Police arrest three people on drug-trafficking charges

Authorities charged three people from New York with selling crack cocaine and oxycodone in Lewiston.

Drug agents and police arrested the three late Thursday.

Jailed in Androscoggin County are Delilia Perez, 24, and Curtis Garner, 32, both of New York City, and Dominique Liggins, 20, of Utica. Each was charged with two counts of drug trafficking.

Police found the three in a car with crack cocaine with a street value of $10,000, pills with a street value of $9,300 and more than $3,500 in cash. They also had nine cellphones.

The three are being held in lieu of $25,000 bail each and are expected in court Monday.


Medical problem suspected in fatal one-car accident

State police say a Millinocket woman died after her car veered off Interstate 95 and hit a tree.

Investigators say Elizabeth Gould, 56, may have had some kind of medical problem just before her SUV crashed near mile marker 238, about six miles south of Millinocket, late Thursday afternoon.

There was no indication that Gould tried to apply her brakes before the crash.

Witnesses said the car caught fire after the accident. Three truck drivers, who were the first to arrive on the scene, used fire extinguishers from their rigs to put out the flames, but the woman was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital.


Collins to meet leaders, give speeches in Jordan, Turkey

Sen. Susan Collins left Friday for a three-day trip to Jordan and Turkey.

The Maine Republican will attend the World Economic Forum in Jordan, where she was invited to address the forum on the role of women’s political and economic equality in the democracy movement happening in a number of Arab countries, according to Collins’ office.

Collins also will meet with leaders from the region, including King Abdullah II of Jordan and the leaders of Pakistan, the Palestinian Authority and the Libyan National Transitional Council, her office said.

The congressional trip is being made in Collins’ capacity as the top Republican on the Senate’s Homeland Security Committee and an Armed Services Committee member.

In Turkey, Collins will deliver a speech at Bahcesehir University on Turkish-American relations, “where she will urge improved relations with Israel and encourage additional progress on political and economic reforms as Turkey is increasingly held up as a model for the countries of the Arab Spring,” said the release from Collins’ office.


Governor invites Mainers to donate to food drive

Gov. Paul LePage is opening up the Blaine House for a food drive that he hopes will ensure that needy Mainers have enough food on the table.

The food drive gets started today and will continue for the next two Saturdays.

Spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett said people who drop off nonperishable food items between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. will be able to chat with LePage and his wife and get a tour of the Blaine House.

Bennett said the food drive is part of an effort to keep food pantries stocked during difficult economic times.

She says many programs are available to help Mainers, but the governor also wants people to “get back to the mantra of neighbors helping neighbors.”

Female veterans honored in governor’s mansion event

Female veterans from World War II through current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been honored at the governor’s mansion.

One hundred veterans were given personal letters and silver commemorative coins during Thursday’s ceremony. The coins bear the image of a bronze plaque honoring Maine’s female veterans that hangs in the State House Hall of Flags.

First Lady Ann LePage and state Rep. Linda Valentino, D-Saco, led the event.

Valentino helped lead the effort to honor Maine women veterans with the State House plaque earlier this year.

There are 10,000 Maine women veterans, but no recorded list.