Maine State Police say a South Portland man has died in an early morning car crash on Interstate 295 in Falmouth.Police say an SUV driven by 42-year-old Christopher Black was headed north on Wednesday morning when his vehicle left the highway, rolled over and came to rest about 100 yards into the woods.A passing motorist reported the accident at 2:30 a.m.Police say Black’s SUV may have been in the woods for some time before it was spotted.Black was the only person in the vehicle. He was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.The investigation is continuing but police say speed was a factor.
Two state universities in Maine are getting new presidents.University of Maine System trustees on Tuesday approved the appointments of new presidents at the University of Maine at Farmington and the University of Maine at Presque Isle.Kathryn Foster, who is a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., will become president of the Farmington school. She is replacing Theodora Kalikow, who is retiring after 18 years on the job.Linda Schott will take the top job in Presque Isle. She is currently a dean at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., and is replacing Donald Zillman, who is returning to teaching at the University of Maine School of Law in Portland.Foster and Schott start July 1 and will receive annual salaries of $160,000 each.
Road work on Bond Street in Augusta this week will detour drivers for the next few days.The street’s eastbound lane will closed through thursday.Drivers using Bond, State and Boothby streets are asked to find alternative routes.The work will spread into Water Street on Wednesday.Crews are expected to be working from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.
The sister of a man found dead in Old Orchard Beach over the weekend says police told her that her brother was stabbed to death.An autopsy on the body of Roger White, 49, was performed by the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta. He was found Saturday morning behind a bar called “The Whaler” where he had been seen Friday evening. White’s sister tells the Portland Press Herald her brother was a lifelong resident of the town who made a living doing odd jobs for contractors.
There’s been another arson fire in Gorham.Maine fire investigators say someone intended to burn an unoccupied house and set the grass on fire but the wind shifted, so the fire missed the house.The Maine Department of Public Safety says it’s the fifth arson fire in the past three weeks in Gorham.
A man who was hospitalized with burns led Maine Drug Enforcement Agents to a suspected methamphetamine lab in Presque Isle.Agents searched an apartment on Blake Street after a man who was there was badly burned Tuesday and taken to a Portland hospital. MDEA Division Commander Darrell Crandall says it’s believed the burns were caused by a fire that flared up during the manufacturing of meth. No charges have been filed.
Friends and family gathered in York County to remember Brittany Tibbetts Sunday night.The 26-year-old Maine woman was killed Thursday in Greenland, NH. Investigators said Cullen Mutrie, her on-again, off-again boyfriend, shot and killed her before killing himself.This was after police say he shot and killed Greenlandâ€™s police chief.In a vigil at Nubble Light Sunday, a large group gathered to celebrate Tibbetts’ life.Mourners lit candles and sangBrittanyâ€™s mother Donna asked that her friends and family keep Brittanyâ€™s memory alive.Zebra-print balloons were released in the air, because they were Brittanyâ€™s favorite.Her friends say Brittany used to hang out at Nubble Light after work, which is why they chose the location to remember her.
The police chief of Greenland, New Hampshire was shot and killed Thursday night.Michael Maloney, 48, served 12 years as police chief and was in law enforcement for 26 years. He was due to retirement in one week.The Attorney General says police were attempting to serve a search warrant when they were confronted by an armed suspect, identified as Cullen Mutrie.Four other officers were injured in the shooting as well…two of them remain in intensive care.A standoff occurred after the shooting at 2:00 a.m. We’re told the bodies of Mutrie and a woman were found inside the home.Both reportedly died of gunshot wounds.
An ice cream truck driver is facing charges in Maine after police say they found marijuana on his truck while he was making his rounds.Richmond Police Chief Scott MacMaster says an officer stopped the truck at about 11 a.m. Saturday after a resident called to report a suspicious ice cream truck was traveling in a neighborhood without any children.MacMaster told The Times Record that the officer smelled marijuana when he pulled over the truck as it was about to turn into Richmond High School.The driver, 24-year-old Travis Wilson of Gardiner, was issued a summons for marijuana possession.
