Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Man charged with flashing handgun in Route 1 traffic
A Saco man was arrested Wednesday morning after what police are characterizing as a road rage incident on Route 1.
Scarborough police said a woman contacted them on 911 around 11 a.m. to report that a car driven by a woman had cut her off in traffic and that her passenger -- a man -- had flashed a handgun at her.
The victim gave police a description of the vehicle and a partial license plate number.
Officers found the vehicle on Route 1 near Hannaford Drive. The driver and man were detained.
Aaron Gouzie, 26, of Saco was charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, trafficking in marijuana, and possession of about six ounces of marijuana.
The driver was not charged.
Trooper lauded for quick stop of wrong-way driver
A state trooper was recognized Wednesday for his quick thinking when he stopped an elderly man who was driving the wrong way on Interstate 295 at the beginning of rush hour.
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree presented a "congressional statement" to Trooper Douglas Cropper.
Cropper used his cruiser to stop an elderly driver who was heading north in the southbound lane of Interstate 295 on June 29.
Cropper raced ahead of the wrong-way driver and pulled in front of him so his car crashed into the cruiser and came to a stop before he could crash into oncoming motorists.
In her statement to Congress, Pingree said Cropper put his life on the line to prevent what could have been a terrible tragedy. Pingree is married to S. Donald Sussman, majority share owner of the Portland Press Herald.
Republican lawmaker in ad to support gay marriage
Gay-marriage supporters have begun airing a new TV ad that features a Republican state representative who voted against same-sex marriage in a 2009 referendum but has since changed his mind.
In the ad put out by Mainers United for Marriage, Stacey Fitts of Pittsfield says he now thinks that government shouldn't tell anybody "who they can love and who they can marry." He said the Nov. 6 ballot question seeking to legalize same-sex marriage protects religious freedom and individual freedom.
The ad began airing Tuesday.
City officials want public's input on new city attorney
City councilors are seeking public input before choosing a new city attorney.
On Friday, Mayor Michael Brennan and Councilors Jill Duson, David Marshall and John Anton will host a meeting at 7:30 a.m. in Room 209 of City Hall to collect feedback about what characteristics, skills and abilities the next corporation counsel should possess.
The council is working to replace Gary Wood, who held the position for 21 years before retiring in September. Staff attorney Danielle West-Chuhta has been appointed as acting counsel until a permanent replacement is found.
The corporation counsel is one of three positions directly overseen by the City Council. The other two are the city manager and city clerk.
In August, the council decided not to hire an outside consultant to assist with the search -- estimated to save the city as much as $30,000.
Citizen of the year helped to shape town landmarks
The town has given its annual citizen of the year award to the resident who prepared the initial concept for the design of Fort Williams Park's entrance.
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