March 25, 2013

Dispatches

FREEPORT

Portland gay couple wins $100,000 dream wedding

A same-sex couple is getting their dream wedding, courtesy of a Maine magazine.

Real Maine Weddings said Jenna Eagleton and Caroline Currie were chosen Sunday from three finalist couples at the Maine Wedding Association Bridal Show in Freeport.

The Portland couple plans to get married in October in Kennebunkport. The $100,000 prize includes the reception, wedding attire, rings, flowers and limousine service.

Same-sex couples have been allowed to marry in Maine since December after voters legalized gay marriage in a referendum.

Couples had entered the giveaway by submitting a video saying why they deserve a free dream wedding. Organizers said Currie’s father had asked the couple to move up their planned 2014 wedding because he has leukemia.

WINDHAM

Police say man stole drug, then intentionally overdosed

Police say a man tried to kill himself Saturday by overdosing on a narcotic drug that he had stolen earlier in a robbery at the Hannaford Bros. supermarket in Windham.

Police said that about 2:22 p.m., the store’s pharmacy was robbed of an disclosed amount of Dilaudid, a narcotic pain reliever. Windham police and Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies identified a probable suspect, and located the man at 4:25 p.m.

Police said he was unconscious and in need of medical treatment after consuming a large amount of the stolen narcotic in a suicide attempt. The suspect was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Police said the suspect, whose name they withheld, will probably be charged with robbery when he recovers. Police seized the suspect’s vehicle as part of their investigation.

CARRABASSETT VALLEY

Teenage skier strikes tree, is airlifted to a hospital

A 16-year-old girl who struck a tree Sunday morning while skiing at Sugarloaf Mountain suffered what appeared to be a non-life-threatening head injury, a ski area official said.

“She was responsive when she left here in the ambulance,” said Ethan Austin, a spokesman for Sugarloaf.

Austin said the girl was taken by ambulance to the Carrabassett Valley airport before being flown to an undisclosed hospital. The girl, whose name was unavailable, was skiing on the Candy Side trail around 10 a.m. when she hit the tree. Austin said she was wearing a helmet.

WINTHROP

Police charge Arundel man in home invasion robbery

Police in Maine say they have charged a 36-year-old man in the January invasion of a 71-year-old Winthrop woman’s home in which four people, some carrying guns, stole cash and prescription medications.

Christopher Harmon, of Arundel, is being held at the Kennebec County Jail after being charged Friday with robbery and burglary, police said.

The victim said at least two of the intruders were carrying guns when they forced their way into her home Jan. 6 and searched through cabinets and drawers for prescription drugs. The victim suffered minor injuries, but has since recovered.

Officials said a 14-year-old boy was arrested previously on robbery and burglary charges in the incident. He has been released to the custody of his parents.

More arrests are expected, police said.

OAKLAND

Boy, 14, charged in fire that burned boat at closed mill

The former Cascade Woolen Mill, destroyed in a spectacular fire in 2010, was the site of a small fire Saturday evening, and a 14-year-old boy from Oakland was charged with arson, authorities said.

Sgt. Joel Davis of the state Fire Marshal’s Office said the boy and a friend were engaged in “horseplay” in a small building that once contained the mill’s boiler room, and “fire was involved.”
The boy and his friend were released to their parents, Davis said, noting that additional charges are possible.

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