A Maine National Guard medic who was first on the scene of a van crash on I-295 this week says she got to exercise her medical training. Pfc. Lisa Bryant of Scarborough says the driver who was ejected in Bowdoinham wasn’t getting oxygen so she cleared the obstruction so he could breathe. She tells the Bangor Daily News that the man went from unconscious when she arrived to being conscious and talking by the time he was loaded onto a LifeFlight helicopter on Wednesday. The 21-year-old University of Southern Maine student is part of the National Guard’s 133rd Engineer Battalion in Gardiner. She called the incident her first “real-world” application of her military medic training.
A blind Rumford man who uses a wheelchair says he fears a pair of men who robbed him won’t face prosecution because he won’t be able to identify them. The 31-year-old victim says he was outside a Lewiston gas station Tuesday night waiting for his brother when the men approached and asked for a cigarette. He tells the Sun Journal, that “being a nice guy,” he gave them one. The suspects said he was too close to the gas pumps, so he moved to the side of the store. They shoved him and grabbed a bag he was holding containing pain medication, a cellphone, a health insurance card and about $200 in cash. One man has been arrested, but police are still investigating. The victim’s possessions have not been recovered.
Visitors to the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray can snap photos and get autographs of some of the Maine game wardens who appear on the Animal Planet TV show North Woods Law. The state fish and game department says the wardens will be at the park Thursday afternoon. Officials have received numerous requests for the event from parents of children who watch the Discovery cable TV program. Besides meeting the wardens, visitors will have the chance to see a couple of their K9s to learn more about them and their job. There’s no extra fee for this event, but regular park admission will apply.
The United Way of Androscoggin County is appealing to the public for donations of schools supplies after theirs were stolen from a collection location.On monday, someone pretending to be from the organization entered the Big Lots store in Auburn.Officials say, the person left with several large boxes of supplies intended for the United Way.The organization hoped to fill 550 backpacks Friday.Anyone who can donate supplies is asked drop them off at their location at 66 Ash st. in Lewiston.
Fire broke out inside a three-family home in Minot Wednesday night. The call came in around 8:30 p.m. from West Minot Road. When fire fighters arrived, the house was engulfed in flames. Everyone in the home got out safely.There was an attached barn. We’re told that’s where the fire began although authorities don’t know how at this point.Two firefighters were treated for minor injuries.
Need a crucifix? A picture of Pope John Paul II? A set of pots and pans? Those items and a lot more collected from three closed Catholic churches are up for grabs at a yard sale later this week. The sale will be held Friday and Saturday outside St. Mary’s Church in Biddeford and the Notre Dame de Lourdes rectory in Saco. The Portland Press Herald, reports that volunteers have spent weeks sorting the items from churches, rectories and a school. More valuable items have been given to other churches. The Diocese of Portland announced in August 2009 that it would close three churches in Biddeford and Saco because of dwindling numbers of parishioners and expensive building repairs. Proceeds will go to the consolidated parish’s general fund.
The owners of a Maine summer camp have been accused of allowing counselors under age 21 to hold an “end of year” drinking party. Oxford County Sheriff’s deputies say they broke up a drinking party last Friday night at Camp Waziyatah in Waterford. Forty-six-year-old Gregg Parker and 50-year-old Mitchell Parker were each arrested on a charge of furnishing a place for minors to consume alcohol. One counselor, 20-year-old Camila Medina, was charged with supplying alcohol. Police tell the Sun Journal, the Parkers were in the building during the party while about 15 counselors between the ages of 18 and 20 were drinking. Campers had gone home for the summer. The camp offers a range of activities including horseback riding, sailing, dance, pottery, and archery for children ages 7 to 17.
Portland Public Schools will no longer use Styrofoam trays in their cafeterias beginning this school year. The Portland district will replace them with paperboard trays. The additional cost of $30,000 annually will be offset by savings anticipated from district recycling and composting programs. Reusable plastic trays will be used once a new central kitchen is finished and operates a tray-washing facility. During the past year, nearly all of Portland’s mainland schools have implemented composting, trash separation and recycling of bottles and other refuse from the cafeteria. Those changes have reduced cafeteria trash by 50 to 80 percent.
A nursing home in Sanford has been given the all clear, after maggot were found on an elderly patient.The Department of Health and Human Services inspected the Newton Center. It was the nursing home itself that notified the state about the maggots.The Newton Center said yesterday that DHHS found no other issues.Goodall Hospital operates the facility. They say the patient is fine and the facility has been cleaned and checked over.
The Finance Authority of Maine has approved financing for Portland-based Apothecary by Design LLC, allowing the company to create and retain 38 jobs. The action by FAME’s board will help the company to make upgrades at its existing headquarters and to fund improvements at an additional facility. FAME has supported the company by providing loan insurance on loans made by Bangor Saving Bank since the company started in 2008. Apothecary by Design is a locally owned, independent pharmacy offering a range of integrated pharmacy services that include retail prescription and other services.
