New Hampshire woman faces charges of stealing

A 55-year-old New Hampshire woman faces charges of stealing more than $29,000 from a Maine business where she worked as a bookkeeper.

Deborah Sterry of Portsmouth is charged with stealing from Carl’s Meat Market and Golden Harvest in Kittery.

Foster’s Daily Democrat reported that Sterry is accused of taking the money during a three-month period beginning in February. She is charged with theft by unauthorized taking.

Suspicious package checked in Trading Post parking lot

A portion of the Kittery Trading Post parking lot was cordoned off Saturday morning after a report of a suspicious package.

Kittery police said a witness reported an unidentified male had placed a briefcase upright in the parking lot about 9:25 a.m. before driving off.

Maine State Police brought in a bomb-sniffing dog whose response was negative for the presence of explosives.

The briefcase was found to be empty. No one was hurt.


Two-vehicle crash claims life of 80-year-old local woman

An 80-year-old Falmouth woman was killed in a two-car crash Saturday.

Police said Glenice Hutchins was a passenger in one of the vehicles that crashed about 9:10 a.m. at the intersection of Route 1 and Johnson Road. She was pronounced dead at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

The identities of the two drivers were not released. It was the second traffic fatality in Falmouth in two days.

Early Friday morning 22-year-old Casey Green of Cumberland was killed in a single-car crash on Gray Road.


Animal control officials make room for ducklings

Seven ducklings are safe – and clean – after their rescue from a city sewer.

Officials say a mother duck waddled across a sewer grate Friday morning in Lewiston, but her ducklings fell through the grate when they followed her, plopping into the sewer.

Animal Control Officer Wendell Strout couldn’t retrieve the ducklings because his net wasn’t long enough. The Sun Journal said Strout called Richard Burton, who’s known locally for rescuing cats, raccoons, skunks and other animals from tough predicaments. Burton climbed into the sewer and rescued the grimy ducklings by hand.

The mother duck ran off, but the ducklings were cleaned up and brought to a safe place, where they’ll stay until they’re ready to be set free.


Bird watchers are expected to flock to popular festival

Bird watchers were expected to be out in force for a popular birding festival in northern Maine.

Aroostook State Park in Presque Isle was holding its fourth annual birding festival Saturday. The festival offers guided bird walks, live bird displays, and presentations by wildlife biologists.

This year’s event was celebrating International Migratory Bird Day, which is devoted to connecting people to bird conservation.

The event is billed as Maine’s northern-most birding event. Aroostook State Park is known as Maine’s first state park.


Applications being accepted for District Court judgeship

Gov. Paul LePage says applications are being accepted from candidates interested in serving as a District Court judge.

LePage said his Judicial Selection Committee is accepting applications until July 9. The vacancy to be filled is the result of the retirement of District Judge Jessie Gunther.

The person selected will likely be assigned to Ellsworth District Court. As a result, applications will be considered from candidates who live within a reasonable commuting distance from Ellsworth.

The governor’s judicial appointees must be confirmed by the state Senate before they can be seated.

– From staff and news services