Sunday, May 19, 2013
Payrn Oak demonstrates black and white silk screen printing as a colorful trio of kids watch at the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity on Saturday. From left are Bella Russo, Shauna Hancock and Nico Russo.
David Leaming/Morning Sentinel
Man found dead believed to be escaped inmate
Maine corrections officials say a man found dead in a Friendship home has been tentatively identified as an inmate who escaped from a low-security prison.
Officials said 21-year-old Brian Floyd escaped from the Bolduc Correctional Facility in Warren at about 10 p.m. Friday. He was serving time for theft and was due to be released in 2015.
The Department of Corrections said it received information early Sunday morning that Floyd was at a residence in Friendship.
Authorities said preliminary reports indicate the body was Floyd's, but a positive identification will take several days.
The cause and manner of death will be determined by the medical examiner.
Arson suspected in fire at community center
Police and fire officials spent Sunday evening investigating suspected arson at Nasson Community Center.
The fire department was called to the community center on Main Street in Springvale shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday for a report of a fire. Crews found a fire in a basement locker room, which they were able to put out with a fire extinguisher, said Lt. Harold Smith of the Sanford Fire Department.
Smith said materials left behind in the locker room indicated the fire was likely an arson. He said police have two suspects, but he did not know if they were in custody.
A police dispatcher had no additional information Sunday night.
Smith said there were two people in the building when the fire was reported. There were no injuries, and smoke and fire damage was minimal, he said.
Production of Maine beers takes a 30 percent jump
Beer production at Maine breweries is going up.
The Department of Public Safety liquor licensing unit said breweries last year produced 6.4 million gallons. That's up 30 percent from 2010 and 56 percent from the 4.1 million-gallon output in 2009.
Maine's beer producers are made up of relatively small craft-beer breweries. Shipyard Brewing Co., the state's largest brewery, accounted for more than 4 million gallons in 2011.
Shipyard spokeswoman Tami Kennedy said Maine's numbers reflect a national trend that shows locally produced beer becoming more popular.
While Maine-made beer production is going up, sales of some mass-produced beers are going down in Maine.
Anheuser-Busch, Miller, Coors and Pabst all saw their distribution numbers in the state fall from 2010 to 2011.
Two synagogues defaced by anti-Semitic graffiti
Bangor police are investigating reports of anti-Semitic swastikas and other graffiti being spray-painted on two city synagogues.
Police said the front staircases and pillars of Beth Israel Synagogue and the Beth Abraham Synagogue were defaced sometime after 7 p.m. Friday.
Sgt. James Buckley said the graffiti included swastikas and an upside-down cross with the numbers 666 positioned on the top and sides. The number 666 is often viewed as a symbol for the devil.
Hunters hitting records for size, numbers of bears
Maine hunting guides are telling state game officials that 2012 will go down in the record books as one of the best years ever to hunt bears in the state.
Guides are seeing record bear numbers as well as record-sized bears, including the new state record of 699 pounds this season. Many others are in the 600- and 500-pound weight classes.
State officials said Maine hasn't had a bear hunting season like this since 1993, when the previous record 680-pound bear was taken.
This season's record 699-pounder was claimed by Matt Knox of Waynesboro, Pa., who said he was stunned by the bear's size.
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