This story was updated at 9:53 a.m. June 22 to correct Arrowsic’s location.

Durham teenager drowns while swimming in pond

A teenager from Durham drowned Monday while swimming with two friends in Sewell Pond in Arrowsic.

Deborah Turcotte, spokeswoman for the state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, identified the victim as 19-year-old Jonathan M. Owens.

Turcotte said Owens and his friends, Ryan Dipierro, 21, of Westport and Sean Quinn, 22, of Alna, were trying to swim 200 yards to a dock when they decided to turn around and head back to shore.

As Owens began to struggle, his friends tried to help. The Maine Warden Service was notified at 3:40 p.m. that Owens was missing.
State police divers recovered his body around 6:49 p.m. in 10-foot-deep water about 30 feet from shore. The incident remains under investigation.

Sewell Pond is a popular swimming hole off Route 127 in Arrowsic – a midcoast community just south of Bath.

Naples motorist faces OUI, other charges in accident

A Naples man faces charges of drunken driving, criminal speeding and aggravated reckless conduct in a crash Sunday night on Mayberry Hill Road in Casco.

Residents saw a reckless driver at 10 p.m. Sunday and called the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. When a deputy arrived, he found the car crashed into a tree.

Daniel Flick, 52, was arrested. His passenger, Bruce Worrey, 50, of Windham, was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland with a severe leg injury.

Flick also was charged with criminal mischief, after he allegedly kicked out the window of the cruiser that was taking him to the Cumberland County Jail.


Car goes through window of Bank of America branch

A car crashed through the front of the Bank of America branch in the Mill Creek Shopping Center on Monday evening.

The Chevy Malibu went through the plate glass window near the entrance, through the lobby and then partially through an interior wall near the ATM. An employee at the Tim Horton’s coffee shop next to the bank said he and a fellow employee heard the crash shortly before 8 p.m.

The bank was closed and empty. The driver, 62-year-old Barry Edwards of South Portland, was not seriously injured, police said.

The driver was trying to park and got his foot stuck on the gas pedal, according to police.

The bank branch is expected to be closed today.

Long Creek air disaster memorial to be installed

A memorial to Maine’s deadliest air disaster will be installed Thursday.

On July 11, 1944, Army Air Corps Lt. Philip “Phee” Russell crashed a twin-engine light-attack bomber into a trailer camp in the Long Creek area. Russell and 18 others died in the crash and explosion that followed.

The memorial will be erected near the crash site, near the entrance of Redbank Village.

City officials and a survivor of the accident are expected to attend the groundbreaking at 11 a.m. Thursday. The formal dedication will be held at 2 p.m. on July 11.

Cabela’s store picked to host 2011 moose lottery drawing

The state’s moose lottery drawing will return to southern Maine in 2011, at the Cabela’s store in Scarborough.

The announcement was made Monday by Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commissioner Roland Martin.

The lottery, held at L.L. Bean in Freeport this year, has been an annual event since 1980 at various locations across the state.

It draws about 1,000 spectators from a pool of 49,000 applicants. Three thousand tags are awarded for the moose hunt, which is held in September, October and November.

Home heating oil prices rise as gas inventories dwindle

Energy officials say home heating oil prices rose 3 cents a gallon in Maine last week.

The Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security said Monday that the statewide average price for No. 2 heating oil was $2.63 a gallon.

Director John Kerry said growing oil demand, drops in gasoline inventories and the potential for an economic recovery may affect heating oil prices with the arrival of summer.

The lowest average prices were found in southern Maine, while the highest prices were in northern sections.

Wardens continue search for missing Princeton boater

Maine game wardens returned to Big Lake on Monday, looking for a 40-year-old man reported missing after falling from a boat in the eastern Maine lake.

The Maine Warden Service said Scott James of Princeton ended up in the water late Saturday afternoon while boating with a juvenile in a 16-foot boat. Officials said the teenager threw a lifejacket to James and jumped in the water to help him but had to be pulled from the water himself by two nearby campers.

Officials initially said the pair were fishing but later amended that to say they were boating.

The search began Saturday night and resumed Sunday but was later suspended due to thunderstorms. The search resumed just after 6 a.m. Monday.

Settlement approved over college savings plan losses

The state of Maine has reached a settlement with OppenheimerFunds, Inc., over losses in some of the funds that make up Maine’s state-sponsored NextGen College Investing Plan.

The settlement announced Monday ends an investigation requested by the Finance Authority of Maine, which administers the NextGen program.

The settlement divides more than $6 million among certain account holders based on their exposure to Oppenheimer Core Bond Fund from Jan. 1, 2008, through March 31, 2009. State officials said a relatively small amount of the NextGen investments was invested in that fund.

The finance authority terminated all OppenheimerFunds portfolios in NextGen in July 2009.

Officials said the settlement is similar to those reached by other states.