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Applications open for Junior Trooper Academy

VASSALBORO - The Maine State Police will be hosting a three-day Junior Trooper Academy. This is a Career Orientation Program to be held from July 16 through July 18, 2019.

The program is open to any High School Junior or Senior who has a strong interest in learning about a career with the Maine State Police. Lodging and meals will be provided at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro to those selected and invited from a pool of submitted applications. There is no fee associated with the program, and overnight stay will be a requirement. Space is limited.

The curriculum is designed to provide an orientation to law enforcement duties specific to the State Police, and the rank of Trooper. Some of the courses may include a K-9 demonstration, Overview of the Specialty Teams (e.g., Tactical Team, Underwater Recovery Team, Bomb Team, IMAT, etc.), Drill and Ceremony (marching), Introduction to Self Defense, Felony Motor Vehicle Stops and Cruiser/Equipment Orientation.

There will also be a familiarization with the role of a recruit in the academy environment as well as question and answer periods with Troopers temporarily assigned as support staff for the program. The participants will also be provided with the information needed to pursue a career with the Maine State Police.

The goal is to provide a program guided by the Maine State Police Core Principles of Integrity, Fairness, Compassion and Excellence in an environment that accurately portrays the professionalism and pride of the Maine State Police, as well as a desire and willingness to reach out to Maine's youth, who are the future of the department.

Please submit the completed application and release form along with a 100-word essay on why you would like to attend this program and/or why you would like to be a Maine State Trooper, no later than June 1, 2019 to Maine State Police Junior Troopers, 15 Oak Grove Road, Vassalboro, ME 04989. Questions regarding the program can be directed to Melissa Weiner at the Maine State Police Training Unit by calling 877-8025 or email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Burglary arrest in Lebanon

LEBANON – Four men were arrested in Lebanon and charged with breaking into a vacant house. Officials said the men were in the process of stripping the house of its copper piping.  

The house on Carl Broggi Highway is bank-owned because of foreclosure; property managers discovered the burglary on the afternoon of April 28 as the four men were at the property. Two of the men were found in the house, another was hiding in a shed and the fourth was found in woods behind the house.  The copper piping had been removed from the property and troopers said a TV, household items and furniture from the house had been placed in the garage, ready for removal.  Entry was made by breaking into a rear door and there was water damage in the house from the cut pipes. Most of the piping had been removed from the basement.

 Charged with burglary are: 32-year-old Cody Mros of South Berwick; 36-year-old William Kimball of Lebanon; 48-year-old Shawn Sullivan of Union, NH; and 35-year-old Benjamin Foster of Rochester, NH. 

The four men were still at the property when troopers arrived. Two of the men gave false names and two were in possession of drug paraphernalia. The damage to the house is expected to be several thousand dollars. 

The four were taken to the York County Jail and were scheduled to appear at Springvale District Court the next afternoon.

Augusta hacker sought $100K

AUGUSTA (AP) — Those responsible for unleashing a cyberattack that shut down the computer network in the Augusta City Center sought a ransom payment of more than $100,000.

The Kennebec Journal reports that city officials prevented the attack from spreading by literally pulling cables from computers and devices.

City Manager William Bridgeo told councilors that there was never any discussion of paying up. He declined to provide the specific ransom.

City offices were closed for two days after municipal financial systems, billing, automobile excise, assessor’s records and general assistance were frozen.

City officials are tallying the costs of sorting out the mess, including outside vendors and overtime for city IT workers. The episode incident under investigation.

Theft conviction for former legislator

BANGOR (AP) — A judge has sentenced a former Maine legislator to 10 years in prison for stealing more than $3 million from two elderly widows and for tax evasion.

Prosecutors said Robert Kenneth Lindell Jr., of Cloverdale, California, managed the estate of a 92-year-old Belfast woman and another woman living in France while working as a financial adviser.

The woman from France testified that Lindell was a longtime family friend and she trusted him with her finances. The Belfast woman died in 2012.

Justice William Anderson said at Tuesday’s sentencing said it was the worst theft he’d ever seen and ordered Lindell to pay $750,000 in restitution.

Lindell, elected in 2004, served one term as a Republican representative from Frankfort. He said he wants to dedicate his life to repaying the victims.

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