off limits Saturday
for police drills
GORHAM — Several Gorham facilities will be closed on Saturday, May 19, as police conduct active shooter drills.
Closures include Gorham High School, its parking lot and athletic fields; the Gorham Municipal Center, parking lot and recreation end; Shaw Gym; and Robie Park and Robie softball field.
Residents will see a larger police presence around town Saturday as well, the town said on its website.
IDEXX breaks ground
on $62M expansion
WESTBROOK — IDEXX has broken ground on a planned $62 million facility expansion at its headquarters off Eisenhower Drive.
The Synergy East will feature a new multi-level, 135,000-square-foot expansion to the existing Synergy Center, which opened in 2014. The new space, which will open in late 2019, will accommodate up to 600 additional employees.
The groundbreaking event last week was attended by Gov. Paul LePage and Maine Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, among other dignitaries.
CEO Jonathan Ayers thanked the project’s supporters to date and employee community.
“The groundbreaking of our Synergy East expansion is significant and is part of a long track record of investing billions of dollars over the last decade in Maine and in Westbrook,” said Ayers, who has been CEO since 2002.
The new facility will be LEED Gold Certified and contain many energy efficient design elements such as solar panels, highly efficient HVAC, and rainwater harvesting. Standout features include a 200-person conference room and best-in-class office and workstation design.
Son faces charges
for threatening mother
BUXTON — Adam Sanborn, 26, was taken into custody after he allegedly threatened his mother with a firearm on Mother’s Day, according to a press release from Police Chief Troy Cline.
Sanborn, Cline said in the release, would be charged with domestic violence criminal threatening with a firearm, a Class C crime, and domestic violence assault, a Class D crime.
Buxton officers Warren Day and Keith Waltz had responded to a report at 7:55 p.m. on May 13 to 768 Parker Farm Road. Cline reported that the officers were unable to get anyone to answer the door at the home.
Police, who learned the mother was safe elsewhere, set up a perimeter around the home and Parker Farm Road was closed at 9:30 p.m. Buxton officers were assisted by two officers and a sergeant from Gorham Police Department in addition to three deputies from Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department.
“Sanborn exited the residence on his own and started to walk towards a vehicle in the driveway,” the press release said. “A team of officers apprehended Sanborn in the driveway prior to him getting in a car.”
Police said Sanborn threw a firearm under a vehicle before being arrested and an officer located a loaded handgun after “taking Sanborn into custody.”
Parker Farm Road re-opened at 11:30 p.m.
Sanborn was taken to York County Jail pending bail.
Portland men arrested
after wrong turn
WESTBROOK — An early morning call to police last week led to the arrest of two Portland residents.
Westbrook Police report just before 6 a.m. May 10, they received a call from a resident reporting a suspicious vehicle. After running the plate, police learned the vehicle had been stolen from Portland.
According to a press release, “officers located the vehicle on Main Street and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The driver, apparently unfamiliar with Westbrook streets, attempted to flee by making an immediate turn onto Giles Street, a dead end. He crashed the stolen car into the side of a Giles Street apartment building and fled on foot. He was apprehended after a brief pursuit by Officer Ben Hall and K-9 Brook.”
The driver of the vehicle, David Logugune, 20, of Portland, was charged with operating under the influence, theft by unauthorized use of property, refusing to submit to arrest, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, aggravated criminal mischief and operating without a license.
The passenger, Fakhareldin Adam, 20, of Portland, Maine, was also arrested and charged with theft by unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of scheduled drugs, trafficking in prison contraband and trafficking in Scheduled W drug (crack cocaine).
Both subjects were taken to the Cumberland County Jail and booked.