July 11, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Bridges of Maine has offices in Gray and South Berwick, according to its website.

PORTLAND

Officials say missing man took his own life in river

Michael Allen, a missing Portland musician whose body was recovered from the Presumpscot River in Westbrook on Monday afternoon, took his own life, according to the state Medical Examiner's Office.

The office confirmed Wednesday that the body was that of Allen, who had been reported missing by family members Monday. The official cause of Allen's death was drowning and the manner was determined to be suicide, the examiner's office said.

Allen, 37, was a lobsterman from Portland who played guitar in the local band Doubting Gravity.

He was last heard from on Friday, when he posted a message on his Facebook page, friends said Monday. Allen's personal items, his money and his two vehicles were left at his home on Forest Avenue.

SOUTH BERWICK

Teen, 16, in accident during test for driver's license

A teenager had more than the usual trouble with a road test for his driver's license Wednesday.

The 16-year-old boy was crossing Route 236 at its intersection with Academy Street around 11:20 a.m. when his car was hit on the passenger side by a southbound sport utility vehicle, said South Berwick Police Chief Dana Lajoie.

Lajoie said Michael LaFrance, 57, of Old Orchard Beach, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles examiner who was giving the road test, had to be extracted from the car.

LaFrance and the boy were taken to York Hospital after complaining of pain, but their injuries were not considered serious. The driver of the Ford Explorer, Tyler Viera, 22, of Rollinsford, N.H., was not injured.

Lajoie said it appears that the teenager failed to yield, but no charges were filed Wednesday.

He said it's unlikely that the teenager got his driver's license.

 

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