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Navy prison redevelopment plan moving forward


KITTERY, Maine (AP) -- The Navy says it has received more than one proposal in its latest attempt to enlist the private sector to redevelop the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard's shuttered prison.

But officials aren't providing details as they continue to evaluate them.

The Navy is trying for a third time to breathe life back to life the fortress-like structure that has priceless views of the Atlantic Ocean, but needs millions of dollars of repairs.

Former Marine Corps guards who'll gather at the prison on Thursday for a reunion are interested in the proposal.

Car crashes into business in Kittery


KITTERY, Maine

(NEWS CENTER) -- Kittery Police said a car hit Cuts by Courtney on Shapleigh Road in Kittery Thursday.

Police, EMS, and fire were at the scene.

No one was injured.


Emu catches Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Maine


YORK, Maine (AP) -- Maine officials say three York County mosquito pools tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and an emu in Cumberland County has the disease.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the three pools bring the total number of positive tests to four in 2014. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says the emu is located in the Sebago Lake region. Authorities say the emu had not been vaccinated against the disease.

Biden: We'll follow terrorists to 'gates of hell'


KITTERY, Maine (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden says America will follow the terrorists who have killed two journalists "to the gates of hell."

Speaking at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, Biden said Wednesday that the Islamic State militant group responsible for beheading Americans James Foley and Steven Sotloff won't intimidate the United States.

Biden said the American people "are so much stronger, so much more resolved" than any enemy can understand. He says the U.S. won't stop until the militants are brought to justice.

Biden said: "Hell is where they'll reside."

A videotape showing Sotloff's slaying was broadcast Tuesday, two weeks after the same group released a video showing Foley's slaying.

The militants said the killings were in response to U.S. airstrikes against the group in Iraq.


Police: Maine man assaulted police dog


YORK, Maine (AP) -- A 22-year-old Maine man is in custody facing charges he assaulted a state police dog.

Andrew Leeman of Westbrook faces charges of assault, refusing to submit to arrest, interference with a law enforcement dog, and animal cruelty. State police say they apprehended Leeman near the Buxton-Hollis town line on Friday.

Police say Leeman faced warrants for his arrest for violation of bail conditions and operating after revocation. State police used the dog to apprehend Leeman after he fled from officers.

A York County Jail spokeswoman says Leeman remains in custody at the jail on $1,000 cash bail. A jail spokesman says he appeared in court on Friday and his next court date has yet to be set. He also faces charges for absconding from probation in Florida.


York accident causing delays


YORK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - York Police say a Massachusetts man was transported to Maine Medical Center via LifeFlight after an early Sunday morning car crash.

Sgt. Brian Curtin of the York Police Department says 37-year-old Linh Ngoc Lu of Haverhill, Massachusetts was travelling north on US Route 1 near the Ogunquit/York town line at the time of the accident.

Curtin says it appears Lu's 2008 BMW left the road, severed a utility pole, travelled down an embankment and struck a tree.

Officials said when they arrived on scene, Lu was unconscious and trapped in the severely damaged vehicle. Curtin said it took Ogunquit, York and York Beach responders nearly 45 minutes to extricate Lu.

Curtain said initial investigation indicated speed was a factor in the crash, but a more thorough investigation will take place Sunday.

Kittery Police are looking into an attempted child abduction.


KITTERY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Kittery Police Department is looking for information about a possible attempted abduction that occurred Thursday night.

Police said a 7-year-old boy was approached by a white van with a roof rack and dark tinted windows in the area of MacDougal St. around 8:30 Thursday night.

Police described the man in the van as a white male with white hair and a white beard. Police said he was between 50 and 60 years of age. He was wearing a red hat, a red shirt and jeans.

Police said the man got out of the van and came towards the child. The boy ran to a neighbor's house.

No license plate information was reported.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kittery Police Department: (207)-439-1638.