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Westbrook fire damages historic home


WESTBROOK, Maine

(NEWS CENTER) --

A fire burned part of a 251-year-old house in Westbrook late Sunday night but firefighters managed to knock down the blaze before it caused more extensive damage to the historic home.


Residents of the East Bridge Street home called Westbrook firefighters after reportedly seeing smoke in a bathroom near the exhaust pipes for a wood stove. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy smoke and flames inside part of the home, said Westbrook Fire Chief Andrew Turcotte.

Two New York men arrested after drugs, cash and guns seized


WESTBROOK, Maine

– Police seized crack, heroin, a loaded weapon and money from a local motel room Sunday November 23rd.

Westbrook Police Chief Janine Roberts says bail violation investigation of 35-year-old Kortney Cox lead them to a Westbrook motel room last Sunday morning. Roberts said during the investigation, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency along with the Portland and Westbrook canine teams, were called in to assist in the investigation.

The investigation resulted in the arrest of two Brooklyn, New York men. Arrested were 36-year-old Deshaun Davis and 33-year-old Tod Rasberry, both from Brooklyn, New York.

Westbrook Police arrest man wanted in Oklahoma


WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Westbrook Police and Maine Violent Crime Task Force arrested a man Friday wanted on a warrant from Tulsa, Okla.

Police said Joshua D. Gordon was wanted for charges that included sexual abuse of a child under 12 and aggravated possession of child pornography. Police arrested him at a Brown Street residence without incident and he was booked at the Cumberland County Jail.


3 sent to hospital after crash in York County


HOLLIS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Police are investigating a single-vehicle crash that sent three people to the hospital in York County.

York County Sheriff's Office said it happened around 3:45 a.m. Wednesday morning on Townhouse road near the intersection of Whitehouse Road, close to the Hollis town line. The vehicle, a 2011 GMC crew cab pick-up truck struck a utility pole.

The driver was 23-year-old Matthew Lambert, of Lyman, was ejected upon impact. The front seat passenger, 23-year-old Tyler Tanch, of Waterboro, was able to get out of the vehicle on his own. 23-year-old David Strandburg, of Waterboro, needed to be extricated from the rear seat.

All three men were transported to Maine Medical Center with serious injuries.

Speed and weather conditions appear to be factors of this crash.

Colonel Burton Curtis celebrated his 100th birthday on Veterans Day.


WESTBROOK, Maine
(NEWS CENTER) -- Veterans Day celebrates and honors Maine's service men and women, but one veteran in Westbrook had a little more attention on him Tuesday.

Burton Curtis was also celebrating his 100th birthday. Curtis was a colonel in the Air Force and a glider pilot during WWII and he also served 30 years in the reserves.

"I was lucky. I had bullets flying by me but I was lucky," said Curtis.

As a pilot he said he faced a lot of dangerous situations, but somehow managed to avoid being hit. His said sheer luck is his secret to living such a long and prosperous life.

Legacy Publishing announces layoffs


WESTBROOK, Maine
(NEWS CENTER) --
Legacy Publishing announced plans to lay off 50 percent of their employees. The direct response marketing company is located in Westbrook.

The company said the layoffs are due to strategic change and
that they will focus more on their online content and engagement.

"Certainly change can be challenging and difficult, but we are committed to easing the transition for all of our employees, including outplacement services and employment referrals," said Steve Anderson, Founder and CEO of Legacy Publishing.

Police arrest man for alleged Westbrook shooting


WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Westbrook Police arrested a man in connection to a Sunday night shooting.

A cab driver told police he was taking a man and woman to a residence in Westbrook around 10 p.m. when the man allegedly threatened him and made racist comments. He then left the cab and then allegedly smashed the windshield. The driver then called 911 and followed the couple on foot to a home on Carlson Street. The man then allegedly came outside the home and fired a gun at the cab driver.

Police identified the shooter as 30-year-old Keith O'Brien of Westbrook. After interviewing the subjects, police executed a search warrant at the Carlson Street home. Police found ammunition during the investigation.

Police arrested O'Brien for criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, aggravated reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and falsifying physical evidence.