The Maine attorney general’s office is threatening to sue a North Carolina company that was supposed to preserve a national historic landmark in Augusta.The AG claims the company breached agreements to protect the Kennebec Arsenal and says the property has been damaged by vandalism, thefts and weather.The property is considered the best surviving example of a 19th century military complex of its kind.Its granite structures date back to 1828 and were supposed to be upgraded for residential and commercial use.
The bell in the city-owned clock in Bath’s First Baptist Church is ringing again after more than two years of silence. Although the 157-year-old clock has not chimed in some time, the city council approved funds for repairs just this summer. Balzer Family Clock Works of Freeport promptly took care of matters, repairing it in one month. The bell has been ringing again since Sept. 7. The Rev. Steve Rowe, pastor at the First Baptist Church, tells The Times Record of Brunswick the sound of bell across town is “kind of cool” and also serves as a call to God’s house.
Saco police are on the lookout for a woman who robbed a city Dunkin’ Donuts shop at gunpoint. Police say the woman entered the store on Portland Road just after 8 p.m. Wednesday, showed a black handgun, demanded cash and told employees that two men were waiting for her in a vehicle outside. Workers gave the woman an undisclosed amount of cash, and she left the store. Police unsuccessfully used dogs to track the woman. The suspect is described as about 5-feet, 2-inches tall with a thin build. She was wearing jeans and a gray pullover sweat shirt with red lettering on the front and black and white sneakers. She was also wearing latex gloves and carrying a green canvas bag.
A man from Eliot is charged with attempted murder and gross sexual assault after reportedly breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home, raping her and trying to strangle her.Police arrested 31 year-old Paul Olsen Wednesday morning at his grandmother’s house in Warren.Police say Olsen raped his ex-girlfriend at her house in Eliot, held her against her will, and tried to strangle her to the point where she lost consciousness.The victim’s two young children were home at the time. She’s being treated at a hospital.Olsen is also charged with kidnapping and burglary.
A fast food chain is looking to hire over 1,000 New England residents.Thursday, September 20th, is the Maine McDonald’s “My First Job” Hiring event. The chain is looking to add about 1,800 new employees.Managers are looking for hire school students who want work experience and a first job.The hiring event will start at 3pm at the Belfast McDonald’s on Main Street. Applicants can apply for open positions and interview with managers on site. They are looking to fill positions at the Belfast, Bucksport, Ellsworth, Machias and Old Town locations.
A former Poland Regional High School cheerleader has sued her coach and the school district for head injuries she says she received during practice. Olivia Doyer of Mechanic Falls and her parents, Douglas and Roxanne Doyer, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Androscoggin County Superior Court. They are seeking unspecified damages related to ongoing medical expenses. The complaint says that in March 2010, Olivia Doyer fell to the floor while practicing a stunt, suffering a neck and brain injuries, including a concussion. She told the Sun Journal, she suffered the aftereffects of a concussion, which plagued her for more than a year with physical symptoms and limited her academic progress. She said she couldn’t turn her head without getting dizzy, was bothered by bright light, and slept a lot.
The Biddeford City Council has voted unanimously to seize by eminent domain a convicted double murderer’s ramshackle home and tear it down. The 8-0 vote Tuesday night will allow the city to make the property part of a nearby neighborhood park. Mayor Alan Casavant says the city will pay the current appraised value of $30,000 for the home. Authorities said the home was in poor shape even before Rory Holland shot and killed brothers Derek and Gage Greene in June 2009. They say it was cluttered and had no electricity or running water. In the years since, the home has fallen into further disrepair. Holland was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced in February 2011 to concurrent life sentences in prison. He claimed self-defense.
Gov. Paul LePage is taking his anti-domestic violence message to a central Maine high school. LePage travels to Erskine Academy in South China on Wednesday as part of his effort to raise awareness about the issue and help to bring an end to domestic violence and bullying. The governor believes domestic violence is a men’s as well as women’s issue. During his presentation at Erskine, LePage will distribute informational booklets that include a personal letter from the governor, resources to assist victims of domestic violence and a wristlet promoting domestic violence awareness.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is investigating a large fish kill in Lake Auburn caused by a lack of oxygen. The fish kill, which began late last week, involves lake trout or togue, some suckers and other deep-dwelling lake fish. Regional fisheries biologist Francis Brautigam says the lack of dissolved oxygen in the cooler, deeper parts of the lake causes fish to suffocate. The Auburn Water District and Lewiston Water Division are cooperating with state biologists to monitor increased algae activity on Lake Auburn. Public drinking water quality has not been affected. Lake Auburn’s long been a good lake trout fishery with high water quality. But it’s been added to the state’s watch list as a result of deteriorating water quality and fall algae bloom.
Officials in Maine say four people were hurt when the boat they were in ran aground in the Sheepscot River off Georgetown. The 22-foot center console boat ran aground Monday evening on Turnip Island, a small rocky island just downriver from MacMahon Island in Georgetown. Georgetown lobsterman Steve Thibodeau Sr., who transported rescue workers to the crash site, said the boat had left Boothbay Harbor and was headed for MacMahon Island when it ran aground around 7:30 p.m. The Portland Press Herald, reports rescue workers said all four people on the boat had to be transported to area hospitals, but none suffered life-threatening injuries. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Maine Marine Patrol.
