MaineGeneral Medical Center has sold its Seton campus to the Waterville Development Company for $500,000.The Morning Sentinel reports the sale price for the 80-acres is far lower than the original asking price which was more than 2-million.MaineGeneral’s CEO says the sale will help Waterville by getting the building back on the city’s tax rolls.As a hospital it had been tax exempt.
Two people were taken to hospitals after a crash on Route 11 in Eagle Lake. It happened Thursday morning. Police say a pick-up truck hydroplaned, crossed the center line, and crashed head-on into another pick-up.Both drivers had to be cut from their trucks. Both have internal injuries.
The city of Biddeford is set to become the latest community in southern Maine to try to boost its recycling rates with a new trash disposal system. The system gives residents a large 65-gallon bin for recyclables and a smaller, 35-gallon bin for trash. If a resident generates more trash that can fit into the bin, he or she must buy city trash bags from local stores. The incentive to throw away less trash aims to get Biddeford’s 10 percent recycling rate closer to the state average of 40 percent. The public works director says the city will save about $55 per ton of trash it doesn’t have to pay to dispose, The new system starts Monday. The Portland Press Herald reports, that Biddeford joins about 100 communities statewide with similar programs.
A struggling Maine elementary school will receive extra funding from the state to help boost student performance. Maine’s Department of Education announced Thursday that Montello Elementary School in Lewiston will receive a $1.8 million grant through the federal School Improvement Grant program. The state says that Montello is one of the state’s lowest-achieving schools, with student proficiency below state and district averages in all subjects. It received an “F” on the state’s grading scale for schools. Among other things the funding will go toward curriculum reform and professional development. Republican Gov. Paul LePage says in a statement that the funding will ensure that the students have access to the quality education they deserve.
The community of Litchfield has fired its town manager. Town manager Michael Byron, who is also a city councilor in Augusta, was fired by the board of selectman on Tuesday. Board chair Rayna Leibowitz tells the Kennebuc Journal, that it was in the best interest of the town to fire Byron, but she wouldn’t specify the reasons for his dismissal. She said only that some residents had “expressed displeasure with him.” The 76-year-old Bryon was hired in Litchfield in January 2008. He said he’ll miss the people he worked with. Bryon said selectmen told him they were dissatisfied with what he called “very minor things,” including that he hadn’t finished redrafting the personnel policy or evaluated the front office staff.
A popular Portland restaurant has been investigated for the second time in 18 months as a possible source of food borne illness. The Portland Press Herald reports, that health officials visited Petite Jacqueline after a food handler and customer were sickened by the same bacterial illness June 1. But officials said too much time has passed to determine if the French bistro’s food caused the problems. Restaurant general manager and co-owner Liz Koenigsberg told the paper that the restaurant is cooperating with authorities and its food-handling practices are safe. But state health inspector Michael Russell said he observed some “risk factors” there. The two people sickened in the latest incident tested positive for campylobacter, a bacteria that was also found after a January 2012 complaint at the restaurant.
Friends are remembering a soldier from Maine who died in Afghanistan Sunday.26-year-old sergeant Corey Garver of Topsham was assigned to the 101st airborne.He died while on patrol when a roadside bomb exploded.It was his third war zone deployment.He was an Army Ranger who received many decorations for his service including the National Defense Service Medal.His friends say he was dependable, kind and died a true hero.Garver attended Mount Ararat High School in Topsham before joining the army.
An Augusta martial arts instructor who admitted to making child porn says he’s not guilty of new charges against him.35-year-old Wade Hoover argued with a judge Tuesday, saying false information about the case keeps coming up in the media. The new charges accuse Hoover of sexually assaulting a boy twelve times.Meanwhile, Hoover will be sentenced on the federal child porn charges next month.
A man was found dead in a taxicab parked outside a Presque Isle motel.“When we arrived here we found a taxi cab that had been parked in the driveway here but close to U.S. 1 that had a man in it. Later identified as Herald St. Pierre,” said Matt Irwin, Presque Isle Chief of Police. 44-year-old Herald St. Pierre of Van Buren was dead in the back seat of a taxi. Right outside of the Northern Lights Motel in Presque Isle. “Through the phone call conversation it was clear that there was some kind of disturbance going on before that, he had started acting strangely according to the cab driver. The ambulance service arrived and pronounced him dead,” said Matt Irwin, Presque Isle Chief of Police. There’s no word as to what caused Herald St. Pierre’s death, but police do say that drug paraphernalia was found in his motel room. Police executed a search warrant to secure any additional evidence from St. Pierre’s motel room. “Some of the people that were in his circles are known to use bath salts or to be involved in the sale or use of bath salts. It appears that there was drug involvement, we’re waiting on some confirmations for that from the M A’s office,” said Matt Irwin, Presque Isle Chief of Police.The case is under investigation and further testing is needed to determine what if anything was in St. Pierre’s system. “From our standpoint it’s another case of, we have bath salts or meth and these kinds of drug problems lead to terrible ends,” said Matt Irwin, Presque Isle Chief of Police. And if those results do confirm what Irwin suspects, he says it will be just another example of the dangers that come when drugs are involved.
