April 20, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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ST. ALBANS

Teenager dies when car leaves road and hits tree

A teenager from St. Albans died when the car he was driving hit a tree on Mountain View Road early Friday.

Austin E. Field, 18, was driving south in a black 2009 Honda Accord when the car left the road and hit a tree around 2 a.m., police said.

Speed and alcohol appear to have been factors in the accident, according to Detective Lt. Carl Gottardi of the Somerset County Sheriff's Department.

Passers-by saw the car and called 911, said Gottardi. He said that Field was dead at the scene. His dog was also in the car and died while being taken to a veterinarian clinic, Gottardi said.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H.

Memorial Bridge opening still to be determined

The new Memorial Bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine is still on track to open this summer, but the exact date is yet to be determined.

Transportation officials say when the contractor in charge is satisfied the lift bridge is operating smoothly, maintenance crews will need specialized training to take over operations.

Even when the bridge opens, its approaches and other areas will still be under construction into the fall.

The bridge is replacing a nearly 90-year-old bridge connecting Portsmouth and Kittery.

With the bridge under construction and the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge closed for repairs, the only bridge between the communities open to traffic is the Piscataqua River Bridge on Interstate 95.

MOUNT DESERT

Wardens continue search for missing Seal Cove man

Game wardens continued their search Friday for a missing Seal Cove man whose fishing companion's body was recovered from Long Pond on Mount Desert Island.

The search for Corey Farley, 38, resumed Friday. Wardens say his companion, Richard Weimer, 67, of Charlton, Mass., was found dead in the water Thursday afternoon.

The two men were fishing and were last seen on the pond Wednesday afternoon. Their small boat was found overturned Thursday afternoon.

On Friday afternoon, wardens said they used sonar and boats to look for Farley but said it was too cloudy to use aircraft.

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