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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.

Old fishing wharf collapses in Georgetown, the town is worried about the wreckage.


GEORGETOWN, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Town officials in Georgetown are hoping for some outside help, after an old fishing wharf collapsed into the Kennebec River.

The old Tibbetts wharf at Bay Point fell Monday night. Neighbor Brent Perow told us he heard the crash. He said the wharf was very old, and had been leaning a bit before the collapse.

No one was hurt, and no oil or other pollutants got into the water.

Georgetown Harbormaster George Dufour, however, is worried that the debris from the wharf will pose a threat to other docks or boats if it floats away. Perow, who also has his own lobster dock a short distance from the collapsed wharf, said he has already seen some large timbers floating.

"Two (timbers) this morning," Perow told NEWS CENTER, "one got caught up in the boat here."

Police: Brunswick landlord pointed gun at tenant


BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) - A Brunswick landlord is facing charges for allegedly pointing a shotgun at a tenant he believes stole from him.

Police say 57-year-old Peter Davis is charged with criminal threatening and terrorizing.

Deputy Police Chief Marc Hagan says Davis reported a theft at his residence on Monday and that he believed a tenant who lives in the same building was responsible.

Hagan says Davis called police again on Tuesday, said he was dissatisfied with the speed of the investigation, and that he would handle matters himself.

A short time later, a 21-year-old woman called to say Davis had pointed a shotgun at her face and threatened to kill her with her 1-year-old old and 4-month-old children present.

Davis is out on bail.


Bath minister was part of historical race 60 years ago


BATH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Sixty years ago on this date -- May 6, 1954 – a young man from Maine became part of sports history.

That was the day in England when Roger Bannister became the first racer to run a mile in less than four minutes. The four-minute mile had been one of those seemingly impossible barriers in sports for a number of years, until Bannister broke it by just six-tenths of a second.

Running the race with him was George Dole, from Bath. Dole had started running as a student at Morse High School, then was on the Yale University track team. He was a graduate student at Oxford University in England, and a member of that school's track team at the time of the record-setting race.

Heidi Boyd is a mother, but she also created a popular line of craft kits.


BRUNSWICK, Maine (NECN) -- Heidi Boyd's office is a crafter's paradise. The Brunswick wife and mother of three spends her workdays surrounded by colorful felts and fabrics, ribbon and string.

"I'm always making things and creating things. That's like living and breathing for me," she said.

Now the Maine craft designer's home-based business is poised for take-off.

Her Whimsy Kits have just been picked up by Barnes and Noble and Martha Stewart.

Each kit contains the materials and instructions to complete a stuffing-to-buttons craft project.

"All you need to do is open the bag and you should, in a few hours, be rewarded with a little whimsical creature," Boyd said holding up a plush narwhal.

She's already had success selling her kits on-line on "Etsy" and in quilting and sewing stores around Maine..