Central Maine News: Dec 2, 2015
These are some of the stories central Maine is talking about today.
(WGME) -- The Auburn Water District is warning residents about elevated levels of lead in the drinking water of some homes and buildings. According to WGME, officials say tests are mandated by the EPA and done every three years. The tests revealed an increase in lead. But the good news is the lead isn't in Lake Auburn, which is the water source, instead it's actually inside the internal plumbing, mostly found in homes built in the 1980s. The district is notifying the public and will test 60 more homes over the next six months. They will keep testing until levels come down. Residents will be getting materials in the mail. The materials will provide information on how to get their water tested for lead.
(WMTW) —A convicted sex offender is accused of breaking into a woman's home and exposing himself, according to Bath police. Police said the 28-year-old woman reported she came on home Nov. 24 to find the man sitting on her couch with his pants pulled down. The woman immediately ran upstairs, locked herself in her bedroom, grabbed a handgun and then called 911. 55 year old Stephen McIntire of Bath was found and arrested. McIntire was charged with burglary, aggravated criminal trespass, criminal threatening, indecent conduct and theft.
(WABI) -- A bridge in central Maine will be closed indefinitely beginning Friday. According to WABI, the Department of Transportation recently decided to close the North Bridge on Howe Road in Whitefield due to deterioration. DOT officials say drivers headed in that direction will be re-routed along the Vigue Road and then Route 17.
(BDN) --The attorney for former Waterville Senior High School Principal Don Reiter said that his client will continue to fight allegations made against him by a female student. Don Reiter was fired last month after accusations that he asked for sex from the teen. Soon afterward, he was summoned on the misdemeanor charge of official oppression. Official oppression is a Class E crime that carries a maximum jail sentence of six months and a $1,000 fine. Reiter continues to maintain his innocence. His attorney said Reiter plans to plead not guilty to the misdemeanor and that he will request a jury trial.
(KJ) -- The residents of Springhouse Gardens in Skowhegan are wondering what happens next for them. The apartment building, which is owned by Spring House Associates and managed by Portland company and is for sale after a federal judge ruled to foreclose on the building in August. Residents said Tuesday that they received letters in the mail about two weeks ago, telling them the building was in foreclosure. A meeting also was held Tuesday in which representatives from the USDA and the management met with residents to discuss their options. Residents are worried they will have to move or see increases to their rent.
(AP) -- A Maine woman is accused of stealing a hard-cider truck and crashing it into a barn following a high-speed police chase. Police say 19 year old woman was treated at Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford after she crashed an Angry Orchards truck in Limerick. The truck was reported stolen from a 7-Eleven in Portland on Tuesday. Authorities say a deputy sheriff later chased the vehicle for about 13 miles before it crashed into the barn, spilling cases of alcohol. The driver is being charged of drunken driving, driving to endanger and failing to stop for a police officer.
(AP) — Donald Trump says he feels guilty for never serving in the Vietnam War because he knows many brave people who did. Trump's comments came during a Tuesday night event in New Hampshire that offered a more intimate exchange than his typical rallies. He opened the floor for questions and at times kept the audience near silence as he discussed where his patriotism comes from and what advice he'd give to young people. He says politicians today need to use more "tough talk" when it comes to dealing with the Islamic State in the Middle East, and criticizes rivals for saying his tone is too brash. He's also offering a warning to young people about the dangers of alcohol and drugs, saying they can hamper future success.
(AP) — With the Rio Summer Olympics eight months away, a new round of testing by The Associated Press finds the city's Olympic waterways are rife with pathogens akin to raw sewage. The latest tests show not only no improvement in water quality — but that the water is even more widely contaminated than previously known.
(AP) — Australia's weather bureau is refusing to comment on a media report that it has been hacked in a cyberattack that compromised sensitive systems across the national government. Australian Broadcasting Corp. reports that China had been blamed for the recent attack.
(AP) — What's not to like? Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla, say they'll devote nearly all their wealth — roughly $45 billion — to solving the world's problems in celebration of their new baby daughter, Max. The news came on Facebook, of course.