April 2, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Woodhead told the Lewiston Sun Journal the man was unaware his finger was positioned on the trigger and the gun fired.

The bullet entered his left palm and exited the side of his hand. The man’s name was not disclosed by police.

He was taken to Central Maine Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. No charges will be filed.


Advocate named to face Public Utilities Commission

Gov. Paul LePage announced Monday he has named Timothy Schneider of Portland to the position of public advocate.

Schneider, an attorney at Pierce Atwood, will represent the interests of Maine ratepayers in proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission.

Those proceedings will include issues covering electricity and natural gas prices.

The public advocate also supports Maine residents on matters related to telecommunications, including access to broadband Internet.

“Today, Mainers are burdened with some of the highest energy prices in the nation, and the cost of doing business in Maine is a huge jobs killer,” LePage said in a press release.“

We must have a strong advocate who is working toward opportunities that will enable Maine to compete in the global market.”


22-year-old suffers serious injuries in dirt bike accident

Authorities say a 22-year-old man suffered serious injuries in a dirt bike accident in Pittston.

The Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office said the accident occurred about 6:45 p.m. Sunday.

The victim was flown to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston with unspecified injuries.

The man’s name was not made public.

No other people or vehicles were involved and police did not disclose what caused the accident.

The Pittston Fire Department, Gardiner Rescue and Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office responded.

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