Authorities are looking to locate the driver of this 1999 Dodge Ram ~ Photo courtesy of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department
Casco, M.E. – The Cumberland County Sheriff’s department is looking for help in locating a suspect who lead them on a high speed chase yesterday. Authorities said that a deputy attempted to stop a truck that was driving erratically on Route 11, Casco road in Naples at around 11:40 pm.
The driver failed to stop and lead the deputy on a chase that reached speeds of up to 100 mph though Casco and into Ottisfield. The pursuit ultimately ended when the suspect took the vehicle off road and a fair distance into the woods.
The truck was later located but the driver has not been identified as of yet. The investigation continues at this time. The truck is described as a 1999 white dodge ram with a dark colored hood and loud exhaust.
Anyone with information on who might have been operating the vehicle during the listed time frame is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 207-774-1444
Photo courtesy of New Hampshire Fish and Game
Sargent’s Purchase, NH – A hiker faced a long night on Mount Washington after strong winds damaged his tent. According to New Hampshire Fish and Game, just after midnight Sunday 27-year-old Alexander Slavic of the Czech Republic called 911 after his tent was shredded during a period of relentlessly high winds.
Slavic told 911 personnel that broken and bent tent poles had punctured his tent letting in snow and bitter winds. Conservation Officers worked to glean information from Mr. Slavic through very poor cell phone reception and ultimately learned that Mr. Slavic was still protected by a warm sleeping bag and extra clothing
At the time of the call, officers believed that Slavic was camped at a remote location near the intersection of the Glen Boulder Trail and Davis Path. The decision was made to send a small rescue party in at daybreak Sunday to check on him and ensure his ability to make it out of the woods.
At around 9:30 Sunday morning Conservation Officers located Slavic just above Glen Boulder hiking with another person who had located him and offered help. Slavic was found to be very well prepared and in good physical condition, suffering only from fatigue. They all hiked down the Glen Boulder Trail, reaching the trailhead safely at 12:25 PM.
Conservation Officers site this rescue as a good recent example of the challenges associated with spring hiking. Although bare ground can be found near the roadside and above tree line on rocky outcrops, most of the trails in the mountains of this region are still covered with feet of soft, mealy snow. Not only is this snow labor intensive to walk through, it collapses often and falls from the trees, eventually soaking through even the best of gear. Large temperature swings come with weather fronts, creating wind, precipitation and a perfect recipe for hypothermia.
Authorities urge all backcountry enthusiasts to pack for their trips as they would for a mid-winter excursion.
Washington D.C. (AP) – The federal government is reporting that New England’s unemployment rate was lower than the national average last year.
The New England office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Monday that the six state region’s average rate of 4.1 percent was -lower than the national jobless rate of 4.9 percent in 2016. It was also lower than the 4.9 percent the region registered in 2015.
New Hampshire had one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation at 2.8 percent last year.
Three other states also bested the national rate: Vermont at 3.3 percent, Massachusetts at 3.7 percent and Maine at 3.9 percent unemployment.
Two New England states, however, exceeded the national average: Connecticut at 5.1 percent and Rhode Island at 5.3 percent.
Denmark, ME – Five people are safe but several pets were killed during an early morning fire in Maine yesterday. According to authorities the fire broke out at around 4:45am at a home on East Main Street in Denmark Maine.
Luckily all five people who were in the home, including four children, were able to make it out safely. However four pets including kittens and a rabbit were killed in the blaze.
Part of East Main Street was closed while fire crews fought and cleaned up the fire. No firefighters were hurt, and the house is considered a total loss.
The Maine state fire marshals office is investigating the cause of the fire.