Arrest made in shooting of Gardiner woman
GARDINER, Maine (AP) - A Wiscasset man has been charged in connection with the weekend shooting of his girlfriend in a Gardiner home.
Police say 38-year-old Sean Kingston turned himself in Monday and was charged with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
Gardiner Chief James Toman says the investigation into the shooting is ongoing and more charges are possible.
Police responded to the home Saturday night where they found the 34-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to the torso. She was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive. Her name was not made public.
Toman says Kingston witnessed the shooting and left the scene once the officers arrived.
Kingston remains in jail. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.
Lebanon man dies a week after being struck by car
LEBANON, Maine (AP) - Authorities say a man struck by a car while walking along the side of a road in Lebanon last week has died.
Jason Cole, Lebanon's assistant rescue chief, identified the victim as 34-year-old Ryan Kelley, of Lebanon.
Kelley died Monday at Maine Medical Center in Portland.
Cole tells the Portland Press Herald that Kelley was "well known and liked in the community," and had requested that his organs be donated.
Police say Kelley was wearing dark clothing as he walked on the side of Milton Mills Road just before 5 p.m. on Dec. 2. At least two other vehicles swerved to avoid him before he was struck. The driver stayed at the scene and called 911.
Former King spokeswoman joins Cutler campaign
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The former spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Angus King will head communications operations for independent candidate Eliot Cutler's bid for Maine governor.
Crystal Canney, a former broadcast journalist and producer, stepped down as spokeswoman for the independent senator this fall after having also run communications for his 2012 campaign.
Cutler is challenging Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud for the Blaine House. Cutler narrowly lost to LePage in 2010.
The Old Town native also served as spokeswoman for former Democratic Gov. John Baldacci.
Aluminum bleachers stolen from Buckfield schools
BUCKFIELD, Maine (AP) - Police think the aluminum bleachers missing from the Buckfield Junior-Senior High School athletic complex were stolen to be sold as scrap.
Jonathan Chalmers, assistant director of buildings and grounds at the school, says a maintenance employee discovered the theft during a check on the fields Friday afternoon.
He tells the Sun Journal that two or three 16-foot benches and the seats and foot rests from a three-level set of bleachers were taken. The aluminum slats were detached from the bleachers' galvanized steel frame.
The complex, which has baseball and soccer fields, is several hundred yards behind the school in a wooded area and cannot be seen from the road running by the school.
Sheriff's Deputy Nathan Bowie says investigators are pursuing several leads.
HEPATITIS C OUTBREAK
Efforts underway to prevent hepatitis C outbreaks
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The criminal case of a traveling medical technician who infected dozens of patients with hepatitis C through tainted syringes is pushing individual hospitals, state lawmakers and federal officials to close the loopholes he exploited.
David Kwiatkowski (kwiht-KOW'-skee) was sentenced last week to 39 years in prison. He has admitted stealing painkillers and replacing them with saline-filled syringes tainted with his blood. He had worked as a cardiac technologist in seven states before being hired in New Hampshire in 2011, moving from job to job despite being fired numerous times over drug allegations.
Joseph Perz of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Kwiatkowski helped unmask a problem that was a growing concern for the CDC and has added momentum to broader drug diversion prevention efforts.
Driver dies in collision in Columbia, NH
COLUMBIA, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire State Police say a driver died after experiencing a "medical event" and colliding with an oncoming vehicle.
Police are still investigating the collision, which happened at about 8:40 a.m. Tuesday on Route 3 in Columbia.
Police said a driver heading northbound on Route 3 crossed the center line and struck a pickup truck head on. Their investigation indicates the car driver experienced a medical event, causing the vehicle to go into the other lane. Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors.
The car driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The pickup driver was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police are withholding the names until family has been notified.
Autopsy: Woman in NH crash was 8 months pregnant
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Autopsies show a man and a woman who died in car crash on Interstate 89 in Lebanon suffered injuries to the head, trunk and pelvis and that the woman was about eight months pregnant.
The autopsy also shows the fetus died as a result of blunt force trauma from the collision Saturday.
The attorney general's office says 24-year-old Amanda Murphy and 29-year-old Jason Timmons of Wilder, Vt., were traveling north on I-89 in Lebanon when their car was hit by a pickup truck driven by 53-year-old Robert Dellinger of Sunapee.
Authorities say Dellinger had been driving southbound when he crossed over the median and collided with the victims' car.
Dellinger remains hospitalized at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Police are investigating the crash.
17-year-old dies in Everett Turnpike accident
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire State Police say a 17-year-old driver has died after losing control of his pickup truck while trying to get onto the Everett Turnpike.
