The man who died in an accident in Readfield on Wednesday night has been identified. Chief Deputy Ryan Reardon says Alex Cruz, 26, of Connecticut was positively identified through finger print records. Cruz was in a vehicle being driven by Thorr Ellis, 20. Ellis lost control of his car trying to avoid a deer, the car spun out of control, hit a boulder and landed on it's roof. The family was contacted and is now aware. Factors that lead to this deadly accident are still under investigation.
The legislative republicans have selected their leadership for the coming session.
Now in control of the Senate following election day, they selected Senator Mike Thibodueau of Winterport to become the next Senate president and Senator Garrett Mason of Lisbon will be the majority leader.
Thibodueau's nomination must now be confirmed by the full Senate.
Meanwhile, Representative Ken Fredette of Newport was picked to be the house minority leader.
Democrats still have control of the house and will select their legislative leaders on Wednesday.
A motel in Brewer was the location of a substantial heroin bust Friday. Two people are facing aggravated trafficking charges after being arrested at the Vacationland Inn. Brewer Police say it began around 11:30 when they learned 33 year old Darren Seidell was staying at the inn. He had a warrant out for his arrest for failure to appear and domestic violence. Police say he tried to flee when confronted, but was quickly arrested. When authorities searched the room where they were staying they found 53 grams of heroin along with more than $8 thousand dollars in cash. Both Seidell and April Umbal are now charged with aggravated trafficking. The more serious charge was filed because of the amount of drugs and cash seized and because the couple was allegedly selling heroin close to Brewer High School.
Two women wanted for a stabbing in the town of China are now in police custody.
State Police say 20 year old Tiffany Glidden turned herself in last night and 23 year old Carissa Butkewicz was arrested today after meeting with troopers.
The two Waterville residents were wanted for questioning aftter 24 year old Katheryn Hopkins was stabbed inside a car off the Neck Road.
At last report she was in critical condition, but officials say her condition is improving.
Both Butkewicz and Glidden are being held on charges unrelated to the stabbing, but officials expect they will soon face new charges.