Motorcyclist killed in crash, passenger seriously injured

A motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a car Monday afternoon, police said.

Police identified the motorcyclist as Michael Kozel, 60, of Denmark. His wife, Linda Kozel, 52, was a passenger on the motorcycle and suffered serious injuries. Police said she was in a local hospital in critical condition. Neither was wearing a helmet, police said.

Police said the accident occurred just after 4 p.m. at the intersection of Route 302 and Enterprise Drive.

Henry Schaeflern, 83, was headed west on Route 302, driving a Honda Civic, police said. Witnesses said Schaeflern turned left toward Enterprise Drive and drove into the path of the motorcycle.

chaeflern was not injured.

Police said neither speed nor alcohol appeared to be a factor and no charges were pending as of Monday night.


Ripley man and son die after wading into stream

A Ripley man and his 7-year-old son were wading fully clothed in the Main Stream during a birthday party when they disappeared and were later found dead, a spokesman for the Maine State Police said Monday.

Christopher Zoeller, 40, and his son Bravin Zoeller were pronounced dead Sunday night at the Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety.

The two decided to cool off in the stream during the party and they were together when they disappeared, McCausland said. Another person who was in the water turned around after returning to shore and the two Zoellers were gone, he said.

Rescue workers wearing wetsuits located the bodies in 3 to 6 feet of water after searching for about 30 minutes. McCausland said the cold water and the weight of the victims’ clothes contributed to their deaths.


Body of elderly woman pulled from Bangor stream

Police say the body of an elderly woman was pulled Monday from the Kenduskeag Stream in downtown Bangor.

The body was spotted about 9:45 a.m. near Central Street. The death, which is not considered suspicious, is being investigated by police and the state Medical Examiner’s Office.

Police withheld the victim’s name pending notification of her family.

Bangor police to raise funds for Special Olympics Maine

Bangor police will raise money for the Special Olympics by helping serve customers at a local Applebee’s restaurant.

On Friday, the officers will participate in the Tip-A-Cop event at the Hogan Road Applebee’s that is part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. From 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., officers will assist restaurant staff by serving food and drinks and clearing tables.

All of the money raised will benefit Special Olympics Maine.


People being urged to leave young animals in the wild

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is urging people who find young animals in the wild to leave them there.

The phrase “If You Care, Leave Them There” is aimed at fawns, robins, raccoons, moose calves and other young wildlife.

Department spokeswoman Deborah Turcotte said people often stumble upon young animals and mistake them for being abandoned. She said the animals are most likely waiting for adults to return with food.

Turcotte said that if people believe an animal is abandoned, they should call a fish and game state biologist.


No cause determined yet for fire that damaged home

A home at 96 Essex St. was damaged by a slow, smoky fire Sunday evening.

Portland Fire Department Chief David Jackson said no one was home at the single-family residence when a neighbor noticed smoke coming from the building about 6:30 p.m. It took about an hour for firefighters to put out the fire.

Jackson said the fire damaged the kitchen floor and a few wall partitions. He said it appeared the fire had been burning for some time. The cause has not yet been determined.


Boy, father at Maine Med after their vehicle rolls over

Police in Alton say a 2-year-old boy and his father are recovering from injuries suffered when the vehicle they were riding in rolled over at least four times on the Henry Wilson Highway.

Police said the boy and his father, 25-year-old Charles Bacon of West Ossipee, were taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland after the crash about 7 a.m. Sunday.

WMUR-TV said Bacon was listed Monday in serious condition and the child was in satisfactory condition.