Scarborough High School students who want to drive to school are going to have to pony up a $50 annual parking fee this fall. The school board on Thursday approved the fee with a 6-1 vote despite outcry from some students and their parents who said it was unfair on top of fees already charged for sports and other extracurricular activities. The $50 fee approved is actually a compromise, as the original planned called for a $100 fee. Board Chairman Robert Mitchell said the school needs the additional revenue after losing $1 million in state funding. Financially eligible students can apply to have the parking fee waived.
Portland’s public schools are joining a national trend and barring the sale of soda and other unhealthy beverages and snacks on school grounds. City schools will implement a policy this fall that applies to food and beverages sold and served by any school or school organization. Food served on field trips, sold by sports teams and offered at events sponsored by parent-teacher organizations must comply with the policy. Fans won’t even be able to buy a soda at sports events. Chanda Turner, Portland’s school health coordinator, tells The Portland Press Herald, the policy doesn’t prevent a student or teacher from bringing a soda to school. They just won’t be able to buy one from a machine. The new rules also don’t apply to non-school groups that use school facilities.
The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department is searching for three masked men they say were involved in a home invasion in Poland. Authorities say three men forced their way into a home at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday, tied up and assaulted the male resident, then made off with some cash. No weapons were used or displayed. The victim was not seriously hurt. The suspects were described as black men wearing dark clothing, gloves, ski masks and carrying backpacks. The suspects left on foot and were last seen on foot on Route 122 in Poland. A search with the help of dogs did not locate the suspects, although some evidence the suspects dropped was recovered. Investigators do not believe this was a random act.
A Saco man has been sentenced to six years in jail for bilking an elderly York woman out of $90,000 by charging her for unneeded or substandard home improvement jobs and yard work. Authorities say 34-year-old Billy Jack Adams was convicted and sentenced Aug. 9 in York County Superior Court on theft and forgery charges. He was sentenced to six years on the theft charge and five years on the forgery charge to be served concurrently. Adams was arrested Feb. 7. Police also learned from a local bank that Adams had forged his name on a check made out by the woman to another party. Detectives say they found the forged check in Adams’ possession. Adams faces similar charges in Haverhill, Mass.
A charitable road race from Ogunquit to Portland that raises money for the families of Maine military personnel killed in combat is coming to an end because of a dispute between the original organizers. The Run for the Fallen will be held for the fifth and last time on Sunday. Founder John Mixon, a Vietnam veteran, tells The Portland Press Herald, he plans to keep helping families of fallen soldiers, but he’s tired of dealing with small-town politics. He is also involved in a lawsuit around the controversy. Mixon and Robert Winn organized the first run in 2008. But Winn questioned Mixon’s handling of the finances. Mixon denies any wrongdoing. He in turn filed a defamation of character lawsuit against Winn. Winn’s lawyer says the suit is about money.
Police and parents in Bridgton, on alert after a nine-year-old girl says she fought off a man trying to kidnap her.Investigators say it happened Saturday afternoon along Kansas Road.The girl was swimming with her friends nearby when she says an older man tried to lure her into his van.Police say it is important to remind parents to talk with their children about situations like this one.Chief Kevin Schofield/Bridgton Police Department: “People need to be vigilant of their surroundings and what is going on around them. Parents should know where their children are going to be, who they’re going to be with, and when to expect them home and parents should be having a good discussion with their children around areas of safety.The suspect is described as an older white man with white hair and slightly overweight.He was driving a white panel van resembling an ice cream truck.Police do have a person of interest in the case.
The parent company of the paper mill in Rumford, Maine, has filed its reorganization plan 11 months after seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Ohio-based NewPage Corp. said Tuesday that the plan was filed in federal bankruptcy court in Delaware. George Martin, president and CEO, described the filing as “an important and positive step forward to a successful completion of our financial reorganization.” He said he hopes ongoing negotiations with major creditors will lead to broad support for the plan. NewPage has about 900 employees in Rumford. Besides Maine, NewPage owns paper mills in Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Nova Scotia with $3.5 billion in net sales last year.
A proposed one-year trial merger of the Norway and Paris police departments has been rejected by voters in Paris. The measure was defeated in a 41-41 vote on Monday night. It needed a majority to pass. Norway voters had approved the trial merger in June. The Police chiefs in both towns had expressed approval for the move. They said a merger would lead to a more efficient use of resources, put more officers on patrol and more resources into the investigation of serious crime. If the one-year trial merger was deemed a success the towns would have worked on a permanent merger. Both chiefs tell the Sun Journal, the proposal now appears dead.
Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine say federal grants totaling more than $1 million are being awarded to the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. They say a grant of nearly $1 million will go toward construction of a new facility focusing on ocean acidification. A second grant of about $150,000 will help fund a study of the ecosystem within the earth’s crust underneath the ocean floor. From its base in Boothbay Harbor, Bigelow scientists have traveled around the world to every ocean and the polar seas. Research ranges from microbial oceanography to large-scale interactions between ocean ecosystems and global environmental conditions.
The Maine medical examiner’s office has identified skeletal remains found in Portland, but the cause of death has yet to be determined. Officials said Monday that the remains were those of 31-year-old Toina Hanson, and they’re seeking to talk to anyone who had contact with her over the past year. The case remains under investigation. The remains were discovered by a man picking blueberries near Hutchins Drive. Hanson was identified through items discovered at the scene along with the review of the woman’s medical records.