October 15, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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UNITY TOWNSHIP

Woman, 59, fatally injured in collision with pickup truck

A 59-year-old woman was killed Monday afternoon in a head-on collision with a pickup truck on Route 139, also called Waterville Road, in Unity Township, according to the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. Frank Hatch of the sheriff’s office said at the scene that none of the names of the people involved in the crash would be released until the families are notified.

Hatch said the woman and the 29-year-old driver of the pickup truck, a 1995 Ford Ranger, both lived locally. Both vehicles were destroyed.

Two female passengers in the woman’s 2005 Chevy Cavalier were taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, as was the driver of the pickup truck.

Hatch said the driver of the pickup, who was traveling eastbound, may have been distracted by a dog he had with him about 2:30 p.m. and crossed the centerline, striking the oncoming, westbound car head-on.

Early reports indicated possible entrapment. The truck rolled over and both vehicles ended up in woods at the roadside.

NASHVILLE PLANTATION

Logging truck, train collide at crossing, but no one hurt

Maine State Police say there were no injuries Monday in a collision between a logging truck and a train in Nashville Plantation.

Police said that at about 10:45 a.m., the logging truck, driven by 48-year-old Wayne Pelletier, failed to stop at the stop sign at a rail crossing on Little Machias Road.

The truck and a train of the Eastern Maine Railway operated by 37-year-old Christopher Labonte, out of St. John, New Brunswick, collided.

The train and three rail cars were knocked off the tracks. The truck rolled onto its side.

Police said there was extensive damage to the truck and the train, but there were no injuries.

AUGUSTA

Man puts toilets in his yard to protest zoning decision

An Augusta man is pooh-poohing the city’s decision to nix a Dunkin’ Donuts by putting toilets in his yard.

David Labbe says a developer wanted to buy his house for top dollar and tear it down to make room for a Dunkin’ Donuts. But the deal was scuttled when the Planning Board, backed by neighbors, refused to change the zoning.

To show his contempt, Labbe put five toilets in his yard, which have yellow and pink flowers growing in them. He’s now put up a sign saying he wants 60 to 70 more commodes to fully show how he feels.

He told the Kennebec Journal that his neighbors angered him by opposing the zoning change, so he’s doing the same to them.

Neighbors call Labbe’s behavior childish.

LEWISTON

Dempsey Challenge raises $1.1 million for cancer center

Patrick Dempsey’s bicycling, running and walking fundraiser in western Maine to raise money for his cancer center has netted more than $1 million.

Nearly 4,000 participants took part in the fifth annual Dempsey Challenge on Saturday and Sunday, raising $1.1 million for the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer, Hope & Healing at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. The final tally is expected to grow to more than $1.2 million.

More than 1,100 cyclists rode routes ranging from 10 to 100 miles on Sunday, with the actor making an appearance during the event’s closing ceremony.

Dempsey, a native of Buckfield, plays Dr. Derek Shepherd on TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy.” He launched the Dempsey Challenge after his mother’s experience with cancer. He founded the Dempsey Center in 2008.

FARMINGTON

First homeless shelter in Franklin County to open

Franklin County’s first homeless shelter is expected to open Nov. 1, but for some people, it can’t open soon enough.

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