February 4, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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PORTLAND

No more tickets available for Richard Blanco reading

PortTix reported Monday night that all tickets for a Feb. 26 reading by inaugural poet Richard Blanco at Merrill Auditorium have been distributed.

Tickets were free. Blanco, who lives in Bethel, became an overnight sensation after he read a new poem, "One Today" at the inauguration of President Obama on Jan. 21. His reading in Portland will include "One Today" and other works.

Merrill seats about 1,800 people. The Quimby Family Foundation provided funding for the event, allowing organizer Creative Portland Corp. to distribute tickets free of charge.

BRUNSWICK

Assistant coach crashes SUV into college science building

Bowdoin College's science building was damaged after a sport utility vehicle operated by the college's assistant women's ice hockey coach crashed into it Sunday night.

Brunswick Police Chief Richard Rizzo said his officers arrested 24-year-old Holly Lorms on drunk-driving charges following the crash, which was reported at 10:41 p.m. Lorms made bail following her arrest.

Bowdoin College spokesman Scott Hood said he is unable to comment on whether Lorms would be disciplined because the school does not comment on personnel matters.

A message left on Lorms' home phone was not returned.

Rizzo said Lorms was driving a 2009 Lexus sport utility vehicle when it hit a utility pole on Sills Drive.

Her vehicle went off the road and traveled a short distance before slamming into a brick wall of the Stanley F. Druckenmiller science building.

Lorms was alone at the time and no one else was injured, but Rizzo said the investigating officer, Matthew Swan, said the science building sustained "quite a bit of damage." Lorms' SUV was totaled, according to Rizzo.

The college's website said that Lorms, a 2011 graduate of Boston University, was hired as the women's assistant hockey coach last summer.

TOPSHAM

Former police chief faces charge of drunken driving

A former Topsham police chief faces a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with a traffic stop in November.

Timothy Young, 55, who was police chief for nine years before leaving the department in May, is scheduled for a dispositional conference next month in Cumberland County Unified Criminal Court after pleading not guilty to a drunken-driving charge in Brunswick and refusing to take a blood-alcohol test, according to court records.

A Brunswick officer pulled over a black 2002 Jeep driven by Young on McKeen Street on Nov. 17 just before midnight. He was released from custody in Brunswick on $800 unsecured bail 90 minutes later, the records show.

The case was initially entered in West Bath District Court, then transferred to the court in Portland.

Prior to being police chief in Topsham, Young spent more than 20 years as an officer in Brunswick.

He didn't return messages left on his cell phone Monday, and someone at his listed home phone number said it was the wrong number.

AUGUSTA

Caution urged on ice after spate of vehicle incidents

The Maine Warden Service is reminding people to use extreme caution on frozen waterways after responding to eight incidents of people or vehicles going through ice over the weekend.

The warden service says everyone survived.

The incidents included a truck that went through the ice on Long Lake in Naples, and snowmobiles and ATVs that becames submerged in Moosehead, Green, Schoodic, Sebasticook and Big Wood lakes. Some of the vehicles were pulled out and others remain submerged.

Early Monday morning, a truck was reported through the ice on Long Pond on Mount Desert Island. The warden service says the driver was working with the Park Service to have the vehicle removed from the public water supply.

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