WOOLWICH

Found passed out with kids in car, woman faces charges 

Police say a Woolwich woman is facing drunken-driving and child endangerment charges after being found passed out in her car by the side of the road with two children inside.

Deputy Chief Marc Hagan said an officer found a vehicle pulled over in the breakdown lane of Route 1 north just before 3 p.m. Sunday. The boys, ages 6 and 3, were in the locked vehicle.

One child was heard saying, “My mom won’t wake up.”

Hagan told The Times Record that an officer eventually got the woman’s attention.

Hagan said police had “probable cause” to believe Kathleen McGreary, 33, was drunk, and she was taken to a hospital.

She has a court appearance scheduled for June. The children were released to their father.

SEBAGO

Chimney fire damages 100-year-old farmhouse

A century-old farmhouse at the Douglas Hill Orchard in Sebago suffered extensive damage Wednesday night after a chimney fire spread into the home.

Deputy Chief Alan Greene said the home is owned by John and Elaine Lucy. John Lucy is a volunteer firefighter in Sebago.

The Lucys operate a pick-your-own apple orchard. The farm and orchard at 42 Orchard Road are on Douglas Mountain. When firefighters arrived around 6:40 p.m., they did not realize that the chimney fire had burned through a brick wall.

The fire spread into the home, causing damage to several rooms on the first and second floors. Fire Capt. Phil Strike was taken to Bridgton Hospital for treatment of second-degree burns to a hand. Strike was treated and released.

Greene said six people lived in the farmhouse, which was damaged by a fire in 1989. They spent the evening with neighbors. Firefighters from six towns helped Sebago.

PLYMOUTH

Two charged with burglary after police dog tracks them

State police say they broke up a burglary ring in the Penobscot County town of Plymouth and recovered a number of stolen items, including an ice augur and work boots.

Police charged James Field, 25, of Pittsfield and Jacob Graham, 18, of Hartland after a homeowner found the two in his barn, police said.

Troopers used a police dog to track the men in nearby woods off Moosehead Trail.

The two men are also connected to five other daytime burglaries this week in Pittsfield, St. Albans and Harmony, police said. Police also recovered electronics and collectibles, police said.

The two are free on bail from Penosbcot County Jail pending a court appearance.

Dish subscribers lose ABC for night because of dispute

Mainers who subscribe to the Dish Network satellite TV service lost Portland’s ABC station from their lineup Tuesday night because of a contract dispute, but got it back Wednesday.

WMTW (Channel 8) was removed because of a dispute between Dish and the owners of WMTW, Hearst Television Inc.

Dave Abel, president of WMTW, said that as of around noon Wednesday the dispute between Hearst and Dish had been resolved and that WMTW was back on Dish Network. WMTW is one of 29 TV stations across the country owned by Hearst.

WMTW officials issued a statement Wednesday saying the dispute was not over money, but over other unspecified terms of the contract. Cable and satellite TV providers pay networks and stations for the rights to carry their programming.

No one from Dish Network was available for comment. In the past, Dish Network has said it does not disclose how many subscribers it has in a particular state, or region.

Disputes between TV stations or networks and cable or satellite providers have become increasingly common, as both feel the heat of competition from online streaming of TV shows and other technologies.

In the summer of 2012, a dispute between Hearst and Time Warner Cable kept WMTW out of the Time Warner lineup in Maine for 10 days.

ATHENS, GA.

University of Georgia hires Bowdoin College official

The University of Georgia has named a new vice president for development and alumni relations.

UGA President Jere Morehead announced the appointment of Kelly Kerner Tuesday. Kerner comes to UGA from Bowdoin College in Maine, where he was senior vice president for development and alumni relations and secretary of the college.

Kerner’s appointment is effective July 1. The offices that will report directly to him include development, financial services, alumni relations, special events and the career center.

Kerner was selected as a finalist after a national search by a 19-member committee made up of faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Kerner has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He’s worked in higher education development for more than two decades.