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Local News – January 9, 2019

Inmate Death

(Warren) – A convicted bank robber has died at the Maine State Prison in Warren.  The State Corrections Department reports to Star 97.7 that 56-year old Raymond Leavitt of Portland died under supervision this week.  Leavitt was serving a 10-year sentence for holding up a bank in Brunswick in 2013.  Police caught him outside the bank where he’d given a teller a note declaring that it was a robbery.  The Attorney General’s office will investigate Leavitt’s death.


Death = Drug Arrests

(Franklin) – When a 34-year old Sullivan woman died from a drug overdose last summer on a dirt turnout in Franklin, the two men with her called for help.  State police found Nina Wallace dead in the car in July.  In recent days they’ve arrested the two men with her that night for furnishing the fentanyl that killed her.  State Troopers report to Star 97.7 that they arrested 54-year old James Grindel of Waltham and 44-year old Richard Drost of Sullivan for unlawfully furnishing the fentanyl.


Animals Seized

(Sorrento) The State has seized more than 100-animals from a Sorrento man’s property and taken the creatures to various shelters. State Animal Welfare Director Liam Hughes tells Star 97.7 they charged Marc Calcia with Animal Cruelty and executed a search warrant at his property on Monday.  They found 75-chickens, 15-rabbits, 10-ducks and 5-pigs and removed them from his property. Calcia signed an agreement with the state in a deferred disposition sentence. He will start paying a fine next month and is forbidden to keep any more livestock.


Burglary Spree

(Thomaston) Police say a Thomaston man who stole enough items to fill two U-Haul trucks is now in jail facing 125 criminal charges. 38-year-old Joshua Vandine (van-DYNE’) is accused of burglarizing dozens of locations over a period of 3 years. Among the alleged stolen items found in Vandine’s home were antiques, chain saws, tools, coins, toys, clothing and hunting equipment. He remains jailed on $50,000 cash bail.


New AG Sworn-In

(Augusta) Maine’s 58th Attorney General took the oath of office during a ceremony in the Maine House of Representatives yesterday. Aaron Frey begins his first term, and is the first Attorney General from Bangor elected since 1925. In his remarks, Frey said his priorities include combating the opioid epidemic, which requires a comprehensive multi-jurisdictional approach which must include increasing opportunities for treatment. He also highlighted the need to build stronger relationships with Maine’s Wabanaki Tribes and protecting the state from harmful actions taken by the federal government.


Utility Investigation

(Augusta) Maine utility regulators have voted to launch a formal investigation of the state’s biggest electric utility in response to an independent audit that uncovered customer service issues. The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to initiate the inquiry at Central Maine Power, which has weathered complaints of high bills in recent months. Commission spokesman Harry Lanphear said Liberty Consulting’s independent audit did not find a systemic billing or metering problem that would have led to such high bill complaints.


Dead Inmate’s Fiancée

(Warren) The fiancée of a Maine state prisoner who died in custody says the 28-year-old man feared for his life and had asked to be moved. Dana Bartlett died June 24th last year at the Warren facility and was serving a 16-month sentence at the time of his death. Bartlett’s death has been under investigation by state police.


Mountain Rescue

(Millinocket) Baxter State Park officials say headlamps may have saved a father and son who got lost on Maine’s tallest mountain. The pair was rescued from Mount Katahdin on Sunday after blowing snow caused whiteout conditions. In a statement released Monday officials said that the whiteout disoriented them and they suffered several falls due to the difficult conditions and unsuitable gear. Rangers were alerted to the hikers after seeing headlamps on the Dudley Trail, and caught up with the pair near Chimney Pond Trail. The father and son stayed overnight at a ranger station to recover. Park officials urge visitors to prepare for rapidly changing winter conditions if they choose to hike on Katahdin.



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