Construction of train layover facility to continue in Maine

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Construction will be allowed to continue on that huge train layover facility in Brunswick.

The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, which manages the Amtrak Downeaster, has already started work on the 650-foot by 70-foot building. The project received its long- debated storm water permit in early October, but the Brunswick West Neighborhood Coalition appealed that permit. The Coalition says the Maine DEP didn't follow the proper process for the permit, and claims data and designs for the project are inadequate. The neighbor group says there will be too much water coming from the building, and argues it will spread contamination in the area. The Coalition made its case Thursday in an appeal to the Board of Environmental Protection.

Navy ship christened at Bath Iron Works

BATH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --Hundreds gathered to watch the christening of the U.S.S. Rafael Peralta DDG 115, a new navy ship constructed at Bath Iron Works.

The ship is named for United States Marine Sergeant Rafael Peralta, who immigrated to the United States from Mexico, according to the United States Navy.

On the same day he earned his green card, Peralta enlisted in the Marines, according to the Navy.

The DDG 115 is the 35th Arleigh Burk Class missile destroyer built by Bath Iron Works employees. It is the 65th ship of its class.

"It's easy to see that she is like the Marine for which she is named: proud, fearless, and strong," said Vice Admiral Robin Braun, the Chief of Navy Research.

Fire nearly destroys Brunswick home

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Fire nearly destroyed a house in Brunswick this evening.

Flames broke out in the back of the home on Garrison Street around 5 p.m Thursday.

Firefighters say it took them about an hour to get the flames under control.

Officials said no one was hurt -- and that the homeowner is out-of-state on business.

Investigators are now trying to figure out the exact cause.

Lack of rain lowers some Maine lakes

CAMDEN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Like people in many parts of Maine, those who live along Megunticook Lake in Camden are hoping for rain this week, providing some relief from nearly three months of dry weather.

Camden's dam agent, David Bolstridge, says the lake water level is about 31 inches below normal. The Megunticook River, which flows out of the lake through two dams, is running at the lowest allowable water level. That's all because the area has received very little rain since the end of June.

Elderly couple killed in Lincolnville fire died of smoke inhalation

LINCOLNVILLE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The State Fire Marshal’s Office says the cause of the fire that killed an elderly couple in Lincolnville over the weekend cannot be determined because of the extensive damage. 

Lincolnville Fire Chief Benjamin Hazen said the house on Virginia Avenue was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene at 10:38 p.m. Saturday.

Hazen said one victim was found in a bedroom and the other was near a door. The two have been identified as 79-year-old Virginia Dyer and her 81-year-old husband Eugene Dyer, according to Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

Bikers ride to raise money for ALS awareness

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Hope-JG Foundation partnered with the Motorcycle Riders of Maine for a special event on Sunday.

Hope-JG Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to helping families living with ALS and other neuromuscular diseases. The money raised at Sunday's ride will go toward building a home for people with disabilities.

Event organizers said their hope is that is more people will become aware of the diseases and become inspired to help.

Visit Hope JG's website to learn more or to donate.

Bowdoin student arrested for alleged rape

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Bowdoin College student was arrested after being accused of raping another student on campus.

The Portland Press Herald reports that 21-year-old Logan Taylor was arrested Sunday morning after talking to Brunswick Police. The alleged assault took place several hours earlier.

Taylor was transported to the Cumberland County Jail and was charged with gross sexual assault. He's being held on a $1,000 cash bail.

Read more at the Portland Press Herald's website.