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Harrison man arrested for possessing child porn


HARRISON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- State Police said a Harrison man is now free on bail following his arrest for possessing child pornography.

37-year-old Wayne Pike was arrested for possession of sexually explicit material of someone under the age of 12, at his home at 582 Bolsters Mills Road in Harrison.

Pike has been under investigation since last summer after the State Police's Computer Crimes Unit received information that resulted in a search of his house. Agents seized and examined Pike's computer and found thousands of files and images of infants and toddlers being sexually abused.

Sebago Lake boat launch closes for a month


CASCO, Maine (AP) -- The popular boat launch at Sebago Lake State Park will close for about a month to allow for renovations and maintenance that state officials say will make it easier for boaters to get access to Sebago Lake.

The state Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Bureau of Parks and Land says the launch will close on Wednesday. The rest of the day area portion of the park will continue operating from 9 a.m. to sunset daily. State officials say the work will help boaters reach Sebago Lake and the Songo River.

A spokesman for the agriculture department says the work will cost $97,809 and should be completed by Nov. 15.


Windham man killed by police had gun at his side


WINDHAM, Maine

(Portland Press Herald) -- The Windham man shot by a Cumberland County sheriff's deputy April 12 had his hands, including the one holding a cocked .357 revolver, by his side when he was killed, according to the Maine attorney general's investigative files on the case.

The report corroborates claims by Stephen McKenney's widow that he wasn't waving the gun around at the time he was shot, as police originally had said.

An attorney for the widow, Vicki McKenney, says the new information about Stephen McKenney's death means he was much less of a threat than if he had been pointing the gun at police.

"I think if the gun is pointed at him it would give him lots more justification for shooting," said attorney Daniel Lilley.

A 79-year-old man is credited for saving two men Tuesday after a canoe overturned.


NAPLES, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A 79-year-old is being recognized for saving two men after a canoe overturned in Brandy Pond Tuesday night.

The Cumberland County Sheriffs Office said it received a call from a woman named Roberta Sorensen in Naples about two people in Brandy Pond off Jackson Cove Rd. The two subjects were yelling for help and were saying they couldn't hold on any longer.

The caller's husband, 79-year-old Edward Sorensen, got into his row boat and went out onto the lake in the dark in hopes of locating the two men yelling for help. Sorensen was able to get the two men to hold onto his boat. He brought them to a nearby dock where members of the Naples Rescue Unit were standing by.

Former prison guard charged with sexual assault


WINDHAM, Maine (AP) -- A former Maine prison guard has been charged with sexually assaulting a female inmate at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham.

The Portland Press Herald reports (

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) that 23-year-old Auburn resident Bret Butterfield is being held at the York County Jail in Alfred on $50,000 cash bail.

Butterfield is accused of assaulting a 25-year-old convicted burglar who was released in April. She's not being identified because she's considered a victim in the case.

Windham teacher rocks out during summer vacation


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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A high school teacher from Windham is living the dream this summer playing concerts all over the U.S with the nationally known rock band "Boston."

Not a bad summer gig.

The drummer, Jeff Neal says balancing the two very different professions that mean so much to him is not always easy -- but he wouldn't change a thing.

NEWS CENTER's Bob Evans caught up with him back stage during Wednesday night's gig at Darlings Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor.

Food Pantries see more elderly in need


WINDHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Two hundred thousand people in Maine are struggling with hunger, which means they are not sure where their next meal will come from.

Statistics are one thing. It is another see the need first hand.

A couple of weeks ago we tagged along with the Good Shepard Food bank's mobile delivery truck as it stopped in Windham, where a line had formed well before pick-up was scheduled to start.

Many of the people in that line were elderly.

The folks who run the food pantry say they see seniors on a regular basis who cannot afford to pay for the medications and food. The food pantry is there so that they don't have to chose which they will do without. Still, many of the seniors who could benefit most from the free food, refuse to come in to get it. They are embarrassed.