Bookkeeper pleads guilty to embezzling employers


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A bookkeeper has pleaded guilty to stealing almost $1 million from two former employers in Maine and New Hampshire.

Janis Woods of Conway, New Hampshire, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to interstate transportation of stolen checks and tax evasion.

Prosecutors say the 65-year-old Woods, while working as a bookkeeper for Grover Gundrilling of Norway between 2009 and 2012, wrote 169 checks to herself for almost $750,000 from company accounts. Prosecutors say some of that money went to a pizza parlor owned by her son.

Prosecutors say between 2007 and 2009, she used her position as bookkeeper for VM Foods of Conway, New Hampshire, to issue herself $220,000 in unauthorized checks.

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Lots of folks are more tuned in to whole grains these days, and one would think that those who follow a gluten-free lifestyle would naturally favor whole grains as well. After all, there are plenty of whole grains that don’t contain gluten. But the fact is, lots of people who eat gluten-free are not eating their share of whole grains.  How can you fill the gap? Dietitian Kit Broihier has some nutritious advice ...

Police: Man wanted for sex assault questioning in custody


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) The Portland man wanted for questioning in a burglary and child sex assault has been taken into custody out-of-state, police said.

Julian Soto, 25, is being held in Massachusetts after officers with the U.S. Marshals picked him up in the greater Boston area. Officers have not yet said how they were able to find Soto Tuesday night.

Investigators had been searching for Soto since October 9 when a man broke into an apartment on Greenleaf Street in Portland's East Bayside neighborhood. After the burglary police said a child inside the apartment was sexually assaulted.

They believe the assault was an isolated incident and that the suspect knows the victim.

Soto is expected to head to court in Massachusetts to see when he'll be brought back to Maine.


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Political signs moved at Deering Oaks Park


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Something peculiar happened in Portland Sunday. More than 50 political campaign signs were moved and put in a circle at Deering Oaks Park.

State Representative Ben Chipman said he spent last night putting up new signs in and around the park. When he drove by those same areas this morning, he noticed his signs were missing.

"So I parked my car and got out to see if the signs were around in the area, and that's where I discovered this large circle of over 65 campaign signs representing 15 different candidates all forming a circle here in the area where they were stolen from," Chipman said.

Business, city leaders celebrate return of Pirates to Portland


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Last season is one both the city and the Portland Pirates would like to forget. Construction and heated negotiations between the Cumberland County Civic Center's Board of Trustees and the team kept the Pirates out of the namesake city.

"Last year was a difficult year," stated Portland's Mayor, Michael Brennan. "It was a difficult year for the Pirates, both on the ice and off the ice, and it was difficult with the negotiations with the Civic Center. We worked through those difficulties. We are now at a better place, and we see a bright future for the Pirates in Portland."

Mayor Brennan says the team has a tremendous economic, as well as social, impact on the community.

Boothbay Harbor man crowned Maine Lobster Chef of the Year


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Lobster Chef of the Year 2014 was crowned after this year's lobster cook-off competition held Friday at Portland's four-day food and wine event, Harvest on the Harbor. Chef Stephen Richards, of Boothbay Harbor, was crowned in a Competition at Harvest on the Harbor.

Chef Stephen Richards from The World Is Mine Oyster in Boothbay Harbor, prepared Pumpkin Powdered, Mascarpone and Chestnut Crispy Polenta Bar with Roasted Fig Gastrique, Brown Butter Froth, Peppered Pancetta Chip and 24 Hour Cold Smoked Lobster Claw for the attendees and judges, and was voted the winner.

Richards received $1,000 in prize money, public relations opportunities, and bragging rights for the year.

Copies of the chef's recipes can be found at www.lobsterfrommaine.com.