Panicked deer tears up inside of woman’s home

A Longfellow Road homeowner who went to investigate the sound of breaking glass early Sunday discovered a panicked deer that tore up her house before escaping.

Wendy Brunson said she was upstairs watching television when she heard the noise and ran downstairs. She discovered a deer had leaped through a window into a utility room where paint and tools were stored. The deer was frantic and trying to climb the walls, Brunson said.

She said she opened the door to the outside, hoping the deer would leave. Instead, it went into a finished living area, jumping on couches, and then entered a third room. While Brunson called the police, the deer left the house.

“I told the police to come anyway because I’m not dreaming this,” Brunson said. “It looks pretty bad (the damage) right now (in all three rooms).”


Motorist faces OUI charge after two-vehicle accident

A Naples man was charged with drunken driving after his Subaru station wagon hit a Jeep Wrangler at the intersection of routes 11 and 302 early Sunday.

Sgt. David Hall of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office identified the arrested driver as Richard Robbins, 29. A police report indicated Robbins ran a stop sign just before the crash, Hall said.

He said Robbins’ Subaru caught fire after the accident, and Robbins argued with the driver of the Jeep, 38-year-old Jeffrey Buckley of Raymond.

Neither driver was injured in the crash, which was reported around 1:20 a.m.


School Board to reopen search for superintendent

After interviewing semifinalists from an initial pool of 15 candidates, the School Board unanimously decided to reopen its search for a new superintendent.

“Although we interviewed several quality candidates with diverse skills from top-notch schools around the country, we just did not find the right match for the district at this time,” board Chairwoman Mary Townsend said in a written statement Friday.

Candidate interviews ran from March 12 to 24. Ken Murphy, a retired Yarmouth superintendent, currently holds the job on an interim basis after replacing Alan Hawkins, who retired in December after five years as superintendent.

The new deadline for applications is May 6.


Officials investigate cause of apartment complex fire

Officials in Orono are investigating a fire at an apartment complex popular among University of Maine students.

Fire crews from four towns were called about 9:30 p.m. Saturday to Stillwater Apartments, across the street from the university. Crews remained at the scene until after midnight.

Officials said the fire was contained to two apartments, but all 12 units were evacuated. No injuries were reported, and no cause was immediately determined.

The town and the Salvation Army were helping displaced residents.