Bangor, Maine News Update: December 22, 2017
Police have released the identities of a man and woman who were both shot in a home invasion in Millinocket this week. 59-year-old Wayne Lapierre and his wife, 33-year-old Diem Lapierre, both suffered serious injuries. Police yesterday said the woman is recovering from her injuries, but her husband’s condition remains much more serious. Investigators believe the couple’s home on Massachusetts Avenue was specifically targeted. No arrests have been made.
A retired state trooper was arrested late Wednesday night and charged with selling cocaine and fentanyl. State police said yesterday that Jeffrey Linscott of Buxton was arrested as he was delivering suspected fentanyl to a customer in the parking lot of the Gorham Hannaford. His arrest is part of an ongoing investigation into the distribution of cocaine, fentanyl and heroin in Cumberland County. Linscott served for 22 years with Maine State Police and retired in Nov. of 2010.
A Bangor man was arrested Wednesday in connection with vehicle fires outside two local businesses. 20-year-old Ethan Getchell faces two counts of arson and one count of falsifying physical evidence. He’s accused of setting fire to vehicles outside Linnehan's Right Way Auto in October. Police also believe he torched several vehicles last month outside Kenny U-Pull.
Records show that the Maine Legislature has received two complaints of sexual misconduct against lawmakers in the last decade. The Associated Press uncovered the complaints yesterday after a records request. Both were against House lawmakers. The Legislature's executive director's office said correspondence regarding the complaints is exempt from disclosure under state law.
Gov. Paul LePage has nominated Suzanne Krauss to serve as director of the Maine Emergency Management Agency. Krauss is a former Navy pilot who served in the military for 22 years. She recently worked as director of strategy and change management at Custom Composite Technologies in Bath, and as business relations coordinator at Midcoast Regional Development Authority in Brunswick.
Officials in the city of Sanford voted to renew the lease of a popular restaurant that was in danger of closing. The city council voted unanimously this week to approve a one-year extension for the Cockpit Cafe. City officials had asked the owner, Rene Bernier, to make changes to the restaurant as the airport is upgraded. Bernier feared the requests from the city would force her out of business.