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York County Food Rescue finds itself in need


ALFRED, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The York County Food Rescue distributes food to 45 food pantries and soup kitchens, but it might have to close its doors due to financial trouble.

"What happened was we ran out of cash. We have zero money in the bank," said Jodi Bissonnette, the food rescue's director. "The better you do your job, the more pick-ups you have, the more money you spend on gas and other things."

Bissonnette said they have helped more than 50,000 people this year and provided more than a million pounds of food to programs throughout York County.

Unique air show features planes of all sizes


SANFORD, Maine

(NEWS CENTER) -- Air shows almost always bring out large audiences -- but have you ever seen a crowd go wild for a model airplane, and a pilot with a remote control?

It happened Sunday at the Maine Jet Rally and Model Expo at the Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport at the annual air show.

The Maine Jet Rally has been bringing in professional pilots to perform for nearly 20 years. Three years ago, organizers decided to broaden the experience, and bring in model-makers.

"We want to introduce modeling in a way that's not really done any place else," said organizer Ray Labonte, from Ray and Robin's Hobby Center.

11-year old year logs 101 miles on bike


SANFORD, Maine -- (NEWS CENTER) -- An 11-year old Sanford girl is heading back to school with a big sense of accomplishment after taking up her neighbor's challenge to bike 101 miles this summer.

Starting in late June, Cassidy Tierney and Jim Arsenault rode 12 miles -- about 10 laps around their neighborhood, each week. The pair completed 101 miles last week. The trek took about two hours -- during that time the 5th grader worked on her math skills and learned how to navigate safely on the road. Both say the ride was all about having fun. Cassidy hopes to invite her friends to hit the road in the future.

Two Sanford men arrested in connection with burglaries


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SPRINGVALE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Sanford Police arrested two men in connection with thefts of copper from CMP substations in Sanford and Lebanon and over a dozen burglaries of vacant homes throughout York County, Cumberland County and New Hampshire.

40-year-old Jeremy Cook of Sanford and 35-year-old Richard Stewart of Sanford were charged with Class B Burglary.

Both men are being held at the York County Jail on $10,000 bail. Their arraignment is Friday in Biddeford District Court.


Girls made up attempted abduction in Sanford


SANFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Sanford Police Officers were dispatched to the corner of High Street and Bates for a report of possible child abduction at approximately 6:20 p.m. Tuesday.

Officers arrived on scene and spoke with two 10-year-old females that were involved. The girls described what happened and gave police a description of the man and his vehicle. This information was then distributed to the public.

On Thursday, Sanford Police said during the follow-up investigation with the two girls, both admitted the attempted abduction report had been fabricated.


Robot gives students a virtual presence in school


BERWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Not every child is lucky enough to enjoy time with their friends during the school year or over summer vacation as they undergo treatment in the hospital or while they recover at home, but Grahamtastic Connection is using hi-tech tools to keep kids connected.

Last spring, Prime Motor Group donated a Vgo Robot to the non-profit organization - which has provided more than 950 laptops to kids throughout the country over the past 16 years. Two more were donated by people who wish to remain anonymous. All three have been provided, free of charge, to families while their child undergoes treatment in the hospital or recovers at home.

Ian Crocker hosts swim clinic at Maine YMCA


SANFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Sunday morning Olympic gold medalist Ian Crocker held a four-hour stroke clinic.

Crocker hopped into the pool with dozens of swimmers to help children work on numerous strokes, including backstroke, freestyle, and his favorite - the butterfly.

The event took place at the Sanford-Springvale YMCA. This was especially significant since Crocker first got his feet wet in his local YMCA pool.

The event was set up after 9-year-old Isabella Bazata chose to research Ian Crocker as a famous Mainer for a school project. Bazata worked hard to meet him, and Crocker eventually decided to come home to put on a swim clinic.