PORTLAND

Unofficial winners named for ferry district’s board

Unofficial winners have been determined for two Casco Bay Lines trustees’ seats, but a third is still undecided.

Patrick Flynn won the Peaks Island seat on the ferry district’s board with 537 votes. Robin Clark, a declared write-in candidate, had 29 votes.

For the Great Diamond Island seat, Roger Robinson defeated Kate Hoffner, 308 to 276.

Officials said Thursday that they still haven’t counted the ballots for Little Diamond Island. No one had their name on the ballot, but Scott Johnston was the only declared write-in candidate.

 

AUBURN

Man enters not-guilty plea to charge of killing woman

A 30-year-old Lewiston man has pleaded not guilty to a charge of murdering a 22-year-old woman who advertised escort services on the Internet.

Buddy Robinson was arraigned Thursday in Androscoggin County Superior Court in Auburn.

Robinson was charged last month in the death of Christiana Fesmire, who was last seen in July and whose body has not been found. In a police affidavit, investigators said Robinson drowned Fesmire in the bathtub of her apartment, which was in the same building where Robinson lived, but police do not indicate a motive.

An affidavit said Fesmire was part of an online prostitution ring led by Robinson’s sister, who told police that her brother confessed to the killing.

 

Tribal chief provides checks for two highway projects

The chief of the Passamaquoddy Tribe has given the state two checks totaling $1.9 million for two highway projects.

Chief Joseph Socobasin presented checks this week to Gov. Paul LePage and Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt.

Indian Township has two projects it is participating in with the transportation department. One is the replacement of a Route 1 bridge which carries 3,400 vehicles a day. The $3 million project is expected to be completed next year. The other allows the state to complete a longer-lasting treatment on 10-plus miles of Grand Lake Stream Road, a rural state highway. That $2.5 million project should be finished this fall.

Indian Township has been successful in accessing federal highway money through the Bureau of Indian Affairs Indian Reservation Road Program.

 

WATERBORO

RSU 57 schools close for day following power outage

The power is back on in Waterboro but schools in RSU 57 were closed Thursday after an early morning car crash knocked out power to several areas of the district.

The regional district, which includes Massabesic High School, announced on its website that schools were closed Thursday and middle school parent-teacher conferences were postponed.

The outages were the result of a crash about 5:20 a.m. at 336 Main St. when Mark Morrison, 19, of Waterboro crashed the car he was driving into a utility pole, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office. Morrison apparently fell asleep, the sheriff’s office said.

The crash snapped the pole and pulled wires down, disrupting a nearby substation and knocking out power to about 1,800 customers. School officials were told the repairs could take until 8:30 a.m. and it was already scheduled to be an early release day so they canceled the abbreviated day of classes, staff said.

Power was restored by 7:10 a.m. but the decision had already been made to cancel school, giving students an early start on a long weekend because of the Veterans Day holiday.