PALMYRA

Man in critical condition after car slams into trees

A Pittsfield man was seriously injured early Saturday morning when the car he was in veered off Warren Hill Road and slammed into trees.

Dennis Moody, 21, suffered a broken arm and severe head injuries that are possibly life-threatening, said Maine State Police Trooper Hugh Landry.

Moody was listed in critical condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, a hospital spokeswoman said Saturday afternoon.

The accident was reported at 3:51 a.m. Moody was in a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta with Elizabeth Cookson, 20, of Palmyra.

It was unclear who was driving, Landry said.

Police are awaiting blood test results, but Landry said an empty alcohol container was found inside the car.

Cookson was treated and released at Sebasticook Valley Hospital.

STATEWIDE

Three Maine airports sharing $22 million in federal grants

Three Maine airports are getting grants totaling more than $22 million that will go toward improving their runways.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said the Department of Transportation grants will go to the Portland International Jetport, Augusta State Airport and Brunswick Executive Airport.

The jetport is getting $12.7 million to build a runway safety area and rehabilitate parts of the runway and taxiway.

The Brunswick airport will use its $4.2 million grant to buy snow removal equipment and improve utilities and runway lighting.

The Augusta airport’s $5.2 million grant will go toward improving the runway.

– From staff and news services