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Greenbush home invasion

GREENBUSH - Deputies have made an arrest but are still seeking a second man involved in a home-invasion assault that took place over the weekend. 

Penobscot County Deputies were called to a house on the East Ridge Road where a woman was assaulted by two masked men. The woman was hospitalized briefly, but her injuries were not life threatening.

As a result of the investigation, deputies arrested Nicholas Hutchinson, 23, of Medway and he was charged with robbery and elevated aggravated assault. Authorities are still looking for the second suspect. Anyone with information is urged to call the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office at 947-4585.

Labor Day fatal accidents highest in 25 years

Maine's Bureau of Highway Safety says six people were killed on Maine roads during the long Labor Day weekend. It was the deadliest Labor Day weekend in Maine since 1986, when ten people were killed in traffic crashes. Five deaths were reported during the holiday weekend last year.

The weekend deaths included two separate motorcycle crashes, including one that struck a moose in Dennistown; the state's first fatal moose collision in almost two years. The other fatal motorcycle crash took place in Eagle Lake, killing the 26-year-old operator who had received his motorcycle permit the day before.

The four other fatal crashes during the weekend involved cars or trucks, and took place in Biddeford early Sunday morning, in South Berwick and Van Buren on Sunday afternoon, and in New Portland late Friday night. Speed and alcohol were listed at the likely causes of the Biddeford and New Portland crashes, while speed was cited at the cause of the two other fatalities.

Biddeford Police investigated the crash in that city; The Somerset Sheriff's Office investigated the crashes in New Portland and Dennistown; Van Buren Police investigated the wreck in their town; South Berwick Police were the investigating agency for the fatal crash in that community; and the Maine State Police investigated the fatal motorcycle crash in Eagle Lake.

Biddeford pastor charged with possessing child pornography

BIDDEFORD - A pastor who works with homeless in downtown Biddeford has been charged by Maine State Police with possessing child pornography. Pastor James Napier, 60, was arrested at his home in Alfred by members of the State Police Computer Crimes Unit. Napier was arrested on Saturday and charged with possession of sexually explicit material. Napier is the pastor associated with New Beginnings Christian Mission, which ministers to the poor and homeless in downtown Biddeford.

The Computer Crimes Unit received a tip on Napier on Aug. 31 and detectives then went to his home. A search of his computer found more than 100 images of child porn. He was arrested at his house and taken to the York County Jail, where he was later freed on bail. His bail conditions call for no contact with anyone under the age of 18 and he is banned for using the internet.

The charge is a felony as the children depicted in the pornography appear to be under the age of 12. There is no indication that any of the images found on his computer were from Maine.

Napier will make his first court appearance in Springvale District Court on Oct. 23.

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