August 30, 2013

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Scarborough teen injured when truck hits car on I-295

A teenager from Scarborough was injured on Interstate 295 Thursday morning when a tractor-trailer hit her car and sent it into the median, where it rolled over, state police said.

Kathleen Pride, 18, complained of neck pain after the collision and was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland to be examined, police said. The crash occurred about 9:15 a.m. near mile marker 10 northbound.

Police said a tractor-trailer carrying wood chips and driven by Charlie Judkins, 52, of Skowhegan was moving into the passing lane when it tapped the rear of Pride's car, sending it into the median, where it rolled over.

One lane of the interstate was closed for about 90 minutes, police said.

Pride's car, a 2006 Ford Taurus, was destroyed, police said, while Judkins' truck sustained minor damage.

No charges are expected, police said.


Driver, 70, passes out, hits fence, which hits joggers

A 70-year-old Brunswick man passed out while driving on Route 1 on Thursday morning and took down a guardrail and chain-link fence, which hit two joggers, according to police.

No one was seriously injured in the crash, which occurred around 8:45 a.m. on the southbound side of Route 1, between Cook's Corner and the entrance to Route 196, said Brunswick police Lt. Tom Garrepy.

Garrepy did not know what caused Rodman Johnson to lose consciousness and drive his 2012 Toyota RAV4 off the road. He and one of the joggers, Alane Callahan, 46, of Brunswick, were taken to Midcoast Hospital for precautionary reasons, Garrepy said.

He said Johnson complained of chest pain and Callahan said her back was struck by a fence post.

The other jogger, Melissa Krebs, 50, of Lisbon, was pushed by the fence but did not want to be taken to the hospital, Garrepy said.

He said a couple of hundred feet of the fence came down in the accident. Workers from the Maine Department of Transportation and Brunswick Parks and Recreation were working to clean up the crash site, said Garrepy.

He said the accident is still under investigation, no charges are likely.


Rumford driver, 89, killed in crash of pickup and truck

An 89-year-old Rumford man died after crashing his pickup truck into a tractor-trailer.

Maine State Police said Jean Bolduc was driving on Route 26 in West Paris about 11 a.m. Wednesday when his truck drifted into the oncoming lane and crashed into the rear wheels of an oncoming truck driven by Bradley Durgin, 56, of Lewiston.

Police said Bolduc was pinned in his vehicle for a short time before being taken to Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said speed and alcohol don't appear to be factors in the crash.


Three charged with robbery in home invasion Saturday

The Androscoggin County Sheriff's Department has arrested three people in connection with a home invasion on Saturday.

Arrested were: Corey Brume, 20, of Lewiston; Paul Farrell, 21, of Lewiston; and Devin Charest, 22, of Auburn.

Chief Raymond Lafrance said that all three were charged with robbery and are being held at Androscoggin County Jail on $50,000 cash bail.

Lafrance said additional charges are expected when the case is presented to a grand jury.

According to the sheriff's department, two or three men entered the Julie Street home of Ronald St. Pierre, 71, through a window early Saturday morning.

St. Pierre woke up and grabbed his handgun, but the men wrestled it away from him and fled, taking the loaded .44 Magnum, clothes, drugs and other items.

The sheriff's office said St. Pierre remains hospitalized, recovering from injuries he suffered.

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