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A 12-year-old girl pulled a fire alarm at a polling location in Brunswick.


BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A 12-year-old girl was charged with felony criminal terrorizing Tuesday after allegedly pulling a fire alarm at a Brunswick polling area.

The girl pulled the fire alarm at Brunswick Junior High School around 10 a.m. Tuesday while residents voted in the school's gymnasium, according to Deputy Chief Marc Hagan. The school and the polling area were evacuated. The building was re-opened approximately 10 minutes after the alarm was pulled.

Police on scene interviewed students who told them the name of the girl who pulled the alarm.

The girl was charged Tuesday after her parents brought her to the Brunswick Police Department. She is scheduled to appear in West Bath District Court on Aug. 13.

Polls for Tuesday's primary election were left unattended for no more than three minutes, according to police.


Portland attorney donating $50,000 to Sweetser


BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Portland attorney has announced a generous donation to support Sweetser's Learning and Recovery Center.

Daniel Lilley is giving a $50,000 donation in memory of his late son, David A. Lilley.

Lilley said that he and his wife are "assured that with this gift, this facility will remain open for another year and provide the peer support service to those people with health issues that have stalled their lives." Lilley's son was killed in an automobile accident when he was 18.

Sweeter leadership are coordinating the grant funding support with DHHS leadership.


Coastal Humane Society holds "Midnight Madness"


BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Coastal Humane Society opened its doors at midnight Saturday night to help place 100 dogs and cats into new homes.

"Midnight Madness" is the kickoff to their summer goal of getting more than 800 pets adopted.

The event was open from midnight until 4 A.M., and it opened again at 10 A.M. The shelter is one of 50 competing in a nationwide competition to get the most animals adopted. The winner will receive a $100,000 prize.

And by 4:45 P.M. on Sunday afternoon, the shelter had completed its goal.

For more information about adoption, head to their website.


Chinese students visit elementary in Brunswick


BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The largest battle of the American Civil War came to life today on the playground of an elementary school in Brunswick. The reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg was part of 5th grade project.

It's the most famous and most important Civil War battle.

Using wooden guns loaded with flour to look like gunsmoke.. these 5th graders at Stowe Elementary are taking their roles in the battle of Gettysburg very seriously.

These 5th graders are studying the Civil War. Something this student feels every student should learn about.

Confederate and Union soldiers engage in hand to hand combat, depicting Pickett's charge the third and final day of the battle..

Sweetser to close mental health center in Brunswick


BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- An alternative mental health facility that helps nearly 1000 clients a year is shutting down next month.

Sweetser says without more help from the state it can no longer continue funding the Learning and Recovery Center.

Sweetser runs the center with funding help from the state. While that state funding has remained flat,Sweetser's costs have risen significantly. With no additional money coming from the state the center is being shut down.

Kelli Magaw used to be a client, now she's a volunteer.
That's what this place is all about. People who have dealt with their own mental health issues, helping people now looking for help with theirs.

"I have this place to thank, I have a ton of people to thank. It's this place it's like if it hadn't existed I don't know where I would've gone", said Magaw.

Bath Police arrest two men after vehicle and foot chase


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BATH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Sagadahoc Sheriff's Office received a complaint of a motor vehicle driving recklessly on the State Road in West Bath, heading toward Bath. Another motorist reported seeing the vehicle drive on the roadside curbing as well as swerving all over the roadway. The vehicle was described as a white SUV.

Deputy Shiers responded to the complaint and asked for assistance from the Bath Police Department to locate the vehicle.

A couple in Lincoln County faces heroin trafficking charges.


WOOLWICH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A couple from Lincoln County was charged with selling heroin Thursday after $72,000 worth of the drug was found inside their car during a traffic stop.

Nicholas Buscanera of Westport and Stephanie Little of Edgecomb were both arrested and charged with aggravated trafficking of heroin.

State Police said they received information that the couple would be traveling out of state by car to obtain the drug. Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Deputies stopped the couple on Route 1 in Woolwich Thursday night. 72 bags of heroin were found in the car, which is equivalent to 2,880 individual doses, according to State Police.

State Police said they have been investigating the importation of heroin in Lincoln and Sagadahoc Counties for months.

Buscanera and Little were taken to Two Bridges Jail. Bail was set at $5,000 each.