ARUNDEL

Local man charged with crack cocaine trafficking

A 30-year-old Arundel man is in jail after being charged with dealing crack cocaine.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says Christopher Carbone was charged Friday with drug trafficking and violating probation for a previous drug conviction.

Officials say drug agents found the cocaine in Carbone’s car after it was stopped at a Biddeford convenience store. A subsequent search of Carbone’s house turned up heroin and $3,400 in cash.

Authorities say the drugs had a combined value of about $1,500.

AUGUSTA

Man charged with robbing the pharmacy at Walmart

A 33-year-old Augusta man has been charged with robbing a city pharmacy.

Police say Jason Truman is being held on $5,000 bail following his arrest Saturday for last Monday’s robbery at Walmart.

Authorities say Truman allegedly gave an employee a note claiming he had a weapon and then made off with prescription painkillers.

Officials told the Kennebec Journal that Truman is not believed to be responsible for two other robberies at a CVS in recent weeks.

Police continue to investigate those robberies and believe they may be connected.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Lobster Dip expected to chill at least 400 for good cause

Special Olympics Maine says an estimated 400 people are expected to take part in its annual Lobster Dip fundraising ocean plunge on New Year’s Day.

Registration is now open for the event, which takes place at noon Jan. 1 at Old Orchard Beach.

The Lobster Dip was Maine’s original cold-water fundraiser when it began in 1988 with about 15 participants.

It’s now the largest such fundraising event in the state. Last year it raised nearly $100,000 for Special Olympics Maine’s sports training and athletic competitions serving more than 3,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities.

CAMDEN

Academy awards $10,000 grant to Camden film fest

The Camden International Film Festival has received a $10,000 grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The grant will be used for special programming and to increase filmmaker participation during the 2013 festival, which will be held from Sept. 26-29.

Organizers say the Camden festival was one of 23 U.S. film festivals to receive grant funding from the academy this year. The academy, based in Beverly Hills, Calif., is dedicated to the advancement of motion pictures and is best-known for its annual Academy Awards presentation.

The festival, now entering its ninth year, shows more than 70 documentary films each year in Camden and Rockport, while also holding a conference where independent documentary filmmakers can network, attend panel discussions and workshops, and pitch their films to broadcasters and distributors.

NEWRY

Santa Sunday raises funds to brighten holidays for kids

A bunch of Santas took a break from toy-making to hit the slopes at Sunday River on Sunday.

Nearly 300 skiers and snowboarders decked out in red and white gathered at the ski resort for the annual Santa Sunday event. Spokeswoman Darcy Morse said 292 of them pre-registered.

The 13th annual event raises money for the Bethel Rotary Club’s annual holiday toy drive.

Those who registered were asked to show up in a Santa outfit and donate $10 or more to the toy drive. Participants got to ski free for the day while also receiving another lift ticket good through Dec. 14.

PLAISTOW, N.H.

Couple charged in assaults on boy return from Florida

A fugitive couple arrested at a Florida theme park have returned to New Hampshire to face charges in the beating and burning of the woman’s 3-year-old son.

According to online records, Jessica Linscott, 23, and her boyfriend, Roland Dow, 27, were in custody Saturday night at the Rockingham County jail.

The Plaistow couple waived extradition on Friday, two days after they were arrested by federal marshals at Universal Studios in Orlando following two weeks on the run.

Dow is charged with first- and second-degree assault. He and Linscott face multiple charges of child endangerment for failing to protect and get medical attention for 3-year-old James, who remains hospitalized at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth in Lebanon, N.H.

Corrections officials say Linscott and Dow have denied media requests for interviews.

CORNISH, N.H.

Hunter gored by antler after shooting 8-point deer

A 54-year-old New Hampshire deer hunter is recovering after an eight-point buck gored him with an antler after being shot.

Everett Gray of Cornish shot the deer near his home Thursday afternoon and then moved in to finish the kill with a knife.

He said that’s when the white-tail lunged at him, piercing his abdomen with an antler point and lifting him off the ground.

Gray told the Valley News the deer rammed its head into his stomach and pushed him down a slope before he managed to dislodge the antler point from his side.

While Gray was treated at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, his brother and a few friends went into the woods and dragged the buck back to his house and hung it in his garage.

BOSTON

Stores, restaurants found to be mislabeling seafood

A published report says new DNA testing shows that restaurants and stores across Massachusetts are still mislabeling their seafood, a year after the problem was disclosed.

The Boston Globe reports that restaurants and stores continue to sell cheaper, lower-quality fish wrongly labeled as more expensive and higher-quality varieties.

An investigation by the Globe published last year prompted promises by state health officials to discourage the mislabeling of seafood.

The newspaper reported Sunday that the results of a new round of DNA tests on fish underscores an ongoing lack of regulation in the nation’s seafood trade.

The test results showed a host of mislabeling, including the mismarking of Pacific cod as the more expensive Atlantic species, hybrid bass as the higher quality striped bass and tilapia as red snapper.