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Central Maine News: Wayne Man Charged with Tossing 3 Month Old Baby Down Stairs

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These are some of the stories central Maine is talking about today.

Two restaurateurs who pleaded guilty to hiring 10 or more people who were living in the U.S. illegally are going to prison. A federal judge on Monday imposed sentences of 30 to 37 months in prison for brothers. They pleaded guilty to activities at the Fajita Grill in Westbrook and at the Cancun Mexican Restaurant in Waterville. The brothers also owned a third restaurant in Biddeford. The two were convicted in 2013 of charges including harboring undocumented workers. But a new trial was ordered because a juror used a racial slur to describe the defendants. In June, they pleaded guilty to hiring people who were living in the U.S. illegally and to making false statements. (AP)

Gas prices have fallen 7 cents a gallon in Maine in the last week. The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.21 a gallon, down 25.5 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com. The price is 9 cents higher than the price of a gallon of gas nationally, which fell 6.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.12. The national price stands 23.1 cents lower from a year ago. Gas prices in Maine are 26.2 cents a gallon lower than they were one year ago. (AP)

State police arrested 39-year-old William Lord Jr. of Wayne and charged him with assault and endangering the welfare of a child. According to WGME Lord’s three-month old son suffered a skull fracture after he was thrown down stairs in a child safety seat Sunday night. The boy struck his head. The baby’s mom took the baby to MaineGeneral in Augusta. The injury is not believed to be life threatening. Officials say Lord was intoxicated and went to bed after the incident. Police say another child lives at the house and was not injured. Lord was arrested Monday morning and taken to Kennebec County Jail. (WGME/centralmaine.com)

A little dog named Nacho is recovering after getting caught in a trap that left a gaping hole in his paw. According to WMTW Nacho and his owners were out for a walk on a path near their home in Alfred when he stepped into the trap. Trapping season started Sunday in Maine. They were able to get his out and because he is a small dog he only had a few cuts. Officials say the traps are set to catch coyote and fox, and are sometimes placed on abandoned roads and paths. The Maine Wardens Service says the trap was legally set. It was set more than 200 yards from a residence, and they’re just checking to make sure there was land owner permission. (WMTW)

Gardiner police are asking for the public’s help in locating a teenage boy who was last seen by his parents late Saturday night. According to the KJ, 14-year-old Michael J. Booth, a freshman at Gardiner High School, left his home on Winter Street around 9 p.m. Saturday. He had on jeans, black sneakers and a gray thermal shirt. According to family no one has seen or heard from him since then. Gardiner police met with all of the high school’s freshman class on Monday morning, but none of Booth’s classmates admitted to knowing his whereabouts. Anyone with information about Booth is encouraged to contact the Maine State Police. (centralmaine.com)

Police are investigating vandalism in which about $2,000 worth of damage was done at a cemetery in St. Albans. According to the KJ, the town recently paid $2,500 for repairs to the cemetery and now faces additional costs that will set them back financially for the next year.  Almost all of the stones that were repaired were knocked down. Somerset County Sheriff’s Department asks that anyone with information is asked to contact Corporal Gene Cole at the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department at 474-9591, call the anonymous tip line at 474-0230 or email the sheriff’s department at sherifftips@somersetcounty-me.org. (centralmaine.com)

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