Winslow motorist killed when car runs into tree

A young Winslow man died late Friday after the car he was driving struck a tree on South Pond Road, police said.

Daniel Clark, 19, was driving a 2003 Nissan 350Z when it crashed about a half-mile from his home, Officer Damon Lefferts said.

The accident was reported at 11:40 p.m., and Clark was alone in the car, Lefferts said.

Police had not determined how fast Clark was going when the car left the road.

Clark was a 2011 graduate of Mid-Maine Adult Community Education. He also attended Winslow High School, where he played hockey.


Family members gather to remember fallen officer

A Rumford police officer who was fatally shot by a Maine warden is being remembered as a family man with a good sense of humor whose childhood goal was to join the police force.

Eric Richard was shot three times Thursday in an armed confrontation with Warden Jeremy Judd. At the time, Maine State Police troopers and wardens were helping Rumford police search a wooded area for Richard, who was armed and had been reported as despondent.

Judd is on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

Family members gathered Friday at Richard’s parents’ home in Peru to share their memories.

Richard’s cousin, Michelle De Roche-Johnson, told the Sun Journal that Richard was respected for his work with the Rumford police and through his other personal interests, including sports and music.


Maine lobsterman honored by East Coast fishery panel

A longtime Maine lobsterman has been honored with the highest annual award given by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

The commission last week presented the Capt. David D. Hart Award to Patten White, a lobsterman from York. The award was presented at the commission’s annual meeting in Boston.

White is a lifelong lobsterman who has served on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission for more than 15 years.

He has also served as executive director of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association and on other boards and associations working on lobster management issues.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission oversees fishery management issues for 15 East Coast states from Maine to Florida.


Snowmaking is under way for Sugarloaf ski resort

Snowmaking is under way at Sugarloaf ski resort.

Officials at the Carrabassett Valley ski area said more than 40 snow guns were going Friday as temperatures dropped into the mid-20s.

Snowmaking operations are expected to continue when the temperatures are favorable ahead of the mountain’s scheduled opening Friday.

Sugarloaf said it has spent more than $4.3 million during the offseason on upgrades that include more than 100 acres of new ski terrain and a new chairlift.

The lift replaces the Spillway chairlifts, where an equipment failure in December caused several chairs to fall to the ground, injuring eight people.


Gambling board to discuss new casino games in Bangor

Hollywood Slots’ expansion into casino table games will likely come up for discussion when Maine’s Gambling Control Board meets this week.

Voters in Penobscot County approved a referendum last Tuesday allowing Hollywood Slots in Bangor to begin offering blackjack and other table games.

The casino has had slot machines since its opening six years ago, but table games have been illegal.

Now that voters have given their approval, Hollywood Slots hopes to add 14 table games – including blackjack, craps, roulette and poker – next spring.

Officials said the Gambling Control Board will probably discuss the matter at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday in Augusta.

Governor uses radio address to pay tribute to veterans

Gov. Paul LePage paid tribute to veterans in his weekly radio address Saturday, saying Maine has one of the highest numbers of veterans per capita of any state.

He said the biggest national debt of all is the debt that America owes to its veterans.

LePage said Mainers can show their support by saying thank you to a veteran, hiring a veteran in the workplace, visiting a Veterans Administration hospital or donating to a veterans program.