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Maine Naval Academy student found dead in room


ANNAPOLIS, Md.

(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



ROCKLAND, Maine

(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.


Woman charged with OUI after head-on crash


WALDOBORO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The Knox County Sheriff's Department says a woman has been charged with operating under the influence after an early Sunday morning head-on crash.

Knox County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Tim Carroll says Jillian Richards, 24-years-old of Waldoboro, was traveling south on Route 1, when her vehicle crossed the center line. Carroll says Richards struck a truck, head-on, being operated by John Engwer, 53-years-old, of Wrentham, Massachusetts.

Carroll says Richards likely fell asleep at the wheel immediately before the crash. Officials say Richards told them she was returning from a methadone clinic prior to the accident.

Officials report Richards was flown by LifeFlight to Central Maine Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Engwer was transported to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport with minor injuries.

Son of NYPD officer killed Saturday attends Bowdoin


BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The son of one of the New York officers killed Saturday in an ambush style attack attends Bowdoin College in Maine.

College officials confirmed that NYPD officer Rafael Ramos's son Justin Ramos is a sophomore at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, a college with about 1,700 students. In an email to staff and students Sunday night, President Barry Mill's extended his sympathy for the Ramos family.

"This is is an unspeakable tragedy, and our hearts go out to Justin and his family. We are a close community, and we share in Justin's pain and anguish," wrote President Mills.

Bowdoin students disciplined for party


BOWDOIN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Bowdoin College is disciplining students, including some members of the men's lacrosse team, after a Pilgrims and Native American party called "Cracksgiving" where several students dressed up in headdresses and warpaint.

In a letter to the student body, the Dean of Student Affairs addressed the culturally inappropriate party and said that cultural appropriation is "conduct unbecoming of a Bowdoin student.

The letter said that just before Thanksgiving, students living at 83 1/2 Harpswell Rd., known as the "Crack House," threw a party that encouraged students to dress up as Pilgrims and Native American party. Some members of the college's men's lacrosse team rent the home and about 14 of the members wore costumes to the party.

Plans to outsource jobs at BIW raises concerns


BATH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Plans to cut costs by outsourcing work out of state is raising big concerns at one of the state's largest private employers.

Bath Iron Works, which employs nearly 6,000 people, is one of the Navy's primary shipyards. The General Dynamics owned company is in the running to build Coast Guard offshore patrol cutters in 2017. The company said it must cut millions of dollars to be competitive. The union's contract requires BIW to show that farming out work to other shipyards would result in significant cost savings. Union leaders have been pouring over hundreds of documents and said the numbers don't add up.