UMaine computer server was breached by hackers

The University of Maine says a computer server has been breached by hackers, potentially exposing personal information of people who made purchases through campus-based computer stores at UMaine and the University of Arkansas.

Police are analyzing the breach, but early estimates are that up to 1,007 online-only transaction records from the University of Arkansas with name and partial credit cards were on the server.

At UMaine, as many as 435 credit card numbers and 1,175 Social Security numbers were on the server. It’s unclear whether any of the data was compromised by the hackers.

The compromised server supported only online sales of campus computer stores. The system has no connection with any other UMaine computer systems containing student or university data.


Middle school bomb threat leads to charges against boy

The third bomb threat at Bath Middle School this school year has led to charges against a seventh-grader.

Police said the 13-year-old Phippsburg boy was charged with terrorizing after a threat was discovered on a partition in a boys’ bathroom Monday.

Police quickly determined the threat was unfounded and did not evacuate the building.

The Times Record reported that the boy was released to his parents and is scheduled to appear in juvenile court on July 2.

In separate incidents in February, a 12-year-old sixth-grade girl and a 14-year-old eighth-grade girl were charged with terrorizing after allegedly writing threats on a girls bathroom wall at the school.


Local officials order woman to stop feeding sea gulls

A Rockland woman has been told to stop feeding sea gulls and clean up her property after neighbors complained about the amount of waste the birds were leaving behind.

Susie Gray, 62, was issued two violation notices Wednesday by city officials who said the bird poop is a health hazard and a public nuisance.

Gray’s neighbors say they can’t enjoy the outdoors because of the large volume of bird droppings around their homes.

Gray told the Bangor Daily News the neighbors’ complaints are nonsense. She said most of the bird waste is on her property and she has cut the feedings down from three or four times per day to once per day.

She said two restaurants and a supermarket in the neighborhood attract the birds.


Kora Shrine plans to host screening clinics Saturday

The Lewiston-based Kora Shrine will host screening clinics Saturday for children with orthopedic problems, burn injuries, and other medical conditions.

The screenings will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at 10 locations across the state. Children will be evaluated for possible referral to the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Boston or Springfield, Mass.

Barry Gates, Kora’s potentate, said Thursday that doctors will evaluate children with orthopedic injuries and deformities, skin conditions, burn injuries and cleft palate issues. Gates said the Shriners Hospitals help children whose parents might not otherwise be able to afford the medical care.

“We support the hospitals so we can help kids who need us, and we do it at no cost to the families,” Gates said. “It’s a big deal for us to be able to take a child with some kind of health issue and (help) improve their life.”

The cost of the medical screening is free.

For more information and a list of Saturday’s clinics, go to the Shriner’s website, www.korashriners.org.


Boy lost on fishing trip found safe by rescuers

The Maine Warden Service says an 8-year-old boy who got separated from his father during a fishing trip was found unharmed.

Authorities said Adam Bennoch of Bucksport was fishing with his father, Jeremy Bennoch, in Waldo County along Hawes Stream on Wednesday. The two became separated sometime Wednesday night.

Game wardens used canoes to search the stream and fire department members searched along the bank. A search dog team found Adam on the south side of the stream in a remote area about 1:30 a.m. Thursday. Prospect firefighters helped him out of the woods.

Lt. Kevin Adam of the warden service said mild weather and search crews armed with GPS units helped the rescue efforts.