Woman escapes serious injury after car hits barrier

A Vermont woman who is attending college in the Portland area escaped serious injury Thursday when her car slammed into a traffic barrier, then was hit by two other cars.

Hathaithip Intarawut, 36, was driving north on Interstate 295 across the Presumpscot River Bridge in a Honda CR-V when she had a sudden stomachache just before 1 p.m., she told police.

When she tried to pull into the breakdown lane, she hit a temporary barrier, which absorbed some of the impact but sent the car back into the roadway, onto its side and into the path of oncoming traffic, said state police Trooper Doug Cropper.

A pickup truck and a sedan hit the Honda and knocked it over so that it landed on its wheels, he said. The airbags deployed but Intarawut did not report being hurt.

The travel lane and passing lanes were shut down briefly as rescue workers and police cleared the scene, leaving one lane of traffic open.


Two men sought after Burger King clerk robbed

Police searched on Thursday for two men who robbed a Burger King clerk at gunpoint.

The clerk told police he had just finished locking up the fast food restaurant on Main Street at 1 a.m. when he was approached by two masked men who demanded money.

Nobody was injured, but the robbers made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

One of the men was wearing a black sweatshirt, jeans and a black mask and had a handgun. The other was wearing tan cargo shorts, a white T-shirt, black sneakers and a black mask, and was armed with a baseball bat.

Both were described as over 6 feet tall and weighing 170 to 200 pounds.


Candidates for November town elections announced

The slate of candidates is set for November’s town elections.

Three people will run for two three-year terms on the Town Council: Kerry Corthell and incumbents Judith Roy and Michael Wood.

Three others — James Benedict, Iver Carlsen and Richard Sullivan Jr. — are running to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Shawn Babine. The term for the seat expires in November 2011.

Incumbent John Cole, William Armishaw and Aymie Hardesty are competing for two seats on the Board of Education with three-year terms.

David Nelson and Herbert Waldron are running for two trustee seats for the Scarborough Sanitary District. Robert McSorley is running to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Gary Lorfano from the Portland Water District trustees. That term expires in November 2013.


Contestants in ‘Worst Road’ contest win $250 prize

A couple from central Maine who had to spend $1,000 on repair bills after their car went over a particularly bad pothole has won a $250 car repair gift certificate for their troubles.

The Maine Better Transportation Association announced Thursday that Martha and Roland Jordan won the association’s “Worst Road in Maine” contest to document the worst roadways across the state.

The Jordans’ entry was for Route 219 from Turner to Leeds, where Martha Jordan drove over a pothole that left her with a bent rim, a busted tire, a lost wheel bearing and a costly bill.

Second prize went to Route 141 in Swanville. River Road in Windham took third place.

The contest was to draw attention to the condition of the state’s roads.


Man dies four days after being attacked outside bar

Police say a man has died four days after being beaten outside a bar.

The Bangor Daily News identified the victim as Ralph “Greenie” Greenleaf, 47.

The co-owner of Carolina Sports and Spirits on Union Street told the paper that Greenleaf was attacked outside the bar about 1:25 a.m. Sunday.

Police say the man died late Wednesday night.

Detectives are seeking the public’s help in their investigation, but declined to say if they have any suspects.

Two men held in marijuana case are released on bail

Two men are free on bail after being arrested at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in central Maine on charges of having 101 pounds of marijuana hidden in their pickup truck.

Louis Bailey, 46, of Wells and Roland Daggett, 43, of Portsmouth, N.H., were released from jail Wednesday. They are charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

According to the Bangor Daily News, Bailey and Daggett were arrested last week at a checkpoint on Interstate 95 in Old Town. Officials say they found the pot packed in five vacuum-sealed packages that were hidden in a locked toolbox in the back of the pickup truck.

Court documents say a police dog alerted agents to the marijuana.

Woman pleads guilty to embezzling union funds

A 58-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $30,000 from the union that represents workers at Narraguagus Bay Health Care in Milbridge.

Federal prosecutors say Bernardette Beal used dues money from members of the Downeast Federation of Healthcare Professionals for her personal expenses.

She entered the plea last week in federal court in Bangor.

Beal was president of the union local from the 1990s until January 2009.

She was also ordered to pay restitution of $24,131. She has already repaid $5,000.

Beal faces as much as five years in federal prison and a fine of as much as $250,000. No sentencing date has been set.


Farmer-owned organic milk company runs out of money

A farmer-owned organic milk company is on the brink of closing.

Maine’s Own Organic Milk, known as MOOMilk, of Machias will suspend production on Sunday.

One of MOOMilk’s founders, David Bright, says the company is out of money.

The company began with 10 member farmers from Washington, Aroostook and Kennebec counties, but the number has fallen to six. The Bangor Daily News said that threatens the company’s ability to produce enough milk to remain in business.

MooMilk was formed last year after Hood didn’t renew its contract for organic milk with 10 Maine farms. The organic milk has been distributed to 49 stores in Maine and New Hampshire.