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New car given to perfect attendee


Andria Baker has pretty much always been present.

From the first day of kindergarten through her last day of high school, Baker somehow made it to school for every day of classes, despite colds and sports injuries. Why? If she kept it up, her father promised her a car.

Baker kept up her end of the bargain, willing herself to go to school on those days when she felt under the weather. She notched her 13th year of uninterrupted classroom attendance with her final day at Constantine High School on Friday.

At a party Sunday, her father, Tim, presented the young woman with the keys to a new, $17,000 Pontiac G6, complete with a "0 DAYS" personalized license plate.

"Without a doubt, it was worth every penny I spent," he said.

Town's jail up for sale for $200,000


If you're in the market for a roomy brick-and-stone Victorian &

complete with some pretty impressive security features &

look no further.

The Somerset County Jail in downtown Skowhegan is for sale. The price tag: $200,000.

"It's an interesting building. It could be used for many, many things," said Philip Roy, chairman of the Somerset County commissioners.

The 14,000-square-foot lockup, built in 1897, is scheduled to shut down later this year when a new 200-bed county jail opens in Madison.

One of the selling points, said Tonya Allen, an assistant real estate broker, is that the building is situated in the heart of downtown Skowhegan, with no zoning or permit-use restrictions.

Roy said some ideas include turning the property into a restaurant, an art gallery, gift shop or even a bus station.

The razor-wire fencing comes included.

Police: Robber pretended to be clerk to steal cash

MESA, Ariz. &

Police have arrested a man they say pretended to be a new employee at a 7-Eleven so he could learn to use the cash register and steal its contents.

Police said the man was trained how to use the cash register at the Mesa store on April 27 after falsely claiming he was a new employee.

The suspect returned to the store twice that day to make purchases. On the final visit, the clerk commented on his photo ID when the suspect was trying to buy beer, and the man allegedly pulled a gun and forced the woman into a bathroom.

Police said the suspect pretended to be the store clerk and was helping customers when the real clerk broke free and emerged with a gun. The man fled with stolen money, police said.

Marc Antoine Stovall, 21, was arrested Monday in Phoenix and was booked for investigation of armed robbery, kidnapping and third-degree burglary. He admitted to the crime during an interview with investigators and was in jail Tuesday, Mesa police spokesman Christopher Arvayo said.

It was not known whether he had been assigned an attorney.

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