Body of man recovered after boat crash on lake

The Maine Warden Service said it has recovered the body of a 28-year-old man following a boat crash.

Authorities say Jacob Beal of Cherryfield was in a bass boat on Friday with a friend on Schoodic Lake in Washington County when it crashed, sending both men into the lake. The crash happened about 6 p.m.

Bystanders heard the cries of the friend, Jack Williams, who was not harmed. Beal never resurfaced.

Authorities conducted an all-night search in the lake, which runs between 25 and 35 feet deep. Beal’s body was recovered about 11 a.m. Saturday.

An investigation is continuing, but wardens said that alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash.


Coast Guard helicopter rescues ailing fisherman

A Coast Guard helicopter successfully retrieved a fisherman who suffered an apparent heart attack 60 miles off the Maine coast.

Lt. Nick Barrow said a helicopter was dispatched from Cape Cod on Saturday after a 32-year-old crew member of the fishing boat Diane Lynn II began suffering symptoms consistent with a heart attack. The man was conscious when he was rescued at 2:45 p.m.

Barrow said the rescue took place in rain and wind. The man was being taken to the Bangor airport, and then to a hospital.

The Diane Lynn is based out of Gloucester, Mass. Barrow said the boat was fishing off Southwest Harbor.


Woman sentenced for theft of funds from trailer sales

The Maine Attorney General said a woman has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for misappropriating funds from the sales of 17 mobile homes, most from the Brunswick Naval Air Station.

Attorney General William Schneider says 43-year-old Tammy Barker of Holden stole more than $400,000 over an 18-month period from sales of the mobile homes, which were entrusted to her on consignment from 2005 through 2006. The state alleged that she used the proceeds to gamble at Hollywood Slots.

The bulk of the transactions involved mobile homes from the air station, the proceeds of which would have been used to improve the housing for U.S. Navy sailors.


Regional ghost conference will include nighttime hunt

Talking about ghosts and hunting for them are the highlights of the first New England Ghost Conference being held in Maine.

Speakers from all over the region are scheduled for the Oct. 29 event at the Fireside Inn in Auburn.

The Sun Journal reported that among the speakers are:

Eddita Felt, a psychic and medium from Lisbon who will offer a spooky but practical guide: “Symptoms of the Haunted House or Business.”

Ian Murphy, founder of the Paranormal Research Association of Ireland, who now investigates out of Boston. His theme is “Science in the Paranormal.”

Jim LaValley, founder of North Shore Paranormal Investigations in Massachusetts, who describes himself as a “demonologist-in-training.”

The conference is hosted by Central Maine Paranormal Investigations and includes an out-in-the-field nighttime ghost hunt.


Woman who helped open bridge leads its ‘tying-off’

Nearly 85 years after she cut a silk ribbon to open the bridge between Portsmouth, N.H., and Kittery, Maine, former Portsmouth Mayor Eileen Foley led a “tying-off” ceremony to bid the bridge farewell Saturday.

The 88-year-old Memorial Bridge was closed to vehicles in July after it was determined to be unsafe.

Foley, who was 5 years old when she helped open the bridge, was on hand Saturday for a “Lift-Off” party celebrating the bridge’s history.

The event included food, music, games, bridge tours and ferry rides.


Police arrest three men connected to meth lab

Police say three men have been arrested in connection with a methamphetamine lab operation in Claremont.

WMUR-TV reported that 35-year-old Shawn Allen Simoneau and 43-year-old Chauncey Clarence Kennison were arrested after police searched an apartment in Claremont.

Further investigation led police to a dumpster and garage where 28-year-old Derrick David Hentschel was arrested.

All three were being held at the Sullivan County Jail without bail.

— From news service reports