Man killed in Harpswell crash

HARPSWELL, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says a man was killed in a single-car crash Wednesday night in the town of Harpswell.

Investigators say Cameron Vanvlack, who was 18, was killed when the car he was driving went off Harpswell Neck Road (Route 123). The 1995 Volkswagen Golf struck a tree, causing the car to flip into another tree, striking it with its roof.

Deputies say they believe the crash occurred when Vanvlack attempted to avoid deer in the roadway. Speed may also have been a factor in the accident. Vanvlack was the only person in the vehicle.

Mother and son prescription drug trafficking

BATH (NEWS CENTER) -- A mother and her adult son from Topsham have plead guilty to trafficking in prescription drugs.

Lorraine Keating and Desmond Fitzhebert both entered guilty pleas this morning in superior court in Bath. The Attorney General's Prosecutor says Keating worked at a doctors office and wrote phony prescriptions for oxycodone. She then gave the prescriptions to her son who filled them and sold the pills to a local dealer.

Keating will serve 9-months in jail with 3-years probation. Fitzhebert will serve 4-months then 2-years probation.

Prosecutor Lisa Bogue says prescription drugs have become the number one drug problem in the Midcoast counties where she works. Statewide, the Attorney General's Odffice says that so far this year, prescription drug abuse accounts for nearly 40 percent of all their drug cases.

Ronny Cox


Actor and musician Ronnie Cox and his trio will be performing at Chocolate Church Arts Center in Bath on Saturday, October 1st.  Tickets are $20 in advance or $22 at the door.

Cox is best known for playing villans in "Total Recall" and "Robocop."  Cox has just finished filming an episode of "Dexter."

On the music front, Cox is anything but the villan, and is know for his easygoing amiability and unforced charisma.  Cox's latest album is "Songs... With Repercussions."

For more information on Ronny Cox click here:  RONNY COX

For more information on Chocolate Church Arts Center click here:  CHOCOLATE CHURCH ARTS CENTER

Elinor Klivans' Pear and Chocolate Crumble Cake


Elinor Klivans is the author of 10 cookbooks, including Chocolate Cakes: 50 Great Cakes for Every Occasion.

For more information on Elinor Klivans and her cookbooks click here:  CHRONICLE BOOKS


Pear and Chocolate Crumb Cake

Mixing time 15 minutes
Baking 325 degrees F. for about 55 minutes

1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder, sifted
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

Navy awards destroyer contracts to Bath Iron Works

BATH, Maine (AP) -- Maine's Bath Iron Works has won the competition for two out of three destroyers to be built in addition to three next-generation destroyers already on the books.

The Navy agreed to award one ship apiece to Bath Iron Works and Huntington Ingalls in Mississippi. The third ship was to be awarded on a competitive basis, and the Navy said Monday that it awarded an option for the third ship to Bath.

Earlier this month, the Navy announced that it had come to terms with the contract to complete all three next-generation Zumwalt destroyers.

Because they're so expensive, the Navy decided to go back to building Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, and those three contracts were announced Monday. Both Bath and Huntington were awarded $680 million apiece for the first two ships.

MRRA and Navy Reach Agreement on NASB Land Sale

Brunswick, ME – The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) and the US Navy have reached a creative agreement on the sale of approximately 1,100 acres of land at the former Naval Air Station Brunswick. 

Under this agreement, which utilizes an Economic Development Conveyance from the Navy, MRRA will purchase the former NAS Brunswick property under two major considerations: 1) the Navy will provide a $3 million note to MRRA to be payable over twenty years; and 2) the Navy and MRRA will share a revenue sharing formula based upon gross proceeds from future property sales and leases through 2034.  With this agreement, the first segment of this property could be transferred this month.

“This approach will allow MRRA to affordably purchase the property and push ahead with implementing the reuse plan, while allowing the U.S.

Black bear sighting gets neighbors talking

TOPSHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A black bear sighting on Bridge Street in Topsham has neighbors talking.

Reports of the bear sighting came early this week.

Doris Nieman says the bird feeder in her back yard was ripped down by a bear.  She grew up on Bridge Street but this is the first time she has heard of a bear in the neighborhood.

Officials with the Maine Warden Service say it is normal for bears to search for food anywhere they can get it this time of year as they prepare for the long winter.

However, if a bear lingers in a neighborhood, appears comfortable in the environment and is no longer afraid of you, you should contact officials to investigate the situation.