Construction worker dies after falling off porch roof

A Kennebunk construction worker died Friday morning after falling off a porch roof.

The 56-year-old-man was standing on the roof of a farmers-style porch at 137 Summer St. when he stepped backward and fell to the ground, said police Lt. Anthony Bean Burpee. The man had been working on the roof of the house at the time.

Bean Burpee said he does not know how far the man fell. The man, whose identity was not released Friday, was pronounced dead at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford.

The Kennebunk Police Department and Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.


Masked man and woman rob convenience store

Police are looking for two suspects who allegedly robbed the Big Apple convenience store Friday night.

Two people – a male and a female with their faces covered by bandannas – entered the store at 111 Pleasant St. at 8:43 p.m., displayed a handgun and demanded cash, according to police. The clerk turned over an undisclosed amount of money.

The pair also attempted to rob a female customer, but were scared off before getting any money from her, police said.

The male is described as being between 5 feet, 6 inches and 5 feet, 8 inches tall and between 240 and 260 pounds. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with three stripes down the sleeves, black pants and a white sneakers.

The female is between 5 feet, 4 inches and 5 feet, 6 inches tall and between 220 and 240 pounds. She was wearing a red-hooded winter coat, white sneakers and had bare legs.

Both are believed to be white.

Anyone with information is asked to call Brunswick police at 207-725-5521.


Man charged with theft after incident in parking lot

Kittery police charged a New Hampshire man with theft and may seek an indictment on assault charges following an altercation Friday in the parking lot of the Kittery Trading Post.

Police arrested Mark Schwarz, 30, of North Hampton at 1:30 p.m. on charges of felony theft and being a fugitive from justice.

Sgt. Gary Eaton said Schwarz has arrest warrants issued in New Hampshire so he will be held without bail at York County Jail in Alfred until his arraignment next week.

Schwarz is accused of stealing clothes from the Kittery Trading Post, and when confronted by a store security officer, a scuffle broke out, Eaton said.

Schwarz was charged with a felony because he has at least two prior convictions for theft, Eaton said.


LePage leads trade mission to Mexico and Colombia

Gov. Paul LePage will lead a trade mission to Mexico and Colombia to promote investment and educational opportunities in Maine, his office announced on Friday.

LePage and a group of Maine business leaders are scheduled to leave Sunday for the five-day trip to Mexico City, Queretaro and Bogota. It will be the Republican governor’s third trade mission since taking office.

LePage said Friday that Maine needs to be more competitive in the international business community.

“Our goal in Mexico and Colombia will be to develop additional contacts for private investment and promote Maine as a great place to study and invest,” he said in a statement.

Nine Maine businesses and educational institutions will be highlighted throughout the trip, the governor’s office said.

One of those businesses is Bridgton-based Shively Labs, a broadcast equipment manufacturer. LePage’s office says the company is looking to capitalize on business opportunities brought on by the transition of AM stations to FM in Mexico.

Governor to announce re-election bid Nov. 5

Gov. Paul LePage will officially announce his re-election bid early next month.

The GOP governor will hold a campaign launch event Nov. 5 at the Buker Community Center in Augusta.

The event is one year before the day voters will head to the polls in 2014 to decide the three way race in Maine.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and Independent candidate Eliot Culter have both already officially launched their bids for governor. Cutler lost to LePage by less than 2 percentage points in 2010.

LePage’s campaign staff says the governor can be expected to tout his accomplishments, such as paying the debt owed to the state’s hospitals and helping combat domestic violence. He will also lay out what work he believes is left to be done in Maine.

Collection sites across state to accept prescription drugs

More than 160 collection sites are available throughout Maine for residents to drop off unused, expired or unwanted prescription medication this weekend.

The U.S Drug Enforcement Administration’s national Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday. Maine sites will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Collection sites will be set up throughout the country to provide a safe and convenient way to dispose of prescription drugs. The day is also designed to raise awareness about the potential abuse of prescription medications.

Law enforcement from local and state police and sheriff offices will staff the take-back locations.

The Maine Department of Public Safety says more than 22,000 pounds of unwanted drugs were collected in Maine during the last take-back effort in April.


Ugandan man sentenced for role in marriage scam

A Ugandan man who helped arrange a scam marriage in Maine so another man could become a legal permanent resident of the United States is going to jail.

A judge on Friday imposed a sentence of fourth months’ imprisonment and fourth months of home confinement for Ronald Serunjogi, 35, of Saco.

Serunjogi was convicted of helping another Ugandan man who had overstayed his tourist visa pay a Lewiston woman who agreed to marry the other man so he could became a lawful permanent resident.

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