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A Mechanic Falls woman died early Thursday when a tractor trailer struck her in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Auburn, police reported.
On Thursday at 1:11 a.m., Auburn Police responded to the parking lot of Wal-Mart, 100 Mount Auburn Ave., where a woman had been struck by a tractor trailer truck, police reported.
A 2014 Freightliner operated by Hasan Williams, 40, of Tobyhanna, Penn., was moving through the parking lot when the truck ran over Kassandra Lavoie, 33, of Mechanic Falls, police said. Lavoie was killed instantly.
On Thursday at 12:22 a.m., Auburn Police had responded to Wal-Mart for a report of a suspicious person in the parking lot, police said. Officers spoke with Lavoie, who was a suspect in a Lewiston theft case from earlier in the day, according to Auburn Police. Lavoie was issued a criminal summons for the Lewiston theft and for unlawful use or possession of inhalants, police said. Lavoie was released and was last seen walking toward Turner Street.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation. Auburn Police were assisted at the scene by Maine State Police, who provided an accident reconstructionist and a trooper from the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 23:36
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The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in identifying the individual responsible for robbing a woman of her purse while she was grocery shopping at the Umbrella Factory in Naples.
On Tuesday at approximately 3:15 p.m., a 41-year-old Harrison woman had just purchased groceries and was walking out to her car in the parking lot, the sheriff's office reported. As the woman was about to load grocery bags into her car, a man walked by her grocery carriage and grabbed her purse, the sheriff's office reported.
The victim grabbed onto the man's arm to retain her purse, but the suspect freed himself by pulling off his sweatshirt, the sheriff's office reported. The suspect then ran away in the direction of Bray's Brew Pub with the woman's purse. The purse contained typical identification cards and credit cards.
The victim sustained minor injuries, including side and back pain, during the struggle, the sheriff's office reported. Also during the struggle, the suspect's ball cap fell off. Both the sweatshirt and ball cap were recovered by police. The ball cap is unique, containing the word, "Marines," and a cartoon image of a bulldog's head.
Later in the day, the victim's bank card was used to make a purchase at the Rite Aid on Portland Road in Bridgton, the sheriff's office reported.
The suspect is described as a white male, standing 5 feet, 9 inches to 6 feet tall, with thin build. He is approximately 30 years of age.
The suspect may have fled in a full sized, red Chevy or GMC regular cab pick-up, the sheriff's office reported. The truck had a wooden ladder rack fixed to the bed.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the CCSO Detective Division at 774-1444, ext. 2108.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 23:37
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A California man was arrested last Thursday, Oct. 16, after police said he refused to exit an old school bus in the parking lot of Target, which may result in charges of creating a police standoff.
At approximately 5:38 p.m. Thursday afternoon, Oct. 16, South Portland Police Officers responded to the Target parking lot, located on the south side of the building near the Cummings Road entrance, per the request of management, police reported in a press release. An old school bus, painted over with some windows boarded up and appearing to have been converted to some type of living quarters, was parked in the lot, and Target officials wanted the bus removed, police said.
The officers arrived and noticed the bus was not road worthy; specifically it was not registered, had no headlights, tires were in poor shape, and it was in a general state of disrepair. A homemade sign was in the window stating "STUCK HELP," police said.
At first officers found the bus unoccupied, but they were soon approached by a passenger in the bus who stated he had just recently met the driver/owner, and they were planning to travel to Florida together in the coming months, the press release reported.
The owner of the bus, Corbin Allen Pratt, 29, of Oakland, Calif., arrived shortly thereafter, police said. While officers were speaking to the pair, store management advised if the bus could not be driven off the property, they wished it to be towed, police said. Upon hearing this, Pratt ran on to the bus, covered himself up with a mattress toward the rear portion of the bus and stated officials could not tow it with him on it, police said.
"People are often (and understandably) unpredictable when in defense of their homes, and given information there were knives on board the bus, a perimeter was set up around the bus in order to keep the public as well as officers safe, while a safe resolve could be found," the press release reported.
During the incident, which stretched toward 8 p.m., Pratt refused continuous orders to exit the bus and work with police, at times challenging police by placing his hands in his pockets and pretending to draw a gun at anyone within close proximity, the press release added. Due to the tenseness of the situation, and the fact it was unknown whether or not he actually had a weapon, a larger perimeter was established and negotiators were called to the scene, police said.
Pratt continued to state things such as the bus was "his home," he would not let police "take his home" and that he would not exit. Pratt also made physical threats to a police canine which was on scene, and challenged officers to shoot him by drawing a target on his chest, police said.
Meanwhile, police made several attempts and did locate beds for the subjects at a nearby shelter if Pratt would just surrender from the bus and let it be towed. Shelter was found for Pratt and his passenger, and ultimately he surrendered himself to negotiators, police reported.
Pratt was charged with criminal trespass, a misdemeanor. Charges of creating a police standoff will be reviewed by the office of the Cumberland County District Attorney, police said.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:26
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State Police and Lewiston Police are investigating the death of a baby found in a bathtub Monday afternoon inside a Lewiston apartment.
The boy, who would have turned 1 next week, was placed in the tub along with his 2-year-old sister for a bath by the children's father, who then left the room, police said. When the father later checked on the children, the boy was unresponsive. An ambulance was called, and the baby was dead on arrival at Central Maine Medical Center.
The incident took place at an apartment at 125 Pierce St. The father is 27-year-old Sean St. Amand, and the dead child has the same name, police said. The baby would have been 1 on Oct. 30. The boy's mother, Jennifer Everett, 28, was also in the apartment at the time, taking a nap, police said.
Police have interviewed the parents, a press release reported. Officials await findings from the Medical Examiner's Office from an autopsy scheduled this week.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 18:31
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