August 20, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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OGUNQUIT

Two firefighters injured in commercial building fire

Police say two firefighters were injured Monday morning while fighting a fire in a commercial building.

The fire was in a building at 20 Shore Road, close to the busy town square area. At one point, fire hoses were covering both Shore Road and Route 1, said police.

One firefighter suffered a knee injury and a second broke a hand while fighting the fire, police said. Both were treated at a local hospital.

Fire officials were not immediately available to answer questions about the injuries or the extent of the fire, which was first reported before 9 a.m.

Everyone got out of the building safely, police said.

SCARBOROUGH

Man hit by train is transient from California, police say

Police have released the name of the man who was seriously injured Sunday morning when he was hit by the Amtrak Downeaster train.

Police and fire personnel investigate the scene of a pedestrian-train accident off Highland Avenue in Scarborough on Sunday.

Charles Hope, 36, was struck by the train at Highland Avenue and Black Point Road. Scarborough police describe Hope as a transient from California who most recently was staying in Massachusetts.

Hope remains hospitalized at Maine Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses told police Hope was running across the tracks toward a freight train parked on the second track. He appeared to not see the Amtrak train and was struck by the front engine, police said.

Scarborough police continue to investigate, but say it appears the incident was accidental because Hope was distracted.

SEARSPORT

Police charge woman with screwdriver assault on child

A Searsport woman has been accused of hitting her 6-year-old stepdaughter with a screwdriver. Police have charged Felicia Moulton, 24, with assault.

WABI-TV reported that police said they were contacted by a pediatrician in June about bruises on the girl’s arm and a bump on her head.

When officers talked to Moulton, they say she admitted to striking her stepdaughter with the screwdriver, saying she was being too loud.

It wasn’t immediately known if Moulton had a lawyer.

AUGUSTA

Lawmakers to vote on roads and education bond package

Lawmakers plan to return to Augusta this week to vote on a state borrowing package for roads and education infrastructure projects.

The Appropriations Committee will meet Thursday to vote on the $149.5 million bond package Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic lawmakers agreed to late Friday.

The proposal will then go to the Legislature where it will be voted on in time to be placed on the November ballot.

The proposal includes $100 million for transportation, $35.5 million for education and $14 million for armory maintenance and renovations.

LePage and Democrats had clashed over the timing of the bond. Democrats had intended to return next month to vote out a proposal for the June ballot, but LePage said a November vote was necessary for construction project planning.

PHIPPSBURG

Warden Service looks into ATV crash that injured teen

The Maine Warden Service is investigating an ATV crash in Phippsburg that injured a 17-year-old boy.

Warden Doug Kulis says wardens, Phippsburg firefighters and Sagadahoc County sheriff’s deputies responded to an area of Devil’s Highway, a series of dirt private dirt roads, shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday.

Kulis said the teenager was not wearing a helmet. The boy’s name was not made public.

LEWISTON

Health officials seek to stem rise in gonorrhea cases

Public health officials are reaching out to women in Androscoggin and Cumberland counties to stem the rising number of gonorrhea cases in the region.

Posters have popped up in hair salons, nightclubs, colleges and any place frequented by young women, the largest group testing positive for the sexually transmitted disease.

The state says of the more than 450 reported cases of gonorrhea in Maine last year, more than 40 percent were in Androscoggin County. About 70 percent were in Androscoggin and Cumberland counties combined.

The Sun Journal reports that the campaign appears to be working. There have been 51 confirmed cases in Androscoggin County in the first seven months of this year, down from 113 in the same period last year.

State epidemiologist Dr. Stephen Sears says that’s still too many.

PORTLAND

Police follow up on report that man held gun in park

Police sent a team of four officers to the Eastern Promenade on Monday night after a female jogger reported seeing a man sitting on a park bench holding a gun that looked like a rifle.

Lt. Gary Hutcheson said the officers went to the Loring Memorial Park around 7 p.m. “We got up there and found nothing,” Hutcheson said.

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