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.

Portsmouth Police looking for missing teen

PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire (NEWS CENTER) -- New Hampshire Police are asking for the public's assistance locating a missing teen.

16-year-old Brandon Shaw has been missing from Portsmouth, N.H. since August 8. Shaw is 5'6 and weighs 125 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes. Shaw has ties to the Seabrook, NH and the Salisbury, Mass. area and may have been seen in that vicinity the weekend of August 9.

Foul play or criminal activity is not suspected.

If you have information on the whereabouts of this child, please contact your local police department or Portsmouth Police Department Detective Rebecca Hester at 603-610-7649.

Rise in Sightings Sparks Bear Hunting Debate

WELLS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- An increase in bear sightings in southern Maine is prompting people on both sides of this November's referendum on bear hunting to speak their mind.

This past weekend, police in Wells heard from neighbors claiming to have seen a bear cub and its mother roaming around their yards on the outskirts of town.

"We have seen an increase in bear activity in suburban areas here in southern Maine," said Maine Game Warden Sgt. Tim Spahr.

Game Wardens believe the rise in the number of calls can be traced back to two issues; first, that people are more willing to call upon law enforcement to deal with wildlife issues, and second, the continued sprawl of homes into areas that were once woods and farmland.

Inner City Youth Explore Education, Life Outside the City

NEW CASTLE, New Hampshire (NEWS CENTER) -- A group of young men for the inner city of Washington, D.C. have made their way north, to not only to explore the ocean, but career and college opportunities as well.

The students are enrolled in the College Success Foundation's HERO Program, which provides mentoring and tutoring help to keep kids engaged in school. In some neighborhoods where these kids come from, only three or four percent of kids go on to college, but the HERO program has improved the percentage greatly by supporting the kids' needs at school and home.

27 rescued from boat on Piscataqua River


(NEWS CENTER) -- 27 people had to be rescued from a ferry boat on the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth Friday afternoon.

The Coast Guard said the vessel Celia Thaxter had become disabled around 3 p.m., and was pushing up against the Sarah Long Bridge because of the current.

The Coast Guard and New Hampshire Marine Patrol got all the passengers and crew off the boat and over to a nearby pier. The boat, that is owned by the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, was towed back to Portsmouth.

Elderly bicyclist hit by car in York

YORK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – York Police say an elderly man was hit by a car while biking on Ridge Road Saturday morning.

80-year-old Robert Stuart was riding on Ridge Road near Smithfield Road when he was struck.

After an investigation, police found that Stuart was biking in the car lane, and no files will be charged against the driver.

Stuart was brought to York Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.