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Central Maine News: Suicide in the Benton Elementary Parking Lot Wednesday Kidnapped + Raped a Teenage Girl Tuesday

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

A man was arrested after a Maine State Museum employee ended thy guys attempt to grab a 2-year-old girl and leave the building. The girl was at the museum with her grandmother, who had turned her back to hang up coats. Police say a museum receptionist saw 58-year-old James Cavallaro grab the girl. They say the receptionist intervened, causing him to release her. Police say they arrested Cavallaro in the Augusta museum’s parking lot without resistance. He was charged with assault and violating his conditions of release. He had been out on bail on an unrelated charge. (AP/centralmaine.com)

 
A private school in Saco was on lockdown after all of its students were dismissed in response to a phone threat. Thornton Academy later announced on its Twitter account that students are safe and the threat does not appear credible, but dismissal was necessary as a precautionary measure. It does NOT appear that this incident has any connection to a home invasion in Saco earlier on Thursday.(AP/centralmaine.com)

Police are investigating an early morning home invasion in Saco in which two people were shot and injured. A man and woman were shot and were being treated at Maine Medical Center in Portland. One other person was in the home at the time of the shooting and was not injured. Officials declined to comment on a suspect in the shooting but did say the public is not at risk. The Maine State Police Crime Lab van and other police are on the scene. (AP)

A Windsor woman is in jail Thursday after a Wednesday night incident in which a Kennebec County sheriff’s deputy was nearly shot. According to WGME, 31 year old Allison Trask was arrested. Trask’s father described the loud noise as sounding like a gunshot, but he had not known his daughter possessed a firearm. Police eventually to get into the woman room at her parents home in Windsor, that is when Trask attempted to point the weapon at him. Trask is being held on $4,000 bail at the Kennebec County Jail. (WGME/centralmaine.com)

The Waterville man who killed himself in the Benton Elementary parking lot Wednesday had kidnapped and raped a teenage girl the day before. According to WCSH 41 year old Anthony Harding had planned and the day he died a suspect in a kidnapping and rape. He allegedly told the girl he didn’t think he had the courage to do it, but if he committed a heinous crime, he would be able to kill himself. Wednesday the girl was taken to the hospital after her rape and detectives responded. While they were with his victim, the call came in about a man killing himself in the Benton Elementary School parking lot. It is at that point the school went into lockdown. (WCSH / centralmaine.com)

Lower Green Street in Augusta will be open two-way traffic once again. That section has been one way since 1963. According to the KJ there were people speaking out on both sides of the change.  City officials are not sure why it was changed originally. Green Street will open to two-way traffic within 30 days. (centralmaine.com)

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