RUMFORD

Motorcyclist from Quebec killed in crash on Route 2

A motorcyclist from Quebec died in a crash in Rumford on Friday.

Police told the Sun Journal of Lewiston that the 40-year-old man was killed about 9 p.m. in a crash on Route 2.

Police were still investigating the wreck Saturday morning. The victim’s name and further details were not immediately available.

BANGOR

Airplane from Amsterdam diverted to Bangor airport

An airplane en route from Amsterdam to Minnesota was diverted to Bangor International Airport because of a sick child on board.

Airport Director Tony Caruso told the Bangor Daily News that the Delta Airbus had 238 passengers on board when it landed in Bangor a little before noon Friday. The flight resumed at 12:45 p.m., after the child and his mother were taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor by ambulance.

The plane was scheduled to arrive at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport two hours later than originally scheduled.

State health officials said it was not clear what had made the child sick. The child is believed to be 4 or 5 years old.

AUGUSTA

LePage says ‘mean season’ arrives on campaign scene

Gov. Paul LePage says the “mean season” has arrived — the time of year when candidates are engaging in dirty campaigns.

In his weekly radio address, LePage said he’s a history buff, but he’s not sure the mistakes of the past won’t be repeated. LePage, who does not have an election campaign this year, acknowledged that not all campaigns of the past have been nice.

But he said we’re in the midst of different kinds of campaigns now. LePage said words have a potentially devastating impact on a campaign, especially when they are lies.

In the Democratic response, Sen. Chris Johnson of Somerville said many Mainers are worse off, mainly due to failures of the Republican-led Legislature. Johnson said tax breaks are pushing costs onto Maine towns and property taxpayers.

 

Blaine House being opened for food drive on Saturdays

Gov. Paul LePage and his wife are opening up the Blaine House for a food drive for the second straight year to help needy Mainers put food on the table.

The food drive kicked off Saturday and will continue the next two Saturdays.

People are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to the governor’s residence from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The food will be donated to the Good Shepherd Food Bank at the end of the three-week drive.

People who donate will get a tour of the Blaine House, enjoy light refreshments and meet with the governor and his wife.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H.

Tugboat brought to surface after days on river bottom

After days of resting on the bottom of the Piscataqua River between Maine and New Hampshire, the tugboat Benjamin Bailey has resurfaced.

The Portsmouth Herald said the tugboat, which sank Wednesday, was brought to the surface Saturday with airbags.

The boat was being used in the Memorial Bridge replacement project and sank Wednesday. Two crewmen aboard swam to safety.

The tugboat is owned by Ken Anderson of Riverside & Pickering Marine Contractors, based in Eliot, Maine.

BOSTON

Regulators increase limit for fishermen catching dogfish

Regulators are again increasing the catch limit on the spiny dogfish, a species fishermen have long said is far too abundant.

On Thursday, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission upped the 2013 fishing year quota by about 5 million pounds in the region from Maine to North Carolina.

About 23.7 million pounds, roughly 60 percent of the overall quota, is tabbed for the coastal New England states. That’s an increase from the 20 million pound limit in 2011.

The dogfish was once protected by lower catch limits. But fishermen say the stock grew so large, it crowded out more valuable species, such as cod. Now, as they face massive cuts in their catch for other species, some rely on dogfish to get by.

Dogfish are eaten mainly overseas, in dishes such as fish and chips.

LOWELL, Mass.

Experts meet to discuss corrections officer suicides

Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian says experts from across the country will gather in Lowell next week to discuss high levels of suicide among corrections officers.

Koutoujian said he hopes the meeting he organized with the National Sherriff’s Association will begin a national dialogue on the causes and effects of workplace stress for corrections officers.

Koutoujian said research shows the average corrections officer will not live to see a 59th birthday. He said a large percentage of corrections officers will experience post traumatic stress and are more likely to take their own lives.

Corrections officers deal with regular personal, family and financial issues. That’s on top of a stressful job of protecting detainees who are violent, mentally ill, untrustworthy and willing to escape or kill law-enforcement officers.

MANCHESTER, N.H.

Police investigate homicide at home in Manchester

Authorities in New Hampshire say the death of a 61-year-old man whose body was found in a Manchester home is being treated as a homicide.

New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney and Manchester Police Chief David Mara said Saturday that the person who was found dead at a residence on Hevey Street on Friday has been identified as Philip Smith.

An autopsy will be conducted at the office of the chief medical examiner Monday.

The attorney general and police are treating the case as a homicide and they say their investigation is continuing.

GILFORD, N.H.

Marine Patrol seeks officers for 2013 boating season

The New Hampshire Marine Patrol is recruiting full-time officers for the 2013 boating season.

Testing has begun at the Police Standards and Training facility in Concord. Tests also will be held Nov. 10 and Dec. 8.

The marine patrol is the primary state law enforcement agency responsible for boating on New Hampshire waterways.

No experience is required, although prior experience in operating boats or previous law enforcement is desirable.

Applicants must be high school graduates or possess a GED and be at least 18 years old.

CONCORD, N.H.

Sales and prices of homes looking healthier in state

Sales and prices of single-family homes are looking healthier in New Hampshire.

The New Hampshire Association of Realtors said the median sales price for a single-family home in September was $199,000, which is a 2.3 percent increase from the same month a year ago.

Figures released Friday also show a 19.1 percent increase statewide in the number of houses sold between September of last year and last month.

Nancy Mosher, a Realtor with Berge’s Real Estate in Salem, told the Eagle Tribune that she hopes the market’s hit the bottom. Mosher said she sees more cases in which multiple shoppers are looking at properties.