CASCO

Two dead, one hospitalized after one-car crash Sunday

A Maine county sheriff’s office says a car raced away from a deputy sheriff who tried to pull over the driver and crashed into trees, killing two passengers.

The crash happened just after 1 a.m. Sunday on Route 11, Poland Spring Road, in Casco.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s office says the car was speeding and didn’t have its headlights turned on. The driver initially pulled over for police after about a mile but then sped off and out of the officer’s sight.

The car was found off the roadway two miles away.

Killed in the crash were 29-year-old Thomas St. Saviour of Hiram and a 14-year-old boy from Baldwin. The driver of the car, 20-year-old Nicholas Sparrow of Casco, is hospitalized at Central Maine Medical Center.

Casco and Naples fire and rescue responded to the accident. No charges have been filed and the accident remains under investigation.

GORHAM

South Street accident leaves two adults, child badly hurt

Two women are in serious condition and a young boy is in critical condition after an accident Sunday morning on South Street in Gorham.

Debra Martinson, 45, of Standish was seriously injured when the car she was driving veered off the road and went into a ditch. The accident occurred around 10:20 a.m. near the intersection of McLellan Road and South Street.

Gorham police Sgt. Dan Young said Martinson sustained internal injuries in the accident. Colleen Boucher, a passenger, received a head injury and has internal injuries. The women were transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland and are listed in serious condition.

Boucher’s 8-year-old son sustained a serious laceration in his head and is listed in critical condition at Maine Med. Boucher’s 2-year-old daughter, who was in her car seat, was not injured.

Young said police are not clear what happened to cause the accident. He said alcohol does not appear to be a factor and the victims were wearing seat belts.

Gorham police are continuing to investigate.

HOLLIS

Earthquake occurs, but escapes local notice

The U.S. Geological Service reported that a 2.3 magnitude earthquake occurred around 5 a.m. Sunday in Hollis, but it was news to many police agencies.

A dispatcher with the Sanford Regional Communications Center, which answers calls for Hollis, said the agency hadn’t received any calls regarding an earthquake.

A dispatcher with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said it didn’t receive any calls about an earthquake either.

The earthquake was reported by the Weston Observatory of Boston College’s Department of Geology and Geophysics. It is documented on the U.S. Geological Service website, www.usgs.gov.

But it was also news to the National Weather Service in Gray. Butch Roberts, a hydrometeorological technician with the weather service, said Maine has a lot of small earthquakes each year, which he says, “is a good thing.”

“It means you are getting a lot of small releases in the crust where any kind of earthquake fault line would be,” Roberts said. “When you get a lot of small releases, it doesn’t have a lot of time to build up pressure. You have a better shot of not having a big earthquake.”

AUGUSTA

Hearings set on proposed acquisition of Maine utility

Maine utility regulators will hold two days of hearings this week on Emera Inc.’s acquisition of Maine and Maritimes Corp.

Emera is the parent company of Bangor Hydro Electric Co., and Maine and Maritimes is the parent company of Maine Public Service Co.

The Public Utilities Commission has scheduled expert witness hearings for Tuesday and Wednesday on the acquisition. Expert witnesses for the parties will be cross-examined on their previously filed testimony and will respond to questions from the PUC and other parties.

Bangor Hydro, Maine’s second-largest transmission and distribution utility, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nova Scotia-based Emera. Maine Public Service, Maine’s third largest transmission and distribution utility, is headquartered in Presque Isle.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Candidate completes last leg of anti-debt campaign run

Republican congressional hopeful Dean Scontras on Sunday wrapped up a 57-mile run across Maine’s 1st District as part of his “Running Down the Debt” campaign.

Scontras took off from Kittery on Aug. 15 for his run. He covered about seven miles every other day.

He completed the final 6.2-mile leg Sunday morning, ending up at Erskine Park in South Portland.

Scontras is running against incumbent Democrat Rep. Chellie Pingree in November’s election.

DURHAM, N.H.

Hearing to discuss proposed changes to groundfish rules

New Hampshire Fish and Game officials will hold a hearing Sept. 13 on proposed changes to groundfish rules.

Proposed rules changes include adding limits on Atlantic wolffish, ocean pout and Atlantic halibut. The proposal would establish a minimum 41-inch length for halibut, limit the catch to one fish per trip and require the head and tail to remain intact. The rules would prohibit taking wolffish.

The agency also will address readopting rules for clams and other mollusks.

The 6:30 p.m. hearing will be at the Urban Forest Center in Portsmouth.

After the groundfish hearing, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will hold a hearing on an amendment to the management plan for striped bass that increases the commercial quota.