Social Worker Attacked in Augusta 

A 47-year-old transient has been charged with gross sexual assault in an attack on a social worker in Augusta.The female social worker told authorities she was giving a ride to Bradley Howe when he asked her to pull behind a church in Whitefield so he could retrieve some items from where he had stashed them.Once there, the woman said, Howe pulled a knife, forced her out of the car and began sexually assaulting her. She managed to get away when another vehicle arrived on the scene.Police say Howe took off in her vehicle and later called the woman to tell her where her car was. Police located the car and spotted Howe a short distance away.Howe was being held at the Two Bridges regional jail in Wiscasset on $100,000 bail.