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Lightning hits two homes in Gorham


GORHAM, Maine

(NEWS CENTER) -- Gorham Fire Chief Bob Lefebvre confirmed that two homes on Main Street were hit by lightning.

The strikes occurred around 1:00 p.m. at 305 and 308 Main Street. There wasn't a lot of damage to the homes, but a woman was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.


Subject of Standish manhunt arrested


BIDDEFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The man who was the subject of a massive search in in Standish last week, wanted in connection with a robbery and a domestic violence assault was arrested on nine outstanding warrants Wednesday in Biddeford.

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Police say 27-year-old Jessy Kehling ditched his car, with children inside, in the parking lot of George E. Jack Elementary School in Standish on Friday, after he realized he was being followed by police. He took off into the woods, and a manhunt began. The search was called off on Friday night because he was no longer believed to be in the area.

Late blight symptoms found on Maine potatoes


BUXTON, Maine (AP) -- Maine officials say late blight symptoms have been found in a potato field in Buxton.

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension say the blight symptoms were located this week. Late blight is a non-treatable disease that spreads rapidly in warm, wet conditions. It affects potatoes and tomatoes.

MOFGA and the university ask growers and gardeners to take precautions to prevent infections and spread of the disease.

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Maine DEP evaluates site of Gorham oil spill


GORHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine's Department of Environmental Protection is still working to clean up an oil spill that happened 3 weeks ago in Gorham. An oil tanker truck carrying kerosene flipped on June 11 at the South Street rotary, where Routes 112 and 114 meet, spilling somewhere around 8,900 gallons of oil.

Traffic was detoured in that area Tuesday as crews took another look at how much more work needs to be done. The DEP was checking the clay beneath the rotary, and found that that clay was containing the remaining oil pretty well.

Westbrook celebrates 200 years


WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- For its 200th birthday, Westbrook is opening a 100-year-old time capsule at its event.

Westbrook was originally known as Saccarappa after the Saccarappa falls. It was initially a section of Falmouth until February 1814, when it split off and incorporated as Stroudwater. Shortly after it was renamed Westbrook. The name comes from Colonel Thomas Westbrook, a commander during Father Rale's War, which was a series of battles between New England and the Native Americans and New France during the 1700s. Westbrook's primary industry was a paper and saw mill.

Fundraiser for Westbrook Little League player


WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Saturday Little League teams in Westbrook came out to show support to a local boy suffering from cancer.

6-year-old Derek Beck is fighting brain cancer, and he threw out the opening pitch at the beginning of the day. Local baseball officials decided to help out the Beck family with the hospital bills by putting on a fundraiser.

Businesses in the area donated money and goods for a silent auction. All proceeds from the concession are going to the Beck family.

Derek's father spoke about how grateful he is to be a part of the supportive community.

The games were played until 9:00 Saturday night. The goal was to raise $7,000 dollars.


Westbrook accident sends three to hospital


WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- An early morning accident sent three people to the hospital in Westbrook Monday.

The accident occurred around 3 a.m. on Methodist Road near 302. Police said there were three people in the car when it went off the road and 30 feet into the woods. Two passengers were transported to the hospital, a twenty-year-old Raymond woman with serious, but non-life threatening injuries and a twenty-year-old Westbrook man with minor injuries. The driver, who initially fled the scene of the accident on foot, was identified as twenty-year-old Jacob A. Demmons of Westbrook. He was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Demmons is charged with Operating Under the Influence, Operating Without a License, Violation of Conditional Release and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

The case is still under investigation and additional charges may be brought.