Woman tries to descend with rope of sheets, falls

A woman is recovering from injuries after she fell from her fourth-floor window while trying to climb down a rope made of bed sheets. Firefighters were called to Sunset Towers at 941 Main St. at 8:22 a.m. for a report of a woman who had been injured in a fall onto the roof over the building’s entryway.

Rescue workers found that the woman, who is in her 50s, had tied a series of bed sheets together and lowered them to within a few feet of the flat entryway rooftop, said Capt. Brian Smith.

However, as she tried to climb down, she apparently lost her grip and fell about 25 feet.

Firefighters used the aerial ladder to rescue her from the building and then took her to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

It was unclear why she decided to climb down outside the building.


Local lieutenant named police chief for Sabattus

Portland police Lt. Tony Ward has been named the new police chief for Sabattus, and his hiring will be voted on by the board of selectmen Tuesday.

Ward, a 26-year veteran of the Portland police, is currently in charge of internal affairs and has been the chief’s adjutant.

“We narrowed a field of 56 initial applicants from all over the country,” Sabattus Town Manager Andrew Gilmore said. “The top field of candidates we invited for an interview comprised a very impressive group of talented, experienced law enforcement professionals. It was clear to everyone on that initial interviewing panel that Anthony Ward was at the top of a very talented field of candidates.”

Ward will be paid $55,000 to lead a department of one lieutenant, four patrol officers and a dispatch department for a town of 5,000.

City gets 79 applications for chief of police position

By late Friday afternoon, the city had received 79 applications from candidates for the city’s police chief post.

Friday was the deadline for applications to replace former Chief James Craig, who left in August to become chief in Cincinnati.

Starting next week, a panel of city staff will review the applications, narrowing the list to a group of finalists.

PSO ‘Spooktacular’ sells out for Sunday at Merrill

The Portland Symphony Orchestra family-friendly “Discovery” concert “Symphony Spooktacular” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday is sold out. The concert is taking place at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland.


Woman injured in accident after swerving to miss spill

A woman was injured when she swerved to avoid a load of spilled insulation on the Maine Turnpike in Saco and crashed into a tractor-trailer truck hauling shellfish.

Lacee Delorey, 34, of South Portland was driving north in a Chevrolet Cobalt at 9:45 a.m. when she came upon a large bundle of fiberglass insulation in the left lane, said Trooper Duane Doughty. She swerved to avoid it and crashed into a JP’s Shellfish truck and then into the median guardrail.

Delorey was taken to Maine Medical Center with leg and hand injuries, he said.

The fiberglass had fallen off a Lowe’s flatbed. The driver, Brian Prue, 41, of Springvale, had returned to the scene after he realized the fiberglass had fallen off, and was cited for failure to secure his load, Doughty said.


Megabucks ticket worth $2.6 million sold at store

A $2.6 million lottery ticket has been sold in Maine.

The Maine State Lottery said the winning ticket for Wednesday’s Tri-State Megabucks Plus drawing was sold at Polly’s Variety in Oxford.


Wells mother is finedfor leaving baby in hot car

A Wells, Maine, woman has pleaded guilty to a child endangerment charge after police say she left her 6-month-old baby in a hot car during the summer while she went shopping in Portsmouth.

The Portsmouth Herald  reported that 32-year-old Renee Ramsey was fined $1,200, with $800 suspended pending one year of good behavior. She also was ordered to attend parenting classes.

Police said an officer broke one of the car windows to remove the baby Aug. 6. The child was later released to a relative.


Police: Teen on bath salts caused damage at hospital

Police said a 19-year-old man being treated for drug abuse caused about $30,000 worth of damage when he went on a rampage at Pen Bay Medical Center.

Rockport police said the teen had used “bath salts,” a synthetic stimulant that’s been linked to disorientation, extreme paranoia and violent episodes.

Officer Wesley Butler said the teen was quickly restrained Thursday night and was treated for cuts and bruises to his arms.

– From staff and news services

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