August 31, 2013

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EEE confirmed in more pools in Alfred and York, state says

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says eastern equine encephalitis, a potentially fatal disease in humans, has been confirmed in more mosquito pools in Alfred, as well as in York.

Dr. Sheila Pinette, director of Maine CDC, said additional positive tests are likely.

EEE was first identified from mosquitoes collected from a pool in Alfred on July 16, marking the earliest the disease has been confirmed in Maine. It's also been confirmed in neighboring states.

The virus is transmitted from the bite of an infected mosquito.

So far, there's never been a human infected in Maine but the disease was found in a flock of pheasants last year and in multiple animals in Maine in 2009. Health officials recommend bug repellent and clothing to protect against mosquito bites.


Moose damages side of van driven by Olympian Wescott

Police say two-time Olympic gold medalist and Maine resident Seth Wescott got an close-up introduction to a moose this week.

Franklin County Sheriff's Department Lt. David Rackliffe said Wescott was driving on Route 16 in Lang Township near his home in rural western Maine just after 1 a.m. Thursday when a moose ran out of the woods and struck the left side of the Olympian's van.

Rackliffe told the Sun Journal that Wescott, 37, of Carrabassett Valley, was not hurt and the moose returned to the woods.

Damage to the van, however, is estimated at $3,000 to $4,000.

Wescott won gold medals in the snowboard cross in the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics.


Woman charged after tot left in car outside Walmart

Police have charged a Farmington woman with leaving her 20-month-old child locked in a parked car while she went shopping.

Two witnesses reported seeing the baby in the vehicle parked outside a Walmart in the late afternoon of Aug. 14, with the windows down 2 to 3 inches.

Police told the Sun Journal that a witness said the baby was crying.

After an investigation, Officer Justin Blais issued Denise Boulette, 34, a summons to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child. She is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 9.

Boulette told police the baby was sleeping when she went into the store.


Former ed tech charged with boy's sexual assault

A former education technician at a Maine public school has been charged with having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old male student.

Authorities said Tammy Larlee, 45, of Lincoln has been indicted on four counts of gross sexual assault and four counts of unlawful contact with a minor.

Police Chief Daniel Summer told WLBZ-TV that the relationship was uncovered while officers were investigating a burglary case involving the boy and Larlee. He said the relationship occurred this summer.

Larlee was an ed tech for special education students at Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln.

No arraignment date has been set. It was unclear if Larlee had a lawyer.

Gross sexual assault carries a maximum 30-year prison sentence.


Corinth woman, 22, arrested for OUI after hitting cruiser

A Corinth woman drove into a utility pole Thursday night, then drove off north in the southbound lane of Interstate 95 until she hit a police cruiser in Old Town, setting it on fire, state police said.

McKenzie Kaphammer, 22, was arrested on charges of operating under the influence, aggravated criminal mischief, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and passing a roadblock, said Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

The Orono Regional Communications Center got an emergency call around 11:40 p.m. reporting that a car had hit a pole on Mill Street and then had been driven off.

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