Maine: Reports of unleashed dogs biting visitors cause concern in Acadia

On Tuesday, August 13, Acadia National Park officials said there were three instances of dogs running off leash and biting visitors this week alone.

After multiple reports of visitors getting bitten by dogs, rangers at Acadia National Park are reminding the public about certain regulations that accompany bringing a furry friend to the area.

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According to a tweet sent out by the park on Tuesday, August 13, there were three instances of dogs running off leash and biting visitors this week alone.

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Rangers report there were three instances of visitors being bitten by dogs running off leash in Acadia this week alone. Regulations require all pets to be restrained on a leash no longer than 6 feet (2 m). More at http://go.nps.gov/AcadiaPets 

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As a result, rangers are reminding visitors that all pets that come to the park must be on a leash no longer than six feet. They also should not be left unattended, since hot summer sun can threaten the safety of animals — especially in cars. 

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As is typical with most public spots, pet owners must remove any waste from campground and picnic areas, parking lots, roads, and other developed places.

Acadia has designated pet-friendly areas, which include:

  • 100 miles of hiking trails and 45 miles of carriage roads
  • Blackwoods, Seawall, and Schoodic Woods campgrounds
  • Isle au Haut (for day hiking)

Officials say most lakes in the park are public water supplies, so pets and people may not swim in them.

Also off-limits are:

  • Sand Beach and Echo Lake
  • public buildings
  • ranger-led programs
  • Wild Gardens of Acadia
  • Duck Harbor Campground

Service Animals are allowed to accompany their owners to all park locations.

To read a complete list of park trails that are closed to pets or that are not recommended for pets, click here.

Maine: police ask for help solving the 1992 murder of Susan Hannah

Susan Hannah was 22 when she was last seen at a bar in Old Orchard Beach.

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — The Maine State Police are letting the public know the agency is continuing to investigate a case in which a woman’s body was discovered off a logging road nearly 26 years ago.

Susan Hannah’s body was found in Limington in November 1993, more than a year and a half after her mother reported her missing. Hannah was 22 when she was last seen at a bar in Old Orchard Beach.

The Portland Press Herald reports Hannah was living with her mother in Scarborough after having separated from her husband. The Maine State Police alerted the public of its continuing investigation with a Facebook post on April 20. The agency sometimes uses Facebook to notify the public about cold cases.

The agency asks anyone with information call 207-657-3030.

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Conditions hamper Saturday search for David Henry Dietrich, Wisconsin man who fell in Kennebec River on Thursday

Jeff Nichols with the Maine Marine Patrol said visibility for searching underneath the water was only four to eight inches.

 

BATH, Maine — Maine Marine Patrol is still searching for a Wisconsin man who fell into the Kennebec River Thursday night.

Weather and river conditions on Saturday made searching difficult. Jeff Nichols with the Maine Marine Patrol said visibility for searching underneath the water was only four to eight inches, and that the current was very swift. He also said the water was very high.

RELATED: Wis. man who fell into Kennebec River ID’d; search continues

David Henry Dieterich of Racine, Wisconsin, was in Bath on a work assignment with his company Marshall Erecting, police said.

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search at about noon Friday.

Dieterich, a Bath Iron Works sub-contractor, was part of a small group of coworkers gathered on a floating dock by the north parking lot at Kennebec Tavern that had been roped off at the time of the fall, police said.

So far, they have not found anything.

Tomorrow, they plan to search the area near the dock where the man reportedly fell in.

Maine: Police investigating human remains found in Augusta

Augusta Police Deputy Chief Kevin Lully says a person walking on the north end of Washington Street on Sunday afternoon saw the bones.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Human remains have been found in a wooded area in Maine.

Augusta Police Deputy Chief Kevin Lully says a person walking on the north end of Washington Street on Sunday afternoon saw the bones. The area is just north of Mill Park.

The Kennebec Journal reports that officers stayed at the scene until about 8 p.m.

Lully says that identifying the remains could take time.

Augusta city police have contacted Gardiner police and the state police Major Crimes Unit regarding the case.

Officials from Gardiner Police Department were not immediately available for comment.

