Friday, March 7, 2014
From staff and news service reports
Couple facing charges in fatal car accident
A Maine woman and man are facing liquor violation charges in connection with a fatal car accident that killed a 19-year-old man last spring.
Police said Jacob Marcotte was legally drunk when he crashed his car after attending a graduation party in Saco in June.
Police say 22-year-old Kathleen Ricker of Saco, who bought the alcohol, was issued a summons for furnishing liquor to a minor. Twenty-year-old Michael Herlihy of Saco, who hosted the party, was issued a summons for allowing a minor to possess or consume alcohol at his home.
Ricker and Herlihy are scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 1 at York County Superior Court in Alfred.
Police investigating stabbing death of man
Police are investigating the stabbing death of a man at a two-unit apartment house in Bangor, but nobody has been arrested.
Police said the man was injured and taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center after officers were called to the Elm Street residence about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. The man, whose name has not been released, died late Saturday morning.
Officials said the people involved knew each other and that several people were present when the stabbing took place.
Sgt. Paul Edwards told the Bangor Daily News that's it's unclear what led up to the stabbing.
Autopsy results are expected Monday.
Man makes 3.75-mile swim for nonprofit
A long-distance swimmer has braved frigid ocean waters in a nearly 4-mile swim in New Hampshire to raise money for a Maine wildlife medical clinic and education center.
Gary Sredzienski made the 3.75-mile swim in near-freezing waters Saturday afternoon from Durham to Dover in New Hampshire's Great Bay tidal estuary.
Sredzienski has made six cold-water swims in the past four years to benefit different nonprofit organizations.
This year's goal was to raise $10,000 for the Center for Wildlife in York, Maine.
Saturday's swim took Sredzienski just under two hours, while wearing cold-water gear to keep him warm.
At least 5 projects expected at former base
The director of the Pease Development Authority said he expects 2013 to be a banner year for development at the former Air Force base outside of Portsmouth, N.H.
David Mullen said at least five different construction projects are slated to get under way at the business and aviation community in the coming year, as well as a $3.5 million renovation project at the golf course.
Mullen told the Portsmouth Herald that the projects are expected to create a combined 272,000 square feet of space.
Pease serves a business and aviation industrial park whose offerings include office and industrial space, the Pease International Tradeport, the Portsmouth International Airport and a 27-hole golf course.
Pease Air Force Base closed in 1991.
Obituary of student missing in Maine runs
The family of a 23-year-old Massachusetts man who disappeared 10 days ago in Maine has published his obituary in a Cape Cod newspaper.
The family of Prescott Wright of Barnstable wrote in the obituary in the Cape Cod Times on Sunday that he is "a lover of people" and a boat builder who lived for the water.
Wright and 21-year-old Zachary Wells of Burlington, Vt., disappeared Dec. 20 from a gathering at Wells' home in the Kennebunkport, Maine, village of Cape Porpoise.
On Christmas Eve, the Maine Marine Patrol found clothing on Goat Island, a mile from Wells' home. Both have been students at The Landing School, a boat building and yacht design school in Arundel, Maine.
The search was suspended on Thursday and a police spokeswoman said Saturday that there was no new information.
Abbey buyer hopes to build senior housing
The buyer of the former Peace Abbey site in Sherborn says he hopes to create a senior living community on the property.
Resident Bob Murchison acquired the land for $1 million this month. He told The MetroWest Daily News he is in talks with town officials about his plan, which involves keeping intact the original buildings and memorials at the site.
The 2½-acre site has been the home of the Peace Abbey since 1988. The multifaith retreat promotes pacifism and social justice and has hosted visitors including Mother Teresa, Maya Angelou and Muhammad Ali.
Founder Lewis Randa sold the site after years of struggling to pay the bills.
The abbey's holdings will be moved to UMass-Boston's Center and Archives for Peace, Social Action, Public Policy, and the Arts.