CHINA

Woman OK after car crashes, is wedged between tree, pole

A Vassalboro woman escaped injury early Sunday when she apparently fell asleep at the wheel and the car she was driving struck a mailbox, went airborne and became lodged between a tree and telephone pole, according to police.

Linda Nutt was driving south on Route 137, the China Road, when the crash occurred just before 6:30 a.m., said Maine State Police Trooper Seth Allen, who was at the scene.

“She fell asleep and crossed the center line,” Allen said. “She became airborne and was stuck between the tree and telephone pole.”

At the scene about 7:15 a.m., a worker from Kim’s Towing & Repair of Winslow was pulling a green car bumper from among tree branches that were tangled between the pole and tree.

The smashed 2007 Toyota was on a flatbed tow truck.

Allen said no charges were filed in the accident, which occurred across the road from Central Maine Trading and less than a quarter-mile from the yellow flashing light at the entrance to China Village.

Allen said the Toyota was destroyed in the crash.

PORTLAND

Maine fisheries scientist wins award for excellence

A Maine scientist has been recognized by a regional commission for her years of contributions to fisheries science and management.

Maggie Hunter, who is with the Maine Department of Marine Resources, received The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s annual Award of Excellence in the area of scientific, technical and advisory contributions.

The award was presented last week at a commission meeting in Alexandria, Va.

The commission cited her work on its shrimp technical committee and also her years with the DMR analyzing shrimp, herring, sea urchins, groundfish and other marine species.

The commission oversees fishery management issues for 15 states from Maine to Florida.

Car overturns on turnpike exit; motorist hospitalized

Emergency crews responded Sunday afternoon to an overturned vehicle on the northbound Maine Turnpike exit to Larrabee Road in Portland.

A motorist was ejected from the vehicle at about 4 p.m. and was hospitalized with unspecified injuries, a state police dispatcher said.

No further information was available.

BATH

Evidence points to suicide in case of body found in river

Police suspect suicide in the death of a woman whose body was recovered from the Kennebec River.

Police were alerted Sunday morning about a body in the water, the Times Record newspaper reported. Police said evidence collected from the woman’s home led them to suspect suicide.

The woman’s body was sent to the state Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

AUGUSTA

Campaign recruiting lawyers to provide legal help to vets

The Maine State Bar Association has launched a campaign aimed at providing legal help to veterans.

The bar association said the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan over the coming 17 months will result in returning service members who will face employment and financial challenges, stressful family situations and legal issues that might have developed while they were deployed.

The association is partnering with ArmyOneSource to recruit Maine attorneys to help serve members, veterans and their families.

Executive Director Angela Weston said the campaign goal is to get as many Maine attorneys as possible to step forward to help by presenting a legal clinic or workshop at military events or to provide pro bono or reduced-rate legal advice or representation to service members and veterans.

The campaign runs through Sept. 17.

– From staff and news services