Cable barriers have big impact in preventing serious accidents

YARMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Yarmouth Fire Chief Michael Robitaille has seen many serious accidents along the seven mile stretch of Interstate 295 his department covers, but says the recent addition of median cable barriers has made the highway safer.

"They are certainly a life saver as far as I am concerned," he stated. 

"It actually brings that car down slower," explained Robitaille.  "There is a lot less damage to the vehicles.  There certainly is a lot less injuries is what we are finding."

The Maine Department of Transportation started installing median cable barriers in 2010 along sections on I-295 and U.S. Route One where the median was less than fifty feet wide between the northbound and southbound lanes of travel.

"Medians were originally designed as a safety cushion, but we are finding, on medians that are under 50 feet wide, something more is needed," said MDOT Safety Manager, Duane Burnell.

Men's Hockey: Bowdoin wins back-to-back NESCAC titles

HARTFORD, Conn. (NEWS CENTER) - A year after their most accomplished season in program history, the Bowdoin men needed an improbable run through their conference tournament to get back to the NCAA tournament and on Sunday they completed the feat. 

A day after upsetting top-seeded Trinity in the NESCAC semi-finals (New England Small College Athetlic Conference), the #5 Polar Bears beat second-seeds Amherst 3-2 in double overtime.  Junior forward John McGinnis scored the game winner 20 seconds into the second OT session in what was the longest game in Bowdoin's 91-year history. 

Senior Danny Palumbo scored the game's opening goal for Bowdoin 7:23 into the first period.  The Jeffs' Elliot Bostrom tied the game at the 17:50 mark of the second period. 

Child care to be offered at Brunswick Landing

BATH, Maine (AP) -- A non-profit that runs two early learning centers and provides before- and after-school care in five schools is taking over two buildings at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station.

Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Steve Levesque said having child care options on site will be a good thing for current and future businesses at Brunswick Landing.

Officials announced this week that the transfer of two building has been completed. Family Focus hopes to have one of them back in operation by year's end.

Bob Parlin, executive director of Family Focus, says the organization intends to conduct a capital campaign for the renovations and create an endowment to assist families who could not otherwise afford pre-school education and care.

East & West split at All-Star Classic

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The West won rolled to big wins in the larger class contests, while the East had a slight edge amongst the smaller schools.  In the end, the two regions split the four games at the McDonald's All-Star Classic. 

Portland's Jayvon Pitts-Young and Jake Moody of Wells each had 20 as the West had too much offense for the East in the Class 'A'/'B' boys game 143-115.  Hampden Academy's Zach Gilpin led all scorers with 26. 

The Western Maine ladies also rolled to lopsided victory in the 'A' & 'B' matchups, 83-44.  McAuley's Allie Clement, who also won the three-point contest, had game-high 21. 

In the boys 'C' & 'D' matchups, Van Buren's Jacob Rioux and his 25 points helped the East to a 113-105 win over the West.  Hyde's Warsame Mohamed was the West's and game's top scorer with 27 points.

Five Maine teams make the NCAA D-III basketball fields

NEWS CENTER - Three Maine basketball programs were guaranteed a berth in Division III's version of the "Big Dance."  Two more teams received a bid to battle at the national tournament. 

The Bowdoin men and women, who each lost in the NESCAC tournament, will join the UNE (Coastal Colonial Conference) and St. Joseph's women (Great Northeast Athletic Conference), and Husston men (North Athletic Conference), who won their respective conference tournaments. 

The Bowdoin women will host their four-team regional.  The UNE and St. Joseph's women will play in back-to-back games at the Tufts regional. 

All five games will be played on Friday evening: 


Husson (26-2) vs. East Connecticut St. (22-6) in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Friday TBA

Bowdoin (19-5) vs. Richard Stockon (23-4) in Radnor, Penn.  Friday TBA


HS Boys Hockey regional semi-final schedule/results

NEWS CENTER - Only 16 teams are left to vie for state championships in boys hockey.  A pair of regional semi-finals get the weekend underway on Friday with the other six scheduled for Saturday. 



(2) Camden Hills    2
(3) Greely            3  F

(1) Gorham        1
(5) Kennebunk     0 F



(1) Falmouth      5
(4) Noble/Wells     4  F  

(2) Scarborough         7
(3) Thornton Academy  1  F


Repeat offender with mental illness sentenced

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Darrell McCauley has a history of violence and inappropriate contact with young girls.

"That afternoon my daughters innocence was taken and after I confronted this man, who said what I just kissed her, he kicked me in the face".

The was the emotional plea for justice from a woman who's 12-year old daughter was grabbed and kissed by McCauley. While on supervised release from a group home in Brunswick he still managed to grab the girl and kiss her on the mouth.

It is not the first time McCauley has done something like that. In 2000 he was convicted of assaulting his sister. The following year he hugged and harassed an 11-year-old girl at a ski area. In 2003 he walked away from a supervised apartment in Augusta and kissed and groped a 7-year-old girl in her back yard.