Cat recovering from severe burns, likely from car engine


BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Coastal Humane Society is passing along an important message to drivers this time of year: make some noise before you start your car.

On Wednesday, the shelter performed emergency surgery on a young tabby cat with severe burns, from what they believe was a car engine or fan belt.

"We were skeptical at first during surgery about whether he would pull through, but you always give them a chance," said Amanda Baxter.

Small animals will often climb up under the hood of vehicles and nap in the warmth, especially during cold winter months. If drivers start their engines while the cat is still in there, it can either be burned or torn apart, which will also cause damage to the vehicle.

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A hard-learned lesson about shingles

A hard-learned lesson about shingles

It was the beginning of a Labor Day weekend when Al felt a strange sensation on his right buttock, just underneath his back pocket where he carried his wallet. It was kind of sore and kind of itchy.

Although it wasn’t easy to do, he took a look and saw a red area. He figured his skin was irritated from rubbing against the corner of his wallet.

The red area got larger and the painful itch became more intense. Al hated to bother his doctor on a holiday weekend, so he waited three days to call for an appointment.

Police arrest alleged Bank of Maine robber


BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Police arrested a man who allegedly held a bank up at gunpoint.

On Feb. 18 at about 2:05 p.m., Brunswick Police said a man entered the Bank of Maine branch on Maine Street. He allegedly showed a gun and demanded money. Police said he fled on foot with an undisclosed amount.

Police said the security measures at the Bank of Maine and a detailed description from the teller helped police identify and arrest the suspect. On Tuesday, police arrested 20-year-old Benjamin Lamphere of Brunswick. He was charged with robbery and is currently being at the Cumberland County Jail on a $20,000 cash bail.

Detectives said they are working to collect additional evidence from various locations throughout the state.


Caring for someone with dementia? The Stewart Center offers respite and more

Caring for someone with dementia? The Stewart Center offers respite and more

Millions of Americans have Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. As baby boomers age, the number is expected to escalate. Family members usually provide most of the care, often while they are also trying to hold down a job and run their own households. Studies have documented the toll it can take — depression, anxiety and other serious medical problems. The Stewart  Center, an adult day center for people living with dementia, recently opened in Falmouth.

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Man allegedly robs Brunswick bank


BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A man robbed a Brunswick bank at gunpoint Wednesday, said police.

Brunswick Police said the man entered the Bank of Maine branch on Maine Street around 2:00 p.m. He allegedly showed a gun and demanded money. Police said he fled on foot with an undisclosed amount.

Police said the man is described as a mid-20s male with a slim build. He was wearing a safari type hat, a tan jacket, a neck warmer, white-washed jeans and white sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Brunswick Police Department.


Heart Healthy Tips in 140 Characters or Less

Heart Healthy Tips in 140 Characters or Less

I was invited by MaineHealth to "watch" a Twitter chat recently. It was organized by the Maine Health Learning Resource Center and was its first ever.

For those of you who don't know, a Twitter chat is a live conversation on Twitter centered around a specific topic. In this case, since it's American Heart month, the conversation was about heart health. Read the Catching Health blog to find out what I learned — about participating in a Twitter chat and about how to have a healthy heart.

Don't Ever Shovel Like My Husband Does

Don't Ever Shovel Like My Husband Does

Shoveling pounds and pounds of snow can take its toll on your heart and your back. Diane Atwood has some helpful tips in this Catching Health blog post, including why you shouldn't shovel like her husband does. Read more ...