August 3, 2013

Local Dispatches

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Later that day, a car hit a moose in Chain of Ponds Township on Route 27. The driver was injured, but refused treatment.

On Thursday, a car hit a moose on Route 16 in Coplin Plantation. The car was heavily damaged and the moose died.

On Friday, a car hit a moose on Route 4 in Rangeley Plantation. The car was heavily damaged and the moose died.


Twice-deported Honduran man sentenced to prison

A Honduran man who was found in the United States last summer after having been deported at least twice was sentenced Friday in federal court to four years and nine months in prison.

Mauro Edulio Jimenez-Banegas, 47, was arrested on July 30, 2012, after a warden with the Maine Warden Service found him and another man in Stratton in a parked vehicle with no license plate, according to court records.

Jimenez-Banegas told a U.S. Border Patrol agent that he was a citizen of Honduras and had no immigration papers indicating he was in this country legally, court records state. He pleaded guilty on Nov. 20.

Jimenez-Banegas was convicted of a sex offense in Washington, D.C., in 2004, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


More Acadia National Park trails open as fledglings fly

More hiking trails at Acadia National Park are open, after being closed for months because of nesting peregrine falcons.

Park officials said the Precipice Trail, the Precipice Cliff area, and the Orange and Black Path on Champlain Mountain would open Friday after being closed in April to support recovery efforts for the falcons, which are listed as endangered under the Maine Endangered Species Act.

Acadia was selected in the 1980s to be one of the sites for a peregrine falcon recovery program.

In the past 20 years, more than 110 chicks have fledged on Mount Desert Island.


Bridge inspection, opening to proceed as planned

New Hampshire transportation officials are about to start their final inspection of the new Memorial Bridge connecting the state with Maine.

A gate on the Kittery, Maine, side of the bridge malfunctioned last week, raising concerns about whether a ribbon-cutting ceremony set for Aug. 8 would proceed as planned.

The Portsmouth Herald reported that transportation officials decided Thursday to go ahead with the ceremony, which will highlight the historical link between Portsmouth and Kittery.

Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton said the final inspection process, beginning Friday, will take about three days.

While the ceremony will mark the official reopening of the bridge, it will be opened before that without fanfare to prevent a rush of traffic.

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