Man backing up a vehicle in yard hits and kills son, 5

A man who was backing up a vehicle in his yard struck and killed his 5-year-old son, authorities say.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department said Trent James was unresponsive when his father, Calvin James, took him to Calais Regional Hospital on Sunday. The boy was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Detectives said the death appears to be an accident, but the investigation is continuing.


About 300 attend funeral of murdered Glenburn teen

The 15-year-old Glenburn girl whose body was found after she had been missing for a week has been laid to rest.

WLBZ-TV reported that 300 people turned out Monday for Nichole Cable’s funeral at the Bangor Baptist Church.

The remains of the Old Town High School sophomore were found in Old Town on May 20. Police have charged Kyle Dube, 20, of Orono with her murder.

Details of the police investigation haven’t been released to the public. A state police affidavit outlining the case against Dube has been sealed at his lawyer’s request. The Associated Press and Portland Press Herald are challenging the judge’s decision to impound the affidavit.


Oxford graduate to become interim president of college

An Oxford University graduate and former Maine legislator will take over July 1 as interim president of York County Community College, which has 1,500 students.

Christopher Hall, who was president of the American University in Kosovo from 2007-12, succeeds Charlie Lyons, who died in August. Hall’s appointment has been endorsed by the Maine Community College System board of trustees.

Hall holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Oxford University and lives in Bristol.

Before his work in Kosovo, he was a public policy and economics consultant in Portland and served in the Maine House and Senate. In 2005-06, he was on the faculty at Central Maine Community College in Auburn.


Man, two juveniles charged in house burglaries, arsons

The York County Sheriff’s Office says a man and two juveniles face charges stemming from two burglaries and attempted-arson cases.

Officials said that around 1 p.m. Sunday, two Acton residents arrived at their home and found a man standing on their porch. When he was spotted, the man yelled to someone in the home and then ran toward the back.

When the homeowners entered, they found that someone had tried to set their bed on fire. A nearby house also had been burglarized.

The juveniles are being held at Long Creek Youth Development Center. Michael Anthony Coffin, 21, of Acton is in the Cumberland County Jail. He’s due in court Tuesday.


Museum sets open house to show off ship sculpture

The Maine Maritime Museum is planning an open house Saturday to celebrate the completion of its sculpture representing the Wyoming, the largest wooden sailing ship ever constructed in the U.S.

The Wyoming, a six-masted schooner, was built in 1909 at the Percy & Small Shipyard in Bath. It was 329 feet long and capable of holding 6,000 tons of coal. It was christened Wyoming because its principal investors were ranchers and businessmen from that state.

The Wyoming carried coal, and later cargo, to Europe during World War I. In 1924, the ship and its crew were lost in a storm off Nantucket.

The sculpture aims to evoke the monumental size of the ship. It consists of two life-size steel structures representing the ship’s bow and stern, standing nearly six and four stories high, respectively. Six 120-foot flagpoles stand between them, representing the ship’s masts.

Saturday’s open house from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. will feature a dedication ceremony, demonstrations, river cruises and music by the group Schooner Fare. The public event will be free, except for a fee for the river cruises.

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