December 6, 2010

Dispatches

From staff and news services

NEWRY

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Lynn Philippone, right, speaks with Amy Bloodgood on Sunday during Santa Sunday at Sunday River in Newry. Participants got a free lift ticket if they gave to an annual toy drive.

Joel Page/The Associated Press

Skiing Santas flock to slopes for annual event at resort

Hundreds of skiers dressed as Santa Claus carved up the slopes Sunday at the Sunday River ski resort.

Sunday River said that 250 skiers and snowboarders signed up for its 11th annual Santa Sunday event, with registration filling up in 12 minutes.

For the event, skiers got a free lift ticket Sunday if they came dressed in a Santa hat, jacket, pants and beard and donated $10 or more to the Bethel Rotary Club's annual drive to provide gifts for the area's children in need. They also received an additional lift ticket valid through Dec. 18.

KITTERY

Motorist faces OUI charge in crash that cut off power

A one-car crash on Tenney Hill Road knocked out power to nearby residents for two hours Saturday night.

A northbound 2004 Toyota Matrix collided with a utility pole near Gerrish Island Lane at 10:45 p.m., disrupting power to 224 homes. Central Maine Power restored electrical service at 12:43 a.m. Sunday, according to a CMP spokesman.

Kittery police reported no significant injuries.

The car's sole occupant, Victor Bing, 18, of Kittery Point, was arrested and charged with operating under the influence.

PORTLAND

School Committee to hold inauguration ceremony today

The School Committee will hold its annual inauguration ceremony at 4 p.m. today in the City Council chamber at City Hall.

Kate Snyder, elected to a second three-year term in November, is expected to be named board chairwoman. She's an at-large member.

At-large member Jaimey Caron, who also was elected to a second term, is expected to be named chairman of the finance subcommittee.

Also to be sworn in is Laurie Davis, a former Portland school administrator, who was elected to the District 3 committee seat. She replaces Peter Eglinton, outgoing committee chairman, who didn't seek re-election.

FRENCHVILLE

Home invasion injures two; four men arrested, charged

State police say four men were arrested following a home invasion that left two men injured.

Police said the intruders forcibly entered the home of Jason Marquis, 26, in the northern Maine town of Frenchville just before noon Saturday. They assaulted Marquis and his twin, Brian Marquis, stole an undisclosed amount of money and fled.

Jason Marquis, who sustained serious head and facial injuries, was taken to Fort Kent Hospital and then transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Brian Marquis sustained minor injuries that did not need medical treatment.

Arrested and charged with aggravated assault, robbery and burglary were Daniel Rockhold, 21; Nicholas Michaud, 27; Seth Castonguay, 20; and Jeff Cashman, 31, all of Van Buren.

BOSTON

Couple with Maine ties must repay comedian $12 million

The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office has ordered comedian Dane Cook's half brother and sister-in-law to pay $12 million in restitution after they pleaded guilty to stealing from him.

Darryl and Erika McCauley of Wilmington were accused of embezzling millions from Cook while Darryl McCauley was working as Cook's business manager.

Darryl McCauley was sentenced in October to five to six years in prison on charges including 27 counts of larceny. His wife was sentenced to 2 1/2 to three years in prison on charges including two counts of larceny.

A spokesman for Attorney General Martha Coakley told the Portsmouth Herald that the next step is for the court to tally the couple's assets. The couple bought a home in York Beach, Maine, and also invested in a hotel and restaurant there.

YORK

Historical society to mark anniversary of 1710 shipwreck

A shipwreck that stranded 14 men on a barren island off Maine 300 years ago will be marked later this week.

A strong winter storm cast the crew of the Nottingham Galley on the rocky shore of Boon Island in December 1710.

The crew huddled under a makeshift tent from one of the ship's sails. There was no firewood and nothing to eat other than some cheese the ship was carrying. The men resorted to seaweed, seagulls, mussels -- and eventually cannibalism.

The men could see the distant lights of what is now York six miles away, but couldn't get there. The survivors spent more than three weeks on the rock.

Foster's Daily Democrat said that the York Historical Society will commemorate the event Saturday.

AUGUSTA

State, guide association seek nominees for annual award

State wildlife officials and the Maine Professional Guides Association are seeking nominations for the second annual Wilmot "Wiggie" Robinson Legendary Maine Guide Award.

Robinson, a highly respected outdoorsman, was a Master Maine Guide from 1950 until his death in 2007.

Nominees must be registered guides for at least 20 years, with at least 10 years of active guiding service. They should also be active in volunteer programs and on boards that promote Maine wildlife.

Nomination forms can be found at www.mefishwildlife.com. The deadline for nominations is Friday.

 

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