New York man, 82, drowns while swimming off dock

The Maine Warden Service said an 82-year-old man has drowned while swimming off the end of his dock at his summer home on a lake in Rangeley.

John MacDonald of the warden service said Anthony Schulte of New York City did not surface from Cupsuptic Lake on Sunday. His wife, Elizabeth Schulte, witnessed the incident and called 911.

A boater saw Schulte in about 15 feet of water. Rescue personnel brought him to shore and started CPR on him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.


Second passenger dies as result of Saturday crash

A second passenger has died from injuries sustained when the car he was riding in struck a tree Saturday night in Belgrade.

Police said Jackson Bolduc, 20, died Sunday night. Kristin Lawler, 20, died instantly in the crash at about 11 p.m. Saturday.

A third passenger suffered serious injuries and was hospitalized.

Authorities said the driver was Lawler’s brother, 22-year-old Travis Lawler. They said he fled the scene after the crash but was caught a short time later. Police said he is a Marine stationed in North Carolina who was home on leave. Troopers said he is expected to face charges.

The crash remains under investigation, but state police said high speed and alcohol are factors.


Shipyard probes small fire near burned nuclear sub

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is investigating what caused a small fire outside a nuclear-powered submarine that was severely damaged by another blaze last month.

The fire was reported about 7 p.m. Saturday in the dry dock where the USS Miami is, the shipyard said.

A shipyard employee doused the fire with a portable extinguisher before the shipyard’s fire department arrived, and the ship’s reactor was never in danger, officials said.

The latest fire was reported less than four weeks after a May 23 fire heavily damaged the submarine while it was in dry dock.

The Navy has estimated repair costs at $400 million. The fire started when an industrial vacuum cleaner sucked up a heat source that ignited debris inside the vacuum.


Downeast Fisheries Trail to launch officially Thursday

The maritime heritage of eastern Maine will be celebrated at 45 locations in Hancock and Washington counties that are part of a new interpretive educational initiative.

The Downeast Fisheries Trail will be launched officially on Thursday at the picnic pavilion in Cobscook Bay State Park in Edmunds Township.

The trail includes locations from the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport to Campobello International Park in New Brunswick. In between are museums and historical societies, conservation areas, views of active fishing harbors, and points of historic interest.


Homeless man charged with elevated aggravated assault in stabbing

A Portland man faces felony charges after allegedly stabbing another man in the abdomen and chest during a fight over the weekend.

Jeremiah Schaffner, 21, turned himself in to Portland police Sunday and was charged with elevated aggravated assault.

Police said Schaffner got into a fight with Shawn Buck, 35, early Saturday. Both men are homeless and the incident happened in the woods along West Commercial Street.

Buck underwent surgery at Maine Medical Center where he is in satisfactory condition.

Schaffner is being held on $50,000 bail at the Cumberland County Jail pending a court appearance.

Police ask that anyone with information about the case call police at 874-8533.


Police use stun gun on armed man, ending 90-minute standoff

A 90-minute standoff with a 21-year-old man in Mechanic Falls has ended with no one seriously hurt.

Police said they used a stun gun to subdue the suspect just after midnight Monday.

Chief Jeff Goss told the Sun Journal that the man was armed and threatened to kill his girlfriend at his home before he was subdued by officers when he came outside.

His name was not immediately made public.

The standoff started about 10:30 p.m. when someone called police and hung up.

Family members met officers when they arrived at the scene and said the man was inside, armed and drunk.

The man was taken to a hospital for a psychological evaluation. Goss said he expected charges to be filed after the evaluation.


Republican state senator quits District 21 contest

State Sen. Earle McCormick, R-West Gardiner, has dropped out of the race in Senate District 21.

McCormick said after 10 years in the Legislature — four in the House and six in the Senate — it’s time to do something else.

He informed the secretary of state, he said.

McCormick said local Republicans will hold a caucus in the coming weeks to select a new nominee.

Last week, Democrats chose former lawmaker and former Hallowell Mayor David Bustin as their nominee for the race.

The district covers Chelsea, Farmingdale, Gardiner, Hallowell, Litchfield, Manchester, Monmouth, Pittston, Randolph, West Gardiner and Winthrop.

Ballot recount scheduled in House primary race

Maine election officials have scheduled a ballot recount in a state House primary race that was decided by two votes.

Officials said a recount will be held Tuesday for the House District 47 Republican primary, which covers Rockland and part of Owls Head.

Unofficial results from last Tuesday’s primary showed Gordon Mank Jr. with 165 votes and James Raye with 163 votes.

The recount will take place at the Maine Department of Public Safety. Representatives for each candidate and staff members from the secretary of state’s office will manually review each ballot to determine if the initial tabulation was correct.

Maine State Museum expanding Sunday hours

The Maine State Museum in Augusta is expanding its Sunday hours.

From June 24 through Nov. 25, the museum’s hours will be from 1 to 4 p.m.

Saturday hours will continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., along with regular weekday hours Tuesday through Friday from 9 to 5. The museum will be closed on Mondays and all state holidays.

The museum’s featured new exhibition, “Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives,” is about the mixed-race community that was evicted by the state in 1912 from the island, just off the coast of Phippsburg.

During July and August, the museum will show a special exhibit marking the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts.