February 26, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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The bus is owned by the school district serving Berwick and Lebanon.


Man dead, woman injured in collision on Route 117

A man was killed and a woman was seriously injured in a head-on crash in Norway.

Police say Kevin Haines, 63, of Norway died in the crash on Route 117 about 6:45 p.m. Monday.

The Sun Journal reports that the driver of the other vehicle, Heather Ward, 42, of Harrison, suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Rescue personnel had to cut open the car Haines was driving because he was trapped in the wreckage.

The cause remains under investigation.


Federal funds to be allocated for local harbor dredging

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will allocate $3.5 million in federal funding to complete the full dredging of Wells Harbor, Sen. Susan Collins announced Tuesday.

Wells Harbor was eligible for funding through the Supplemental Appropriations Act because of damage sustained during Hurricane Sandy. The Army Corps is now developing plans and specifications for the project, which is expected to be completed this fall or next winter.

Hurricane Sandy and other winter storms created a large shoal at the entrance to the jetty of Wells Harbor, filling the navigation channel and settling basins. During astronomical high tides, many slips in the harbor are no longer accessible, according to town officials.


Trooper airlifted to hospital following Route 1 accident

A Maine state trooper was flown to a Bangor hospital after his cruiser collided with another vehicle in Presque Isle.

Police say Trooper Shawn Whalen sustained a hip injury in the crash on Route 1 about 4:20 p.m. Monday.

Whalen was driving south when he tried to turn around in the road to reverse direction.

Police say his cruiser was struck by a car driven by Eric Rosten, 49, of Presque Isle. Rosten suffered a minor hand injury but did not go to a hospital.

Whalen’s police dog was in his cruiser but was unhurt.

Both vehicles were total losses. The crash remains under investigation.


Injured Sabattus motorist gets $1.5 million in damages

A jury has awarded $1.5 million in damages to a Sabattus man who was seriously injured when his car collided with a tractor-trailer.

Gregory Hall sued after suffering severe leg injuries in the 2011 accident. Hall, 43, underwent several surgeries, continues to have pain in his right leg and is no longer able to engage in activities such as roller skating and dancing.

The Sun Journal reported that Hall claimed permanent impairment and more than five months of lost wages from his job at Time Warner Inc. in Portland.

Police determined that the driver of the tractor-trailer, Brian Cannon of Middleborough, Mass., “failed to yield the right of way” and turned into the path of Hall’s car. He was driving for Hooksett, N.H.-based J.P. Noonan Transportation Inc.


Economic benefits cited from Acadia National Park

A new report says Acadia National Park is crucial to the region’s economy.

The National Park Service announced Tuesday that the 47,000-acre park drew 2.4 million visitors in 2011, who created $186 million in economic benefits for the surrounding communities and helped support 3,000 jobs.

The information is part of a peer-reviewed spending analysis of national park visitors across the country conducted by Michigan State University for the National Park Service.

Superintendent Sheridan Steele says Acadia attracts visitors with its “unparalleled scenery and extraordinary recreational opportunities.”

Most visitor spending, about 63 percent, supports jobs in lodging and food service, while 17 percent is spent on recreation and entertainment.


Many UMaine students plan a meaningful spring break

Dozens of University of Maine students will spend their upcoming spring break doing volunteer work rather than lounging on a beach.

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