Local man charged in vacation burglary

A Windham man faces charges of burglary and theft following his arrest Saturday.

Darren M. Shane, 33, was arrested after residents of a home on Collings-wood Circle returned from vacation and discovered that someone had broken into their home, according to police.

Shane, an education technician at the Collaborative School in New Gloucester, was arrested after neighbors identified potential suspects during the initial investigation. Police said the theft occurred on Monday.

Police said the case remains under investigation and that additional arrests are possible.


Officer returns to duty after probe finds nothing

Officer Joshua Morneau has been allowed to return to work because an internal investigation has found no violation of department policy in connection with an off-duty incident.

Morneau had been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into an incident that took place on July 20.  He was taken off administrative leave Wednesday.

The department would not say what the incident was, but the date coincides with an altercation between Morneau and his girlfriend’s ex-husband at a Saco health center.

Morneau brought the incident to the department’s attention himself.

The department has not yet completed a separate review of Morneau’s fatal shooting of a woman in March during domestic dispute call. The Attorney General’s Office earlier this month found that Morneau was legally justified in using deadly force against 39-year-old Katherine Paulson when she advanced toward him with a knife.


Acadia bus celebrates 4 millionth passenger

A New Jersey resident has the distinction of being passenger No. 4 million on the Island Explorer, the bus that serves Acadia National Park.

While getting off the bus Friday at the park’s Sand Beach, the Sherlock family of Cherry Hill, N.J., learned that a member was the 4 millionth person to use the pollution-free, propane-fueld bus.

To mark the occasion, the family received a tote, a gift card from L.L. Bean and a gift membership in Friends of Acadia.

The Island Explorer, which also serves communities surrounding Acadia on Mount Desert Island, has eliminated nearly 1.4 million private motor vehicle trips and prevented emissions of 13,000 tons of greenhouse gases and more than 20 tons of smog-causing pollutants since its inception in 1999.


Two men charged after theft from potato farm

Maine State Police charged two men with burglary and theft, accusing them of taking $8,000 worth of electrical cords from farm machinery.

Police say a burglary was reported Thursday at the Turner Potato Farm in Wade. In addition to the machinery cords, extension cords also were taken off the walls.

A state trooper checking with a local metal recycling plant learned that a large amount of electrical copper had been turned in for scrap. That led to the arrest of Josh Doody of Washburn and Matthew Tardie of Ashland. Both are 21.


Governor urging delegation to support LIHEAP funding

Gov. Paul LePage said Saturday that many Mainers are worried about how they’ll make it through winter. As the cost of heating has risen, the federal government has proposed slashing funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.

In his weekly radio address, LePage said he’s asked the state’s congressional delegation and New England Governors for their support is keeping LIHEAP adequately funded.

He’s also asking Maine’s congressional delegation to include a review of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve as part of Congress’s deliberations on the LIHEAP cuts. He said tapping the reserve might bring heating oil prices back to a reasonable level.

LePage said 63,000 Mainers needed financial help last season to put oil in their tanks.


Two women face chargesafter police discover drugs

Police in Laconia, N.H., have arrested two women on drug possession charges, saying they found a large amount of cocaine and prescription pills in the pair’s apartment.

Police arrested 30-year-old Corri Lyn Shea and 56-year-old Cheryl Lafoe-Rice on Friday. Both have been held on $50,000 bail and face arraignment Monday.

Police say two children, ages 3 and 5, were removed from the apartment and placed in the custody of a relative.


Mount Washington hill climb won by veteran cyclists

Cycling veteran Ned Overend has won the annual Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb.

Overend, of Durango, Colo., celebrated his 56th birthday by winning Saturday’s race to the 6,288-foot summit of the highest peak in the Northeast. His time was 55 minutes, three seconds.

The top women’s finisher was 48-year-old Marti Shea of Marblehead, Mass., at one hour, four minutes and 12 seconds.

Overend won the first World Mountain Biking Championship in 1990. He’s won the U.S. national off-road biking championship six times.

Shea won Newton’s Revenge, Mount Washington’s other bike race, earlier this summer. She finished in exactly the same time Saturday.

Sponsored by Polartec, with additional support from others, the race is the primary annual fundraiser for the Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany, N.H.

– From news service reports