September 4, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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The business rents out rooms in the lodge and nine cottages on Echo Lake, according to its website.


Teens condition improves after spinout on Route 11

The condition of a teenager who was seriously injured in a one-car crash in Shapleigh on Labor Day has improved dramatically, the York County Sheriff's office said Tuesday.

The teen, who was not identified, suffered chest and head injuries and was transported from Goodall Hospital in Sanford before being transferred to Maine Medical Center in Portland. He was listed in critical but stable condition Monday.

The one-car crash occurred on Route 11 at about 2 p.m. Monday. The road was wet, and according to witnesses, the vehicle spun out and struck a utility pole. Both occupants had to be extricated from the vehicle.

The driver -- also a teenager, and related to the seriously injured passenger -- was treated and released.

The crash remains under investigation but no charges are anticipated.


Man found suffering from stab wound at apartment

Police responded at about 5 p.m. Monday to a Pine Street apartment building where a 32-year-old man was found suffering from a stab wound to the abdomen.

WABI-TV reported that he was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center. Neither the victim's name nor his condition was released.

Police did not immediately announce an arrest but said the stabbing was not a random act of violence.

Witnesses said they heard some shouting immediately before the stabbing.


Pan Am Railways ordered to pay $50,000 to worker

The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered Pan Am Railways Inc. to pay $50,000 in compensatory and punitive damages, as well as take corrective action, on behalf of an injured Waterville worker.

According to the Department of Labor, the North Billerica, Mass.-based railroad charged the worker, who was not identified, with lying when he filed a Federal Railroad Safety Act complaint with the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The employee, who works in a rail yard in Waterville, filed the OSHA complaint on Dec. 6, 2011, claiming that the railroad had subjected him to discipline, including a letter of reprimand, for reporting an injury and unsafe working conditions. Shortly after the filing, Pan Am Railways held a second disciplinary hearing on Jan. 4, 2012. It alleged then that the worker made false statements to OSHA and the railroad.

OSHA found that the employee engaged in protected activity when filing the complaint, and the railroad retaliated by charging him with lying and by holding the second disciplinary hearing. Such adverse action can intimidate employees from exercising their Federal Railroad Safety Act rights, even if the charge is later dropped, as it was in this case.


Gas prices bump up 6 cents last week to $3.73 a gallon

Maine residents are paying almost 6 cents per gallon more for a gallon of gas this week.

Price-monitoring website reported Tuesday that the average retail price of gas in Maine has jumped to $3.73 in the past week, which is 12 cents per gallon higher than the national average.

In-state prices are still almost 16 cents per gallon lower than on the same day a year ago but less than a penny lower than a month ago.

The averages are based on a survey of more than 1,200 Maine gas stations.


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