May 7, 2013


From staff and news services


Garage fire stopped short of home on Alewive Road

Firefighters prevented a fire that started in a garage from spreading to a nearby home on Monday night.

The Goodwins Mills Fire Department said the fire was reported at 143 Alewive Road, part of Route 35, in Lyman around 8:30 p.m.

When crews arrived, they found the garage engulfed in flames. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.


Police arrest another man on indecent conduct charge

For the third time in seven days, Saco police arrested a man Monday after investigating a complaint about suspicious or indecent activity.

Roy I. Fortin, 57, of Biddeford was charged with indecent conduct after he allegedly exposed his genitals to an undercover police officer in a wooded area behind the commuter parking lot on Industrial Park Road.

Fortin was taken to the York County Jail in Alfred, said Deputy Police Chief Jeffrey Holland. His first court appearance is set for July 24.

Last week, Saco police made two arrests.

On Tuesday, a man was arrested after police say he walked naked through the Cascade Brook trail system.

Daniel J. Latham, 54, of Yarmouth was seen by Police Chief Bradley Paul. Latham took off running but police say they caught up with him after a brief chase as he stopped to put on his pants. He was charged with indecent conduct.

On Thursday, police arrested Allen Hahn, 64, of Old Orchard Beach on a charge of unlawful sexual contact.

According to police, Hahn engaged an undercover officer in a brief conversation and then stepped toward the officer, grabbed the officer’s genitals though his clothing and said, “Are we doing this?”

Police have stepped up their patrol of Cascade Brook in response to complaints about illicit activity. All three arrests have occurred during daylight hours.


New cruise ship will make record-sized visit in 2015

The 2013 cruise season has yet to begin, but the city already is looking two years ahead.

Portland officials announced Monday that the city will welcome Royal Caribbean’s newest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, in 2015. At 1,142 feet and with a capacity for 4,180 passengers, it will be the largest passenger ship to dock in Portland – about 10 feet longer than the Queen Mary.

The Quantum was unveiled just last month by Royal Caribbean and will embark on its first tour in the winter of 2014.

Last year, more than 200,000 people visited Maine on cruise ships. Bar Harbor was the biggest draw with 108 stops, but Portland was second with 59.

This cruise season will begin June 1 when American Cruise Line’s ship Independence visits Portland. The first large cruise ship, the nearly 3,000-passenger Carnival Glory, will come on June 10.

In all, 58 ships are expected to dock in Portland from June through November, carrying more than 70,000 passengers and more than 28,000 crew members.

The city will receive nearly $700,000 in revenue from hosting cruise ships. A 2008 economic impact study found that passengers typically spend $80 to $110 in Greater Portland during their stay, which adds up to $5.8 million to $8 million each season.

Two brothers, father face charges of beating man

Two brothers from Brunswick and their father are in the Cumberland County Jail on charges of beating a Portland man with a metal pipe.

Police were called to 98 India St. at 7:45 p.m. Sunday by a 50-year-old man who had serious head and face injuries.

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