The state fire marshal confirms propane is what fueled a deadly condo explosion Tuesday in Yarmouth.The body of 65-year-old Peter Corey was found in the rubble of what was his home.Three people were taken to a hospital with injuries that are not considered serious.At least a dozen other homes in the neighborhood were damaged too.
State police say the deaths of a father and son in Freeport are “highly likely” a murder/suicide.Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, says the two bodies were found in a home on Route 136 Tuesday morning.Relatives say when John Dorrington failed to show up at work his wife was called. She returned home to find her husband and son dead inside the house.A team of detectives are investigating.
Authorities say one person is dead and two others injured after a propane explosion at a Yarmouth condo.Authorities say the condominium on Gables Drive exploded around 6:15 a.m. in Yarmouth.Police say the cause of the explosion appeared to be linked to propane. The condo complex is made up of groupings of modern, upscale attached homes. The explosion disintegrated one of the homes, turning wallboard into powder.One condo was destroyed and a second one was severely damaged. A dozen or more other homes in the neighborhood were damaged in the blast as well. A fire station located about 200 yards from the explosion saw damage as well.The two people who were injured, were taken to the hospital, but their injuries are not considered serious.Power has been cut to the area and more than 100 homes are in the dark.A team from the State Fire Marshal’s office is there, along with firefighters from multiple towns.
State police are investigating the deaths of two men in Freeport.Few details are available but Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, says the two bodies were found in a home on Route 136 this morning, about a mile off of Interstate 295.A team of detectives are investigating. More information is expected to be released this afternoon.
Police in Yarmouth, Maine, say a gas explosion has leveled one building at a condominium complex, damaged others and left one person missing.Police Chief Michael Morrill says one person is unaccounted for following the explosion, which happened at about 6:20 a.m. Tuesday. Two people suffered minor injuries.Police say the cause of the explosion appeared to be linked to propane.The condo complex is made up of groupings of modern, upscale attached homes. The explosion disintegrated one of the homes, turning wallboard into powder and tossing wood into haphazard piles. Insulation and other debris wound up in at least 10 neighbors’ yards and on streets.The State Fire Marshal’s office is at the scene.Power has been cut off to much of the town.
Our sister station WMTW-News 8 is reporting the following:Cumberland County dispatchers tell News 8 that a a duplex exploded on Gables Drive around 6:15 a.m. in Yarmouth.Dispatchers say there are multiple injuries. One person is unaccounted for.Maine Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland said multiple buildings are damaged. Power has been cut to the area and more than 100 homes are in the dark.A team from the State Marshal’s office is on the way.
It turns out $42,500 for two benches was too much. Portland’s Public Art Committee says it will start over after a project to build “sit-able sculptures” in the city ended up with a choice that proved too costly. The contract by Skye Design Studio called for the company to deliver three specially designed wood and steel benches, each about 15 feet long, for the $42,500. But trouble started after the company that was supposed to fabricate the benches for Skye Design was bought out and the price of the benches went up. Skye Design then offered to supply two benches for the same price. The Portland Press Herald reports, the committee decided to reject the offer last week. It will meet next month to decide what to do next.
Developers are scaling back an ambitious project at a former industrial site on Thompson’s Point in Portland. The Portland Press Herald reports, that the new plan approved last week by city staff delays the start of construction of a new sports arena. It scraps a concert hall in favor of an additional office building. Developers of the $100 million project also recently reduced planned office space by about 113,000 feet. A partner at the development company, Forefront Partners I, said the changes are for the better and maintain the plan’s original components, including a sports medicine lab. Chris Thompson said the changes also preserve an historic building and will put the arena at a better spot. Thompson said the company was being responsive to one of its largest users.
Maine’s historic windjammer fleet and rich maritime heritage are being celebrated with the kickoff of the 51st annual Windjammer Days festival. The two-day festival gets under way Tuesday in Boothbay Harbor. It wraps up Wednesday night with a fireworks show over the harbor. A total of 11 windjammers will be under sail in the harbor for the windjammer parade on Wednesday. Besides the windjammers, the festival features an antique boat parade, a street parade, concerts, arts and crafts, boat excursions, food and more.
Authorities are continuing to investigate the death of a 9-month-old baby girl from Bath. Deputy Attorney General William Stokes told the Portland Press Herald, that the state medical examiner had performed an autopsy on Jaelyn Malcolm. But he said he couldn’t comment on the results. Malcolm died Friday after being taken to the hospital by her mother, Danielle Malcolm, on Thursday. A state police spokesman has said the baby girl had unexplained injuries. He said police had interviewed Malcolm and her live-in boyfriend, Benjamin McNeil. The paper could not reach Malcolm on Sunday. On her Facebook page, Malcolm wrote that she was tired of people asking her if she needed anything. She said all she needed was her baby girl back in her arms.
Fire officials say a 72-year-old northern Maine man has died after being critically burned while cutting up an old heating oil tank with a welding torch.The state Fire Marshal’s Office says Reginal Otis of Blaine died in the overnight hours after being flown to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston with burns to 80 percent of his body following the Tuesday afternoon accident.Investigators say it appears the torch ignited vapors as Otis was cutting apart the tank at his home. It’s unclear what type of flammable liquid remained in the tank.