Boy rescued by passer-by after falling through ice

A 12-year-old boy was rescued by a passer-by Sunday after falling through ice on the Muddy River, an inlet off Sebago Lake.

Deborah Turcotte, a spokeswoman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said the boy, Curtis Gerrish of Naples, was attempting to run across the ice to an island when he fell through.

The boy became trapped in water up to his chest until a passer-by, Jason Guy of Tewksbury, Mass., grabbed a canoe from the riverbank, paddled out to the boy, and pulled him out of the water.

Naples Fire and Rescue — the lead agency in the rescue — took the boy to Bridgton Hospital to be checked out. The incident took place around 12:30 p.m.

Turcotte said the ice is not thick enough anywhere in the state for people to be walking on frozen surfaces.


Public’s help sought to find man missing since Nov. 21

Officials are seeking the public’s help in their search for a man who fled his home a week ago and hasn’t been heard from since.

The Maine Warden Service, along with the Saco Police Department, conducted a search with seven dogs Saturday for Christopher Noonan, 26, of Saco.

Noonan was last seen Nov. 21. He fled his home after an argument with his wife, said Saco Police Sgt. Bruce Cote.

Noonan is 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighs 155 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. Cote said he was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, jeans and sneakers.

The Police Department and game wardens are continuing to search for Noonan, Cote said.

He said anyone who has seen or heard from Noonan, or has information on his whereabouts, should call the Saco Police Department at 284-4535.


Crews extinguish grass fire at 2 Scamman Circle

The Cape Elizabeth Fire Department responded to a small grass fire at 2 Scamman Circle on Sunday after reports of smoke seen in the area around 12:30 p.m.

Authorities did not identify the cause of the fire. It took crews about an hour and a half to extinguish it.

There was no damage to the surrounding property, authorities said.


Laptop, multi-page note found in deceased’s room

Police say they found a laptop and a four- to five-page note in the Wells hotel room where a law-enforcement official from Massachusetts died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Wells Police Sgt. Kent Berdeen said the family of Middlesex County Sheriff James V. DiPaola identified the laptop as his. Police said he had no luggage when he died Friday night at Lafayette Resorts.

Berdeen said Maine’s medical examiner ruled the death a suicide and that the case is “pretty much” closed.

He said he did not read the note, but saw a portion that mentioned DiPaola’s wife and daughters. Maine law requires it be placed in the custody of the state Medical Examiner’s Office.

DiPaola, 57, of Malden faced an investigation into his use of campaign money and had been criticized for having tried to get two pensions.


Woman mauled by dog upbeat despite losing arm

Family members say a 41-year-old woman remains in good spirits despite losing her right arm after being mauled by a dog while taking a walk in small Maine town.

Karen Stewart of Prentiss Township was attacked by a bulldog mix earlier this month while visiting a friend in LaGrange. The dog has been euthanized, and its owner has been charged with keeping a dangerous animal.

Tammy Carlow, a stepsister of Stewart, told the Bangor Daily News that Stewart’s arm was amputated a few inches below the shoulder Wednesday night at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Carlow said Stewart is worried about what people will think of her when she returns home with one arm, but she is keeping her spirits up.


Report, conference to focus on offshore wind potential

Offshore wind will be a hot topic this December in Maine.

On Wednesday, Maine unions, port officials, manufacturers and environmental groups plan to release a report that tallies the region’s clean energy potential offshore and identifies major opportunities for economic, environmental and energy benefits from offshore wind.

It’s prepared by the National Wildlife Federation and co-sponsored by more than 35 organizations along the Atlantic Coast.

On Dec. 14, an offshore wind conference will take place in Belfast. Organizers say the conference will help coastal stakeholders weigh the related costs and benefits of offshore wind development in Maine.

The Island Institute, the Maine Coastal Program, Maine Sea Grant, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences and the Quebec-Labrador Foundation will lead panel discussions and breakout sessions.


Trucks bearing wreaths to leave for Arlington Sunday

The annual convoy of trucks from Down East bearing thousands of wreaths for Arlington National Cemetery begins its trek next weekend.

The trucks leave Sunday from Harrington, home to the Worcester Wreath Co., which each year donates wreaths to honor veterans at the cemetery in Arlington, Va.

The Patriot Guard Riders, a national motorcycle group dedicated to patriotic events, are escorting the tractor trailers as they travel through and stop for ceremonies in eight states before arriving at Arlington National Cemetery the following Saturday.

This is the 19th year that Morrill Worcester has provided wreaths since he started the event in 1992.