Police said they found Cameron Ricard of Hollis dead in the pickup at about 10:30 p.m. Monday.
A preliminary investigation determined the vehicle had been traveling northbound on the Exit 1A off-ramp when Ricard lost control and the vehicle spun. The vehicle struck the right side guardrail and vaulted it. The truck rolled over at least once, onto the Exit 1 on ramp and came to rest upright, facing the wrong way on the ramp.
Police said alcohol does not appear to be a factor.
Kuster calls for heating funds to be restored
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster says across-the-board budget cuts are slashing funds for heating assistance, and that is hurting New Hampshire families.
Funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program has declined in New Hampshire every year since 2008. This year, the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration has cut more than $1.6 million in funding from the program.
Kuster visited Southern New Hampshire Services in Nashua on Monday. She called on Congress to pass a responsible budget that restores vital funding for heating assistance.
Kuster says the cuts eliminate heating assistance for more than 1,200 low-income New Hampshire households.
Former Vt. Gov. Douglas hits deer on interstate
COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont State Police say former Vermont Gov. James Douglas and his wife, Dorothy, escaped injury when their car hit a deer on Interstate 89 in Colchester.
Police say the 62-year-old Douglas of Middlebury was driving north on the Interstate on Saturday shortly before 6 p.m. when he reported hitting the animal.
Douglas' Chrysler 200 had to be towed from the scene. State police say the deer could not be found.
Douglas, a Republican, was first elected governor in 2002; he left office in January 2011.
Charges dropped in fatal, driver found incompetent
BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A judge has dismissed a felony charge against an 86-year-old woman who was driving in an accident that killed a pedestrian, saying she was found incompetent to stand trial.
Georgianna Carter of North Bennington was arraigned in January on a charge of grossly negligent operation of a motor vehicle resulting in a fatality.
Police said she hit and killed 79-year-old Henry Chalifoux of North Bennington on Route 67A, outside of Chalifoux's home; he was getting his mail.
The Rutland Herald reports Judge Nancy Corsones said Carter would be subject to an order of non-hospitalization. Carter will be committed to the care of the Vermont Department of Mental Health.
Prosecutors can make requests for conditions that would be set for Carter, who has given up her license and car.
Court: Tax on Vt. nuclear plant might be OK
NEW YORK (AP) - A New York federal appeals court says the legality of a tax on Vermont's only nuclear plant is best left up to a state court. But it shot down some of the plant operator's arguments against the tax anyway.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled Tuesday. The case stems from a tax affecting the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.
The plant, which began operating in 1972, is run by the New Orleans-based Entergy Nuclear Operations Inc.
The company has argued that the electricity tax is unconstitutional and is not really a tax.
The appeals court said it is a tax and Vermont state courts can decide constitutional issues.
The appeals court has yet to rule on a challenge to the nuclear plant's right to operate.
ST ALBANS ROBBERY
Police look for robber in St. Albans
ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) - Police in St. Albans, Vt., are looking for a man who robbed a convenience store.
Police say at about 9:45 p.m. Monday, the man entered the South Main Grocery and showed a weapon. He left the store with an undisclosed amount.
WCAX-TV reports police say the store has been hit many times before.
Police say the robber is heavyset, in his mid-to-late 20s, with brown or reddish-brown facial hair. He was wearing a dark heavy coat, face mask, and dark pants.
CIVIL UNION-CHILD CUSTODY
Va. pastor: US custody case had no Vt. Connection
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Virginia pastor convicted in federal court in Vermont of helping a woman and her child flee the country rather than share custody with her former lesbian partner says the case should be dismissed because it had no connection to Vermont.
Kenneth Miller makes the argument in papers filed with the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York.
Prosecutors counter that trying the case in Vermont was appropriate because the crime didn't begin until Lisa Miller and her daughter left the country in 2009.
Kenneth Miller, of Stuarts Draft, Va., was convicted in 2012 of aiding in international parental kidnapping. He was sentenced to 27 months in prison, but the sentence was delayed pending appeal.
The Millers are not related.
Oral arguments in the appeal are set for January.
Jay Peak worker says accident was his fault
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A snowboard instructor says he was at fault in a skiing accident at the Jay Peak ski resort in which a 5-year-old girl was seriously injured.
But William Vincent of Montgomery tells a federal court that he was employed by the resort at the time.
The Burlington Free Press reports Vincent submitted a statement in the lawsuit filed by the family of Juliana Kane of West Newbury, Mass. They said she was taking a ski lesson in April when Vincent came down a hill at a high rate of speed and collided with her.
Resort president Bill Stenger had said Vincent had been fired a week earlier for an unrelated incident. Vincent said in his sworn statement Monday he was employed and was using a Jay Peak ski pass.
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