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Plow operators log some long hours


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – Tuesday was a busy day for crews trying to keep roadways clear across the state.

The constantly falling snow is making it tough keeping up with the task. Some road crew workers were on the job Monday night and most likely won't be done until sometime Tuesday.

"It's a nonstop storm you're continually going round and round," said Howie Leighton,a plow operator with South Portland Public Services.

When a winter storm hits Leighton is part of the South Portland crew that's first to show up and the last to leave. He came in at 9 p.m. Monday to catch some sleep on a cot, before starting salting operations at 2 a.m. A few hours later, it was on to a long day of plowing.

Crash sends four to hospital in South Portland


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - A three car accident sent four people to the hospital Saturday morning.

The accident occurred at Broadway and Daytona St. approximately 9a.m. Saturday Morning.

Police have not commented on the severity of the injuries.

South Portland Police had to close Broadway for almost 90 minutes to remove the vehicles from the roadway. Broadway has been reopened.

NEWS CENTER will update when information becomes available.


Bat experts gather to discuss population decline


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Bat experts from along the East Coast are gathering in South Portland to discuss bat populations from state to state.

Many of the bat populations have been rapidly declining in recent years because of a disease called "white nose syndrome," which can cause wing scarring, and in some cases, force bats to use up stored fat during hibernation until they become emaciated and die.

"The most noticeable sign is a white fungal growth on the snout, and in the caves that's usually a sign of a bat on the way out," said Charlie Todd, endangered species coordinator for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Experts still do not know what causes it or how to treat white nose syndrome.

Brides Against Breast Cancer comes to Portland


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There are myriad fundraisers for breast cancer in Maine, but this one is unusual.
For the first time Brides Against Breast Cancer is coming to Portland. It offers a way for those who've said I do, and those getting ready to take the plunge, to support the cause and save some money at the same time.

Fire crews battle boat fire at a South Portland Marina


PORTLAND, MAINE (NEWS CENTER) -- Firefighters from South Portland and Portland are on the scene of a boat fire Friday at South Port Marina located in South Portland.

Deputy Chief Jim Wilson of South Portland Fire Department said the fire was reported late Friday morning by a man who he believes has has been living on board. Wilson said the boat is moored to a dock and several other boats nearby have people living on board for the winter.

Firefighters used a chain saw to cut into the side of the boat to battle interior flames. The Portland Fire Boat was called to help crews battle the flames from the water side.

The South Portland Fire Department believes the fire began in the engine room.


Nobody was injured.


South Portland unveils updated high school


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine

(NEWS CENTER) -- After ten years of planning and 33 months of construction, the renovation of South Portland High School is complete.

A new addition was built onto the high school last year, and this year, 200 thousand square feet in the old building received updates.

"There were a number of issues we needed to correct," said Superintendent Suzanne Godin, "from handicap access, to air quality issues, and educational planning issues. Being able to put all three of those into a brand new building makes it a wonderful opportunity for South Portland."

The $47.3 million project was approved by voters in 2010. The building needed structural improvements, new heating and security systems, and updated technology, among other enhancements.

Shopper loses engagement ring at Old Navy



SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A holiday shopper left the Old Navy store in South Portland last Thursday wondering if she would ever see her engagement ring again.

The woman lost her ring in the Old Navy dressing room last week and store staffers helped her look for it, but no one could find it.

The woman left her name and phone number with a store manager in hope that they would come across it, but with the chaotic holiday shopping season, the contact information was lost.

A cleaning person discovered the ring the next day, but they had no way to find her. Store manager Allison Turk said they used social media to get the message out that the ring had been found. A friend of the ring owner saw one of the posts and notified her.