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SoPo to get faster internet


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The city of South Portland has entered into a partnership with Biddeford based internet provider GWI to set up a four-mile optical fiber network that will roll out in three phases.

Maine has some of the slowest Internet service in the country. The state's broadband service ranks 49 out of 50 for speed and availability. On the new fiber network, data will be able to travel at a gigabit, or one thousand megabits per second.

"It's a hundred times faster to download stuff," said GWI Founder and CEO Fletcher Kittredge. "And its symmetric, so it's just a fast to upload and download."

The city had been looking for a faster and more reliable way to network its municipal buildings. This partnership also allows businesses and homes along those corridors to hop on the fiber network too.

Sinkhole forms on Broadway in SoPo


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- South Portland Police said a sinkhole has formed on Broadway near the area of Postal Service Way.

Portland Water District said they received a call around 8:30 a.m. about the sinkhole. They said it is the result of a water main break.

Crews are currently working to fill the hole. They said they will be working on it through the evening commute and to expect delays.

There is no word on when crews will finish the repairs.


Crews repair water main on Mussey Road


SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Portland Water District is repairing a water main on Mussey Rd. near the Scarborough/South Portland town line.

Mussey Road is down to one lane. Expect delays.

Please seek an alternate route if possible.

Route 1 reopens after hit-and-run cleanup


SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A portion of Route 1 is reopened after being cleaned up following a hit-and-run crash Thursday night.

Scarborough Police said a white box truck backed into a utility pole on Route 1 around 7:15 p.m. Police said the truck then left and they don't think the driver realized what had happened. The 55 foot pole that was hit fell and had high voltage lines. It pulled down another pole onto Milbrook Road. Police closed Route 1 from Scarborough Downs Road to Sawyer Road for several hours overnight.


SMCC, UNE announce partnership


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Southern Maine Community College and the University of New England are forming a partnership to allow students to transfer their credits.

Leaders from both institutions are gathering Monday to sign 16 transfer agreements ensuring students can transfer seamlessly from Southern Maine Community College programs to programs at the University of New England.

The event is taking place on the Southern Maine campus in South Portland.

Both schools are growing. Southern Maine has campuses in South Portland and Brunswick, as well as satellite campuses. The University of New England is a private college with its main campus in Biddeford.


Store clerk tackles assailant


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – South Portland Police say a Circle K clerk thwarted an attempted robbery by getting the would be thief in a choke hold on the store's floor.

Police say Ronald Castrello, 45-years-old of South Portland, entered the Circle K at 690 Main Street at approximately 5:45 Saturday morning, wearing a red hoodie and black ski mask. Police allege Castrello put his hands in the sweatshirt, implying he had a weapon, and went behind the counter to confront the clerk.

Officials allege Castrello then demanded all the cash in the drawer. Police describe Castrell and the clerk as being "face to face." Police say the clerk, acting instinctively to protect himself by grabbing Casatrello's arms.

Antique cars line up at Bug Light


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Looking at the old Model T's and Corvair's along the waterfront may have felt like a blast from the past -- but the Bug Light Classic Car Show is right in line with city officials' vision for the park's future.

The South Portland Parks and Rec. Department has been trying to bring more community events to the lighthouse, and the car show is one of the fastest growing events.

In three years, the number of antique cars has grown from 50 to 220.

"There's something going on here all the time now," said car show organizer Linky Erskine. "People love it down here, and we're really trying to use the park as much as we can."

Admission was free, and hundreds of people attended this year's show on Wednesday night.