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Wet and windy conditions across Maine


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(NEWS CENTER) -- A nor'easter has made its way to Maine bringing strong winds, heavy rain and rough surf along the coast.

The storm will begin dying down by Friday, when there will be scattered showers.

Before the storm ends, it is expected to dump up to 5 inches of rain on the state.

Local power companies were reporting less than 2,000 customers without power in Maine early Thursday afternoon. Most of those outages were in York County. Up to five inches of rain have fallen in some areas.

Police investigate apparent drug overdose in Portsmouth


PORTSMOUTH, N. H. (NEWS CENTER) -- Portsmouth Police are investigating an apparent overdose after a woman was found dead at Winchester Place Apartments.

30-year-old Cassie Claremont was pronounced dead at the scene.

Portsmouth Police Department, along with the Office of the Medical Examiner, suspect Claremont died from a heroin overdose. Lab tests are still pending.

If you have information concerning this investigation, please call Detective Adam Kozlowski (603) 610-7538.


Engineering firm gets $10M contract for shipyard


PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire engineering firm has been awarded a five-year, $10 million contract by the U.S. Navy to make repairs at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

Appledore Marine Engineering in Portsmouth will start work on projects that include expanding the capabilities of the dry docks at the Kittery, Maine, shipyard, so they can accommodate the larger Virginia-class submarines.

The firm also will work on repairing and rehabilitating existing piers and wharfs. It also will do a study to assess the feasibility of a berth to increase the capabilities of the Navy to moor vessels there.


Rare albino hummingbird spotted in Ogunquit


OGUNQUIT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Photographs of an extremely rare albino hummingbird have been captured at the Beachmere Inn in Ogunquit.

The still shots were taken on Sept. 24 by Heather and Gary Ross while vacationing in Maine.


First Maine child tests positive for enterovirus


AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- A Maine child has tested positive for a respiratory virus that has been affecting children across the country.



The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that a child from York County has tested positive for enterovirus D68 infection. It's the first confirmed case in the state.

Officials say the child was hospitalized, but is now back home and doing well.

Symptoms for the highly contagious virus include a fever, runny nose, sneezing and muscle aches. Officials say that children with severe cases elsewhere have had trouble breathing and have experienced wheezing.

Ex-York Hospital nurse charged with stealing drugs


YORK, Maine (AP) - A former nurse at York Hospital has been charged with stealing narcotic drugs from the hospital for her personal use.

Police say 45-year-old Nicolle Dauphinee of Kennebunkport was summoned to court next month to face a charge of stealing drugs.

Authorities say Dauphinee stole hydromorphone, a narcotic painkiller, intended for patients, and injected herself at work.

The hospital alerted police on Sept. 15 that it suspected an employee of stealing drugs.

Police say the nurse stole the drugs from June until September. The hospital has fired her.


Woman killed in tractor trailer accident on the turnpike in Kittery.


KITTERY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- One woman was killed Thursday afternoon on the Maine Turnpike after she was involved in a crash with a tractor-trailer.

State Police said a tractor trailer crashed through guardrails, crossed the median, and collided head-on with an oncoming SUV at mile 2 of the Maine Turnpike. 59-year-old Christine Anderson of Smithfield, Rhode Island, was driving the SUV. Anderson died instantly.

Police are questioning the driver of the truck, which was hauling paper products.

One of the three northbound lanes of the turnpike was still closed Thursday afternoon as Maine State Police investigate the crash.