November 12, 2012

Local & State Dispatches

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Fire officials say an Augusta man is being treated for serious burns after a fire that started when he used gasoline to ignite wood in his wood stove.

The state Fire Marshal's Office said 38-year-old Michael O'Leary was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland after the Saturday morning fire. His wife was treated at MaineGeneral in Augusta for smoke inhalation, and the family dog died.

Officials said the couple's ranch-style home sustained heavy smoke and heat damage.

Fire Marshal Joe Thomas said homeowners should never use a flammable liquid to start a wood stove fire because the vapors are explosive and cause a fireball when ignited.

OWLS HEAD

Museum offering free pass for armed services veterans

The Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine is offering free admission Monday to all veterans of U.S. armed services in recognition of Veterans Day.

Admission for adult non-veterans is $10 and children under 18 are admitted free.

Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day in recognition of the end of World War I.

Many of the museum's aircraft on display were developed for use during World War I. Also on display is the museum's featured exhibition, called MGs & Microcars, which showcases a unique collection of vehicles from the 1920s, '30s and '40s.

NEWRY

Two Maine ski mountains open trails for early skiing

Skiers hit the slopes over the weekend on a dozen trails at two Maine ski mountains for the early start of ski season.

Nine trails were open at the Sunday River ski resort in Newry, while Sugarloaf in Carrabassett Valley reported three open trails.

Sunday River, which opened Tuesday, says it'll be scaling back to six trails Monday.

Sugarloaf said it'll be shutting down Monday for additional snowmaking and grooming during the midweek, with plans to reopen Friday.

WATERVILLE

Alcohol, excessive speed blamed for fatal car crash

Police say alcohol and excessive speed are believed to be factors in an early morning crash that killed a 24-year-old Oakland man.

Police said Estanislao Garcia was killed when he crashed his new sports car into two utility poles on a Waterville street shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday. A passenger was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with injuries.

Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey said Garcia had just bought the 2013 Subaru a few days earlier.

He said police estimate the car was traveling at more than 80 mph when it went airborne, careened out of control and hit the utility poles with such force that the engine block was found 40 to 50 feet away from the engine compartment.

PORTLAND

King travels to Washington for discussions on caucuses

Independent Sen.-elect Angus King traveled to Washington on Sunday for the first time since his election for a series of meetings that will help him decide which party he'll align with.

King has said he could caucus with Democrats or Republicans or neither. Regardless, he said he'll vote his conscience, not party lines.

Democratic Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the Senate majority leader, already had reached out to King to congratulate him and to open the door to discussions about caucusing with his party.

King, who said he's keeping an open mind, said this week would be the earliest he'd announce his decision. He said it could take until after Thanksgiving.

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