Police charge man after neighbor is shot in leg, arm

Police on Saturday arrested a Brownfield man who they say fled into the woods after shooting his neighbor.

Keith Brain, 42, was charged with elevated aggravated assault in connection with the shooting of James Walsh, 38. Both men live on Moore Road.

Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant said the shooting occurred at 138 Moore Road during a domestic dispute involving the Walsh family, after members of the Brain family apparently tried to intercede. Police were called about 4:20 p.m.

Walsh, who was shot in the leg and arm, was taken to Bridgton Hospital. Gallant said the injuries were not life-threatening.

He said Brain fled into nearby woods. Maine State Police and Oxford County deputies and a police dog searched for Brain, who emerged about 8:50 p.m. and was arrested.

Brain was taken to the Oxford County Jail.


Man accused of killing baby faces manslaughter charge

An 18-year-old man was indicted on a manslaughter charge by a grand jury in connection with the 2009 death of his 3-month-old daughter.

Nicklas Jones of Limestone was 17 when he allegedly threw his daughter, Joselyn Jones, into her crib to stop her from crying. He was indicted Friday.

In May, Jones learned he would be tried as an adult. He pleaded not guilty last year and has been held at the Mountain View Correctional Facility in Charleston.

The Bangor Daily News reported that Jones told police that he threw his daughter and she hit her head. The baby died four days later at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor of blunt force trauma to the head.


Rest home worker charged with taking residents’ drugs

A nursing home worker in New Hampshire was charged with taking away pain medication from two residents and keeping them for her own use.

Attorney General Michael Delaney says a Strafford County grand jury indicted Alesha Neault of Berwick, Maine, on two felony counts of unlawfully possessing a controlled drug and two misdemeanor counts of abusing a facility resident.

The indictments charge that Neault, while working at the Riverview Rest Home in Dover, removed Fentanyl narcotic patches from two residents and kept them. Fentanyl is a powerful narcotic used to treat severe pain.


Nearly 5,000 homes lose power over line problems

Nearly 5,000 homes in Falmouth, Westbrook and Windham were without electricity for more than an hour and half Saturday evening after a transmission line in North Yarmouth went down.

The power was lost at 6:03 p.m. and restored 7:44 p.m., according to Central Maine Power. Officials said they are not sure what caused the problems with the transmission line.


State Fire Marshal’s Office investigating sawmill blaze

The Maine Fire Marshal’s Office has been called to investigate a fire at a sawmill in Brooks.

According to televised reports, firefighters responded at about 4 p.m. Friday and found that the fire had overtaken the sawmill with a canvas canopy, then spread to a slab pile near a house.

Several firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion.


Moxie Festival will conclude three days of events today

A three-day celebration is under way paying homage to Maine’s official state beverage.

Some 40,000 visitors are expected in the town of Lisbon for the 27th annual Moxie Festival, which kicked off Friday and wraps up today.

The festival celebrates the bittersweet soda that was concocted by a Mainer in the 1870s.

The event features a parade, a running race, a canoe race, a carnival, music, food and plenty of memorabilia. There are also Moxie chugging and recipe contests.


Police looking for woman who stole drug from CVS

Police are searching for a woman who stole the powerful painkiller Oxycontin from a CVS pharmacy on Capitol Street at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The woman, wearing a black shirt, gray sweatpants and yellow or orange clogs, fled on foot after indicating there was a gun in the store. Police said she may be armed. 

Baldacci cites tourism boost in his weekly radio address

Gov. John Baldacci had an upbeat message about the economy in his weekly radio address.

Baldacci said the July 4th weekend traffic entering the state on the turnpike was up almost 9 percent over last year. And Maine innkeepers report one of the best weekends in at least two years.

The governor said those are positive signs for tourism, which brings billions of dollars into the state and supports about 140,000 jobs.

Baldacci said the economy still has a long way to go before it fully recovers from the recession, but there’s been progress.

In the Republican response, state Rep. Andre Cushing of Hampden said people don’t like what they’re seeing in the health care legislation passed by Congress this spring. Of particular concern, he says, are taxes small businesses will have to pay.