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Sally Struthers gets trial date in Maine OUI case

ALFRED, Maine (AP) - Actress Sally Struthers has a trial set for September on a criminal charge of driving under the influence in Maine.

Court records say the 66-year-old Struthers must be present for the trial. The York Weekly newspaper reports that jury selection is scheduled for Sept. 23 in York County Superior Court in Alfred.

Police arrested Struthers on Sept. 12, 2012, in the resort town of Ogunquit (oh-GUHNG'-kwit), where she was performing at the Ogunquit Playhouse in the musical "9 to 5." She has pleaded not guilty.

Struthers is best known for her role as Gloria Stivic in the 1970s TV sitcom "All in the Family."

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Sanford wants to lure theme park

SANFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Could Sanford be the future home of a multi-million dollar amusement park? That's the dream of two businessmen who want to build a Maine Adventure Park in the former mill town.

Bill Underwood and H. Allen Mapes hired a team of consultants from California to tour the area and conduct a study on it's potential as a major tourist attraction.

The consultants have worked on numerous projects including Disney World in Florida and Six Flags New England. State tourism officials say about 28 million tourists visit Maine each year and the consultants say an unique year round theme park could attract visitors from the Greater Boston area and New Hampshire.

Sanford man dies after golf cart accident

PORTLAND, Maine (AP/NEWS CENTER) - The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says that a Sanford man has died from the injuries he sustained after an accident in a golf cart.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Department says 52-year-old John MacKay from Sanford was thrown from the golf cart that was being operated by a Massachusetts man Saturday night in the town of Casco.

Deputies arrested, and charged, the golf cart operator, 59-year-old Gary Belinsky from Westford, Mass., for drunken driving.

He was released Sunday morning on $300 bail from the Cumberland County Jail. Jail paperwork didn't indicate if he'd hired an attorney, and the phone at his Massachusetts home rang unanswered Sunday.

Officials say the incident is an ongoing investigation.

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Local company invents Zero G soccer trainer

CUMBERLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Soccer has always been the world's game. Now, Maine has a reason to be recognized globally.

It's all thanks to the innovation and development by Variable Gravity Products, a company based in Cumberland that also manufactures in Kennebunk. Their Zero G (gravity) soccer trainer has been apart of the online market for a little over year and is one of the best selling products when it comes to soccer training.

The item is targeted for youth soccer players (approximately 8 million registered in the US). It allows children to adjust the settings for a ball attached to bar being offset by weights. Chief Innoventer Steven Leen refers to it as "training wheels for your feet." The more a child can get comfortable with the trainer the more they can increase the rate of gravity until there's no resistance at all.

Lobster Bowl Post Game and Highlights

Biddeford, ME (NEWS CENTER) - The 2013 Lobster Bowl hung in the balance under the threat of severe weather coming through Maine Saturday afternoon. Fortunately for the thousands of fans and over 100 football players, cheerleaders and coaches, the weather held off and a GREAT game went off without a hitch.

The East All-Stars took home the trophy with a 28-13 victory over the West Squad at Waterhouse Field in Biddeford. East MVP, Mt. Blue quarterback Jordan Whitney threw for 2 TD's while Fitzpatrick Trophy winner, Cheverus's Donald Goodrich finished his high school football career by taking home the West MVP.

Lobster Bowl prepares for possible weather issues Saturday

BIDDEFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Saturday will mark the 24th time Maine high school football and cheerleader All-Stars take to the field in support of the Maine Shriners. The Shriners have put on the Maine Lobster Bowl each of the last 24 years to raise money and awareness for the 22 Shrine Hospitals for Children across the US, Canada and Mexico.

This year, the Lobster Bowl may have another hurdle to jump over...the weather. NEWS CENTER's Keith Carson is calling for severe weather coming through the area around the time of the event. Gates open most of the day for other events and kickoff is slated for 4PM at Waterhouse Field in Biddeford. The Lobster Bowl Committee has asked everyone who plans on attending to look at some safety precautions they are putting in place for the worst case scenario.