Man hit by concrete truck outside Redi Mix plant dies

Police say a worker died Friday morning after being hit by a concrete truck in Berwick.

The man, 55, was struck outside the Seacoast Redi Mix Plant, police said. Emergency workers were unable to revive him; his identity wasn’t immediately released pending notification of relatives.

Police said witnesses saw the incident. Both police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.


Westbrook man guilty in Molotov cocktail case

A Westbrook man accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail at a home pleaded guilty in federal court Friday.

Brian York, 21, entered the plea for a charge of possessing an unregistered destructive device. He is to be sentenced on Dec. 5.

York was with three other people when the Molotov cocktail was thrown onto the porch of a house on East Valentine Street on Jan. 26, 2011, according to a court document filed by the government. The incident was part of an ongoing feud, according to the document.

The device was made with a liquor bottle, gasoline and a tube sock. Westbrook police turned it over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for analysis.


Escort service owner pleads not guilty to extortion charge

A Windham escort service owner accused of trying to extort from a longtime client pleaded not guilty in the case Friday.

Nicholas Enfanto, of Saugus, Mass., entered the not-guilty plea during his arraignment in federal court on a charge of sending interstate communications with intent to extort.

Enfanto, the owner of Enfanto’s Perfect Pleasure Escort Service, accused a client of contacting escorts directly and therefore owing him more than $100,000 for lost business, according to an FBI affidavit.

Enfanto threatened to shoot the client, identified as “J.D.,” if he did not pay, according to the document.

The client agreed to pay $250 a week, but Enfanto increased the amount to $400, the affidavit stated. J.D. reported the situation to Falmouth police when the threats escalated, according to the document.


Bomb squad removes grenade from beach

The Maine State Police bomb squad has removed a grenade found on a state beach.

Officials say authorities were alerted after the grenade was found on a Lamoine beach. Police said no one was in danger.

WABI-TV said someone noticed the grenade Thursday and that members of the State Police bomb squad removed the unexploded grenade and firing pin Friday afternoon.

The station says no one seems to know how the grenade ended up on the beach.


Two hurt in campground fight; father, son arrested

A father and son from Massachusetts are facing charges after a fight at a campground landed two men in the hospital.

Maine State Police say 40-year-old John O’Brien and his 19-year-old son, Jonathan O’Brien, both of Billerica, Mass., were arrested Thursday and charged with aggravated assault in connection with a brawl Wednesday night at the Papoose Pond Resort and Campground in Waterford.

The two men were held at the Oxford County Jail on $50,000 cash bail each.

Police told the Sun Journal that 43-year-old William Powell of Farmington was flown to Central Maine Medical Center with serious facial injuries. He is in good condition. Forty-six-year-old Michael Chapman of Farmington was taken to Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway.

More arrests may be made.

Police did not say what sparked the fight.


Sea Hag Seafood processes first 7,500 pounds of lobster

Sea Hag Seafood Inc. opened its doors this week, marking the start-up of Maine’s newest lobster processing plant. 

The plant, which is running a crew of about 20 people, processed 3,000 pounds of lobster on Thursday and had 4,500 pounds to do Friday, according to Sea Hag President and Chief Executive Kyle Murdock.

The Tenants Harbor plant has the capacity to process 40,000 pounds per day — 4.8 million pounds in a five-month season. Eventually, the plant could have more than 100 workers. Processors get paid $8 an hour to start during a training period, and will make roughly $9.50 an hour after that.

The arrival of Sea Hag comes during a season that has seen the lowest prices paid for lobster in 30 years, and protests in Canada about the low boat prices. Maine’s Gov. Paul LePage has talked about the need to bolster processing capacity in the state rather than shipping the bulk of the business to Canada.

Seventy-five percent of the lobster catch in the United States and Canada gets processed, rather than sold live, and Canada controls more than 90 percent of the processing market, according to the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine.


Guard medic helps victim of van crash awaiting copter

A Maine National Guard medic who was first on the scene of a van crash on I-295 on Wednesday says she got to exercise her medical training.

Pfc. Lisa Bryant of Scarborough said the driver who was ejected in Bowdoinham wasn’t getting oxygen and she cleared the obstruction so he could breathe.

She told the Bangor Daily News that the man went from unconscious when she arrived to being conscious and talking by the time he was loaded onto a LifeFlight helicopter on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old University of Southern Maine student is part of the National Guard’s 133rd Engineer Battalion in Gardiner. She called the incident her first “real-world” application of her military medic training.


Weather smiling on city’s weekend-long folk festival

Good weather is predicted for the American Folk Festival, which got under way Friday, kicking off three days of music, dance and performing arts along Bangor’s waterfront.

The festival, which runs through Sunday, features 16 musical groups playing on four stages along the Penobscot River. Organizers are expecting more than 100,000 people over the three days.

This year’s performers run the gamut from western swing, blues and bluegrass, to Franco, Cajun, Irish, gospel, doo wop, and Tamburitza. The festival also includes dance, crafts, food and demonstrations.

Bangor was the host of the 64th, 65th and 66th National Folk Festivals from 2002 to 2004. In 2005, the American Folk Festival was introduced as a continuation of the festival tradition.