Driver escapes, but truck on tracks demolished by train

A teenager from Brunswick escaped injury Thursday when her pickup got stuck in traffic on railroad tracks and was hit by a train.

Police said Abigail Marsh, 19, stopped on tracks off the Route 1 exit at Cook’s Corner about 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

When a Maine Eastern Railroad passenger train came along, Marsh was unable to move her truck because of all the other vehicles at the exit.

Police Cmdr. Kevin Schofield said Marsh was issued summonses for parking on railroad tracks and driving after suspension of her license.

Nobody was hurt, but it took about 20 minutes to clear the area. The pickup was destroyed.


Candlelight vigil tonight for missing woman, 22

A candlelight vigil will be held today for a missing Scarborough woman.

Megan Waterman, 22, was last seen early this month on New York’s Long Island. Her family is alarmed because she normally would be in touch with her young daughter a few times each day when she was away.

The vigil will begin at 7 p.m. in the bandstand area of Congress Square, next to the Eastland Park Hotel.

At 8:30 Saturday morning, volunteers will gather at the Walmart parking lot in Scarborough and be asked to distribute posters about Waterman’s disappearance. Balloons with small versions of the poster will be launched.

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Police believe Waterman worked as an escort and she may have been on Long Island for that reason. She has not been in touch with her friends or family since the weekend of June 5, when she was staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Hauppauge, N.Y.

Scarborough Detective Don Blatchford said Thursday that there have been no sightings of Waterman.

Anyone with information that could help locate Waterman is asked to call Scarborough police at 883-6361 or the anonymous tip line at 730-4200, extension 3093.

King Middle School principal a finalist for national award

King Middle School Principal Mike McCarthy is one of three finalists for 2011 National Middle School Principal of the Year.

In April, the Maine Principals’ Association named McCarthy the 2010 Middle Level Principal of the Year in Maine.

The state award recognized McCarthy’s leadership in transforming a diverse, urban school from below-average to above-average performance.

The national award will be presented in October in Washington, D.C.

McCarthy, who lives in Hollis, was one of four finalists for the national award in 1997, after he was named Maine’s Principal of the Year in 1996, when the award recognized middle- and high-school administrators.

McCarthy’s reputation as an expert on school reform has only grown since then. He has lectured in 31 states, Canada and Bermuda, and he has hosted visitors from Ireland, England, Sweden, Australia and Japan who were interested in King Middle School’s success.

CMP says phone scammers posing as utility employees

Central Maine Power Co. is warning customers about a scam that attempts to get customers to give private banking information over the telephone.

CMP said several auto dealerships and repair shops reported getting phone calls from someone purporting to be from the utility. The person said a payment had been misapplied and asked that the customer fax copies of their checks to a toll-free number to fix the problem.

If the customer questions the caller, a genuine CMP customer service number is provided. The fax number, however, is not a CMP number.

CMP already has all of the information it needs to discuss a customer’s account, the company said.


Woman finds WWII mortar round, brings to Guard camp

Police and the bomb squad were called to the Maine Army National Guard headquarters at Camp Keyes Thursday when a woman arrived with a World War II mortar round.

The woman, who is from Solon, took the ammunition to the military installation around noon in an attempt to dispose of it properly, said police Sgt. Mark Desjardin. “Apparently, her husband was a World War II veteran.”

Camp Keyes officials called police, who called in the bomb squad to dispose of the round, Desjardin said.


Corinna man wins $1 million for ‘Power Playing’ his ticket

A Corinna man won $1 million in Wednesday’s Powerball drawing, after buying the winning ticket at a Big Apple convenience store.

The man, whom lottery officials did not identify, had the winning numbers: 11-30-45-47-48. That alone was worth $200,000. He also paid $1 more for the “Power Play” option, which multiplied his prize by five.

“The winner is one of our customers from right here in town,” said Bert Andrews, manager of the Big Apple in Corinna.

On April 24, another Maine Powerball player won $1 million, after buying the ticket at the Westbrook Market in Westbrook. The Big Apple will receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the ticket.