Westbrook man dies in motorcycle crash

ALLAGASH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – The Aroostook County Sheriff's Department says a Westbrook man has died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident late Saturday night.

Sheriffs say Dana Watts, 23 years old of Westbrook, failed to negotiate a corner and went off the pavement on the Dickey Road in Allagash and died from injuries sustained.

Chief Deputy Sheriff Darrell O. Crandall said Watts was operating his 2003 Kawasaki ZR1000 and was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Crandall says initial investigations leads them to believe speed was a significant factor in the accident. The Aroostook County Sheriff's Department is still investigating the incident.

A proposed whitewater park in Westbrook is roaring forward.

WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The city of Westbrook was built on the banks of the Presumpscot River because the city's numerous mills could use its fast-flowing water as a source of power. Now, city leaders hope to harness the river's energy for a different kind of economic development.

"We're working on some dramatic opportunities with Sappi and environmental organizations over the future of the dams that sit behind us," explained assistant city administrator, William Baker as he stood on the river's edge.

The plan calls for the removal of two dams that will not only restore natural fish passage for native species, but also provide the opportunity to install whitewater features they hope will make the city a destination.

Search for missing woman called off

WINSLOW, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – Winslow Police say their search of the Kennebec River has been halted and the woman being looked for is safe.

Winslow Police Officer Brandon Lund says a woman recognized the photo of clothing that was distributed by Winslow PD Saturday, as belonging to her 24 year old transient daughter.

Lund said the mother made contact with the daughter sometime Sunday morning. The mother then reached out to police to say the 24 year old was safe and unharmed. Lund said he asked the two to come to the station so police could verify the story and the safety of the 24 year old.

Officials say the mother hadn't spoken with the daughter in two days and had previously reported her missing.



Westbrook High students are united in their efforts to repair the school's reputation.


(NEWS CENTER) -- Students at Westbrook High School are speaking up in an effort to repair the school's reputation.

In October, several student athletes were disciplined for taking part in an underage drinking party. Initially, they were kicked off their sports teams, but that decision was reversed, which allowed some of them to participate in playoff games. The decision sparked an outcry in the community, with residents voicing support for the decision, while others felt the teens should have been held accountable for their actions. The controversy lead the school's athletic administrator to resign his position.

Last week, another, smaller group of students was busted for drinking after police were called to a home for a report of a loud, large party. This time several students were arrested and suspended.

Police respond to an underage drinking house party, Westbrook High School investigates.

WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Westbrook Police released the names of the students involved in an underage drinking party Thursday.

On April 22 around 11:30 p.m., Westbrook Police were dispatched to Sargent Street after receiving complaint of a "loud large party." When officers arrived, several people were running from the 6 Sargent St. home. Ryan Gilligan, 18, told officers he was a resident of the property and in charge of the home.

Police encountered 12 other people under the age of 21 in the home, and later determined several had consumed alcohol. In total, police charged 11 people:

-Ryan Gilligan, 18, Arrested for Refusing to Submit to Detention / Furnishing a place for Minors to Consume Liquor

-Owen Gillis, 18, Arrested for Refusing to Submit to Detention / Summonsed for Consumption of Liquor by a Minor

Chocolate bunnies ready to hop into Easter baskets

WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Chocolate bunnies, eggs and jelly beans are Easter Candy staples. Haven's Candies in Westbrook makes 20,000 chocolate bunnies for Easter. The have white, milk and peanut bunnies for sale.

Haven's Candies' Andy Charles said the store sticks with tradition, but is always looking for something different.

"We have a chocolate Easter basket, which is made completely of chocolate and filled with Easter goodies, like a peep," said Charles.

During the Easter season, Americans consumer 16 billion jelly beans. Haven's offers a giant carrot made of belly beans and "peas and carrots" jelly beans. Haven's also sells peeps, peeps covered in chocolate and peep pops.

For those who don't wolf all their candy down on Sunday, Charles said chocolate bunnies can stay good for years if stored in the right place.