August 21, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Gubernatorial rivals Michaud, Woods to appear together

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democratic candidate for governor, plans a joint appearance Wednesday with his Democratic opponent Steve Woods.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. at Tidesmart Global in Falmouth, the marketing firm owned by Woods.

Michaud's campaign spokesman, David Farmer, said he could not reveal what the press conference would be about. Woods did not return a call for comment.

Woods, who chairs the Yarmouth Town Council, announced his intent to run for governor in February, long before Michaud did.

As a six-term U.S. representative, Michaud has strong name recognition and an ability to raise money. Most political observers considered Woods a long shot even before Michaud entered the race.


Biden scheduled to attend fundraiser for N.H. governor

Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to attend a private fundraiser in Maine for New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat who is set to run for re-election next year.

Biden is scheduled to attend the event Thursday at the York home of New Hampshire Democratic lobbyist James Demers. However, he now is in Houston with his son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, where the younger Biden is undergoing medical tests. It's not clear how long the vice president will stay with him.

The Maine fundraiser is being hosted by Demers, former Maine Gov. John Baldacci and Maine lobbyist Severin Beliveau.


Pilot, passenger uninjured when plane crashes into river

Two men escaped injury Tuesday when the plane they were in crashed into the Kennebec River in Bingham during takeoff from a nearby airstrip, police said.

Police said pilot and plane owner Ray Ayer, 59, of Monmouth and passenger Paul Householder, 54, of Wayne took off from the Gadabout Gaddis Airport, a private airstrip behind North Country Rivers resort area off Route 201 in Bingham.

The cause of the crash has not been determined.


State officials investigating cause of mobile home fire

The state Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of a fire that damaged a mobile home in Waterboro on Tuesday afternoon.

Fire Marshal Joseph Thomas said two investigators from his office will try to determine what started the fire at 75 Sand Crossing Road.

Thomas said a woman who lives in the home called emergency responders around 4:30 p.m. and said she was trapped in the house.

Thomas said the woman got out of the home but was taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.


Two men killed in collision of pickup trucks identified

Police have identified the two men who died in a head-on crash in Vassalboro.

Police say it appears a pickup truck driven by Kenneth Lee, 63, drifted into the wrong lane, where it collided with a pickup truck driven by Shawn Greenleaf, 32, on Route 201 about 3 p.m. Monday.

Greenleaf suffered abdominal injuries and was declared dead at the scene.

Lee also suffered extensive abdominal injuries and a leg wound. He was taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta, where he was pronounced dead.

Both men were from Vassalboro.

The accident remains under investigation. Police say it does not appear that speed or alcohol were factors.


One-car crash on I-95 kills 85-year-old Arizona man

Police say an Arizona man died in a single-car crash on a rural highway in eastern Maine.

Police say Paul Benn, 85, of Phoenix was driving north on Interstate 95 in Medway about 10:30 a.m. Monday when a driver behind him saw his car drift onto the rumble strip.

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