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Bath Police responded to an assault at High Street.


BATH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Bath Police responded to an assault at High Street. A 30-year-old female victim reported she was awakened in her home by a man standing over her who then punched her in the face.

The victim described her assailant as approximately 17 - 23 years of age, 5'8" - 5'9", 180 pounds with olive skin, dark black eyebrows and dark eyes. She stated he had a thin athletic build and was wearing a black "hoodie" with no visible logo.

Friends of the victim brought her to Midcoast Hospital where she was treated and released.


Nothing was taken from the home and it is unclear at this time what the motive was for this crime.

Miss Maine is bringing an entirely unique talent to the Miss America pageant this year.


Miss Maine, Audrey Thames, will soon be competing for the title of Miss America.

She was crowned for the state in June and will compete for the national title on September 16th.

On Sunday she performed for friends and family at an event wishing her good luck. The party was held at her hometown in Topsham. She's hoping her small-town charm might give her a leg-up on the competition.

"We'll see how my talent goes," she explains with a laugh, "And then we'll know!" Out of 53 contestants, she will be the only one performing a speaking talent: a comedic monologue. It's a 90 second tongue twister about a woman who has a dream she's hosting a cocktail party and all of the people she's introducing have similar first names.

Brunswick football takes the #IceBucketChallenge


BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Brunswick football team took a step away from boot camp Wednesday and started their evening work-out session with a bunch of ice buckets.

Players said they've seen friends and family take the Ice Bucket Challenge and they wanted to participate to raise awareness and money. Plus, they said it is a good team building activity.

ALS funds have surged since the challenge got started and the ALS Association has seen more than $4 million in donations.

Coaches said they hope the team will learn more about this disease and why a cure is so important.

"The relationship between the two. The fact that they're working their tail off in here - imagine those people with ALS every day," said Kelsey Bison of Coastal Performance.

Man arrested after allegedly trying to strangle girlfriend


TOPSHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Police arrested a Topsham man after he allegedly tried to strangle his girlfriend.

Police said Zechariah Menchaca's girlfriend came to the Brunswick Police Station Tuesday night to report the crime. She said that a verbal argument had quickly escalated into a physical altercation. He allegedly grabbed her by the neck and tried to strangle her. Police said she did not require medical attention, but they did find visible marks on her neck.

Police charged Menchaca with felony aggravated assault. Police said he's at the Cumberland County Jail and is being held without bail.

If you are in a situation and need to talk or help, call Family Crisis Services at 866.834.4357. There is someone available 24/7.


Two children hit by truck in Waldoboro


WALDOBORO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Two children were hit by a truck in Waldoboro Friday night.

Police said the accident happened around 8 p.m. on Union Road. Twenty-four-year-old Joseph Benedix was operating the Simmons Lobster Wharf truck that hit the two boys. Benedix told police he didn't see the boys in the road until they were right in front of him.

A 14-year-old boy was taken to the hospital with a leg injury and then transferred to Portland. The other boy, a 15-year-old, was life-flighted to Lewiston with serious head injuries.

Police said neither boy was wearing a helmet. The investigation is ongoing.


Mass Die-off of Wood Frog Tadpoles Concerns Scientists


BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Every spring, thousands of wood frogs make their way to Nat Wheelwright's half-acre pond to reproduce.

"These frogs are amazing," stated Wheelwright, a biology professor at Bowdoin College. "Most people don't even know that they are mating right in their backyards in early April if you live in a rural area."

The frogs leave behind hundreds of thousands of eggs which hatch into tadpoles, and over the course of the summer, those tadpoles mature into wood frogs.

"Life is hard for a tadpole," he explained. "Probably only one in a hundred makes it out of the pond."

Last year, he estimates there were hundreds of thousands of wood frog tadpoles in his small pond - which is unique because it has no fish in it.

Then, one day in mid-June, things changed.

Maine Woman Preparing to Kayak from Maine to Guatemala


OWLS HEAD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Deb Walters has made several journeys in her kayak that have tested her physically and mentally, but none will take as long, or take her as far, as the one she is set to embark on.

"When I tell people that I am going to kayak from Maine to Guatemala, they say you must be completely nuts!" she exclaimed.

Walters will be leaving from Portland's East End Beach on the afternoon of July 13th and hopes to travel the 2500 miles to Guatemala over the course of the next year.

"That's what I am hoping to be able to do, just by keeping at it a little bit, paddling a little bit each day," said the 63 year old grandmother.

"This is something I'm voluntarily doing, as opposed to the families that live in the garbage dump," she explained.