New England Briefs

Saturday December 8, 2012

4 teens indicted in UMass rape case

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) -- Four teenagers accused of raping a University of Massachusetts student in her Amherst dorm room in October have been indicted by a grand jury.

Adam Liccardi, Justin King, and Emmanuel Bile, all 18 and from Pittsfield, and 17-year-old Caleb Womack of Windsor Locks, Conn., face multiple counts each of aggravated rape. Liccardi faces an additional count of rape for allegedly returning to the 18-year-old woman’s room and raping her again after the others had left. None of the defendants is a UMass student. All but Liccardi are scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

The woman knew the teens, but asked that they not visit. They were signed into the dorm by another student. The suspects’ lawyers have said the sex was consensual. They pleaded not guilty.

Maine ‘Grinch’ charged with
theft of Christmas presents

OAKLAND, Maine (AP) -- A neighbor has been charged with stealing Christmas gifts from an elderly couple’s home in Oakland.

Twenty-five-year-old Jason Horne was arrested Friday afternoon hiding in a home across the street. He’s been charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief. The couple reported that the gifts they had bought for their family were stolen on Thursday. Police said that most of the items have not been recovered. Oakland police Detective Tracey Frost says Horne got scared when he saw police were investigating and brought most of the gifts to the landfill. The items had already been compacted when police arrived.

Boil order lifted in Claremont

CLAREMONT, N.H. (AP) -- Residents in Claremont, N.H., who use the municipal water system no longer have to boil water. The city lifted its boil order at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Water samples collected on Tuesday showed fecal coliform or E. coli bacteria were found. Residents were told not to drink the water without boiling it first.

U.S.government to buy
Maine blueberries

BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it intends to buy up to $16 million worth of wild Maine blueberries for federal food programs. The Maine Wild Blueberry Commission requested the purchase to help the industry address an oversupply caused by a large crop of blueberries. The industry was also impacted by a growing supply of frozen cultivated blueberries.

Homer exhibit breaks
Maine museum record

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- An exhibition of Winslow Homer works helped to break the Portland Museum of Art’s attendance record for November. The museum says the popularity of the exhibition Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine drew more than 22,000 visitors and quadrupled the number of new members for the month.

Due to the show’s success, the museum’s hours will be extended until 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays, Dec. 13 through the last day of the exhibition Dec. 30.


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