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Maine State Police to start e-citation program

PORTLAND (AP) — Busted for speeding? Maine State Police have an app for that.

Maine troopers are preparing to issue traffic citations via computers in their cruisers. The motorist gets a printout of the citation, which is electronically sent to court.

Trooper Anthony Keim, the first to test the “e-citation program,” tells WGME-TV that it’s easier to type out the ticket than to write it out by hand.

“When they first came out with the program, I was sort of a little skeptical that it was going to slow my process down on how I do things out here. But it really hasn’t,” Keim said.

It’ll be rolled out to all state police cruisers in December.

It comes with a cost of about $1,000 per cruiser, which is a problem for smaller departments. But some of them are hoping grants may eventually cover those costs.

Supporters say the system makes officers more efficient and keeps them safer by reducing the amount of time on roadsides during traffic stops. One of the makers of such systems said they reduce the amount of time for a traffic stop by half.

Buxton Police Chief Troy Cline said the system makes officers more efficient and allows them to be more cognizant of their surroundings.

“It would help the officers become more efficient and effective, it’s just a matter of getting the funds to do that,” he said.

Lobsterman rescues deer from water

HARRINGTON (AP) – A Maine lobsterman hauled in an unusual catch five miles off the coast - a live deer.

Ren Dorr says he was setting traps when he saw a young deer Monday morning. He says the deer had given up swimming and was being carried farther offshore.

He and his crew hauled the 100-pound buck aboard.

Having a wild animal in a confined space could be trouble. But Dorr told the Bangor Daily News that the deer was so tuckered out that he “laid right down like a dog.”

He says it took a half-hour to return to Harrington, where the deer was set free.

Dorr says that he has seen deer swimming before but that this was different.

He says that if he and his crew hadn’t intervened, the deer would have been “a goner.”

Body found in Saco woods

SACO – The body of a man involved in a high-speed motorcycle chase was found days later in the woods by hunters and reported to law enforcement.

At approximately 10:30 a.m. on the morning of Nov. 7, two hunters reported that they had discovered the body of a male subject in the woods nearby. Investigators from the State Police and Saco Police Department responded to the scene, located approximately a quarter of a mile into the woods from the Flag Pond Road overpass.

The victim was identified as 48-year-old Herbert Winship of Saco. Winship was involved in a high-speed chase just before midnight on the night of Nov. 2 with Saco Police when an officer directed him to stop his motorcycle in the parking lot of VIP Tires and Service on Route 1 after observing a traffic violation. Winship failed to comply with the officer and traveled northbound on Route 1 eluding police. He parked his motorcycle at Rinaldi Energy on Route 1 in Saco and fled the area on foot.

A Scarborough Police officer found the abandoned motorcycle and began a canine track in an effort to locate Winship, but was unable to find him.  

An autopsy has been completed, but authorities are waiting on toxicology reports and further tests before releasing findings. It is expected to take upwards of four weeks before results will be returned to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

No further updates are expected until that time.

Last modified on Tuesday, 12 November 2019 07:10

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