in identifying the van and finding the driver. (The Associated Press).
The Maine ethics commission staff is recommending an attorney general’s investigation into campaign spending by a legislator from Alfred.According to The Journal Tribune of Biddeford, the recommendation will gobefore the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practiceson Nov. 30.An audit of freshman Rep. David R. Burns’ publicly funded campaign includes allegations of misuse of Clean Election Act funds, including falsified receipts and false expenditure claims.The ethics commission website says Burns was authorized to spend $9,066 in public funds for his election, and the audit report says he should repay $2,285. Burns, a Republican, represents House District 138.Burns’ attorney, William Logan, is limiting his response because the audit report’s been submitted to the attorney general. But Logan says many of the alleged violations can be explained. (The Associated Press).
Augusta has banned fireworks. Thursday night city councilors voted against them. A new state law takes hold January 1st that legalizes fireworks sales in Maine, but municipalities have the option to ban them.Other cities that have done that include Portland, Lewiston and Bangor.Brewer voted to legalize the use and sale of fireworks.
Maine’s Bath Iron Works is marking a milestone in construction of the Zumwalt, the largest ship built in more than two decades at the shipyard. Two daughters and son of the warship’s namesake, the late Adm. Elmo “Bud” Zumwalt, participated in Thursday’s keel-laying ceremony at Bath Iron Works. Traditionally, the ceremony marks the setting of the keel, the massive beam that served as the foundation of the wooden hull. In modern times, there’s no keel, so the ceremony marks the first completed hull segment. In this case, the hull segment is 180 feet long and weighs 4,000 tons. When it’s completed, the stealth destroyer will displace 14,500 tons, making it the biggest Navy ship built in Bath since delivery of an oil tanker to the Military Sealift Command in 1984. (AP)
A Portland man with a history of mental illness has pleaded guilty in the deadly stabbing of a friend.The killing took place in August of last year in the apartment of 26-year-old Shawn Garland.In an agreement with prosecutors, Garland pleaded guilty to murder today. He killed 58-year-old Richard Meyers back in 2010. Sentencing is scheduled for January. Prosecutors say they’ll push for a 35-year sentence.
Representative Chellie Pingree says the House has adopted a bill to exempt smaller fishing boats from EPA rules regulating discharges.Pingree says the bill is good news for operators of fishing boats under 79 feet in length because it spares them from extensive permits. Without the legislation, vessels of any size with so-called “gray water” discharges would soon have to be permitted under the Clean Water Act.Pingree, who sponsored a similar measure last year, says those rigorous point source pollution standards represent an “unneeded level of regulation.” The legislation was included in the Coast Guard Reauthorization Act. There has been no Senate action.(The Associated Press)
Two former Franklin County jail inmates who claimed guards tainted their food have settled their lawsuit.Robert Ayer of New Sharon and Stephen Wing of Industry claimed that in 2008 corrections officers contaminated veal patties and spaghetti with pepper spray or mace, then laughed when they became sick and asked for medical attention.A lawyer for the ex-inmates says a confidentiality agreement forbids him from disclosing terms of the deal.An attorney for the county says the settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing.
Augusta police are investigating a robbery.A 64-year-old man said Saturday he was assaulted and robbed in the parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy on Capitol Street.He told police he just left the store when a man approached him from behind and hit him on the head.He told police the robber took his wallet and car keys.Police described the robber as six feet tall male and weighing between 165 and 190 pounds. He was wearing jeans, a navy style pea coat and a black cap. If you have information you’re urged to call Augusta Police at 626-2370.
Work continues in the quest to identify the woman whose remains were found last month inside a freezer in a storage unit in Lewiston.Police think they might be those of Kitty Wardwell.She disappeared 28 years ago when she was 29.Her former boyfriend Frank Julian died early last month at age 80.Police say the remains were in a storage unit rented by Julian.They say his relatives found the body when they were cleaning it out.Police say more DNA testing needs to be done, which could take several weeks.
A Lewiston man accused of murdering a neighbor who advertised her escort services on the Internet was in court Thursday.30-year-old Buddy Robinson pleaded not guilty to the charges of murdering 22-year-old Christiana Fesmire last month.She was last seen in July.Her body has not been found.Police say Robinson drowned Fesmire in the bathtub of her apartment, which was in the same building where he lived. Police records say Fesmire was part of an online prostitution ring led by Robinson’s sister, who told police that he confessed to the killing. (AP)
A young woman’s body was found in an apartment in Lewiston. Police are trying to figure out what happened to her.26-year-old Samantha Folsom’s parents hadn’t heard from her recently.So they went to check on her, and discovered her body.Police say Folsom lived in greene before moving to Lewiston about a year ago.Police call the death suspicious.An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta.This is the fourth suspicious death involving a woman in lewiston in the past five months.