December 24, 2012

Local & State Dispatches

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Police told the Bangor Daily News that Roderick was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected.

Her grandson was treated for minor injuries at Calais Regional Hospital and released.

The driver of the other vehicle in the crash, Steven Scott, 47, of Calais, was also treated at the hospital for minor injuries.


Man seriously injured in rollover accident

Police say a 30-year-old man was flown to a Lewiston hospital with serious injuries that he suffered in a rollover crash in Woodstock.

Deputy Nate Bowie of the Oxford County Sheriff's Office said Jonathan Timm was driving west on Rumford Avenue off Route 232 about 8 p.m. Sunday when his SUV left the road.

Bowie told the Sun Journal that the vehicle rolled over, causing "serious injuries." Timm was not ejected.

He was flown to Central Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Bowie said the accident is still under investigation, but he suspects that alcohol was a factor.

KODIAK, Alaska

Coast Guardsman from Maine missing in Alaska

A Coast Guardsman in Kodiak who went hiking over the weekend is the subject of a search.

Alaska State Troopers say Derek Winn Russell of Hollis Center, Maine, was last seen at 10 a.m. Saturday as he hiked from the Coast Guard base to trails on Mount Barometer.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports the Coast Guard and Kodiak Island Search and Rescue are searching for the hiker.

Russell is assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Munro.

Foul weather initially kept aircraft grounded but an air search began Monday morning. Searchers say fresh snow obscured footprints in the search area.


Nordic ski areas open for holidays despite weather

Some of western Maine's Nordic ski areas are open for the holidays despite recent rain and wind that took a toll on trails.

The Rangeley Lakes Trails Center opened its Nordic and snowshoe trails last week, only to have Saturday's strong winds litter the trails with tree debris.

But the ski area's Peter Christensen told the Sun Journal that the trails are open despite that and the rain, which ski purists call "liquid snow."

Carter's cross-country ski area in Bethel is open, but the one in Oxford has bare spots.

Maine's largest alpine ski areas have been open for a while, and the smaller ones are starting to open. Titcomb Mountain in Farmington was supposed to be open by now, but had to push that to Thursday.


Sentencing of bus driver in child porn case delayed

A former school bus driver in New Hampshire and Maine will wait until early next year to learn how long he will spend in prison for sexually exploiting children on his bus.

John Allen Wright, who pleaded guilty in September, was scheduled for sentencing last week but Foster's Daily Democrat reported the hearing has been postponed until February.

Wright, who lived in Milton, was a bus driver for special-needs children. He was arrested in September 2011 and charged with filming child pornography on the bus using cameras hidden in glasses and pens.

Officials have said he faces prison time totaling as much as 160 years.


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