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Medications making their way into drinking water a concern for scientists.


STANDISH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- With roughly a trillion gallons of water, it is hard to believe that one pill, or even an entire bottle of them, could have an impact on the water quality of Sebago Lake, but think again.

"We are concerned about all contaminants that could possibly enter Sebago Lake, and subsequently the water supply," explained Michael Koza, the lab manager at the Portland Water District.

Koza says Sebago Lake, the drinking water source for nearly 200,000 people, is clean and pristine, but that doesn't mean they haven't detected minuscule amounts of medications and other contaminants.

One person dead after police-involved shooting in Windham


WINDHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- UPDATE at 10:15 AM: The Windham Police Department responded to a complaint of a suicidal male on Quartz Circle around 6:15 a.m. on Saturday morning. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office went to the scene. Police say the incident evolved quickly. The man displayed a firearm and was then shot by a police officer.

Windham Police, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, and the Maine State Police are investigating this incident, under the direction of the Maine Attorney General's office.

The Maine Attorney General's office is involved with the investigation because it is a standard operating procedure when there is an officer-involved shooting. Maine State Game Wardens are also assisting with scene reconstruction.

Roads around the incident are expected to be closed for hours.

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Windham school has drug discussion over dinner


WINDHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Drug and alcohol education is already a part of the curriculum, but Windham Middle School is tackling the issue in an innovative way: discussion drug abuse over dinner.

The school held a spaghetti supper and invited eighth grade students and their parents to a program after school.

With help from the Opportunity Alliance, Windham Police, and school officials, students and parents learned about drugs and alcohol Tuesday night in a "Windham Wants to Know" program.

While parents heard a presentation from a substance abuse specialist, students broke away and had a discussion with RSU 14 High School students.

"They can hear from high school kids that it is okay to go over there to the high school and not use," said Community Services Officer Matt Cyr.

A Newton man has pleaded not guilty to playing a role in the killing of Tyler Zanco.


WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) - A Newton man has pleaded not guilty to playing a role in the killing of a Waltham High School senior and varsity wrestling captain.

Taylor Poulin was arraigned Thursday in Waltham District Court on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, unlicensed possession of a firearm, and conspiracy to violate drug laws. He was ordered held on $500,000 bail.

The 21-year-old Poulin is one of two men facing charges in connection with the March 20 shooting death of 17-year-old Tyler Zanco.

An arrest warrant affidavit says Zanco was shot when he and two friends attempted to rob Poulin, believing he cheated Zanco's cousin in a marijuana deal. The alleged shooter, a 22-year-old Belmont man, remains at large.

Poulin was tracked down in Windham, Maine several days after the shooting.


The Portland Water District is now treating its water with a hi-tech UV light system.


STANDISH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Portland Water District recently completed installation of a hi-tech safeguard against potential contaminates in its water.

"Each of these reactors is configured up to 52 million gallons of water a day," stated Joel Anderson, chief operator of the Sebago Lake Water Treatment Facility, as he showed of the district's two new UV reactors.

These massive tubes are designed to keep microorganisms out of the district's drinking water.

"How UV works is that it actually penetrates the cell of an organism and disrupts the organism's DNA so that it can no longer replicate," explained Anderson.

The process keeps any microorganisms like cryptosporidium or giardia that pass through from being able to multiply and make people sick.

How you might get a little extra time to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act

How you might get a little extra time to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act

If you're having trouble enrolling in a health plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you may be able to breathe a short sigh of relief. The deadline for open enrollment is next Monday, March 31, but the Obama administration has decided to allow extra time for some people who haven't been able to do so yet. Read more ...

Accident causes traffic on Route 35


HARRISON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There was a serious car accident in Harrison Wednesday morning. The accident was on Route 35. Police are on scene and advising motorists to avoid the area.

NEWS CENTER will update this story as we receive more information.