April 25, 2012


Woman flown to hospital after crash in Standish / Heavy metal to start music series at Scarborough Downs / Old Orchard Beach man dies in crash in Saco ... and more news from around Maine

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Old Orchard Beach man dies when van crashes into trees

A 30-year-old Old Orchard Beach man was killed when the van he was driving crashed into trees then rolled onto its side on Jenkins Road.

Bradford Ferguson was driving south on Jenkins Road headed toward Route 112 at 9:30 a.m. when the crash occurred near Winding Brook Lane, police said. Witnesses told police that Ferguson had passed two cars in a 40-mph no-passing zone just before the crash.

A statement issued by Deputy Chief Jeffrey Holland said that excessive speed and improper passing appear to have contributed to the crash.

Firefighters had to use an extrication tool to get Ferguson out of the demolished vehicle. 

The road was shut down for about four hours while the Saco Police Department’s accident reconstruction team investigated the crash.


‘Music at the Track’ series will deliver heavy metal blast

A daylong music festival featuring heavy metal bands is the first announced show for the new “Music at the Track” concert series at Scarborough Downs.

The show – an annual Maine rock festival known as Oxxfest – is scheduled for noon on Friday, Aug. 10. The headliner will be nationally known heavy metal band 5 Finger Death Punch. Other national acts will include Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Pop Evil, God Forbid, Emmure and Battle Cross. The festival will include local bands on a separate stage.

The show is the first in the series to be announced by the promoters, Waterfront Concerts of Bangor.

Waterfront Concerts got Town Council approval to hold outdoor concerts at Scarborough Downs earlier this spring, but had no specific dates or shows to announce at that time. Alex Gray of Waterfront Concerts said at the time he didn’t know for sure how many shows would be held this summer.

Tickets for Oxxfest will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday online at waterfrontconcerts.com or by calling (800) 745-3000. The price is $39.50, general admission. Previously, Oxxfest had been held in various Maine locations over the past few years, including Oxford and Wiscasset.

Last year, Scarborough Downs hosted a country concert featuring Brad Paisley, but it has not hosted a regular concert series featuring national acts.


Jurors convict Maine Guide of animal cruelty in bobcat death

A Master Maine Guide and state prison guard has been convicted of animal cruelty for tethering a bobcat and allowing his dogs to kill it.

Randall Carl of Knox was convicted Monday in Waldo County Superior Court after an hour of jury deliberations.

Prosecutors say Carl, 46, tethered the bobcat to a pole with a rope wrapped around its neck. He let the bobcat out of the cage, and his hunting dogs attacked and killed it. The February 2009 episode was captured on video.

Prosecutor Eric Walker says the so-called training exercise was offensive to hunters.

The Bangor Daily News reports that Carl’s attorney called it an accident.

Carl was sentenced to 15 months in prison with all but 10 days suspended. He was also fined more than $1,300.


Body of Eagle Lake fisherman recovered from Blake Lake

Wardens have recovered the body of a 57-year-old man who didn’t make it to shore after his boat capsized on a small northern Maine lake.

The Maine Warden Service says the body of Ronald Toussaint of Eagle Lake was recovered shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday in 14 feet of water in Blake Lake, in Township 16, Range 6 east of Eagle Lake in northern Aroostook County.

Officials say Toussaint and 37-year-old Jason Dube of Eagle Lake were fishing on a 12-foot boat when it capsized early Monday night. Dube made it to shore safely.

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