Maine’s highest court hears arguments this week in the appeal of a Maine woman serving a 16-year sentence for beating her husband with a baseball bat and staging it to look like a home invasion.The Maine Supreme Judicial Court hears arguments Wednesday from an attorney representing Linda Dolloff, who was convicted in 2010 of attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault and filing a false report.Dolloff is accusing prosecutors of misconduct. She further claims the judge erred in allowing certain evidence and statements at her trial.Dolloff was convicted of beating her husband in April 2009 while he slept at their Standish home. Prosecutors said she then shot herself in the stomach to make it look like a home invasion. The couple was going through a divorce at the time.
An 81-year-old woman who was struck by a jeep last week while walking on a sidewalk in Augusta has died.The family of Ruth Epperson says she died yesterday at a Portland hospital.Police say the jeep hit a parked car before striking Epperson.No charges have been filed.
Bath Iron Works might have to pay more than $171,000 in fines.The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says an inspection revealed a lack of fall protection as well as mechanical and electrical hazards at BIW.A spokesman for the shipyard says the problems cited by OSHA have been fixed.
University of Southern Maine faculty members are circulating a petition aimed at forcing a no-confidence referendum vote for President Selma Botman.William Steele from the university’s theater department says many faculty members believe Botman’s campus-wide reorganization was misguided. He also says faculty think Botman isn’t doing enough to stem declining enrollment and has cut classroom spending by $3.5 million.Botman told the Bangor Daily News that she understands that faculty members are frustrated.The petition follows the revelation that USM spent $242,000 for discretionary pay raises last year while the university is facing more than $5 million in budget cuts and union faculty members have gone since 2009 without a cost-of-living pay increase.
The Vermont Senate has passed a bill that would change the grading system for maple syrup.Supporters of the bill say it would unify the classification system across the U.S. and Canada.The Vermont House still needs to vote on it.Similar bills are pending in New York, New Hampshire and here in Maine.
Pay raises have been cancelled for two top administrators at the University of Southern Maine.The school’s president rescinded the pay hikes given to her chief of staff, and the school’s public affairs director.Both got raises of about 20% to bump their annual pay to $106,000.They were among dozens of employees who got pay hikes while most workers’ wages were frozen and with the school facing $5 million in budget cuts.
A man who grew up in Jackman was shot and killed in Florida.Police say Dana Mulhall, 52, was killed by his neighbor, Paul Miller, 65.Police say Miller admitted to firing several shots at Mulhall. Miller is charged with second degree murder.Detectives say Mulhall complained to Miller about his barking dog just minutes before the shooting.Police say Miller fired three shots, then when Mulhall turned to run, he shot him twice in the back.
A jury has ruled that a Lewiston landlord was not responsible for a child tenant’s lead poisoning.The jury determined after three and a half hours of deliberation that Double Eagle Properties LLC shouldn’t be held liable for the elevated blood-lead levels of the now 7-year-old boy, who according to his parents’ lawyer, has behavioral problems, a lowered IQ and learning disabilities.A lawyer for the boy’s parents argued that the building’s owners should have replaced windows in the apartment that created dust that contained lead paint. They were asking for $11 million.The Sun Journal, reports that the lawyer called the verdict “really unfortunate.”A lawyer for the defendants say the owners complied with all local, state and federal legal requirements regarding lead paint.
Maine school children won’t be getting any “pink slime” in their lunches. The State Education Department tells the Bangor Daily News it won’t serve any beef that includes the filler starting next year. The so-called pink slime meets safety standards, but is made from fatty bits of leftover meat.
The new chancellor of the University of Maine System has suspended all future discretionary salary increases pending a review of the program following a report that 44 University of Southern Maine employees had received raises at a time of financial constraints.James Page, who started Tuesday, says he plans to assess all compensation policies as part of a comprehensive review of system operations as requested by trustees.Page took action in response to a story in The Portland Press Herald. The paper reported that USM gave out raises totaling $242,000 for the budget year that started last July as the university faces $5.1 million in projected budget cuts.Page says he was `troubled” by the report.USM officials say the raises were necessary to keep the school competitive.
The University of Southern Maine faces more than $5-million in budget cuts in the coming year.Yet the school is giving raises as high as 41% to more than forty employees.USM’s president says the raises are needed to keep the university competitive.