The Coast Guard is searching for a possible missing person after the discovery of an unoccupied kayak off the coast of Portland. The watercraft was found near Fort Gorges Island at about 8:45 last night. The Coast Guard said a bag containing a watch and a damaged cell phone was found inside the kayak.

An 87-year-old Greenwood man has been found safe after he was reported missing yesterday. Peter Tomge left his home around noon to take his dogs for a walk. He was reported missing by family members a few hours later after he didn’t return home. The warden service said Tomge was located by a neighbor early this morning.

Investigators say electrical issues are to blame for a fire in Newburgh yesterday. A neighbor reported seeing smoke coming from the home around 5:00 in the morning. No one was home at the time. The residence was severely damaged by the fire.

Down East magazine is apologizing to attendees of the publication’s lobster festival in Portland on Saturday. Some festivalgoers said they waited in long lines and were unable to purchase food before the event was shut down due to rain and thunderstorms. By yesterday morning, the festival’s Facebook page was filled with negative comments. More than 2,500 visitors paid $10 to get into the festival. Organizers of the event said they were overwhelmed by the number of people who showed up.

The 3rd annual fire safety and touch-a-truck event will take place tomorrow in Brewer. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Darling’s Agency on Parkway South. There will be free food and fire fighters will hand out free smoke detectors and batteries.

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