U.S.S. Spruance heads to sea

BATH, Maine  (NEWS CENTER) -- The latest U.S. Navy ship built by Bath Iron Works headed to sea today, and was given a special local sendoff along the way.


LePage declares state of emergency ahead of Irene

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Maine Gov. Paul LePage has declared a statewide emergency to allow state, county and local governments to better respond to approaching Hurricane Irene. And Maine's largest electric utility is already calling on Canadian utility crews to assist, even before Irene's arrival.

LePage issued his proclamation Friday afternoon after meeting with senior advisers and officials from the Maine Emergency Management to discuss the impending storm.

National Weather Service forecaster John Jensenius says there's a possibility of hurricane-force winds, meaning 74 mph or more, and 20- to 25-foot seas offshore when the storm arrives late Sunday in Maine.

Central Maine Power says 60 contract crews from Canada will bring the number of line crews to 200, in addition to 150 tree-cutting crews loaned to the utility from within Maine.


Bath Salts Warning Poster

Bath Salts Warning Poster

Blue Angels: Real stars are pilots in the war

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Thousands of Mainers and tourists will be heading to Brunswick this weekend for the Great State of Maine Air Show. The highlight, of course, is the return appearance of the Navy's Blue Angels precision flying team.

After 65 years of performing, the Blue Angels know they are the big draw at shows like this. But the men and women who are part of that team say what they do is nothing compared to what Navy and Marine Pilots are doing every day in the war zone. Captain Greg McWherter, commanding officer of the Blue Angels, says the stunts they perform use the same basic flying skills and maneuvers taught to every Marine Corps and Navy pilot. He says "nothing compares to a night landing on an aircraft carrier."

Family of missing woman searching for answers

BREMEN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The family of Christiana Fesmire, a young woman missing since July 1st, are speaking out to ask for help finding her.

"It is a disappearance.  It's just like someone came and plucked her off the face of the Earth," explained Christiana's father Chester Fesmire.  "It's just she's gone, who knows where, and we really need her presence back again.  We really need to see her.  We want to hold her again."

Christiana was staying with friends in Lewiston.  They last saw her on July 1st as she was preparing to go to a family get-together in Rangely for the 4th of July weekend.  She never showed up.

"When her friends called and said that they hadn't heard from her either, panic - it was just oh my word, what's going on, where is she?" said her father.  "We know that if she could get in touch with us she would."