August 11, 2010

Dispatches, Aug. 10: State lawmaker arrested on OUI charge after crash

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FREEPORT
State lawmaker arrested on OUI charge after crash

Sean Flaherty, a Democrat who represents Scarborough in the state House of Representatives, was arrested early Sunday morning on a charge of driving under the influence.

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Sean Flaherty, a Democrat who represents Scarborough in the state House of Representatives, was arrested early Sunday morning on a charge of driving under the influence.

A state police trooper was called to mile 20 southbound on Interstate 295 just before 2 a.m. for a report of a rollover. The trooper found that Flaherty, the vehicle’s only occupant, had suffered minor injuries in the one-car crash.

Further investigation led police to charge Flaherty, 25, with drunken driving, said Lt. Louis Nytray. The results of a blood test were not available, he said.

Dan Warren, a lawyer who is a friend of Flaherty, said, “He hit his head and remembers little. … He is willing to provide any information to authorities.

“My hope is to be able to gather all the facts and encourage Sean to make a public statement for his constituents and supporters very soon,” Warren said.


KENNEBUNK

Crews cooperate to rescue 6 people off Cape Porpoise

The Coast Guard’s search and rescue chief for northern New England says cooperation led to the rescue of six people from an island off Cape Porpoise.

Officials say the operator of a 20-foot motorboat called the Coast Guard’s station in Portsmouth, N.H., about 11 p.m. Sunday to report that the boat was taking on water after hitting a rock near Folly Island.

The Coast Guard and rescue crews from Wells and Kennebunk were unable to reach the vessel because of rough weather and shallow water. The local fire departments used an inflatable boat to reach the vessel.

Two passengers were taken by Coast Guard helicopter to a hospital in Portsmouth with minor injuries.

STANDISH

Wardens who found boy praise mother for calling quickly

The Maine Warden Service is praising a mother in Standish for calling for help right after she noticed that her 3-year-old son was missing while chasing his dog.

Hunter Spearrin was found about 1 p.m. Sunday, three hours after his mother called for help. His mother, Nina Berwick, is nine months pregnant and couldn’t chase him.

Hunter and the dog were found safe about a half-mile from home.

The wardens say people often wait until dark before calling for help, making the search more difficult.

GORHAM

Papers available for posts on council, School Board

Nomination papers are available for positions on the Town Council and School Board.

Three seats will be open for three-year terms on the council, and two seats will be open for three-year terms on the School Board.
Candidates must collect at least 25 signatures and no more than 100 signatures of registered voters in Gorham. The town election will be held on Nov. 2.

The signatures must be submitted to the town clerk’s office by 4:30 p.m. Sept. 20. For more information, call 222-1670.

PORTLAND
Five cruise ships expected to visit harbor this week

Five cruise ships carrying nearly 2,300 passengers are due in the city this week.

On Sunday, the American Glory and Niagara Prince visited before continuing their coastal Maine cruises.The Grande Caribe arrives today on a Maine coastal cruise. On Friday, the Independence will arrive.

On Saturday, the Enchantment of the Seas will visit Portland carrying about 1,950 passengers. The Royal Caribbean International ship will head north for Bar Harbor at the end of its visit before concluding a nine-day itinerary in Baltimore.


BANGOR

Mainer suspected in rape of woman in Pennsylvania

State and federal law enforcement authorities in Pennsylvania say they believe a Maine man could be responsible for a daytime kidnapping and rape in the Allegheny National Forest.

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