Maine: Woman (no name given) dies in Sabattus house fire

Crews from Sabattus, Wales, and other local towns responded to a fire on Wales Road, or Route 132, around 3 p.m. Friday, April 12.
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Crews from Sabattus, Wales, and other local towns responded to a fire on Wales Road, or Route 132, around 3 p.m. Friday, April 12.

Sabattus Fire Chief Marc A. Veilleux told NEWS CENTER Maine that a woman on the second floor of the building died in the fire.

Veilleux said there was a lot of debris in the home, which made it difficult for firefighters to reach the woman.

There was no electricity or utilities in the building, including no working smoke detectors, according to Veilleux.

The road, also known as Route 132, was closed down between Sabattus Road and Center Road, according to the Sabattus Fire Department. It reopened around 8 p.m.

The State Fire Marshal’s office has investigators on scene. A cause for the fire has not yet been determined.

Veilleux said no one else was in the home at the time of the fire.

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

Maine: 13-year-old boy among the 3 arrested in connection to Donald Giusti beating death

Police searched Lewiston Thursday morning for three suspects – two teens and one adult – in the 2018 beating death of Donald Giusti near Kennedy Park.
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LEWISTON, Maine — Police arrested two teens and an adult Thursday morning for the beating death of Donald Giusti in 2018 near Kennedy Park, according to a press release from the spokesperson for Maine Public Safety.

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Giusti, 38, died June 15, 2018, at Central Maine Medical Center, three days after he was beaten on Knox Street.

A 17-year-old Lewiston male was arrested Thursday in Limestone on manslaughter charges and taken to South Portland’s Long Creek Correctional Facility.

Twenty-three-year-old Pierre Mousafiri of Lewiston was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and taken to the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn.

Additionally, a 13-year-old Lewiston boy was arrested and also charged with misdemeanor assault and taken to South Portland’s Long Creek Correctional Facility.

RELATED: ‘We all want justice’: Family of man who died after Lewiston fight demands answers

Maine State Police has been heading the investigation, which has continued for almost a year.

Giusti’s family has been hoping for any new developments in the case and they’re asking for help.

RELATED: Family of man who died after Lewiston fight wants peace

Lewiston Mayor Kristen Cloutier released the following statement regarding the investigation into Giusti’s death:

“I would like to extend my thanks to the Lewiston Police Department, the Maine State Police, and the State Attorney General’s Office for conducting a thorough investigation into the events that resulted in the death of Donald Giusti.  This has been a long and complicated investigation, and it is my sincere hope that its conclusion will help bring closure to the members of the Giusti family and allow our Lewiston community to begin the process of healing and reconciliation.

“As the Mayor of Lewiston, I hope that we will come together as a community to grieve and process our losses, but also to get to know our neighbors, whether long-time residents or newcomers, and build relationships that will strengthen our community’s bonds and prevent tragic events like this from happening in the future.

“We must be vigilant in denouncing violence and retaliation and encourage peaceful solutions to the complicated issues we face, both here in Lewiston and throughout our country.  We cannot be complacent in the face of intolerance, regardless of its source.  We must make a concerted effort every day to relate to each other with civility and understanding and to reject that which would divide us.

“This will be hard and sometimes uncomfortable work, but I know we have the strength to confront it.  The safety and future of our community depend on it.”

Maine: Drunk driver Christian Bessatt, 35, pushes second vehicle into store in Casco

Christian Bessatt, 35, was driving under the influence when his car hit a second vehicle. The second vehicle hit Webb Mills Variety store on Route 11 in the impact.

CASCO, Maine — A drunk driver in Casco ran a stop sign at the intersection of Route 85 and Route 11 and crashed into another vehicle. The second vehicle was pushed into the Webb Mills Variety store on Route 11 from the impact late Friday evening.

The man charged with an OUI and for running a stop sign was identified by Cumberland County police as 35-year-old Christian Bessatt.

The driver of the second vehicle that struck the Webb Mills Variety store was identified as 27-year-old Bryanna DiFrancesco.

Both drivers sustained minor injuries in the crash.