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Brunswick Police looking for missing Portland teen


BRUNSWICK, Maine

(NEWS CENTER) -- Brunswick Police are looking for a missing teen from Portland.

18-year-old Arik Elwell, of Portland, was last seen on Oct. 23 boarding a bus to Brunswick from Portland.

Elwell was reported as a missing person by the Portland Police Department.
According to his parents, Arik never arrived in Brunswick, where he was to be picked up by his girlfriend.
Elwell has several medical conditions and this behavior is not typical for him.

If you see him, or know where he may be, please contact the Brunswick Police Department at 725.5521.

Customers say appliance store closed before filling orders


BATH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- After 80 years in business in Bath, Gediman's Appliance has apparently closed, and customers are filing complaints with the Maine Attorney General's Office.

The stores in Bath and Lewiston have closed without explanation. A closed sign is on the front of the Bath store, and in Lewiston, a sign reads: "Gone to appliance training. See you Wednesday September 17." It's past that date and the doors are still locked and the phones go straight to voicemail. According to the Maine Attorney General's Office, nobody has been able to reach the owner.

"We haven't heard from the business owner," said complaint examiner Martha Currier. "We don't see abrupt closures like this for small businesses that rise to the level of a lot of folks calling our office."

Union man arrested after police pursuit


WISCASSET, Maine (AP) -- A Union man has been arrested after leading police on a high speed chase in an allegedly stolen car.

Police tell WGME-TV that 23-year-old Anthony Baker took off when an officer tried to pull him over for speeding in Wiscasset at about 4 a.m. Sunday.

The chase north on U.S. Route 1 ended in Nobleboro when officers deployed spike strips in the road to flatten the vehicle's tires.

Police say Baker's car had been stolen from his sister and he had a rifle and two knives in the vehicle, which he is not allowed to have under terms of his probation.

Brunswick tenants in a rush to relocate


BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Brunswick Fire Department notified residents at 9 Dunning Street Wednesday morning that they had until midnight to move out.

Citing numerous life and fire concerns, the department has deemed the building to be "uninhabitable."

The department's concerns include: egress obstructions, insufficient secondary means of escape from within a unit, and ongoing concerns with proper smoke and carbon monoxide detection.

Tenants said they were happy living in the building, and had no idea there were safety concerns.

"It was a complete shock to everybody in the building," said tenant Bud Moody. "No one saw this coming at all."

But according to Deputy Chief Jeff Emerson, the property owner has known about the safety concerns for nearly a year.

Brunswick data center expands the "cloud"


BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- When you hear about "the cloud," it's probably not referring to the fluffy white puffs in the sky. "Cloud" is the name for the invisible digital network that stores computer data. Part of the cloud is all over the United States, and it's getting a little bit bigger in Maine.

Oxford Networks, a Maine-based telecommunications company, showed off its new secure data center Tuesday. It's located in the former Navy wing headquarters building at Brunswick Landing.

Octoberfest is coming!


BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber of Commerce will be holding an Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Topsham Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds are located just off of the Coastal Connector (Route 196) in Topsham.

Listen and dance to four Maine bands performing on the Fairgrounds new performance stage and concert lawn. Backlash, Vinyl Tap, Maine singer-songwriter Amy Allen and Kilcollins will be performing. There will be craft beer, wine craft vendors and more.

Public wins access to Bailey Island beach



BAILEY ISLAND, Maine


(NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Superior Court ruled in favor of the public Monday in a battle over public access of a Harpswell beach.

Justice Nancy Mills said that the public had a prescriptive easement over Cedar Beach Road on Bailey Island to access a beach that families had been enjoying for more than nine generations. The court ruled against the road's current owner, Betsy Atkins of Coral Gables, Florida.

The dispute began over the beach began in 2011, when the owners of the road blocked beach access after failing to convince the Town of Harpswell to pay easement rights.