November 27, 2012

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Fatal pedestrian accident still being investigated

Police are investigating an accident in which a pedestrian suffered fatal injuries when he was hit by a car as he left a restaurant.

Michael White, 65, of Old Orchard Beach was hit Nov. 21 near the corner of Main and Water streets by a car driven by Cynthia Cyr, 29, of Biddeford, according to police.

White had just left Traditions Restaurant and was walking to his car on Main Street when he was hit by Cyr's 1999 Chevrolet Prism as she turned left onto Water Street, said Deputy Police Chief Jeffrey Holland.

White was taken to Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford, then to Maine Medical Center in Portland. Saco police were notified the next day by the Medical Examiner's Office that White had died from his injuries, Holland said.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact Holland at 282-8216 or


Service and vigil to be held for three plane crash victims

A memorial service for the three young men killed in a plane crash earlier this month will be held Tuesday night on the Orono campus of the University of Maine.

Margaret Nagle, a spokeswoman for the University of Maine, said the 6 p.m. service was organized by the university's Maine Interfraternity and Panhellenic councils.

The service, which will be held in Hauck Auditorium, will be followed by a candlelight vigil on the university mall.

Members of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity will eulogize the two University of Maine students killed in the crash -- David Cheney, 22, of Beverly, Mass., and Marcelo Rugini, 24, a foreign exchange student from Brazil -- as well as 2011 alumnus William "B.J." Hannigan, 24, of Portland, who piloted the plane.

Cheney, Rugini and Hannigan were all members of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

The students' single-engine plane crashed and burned on takeoff from the Knox County Regional Airport on the night of Nov. 16. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Girl, mom and grandmother bag a deer on the same day

A girl and two women representing three generations of the same family bagged all deer while hunting on the same day.

Twelve-year-old Katelyn Carlow of Peru shot her first deer on Friday, a 125-pound doe.

Her mother, Julie Carlow, shot a 130-pound doe at a different time on the same day.

Katelyn's grandmother and Carlow's mother, Brenda Gammon, got a six-point buck weighing about 150 pounds.

Gammon, director of the Region 9 School of Applied Technology, told the Sun Journal it was a "freaky day."

Gannon's husband, David, bagged an eight-point buck earlier in the season.


Lobster experts on hand to discuss industry issues

After a summer with a potentially record-breaking lobster haul in Maine and Canada and a crash in wholesale prices, top lobster scientists are meeting in Maine to look at fundamental changes that have affected lobsters in recent years.

The Maine Sea Grant program is hosting a conference in Portland focusing on things such as warming ocean temperatures, the changing food web and seafood economics. About 135 people have registered, including scientists from the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Conference co-Chairman Rick Wahle, a University of Maine research professor, said the lobster industry is at a critical juncture, with the Maine harvest going gangbusters as the fishery has virtually collapsed in southern New England.

The symposium begins Tuesday evening and wraps up Friday.


PUC, CMP await public on plan for cutting trees

The Maine Public Utilities Commission and Central Maine Power Co. have agreed in principle to a deal that would bar the utility from cutting trees outside the company's rights of way along power lines without landowners' agreement.

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