August 10, 2013

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Police investigate roles of speed, alcohol in fatal crash

An Arundel man died early Friday morning after the motorcycle he was riding crashed near 625 South St. in Biddeford.

Geoffrey Holbrook, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at 2:46 a.m.

Police say Holbrook was driving a 2005 Suzuki GSX-RX but had only a permit and was not wearing a helmet.

The accident is under investigation and police suspect alcohol and speed may have contributed to the crash.


Farmington man killed in head-on collision Friday

A 57-year-old Farmington man was killed in an accident on Route 27 Friday morning when his van crossed the center line and collided head-on with a tractor-trailer, police said.

William Ellsworth was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, about one mile north of the Farmington town line, said Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Daniel French, 29, of Alfred, was taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released, he said.

The van, a 1999 Plymouth Voyager, was destroyed and the tractor-trailer sustained between $15,000 and $20,000 worth of damage, said Nichols. He said the truck was going north toward Kingfield when the accident was reported around 9:15 a.m. Nichols said Ellsworth was wearing a seat belt and did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but Nichols said there were no skid marks on the road that would have indicated the driver swerved to avoid the truck.

There were no passengers in the van, he said.

Nichols said Friday's rain did not appear to have been a factor in the accident.


Teen dies after apparently accidentally shooting self

Authorities say a Hancock County teenager who appears to have accidentally shot himself has died.

The sheriff's office says Jesse Sinclair, 19, was in his home when he shot himself on Aug. 3.

Sinclair was taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth before being transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he died.

Police say other people were at home at the time, but are not releasing any additional information because the investigation is continuing. 

Lightning strike likely caused power outage

A power outage that left more than 7,400 Central Maine Power Co. customers in parts of Brunswick, Freeport, Harpswell and Topsham without electrical service Friday morning was likely caused by a lightning strike, a company spokeswoman said.

Electricity had been restored to all customers by shortly before 2 p.m., said CMP spokeswoman Gail Rice.

Customers first began reporting outages around 8:36 a.m., and utility crews tracked the source of the outage to two poles in a remote area on River Road in Brunswick near Interstate 295, Rice said.

"It looked like it was lightning related," Rice said. "This happened to hit a transmission line that serves a significant substation."

The strike "completely destroyed" two glass insulators that go on the power lines between poles, she said.

Crews on at least nine trucks worked to restore power from mid-morning to noon, returning power to a first wave of about 1,250 customers by 11 a.m. and all the rest by 2 p.m., Rice said.


Student's app identifies invasive aquatic plants

Invasive aquatic plants? There's an app for that.

University of Maine at Farmington senior Christopher Bond has created an application for mobile devices to help people identify invasive aquatic plant species and report them to a lake-monitoring program.

Bond's efforts started as a National Science Foundation Grant project to protect Maine's natural resources and help advance economic development in the Rangeley Lakes Region.

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