Sanford approves school construction project

SANFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Voters in Sanford have approved the construction of a new high school and regional technical center by an overwhelming margin. The state has already pledged $92 million towards the construction.

Tuesday, voters approved putting local money into the project via two sets of bonds. The first set, worth $7.9 million went towards the so called "base package" for the school. It included local money that's required to get the state grant as well as an 830 Seat Performing Arts Center, bleachers in the practice gym, a central presentation area, a concession stand, dehumidification of some areas of the school, a reserve fund, and a second softball field, among other amenities. The base package passed with a vote of 2311 in favor and 688 against.

Santa and his elves install a roof for charity

SANFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – A family is getting a new roof installed by a special bunch of workers in Sanford Saturday.

Robert Gendreau Roofing and Construction Co. has provided charitable work in the past, this year he is giving a family a brand new roof.

This installation isn't your normal roofing installation though; this time Santa and his elves will be the installers. Check out some photos from the project Saturday.

Crews contain 2-alarm fire in Springvale

SPRINGVALE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- An overnight fire heavily damaged a house on Blanchard Road in Springvale early Thursday morning.

All four people inside the home when the fire broke out were able to make it out safely. No injuries were reported.

The fire went to two-alarms at one point because of the remote location of the house. Several other departments responded to Sanford's call for mutual aid, bringing in tanker trucks to transport water to the area.

Firefighters remained on the scene early Thursday to do some overhaul work and clean up. A cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Accident closes Route 4 in Sanford

SANFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A 5-car accident closed down part of Route 4 in Sanford Thursday morning.

The accident happened around 9 a.m. near the Old Post Road.

Sanford man arrested on drug trafficking charges


(NEWS CENTER) -- A Sanford man was arrested on charges of drug trafficking Wednesday.

33-year-old Adam Hill was booked on charges of aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs and violation of conditions of release.

Police stopped Hill on Cheney Street in Springvale after seeing a suspicious vehicle. Police determined Hill did not have a valid driver's license and arrested him for Operating after Suspension.

After searching Hill at the Sanford Police Department, police found Hill to be in possession of 17 grams of heroin and $2400 cash.

Hill was on conditions of release for a prior criminal offense, so bail was not set. He is expected to appear in court on Friday.

Hill was taken to the York County Jail.

Sanford man arrested for terrorizing and drug trafficking

YORK COUNTY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Sanford Police arrested a man on charges of terrorizing and aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs on Monday.

35-year-old Jesse Roy, of Sanford, was arrested on charges of Terrorizing with the use of a dangerous weapon and Aggravated Trafficking in Scheduled Drugs.

Police had been seeking Roy since Friday, stemming from an incident involving a firearm that took place at his residence. A warrant of arrest was obtained by police on Friday for the charge of Terrorizing with the use of a dangerous weapon. Detectives from the Sanford Police Department conducted surveillance on the residence and observed Mr. Roy exit his residence around 8 p.m. Monday night and get into a vehicle. Patrol officers were quickly in position and performed a felony traffic stop and arrested Mr. Roy without incident; he was alone in the vehicle.

Flood of donations helps Maine food bank stay open

SANFORD, Maine (AP) -- A Maine food bank in danger of shutting its doors because it had run out of cash has been saved by a flood of donations.

York County Food Rescue distributes about 1.5 million pounds of food annually to nearly 50 soup kitchens and food pantries in the region. It has plenty of food in its warehouse, but had run out of money to distribute it.

Director Jodi Bissonnette said after news of the cash crunch got out, the food bank has received nearly $5,000 in donations since the weekend.

Some money came from businesses, but many individuals have either sent or promised to send checks, some from out of state.