Two killed, 3 hospitalized after head-on collision

Two people are dead and three others remain hospitalized after a head-on collision Saturday on Route 1 in the Waldo County town of Stockton Springs.

A car driven by Denise Shuck, 44, was headed north when it was struck by another vehicle, said Sgt. James Greeley of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office. Shuck died at the scene. She is from out of state, the sheriff’s office said.

The second vehicle, carrying four people from Maine, was headed south about one mile south of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge. A passenger in that car, Frederick Carter, 65, died Saturday evening at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. The other three people, who were not identified, were taken to Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Police said they are not yet prepared to say which vehicle crossed over the centerline.


Seven hurt in collision that closes Route 1 for an hour

Seven injured people were taken to local hospitals and Route 1 in Yarmouth was shut down for more than an hour Sunday evening after two cars collided near the Interstate 295 southbound exit ramp.

Sgt. Kevin Pedersen of the Yarmouth Police Department said it appears that the driver of a car attempting to turn from the exit ramp onto Route 1 failed to yield and struck the second car, which was heading north on Route 1.

None of those hurt suffered life-threatening injuries, he said.

The names of the drivers and the injured were not immediately released by Yarmouth police. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Motorcyclist suffers injuries in crash with turning truck

A 73-year-old Rumford man was seriously injured when his motorcycle struck a turning truck in Harrison.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said Stanwood Horne was riding his motorcycle Saturday afternoon on Norway Road when the collision occurred.

Police said Horne didn’t see the truck was making a right turn and tried to go around it on the right. They said the motorcycle struck the truck and he was ejected from the motorcycle.

Capt. Donald Goulet said Horne was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland with serious head trauma and internal injuries. He was listed in critical condition Sunday night.

Horne was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.


Howland man recovering from being shot by trooper

A Howland man who underwent surgery Saturday after being shot by a Maine State Police trooper late Friday is recovering at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Dale Saucier, 36, was in fair condition Sunday night, a hospital official said.

Saucier was shot by Trooper Benjamin Campbell during an armed confrontation at Saucier’s mobile home on Water Street in Howland. Police said Saucier called police. Campbell made a “well-being check” after the call.

No one else was hurt during the incident.


Quarter-million clams getting new lease on life

A quarter-million juvenile clams are getting a new lease on life.

Officials say the clams are being placed in an upweller system where they’ll be fed and protected from predators before being transferred to a protected area where they will be able to grow, ideally with minimal threat from green crabs.

The first step was completed at the University of Maine at Machias and the Downeast Institute, along with Stewards of the Sea.

Rep. Mike Michaud called it an important step toward combating the destruction caused by the invasive green crab and protecting Maine’s sea life.


Federal government grant helps develop strategic plan

The Eastern Maine Development Corp. is getting $187,000 from the federal government to develop a strategic plan after the loss of rail service and papermaking jobs.

Officials say the strategic plan will assess the economic impact of the loss of major rail services and paper production with an eye toward attracting private investment and spurring job growth.

EMDC President Michael Aube said the grant from the Economic Development Administration is a recognition of the challenges faced in the Penobscot-Piscataquis counties region of Lincoln, Milo and Millinocket.

– From staff and news services