5 people are in the hospital after a two car collision Monday.The Kennebec County Sheriff’s office got a call around 6PM about an accident at the intersection on Bellsqueeze Road and the Bangor Road in Benton.There was a report of one car being on fire, but a passerby was able to put the flames out with a fire extinguisher.Police say eyewitnesses tell them that 53-year-old Carolyn Shade of North Carolina crossed the center line and 31 year old Benjamin Pederson of Burnham swerved to avoid hitting her.We’re told Shade then attempted to correct her direction and the two cars ended up colliding head on.Shade was trapped in her vehicle and rescue crews had to help extricate her from the car.She was flown to Eastern Maine Medical Center.Her passenger was also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.Pederson and his passengers were also taken to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.Police continue to investigate the accident.
The Maine State Housing Authority is holding off on a threat to take away a Madison man’s housing assistance if he didn’t stop growing his medical marijuana in the house.It’s thanks in large part to the intervention of a state representative from Chelsea.50-year-old Don LaRouche was told over the weekend he can resume growing his medical marijuana in his home.LaRouche had written letters to Gov.
Governor Lepage’s weekly radio address focused on domestic violence.He says two recent shootings in our state led to the discussion.One involved a man who killed his girlfriend before killing himself.The other involved a woman charged with killing her boyfriend before a failed attempt at suicide.The governor says this year’s domestic violence report reveals a record number of suicides after killing loved ones.He adds it’s important for people to take suicide threats seriously.
A love of nature and a knack for weaving has landed Rose Whitehead and her fiber fabrications at the Folk Festival year after year.Whitehead says “I usually end up hearing some of the music from this stage and some of the music from that stage over there.
A group of case workers at the Department of Health and Human Services are getting a raise, and they can thank Governor LePage.All caseworkers in the office of Child and Family Services who receive Step 1 or Step 2 pay will automatically be bumped up to Step 3.
Two children and a dog can thank a quick-thinking teenager for getting them out of a burning home in Belgrade Monday afternoon.Fire broke out the house on Smithfield Road just after noon.At least five crews – Belgrade, Oakland, Smithfield, Rome, and Waterville – responded to the fire that appeared to start back up after crews thought they had it under control.17-year-old Amanda Garboski from Belgrade Lakes, who was babysitting two children who lived at the home, said she heard the smoke alarms in the house go off while they were having lunch.
You may notice some helicopters flying around the Winterport and Bucksport areas this week.The helicopters will be stringing line high above the Penobscot River as part of a project for Central Maine Power.The lines will help to expand the reliability of the electrical grid system in the area.The project will take a couple of weeks to complete.During that time, there could be some traffic delays along Route 15 in Bucksport.
20 people were busted for underage drinking in Wayne this weekend.On Saturday night, Deputies with the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of a party in the area of “the desert on King’s Highway.”Police say they found party goers with a large amount of alcohol and an illegal bonfire.Deputies put that bonfire out with the alcohol.20 people were cited for various violations, 11 of them under the age of 18.The youngest was 15.