Vermont Shriner injured when go-kart hits trailer

Police say a Shriner from Vermont suffered a head injury when he crashed while testing a small go-kart before a parade in Bangor.

Shriners from across the Northeast gathered Saturday in Bangor at the civic center for the final day of the three-day event. The parade continued despite the accident.

The Bangor Daily News said the injured Shriner was part of the Cairo Shriners of Rutland, Vt.

Police say the go-kart crashed into a flatbed trailer in a bank parking lot. The victim, who wasn’t identified, was not wearing a helmet.

Last October, a Shriner from Maine died after his go-kart overturned during a stunt at the Damariscotta Pumpkin Fest Parade in Newcastle. Investigators blamed a mechanical failure.


Woman who baby-sat six while drunk is found dead

Police say foul play isn’t suspected in the death of a New Hampshire woman who was charged last year after baby-sitting six children while intoxicated.

Police are awaiting toxicology reports to determine the cause of death of 31-year-old Julie Reid of Exeter, who was found in her apartment on Sept. 4.

The Portsmouth Herald reported that Reid received a suspended sentence for reckless conduct for the incident in which she was intoxicated while caring for six children between 3 and 12 years old.

Police say she ran into more legal trouble last month when she allegedly stole a bike and gave a false name to police.


Woman makes pit stop at racetrack to give birth

Officials say a pregnant woman en route to the hospital made a speedy delivery during a hasty pit stop at  New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The track’s spokeswoman, Kristen Costa, said the father-to-be ran inside asking her to call 911 on Friday. Director of Operations Tom Blanchette, who worked 20 years as an emergency medical technician, hurried to respond and found the baby had already arrived in the backseat.


Volunteer coastal cleanup continues through Sept. 22

Thousands of volunteers will clear trash and debris away from Maine’s beaches and waterways in one of the state’s largest volunteer conservation events.

The Maine Coastal Program said Coastweek 2012 kicked off Saturday and continues through Sept. 22. The Maine efforts run in tandem with the International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy.

Last year, more than 2,300 Maine volunteers cleared 109 miles of beaches and coastal waterways of an estimated 19,082 pounds of trash, an average of 175 pounds per mile.

The International Coastal Cleanup had nearly 600,000 volunteers who picked up more than 9 million pounds of trash along 20,000 miles of coastline worldwide.


Franklin drops legal battle over sex-offender ordinance

The city of Franklin is abandoning its legal fight over an ordinance barring sex offenders from living within 2,500 feet of schools and playgrounds.

Mayor Ken Merrifield said the city decided to drop its legal fight in advance of Supreme Court arguments that were set for the coming week.

Merrifield told the Concord Monitor that the town had filed an appeal to keep its options open after a Superior Court judge struck down the law as unconstitutional.

He said the city will try to find other ways to keep sex offenders from living near where kids congregate.

— From news service reports