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.

Brunswick police respond to jewelry robbery

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- An alarm alerted Brunswick police to the an intruder at the Days Jeweler's in the Merry Meeting Mall Sunday. The alarm went off around 8:00 p.m. and when police arrived, it seemed the intruders were still inside the store.

Police said a key holder to the building arrived and let police enter. While inside, police determined the intruders had taken several items and had let before the police arrived.

Detectives recovered evidence and the Maine State Crime lab is processing it.

A 12-year-old girl pulled a fire alarm at a polling location in Brunswick.

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A 12-year-old girl was charged with felony criminal terrorizing Tuesday after allegedly pulling a fire alarm at a Brunswick polling area.

The girl pulled the fire alarm at Brunswick Junior High School around 10 a.m. Tuesday while residents voted in the school's gymnasium, according to Deputy Chief Marc Hagan. The school and the polling area were evacuated. The building was re-opened approximately 10 minutes after the alarm was pulled.

Police on scene interviewed students who told them the name of the girl who pulled the alarm.

The girl was charged Tuesday after her parents brought her to the Brunswick Police Department. She is scheduled to appear in West Bath District Court on Aug. 13.

Polls for Tuesday's primary election were left unattended for no more than three minutes, according to police.

Portland attorney donating $50,000 to Sweetser

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Portland attorney has announced a generous donation to support Sweetser's Learning and Recovery Center.

Daniel Lilley is giving a $50,000 donation in memory of his late son, David A. Lilley.

Lilley said that he and his wife are "assured that with this gift, this facility will remain open for another year and provide the peer support service to those people with health issues that have stalled their lives." Lilley's son was killed in an automobile accident when he was 18.

Sweeter leadership are coordinating the grant funding support with DHHS leadership.