Father seeks missing son with mental illness

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A father in Brunswick is appealing to the public in hopes that someone has seen his adult son.

33-year old Jason Reil has schizophrenia, and the last time anyone in his family heard from him was on January 12. He had not been taking the medication that helps him control his mental illness.
He has taken off before, but his father says he always calls one of his parents or his sister to let them know he's o-k.
Reil appears to have his wallet, but he hasn't used his ATM card since January 18, and he left his glasses, his keys, his cell phone and his medication at his apartment.

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Lobster boat racing schedule takes shape

WINTERPORT, Maine (AP) -- It may be the dead of winter, but next summer's schedule of Maine lobster boat races is coming into shape.

The Maine Lobster Boat Racing Association says the season will kick off June 16 with races in Boothbay, followed the next day with races in Rockland.

Additional races are planned in Bass Harbor, Jonesport, Searsport, Stonington, Friendship, Harpswell, Winter Harbor, Pemaquid and Portland before wrapping up with a final competition in Eastport during the Eastport Pirate Festival on Sept. 9.


Police arrest man for stabbing girlfriend in neck

BATH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Bath Police say Matthew Wycoff faces an Elevated Aggravated Assault charge for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend in the neck multiple times.

Shortly before 7:00 AM Monday, police were called to a domestic fight on Washington Street.

Officers found a 38 year old female with serious stab wounds to the neck. She and witnesses told police that Wycoff had attacked her and fled.

He was found about half an hour later at a gas station in Topsham.

He was taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail.

Strangers pull over to save dog trapped on icy river

LISBON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Thanks to complete strangers who transformed into a unified rescue crew, Darryl the dog is safe tonight.

Drivers on Route 196 in Lisbon saw a fox jet across the street, then noticed a dog quickly running after it.  The dog ended up stuck on the frozen ice of Sabattus River.  Luckily, after some quick thinking, a group of people who had pulled over on Lisbon Road decided to go down the hill and slide a log out to the dog, and it worked. 

"We went down and put a stick across and a little bit of teamwork and it ended up a good day," Dave Harvey, a passerby who helped rescue the dog, said.

Darryl was quickly dried off and seemed perfectly find once he was saved.

60 years later, a local hero looks back on his toughest rescue

LISBON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- February 18 has always been a special day in Paul Black's life.

It's his birthday, his wedding anniversary, and the anniversary of his most memorable rescue mission with the United States Coast Guard.  60 years ago, two oil tankers off the coast of Cape Cod split in two due to the massive waves and frigid temperatures that came with the notorious blizzard of 1952 -- the Pendleton and Ft. Mercier.  Black was on board the Yakutat, a 311-foot Coast Guard weather ship.  Their mission was to save the crewmen aboard Ft. Mercier from the icy cold waters as fast as they could.

"It was too rough to do too much so they decided they would have them jump one at a time," Paul Black said. "We'd pick them up because we couldn't stay in one place.  We had to keep moving."

Free Hospice Volunteer Training to Start in March

Free Hospice Volunteer Training to Start in March


CHANS Home Health Care Hospice and Volunteers Program is offering classes for individuals interested in becoming a Hospice Volunteer. The Volunteer Training Program will run for 10 consecutive weeks from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays beginning on March 1st in the conference room at the Hospice and Volunteer’s Building at 45 Baribeau Dr., Brunswick. A completed application and pre-training interview is required before being admitted to the training program.

This free training prepares individuals to deal compassionately and sensitively with end-of-life issues in a volunteer capacity.