A 23-year-old homeless man is facing charges for allegedly sending another homeless man to the hospital after a severe beating. Police say the 47-year-old victim was treated for broken bones in his face, skull fractures, and internal injuries following the beating Sunday night. Police say they were called to an area of woods at about 9:30 p.m. where someone had found an unconscious man bleeding from severe facial injuries. The victim, Jeffrey Fry, was taken to Maine Medical Center. Based on witness descriptions, police found 23-year-old Adam Delano nearby and arrested him on a charge of aggravated assault. He was held on $5,000 bail. Police tell The Portland Press Herald, that the men knew each other, but did not say what sparked the fight.
A Bowdoin man is hospitalized with serious injuries after a fireworks accident over the weekend.Authoritie say 62-year old William Sawyer was testing some fireworks. He had placed them on a picnic table when a shell tipped over, igniting all of the canisters.Sawyer suffered severe trauma to his legs, according to the Fire Marshal’s Office.
A Saco man has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for stealing more than $600,000 from his employer. The Bangor Daily News, reports that Joel Bailey was also sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland to three years of probation and ordered to pay full restitution. Prosecutors say the 33-year-old Bailey stole the money from The Jordan Group between October 2008 and January 2011 while working as a bookkeeper. Authorities say The Jordan Group opened a line of credit in 2006. Bailey admitted writing checks from that account to himself and his own technology company. Bailey also wrote checks to himself and his firm, forging his boss’s signature. Bailey pleaded guilty in June to wire fraud.
The Saco City Council has unanimously voted to sell the city’s historic fire station to a developer who plans on converting it into housing for the elderly and retail space. The decision, met by cheers at Monday’s meeting, means the building will be spared from the wrecking ball. Some people had advocated for tearing down the Works Progress Administration project built in 1938 to make way for parking space. The council accepted an offer of $100,000 for the property, which has been empty since the fire department moved to a new building in April 2011. Developer Cynthia Taylor says she will try to get the building on the National Register of Historic Places. She will invest $1.2 million in the building and hopes to begin construction in the spring.
Authorities say a 47-year-old man has died while trying to push an all-terrain vehicle of the mud in Waterboro. The Maine Warden Service would only say that the victim experienced some kind of “medical event” while he two other men tried to push the ATV free at about 2 p.m. Monday. He died at the scene. His name was not immediately made public. Authorities say the man was operating a two-person ATV through a wooded area of town. The death remains under investigation.
A new agreement between the University of Southern Maine and Southern Maine Community College is making it easier for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism. The two schools signed an agreement Monday that allows students who earn an associate’s degree in hospitality management at SMCC to transfer the credits seamlessly toward USM’s new tourism and hospitality program. The agreement goes into effect this fall and marks another step toward aligning programs between schools in Maine’s university system and those in the community college system. Tourism is Maine’s largest industry.
Authorities say a truck has smashed into a stone wall in southern Maine, killing two men who became trapped in the vehicle. Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Jason Cole tells WMTW-TV, that the crash happened after midnight Sunday in Lebanon, a small town less than 10 miles northeast of Rochester, N.H. Emergency responders had to pry open the vehicle to free the two men. One man died at the scene. The other was flown to Maine Medical Center, where he died. Authorities aren’t releasing the victims’ names until their families can be notified. The crash is under investigation. The station reports that the crash shut down nearby roads for five hours, but all have since reopened.
The Biddeford City Council is scheduled to consider the fate of a convicted killer’s rundown home this week. The council is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to seize by eminent domain the dilapidated home of Rory Holland and demolish it. City Manager John Bubier tells The Portland Press Herald, the South Street home is in “terrible shape.” Authorities said the home was in poor shape even before Holland shot and killed Derek and Gage Greene in June 2009. They say it was cluttered and had no electricity or running water. In the three years since, things have only gotten worse as the house has been vandalized. Holland was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced in February 2011 to concurrent life sentences in prison. He claimed self-defense.
A fire at a Portland elementary school has forced the cancellation of classes. The public school system says on its website that Fred P. Hall Elementary will be closed Monday due to an early morning fire and resulting water damage. The fire call came in around 1:30 a.m. Monday. Deputy Chief Scott Thomas tells WMTW-TV, that the fire started in a hallway connector between buildings. The fire was isolated between the roof and a suspended ceiling and was under control within 30 minutes. The cause remains under investigation.
A Waterford family has lost its home and most of its worldly possessions following a weekend fire. Nearly 60 firefighters from five western Maine towns battled the blaze first reported at about 1 a.m. Sunday. The three-story home was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. Homeowner Patrick MacDonald tells the Sun Journal, that the house had fire detectors, but they did not alert the family to the fire. Instead, they smelled the smoke. MacDonald and his wife, Christina, got their children and another relative out before anyone was hurt. MacDonald says the family has lived in the home about six years and put everything they had into it. The cause remains under investigation.