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.

Maine Naval Academy student found dead in room


(AP/NEWS CENTER) - The Naval Academy says a student from Harpswell has been found dead in his room.

The academy announced in a statement Saturday morning that Midshipman Rolando Amador was found dead around 9 p.m. Thursday. The 22-year-old junior was in his room at Bancroft Hall, the academy dormitory.

The statement says the circumstances surrounding his death are under investigation. No foul play is suspected.

Amador was a mechanical engineering major and participated in intramural sports.

The academy is providing grief counseling to his fellow students.

Brunswick man arrested for alleged heroin distribution

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested a Brunswick man Monday after a month long investigation into the distribution of heroin in the Bath and Brunswick area.

During the investigation, agents allegedly learned that Justin Ryan was going to be returning to Brunswick from Massachusetts with a large amount of heroin. On Monday, agents requested Brunswick Police conduct a traffic stop on a car being driven by Ryan, 42. Officers pulled Ryan over on Pleasant Street in Brunswick and agents allegedly found 40 grams of heroin in the center console of Ryan's vehicle.

Officials arrested Ryan and took him to the Cumberland County Jail. After his arrest, agents searched his apartment on Dunning Street and allegedly found drug trafficking evidence including scales, packaging materials and $1,300 in suspected drug proceeds.

Pedestrian killed in Rockland


(NEWS CENTER) - Rockland Police tells NEWS CENTER one man is dead and another in custody after pedestrian crash in Rockland Friday night.

Police say 35-year-old Daniel Cormier of Rockland and Owls Head was walking near the Pizza Hut on Camden Street when he was struck and killed.

Rockland officials allege 40-year-old Jeremy S. Stone of Rockport struck Cormier with his vehicle. Police say Stone is currently in the Knox County Jail on felony operating under the influence, felony leaving the scene of an accident involving death and two outstanding warrants from Waldo County.

Police say the crash occurred at approximately 5:30p.m. Friday night. Police seized multiple pieces of evidence. Maine State Police also assisted at the scene.