Police investigate crash that left one person dead

One person was killed in a single-vehicle crash near 780 East Main St. about 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Yarmouth police confirmed.

Yarmouth Communications Center Dispatcher Debby Fry said the road was closed after the accident but was later reopened.

Fry declined to provide further details, but said the department will issue a news release about the incident today.

WGME-TV reported that a truck was badly damaged in the crash, but there was no word as to how many passengers were in the truck.

A Maine State Police reconstruction team was called to assist Yarmouth


Rescue crews respond to South Bridgton Road crash

Two vehicles collided on South Bridgton Road about 8 p.m. Saturday, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said.

Rescue crews responded to the crash and the road was closed, but was later reopened.

Police declined to say if there were any injuries.


Fire department rescues two kayakers who overturned

A fire department boat rescued two kayakers who overturned in the water Saturday evening off Seapoint Beach, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Coast Guard Sector Northern New England Chief Rob Childress said Kittery police requested assistance from the Coast Guard shortly after the incident, which happened about 6 p.m.

The Coast Guard dispatched a 25-foot response boat from Portsmouth, N.H., which arrived just as the kayakers were being rescued, said Childress.

No further information was available.


Truck pulled out of the water near Cape Porpoise pier

Tow trucks pulled a pickup truck from the water near the Cape Porpoise pier about 6:45 p.m. Saturday, eyewitnesses said.

It was not immediately clear how the truck got into the water. There was no evidence the truck was occupied at the time, witnesses said.

Tom Cannon, a South Portland resident who was having dinner in Cape Porpoise, said he was among 50 or 60 onlookers watching as the truck was hauled out.

Liz Harvey, who was with Cannon, said firefighters sprayed foam onto the beach and the water. Harvey said she saw a roughly 20-foot slick of oil or gasoline on the water.

Kennebunkport Police Sgt. Mike Caiola confirmed the incident, but declined to provide further details.
Cannon said the incident happened on the eastern side of the harbor, near the Pier 77 Restaurant. He said the pickup truck was not near a boat launch ramp.

A spokesperson for the Kennebunkport Fire Department could not be reached.

The Coast Guard was not notified of the incident, said a spokesperson at the Coast Guard Sector Northern New England.


Transport museum shows off vintage motorcycles, planes

Vintage motorcycles and planes are taking center stage this weekend in Owls Head.

The Owls Head Transportation Museum’s two-day Vintage Motorcycle Meet and Antique Aeroplane Show kicked off Saturday.

During the event, the museum is showcasing its collection of motorcycles, which includes an 1868 Roper Steam Velocipede, a 1901 Steffy Motorbike, a 1919 Harley-Davidson J and a 1922 Royal Enfield.

There will also be an antique airplane show, coastal biplane rides and appearances by motorcycle riders who recently participated in races in northern Maine, where they rode at more than 190 mph.

Owners of pre-1991 motorcycles who exhibit their bikes will be admitted free of charge.


Man from Auburn wounded in early morning shooting

An Auburn man was shot early Saturday morning at a home in Lewiston

Lewiston police responded to a report of gunshots about 2 a.m., said Sgt. David St. Pierre. When they arrived at 1361 Sabattus St., they found that Wayne Powell, 33, of Auburn had been shot. He was taken to Central Maine Medical Center with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries, St. Pierre said. 

St. Pierre said police have a possible suspect but no arrest had been made.


LePage praises pilot project to train teachers in Maine

As a new school year begins in Maine, Gov. Paul LePage is praising a new federally funded teacher training program.

In his weekly radio address, LePage said teachers at 18 schools in five Maine districts are participating in professional development and are formulating new evaluation- and performance-based pay systems.

The five-year pilot project of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Incentive Fund. Also this year, teachers and administrators will set “stretch goals” for improving student achievement.

In a Democratic response to LePage’s address, Sen. Troy Jackson of Allagash said the state is marking Labor Day with many Mainers unemployed, underemployed or having difficulty making ends meet.


Liquor board planning to add new stores, renovate others

Coming off a year of record sales, the New Hampshire Liquor Commission is looking at plans to expand its retail stores, including opening one at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport this fall.

Other plans are to open or revitalize stores this year in Chesterfield, Manchester, Portsmouth, Hampton, Hooksett and Warner. There also have been discussions to open kiosks in malls during the holidays and set up a temporary store at the New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon.

The hope is for the airport store to be open by Oct. 15. People would be allowed to take their purchases on the plane.

The commission recently reported $534 million in net sales in 2010, an increase of $23 million, or 4.5 percent, from the previous year. Sales are from the state’s 76 liquor and wine outlet stores, as well as restaurants and grocery stores.

Commission Chairman Joseph Mollica attributed the success to strong advertising in New Hampshire and surrounding states, where about half of its business comes from. 

— From staff and news services