Friday, December 13, 2013
From staff and news services
Driver in fatal accident had no license, police say
Police said a South Portland man was driving without a valid license when he crashed his car into a tree in Falmouth last week, killing a passenger in the vehicle.
Matthew Blanchard, 24, faces a felony charge of causing a fatal accident while his license was suspended or revoked.
Police Chief Ed Tolan said Blanchard’s license has been suspended several times.
Authorities said Casey Green, 22, of Cumberland was killed Friday when Blanchard’s car drifted off Route 100 and hit a tree.
Police said Blanchard, who may have fallen asleep at the wheel, initially told investigators that Green was driving, but later said that he was behind the wheel.
Biker in critical condition after collision with Toyota
A motorcyclist was in critical condition after a crash on Johnson Road that snarled traffic near the Portland International Jetport.
The man was riding a Harley-Davidson inbound on Johnson Road at 1:20 p.m. when William Lyons, 83, of South Portland apparently tried to make a U-turn in front of him, police said.
The motorcycle hit the front left of Lyons’ Toyota Avalon and the rider was thrown from the motorcycle.
The rider was taken to Maine Medical Center with head injuries.
The inbound and outbound lanes of Johnson Road are separated there and drivers leaving City Line
Drive often turn right onto Johnson Road inbound, then make a U-turn when the lanes are no long separated to go toward South Portland or Scarborough.
Police are not releasing the name of the motorcycle rider until family members have been notified.
The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet, police said.
Civic center’s board OKs stacked-suite approach
Marketing consultants have endorsed a plan to “stack” most of the luxury suites at the west end of the renovated Cumberland County Civic Center.
The center’s building committee was told that the consultants believe the seating plan will be attractive because most of the luxury suites will face the stage for concerts and other performances.
The plan calls for four suites at ice level around the hockey rink, and then two suites on the concourse level, two midlevel suites and two sky-level suites. Plans for four suites on the east side of the arena were eliminated, while the number of suites on the west side was increased.
Neal Pratt, a building committee member and civic center trustee, said the board adopted the stacked-suite plan Wednesday.
Pratt said the building committee expects to have those plans by the end of July, when it will likely give the go-ahead for the renovation to start in August.
The renovation was approved last year by county voters, who authorized spending up to $33 million on the project. It’s expected to be done by fall 2013.
Bench-press competition raises $600 for vets’ charity
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office hosted its third annual “Behind Bars” bench-press competition to raise money for charity.
Saturday’s event drew 15 participants from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, the York County Sheriff’s Office and the Portland Police Department.
Cumberland County corrections officer Cory Stone earned overall honors when he pressed 325 pounds, 137 pounds more than his body weight.
The biggest lift was by Luke House, a Cumberland County corrections officer who pressed 365 pounds in the heavyweight class.
Hope Lanza of Cumberland County lifted 115 pounds to win the female class.
Cumberland County officers Scott Jordan and Jake Parson lifted 350 pounds and 325 pounds, respectively, to win their weight classes, and Portland officer Vincent Rozzi pressed 330 pounds to win the lightweight class, for participants weighing 180 to 199 pounds.
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