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American Legion pays tribute to a fallen hero


TOPSHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The American Legion Post #202 in Topsham has committed to carrying on the service and sacrifice of a fallen hero.

The local chapter held a rededication ceremony Saturday afternoon in honor of Sergeant Corey Garver.

Sergeant Garver was serving in Afghanistan in 2013 when his unit was ambushed. Although he brought his men to safety, he died shortly after when he stepped on a hidden IED.

"I see my son's blood and the blood of women and men who have given their life in over of the flag. I am so proud of my son for the brave soldier he became, the fine man he became" said Garver's mom Ellen.

With its new charter and purpose, the Legion hopes to redouble their efforts to assist the community.


MDEA dismantles one pot meth lab


BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Members of the Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Team dismantled a one pot meth lab Wednesday evening in Brunswick.

For the past month, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Lisbon Police were investigating meth manufacturing done by Aric Hall, said the MDEA.

On Wednesday around 5:30 p.m., agents approached Hall after finding him in his vehicle at the Brunswick Lowes parking lot. The MDEA said Hall was cooperative and told officers there was an active "one pot" lab in his vehicle. Agents saw the alleged "one pot" on the passenger's side floor of the vehicle as well as materials indicating meth manufacturing.

Maine Drug Enforcement Agency said agents arrested Hall for manufacturing meth after and transported him to the Cumberland County Jail.

Woman re-arrested for violating bail conditions


BATH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The State Fire Marshal's office has charged a woman for violating bail conditions in connection to a truck fire she's been charged with.

Lisa Green, 49, was charged with arson for setting a truck on fire in January 2014. She's been free on bail since her arrest and one of her bail conditions was to avoid any contact with the truck owner.

Investigators said Green and the truck owner were seen together in Brunswick earlier this week. Green was rearrested and taken to Cumberland County Jail.


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.

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.


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.


Nationwide campaign to recruit volunteer firefighters


BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There's a new nationwide push to recruit more volunteer firefighters.

Most towns in Maine rely on volunteers that often have full time jobs out of town; so when fire breaks in the afternoon - like it did in Bridgton Tuesday - it can be tough to find enough manpower.

Bridgton Deputy Chief Corin Meehan said they were fighting that fire for the first half hour with just four people, which severely hinders their ability to knock it down.

Bill Guindon, the director of the Maine Fire Service Institute, said this is a growing problem nationwide. Guindon was on a conference call Wednesday afternoon with the National Volunteer Fire Council and other fire leaders throughout the country to learn more about a new effort to recruit volunteers to small towns.