Teen dies in head-on crash on Clarks Woods Road

A teenager was killed and a second person was injured in a collision Tuesday night between a car and a pickup truck on Clarks Woods Road.

Casey Irish, 16, of Lyman was driving a 2005 Nissan Altima along the road when he failed to negotiate a corner, said the York County Sheriff’s Office.

Irish’s car collided head-on with a 2009 Chevy Silverado pickup driven by Dennis Swan, 40, of Sanford.

Irish was pronounced dead at the scene. Swan was taken by ambulance to Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Alcohol was not a factor. The cause of the crash, which was reported at 5:10 p.m., remains under investigation.


Town asks CMP to hold off on smart meter installation

The town has become the second Maine community to ask Central Maine Power Co. to halt installation of its “smart meter” system.

The Town Council voted 6-0 in favor of a resolution that asks the utility to halt smart meter installations for at least 90 days and to provide residents with more information about its installation plans. 

The resolution also urges Maine’s Public Utilities Commission to provide a mechanism for residents to voice their opinions about smart meters before they are installed in town. The resolution also asks that residents be allowed to opt out of smart meter installation.

The resolution is similar to one passed last month in Scarborough. Both cite residents’ concerns about the equipment’s impact on health and privacy.

The Maine Center for Disease Control said the studies it reviewed did not indicate any consistent or convincing evidence to support health concerns related to the radio frequencies used by smart meters.


Pockets of power outages still remain after storm

Fewer than 4,000 homes and businesses in Maine remained without electricity as crews continued restoring power to customers who lost service in a powerful storm.

Work to fix downed power lines continued Tuesday, a day after the storm left tens of thousands of people in the dark. Central Maine Power Co. said that as of 4:30 p.m., 3,670 customers were still without power in southern and central Maine.

CMP said small pockets of customers are likely to be without service into today.


Recount on Friday for vote won by Bliss over Palmieri

A recount in the race for the State Senate District 7 seat has been scheduled for Friday.

Two local House race recount requests were also filed by Tuesday’s deadline.

The Republican Senate candidate, Joseph C. Palmieri, requested the recount against Democratic Sen. Lawrence Bliss of South Portland.

The district includes South Portland, Cape Elizabeth and part of Scarborough. Unofficial results had Bliss winning the election with 9,163 votes to Palmieri’s 9,097.

The recount will start at 9 a.m. at the Department of Public Safety complex in Augusta.

In House District 109, Democrat Anne Graham of North Yarmouth defeated Republican Gary Foster of Gray by 33 votes. And in House District 131, Democrat Robert Hunt of Buxton beat Republican James Libby of Buxton by 36 votes.


Man struck, killed by Pan Am Railways train

A 26-year-old Winthrop man died early Tuesday after he was struck by a train near the Annabessacook Crossing on Annabessacook Road.

Christopher Bourisk was killed by an 87-car Pan Am Railways freight train en route northbound from Portland to Waterville.

Winthrop police dispatch got a call at 2:42 a.m. saying the train had struck something.


Foster, Mallonee nominated for Maine District Court

Gov. John Baldacci has announced two nominations to the Maine District Court.

Christine Foster of Portland was nominated Tuesday for reappointment. She was first appointed in 1996.

Baldacci nominated Bruce Mallonee of Bangor for a new appointment to the bench. He has been a trial lawyer in Bangor for 30 years.

The nominations are subject to confirmation votes by the Senate.

FairPoint to pay additional rebates for poor service

Utility regulators say FairPoint Communications will begin paying additional rebates to customers in Maine next month because of the company’s poor customer service.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted Tuesday to reject FairPoint’s request to reduce the rebates it must pay for not meeting customer service benchmarks from Aug. 1, 2009, to July 30, 2010. As a result, FairPoint will pay $9.1 million in bill credits over 12 months starting in December.


Public workshop tonight to take up school closure

The Regional School Unit 14 Board of Directors will hold a public workshop tonight to review six cost-cutting proposals that include closing Jordan-Small Middle School or the Manchester School in Windham.

The school board met last week to discuss the proposals. Most board members favored an option to close the Jordan-Small Middle School and convert Raymond Elementary School to kindergarten through eighth grade.

The workshop will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Raymond Elementary School. For more information about the six proposals, go to