Skydiver flown to Boston hospital following accident

A veteran skydiver who has jumped from planes 3,500 times was taken to a Boston hospital after a skydiving accident in southern Maine.

The 34-year-old skydiver, who was not identified, landed Monday in a cow pasture in Lebanon. He was taken to Frisbie Memorial Hospital before being airlifted to Boston via Boston Med Flight.

Assistant Rescue Chief Jason Cole in Lebanon told Foster’s Daily Democrat that the man’s injuries were considered serious.

The man had been skydiving with Sky Dive New England, which is located in Lebanon. Cole said the man’s parachute opened and was in good working condition.


Brunswick driver arrested after leading police on chase

A Brunswick man was arrested Sunday night and charged with leading police on a chase through Bath in a stolen truck.

Police Chief Michael Field said officers apprehended Matthew S. Gaspar, 23, after a Sagadahoc County deputy spotted a truck traveling at a high rate of speed across the Sagadahoc Bridge from Woolwich to Bath shortly after 9 p.m.

Several Bath police officers attempted to locate the truck, which was subsequently spotted leaving the parking lot of the Bath Shopping Center at a high rate of speed.

The driver abandoned the truck on Central Avenue. Police used a dog to track him, and Gaspar was taken into custody at a Central Avenue apartment.

He was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving to endanger, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, then was taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset.

He is scheduled to appear in West Bath District Court on Oct. 4.


Waldoboro man falls asleep, rides atop train for 45 miles

Police say a Waldoboro man who rode 45 miles atop a Maine Eastern Railroad train told them he climbed onto the train while drinking and fell asleep.

Bath Police Lt. Stan Cielinski said Monday that the 22-year-old man woke up between Rockland and Bath and decided to stay put because it was unsafe to move.

Bath police stopped the train late Saturday morning after a Woolwich resident reported seeing a man on the train.

The Times Record said police have not yet charged the man with a crime, and Cielinski said they will not release his name unless they do so.


Scarborough police identify man who fell from bridge

Scarborough police Monday identified the man who died last week after falling from an I-295 access road bridge onto Route 1.

Phillip Faulkner, 52, of West Enfield was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon after being hit by a passing car. The driver of that car was questioned by police and released.

Faulkner died a few hours later at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Police are still investigating what might have caused Faulkner to fall from the structure.


Protest candidate pulls out of city mayoral campaign

A candidate for Portland mayor announced Monday that he is withdrawing from the race.

Jay York, a professional photographer who lives in the city’s Bayside neighborhood, said he collected more than 100 signatures so that he could share his views with other like-minded voters.

York, whose goal was to lose, contends the new mayor will have “absolutely no power” and that the Charter Commission designed the office of an elected mayor to keep the existing power structure in the city.

York said he told his supporters up front where he was coming from.

“When your campaign platform includes not wanting the office, it’s best not to get on the ballot,” York said in an email he sent out to supporters Monday.

The deadline for candidates to file nomination papers is next Monday.


Trust conserves 194 acres overlooking Maquoit Bay

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust has managed to conserve 194 acres overlooking Maquoit Bay.

Angela Twitchell, the land trust’s Executive Director, said the conservation easement on the Chase Reserve – the property is named after longtime owner Benjamin Chase, an officer in the Revolutionary War – will permit development of a modest gravel parking lot and public trails.

Chase Reserve, which is off Bunganuc Road on the Brunswick-Freeport line, will continue to be owned by Jack Henshaw, but the land trust will hold the conservation easement.

Henshaw’s parents acquired the property in 1944. It features 1,500 feet of shoreline on Maquoit Bay, as well as an extensive forested upland area.


Paris woman enters no plea in crash that killed passenger

An 18-year-old Paris woman accused of manslaughter in connection with a fatal car accident last year entered no plea Monday in Bridgton District Court.

Morgan Kesseli faces charges of manslaughter, elevated aggravated assault, aggravated assault, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and aggravated driving to endanger.

She was driving a Chevrolet Blazer north on Waterford Road in Harrison on Oct. 21, 2010, when she lost control, crossed the southbound lane and hit trees.

Passenger Thomas McLendon, 19, of Oxford was killed, and passengers Jacob Hill, who was 20 at the time, and Timothy Coffin, who was 21, were badly hurt, as was Kesseli, who was 17.

Investigators from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and the Windham Police Department concluded that excessive speed was the primary factor in the accident.


Kennebunk police arrest man wanted in window breakings

Police in Kennebunk have arrested a man wanted for reportedly breaking windows at several Ellsworth businesses earlier this month.

Jeffrey Howard, 58, was arrested Monday by the Kennebunk Police Department on an outstanding warrant from Ellsworth.

Lt. Harold Page with the Ellsworth Police Department said Howard, whom police listed as a transient, was being held at the York County Jail.

Ellsworth police issued a warrant for Howard’s arrest after he was identified as a suspect in a window-breaking spree at five businesses in the city. Howard was identified from surveillance camera video.

Police said Howard also is a suspect in earlier window smashings in Bangor and Brewer.


Mexico man gets 40 years for two fatal shootings

A former high school honor student from western Maine is going to prison for 40 years for killing two men in Rumford.

Richard Moulton, 22, of Mexico was sentenced Monday in Oxford County Superior Court. The sentence was the maximum allowed under a plea agreement last November in which Moulton pleaded guilty in the 2009 shooting deaths of Victor Reed Sheldon and Roger Leroy Day Jr.

