24-year-old man found dead in outdoor hot tub

The body of a 24-year-old man was found in a hot tub early Monday.

Lt. Gary Rogers identified the man as Ryan Garrett of Portland. The body was discovered in an outdoor hot tub at a home on Dibiase Street.

Rogers said nothing criminal is suspected. The state Medical Examiner’s Office did an autopsy, but the results were not available Monday night.

Portland police and fire personnel found Garrett’s body after responding to a 911 call around 5:20 a.m.



Body found off Ram Island identified as city resident

Police have identified the body of a man who was found floating off Ram Island last week.

Lt. Gary Rogers said the body of Henry Witmer, 66, of Portland was discovered Thursday morning during routine patrol operations around Ram Island.

Witmer’s employer reported him missing a week before his body was found, Rogers said. An autopsy has been done by the state Medical Examiner’s Office, but there was no information late Monday on the cause of Witmer’s death.



Salon named first runner-up in ‘very respected’ contest

Akari has been named first runner-up in Salon Today magazine’s Salons of the Year competition. The salon, at 193 Middle St., recently went through a three-year renovation.

“In the industry, this award is very, very respected,” said Alan Labos, who has owned and operated Akari since 1986.

The winners, named in the magazine’s June issue, were chosen by a six-judge panel of interior designers, salon owners and entrepreneurs. Akari was behind only Bangz Salon and Wellness Spa in Montclair, N.J.

Labos told the magazine that he plans to open a 2,000-square-foot fitness center within the next six months. The salon also has a bistro, a boutique and a spa.


Wescustogo Hall polls open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. today

The polls at Wescustogo Hall will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, despite published warrant documents that said the polls would open an hour later.

Town officials decided to open the polls earlier to accommodate more voters on a range of ballot issues, including the school budget, town elections and the gubernatorial primaries.

To nominate and elect a moderator for Saturday’s town meeting, voters must be at the polls at 8 a.m. for a brief hand count, said Marnie Diffin, administrative assistant to the selectmen. Chris Vaniotis has been the moderator for several years.

The town meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Wescustogo Hall.


Air base personnel to dig for unexploded ordnance

Brunswick Naval Air Station personnel will dig by hand as they make one final sweep for unexploded ordnance before the base closes.

Spokesman John Ripley said an initial scan earlier this year showed some “areas of interest” at the southwest edge of the airfield and a former explosive ordnance disposal training area.

Beginning today, workers will use electronic and magnetic detectors to look for small-arms ammunition and grenades, but nothing larger. Anything that’s found will be detonated in place.

The work will continue through August as preparations continue for the transfer of the base to civilian authority. The base is due to close next May.


Collision at service station causes pumps to catch fire

Authorities say a crash at a gas station caused pumps to catch fire in this town Down East.

One vehicle crashed into another that was at the gas pump Monday morning, said Washington County Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Hinerman. Adding to the worry for firefighters was a truck carrying oxygen that was damaged by the fire.

Hinerman said the Irving Mainway was evacuated after the fire at 10:28 a.m. The fire was out within an hour.


Hearings slated to get input on controversial fishing rules

Federal fishery managers are holding regional meetings this week to hear from fishermen who are frustrated by complex new rules and offer training on the new requirements.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has scheduled six meetings over the next few weeks — the first of them Thursday in New Bedford. Mass.

Fishermen switched May 1 to a system in which they split into groups called “sectors” to manage an allotted catch among themselves. The change aims to set tough catch limits while giving fishermen more autonomy.

But some fishermen describe the change as a bureaucratic nightmare.

They also complain that new “observers” who track how much they catch are unqualified and inexperienced. Fisherman Richard Burgess told the Gloucester Daily Times that an observer on one of his boats spent an entire trip getting sick over the rail.


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