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New chief hopes to move police department forward


WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Westbrook's new interim police chief is working to rebuild and repair relationships within a departments dealing with serious controversies.

Janine Roberts spent nearly 29 years with the Portland Police Department before retiring as a lieutenant. She has been working as Westbrook's interim public safety director for two weeks. The city's first public safety director, Michael Pardue, announced his resignation last month. He said he is returning to his consulting business.

Pardue said his resignation is not connected with a female officer's claim of sexual harassment against the department. The day Roberts was sworn in, another female officer put the city on notice of a potential sexual harassment lawsuit.

Portland man arrested for burglary of a motor vehicle


WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Westbrook Police Officers said they were patrolling Lamb Street when they observed what they believed to be a car burglary in progress.

The suspect fled on a bicycle but was arrested nearby after a brief pursuit and foot chase.

Officers arrested 21-year-old Jeffrey S. Sprague Jr., of Portland, for Burglary of a Motor Vehicle and Refusing to Submit to Arrest. Sprague, who was out on bail related to an earlier drug trafficking charge, was additionally charged with Violation of Conditional Release. Property stolen in the burglary was recovered during the arrest.

Sprague is being held at the Cumberland County Jail.


Westbrook Police arrest two for burglary


WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Westbrook Police arrested two people on separate incidents of burglary Sunday and Monday.

Police said officers responded to a report of a burglary in progress to a motor vehicle on Brook Road shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday. Officers found a suspect that matched the description witnesses provided nearby. They arrested John Conley, 35 of Westbrook, for a class D burglary to a motor vehicle and Class E possession of burglar's tools. Police recovered a number of stolen items.

About 4:15 a.m. Monday police were investigating a burglary on Teri Circle when they arrested Jeremy Lester, 45 of South Portland, for Class B burglary and Class D criminal mischief.

Both Conley and Lester were booked into the Cumberland County Jail.


Fire burns trailer behind Pike Industries


WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A fire burned a trailer behind Pike Industries Thursday night.

The fire started after 9 p.m. and Westbrook Fire said the fire went out fast.


Man sentenced to 8 years in child porn case


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Maine man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for possessing child pornography and testifying falsely under oath in court.

Joel Dudley of Westbrook was convicted following separate jury trials in February and April.

The U.S. Attorney's office says police executed a search warrant at Dudley's apartment in August 2012 and seized two DVDs later found to contain numerous child pornography videos.

Westbrook police chief resigns


WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Just before 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, Westbrook's Public Safety Director Mike Pardue officially submitted his letter of resignation.

Pardue worked for the city for three and a half years as chief of both the police and fire departments. Pardue was originally hired as a consultant in 2010 in order to help the fire department through a sexual harassment lawsuit. He was then hired as the city's first full-time public safety director in 2011. Recently, there's been an ongoing investigation into sexual harassment at the police department. Last month, a female officer filed a notice of claim. In it she writes, "The Good Old Boys Club" is alive and well in Westbrook.

Pardue said that the harassment investigation has nothing to do with the timing of his announcement.

Haven's Candies, a century-old Maine business, changes hands


WESTBROOK, Maine (Portland Press Herald) -- Haven's Candies, the Westbrook-based chocolate maker that counts Intel and HBO among its customers, is under new ownership.

Erin Collins, a Freeport resident who spent the last 15 years in the financial services industry, acquired the chocolatier on Friday and took over as CEO on Monday.

"It's a real honor and I'm looking forward to servicing Haven's legacy well and showing everybody what I got," Collins, 36, said on Tuesday.