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Students join calls for professor’s removal

Ibe was demoted, but not fired, after probe found sexual harassment

LOWELL — The demotion of a former associate dean over accusations of sexual harassment committed against a staff member is not enough, according to a petition started by a UMass Lowell student that has garnered nearly 840 signatures since its release on Saturday.

The student petition demands the university immediately suspend UMass Lowell professor Oliver Ibe from his professional duties pending the results of an investigation already requested by faculty and staff members.

"We demand to be able to go to our classes without fear of being sexually harassed or assaulted by a predator," states the student petition, located on change.org .

"This matter has affected myself and people close to me before, so to know that there are other women scared, even nauseous to go to their work because of the harassment they face by a man that should be nothing but respectful of their personal space and private life disgusts me," said 19-year-old freshman Maria Kotob, who launched the petition.

Ibe, who joined the university in 2003, is accused of putting his hands on a staff member and sexually harassing her. The staff member, then 43, said during one encounter […]

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Grand jury indicts alleged Waterville bank robber who slipped, fell in front of officer

Grand jury indicts alleged Waterville bank robber who slipped, fell in front of officer

Three police vehicles block the entrance to the Bangor Savings Bank on Waterville Commons Drive after a robbery there on Feb. 12. The robbery suspect, Jason Mackenrodt, was indicted Thursday in connection with the crime. AUGUSTA — A Waterville man who slipped and fell on ice while fleeing a bank he allegedly had just robbed — dropping the stolen money and a gun in front of a police officer — was indicted by a grand jury in Kennebec County on charges of robbery and theft. Jason Mackenrodt Jason M. Mackenrodt, 37, of Waterville, was indicted by a grand jury Thursday in Augusta.

Mackenrodt, according to the indictment, used force to compel a worker at Bangor Savings Bank in Waterville to give him more than $10,000 in cash from the bank in a Feb. 12 robbery that didn’t end well for the Waterville man.

After he brandished a handgun at the bank, according to police, Mackenrodt ran across four lanes of traffic on Main Street and into a local Chinese restaurant parking lot, where he slipped and fell on ice, causing the money and a gun to fall out of his jacket pocket and spill onto the parking lot. That slip occurred […]

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Kennebec Journal April 22 police log

IN AUGUSTA, Sunday at 5:02 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Western Avenue.

8:31 a.m., a disturbance was reported on Gage Street.

2:04 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Mount Vernon Avenue.

2:06 p.m., an automobile fire was reported on Riverside Drive.

5:21 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on New England Road.

6:35 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Mount Vernon Avenue.7:52 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Civic Center Drive.7:58 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Mount Vernon Avenue.10:25 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Civic Center Drive.11:46 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Littlefield Street.Monday at 1:14 a.m., a disturbance was reported at the intersection of Oak and State streets.2:07 a.m., a disturbance was reported on Gage Street.IN CHINA, Monday at 6:26 a.m., harassment was reported on Narrow Gauge Drive.IN GARDINER, Sunday at 6:12 p.m., a fight was reported on Water Street.Monday at 4:20 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Spring Street.7:57 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on River Avenue.IN FARMINGDALE, Friday at 2:36 p.m., an attempted break-in was reported on Jamies Pond Road.IN MANCHESTER, Saturday at 3:05 p.m., horses were reported running on Lucas Lane. ARREST IN GARDINER, Saturday at 6:31 p.m., Jessica Lyn Pagliaroli, 29, of Gardiner, was arrested on […]

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Jay Mercier, convicted in 2012 in one of Maine’s oldest cold case homicides, back in court

Jay Mercier, convicted in 2012 in one of Maine’s oldest cold case homicides, back in court

SKOWHEGAN — Jay Mercier, the former Industry man convicted in 2012 in what was then the oldest cold case homicide in Maine, was back in court in Skowhegan Monday morning, mounting his third appeal.

Mercier, now 63, was found guilty of murder in the 1980 death of Rita St. Peter after prosecutors used DNA from a cigarette butt to match samples taken from the victim 32 years before. Rita St. Peter was 20 at the time of her death when her body was found off Campground Road in Anson on July 5, 1980. Jay Mercier was convicted of her murder in September 2012 and sought a post conviction review in 2016 after his appeal was rejected by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Mercier was back in court in Skowhegan on Monday mounting another appeal. Jay Mercier in a recent mug shot taken upon his return to Somerset County Mercier’s lawyer in October 2018 requested new appeals in the post-conviction review process, including disqualifying the Attorney General’s Office from the case and a motion to allow new DNA analysis.

Superior Court Justice Robert Mullen dismissed the DNA motion based on the fact that the two-year deadline had long since passed for a […]

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Morning Sentinel April 22 police log

IN ANSON, Sunday at 7:23 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Horseback Road.

IN CANAAN, Sunday at 10:25 a.m., vandalism was reported on Hartland Road.

IN FAIRFIELD, Sunday at 12:08 p.m., assault was reported on Water Street.

12:39 p.m., vandalism was reported on Ridge Road.

7:37 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Main Street.

