Woman killed, man injured in head-on crash on Route 9

One person was killed in a head-on collision Monday in the Penobscot County town of Eddington, police said.

A 47-year-old woman from Eddington died and another motorist, a 43-year-old man from Cutler, was injured in the collision Monday morning on Route 9, police said. Identities weren’t immediately released.


Two men charged with OUI after sleds land in water


Maine game wardens say two snowmobile operators had a close call over the weekend in northern Maine.

Wardens said 24-year-old Caleb Fernald and 22-year-old Jake Deschaine were charged with operating under the influence after driving their machines onto open water in the community of Sinclair.

The thoroughfare between Long Lake and Mud Lake typically remains open water, even in the dead of winter.

Wardens said the water was only 3 to 5 feet deep, so the men from the Brewer area were able to escape early Sunday and seek shelter at a nearby home.


Police looking for man who robbed store, shot at clerk


Police were still looking Monday night for the person who robbed a Sanford convenience store over the weekend and fired a gunshot at a pursuing employee.

Sanford police say a man wearing a ski mask entered the 88 High Street convenience store about 7:30 p.m. Saturday. He displayed a small, silver handgun and fled on foot with cash.

The store clerk followed the robber across High Street to the intersection of Harvard Street, and the robber turned and fired at the clerk. The worker was not hurt.

The robber was last seen entering a vehicle and leaving the area.

Police are asking the public to contact them if they have information about the robbery.

A description of the robber posted on the police department’s Facebook page says he is 6 feet tall and about 190 pounds. He was wearing a red and black flannel jacket and gray ski mask at the time.



Police say medical condition likely led to toll plaza crash

Police believe a driver’s medical condition contributed to a car crash at the Maine Turnpike’s Maine Mall Road toll plaza Monday morning that slowed traffic for about a half-hour and sent two people to the hospital.

The crash was reported at 9:10 a.m.

A southbound car drifted onto the soft shoulder of the ramp and hit the guardrail, then overcorrected to the left, crossing the lanes and hitting a concrete barrier alongside the toll plaza, said Maine State Police Trooper Duane Doughty.



Two ex-educators indicted on child sex-abuse offenses

Two men who worked as teachers in area schools have been indicted separately by the Kennebec County grand jury on sex-abuse offenses related to children under 12.

Indicted are Patrik Ian Arsenault, also known as Patrick Arsenault, 27, of Jefferson and formerly of Norridgewock, and David W. Morissette, 44, of Winslow.

Both men will be arraigned at 10 a.m. Feb. 11 in Kennebec County Superior Court.

Arsenault was indicted on 13 charges, including four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, which allege that he enticed or compelled two children under 12 to engage in sexual acts that he intended to photograph. He was also indicted on six counts of unlawful sexual contact, and three counts of gross sexual assault.

Arsenault worked as a special education teacher for at least two years at the Wayne Regional Autism Program in Readfield-based Regional School Unit 38 before he resigned in June, according to school board minutes.


Morissette, who had been a teacher for five years at Lawrence High School in Fairfield, was charged with two counts of unlawful sexual contact with a relative, a girl between the ages of 11 and 14, between July 2010 and March 2013, and with two counts of possession of sexually explicit materials depicting children under age 12 on March 13, all in Winslow.


Former council chairwoman running for District 25 seat

Former Falmouth Town Councilor Cathy Breen is running for the Maine Senate seat now held by Dick Woodbury of Yarmouth.

Woodbury, an independent, has announced he will not seek re-election.

Breen is a Democrat. She was a member of the Falmouth Town Council from 2005 to 2011 and was chairwoman twice.


The District 25 seat held by Woodbury includes Gray, Falmouth, Yarmouth, Cumberland, part of Westbrook, Chebeague Island and Long Island.

Yarmouth Town Council Chairman Steve Woods announced last week that he also is seeking the seat as a Democrat.


Side of drawbridge stays stuck open for 40 minutes

Traffic heading from Portland to South Portland over the Casco Bay Bridge was interrupted for a short time Monday afternoon by a malfunction of one of the drawbridge leaves.

The southbound side of the bridge was stuck in the open position for about 40 minutes, according to Portland police and the Maine Department of Transportation.

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