Distracted driver’s excuse: Pumping breast milk on I-95

A woman pumping breast milk into a container while driving on the interstate last week was issued a warning for distracted driving.

Trooper Tim Marks, responding to several complaints of erratic driving, pulled the woman’s car over on Interstate 95 in Newport. The reports said the car was weaving on the interstate and exceeding the speed limit.

The trooper gave the woman a warning and suggested she complete the task when not behind the wheel.

State Police troopers have encountered several extreme examples of distracted driving over the years, including a woman who was watching an episode of the television program “Gilmore Girls” on a laptop, as well as drivers eating, putting on makeup and texting on cell phones.


Two men report robbery, stabbing and assault

A 29-year-old Massachusetts man is recovering from a stab wound following a robbery at Grant and State streets early Friday morning.

He and another man were walking at 4:40 a.m. when they were accosted by two men wearing hooded sweatshirts and something covering their faces, police said.

The younger man said he believes he was hit on the head with the butt of a handgun. The older victim said he felt a sharp pain in his back and only later realized that he had been stabbed.

The robbers took money from the men and fled.


Lewiston man charged with assault on woman

A Lewiston man allegedly beat a woman in Casco early Friday morning and threatened to kill her before releasing her and running away, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies arrested Corey P. Waugh, 27, at 6 a.m. on charges of assault, criminal restraint, criminal mischief and criminal threatening, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office. He also is on probation on a domestic violence conviction, according to the sheriff’s office.

The alleged victim in Friday’s attack, Farrah Downey, 33, of Casco, is an acquaintance of Waugh’s but was not the victim in the domestic violence case, the sheriff’s office said.

Downey told police that some time before 5 a.m., she was in a car arguing with Waugh when he punched her and dragged her from the car. He then slammed her face into the pavement and bit her thumb, deputies said.

Waugh forced her back into the car and started driving to Lewiston saying he was going to kill her and himself, deputies said. Downey convinced Waugh to release her and he returned to her home on Tenney Hill Road. Once free, Downey started screaming for help and Waugh ran.

Deputies arrested him on Route 11 about an hour later.

Downey suffered a serious bruise on her head, a possible concussion and cuts and bruises on her face, head and thumb, deputies said. She was treated and released from Bridgton Hospital.


Police search for woman in robbery of pharmacy

Kittery police are searching for a woman who robbed the Rite Aid pharmacy on Shapleigh Road in Kittery at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Kittery police Detective Raymond Hazen said the woman approached the counter and demanded a number of prescription drugs. There was no weapon shown.

She left the store immediately with an undetermined amount of drugs and got into a dark four-door sedan driven by another person. The vehicle continued along Shapleigh Road, Hazen said.

The woman was described as about 5 feet 8 inches tall with reddish-blond hair. She was wearing a baseball cap, sunglasses and a dark hooded sweat shirt.

Hazen said the department is continuing to investigate.


Woman, two children find grisly surprise at cemetery

A Maine woman on an outing to an old cemetery said she “freaked out” when she realized what she thought was a coconut was actually a human skull.

Ann Chesley was taking her boyfriend’s two children to the cemetery on East Madison Road recently so she could teach them some history.

But 9-year-old Dakota Webb and 11-year-old Devon Webb of Showhegan found the skull instead.
Town officials say the skull is probably 200 years old.

Chesley took the skull to the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.

Lt. Carl Gottardi told the Kennebec Journal that an animal probably dug up the skull, and the incident wasn’t considered suspicious.

The skull will be reburied.