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Gun maker’s plant in Maine to close, 70 lose jobs

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

WINDHAM, Maine (AP) — The Maine gun plant that produced the semiautomatic rifle used by the Beltway snipers will close, putting about 70 people out of work.

North Carolina-based Freedom Group announced Friday it’s closing the Bushmaster Firearms plant in Windham. The company said production will be moved to other plants owned by Freedom Group, which is the parent company of Remington, Marlin Firearms and Dakota Arms, along with Bushmaster.

The Windham plant will close on March 31.

Bushmaster is one of the largest producers of the civilian version of the M-16 rifle. A Bushmaster XM-15 was used by John Allen Muhammad and his teenage accomplice in a three-week spree in 2002 across Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Mohammad was executed in November 2009.

Murder charge issued in Windham shooting

Friday, September 24th, 2010

WINDHAM, Maine – A Windham man was arrested Tuesday evening in connection with the death of a man whose body was found on his property last week.

Joseph Green, 44, faces a murder charge in the death of David Harmon, 40, who died from a gunshot wound, according to the state medical examiner’s office.

Harmon was reported missing on Sept. 1 by his wife, who said she had dropped him off to scout hunting sites. A release from the Maine State Police said that Harmon intended to steal marijuana that was growing on Green’s property.

State police said Green and Harmon knew each other and that Green has been cooperating in the investigation. A handgun that police believe was used in the shooting has been found.

Green was arrested around 7 p.m. Tuesday at his mother’s house in Casco, according to the state police. He is being held at Cumberland County Jail in Portland and will appear in Portland Superior Court on Wednesday or Thursday.

An autopsy by the state medical examiner’s office showed that Harmon died from a “through-and-through wound consistent with a gunshot,” said police spokesman Steve McCausland. His death has been ruled a homicide.

A handgun believed used in the shooting, along with some marijuana, have been recovered, he said.

Harmon’s wife was aware that her husband was searching for marijuana plants, but no charges have been filed against her, McCausland said.

Green was being held in the Cumberland County Jail and was expected to make a court appearance either Wednesday or Thursday.

Windham stocks its pantry shelves

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

WINDHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Windham’s food pantry is once again stocked up after a major push for donations over the last few weeks.

The pantry teamed up with Senator Bill Diamond and Representatives Mark Bryant and Gary Plummer to get the word out about low donations during the summer months.

Over the past few weeks the pantry has collected more than $10,000, and during a food drive Saturday, collected about 5,000 pounds of food.

Madeline Roberts, with the food pantry, says the food will help them feed area families for the next four months. She says they’ll hold another food drive around Christmas.

4 tornadoes touch down in New England

Friday, August 6th, 2010

GORHAM, Maine — Four separate funnel clouds made contact in New England, the National Weather Service confirmed.

In Maine, tornadoes touched down in Gorham, Limerick and Alfred.

According to the National Weather Service, the tornado that stuck Gorham on Wednesday started as an EF0 before strengthening to an EF1 with winds up to 110 miles per hour.

“I couldn’t believe it, I mean this is something we don’t ever see around here,” said Shawn Barden, a witness.

The twister bounced westward through a neighborhood, where it ripped apart trees and threw a swing set and trampoline.

“Trees started falling but we couldn’t hear the tree fall cause the wind was so loud,” said Mackenzie Collins, another witness.

The tornado destroyed two barns and killed two heads of cattle; Norm Justice’s historic barn was one of them.

“It was on the tree line there and I could see it forming. It came quit,” said Norm Justice.

Two other twisters touched down in Maine on Wednesday, including one in Hollis.

On average, the state of Maine sees just two tornadoes per year.

A tornado was also confirmed in Bristol, Conn.

High winds damaged homes and the heavy rain was too much for the city sewers.

The National Weather Service reportedly also investigated reports of funnel clouds in New Hampshire and Vermont.

No injuries were reported in any of the tornadoes.

Public invited to weigh in on railroad plan

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Maine’s 1,100-mile rail system is reaching a crossroads.

Freight carriers, especially to the north, are finding it increasingly hard to stay afloat because of declines in the paper industry and other manufacturing sectors that have traditionally been heavy users of their rail lines.

At the same time, the push is on for more passenger service as a way to cut energy use, emissions and maintenance costs for streets, bridges and highways, and reduce sprawl.

Maine transportation officials are trying to sort out the issues by developing the state’s first comprehensive railroad plan, to assess the trends and come up with an investment plan.

The Department of Transportation is inviting the public to comment on what the state’s priorities should be, at a meeting from 6 to 8 tonight at the University of Southern Maine’s Glickman Library in Portland.

The plan, due out next year, will help Maine in its search for federal money for rail improvements and help the state set priorities for investment, said Nate Moulton, director of the transportation department’s rail program.

“We need to look hard and see what it is going to cost so we can report out what is doable,” said Moulton.

Transportation officials say that a robust freight rail system is important to Maine’s economy and environment.

Trains are less likely to spill hazardous substances than trucks.

A freight train can move a ton of freight an average of 436 miles on a gallon of fuel, according to the American Association of Railroads. A single train takes 280 trucks off Maine roads, easing traffic congestion and saving wear and tear on the roads.

For some manufacturers, freight trains are the cheapest way to move large quantities of heavy products over long distances.

The track mileage in Maine has shrunk more than 50 percent over the past century, from 2,295 miles in 1920. The state now owns 300 miles of track and is under pressure to buy more as railroad companies struggle.

State officials are considering whether to buy the 241 miles of track from Millinocket to Madawaska, now owned by the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway. The railway wants to abandon the track, worth about $17 million, because it is too expensive to maintain.

The question is whether the track would be profitable under state ownership and whether buying the track would prompt more abandonment by other rail companies.

Developing a railway plan will give transportation officials an overall strategy for ownership questions in the future, Moulton said.

The state also hopes to prioritize all competing interests for freight and passenger service in various regions.

“There are all kinds of demands. There is the Brunswick-Yarmouth-(Interstate) 295 corridor crowd, and the Mountain Division is beating the drum,” said Moulton.

The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, operator of Amtrak’s Downeaster service, is applying for $137 million in federal stimulus money to extend the line from Portland to Brunswick and make track improvements to shave 20 minutes of travel time between Portland and Boston.

Lewiston and Auburn officials are pushing for commuter rail in their region and the state is studying whether freight and passenger service could return to the Mountain Division line, from Westbrook to the New Hampshire border at Fryeburg.

Interest in passenger rail has exploded in recent years. Congress approved $2 billion over the next two years for the development of intercity commuter rail service. The federal government, states and regions are also at work on passenger rail plans.

Patricia Quinn, executive director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority and a member of the technical advisory committee that is helping to develop Maine’s plan, said the state needs a plan for maintaining service and ensuring there are enough riders.

The state’s only daily passenger service, the Downeaster, depends on about $1.6 million in state and $6 million in federal money annually to operate five daily round trips between Portland and Boston, which carry 266,000 passengers a year.

Neal Allen, executive director of the Greater Portland Council of Governments and a member of the advisory committee, said he expects tonight’s meeting to attract a large crowd.

“What is really important, in my view, is to think of the plan in terms of how it might integrate with a New England plan, ” he said.

There will be a second round of public meetings in November, when transportation officials will report their preliminary recommendations. The final plan will be available around Jan. 1.