Two-vehicle crash causes Brighton Avenue detours

A two-vehicle crash shut down Brighton Avenue near Capisic Street for almost 90 minutes Sunday evening, and police said they suspect alcohol was a factor in the accident.

Lt. Gary Hutcheson said Stephanie Fitzgerald, 27, of South Portland was attempting to pass a Pontiac sport utility vehicle driven by 21-year-old Nathan Butler of Windham when her Pontiac Sunfire hit the rear bumper and flipped over.

Firefighters had to pull Fitzgerald out of her car. She was transported by ambulance to Maine Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening. Butler was not hurt.

Hutcheson said traffic had to be detoured onto side streets after the crash around 4:30 p.m.

Fitzgerald was given a blood-alcohol test but has not been charged, Hutcheson said.


Single-car accident kills one on Temple Avenue

Police were investigating the cause of a single-car crash that killed one person around 7:15 p.m. Sunday on Temple Avenue.

Police would not provide any more details. Old Orchard Beach police Lt. Tim DeLuca said the victim’s name won’t be released until that person’s family can be notified.


Hundreds attend service for Friendship woman, 47

Hundreds of people have paid their respects at a memorial service to celebrate the life of a 47-year-old Maine woman whose body was found alongside a road last month.

Katrina Windred of Friendship was remembered Saturday as a three-time cancer survivor, a competitive skier, a horse trainer and a devoted mother during a packed memorial service at Rockland’s First Universalist Church.

According to the Bangor Daily News, the Rev. Mark Glovin said the service was a celebration of Windred’s life with “all of its sparkle and all of its shine.”

Thirty-five-year-old Arnold Diana has been charged with murder, accused of strangling his ex-girlfriend and dumping her body along the road in Rockland.


Officials use helicopters to count number of deer

Wildlife officials say they’ve begun aerial surveys to count the number of deer in southern and central Maine.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Maine Forest Service are using helicopters to gauge the abundance of deer in selected wildlife management districts and gather information to use in managing the state’s deer herd.

The surveys will continue into January.