Police say a medical emergency is to blame for a fatal accident in Auburn Sunday.Authorities say 37-year-old Matthew Harris of Arundel was driving west on Minot Avenue when he suffered a medical emergency and lost control of his car.They say he crossed the center lane and slammed into a vehicle being driven by 43-year-old Rick Farr of Auburn.Police say Farr was killed instantly.The accident forced Harris’ vehicle into a utility pole, which knocked out power to about 150 people.Harris was taken to Central Maine Medical Center, where he’s listed in critical condition.Harris’ passenger, 35-year-old Sherri Walkeling of Arundel is in satisfactory condition.
Police are looking for a suspect in a home invasion in Westfield Saturday night.Authorities say a man armed with a handgun forced his way into the home of 29-year-old Tyler Dennett and stole an undisclosed amount of cash and prescription drugs.The suspect is described as a while male, about 5 feet six inches tall and 150 pounds.He was wearing a ski mask, blue sweatshirt and blue jeans.Anyone with any information is asked to call State Police at 1-800-924-2261.
There’s progress being made as Maine legislators work toward a bipartisan agreement to fill a $220,000,000 state budget hole.The Appropriations Committee has finalized $25-million in savings recommended by a special task force.Lawmakers have also okayed more than a dozen other initiatives to cut the budget.Democrats say they include compromises with Republicans on savings relating to methadone clinic rate reductions, better managing opiate drugs for MaineCare patients, salary plan savings and other items.Governor LePage wanted the revised budget finalized by the end of January to avoid cuts in MaineCare programs this April.
Maine turnpike officials want more people to use the electronic toll collection system.They are reducing the price of the EZ Pass windshield transponders from $25 to $10.The transponders are mounted on windshields and activate antennas that are overhead at toll plazas to automatically deduct toll amounts from prepaid accounts or record transactions for those with commuter EZ Passes.
Some folks will stay at home and host their own Super Bowl party, while others will want to hit a local sports bar.Hero’s Sports Bar in Bangor is ready for the football fans.They say it brings people in that wouldn’t normally venture out on a Sunday evening.They say they are quite busy with to-go orders for those that are staying at home.But for those watching the game there, they will be sure to find a fun atmosphere.Along with a unique food option that isn’t always on their menu.” Ten dollars all you can eat wings for the night.
Searsport firefighters put in some overtime this weekend for a good cause.They’ve spent the last two days trying to fill a truck with as much food as possible.All of it went to the Searsport Food Cupboard Sunday afternoon.Searsport Fire Chief Jim Dittmeier said he had heard the cupboard was looking a little scarce this year, and the department wanted to do their part to help.
A Buxton man has been rescued after being blown off a trail and stranded in deep snow on Franconia Ridge in New Hampshire.The state’s Fish and Game Department says crews searched late Friday night before finding 24-year-old Evan Embrey.Officials say Embrey had become fatigued in heavy winds and deep snow.They say he called his family in Maine from his cellphone to let them know.
Folks had an opportunity in Bangor to take their tax stress away.United Way of Eastern Maine was offering free tax preparations for families with low to moderate income.All the volunteers are certified and guarantee a high quality return.”For many folks filing their taxes and getting their refunds it really helps them to pay their bills and help get them through the rest of the winter,” said Sara Yasner of the United Way of Eastern Maine.Even if you missed Saturday’s event you can find locations that will help by dialing 211.
Some local girls are making history through art.Artist Tim Rollins was at the University of Maine Art Museum Saturday.He’s working with Maine youth to create a painting inspired by the life and legacy of former Senator Margaret Chase Smith.The kids are painting thousands of red roses, which was a trademark of Senator Smith.
Governor LePage continues his crusade to end domestic violence in Maine, one of the hallmarks of his State of the State speech last month.Friday at the state house he was joined by lawmakers as well as domestic violence victims and advocates, to debut a new public service announcement.He says 50% of Maine’s murders are domestic violence related and 805 of the offenders are men.The governor is working with lawmakers to make things tougher on abusers.