August 17, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Waterboro man, 58, killed in crash on Jenkins Road

An East Waterboro man was killed Friday morning in a single-vehicle crash on Jenkins Road in Saco after the Ford SUV he was driving went off the roadway and struck a tree.

Wilbur L. Parker Jr., 58, was alone in the vehicle at the time of the accident around 6:46 a.m. in the area of 219 Jenkins Road.

Witnesses reported that the vehicle appeared to "just run off the roadway," police said in a news release.

Parker was headed south on the Jenkins Road in a gray 2004 Ford Expedition. The vehicle sustained heavy front-end damage.

Police said the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will make a determination if an autopsy is warranted. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.


Local motorist shot in leg by someone in passing car

A 52-year-old man from Standish was shot Thursday night while driving on Route 113 by someone in another vehicle as it passed him.

The man, whom authorities have not identified, was struck in the leg by one of several shots fired at him as he was traveling northbound in Standish on Route 113 at approximately 10:46 p.m., according to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

The victim, who was alone in his car, chased the shooter's car until losing contact with it near routes 11 and 113 in Steep Falls, the sheriff's office said in a release Friday.

The victim was later transported to Maine Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Sheriff Kevin Joyce said investigators do not have a description of the shooter's car to release at this time.

Joyce said that investigators in his office do not believe that the shooting was random. He declined to elaborate.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call 893-2810 and ask to speak to a criminal investigator.


Woman hit by car on pier upgraded to satisfactory

The medical condition of a Massachusetts woman who has been hospitalized at Maine Medical Center since she and her two sons were struck by a car in Port Clyde on Sunday has been upgraded to satisfactory.

Allison Gold, 50, of Cohasset, Mass., had been in critical condition earlier this week, but by Friday afternoon her condition was just one step short of allowing her to be released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

One of Gold's sons, Dylan Gold, 9, died on the way to a local hospital after the crash. Her other son, Wyatt Gold, 6, was treated at Maine Medical Center and released Tuesday.

Police have yet to determine what caused Cheryl Torgerson, 61, of New York City, to lose control of her Infiniti G35 sedan as she drove down a narrow road toward the ferry wharf in the fishing village.

Witnesses have said that Torgerson's car appeared to accelerate even after she struck a parked vehicle and then hit a pedestrian and building just in front of the wharf. Police said her car continued forward and struck six more cars parked on the wharf before hitting members of the Gold family who were walking toward the end of the pier to wait for a ferry to Monhegan Island.

Gold's husband, Howard Gold, was in the family's van when the accident occurred and was not harmed.

Howard Gold is a doctor at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where Allison Gold is a nurse. 

Police warn of burglaries in specific neighborhoods

Portland police are warning residents of the Munjoy Hill area and the residential corridor along Forest Avenue between Morrill's Corner and Riverside Street about a spate of recent burglaries.

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