NYC man pleads guilty to Maine counterfeit scheme

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A New York City man authorities said used teenage girls to spend counterfeit $100 bills in Maine has pleaded guilty to related charges.

Andrew Cupidore pleaded guilty this week in federal court to passing counterfeit U.S. currency.

Police arrested 21-year-old Cupidore April 21 after an officer patrolling the Maine Mall in South Portland received a report from a store clerk that a girl had tried to spend what appeared to be counterfeit bill. The officer found the 16-year-old girl and discovered three other girls in the mall doing the same thing. Cupidore was found hiding in a mall bathroom. Police recovered $1,000 in fake currency.

Police said Cupidore directed the girls to make purchases with the fake money and give him the change.

He'll be sentenced at a later date.


Pot legalization goes to South Portland Nov. ballot

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- This November, voters in South Portland will decide whether recreational marijuana should be legal for adults 21 years or older in the city.

City councilors voted unanimously to put the question on the November 4th ballot Monday night.

The group Citizens for a Safer Maine collected more than 1,500 signatures to get the measure before the council, when only 959 valid signatures were needed.

The council had three options.

The first was to enact the ordinance, which would make it legal for adults 21 years or older to privately possess up to one ounce of marijuana.

This was an unlikely option, because earlier in the summer, councilors unanimously stated their opposition to marijuana legalization in South Portland in a symbolic vote.

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Three arrested, one to hospital in So Portland incident

(NEWS CENTER) – South Portland Police say a two hour fight led to three arrests and one person sent to hospital with wounds from an "edged" weapon.

Lt. Frank Clark of the South Portland Police Department said officers had been called to Cannon Road around midnight for a disturbance. Officers left the scene after finding no evidence of a fight.

Clark said at approximately 2:08 a.m. Saturday morning, officers returned for a routine check and encountered several individuals, evidence including a significant amount of blood and a knife. Police say evidence led them to believe someone was severely injured.

Officials say, with help from the Portland Police Department's K-9 unit, they were able to locate a possible victim. Police say a 23-year-old man was transported by EMS to the Maine Medical Center for treatment.

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Birthday balloon landing in Scarborough

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – What looked to some as a near miss, was actually an on target landing.

Some passersby looked to the sky Saturday morning on the Broadturn Road in Scarborough and though a balloon was coming close to homes. Joe Shevenell, owner of Hot Fun Balloons Flights, said a woman had purchased the balloon ride for her mother's 90th birthday party and got the ride of her life.

Shevenell said the landing in the front yard was planned as part of the birthday celebration.

Shevenell said it was a beautiful morning for this sort of ride and was exactly what the customer wanted.