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Criminal Mischief (10/02/2019)

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Referee shot by cannon during football game

CASTINE (AP) — A referee who was hit in the face by a cannon blast during a Maine Maritime Academy football game is recovering from his injuries.

The referee was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries Saturday.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department told WCSH-TV that an academy alumnus brought the cannon to the game in Castine. The alumnus reportedly loaded the cannon with black powder and a substance that had been made into a wad.

It is tradition for a cannon to be fired with a blank shotgun shell when the academy scores.

Helicopter crashes in Sanford

SANFORD (AP) — Police say the victim of a helicopter crash had flown to multiple Maine and New Hampshire locations on Saturday as part of a licensing process before the accident at the Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport.

The pilot, who was the only occupant of the aircraft, suffered severe injuries when the helicopter crashed in the grass next to a runway in Saturday morning. He’s been identified 50-year-old Jack White of Bowdoinham, Maine.

Witnesses told police that the pilot appeared to be practicing landing or near-ground maneuvers when the helicopter started rotating in an uncontrolled spin. Police say it eventually hit the ground and became incapacitated on the grass. White was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

Pedestrian hit by detective-driven car

AUGUSTA (AP) — A pedestrian in Maine suffered minor injuries when she was hit by a vehicle driven by a Maine State Police detective in Augusta.

Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland says the state-owned vehicle was driven by Detective Ryan Brockway. The Kennebec Journal reports McCausland says the female pedestrian was taken to a hospital for observation.

Police did not identify the pedestrian. He said he did not know if the pedestrian was using a crosswalk. The pedestrian was hit when Brockway was turning the vehicle onto a street.

No public data compromised in attack on state computers

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said computer services are being restored in Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions after a phishing attack.

Dunlap said Thursday no public data has been accessed or compromised. He said the central voter registration database remains secure, and is unaffected by the attack.

The virus was identified Wednesday afternoon by a cybersecurity alert system. The Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions staff computers are affected, along with two servers at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and a server at the Maine State Archives.

Officials say the virus attack consisted of 1,600 emails, but layers of security prevented all but 18 emails from reaching employee inboxes. The virus appears to have entered these email systems via a spam email that included a malicious link.

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