Family gets WWII soldier's message, 70 years later

WINDHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A special kind of "family reunion" happened at Radio Shack in Windham Monday night -- made possible by the power of social media.

In 1945, a WWII soldier named William Austin made an audio recording from basic training in Texas. He mailed it to his parents in Auburn, Maine.

Decades later, a man named Mike Esposito, co-owner of the Windham Radio Shack, is buying 100,000 records from a collector.

He happens to find Austin's audio recordings inside another records case.

Esposito tried to track down the family by looking up Austins in the phone book -- but he couldn't find them.

Recently, Esposito decided to try a more modern-day approach. He posted a Facebook status.

Computer Crimes credited in ending RSU 14 threat

(NEWS CENTER) -- When police responded to RSU 14 to investigate the threatening emails, they realized they needed to call in the Maine State Computer Task Force.

Investigators and parents wanted to know who was behind the threats and if the threats were legitimate.

The computer crimes team is called in when local law enforcement need assistance. Computer Forensic Analyst John Moran was contacted to work on the RSU 14 case and trace the emails.

Moran said
this is the worst case of online threats he can remember.

Police: Standish man arrested for lewd act, car chase

STANDISH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A man from Standish faces several charges after police said he took off and led them on a chase when they tried to arrest him for performing a lewd act in the parking lot of the Goodwill store in Windham.

When police tried to arrest 24-year-old Andrew Chapman Thursday morning, he drove off, speeding through a McDonald's and Wal-Mart parking lot, police said.

According to officers, they eventually tracked Chapman to Chadbourne Road in Standish. They said he nearly hit a Cumberland County sheriff deputy's squad car during the chase. Eventually Chapman lost control of his car and rolled it over, investigators said.

Chapman had minor scrapes and injuries from the crash and was treated at the scene. His car was totaled.

Police looking for man involved in purse theft in Naples

NAPLES, Maine (NEW CENTER) -- The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office is looking for the individual responsible for robbing a woman of her purse while grocery shopping at the Umbrella Factory in Naples.

A 41-year-old Harrison woman had just purchased groceries and was about to load grocery bags into her car when a man walked by her grocery carriage and grabbed her purse. The victim grabbed onto the man's arm to retain her purse but the suspect freed himself by pulling off his sweatshirt. The suspect then ran away in the direction of Bray's Brew Pub with the woman's purse. The purse contained typical identification cards and credit cards.

The victim sustained minor injuries during the struggle. During the struggle, the suspect's ball cap fell off. Both the sweatshirt and ball cap were recovered by police.

Bridgton police say speed is likely a factor in a crash along Route 302 near Naples.

BRIDGTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Bridgton police are investigating a deadly crash on Route 302 near the Naples town line.

The crash happened just before 6pm Sunday.

Police said it appears the driver of one vehicle was trying to pass another car, but lost control and hit a tree.

The driver, 35-year-old Candice Tucker, was treated for minor injuries at Bridgton Hospital. The two passengers, 16-year-old Branden Denis of Gorham and 35-year-old Eric Morey of Portland died in the crash.

Officials say excess speed appears to be a factor in the crash.

Accident closes part of Route 302 in Windham


(NEWS CENTER) -- Windham dispatch confirmed there was a 3-car crash near the intersection of Route 302 and Mineral Springs Road.

Windham dispatch said there are injuries but the extent of those injuries, and the number of people injured, is currently unknown.

Route 302 is closed in the area.

Windham man arrested for terrorizing


(NEWS CENTER) -- Windham Police have arrested a man for allegedly yelling threats at his neighbors.

Officers were called to Marshall Valley Road off Highland Cliff Road in Windham just after 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Police eventually made contact with Raymond C.Marshall III and arrested him for Terrorizing.

Marshall was taken to the Cumberland County Jail.