Windham honors one of their own lost with El Faro

WINDHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Windham came to honor one of their own lost when the El Faro sank last week.

Captain Michael Davidson, along with three other Mainers, were lost when the El Faro was lost during Hurricane Joaquin.

More than a hundred people gathered tonight in Davidson's neighborhood for a vigil in his honor.

Members of the community lit candles and offered their prayers for the family.

They also released 33 balloons into the air, including one for Captain Davidson, in honor of El Faro's crew members.

Police: man driving 85 MPH strikes a motorcyclist and flees

GORHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Gorham police arrest a man after, according to witnesses, his vehicle struck a motorcycle and immediately fled the scene.

Patrick Litchfield of Burlington, Massachusetts was arrested on several charges including criminal speeding, driving to endanger, leaving the scene of a personal injury crash and possession of heroin.

Litchfield had allegedly been clocked at driving 85 MPH in a 50 MPH zone shortly before the crash.

Witnesses told police a car matching the one Litchfield was driving struck a motorcyclist, sending Johnathan Lord to Maine Medical Center with head and neck injuries.

Officials say the investigation and crash reconstruction is on-going.

Police say child left alone in car for hours; mother arrested

GRAY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Police arrested a New Gloucester woman was after leaving her 7-year-old alone in a vehicle for hours.

Officials charged 34-year-old Samantha Lovering with endangering the welfare of a child, which is a Class D misdemeanor.

Cumberland County Chief Deputy Naldo Gagnon said in a press release that deputies were alerted at approximately 11 p.m. Saturday that a woman was acting strangely and was possibly intoxicated at the square in Gray.

At roughly the same time, Lovering flagged down a deputy in the area and claimed that her car was stolen, said Gagnon.

Deputies found Lovering's vehicle a short distance away with her 7-year-old son asleep in the back.

Missing driver in crash that killed child has been located

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The Cumberland County Sheriff's Department says the driver in the crash that killed a 4-year-old boy has been found.

The driver, Michael Minson of Gray, had been reported missing by his mother on September 17.

Officials were notified of Minson's whereabouts, and investigators were able to speak to Minson Friday morning, said Lt. Donald Foss of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department.

Minson told officials he was spending time with friends in York County.

Minson was the driver in the August 11th Casco crash that killed 4-year-old Cameron Petersen. Officials believe Minson was running late for work, allegedly driving too fast and hit a telephone pole, killing Petersen.

House fire in Windham deemed arson

WINDHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- State Fire Marshal confirms a house fire in Windham is being considered arson.

Curtis Crawford, 45, has been arrested after officials say he took a cab from a motel in Westbrook to his ex-girlfriends house and set the fire.

Police were notified after the cab driver told them they he had dropped off someone near the house who was carrying a gas can with him.

Crawford is currently being held at Cumberland county jail.

Officials say no one was injured in the fire

One dead, three injured in Limington crash

LIMINGTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - York County Sheriff's Department says one woman is dead, and three others injured in an early Saturday morning crash.

York County Sheriff William King stated in a press release that a resident of Whaleback Road called the dispatch at approximately 3:45 a.m. Saturday, reporting a car had crashed in the woods and caught fire.

Sheriff King says 23-year-old Brandy Norton was pronounced deceased at the scene. 20-year-old Kyle Harmon of Windham, Patrick Cheney 23-years-old of Buxton, and Alexis Jongerden of Limington were transported to the Maine Medical Center in Portland. Harmon is listed in critical condition. Cheney and Jongerden's conditions were fair but stable at the time of this release.

Windham Primary School opens new playground

WINDHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- After 2 years of planning and lots of community fundraising, one school in Windham is about to have some very happy kids.

The Windham Primary School opened it's brand new playground Saturday - with a swingset, jungle gym, chain ladder, and several slides.

While the kids are just excited to have a new space to play, planners also said the new surface will help reduce injuries.

A granite bench was also dedicated to Candace Woolston. She was a teacher at the school who passed away from cancer.

Parents said they are thankful for the safety features.