Bangor, Maine News Update: March 5, 2018
Police continue to investigate the discovery of a woman's body in the trunk of her car that had been towed to Varney Chevrolet in Pittsfield when family members were unable to get it unlocked. Officials say foul play is not suspected in the death of 30-year-old Jenna French.
Two trains narrowly missed hitting a stolen front-end loader as it was being operated on or near railroad tracks outside of Portland. Falmouth Police say Amtrak’s Downeaster and a freight train both had to make emergency stops. 45-year-old Charles Ayres of Portland faces multiple charges, including aggravated criminal mischief, but won’t tell police why he stole the front end loader.
Snowmobile riders are being cautioned about pressure ridges on lakes and ponds after two accidents over the weekend. Both accidents were on Rangeley pond, near the same spot, but wardens say the pressure ridges are popping up on many bodies of water. Riders should use extreme caution, especially when riding at night
State entomologists say it’s time for property owners to remove a species of invasive caterpillars from their trees that cause a rash, similar to poison ivy. Folks can get rid of them by clipping out the webs from their trees and dropping them into buckets of soapy water to soak overnight.
It was a crazy weekend on the Maine coast, as a storm surge that knocked out power to more than a million customers in states to the south caused a lot of damage to dunes and seawalls. That could cause more problems if we get a forecasted nor-easter mid-week. Officials are also cautioning residents to keep an eye on water levels in nearby rivers, because ice jams can form and break without warning, causing flash flooding.