Crash kills Portland woman on snowy N.H. highway

A 60-year-old Portland woman died late Friday when she lost control of her car on I-95 and crashed into another car.

N.H. State Police said Mary Dunkerly of Portland died in the accident about 11 p.m. Friday. The highway was snowy at the time of the crash.

The driver of the other vehicle, 41-year-old Steven Reed of Stratham, N.H., was taken to Portsmouth Regional Hospital for treatment, and released.

The accident remains under investigation. Police said Dunkerly was going north on I-95 when she lost control, spun and struck Reed’s vehicle.


Police charge Portland man with trafficking in drugs

Working in tandem with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Westbrook police charged a 39-year-old Portland man with aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs and endangering the welfare of a child.

Police arrested Philip Bisco, 39 Bradley St., Portland, late Friday in Westbrook. They allege he possessed 2.5 ounces of crack cocaine and was making a drug sale in a school zone. The suspect’s 5-year-old son was present at the time, police said.

Bisco was being held in the Cumberland County Jail.


Accidents on icy roads involve a dozen vehicles

A dozen vehicles, including a firetruck, a plow and a Central Maine Power Co. utility truck, were involved in accidents on icy roads Saturday morning in Lebanon.

The accidents started shortly after 5 a.m., when an SUV hit a utility pole on Champion Street, said Jason Cole, assistant chief of the Lebanon Rescue Department. The car was heavily damaged, but the driver was not injured.

A firetruck responding to the accident slid off nearby TM Wentworth Road while trying to climb a hill, Cole said. As the firetruck slid down the hill, it hit a 1996 Dodge pickup truck that had been traveling behind it. The driver of the pickup sustained minor injuries, while the driver of the firetruck was not hurt.

Then a CMP truck going to repair the pole slid into a ditch on Champion Street about 7 a.m., when it pulled over to let an emergency vehicle go by. Another truck that was plowing snow and spreading sand on Prospect Hill Road nearby also slid off the road, Cole said, along with seven other vehicles in a two-mile stretch of Champion Street between where the firetruck slid off and the site of the original accident.

Champion Street was closed for more than four hours and TM Wentworth Road was closed from about 6:10 a.m. until about 9:30 a.m., Cole said.


Accident takes out pole, causes new power outage

Some Scarborough residents faced a new power outage Saturday after a motorist took out a pole on Broadturn Road. The accident happened around 4:40 p.m. and resulted in power outages in the area of 154 Broadturn Road, police said.

There were no injuries, and crews from Central Maine Power Co. were on the scene Saturday working to restore electricity.

Police could not estimate the number of residents affected by the outage.


Lawmakers want America’s Cup regatta back in Newport

Rhode Island lawmakers want the competition for the world’s most coveted sailing trophy to return to Newport.

House lawmakers plan to vote Tuesday on a resolution asking Oracle Corp. chief executive Larry Ellison to bring the America’s Cup regatta back to Newport, a summer resort for Industrial Age magnates.

A team sponsored by Oracle won the latest race, meaning Ellison gets to pick where it will be held next. Ellison has said he is considering Newport, San Francisco, San Diego and Valencia, Spain.

Newport hosted the races from 1930 to 1983 and describes itself as the sailing capital of the United States. Rhode Island Gov. Don

Carcieri has sent a letter to Ellison asking him to return the regatta to Narragansett Bay.

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