June 17, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Ranger Will Overton said two men tumbled from the rock face at Otter Cliffs, and one or both landed on a third climber at the bottom Sunday morning.

Jon Tierney, owner of Acadia Mountain Guides, said a man and woman taken away by ambulance were clients from Massachusetts. They were released from the hospital Monday.

It took roughly four hours to get them hoisted to safety in litters.

Overton described it as a "time-consuming and difficult" rescue that involved park rangers, Mount Desert Island Fire and Rescue, the Coast Guard and the Bar Harbor Police Department.


Firefighters encounter snakes in Auburn attic

It may sound like a B-grade movie, but it was all too real for Maine firefighters who encountered "snakes in an attic."

Firefighters in Auburn learned upon responding to an attic fire Monday morning that a tenant was keeping 25 to 30 ball pythons in the attic.

Capt. Scott Hunter told WMTW-TV that firefighters rescued about half of the snakes after being told they were not poisonous.

Firefighters believe a heater used to keep the snakes warm caused the fire.

The snakes' owner told firefighters he kept the reptiles as pets.


Ten-mile stretch of highway to be closed for five months

A 10-mile section of Interstate 95 in northern Maine will be closed for five months for improvements.

The northbound lanes between Island Falls and Oakfield in Aroostook County closed to traffic Monday to allow crews to rebuild the lanes to minimize frost heaves. The lanes are scheduled to reopen in mid-November.

During the closure, traffic will be diverted to Route 2, which runs parallel to I-95 and won't add significant time for motorists driving north.

The Department of Transportation said that by closing the lanes altogether, the project will take less time and be less expensive.

Southbound lanes will remain open.


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