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Woman charged with OUI after head-on crash


WALDOBORO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The Knox County Sheriff's Department says a woman has been charged with operating under the influence after an early Sunday morning head-on crash.

Knox County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Tim Carroll says Jillian Richards, 24-years-old of Waldoboro, was traveling south on Route 1, when her vehicle crossed the center line. Carroll says Richards struck a truck, head-on, being operated by John Engwer, 53-years-old, of Wrentham, Massachusetts.

Carroll says Richards likely fell asleep at the wheel immediately before the crash. Officials say Richards told them she was returning from a methadone clinic prior to the accident.

Officials report Richards was flown by LifeFlight to Central Maine Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Engwer was transported to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport with minor injuries.

Son of NYPD officer killed Saturday attends Bowdoin


BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The son of one of the New York officers killed Saturday in an ambush style attack attends Bowdoin College in Maine.

College officials confirmed that NYPD officer Rafael Ramos's son Justin Ramos is a sophomore at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, a college with about 1,700 students. In an email to staff and students Sunday night, President Barry Mill's extended his sympathy for the Ramos family.

"This is is an unspeakable tragedy, and our hearts go out to Justin and his family. We are a close community, and we share in Justin's pain and anguish," wrote President Mills.

Bowdoin students disciplined for party


BOWDOIN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Bowdoin College is disciplining students, including some members of the men's lacrosse team, after a Pilgrims and Native American party called "Cracksgiving" where several students dressed up in headdresses and warpaint.

In a letter to the student body, the Dean of Student Affairs addressed the culturally inappropriate party and said that cultural appropriation is "conduct unbecoming of a Bowdoin student.

The letter said that just before Thanksgiving, students living at 83 1/2 Harpswell Rd., known as the "Crack House," threw a party that encouraged students to dress up as Pilgrims and Native American party. Some members of the college's men's lacrosse team rent the home and about 14 of the members wore costumes to the party.

Plans to outsource jobs at BIW raises concerns


BATH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Plans to cut costs by outsourcing work out of state is raising big concerns at one of the state's largest private employers.

Bath Iron Works, which employs nearly 6,000 people, is one of the Navy's primary shipyards. The General Dynamics owned company is in the running to build Coast Guard offshore patrol cutters in 2017. The company said it must cut millions of dollars to be competitive. The union's contract requires BIW to show that farming out work to other shipyards would result in significant cost savings. Union leaders have been pouring over hundreds of documents and said the numbers don't add up.

Harpswell crash kills Brunswick man


HARPSWELL, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – Cumberland County Sheriffs say one man is dead following a two vehicle accident Saturday night.

Cumberland County Sheriff's Lt. Donald Foss says 28-year-old Eric Allred of Brunswick, died from injuries caused by the crash.

Officials say Allred was traveling northbound on the Harpswell Islands Road and lost control and went into the southbound lane and crashed into a second vehicle. The second vehicle was driven by Lauren Caswell, 39-year-old from Vermont. Caswell, her husband and two young children escaped the crash with minor injuries.

Foss says alcohol does not appear to be a factor, but that speed was.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Department is still investigating the crash.


Customers line up for new Goodwill store


BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Some potential Black Friday shoppers got a head start on the crowds and the crunch on Wednesday, as close to a hundred people lined up for the grand opening of a new Goodwill store in Brunswick.

The store, located in the busy Cook's Corner retail area, was packed inside with customers hunting for bargains. As with all Goodwill stores, most of what's sold is donated by individuals or other businesses. The profits from the sales pay for a range of social programs run by Goodwill. The company's President of Retail, Randy Finamore, calls it their "triple bottom line".

"It's about people, about the planet and then to round it our we generate the working capital that supports our programs," said Finamore.

He called the retail stores the engine that drives their social programs.

Bath Police looking for convicted sex offender


BATH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Bath Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in locating a convicted sex offender.

Police said 54 -year-old Stephen McIntire failed to meet his registration requirements since August 2014. McIntire is also suspected of committing violation of privacy and criminal trespass.

In late October and early November, Bath Police responded to the Hyde School Campus on multiple occasions for reports of an adult male looking in dorm windows. A hidden video camera captured images of the man as he peered into one of the windows. The man was identified by police as Stephen McIntire.