Dozens of accidents were reported all across the state Wednesday thanks to a combination of ice and rain on the roads.According to the Portland Press Herald, a 41-year-old woman from Limington is dead following a single-car crash on Hollis Road Wednesday morning.The York County Sheriff’s Office told the paper that Tanya Hart was traveling west on Hollis Road when she drove off the road.Hart’s car vaulted over a driveway and hit a truck that had been parked on the side of the road.The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Waterville officials still don’t know where the city’s new police station will be located.Tuesday night city council voted to table the decision until next month.That followed a presentation and public comment on the proposed plan.We’re told there was a lot of opposition from residents.A study committee recommends building the police station on a city-owned site at Head of Falls.
Volunteers all across the state have been helping police with their search for Ayla Reynolds.Wednesday night, many of them came together for a candlelight vigil in her honor.About 70 people met at a church in Waterville to pray that Ayla comes home safe.Local residents who helped organize the service told us they just wanted to do something to help.”I think when we first heard the news a lot of us who are moms were just wanting to do something tangible to make a difference.
A young boy in Orrington is spreading the Christmas spirit.A news story about homelessness inspired seven-year-old Braydon Mott to collect toys for Toys for Tots.Mott used his own Christmas money to buy the toys and then asked anyone and everyone who was willing to donate.Braydon’s gift of Christmas isn’t just for those less fortunate.
A winter display at Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway in Bangor is bringing smiles and feeding families this season.You’ll find an 11-foot tall snowman in the lobby of the hotel.The snowman, his friend and trees were all made out of canned goods.Over 1,900 pounds of canned goods make up the display.They’ll be delivered to United Way.Artist Allison Melton created the scene and says she wanted it to represent the spirit of the holidays.”This year I decided to do a Snowman because I was trying to think of something that was holiday related but also really brought upon this feeling of nostalgia and community.
Students at the Dedham School are bringing Christmas to children they don’t even know.One by one students dropped off piles and piles of pajamas as they paraded throughout the gynasium during a Christmas assembly.The pajamas will be taken to Spruce Run, a domestic violence shelter.This year, they collected 135 pajamas.Amanda Cost, the Program Director for Spruce Run says the donation opens up the conversation on a sensitive subject in hopes of preventing it from happening in the future.”There are really very age appropriate ways to talk to kids about domestic violence and I think this school is starting that by looking at character and talking about the choices we make and how we treat each other,” she said.Last year, the school donated 1-hundred fourteen pajamas.
A home invasion in Dover-Foxcroft ended with the suspect being transported to a local hospital.Police say the 42-year old intruder, who has not been charged yet, kicked in the door to a home on Paine Road at 4 yesterday morning.He reportedly demanded money and said he would kill the homeowner.Police say the homeowner distracted the man long enough to tackle him, and held the suspect until police arrived.The suspect was acting delusional, according to police, and was taken to a hospital.
A Thomaston woman has been sent to prison for eight years for her role in a home break-in that sent a woman to the hospital.29-year old Jessica Gagnon pleaded no contest to robbery, aggravated assault, and burglary.The crimes took place in August in a home in Warren.Prosecutors say Gagnon broke into the home with two other people and assaulted five people in that home.One woman suffered a fractured skull when hit with a hammer.21-year old Leroy Parker of Union was sentenced to eight years in November for his role.His sister, 26-year old Bridget Parker of Tenants Harbor awaits trial.