Octoberfest is coming!

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber of Commerce will be holding an Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Topsham Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds are located just off of the Coastal Connector (Route 196) in Topsham.

Listen and dance to four Maine bands performing on the Fairgrounds new performance stage and concert lawn. Backlash, Vinyl Tap, Maine singer-songwriter Amy Allen and Kilcollins will be performing. There will be craft beer, wine craft vendors and more.

Public wins access to Bailey Island beach


(NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Superior Court ruled in favor of the public Monday in a battle over public access of a Harpswell beach.

Justice Nancy Mills said that the public had a prescriptive easement over Cedar Beach Road on Bailey Island to access a beach that families had been enjoying for more than nine generations. The court ruled against the road's current owner, Betsy Atkins of Coral Gables, Florida.

The dispute began over the beach began in 2011, when the owners of the road blocked beach access after failing to convince the Town of Harpswell to pay easement rights.

Brunswick Police looking for suspect


(NEWS CENTER) – Brunswick Police say they are looking for a man who brandished a knife in a robbery attempt Sunday morning.

Brunswick PD says the suspect approached a man at 66 Union Streetat approximately 8:22a.m, displayed a knife and demanded money. The suspect fled on foot when the man said he did not have any money.

Police say the man was described to be in his late teens or early twenties, between 5 foot 10 inches and 6 foot tall with a thin to medium build. He was wearing a red hoodie and blue jeans. Officials say he wore a black nylon mask, possibly with some sort of design, maybe even a skeleton face.

The Brunswick Police Department is looking for anyone with any information about the incident to contact Officer Brian Funke or Detective Sergeant Marty Rinaldi at (207) 725 – 5521.

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.