Portland man, 27, killed in Spaulding Turnpike accident

A Portland man died early Saturday in a one-car accident, New Hampshire State Police said.

The accident was reported shortly before 2 a.m., police said. Troopers said that when they arrived at the scene on the Spaulding Turnpike in Milton, they found that a car headed north had gone off the road and hit a tree.

They said the driver was Damian Eagan, 27, of Portland.

There were no passengers in Eagan’s car, police said, and no one else was injured in the accident.


Telephone scam targeting Maine’s small businesses

Central Maine Power says a telephone scam aimed at taking money from small businesses in southern Maine is continuing.

The utility said customers report getting a call, and sometimes personal visits, from a man named “Carlos” who tells the businesses that they must deposit cash or a money order into an account to avoid an immediate service disconnection.

CMP officials said they’ve reported the scam calls to the police and the Maine Attorney General’s Office. They said anyone who receives such calls should report them to police.

CMP urged customers to confirm the authenticity of any call for payment on their utility accounts, and report suspicious calls to the local police.


Lobstermen start engines for weekend boat races

Maine lobstermen are gunning their engines this weekend for two days of lobster boat races.

Races were being held Saturday in Winter Harbor, followed by a separate set of races Sunday in Pemaquid.

Fishermen each year race their boats in a series of races during the summer for bragging rights and cash prizes.

Two more race dates are scheduled this summer after this weekend.

Portland will host races next Sunday, while Eastport will have a single lobster boat race during its Pirate Festival on Sept. 9.


Mobile home blaze leaves homeowner hospitalized

The Maine Fire Marshal’s Office is looking into a mobile home fire in Stockton Springs.

Crews responded to the fire about 8:40 a.m. Saturday. Fire Chief Harry Patterson said the homeowner made it through a window and was hospitalized with injuries.

The fire was out by 11 a.m.


Fifth Curious George event under way this weekend

The 5th annual Curious George Cottage Family Festival is this weekend at New Hampshire’s Waterville Valley and features the mischievous money and the Man in the Yellow Hat.

The two-day festival includes a banana pancake breakfast, nature walk, music and planetarium shows.

It’s put on by the Margaret and H.A. Ray Center, named for the authors of the Curious George books who spent their summers in Waterville Valley.


Public meetings scheduled on future of rail service

Federal officials will host a series of public meetings in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and elsewhere to craft plans for future passenger rail investments in the Northeast Corridor.

The Federal Railroad Administration said the meetings are opportunities for the public to contribute their thoughts on alternatives for future Northeast Corridor rail service.

The meetings will enable people living along the route to learn more about the so-called Northeast Corridor FUTURE.

The first of nine meetings will be held in Boston on Monday; followed by New Haven, Conn., on Tuesday; and end in Providence, R.I., on Aug. 22.

— From staff and news services