Two injured in accident involving home elevator

A home elevator accident on Betty Welch Road in York left two people injured, one of them seriously, according to York police.

The incident occurred just before 5 p.m. Saturday at a private residence where an elevator had been installed.

Police are not releasing the identities of the injured. Both were transported to York Hospital. An initial call for a medical helicopter from Manchester, N.H., was canceled.

The incident is under investigation by the York Police Department, the York Village Fire Department and code enforcement for the town of York.


Woman sought as suspect in Norway Bank robbery

Police are investigating a bank robbery at the Norway Savings Bank branch on Congress Street on Saturday.

Police said a white or Hispanic woman went into the bank around 10:30 a.m. and demanded money from a teller, indicating that she had a gun. She left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash and was seen leaving the parking lot in a blue compact car, police said.

Police described the suspect as dark-haired, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, weighing about 180 to 220 pounds, and in her 30s or 40s. She was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with white striped sweatpants.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Portland Police Department at 874-8479.


Baldacci: It’s time to judge teachers by student progress

Gov. John Baldacci says the time’s come to use student achievement in evaluating teachers and principals.

In his weekly radio address Saturday, Baldacci said the Legislature last month passed a bill allowing that. He said using student achievement as a tool to evaluate educators can lead to significant student improvement.

The governor said at least one evaluation method must be developed in the next couple of weeks for Maine to apply for $75 million in federal funds through the “Race to the Top” grant program.

The governor said linking student achievement to teacher evaluations is working in more than 200 school districts nationwide.

In the Republican response, state Rep. Kathy Chase of Wells urged Maine voters to repeal a tax overhaul law June 8. Chase said the reform passed last year is a bad deal for taxpayers.


Visit to park yields treasure for vacationing teenager

A New Hampshire teenager has a 2.7-carat diamond souvenir from his vacation to Arkansas.

Fourteen-year-old Peter Slowik of Strafford found the diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark., last week in the footprint of another visitor.

The diamond is one of 75,000 found at the site since 1906, when farmer John Huddleston first unearthed diamonds there. The park is the only diamond-producing site open to the public.

Park policy is finders keepers.

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