September 4, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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PORTLAND

Police bring drug charges against 14 from bus stations

Maine State Police announced the arrest of 14 people on drug charges as part of a crackdown last week on drugs being imported into the state.

The arrests included four people charged with bringing drugs into the state on commercial buses. The four, who police believe were not known to each other, were arrested at the Portland's Greyhound and Concord Trailways bus stations, state police said in a statement Tuesday.

Police charged:

• Hasan Daily, 21, of Cambridge, Mass., with possession of crack cocaine. Police said Daily also had a loaded .22-caliber handgun.

• Jermaine Mitchell, 40, of New Haven, Conn., with trafficking in crack cocaine and ecstasy.

• Isaiah Sapp, 28, of Bronx, N.Y., with trafficking in cocaine.

• Cyrus Martin, 43, of Lewiston, with trafficking in suboxone. Police said troopers seized 900 suboxone strips from Martin.

The others arrested were charged with less serious crimes, police said. In all, $32,000 in drugs were seized, they said.

The arrests were made during 48 hours on Wednesday and Thursday.

Michaud names senior staff members for his campaign

Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud has announced the senior staff members of his campaign for governor.

Michaud said Tuesday Matt McTighe will serve as campaign manager in Michaud's campaign against Republican Gov. Paul LePage and independent Eliot Cutler in the 2014 election. McTighe was the campaign manager for the successful 2012 same-sex marriage campaign.

David Farmer, a spokesman for former Gov. John Baldacci and communications director for the same-sex marriage campaign, has been named senior adviser to the campaign.

Maine Democratic Party communications director Lizzie Reinholt is the campaign's director of communications. The party's finance director, Rick Redmond, will have the same role for Michaud's campaign.

Jackie Potter is the community outreach director.

CAPE ELIZABETH

Boat's fire related to mechanical problem

The cause of a fire that burned a 39-foot boat Sunday was a mechanical problem related to refueling, authorities said Tuesday.

The fire ignited at 12:40 p.m., destroying the Sea Ray Sundancer powerboat soon after it had been refueled, according to a Coast Guard statement quoting members of the Maine Marine Patrol. The Marine Patrol has closed its investigation. Four people and a dog were on the boat when the fire broke out. Nearby boaters helped them escape. No one was hurt in the incident off Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth.

On board were the owner, Daniel Mills of Portland, and his wife, Lauren Mills, and two guests, Steve Hemkens of Arlington, Vt., and Andrew McClelland of Portland.

EASTPORT

Pirate festival ready to make waves this weekend

The days of yore when pirates were active off the Maine coast will be celebrated when Eastport holds its annual Pirate Festival.

The festival will get under way Friday and continue through Sunday.

Festivities include a pirate ball, a pirate boat parade, pirate music bashes, a pirate bed race and treasure hunts.

There will also be a remembrance ceremony on Sunday to honor the 180-foot HMS Bounty tall ship, which was a main attraction at last year's festival and sank off North Carolina last October during Hurricane Sandy.

The festival is now in its eighth year and typically draws 10,000 to 12,000 people.

KENTS HILL

Echo Lake Lodge destroyed during morning blaze

The lodge at Echo Lake Lodge & Cottages was destroyed by fire that started shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The lodge at Echo Lake camp in Fayette was engulfed in flames upon the arrival of firefighters, according to Readfield Fire Chief Lee Mank.

No one was hurt. Firefighters from several towns responded when a man who was working at a site nearby spotted the fire and called for help. The two-story lodge, built in the 1930s, was destroyed.

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