Moulton and his friend Eric Hamel killed Sheldon and Day in Day’s apartment. Hamel has pleaded guilty to two counts of murder. He is slated to be sentenced in September.

Moulton told investigators that his girlfriend, who was Sheldon’s estranged wife, planned the killings as payback.

Gayla Sheldon pleaded guilty last month and was sentenced to 15 years for helping plan the killings.


Office worker gets 37 months in prison for health care fraud

An office worker accused of overbilling medical procedures and then pocketing the money has been sentenced to 37 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $355,000 in restitution.

Judge John Woodcock imposed the penalties Monday on Dawn Zehrung, 38, also known as Dawn Grover, who was responsible for billing at Bangor Women’s Health Care.

Prosecutors say an independent audit revealed a pattern of billing for more extensive examinations than those that were actually performed, in the process overbilling insurance companies by more than $300,000.

Zehrung was also accused of stealing patients’ co-payments and giving herself unauthorized bonuses.

Zehrung, of Dover-Foxcroft, pleaded guilty in March to health care fraud. The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Michaud on four-day tour of Maine manufacturers

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-2nd District, has begun a four-day tour visiting manufacturers in Maine.

Michaud began the tour Monday with stops in Auburn, South Paris and Oxford. Follow-up stops are planned in the days ahead in Winslow, Skowhegan, Presque Isle, Houlton, Oakfield and Hermon.

He wraps up his tour Thursday with a round-table discussion in Bangor with manufacturers, economic development experts and community leaders.

Michaud is reaching out to companies to collect ideas on what the federal government should be doing to help manufacturers.


Fundraiser memorializes slain Dexter woman, kids

A Maine woman and her two children who were gunned down in a domestic violence homicide in Dexter were remembered Sunday at a community event.

More than 700 people participated in the Amy, Coty, Monica Memorial Race and Walk to raise awareness of domestic abuse. Amy Lake was a longtime kindergarten teacher in Dexter. She was killed along with her children, 12-year-old Monica and 13-year-old Coty, in June.

The event was organized by a teacher at Ridge View Community School who was a close friend of Amy Lake. Kelly Gay told the Bangor Daily News that more than $10,000 was raised.

Half of the proceeds will be donated to a scholarship fund, and the other half will go to an organization working to end domestic violence.


Police seek clues in robbery of Bangor Savings branch

A lone robber held up Bangor Savings Bank about 10:15 a.m. Monday and apparently fled on foot.

The bank is at 77 Capitol St., across the street from the Burton M. Cross State Office Building and from the Blaine House, the governor’s home.

No injuries were reported, and the bank is closed while Augusta and state police investigate. Dogs were being used to track the suspect.

Augusta police Maj. Jared Mills described the suspect as a bald white male wearing a gray T-shirt and thick dark sunglasses. He was further described as between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-7 with a medium build, in his mid-30s.

No weapon was shown, police said.

Mills said the robber came into the bank and demanded money and left with an undisclosed amount.

Anyone who may have seen anything connected to the robbery is asked to call 626-2370.


Motorcyclist dies of injuries suffered in Friday crash

A Gardiner man, hospitalized since crashing his motorcycle Friday, has died.

Scott Hubbard died at the hospital Sunday, said Sgt. Scott Taylor of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office.

Hubbard, 45, crashed his 2009 Harley Davidson shortly before 6:30 p.m. Friday on Townhouse Road in Vienna, Taylor said.

Hubbard, who was not wearing a helmet, was alone on the motorcycle, Taylor said. The motorcycle went off the side of the road.

“The vehicle appears to have flipped and ejected (Hubbard) off,” Taylor said. The motorcycle landed on top of Hubbard, Taylor said..


Oil dealer to pay $50,000 to settle EPA violation claims

The Environmental Protection Agency says a Maine heating oil company has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle claims it violated the Clean Water Act and federal regulations designed to prevent oil spills from reaching waterways.

The EPA said Monday that Fabian Oil Inc. failed to maintain and fully implement spill prevention plans at three facilities where it handles heating oil, gasoline and other petroleum products. Fabian Oil is based in Oakland and has facilities in Augusta, Jay and South Thomaston .

There was no oil spill at the Fabian properties, but the EPA said the company was not fully prepared to deal with oil spills or prevent them from having potentially serious environmental consequences.

The agency said Fabian has now implemented updated spill prevention plans.


Former UMaine president to lead new oversight board

A former president of the University of Maine has been chosen to lead Connecticut’s new higher education oversight board.

State Sen. Beth Bye, a co-chairwoman of the higher education panel, said Robert Kennedy will be named president of the formed Board of Regents for Higher Education.

The regents’ board eventually will replace the trustee boards that oversee the community colleges, the online Charter Oak State College and the board governing Eastern, Western, Central and Southern Connecticut state universities.

Kennedy arrived at UMaine in 2000, and was executive vice president and provost until 2004. He was named interim president that year when Peter Hoff resigned. Named president in 2005, Kennedy held that position until June 30 of this year.


Dartmouth center to oversee genetic research in region

Scientists at the Dartmouth College Medical School will use an $11 million grant to work with their colleagues throughout northern New England to study the way genetics and the environment work together to trigger and prevent disease.

The grant from the National Institutes of Health will help Dartmouth establish a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence.

The center will recruit and train biologists who will study the interaction between genes and the environment in causing or preventing diseases.

Dartmouth Medical School scientists will work with colleagues from the universities of New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Southern Maine, Harvard University’s national center for biomedical computing, Maine’s Jackson Labs and Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory and Maine Medical Center.