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Criminal Mischief (02/12/2020)

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Deal reached in cannon charges

ELLSWORTH (AP) — A criminal case against the chairman of a construction company over the firing of a small cannon that injured a referee is expected to be dismissed.

Cianbro Corp. Chairman Peter Vigue was indicted on criminal charges on Dec. 5. The aggravated assault and reckless conduct charges were dismissed in a deal reached with the Hancock County district attorney’s office last week, according to court documents.

The third charge, possessing or discharging a firearm on school property, will be dismissed if Vigue doesn’t break any criminal laws in the next six months.

Vigue is accused of firing a cannon during a Marine Maritime Academy football game in Castine in September. Authorities said Vigue, a Maine Maritime alumnus, fired the cannon in tradition when the team scored a touchdown. But something discharged and hit a referee in the head.

The referee was taken to a hospital but did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

The agreement does not require Vigue to enter a plea, and there will be no criminal record. Vigue has also agreed to pay a $250 court fee and donate $1,000 to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 109 in Ellsworth.

Vigue and his attorney did not respond to request for comment.

Man recovering from 300-foot fall

DIXFIELD (AP) — A Massachusetts man tumbled down a 300-foot cliff when he lost his footing while peering over the the side, wardens said.

Robert Burns, age 54 of Waltham, Massachusetts, suffered numerous injuries and was airlifted early Sunday to Central Maine Medical Center, wardens said. He was listed in fair condition Monday at the hospital.

Burns drove his tracked all-terrain vehicle to the top of Holt Hill late Saturday in Dixfield and was looking over the cliff known as Bull Rock when he lost his footing and slid down the steep face.

He was fading into and out of consciousness when wardens found him lying in the snow, wardens said.

Wardens and first-responders loaded him onto a sled and took him to an ambulance, officials said. A LifeFlight helicopter eventually transported him to the hospital in Lewiston.

Trapping proposed fox solution

BATH (AP) — Maine has been the site of more than a half dozen attacks on people by foxes in the last few months, prompting one city to try trapping the animals.

Foxes are common in Maine and are typically skittish around humans, but the state’s mid-coast region has been the site of numerous attacks in the past six months. One man, Norman Kenney of Bath, was attacked twice by a rabid fox on separate occasions. He had to undergo treatment for the dangerous disease.

The Bath City Council voted unanimously on Feb. 5 to spend $26,000 to lay out traps to catch foxes. The city is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the effort, WGME-TV reported.

Maine is also in the midst of its annual season for fox hunting. The season starts in October and runs until the end of February.

Big drug bust in Portland

PORTLAND - The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency seized over two pounds of the powerful-dangerous drug Fentanyl and arrested a Portland man who is charged with selling it. 

Working with Portland Police, MDEA agents charged 21-year-old Hunter S. York of Portland with Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Fentanyl).  On Feb. 4, agents from the MDEA Cumberland District Task Force and officers from the Portland Police Crime Reduction Unit began investigating reports of drug trafficking from 115 Dartmouth Street in Portland. York lives at the residence and was suspected of distributing various illegal drugs, including fentanyl throughout Cumberland and York counties.

Early the next morning, York was stopped by Portland Police on Forest Avenue in Portland operating a 2003 Ford Mustang. He was arrested after being found in possession of fentanyl and two firearms.

Drug Agents searched his apartment and seized over two pounds of fentanyl in powder and tablet form. Also seized were over 125 Ecstasy capsules, another widely abused drug. Agents also seized $15,000 in suspected drug proceeds and two additional guns stored with the fentanyl. One of the firearms is believed to have been stolen in Saco last year.

York was transported to the Cumberland County Jail where bail was set at $100,000.

Drug Agents said the fentanyl seizure, which has a street value of $140,000, along with the four guns, will have a significant impact on the drug’s distribution from Portland to Saco. Fentanyl has been one of the leading causes of drug deaths in Maine and the country. The drug is so powerful that the equivalent of a few grains of salt can be deadly. The drug is manufactured on the black market outside Maine and MDEA is working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to identify, disrupt and prosecute York’s out-of-state supplier. 

The investigation is ongoing, and several others involved with York’s distribution have been identified. Additional arrests are expected.

Last modified on Tuesday, 11 February 2020 05:52

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