May 17, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Once the center span is secured, it will be the start of the home stretch for opening the bridge to vehicle traffic, which is scheduled to take place in July.

The bridge is replacing a nearly 90-year-old bridge connecting Portsmouth to Kittery, Maine.


Man pleads guilty to sexual contact with 2-year-old

A New York man has pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual contact with a 2-year-old Maine girl, just as his trial was scheduled to start.

Lester House Good of Troupsberg, N.Y., pleaded guilty Wednesday in Kennebec County Superior Court.

The Kennebec Journal reported that prosecutors say Good, 36, was visiting relatives in Monmouth in August 2009 when he entered a room where his daughter and another young girl were sleeping. Authorities say he touched the other girl under her diaper.

The girl told her mother. She suffered no visible injuries.

Prosecutors are recommending a sentence of 10 years in prison with all but three years suspended and six years' probation. Good was held on $12,500 bail pending sentencing at a future date.

Federal regulators cite sawmill for safety violations

Federal workplace safety regulators have proposed fining a Jefferson sawmill nearly $80,000 for what they allege are dangerous work conditions.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited N.C. Hunt Inc. for several violations following inspections that began in December.

OSHA says alleged violations include failing to use procedures to prevent employees from being struck by a logging carriage, a lack of barriers and signs preventing entry to a logging carriage path, and a lack of guardrails on elevated walkways. Other alleged violations involved a defective emergency brake on a truck, lack of machine guarding, an ungrounded extension cord, and incomplete energy control procedures.

OSHA said violations were also found in 2009.

Company Vice President Robert Hunt told the Kennebec Journal the issues raised by OSHA have been addressed.


Quebec man hospitalized after tractor-trailer flips

A Quebec man was taken to a hospital after the tractor-trailer he was driving flipped on its side Thursday morning while he tried negotiate a curve on Route 201.

Reges Vaellux, 33, was taken to Redington Fairview Hospital with non life-threatening injuries after his 2007 trailer and box unit flipped. Vaellux was rounding a curve one mile north of Baker Mountain Ski Area when the box unit drifted into the guardrails, causing the tractor to flip on its side. The trailer was loaded with hardwood flooring which went over the steep embankment, the release stated.

The tractor-trailer was totaled in the crash.

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