IN FARMINGTON, Sunday at 8:26 a.m., criminal mischief involving vandalism was reported on Academy Street.Monday at 9:25 a.m., theft or fraud was reported on High Street.IN HARTLAND, Sunday at 8:58 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Elm Street.9:16 p.m., suspicious activity was again reported on Elm Street.IN JAY, Sunday at 5:26 p.m., harassment was reported on Main Street.Monday at 12:44 a.m., a noise complaint was made on Bridge Street.10:16 a.m., theft or fraud was reported on Main Street.IN MADISON, Sunday at 5:09 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Thurston Hill Road.IN MERCER, Monday at 11:20 a.m., theft was reported on Main Street.IN NORRIDGEWOCK, Sunday at 7:52 p.m., a traffic accident causing injury was reported on Smithfield Road.Monday at 8:05 a.m., theft was reported on Skowhegan Road.Monday at 9:57 a.m., trespassing was reported on Martin Stream Road.IN OAKLAND, Sunday at 5:24 p.m., threatening was reported on Town Farm Road.IN RIPLEY, Sunday […]

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Grand jury indicts alleged Waterville bank robber who slipped and fell in front of officer

Grand jury indicts alleged Waterville bank robber who slipped and fell in front of officer

Three police vehicles block the entrance to the Bangor Savings Bank on Waterville Commons Drive after a robbery on Feb. 12. AUGUSTA — A Waterville man who slipped and fell on ice while fleeing a bank he allegedly had just robbed — dropping the stolen money and a gun in front of a police officer — was indicted by a grand jury in Kennebec County on charges of robbery and theft. Jason Mackenrodt Jason M. Mackenrodt, 37, of Waterville, was indicted by a grand jury April 18 in Augusta.

Mackenrodt, according to the indictment, used force to compel a worker at Bangor Savings Bank in Waterville to give him more than $10,000 in cash from the bank in a Feb. 12 robbery that didn’t end well for the Waterville man.

After he brandished a handgun at the bank, according to police, Mackenrodt ran across four lanes of traffic on Main Street and into a local Chinese restaurant parking lot, where he slipped and fell on ice, causing the money and a gun to fall out of his jacket pocket and spill out onto the parking lot. That slip occurred in front of Glenn Lang, a special agent for the Maine State […]

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Lawyer for former Maine prison guard on trial for sexual assault criticizes accuser

Lawyer for former Maine prison guard on trial for sexual assault criticizes accuser

ALFRED, ME – APRIL 19: Joshua Dall-Leighton, left, stands with his attorney Neal Weinstein during his trial Monday, April 22, 2019. Dall-Leighton is accused of sexually assaulting a female inmate in his charge at the Southern Maine Reentry Center in Alfred. (Staff photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer) ALFRED — The trial opened Monday for a former guard at a York County pre-release center who is charged with sexually assaulting a female prisoner incarcerated at the facility.

Joshua Dall-Leighton, 34, faces five counts of gross sexual assault and one of unlawful sexual contact. The indictment says that Dall-Leighton had supervisory or disciplinary authority over the alleged victim. All are felonies, and he has pleaded not guilty .

His defense lawyer immediately attacked the accuser, using his opening statement to repeatedly mention her criminal record, the delay in her report of sexual contact and a lawsuit she filed against the former guard and others for financial damages.

“You won’t see DNA evidence,” attorney Neal Weinstein said. “You won’t see any rape kit evidence. You remember Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, and she had a stain. That’s corroborating evidence that proves something happened. There’s nothing in this case.”

The prosecutor outlined the evidence against Dall-Leighton, […]

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Bosnian man accused of trying to strangle girlfriend deported

Bosnian man accused of trying to strangle girlfriend deported

ROCKLAND — A Bosnian man awaiting trial on a charge that he tried to strangle his pregnant girlfriend has been deported. Milorad Stanivukovic Photo courtesy Knox County Jail The charges of aggravated assault and domestic violence assault against Milorad Stanivukovic, 34, were dismissed last week in the Knox County Court in Rockland. The dismissal came after he had been deported.

Stanivukovic, who had been living in Cushing and Hope, was arrested Feb. 11.

The incidents occurred in April 2018 in Warren, but the victim did not report the crimes at the time; instead, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office began investigating after she submitted an affidavit requesting a protection from abuse order against Stanivukovic. The court granted that order in January.

The woman told police in a subsequent interview that he had thrown her on a bed and tried to strangle her as she pleaded for her life and that of their unborn baby, according to an affidavit filed by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office with the Knox County Court. The woman was six months pregnant at the time.

She said he also threw her against the furniture as if she were a rag doll, according to the affidavit. In another incident, he allegedly […]

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Woman stabs man in head as he assaults and chokes her, police say

Woman stabs man in head as he assaults and chokes her, police say

A man in Fort Worth was stabbed in the head by a woman he was assaulting on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Fort Worth Police Department.

The incident happened just before 3 p.m. at Heather Village Apartments, in the 6000 block of Woodthrush Drive in east Fort Worth.

As the woman was being assaulted and choked by the man, she defended herself by stabbing him in the head, Officer Buddy Calzada said.

The man, who has not yet been identified publicly, was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injured. He’ll be arrested once he’s released, Calzada said.

The man and woman have a child together, police said.

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7-year-old boy dies after being shot during domestic incident, SC sheriff says

7-year-old boy dies after being shot during domestic incident, SC sheriff says

X’Zavier Sharif Davis is facing four counts of attempted murder for shooting at his children and others, the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office said. Newberry County Sheriff’s Office

A 7-year-old South Carolina boy has died days after being shot during a domestic incident, according to the Newberry County sheriff’s office.

The boy died Monday at a Columbia hospital, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday. Newberry County Coroner Laura Kneece identified the child as Iven James Caldwell. An autopsy is expected Tuesday.

X’Zavier Sharif Davis, 26, who was charged with four counts of assault and battery with intent to kill, now faces a count of murder for the boy’s death, the sheriff’s office said.

Newberry County deputies were called to the county hospital just after 3 a.m. Saturday, where they found that the mother and one of her children had been shot.

Deputies say the child was shot Saturday after a “domestic argument,” when Davis returned to the home where he lived with a woman and her three children, The State reported previously . Davis is not the biological father of Iven, the sheriff’s office said.Iven was later taken to a Columbia hospital because of the severity of his injuries, the sheriff’s office said. He died around […]

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