Crews work into night to repair broken water main

About 20 customers lost water service Monday after a water main was broken around noon in the vicinity of 148 Pickett St.

A spokeswoman for the Portland Water District said crews hoped to finish repairs by Tuesday morning but the work was going slowly after they encountered several underground obstacles that included concrete and utility lines.

“We expect to be there well into the evening and possibly into Tuesday morning,” Michelle Clements, a spokeswoman for the water district, said Monday night.

Clements said one of the largest customers to lose water was Joe’s Boathouse, a restaurant at Port Harbor Marina.

Owner Joe Loring said he had to shut down Monday after serving lunch. He said it would be impossible to serve meals without water to wash dishes and operate restrooms. Loring said he hopes to reopen for Tuesday lunch.

The break occurred near the intersection of Pickett Street and Broadway. It did not affect nearby Southern Maine Community College.


Woman shot at her husband as she held baby, police say

A Scarborough woman is charged with shooting at her husband while holding their 6-month-old baby.
Angela Haddad, 34, was charged with aggravated reckless conduct and endangering the welfare of a child after she allegedly fired a .357 round at her husband with a revolver shortly before midnight Saturday, according to police.

The bullet hit only a wall in a rental unit at the West Oak Apartment Complex.

Police said Haddad had an argument with her husband, whose name was not released. She told police she wanted to kill her husband, according to a news release posted on the police department’s Facebook page.

In addition to charges related to the shooting, Haddad was charged with violation of bail conditions. She remains in custody in the Cumberland County Jail.


Prostitution probe results in three arrests, one warrant

Police announced Monday that they have charged two women with engaging in prostitution.
Allison Soucier, 42, and Krystal Harmon, 28, both of Old Orchard Beach, were arrested on charges of engaging in prostitution in separate incidents investigated by the department’s Special Enforcement Team, according to Chief Dana Kelley.

Soucier and Harmon are scheduled for arraignment in Biddeford District Court on Dec. 12.
Scott Pipher, 34, of Portsmouth, N.H., was arrested and charged with engaging a prostitute. He is scheduled to appear in Biddeford District Court on Jan. 30.

In conjunction with the investigation, police issued an arrest warrant for Nicole Butler, 30, of Old Orchard Beach for unlawful possession of heroin and possession of hypodermic apparatus.
Police said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.


Police conclude that deaths were murder-double suicide

State police say the deaths of a man, his estranged wife and his friend were a murder-double suicide, and that the husband underwent a mental health evaluation two days before the violence occurred.

Authorities previously said Scott Reed, 43, stabbed his wife, Danielle, 39, then shot himself. Their bodies were found in their Alton home on Nov. 19, along with that of Daniel Young, 41, of Bradley.

State police spokesman Stephen McCausland told the Bangor Daily News on Sunday that investigators have determined Young shot himself. He says Young and Scott Reed had made a suicide pact.

McCausland says Reed was sent to a hospital for the mental health evaluation on Nov. 17 after damaging his wife’s car and telling police he was suicidal. But he was released later that day.


Man gets 10 years in prison for sex abuse of two teens

A Jay man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing two teenage girls.

Joshua Welch was also sentenced last week to six years of probation after pleading guilty in October to 10 counts of unlawful sexual contact with the girls, who were under age 16. The state dismissed a gross sexual assault charge as part of a plea agreement.

Prosecutors say the abuse occurred  from Jan. 1, 2007, to Aug. 15, 2011.

The Sun Journal reported that one victim told the court she doesn’t think she will recover from what was done to her.

A lawyer for Welch, 32, says his client took responsibility so the victims would not have to testify in court. Welch apologized in court.


Report identifies 145 species of spiders around Katahdin

The Maine Forest Service has put out a new report on the spiders that can be found on and around Mount Katahdin – all 145 species of them.

The new 30-page report is based on work done by scientists from Maine and Canada who have studied the spiders at Katahdin, Maine’s tallest mountain and the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. It’s the first time there’s been a publication providing a checklist of Katahdin’s spiders.

It includes five species that were previously unidentified. None of the 145 species is poisonous.

Registration starts Saturday for 48 Allagash campsites

The registration period begins soon for Allagash Wilderness Waterway campgrounds in northern Maine.

Registration will open at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Chamberlain Bridge ranger station.

The Allagash Wilderness Waterway is providing winter campgrounds at Chamberlain Bridge and Kellogg Brook in the preserve, a 92-mile-long ribbon of rivers, streams, lakes and ponds that winds through northern Maine’s forests.

The 48 campsites available at Chamberlain Bridge and Kellogg Brook will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis until the campground capacity is reached, which could occur as early as noon on opening day. The sites are popular with ice fishermen.

Rental fees plus meal and lodging tax are charged.


Windows of 15 businesses damaged by pellet shots

Police are assessing damage to windows at more than a dozen businesses apparently struck by shots from a BB or pellet gun.

Police said Monday morning that somebody indiscriminately shot through the front windows of 15 downtown businesses Sunday night.

Officials later said it appears that most if not all the damage found overnight was old, unreported damage.

Authorities say a pawn shop owner discovered BB or pellet shot damage Sunday when police responded to an alarm at the store. Based on that information, the responding officer took note of similar damage at other businesses and reported it.


Police looking for vehicle involved in head-on crash

Police are looking for the second vehicle involved in a crash in Lebanon that injured a woman and three children.

Rescue officials who arrived at the scene of the crash on Saturday night found a Jeep SUV with severe front-end damage. Investigators say the driver told them she was involved in a head-on crash and the other vehicle immediately drove away from the scene.

The Jeep’s driver, a 31-year-old Farmington woman, was taken to the hospital with injuries not considered life threatening.

Three children in the car were treated at the scene for minor injuries.