Parents speak out after kids are allegedly threatened with gun

SANFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A group of parents are concerned after they claim their children had a gun pulled on them.

The person involved was indicted and charged, but they claim a plea deal is diminishing what really happened.

A parent of one of the children involved, Dianna Sawyer, said, "Sometimes with things that they think are not as big as they should be, they like to just plea bargain and get them out of the system. But this is huge for me. It is not OK to have a plea bargain in this situation."

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Sanford police looking for man who showed knife, demanded cash

SANFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Sanford police are looking for a man who showed a knife and demanded money from the clerk at a local hotel on Tuesday.

Officials are looking for a man who entered the Super 8 hotel in Sanford Tuesday at approximately 8:21 p.m. and demanded cash. The suspect also attempted to take a laptop from the clerk, but failed.

The man is described as approximately 20 years as 6'0", 170 to 180 pounds. The suspect was last seen wearing Snap-on gloves and a distinctly patterned hoodie.

Officials are also looking for the public's help in identifying a potential witness in the case. Police said the woman pictured below may have had some interaction with the suspect in the adjacent Walmart parking lot. Police said it did not seem like the two were acquainted, but there was a significant encounter.

Police looking for help in identifying hit-and-run vehicle

ALFRED, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- State police are looking for the public's help in identifying the driver in a hit-and-run accident in Alfred early Saturday morning.

Police officials dispatch received a call about the crash on Kennebunk Road in Alfred at approximately 2:45 Saturday morning.

Results of the early investigation indicate a group of young adults were partying at approximately one mile in on the dirt portion of the road. 21-year-old John Caramihalis was struck by an unidentified vehicle.

Police said Caramihalis was transported to Maine Medical Center with serious injuries.

State Police are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to please call Det. Lauren Edstrom or Trooper Matthew Williams at 657-3030.

Sanford to build Maine's largest municipal fiber optics network

SANFORD, Maine  (NEWS CENTER) – The City of Sanford is planning to build the largest municipal

fiber optics network in the state.

The network will stretch for 32-miles, bringing faster internet service for businesses and government agencies. City officials say its all about economic development.

"Site locators are always looking to check the boxes. We want the box to say yes, Sanford has that. Certainly as a business attraction, we see it as a key item", said James Nimon, executive director, Sanford Regional Economic Growth Council.

The city is investing $1.5 million on a high-speed broadband project that they hope will bring in much more than that in economic development.

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Students diagnosed with viral meningitis

BERWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --Two students in School Administrative District 60 are recovering at home after being diagnosed with viral meningitis.

MSAD 60 officials say one is a student at Vivian E. Hussey Primary School, and the other student attended Noble Middle School, both in Berwick. The district says the students lived in different towns, and the cases are not related, but that didn't keep some parents from taking precautions.

Officials sent a letter to parents Wednesday informing them of the two cases. Officials with Maine Center for Disease Control says viral meningitis, the most common type of meningitis, can have the same symptoms as bacterial meningitis.

That includes ever, nausea and vomiting, but there is no treatment and symptoms can last up to ten days.

Widow of Maine representative to run for his seat

SANFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The widow of a Maine state representative who died in July is running for her husband's seat in the legislature.

Maine Democrats selected Jean Noon, a Springvale farmer, to run for the House District 19 seat. William Noon died in July from a rare form of cancer.

Jean Noon is an organic sheep farmer who raises the animals on her 75 acre farm in Springvale. She also worked as an art teacher in public schools for 13 years.

"It seemed like his time in the legislature shouldn't just stop, that maybe I could try to finish out his term," Noon said.

Noon said she wants to pick up where her husband left off, serving on the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, and use her background in farming to continue his legacy.

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