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Go-kart death still under investigation

NEWCASTLE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The death of an Anah Shriner who was driving a go-kart yesterday in Damariscotta's Pumpkinfest Parade is still under investigation.

Officials from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office believe the ramp that 59-year-old Marvin Tarbox Jr. was driving over broke and caused Tarbox to lose control of the go-kart on Main Street in Newcastle.

Tarbox was part of a performance that involved driving go-karts on a ramp that was arched over an SUV. Will Monsell witnessed the event and said he saw the go-kart flip over. Two go-karts that were following him then plowed into Tarbox.  Monsell believes the steepness of the ramp prevented the drivers from being able to stop.

Maine towns face Irene grant application deadlines

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Maine towns and cities are facing a pair of deadlines to apply for federal grants to repair damage from Hurricane Irene, which was a tropical storm by the time it dumped flooding waters on the state in late August and lashed it with damaging winds.

State officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) say Maine city, town and county governments, school districts and certain private nonprofits soon must submit their requests for up to 75 percent of the cost of approved projects FEMA will pay.

The deadlines for Franklin, Oxford and York counties will be Thursday, and for Lincoln County Oct. 24.

Private nonprofits that may qualify are those that provide public, government-like services such as educational, utility, emergency, medical and custodial care.

Wall St. investment group helps grow Maine jobs

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Will small business and innovation pull Maine out of recession and grow new jobs? A big Wall Street investment company is betting on it.

The Blackstone Charitable Foundation, created by the Blackstone Group, has announced a $3 million grant to help grow new jobs in Maine. The Foundation calls it "Accelerate Growth," and is targeting the money at several existing programs that provide mentoring and other assistance to entrepreneurs and innovative small businesses.

The company's CEO, Stephen Schwarzman, told the audience at Brunswick Landing the growing Maine's innovative economy can create ten thousand new jobs in the next ten years-and that's the Foundation's goal for the project.

Maine’s Poet Laureate to Speak at Thornton Oaks

Maine’s Poet Laureate to Speak at Thornton Oaks

 

The public is invited to a reading by Maine’s Poet Laureate Wesley McNair at Thornton Oaks Retirement Community, 25 Thornton Way, on Tuesday, October 18 at 4:00 p.m. McNair will discuss “How I Became a Poet,” which will include readings of poems to illustrate his points.       

Following his talk and question and answer session, McNair will sign his most recent book, Lovers of the Lost: New & Selected Poems, which will also be available for purchase.         

McNair has an extensive and distinguished career.

Police arrest father of beer-drinking toddler

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) -- Police say a 2-year-old was discovered drinking beer while his father was passed out at the Tedford Housing family shelter in Brunswick, Maine.

Deputy Chief Marc Hagan says staff called police after finding 35-year-old Shane Sawler unresponsive and his son drinking from a 40-ounce can of beer.

Hagan says Sawler was uncooperative when roused by officers and had to be restrained and handcuffed before being taken to a hospital.

The boy was taken to a different hospital and the Department of Health and Human Services was contacted before the boy was released into the custody of his mother, who'd been at work when the episode unfolded.

Tedford Housing policy requires removal of those who break the rules by drinking in its units. Sawler couldn't be reached for comment.

Tuskegee Airmen traveling exhibit comes to Maine

WISCASSET (NEWS CENTER) -- School kids in the midcoast have been learning an important piece of American history this week. It's the story of the World War Two unit of black soldiers called the Tuskegee Airmen, who had to fight enemy overseas and fight racism at home. And even though the Airmen became a highly respected unit in the Army Air Corps, the soldiers still faced bigotry and many other obstacles when they came home.

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.