October 25, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

From staff and news services

FALMOUTH

Exit to Falmouth Spur to be closed extra month

Officials say motorists driving south on the Maine Turnpike will have to wait an additional month before they can exit onto the Falmouth Spur.

The Maine Turnpike Authority says construction delays have pushed the reopening of the turnpike’s off-ramp from November until late December.

The ramp has been closed since May to complete major repairs to the 60-year-old bridge that connects the off-ramp and the Falmouth Spur. The work includes repairs to the bridge’s steel superstructure, partial replacement of the bridge deck under the pavement, and replacement of the bridge railings.

The reopening is being postponed because construction crews found more structural damage than anticipated. Officials say the contractor has been working double shifts to speed up the work.

BANGOR

Electronic health network halfway toward completion

AA consortium that is electronically linking rural and urban health care facilities across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont has hit a milestone.

The Bangor-based New England Telehealth Consortium says it has now connected 200 facilities, marking the halfway point toward the 400 or so facilities in the group.

The consortium is creating a broadband network connecting hospitals, community health centers and other facilities in primarily rural locations so they can share medical information and consult over the Internet.

Jim Rogers, founder of the consortium and president of the company managing the network’s implementation, says the system will improve health care capabilities in northern New England while cutting costs.

FairPoint Communications continues to build out its broadband system to handle the telemedicine services.

Man in July 4th standoff enters plea of not guilty

A Bangor man, who authorities say fired as many as 70 shots from his apartment window during a standoff with police, forcing the city’s Fourth of July parade to be rerouted, has pleaded not guilty to federal firearms charges.

Oliver Perrin remains in federal custody after his appearance Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

The 43-year-old Perrin is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

WABI-TV reports that according to court documents, Perrin was not allowed to have guns due to a conviction in 2008 in New York.

The four-hour standoff ended when a tactical team used tear gas to take him into custody. No one was hurt.

Perrin was charged in state court with criminal threatening and reckless conduct with a firearm.

Some students disciplined after fight shown online

School officials launched an investigation after a video of a fight between two girls in a Bangor High School hallway showed up online.

Principal Paul Butler said the fight Tuesday morning was quickly broken up by teachers, who acted in accordance with district policy on student conflict. He said the fight lasted less than a minute.

He told WABI-TV that he has disciplined the students involved, including those who recorded the brawl.

The mother of one of the girls says her 15-year-old daughter was attacked and the dispute started with messages sent through Facebook over the last several days. She says the video posted on Facebook on Tuesday night shows other students standing around cheering.

SABATTUS

One driver killed, one hurt in early-morning crash

Sabattus police are investigating a fatal crash that happened on Middle Road at 5 a.m. Thursday.

A 2002 Chevrolet sport utility vehicle driven by Felicia Hinkley, 28, of Sabattus, crossed the centerline and collided with a 2003 Oldsmobile sedan, driven by Tracy Richard, 38, of Sabattus, police said. The crash killed Richard.

Both vehicles were destroyed in the crash. Hinkley was taken to Central Maine Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

Police are still investigating.

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