May 10, 2013

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USM remembers student who died in Philippines

A memorial service was held Wednesday at the University of Southern Maine for a student from South Portland who drowned while hiking in the Philippines.

Kim Lim, 20, who was a 2010 South Portland High School graduate, was studying for a semester in South Korea when the accident occurred April 28, said USM spokesman Bob Caswell.

Lim, a junior at USM, had taken a side trip with friends to hike in the Philippines. They were in a remote area when he drowned near a waterfall.

Lim was a Mitchell Scholar and a recipient of USM’s presidential scholarship. He graduated in the top 10 percent of his high school class.

He excelled as a student despite having immigrated with his parents and brother from Cambodia in 2008 and knowing almost no English when he arrived.

Defective switch replaced on Casco Bay Bridge

The electrical switch that caused part of the Casco Bay Bridge to get stuck upright for more than two hours was replaced on Thursday.

Ted Talbot, spokesman for the Maine Department of Transportation, said the bridge has been operating smoothly since the faulty switch was replaced.

A cargo ship carrying an electrical transformer bound for the Merrill Marine Terminal passed under the bridge on Thursday morning.

The malfunction, which occurred during Wednesday’s rush hour, forced police to shut down the northbound lanes of the bridge between Portland and South Portland.


Kittery man sentenced for crash that injured couple

A Kittery man who caused a high-speed car crash in Kennebunkport in 2011 that injured a couple from Massachusetts was sentenced this week to a year in prison followed by two years of probation.

David Van Blaricom, 30, who lived in Kennebunkport at the time of the crash and has since moved to Kittery, was driving about 80 mph in a 30 mph zone on Route 9 in Kennebunkport on June 28, 2011, when he lost control of the vehicle and it slid sideways into the Massachusetts couple’s car, according to the York County District Attorney’s Office.

Robert and Eleanor McCarrick of Stoneham, Mass., both in their 70s, were injured.

Van Blaricom was found guilty in March of aggravated assault, driving to endanger and reckless conduct. A jury found him not guilty of felony drunken driving.

Justice John O’Neil sentenced Van Blaricom on Monday to five years with all but 364 days suspended.

The judge also ordered his driver’s license suspended for two years and fined him $575.
Assistant District Attorney John Connelly said after the trial that a witness described the crash as so violent that it sent metal and glass raining down on the road.


Amusement park’s petition before planners on Monday

Seacoast Fun Park and Snow Park plans several improvements, including new waterslides, expanded snow-tubing runs and a new restaurant that would serve beer and wine, according to an application submitted to the Planning Board by the park’s owner.

The board is scheduled to vote Monday on Roy Moore’s application to expand the park at 932 Roosevelt Trail.

Moore was busy installing new ziplines in the park Thursday and could not be reached for comment, a representative said.

In November, the Town Council approved Moore’s applications for licenses to serve food, beer and wine at the park’s proposed restaurant.

The application for a site-plan amendment seeks town approval for “new parking areas, an expansion of the snow-tubing lanes, a 5,300-square-foot expansion of the clubhouse to include a restaurant, and new water features including a wading pool, water slides and a ‘lazy river’ float ride.”

The park generates $1 million to $2 million in revenue each year, according to public documents.

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