Wells man dies from injuries after being ejected from car

A 22-year-old Wells man died following a single-car crash Friday night on Perry Oliver Road.

Local police said Nathan Spring was ejected from his two-door Toyota Scion when it hit a tree and a utility pole shortly before 11 p.m. He was taken to Maine Medical Center, where he died.

Police said the vehicle was traveling south at high speed. Spring was not wearing a seat belt, they said.

The crash occurred about a half-mile from Spring’s home.

Police are investigating the accident.


Police seize drugs, weapons from High Street apartment

Police seized cocaine, marijuana, two guns and ammunition after serving a search warrant on High Street on Saturday afternoon.

The Portland Police Crime Suppression Unit and Maine Drug Enforcement agents got the search warrant for 40 High St., Apartment 1, after patrol units responding to a call about a suicidal person saw weapons and drugs in the apartment.

Police seized a half-ounce of powder cocaine, a pound of marijuana, a handgun, a shotgun and ammunition.

Police said the name of a suspect is being withheld until the case is presented to a grand jury.


Canadian woman sentenced on drug and gun charges

A federal judge has sentenced a 23-year-old Canadian woman to 18 months in prison on weapons and drug charges.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Janaya Crawley of Nova Scotia was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Bangor on charges of being a drug addict in possession of a firearm and possessing a controlled substance.

Crawley was arrested in March as a passenger in a car attempting to cross from Canada into Calais.

A border officer found a loaded handgun in Crawley’s purse and 344 Ecstasy pills in her possession and in the vehicle.

At the time of their arrests, Crawley and the driver said they mistakenly arrived at the Calais border crossing after taking a wrong turn on their way to Toronto.


Four southeastern N.H. banks robbed in less than a week

Police are searching for a suspect in the fourth bank robbery in southeastern New Hampshire in less than a week.

Police said a man armed with a knife robbed the Profile Bank on Route 108 in Somersworth shortly before 3 p.m. Friday.

The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of money and drove off in a car with Maine license plates.

A bank in Portsmouth was robbed Friday for the second time in less than a week, and a bank in Newington was robbed Wednesday.

Officials say they haven’t determined if any of the robberies are connected.


LePage again opens mansion for food drive for homeless

Gov. Paul LePage opened up the governor’s mansion for the third Saturday in a row to help people in need put food on their tables for the holidays.

The governor invited the public to tour the Blaine House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in exchange for nonperishable food items that will be donated to local homeless shelters.

Visitors were offered coffee and treats and were able to meet the governor and his wife.

Mortgage firm ordered to stop accepting Maine applications

Maine regulators have ordered Texas-based Allied Home Mortgage Corp. to stop accepting new mortgage applications from Maine consumers and to transfer pending applications to other lenders.

The Bureau of Consumer Credit Corp. issued the order after federal agencies suspended Allied’s ability to originate or underwrite mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration.

The bureau said Allied had a branch in Scarborough that closed last week.


Pilot walks away uninjured after upside-down landing

Officials say a pilot walked away uninjured after he lost control of his single-engine plane and it landed upside down at a small airfield.

The Federal Aviation Administration told WMUR-TV the incident occurred Saturday morning at the Mount Washington Regional Airport.

Officials said the pilot was practicing touch-and-go takeoffs and landings when the plane was hit by a gust of wind. It landed upside down in a swampy area near the runway.


Wreck found off Cape Cod said to be from 1952 storm

Local shipwreck enthusiasts have uncovered what they believe is a section of a tanker that split in half off Cape Cod nearly 60 years ago.

The Pendleton sank in a 1952 winter storm, killing eight.

The ship’s stern section sank, while the bow grounded and was towed to shore for scrap. But the Cape Cod Times reported that a piece of the bow may have been found.

The paper said that after shipwreck enthusiast Chuck Carey spotted the 100-by-170-foot section with sonar, he and other divers confirmed it was from the Pendleton. One theory is the piece broke off during towing.

The tanker isn’t as famous for the wreck as the rescue, in which four Coast Guardsmen braved 60-foot seas in a 36-foot motor lifeboat to save 32 of the ship’s crew.


Bridge repair in Connecticut shuts down Amtrak service

Amtrak’s Northeast Regional service between Boston and New York won’t be running for several hours this weekend because of a construction upgrade.

The passenger rail service isn’t running trains on that route between 4 p.m. Saturday through noon today while two century-old spans are replaced on the East/West Harbor Bridge in Stonington, Conn.

Amtrak says no alternate transportation is being provided and passengers are urged to take earlier or later trains, or book with private bus services.

Local commuter services and Amtrak’s shuttle between New Haven, Conn., and Springfield, Mass., aren’t affected.

The $22.1 million project has been under way for more than two years.