July 12, 2013

Local Dispatches

From staff and news services


Woman dies when truck rolls over onto minivan

A Dayton woman died Thursday when a dump truck rolled over onto the minivan she was driving on the Ossipee Trail near Wood Road.

Authorities said the eastbound truck swerved to avoid a pickup truck that had slowed to enter the Grondin gravel pit near Brandy Brook Hill. The driver lost control and hit the westbound minivan, and the truck rolled onto the driver's side of the minivan, police said.

Killed in the crash was Marjorie Mullett, 68, of Dayton. Her passenger, Gail Lavoie, 58, of Brownfield, and the dump truck driver, Ronald Pratt, 59, of Gray, were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The crash occurred about 9:05 a.m. Police closed Ossipee Trail (Route 112/25) while they investigated.


Osprey chicks doing well after falling from nest

Three osprey chicks that were knocked out of their nest at a park during a severe thunderstorm last week are being cared for by their parents and appear to be doing well.

Wolfe's Neck State Park manager Andrew Hutchinson said Wednesday that the 5-week-old chicks were knocked 50 feet to the ground by the storm on July 5.

He told the Sun Journal that one chick was found the next day. The others were not found until Sunday.

Park staff built a platform on top of the tree and an arborist secured it. The chicks were placed on the platform.

Park staffer Pete Elkins said birds sometimes reject chicks handled by humans. But on Wednesday, the parent ospreys were rebuilding their nest on the platform and feeding their chicks.


Southport man arrested, held on burglary charge

A Southport man was charged with burglary and resisting arrest after an officer responding to a burglar alarm grabbed him outside the Five County Credit Union on Bath Road just after midnight Thursday.

Officer Matthew Swan was responding to an alarm at the door to the automatic teller machine at 171 Bath Road and saw two men at the back of the building, said Deputy Chief Marc Hagan. Swan called to them and they ran. Swan caught one but the other escaped.

A police dog from Windham tried to track the second man but was unsuccessful.

Police charged Joshua McCarthy, 27, with burglary, criminal mischief, refusing to submit to arrest and theft, Hagan said. He was taken to the Cumberland County Jail and held on $25,000 bail pending a Sept. 17 court date.


Speed and alcohol blamed for accident that killed two

Police say speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in a crash that killed two people in northwestern Maine.

Somerset County Sheriff's Lt. Carl Gottardi said the crash happened Wednesday evening near Jackman on a connector road between Route 15 and Route 201.

Officials said the driver, Jessica Worster, 21, of Jackman, was killed along with a passenger, Brook Giroux, 17, of Moose River. Two other passengers were hospitalized: Andrew Carrier, 18, of Jackman and Kyle Hoyt, 22, of Moose River.

The crash remains under investigation.


Bush, Obama to honor 'Point of Light' winner

Former President George H.W. Bush can take heart that his idea of a "thousand points of light" is still going strong.

Bush will go to Washington to join President Obama on Monday as he honors the 5,000th daily "Point of Light" award winner.

Bush referred to his vision for people helping one another as a "thousand points of light" during his inaugural address in 1989. His administration began naming a daily "Point of Light."

The Points of Light Foundation was created in response to Bush's call to volunteerism as an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization to encourage the spirit of service.

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