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Freeport road closed after report of man threatening suicide


FREEPORT, Maine

(NEWS CENTER) -- Freeport police shut down a section of South Freeport Road for two hours Monday after receiving a report that a man was threatening suicide with a gun.

Lt. Sue Nourse told the Portland Press Herald that the father of Bryan Kennedy, 40, of Falmouth called authorities around 10:30 a.m. Monday and said that his son was threatening suicide with a firearm. He said that his son might be headed his ex-wife's wife home on South Freeport Road. Kennedy arrived at the home around 3 p.m. and went inside. Police set up a perimeter around the ex-wife's home and notified neighbors. They also shut down South Freeport Road.

Police tried to contact Kennedy and his ex-wife, who was inside her home, but were unsuccessful. Around 7 p.m., Kennedy and his ex-wife left the home. Police took Kennedy into protective custody.

Falmouth man charged with possessing child pornography


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ALMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine State Police have charged a Portland attorney with possessing child pornography.

63-year-old Lawrence Winger was arrested by the Computer Crimes Unit at his home on Bay Shore Drive in Falmouth. He is charged with possessing sexually explicit material of someone under the age of 12. Police got a tip on Winger and his computer was seized earlier this month. An initial review of his computer found dozens of images and videos of child porn.

There are no known Maine victims. Winger has a law office in Portland.

Winger was taken to the Cumberland County Jail and released on $500 bail.


Falmouth man charged with possessing child pornography


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ALMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine State Police have charged a Portland attorney with possessing child pornography.

63-year-old Lawrence Winger was arrested by the Computer Crimes Unit at his home on Bay Shore Drive in Falmouth. He is charged with possessing sexually explicit material of someone under the age of 12. Police got a tip on Winger and his computer was seized earlier this month. An initial review of his computer found dozens of images and videos of child porn.

There are no known Maine victims. Winger has a law office in Portland.

Winger was taken to the Cumberland County Jail and released on $500 bail.


Mums not the only word when planting Fall containers


YARMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- When the nights start getting cool, gardeners head to the Garden Centers to stock up on Mums.

They are hugely popular and hearty as the nights get cooler still. But that doesn't mean Mums are the only plant you can use to highlight your garden and patio.

Tom Estabook of Estabook's in Yarmouth is planting Fall container, but he's thinking outside the box.


Fire Academy Provides Students with Hands-on Training


YARMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The start of a new school year may be just around the corner, but thirty-five students enrolled in an intensive three week fire academy are already knee-deep in learning.

"It is fast paced. It is practical skills, learning skills, practicing, repetition," explained Falmouth Fire Chief Howard Rice.

Chief Rice coordinates the training for the students enrolled in Southern Maine Community College's Student Live-In program. Seventeen fire departments in southern Maine invite full-time college students to live in their fire stations - immersing the students in the triumphs and tribulations of life in a fire house while providing the departments with additional manpower to help out during emergencies.

Washed out bridge leaves Freeport residents stranded


FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Residents of Turkey Ridge Lane, a short, private road which leads to only two homes, woke to a shocking sight Thursday morning - the bridge over Allen Brook had been completely washed away.

"We're stuck," stated Arleen Sigert-Young. "We're stuck in and out."

Sigert-Young can't use her car to get to work or run errands. Her neighbor, Beth Toothaker, was at work during the storm, and now cannot get back home.

Toothaker's daughter broke the bad news.

"She told me that the road is gone, and sent me some pictures and I almost lost it right there," admitted Toothaker. "I work a lot of hours just to get my mortgage paid, I don't have the money to replace this."

SBA promotes programs for vets who are business owners


YARMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Representatives from the Small Business Administration are in Maine this week, trying to spread the word about programs that can help veterans start or grow their businesses.

The SBA presented an award to Peter and Susan McVety. Their business, McVety's Hearth and Home in Yarmouth, has been named the SBA Maine Veteran Owned Business of the Year.

Administrators with the SBA say that veterans own about 10 percent of small businesses across the U.S., but many are not aware that the government offers a lot of programs just for vets.

Rhett Jeppson, the SBA Associate Administrator for Veterans Business Development, said, "You can have the best programs in the world, but if the veterans don't know about it, they can't take advantage of it. And we need to do a better job at that."