Ads could come to South Portland High School sports fields


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --

The South Portland Schools Superintendent will bring a proposed plan to increase revenue to their district's sports budget to the meeting on February 8.

The plan would create corporate sponsorships, where local businesses could buy ad space at the South Portland High School football field and gymnasium.

Athletic Director Todd Livingston said the plan could help lessen the burden of fundraising by booster clubs.

"Any cost over a certain amount, our boosters are responsible for, and those can be significant," said Livingston. "They often fund some of the essential items that we have to have in place for our student-athletes safety."

Coast Guard extinguish boat fire


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- At around 10 a.m. Thursday morning the U.S. Coast Guard received a distress call from the fishing vessel Miss Lynn stating the engine room was on fire and the two people aboard needed help about four miles south of Port Clyde, Maine.

Watch standers in the command center at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England issued an urgent marine information broadcast requesting assistance from mariners. A 29 foot response boat small launched from Coast Guard Station Rockland, and the 225 foot buoy tender Coast Guard Cutter Willow was diverted from operations nearby to assist.

U.S. Coast Guard installs new fog signal in 17 lighthouses across Maine


CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine(NEWS CENTER) --

The United States Coast Guard installed a new fog signal at the Portland Head Light Tuesday to increase boater safety.

The Coast Guard Sector Northern New England will install the new system, the Mariner Radio Activated Sound Signal, or MRASS, in 17 lighthouses across the state, including Spring Point and Ram Island.

Boaters will now control the fog signal through VHF radio. Boaters key the radio five times in ten seconds on channel 83 Alpha to activate the signal. Any boater in the line of sight of an equipped lighthouse can activate the signal. The horn sounds intermittently for 60 minutes. Once a boater reactivates the signal, that timer resets, and starts another cycle. 

Man threatens, shoots at taxi driver


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Police arrested a man who threatened and shot at a taxi driver who gave a him ride to his home at 340 Sawyer Street early Sunday morning in South Portland.

51-year-old Adam Stockley, of Cape Elizabeth, pulled a gun on his driver and threatened to kill him, according to police.

"He was saying like several times, repeating that word, 'I'm going to kill you tonight, I will kill you tonight," said the driver, who asked to remain anonymous. "I asked him, 'please, don't kill me, don't kill me."

The driver said when Stockley looked away, he got out of the car and ran, and that Stockley fired shots.

"They found five casings right in the general area. They have no idea where the rounds went," said Sergeant Todd Barlow, of the South Portland Police Department. 

Live fire ban lifted at Spurwink gun club


CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A local gun club that has faced months of legal hurdles will be allowed to have live gunfire once again.

According to the Spurwink Rod and Gun Club, the Town of Cape Elizabeth has approved allowing gunfire in it's 25-yard range. In addition to meeting the safety improvements required by the Town, the Cape Elizabeth Police Chief has lifted the live fire ban.

The gun club has not been able to have live fire since July 24th.

South Portland police cancel BOLO alert for 'Elf on the Shelf'


 

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The South Portland Police Department has been keeping an eye out for a mischievous little elf named "The Elf on the Shelf." 

Early Friday morning however, the police department canceled their 'BOLO' alert for Santa's "little helper." Thanks to the swift action of the K9 team, the "suspect," a notorious elf who has been reportedly entering homes and striking poses, in various levels of appropriateness, in the city has been apprehended, police report. 

If your home has seen similar conduct as the holiday season begins, the police department urges residents to file a report to their Facebook page. You can also email us a photo of the naughty little elf to: photos@wcsh6.com or photos@wlbz2.com

South Portland police promote Halloween safety


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- South Portland Police held an open house on Saturday to encourage parents and kids to stay safe while trick-or-treating.

Police talked about walking with a parent, not walking in the street, holding hands, and wearing a reflective outfit. 

Police also handed out blue blinking lights, and reflective candy bags so kids can stay visible at night.
"They bring awareness to slowing down and making sure that you're aware that the kids are out there trick-or-treating," said Brian Locke, who brought his kids to the open house.

AAA offers free pre-winter car checks


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine

(NEWS CENTER) --

AAA of Northern New England offered free pre-winter car inspections to drivers in Maine on Saturday in South Portland to keep drivers safe on the roads when the snow hits.

The checks are free for members and non-members alike.

Technicians checked all fluid levels, inspected filters, hoses, belts, and tires.

AAA Maine Fleet Supervisor Erik Lowell said the technicians see a lot of tires that are worn down or not properly inflated, which can make driving in the snow difficult and even dangerous.

Technicians also checked battery levels, and met with drivers to show them what areas of their cars needed service.

Rain floods Maine Mall parking lot


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Just like many parts of southern Maine, the parking lot of the Maine Mall was flooded Wednesday afternoon.

Shoppers returned from the stores to find their cars surrounded by shin-deep water. Others never even made it into the mall; their cars got stuck while they were driving through the parking lot.

"'Come to Maine,' they said. 'Enjoy the weather,' and here we are," Kevin O'Brien, who was on vacation from Florida, said.

He had to shed his shoes and socks and trudge through the water to reach his rental car.

"Couldn't get my wife to get the car, so I had to get it," he joked.

Laurie Romprey got stuck on a curb in the lot.

South Portland officials investigating hazing incident


 

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine  (NEWS CENTER) -- South Portland school officials said they began an investigation into hazing on the high school football team after the high school football coach told them about it.

Thursday, the football team was taken into a lecture room while each player was interviewed individually by the athletic director and assistant principals about the incident - which officials said involves drugs.

South Portland superintendent Ken Kunin would not tell NEWS CENTER what the drug was - but confirmed the pills taken were not performance-enhancing. He did say the pills are illegal to possess without a prescription.

He said the incident involved older players on the team forcing younger players to take those pills.