Animal knocks out power in Augusta area

AUGUSTA — Several thousand customers were left without power briefly Friday thanks to an animal that got into a substation on Bond Brook Road.

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Central Maine Power spokeswoman Gail Rice said the outage was reported shortly after 10 a.m., and affected 3,352 customers in Augusta and Sidney. Power was restored by 10:40 a.m.

According to emergency radio transmissions, firefighters around the same time were called to at least two properties in the area, including Barnes & Noble on Marketplace Drive, for reports of hot electrical odors.

Rice said the outage was cause by an animal — she did not know exactly what — that ventured into the wrong place in the substation.

“Something got into the Bond Brook substation and set something off,” she said.

Augusta

Thursday: At 3:08 p.m., shoplifting was reported at Walmart on Civic Center Drive.

3:13 p.m., firefighters responded to an alarm on Court Street.

3:54 p.m., an 18-year-old Monmouth woman was charged with theft by police responding to a shoplifting complaint at Kohl’s on Stephen King Drive.

4:19 p.m., mischief was reported on Stanley Street.

4:38 p.m., there was a report of an intoxicated person at Texas Roadhouse on Whitten Road.

5:29 p.m., firefighters responded to an alarm on Patterson Street.

6:04 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported at MaineGeneral Medical Center on Medical Center Parkway.

8:35 p.m., theft was reported at the Kennebec Valley YMCA on Union Street.

Friday: At 12:31 a.m., there was a report of a burglary in progress on J&M Logging on Civic Center Drive.

1:04 a.m., firefighters responded to an alarm on Water Street.

7:18 a.m., there was a report of disorderly conduct at Dunkin’ Donuts on Sewall Street.

9:19 a.m., there was an accident at the intersection of Bangor and Myrtle streets.

10:42 a.m., there was an accident on Civic Center Drive.

11:14 a.m., trespassing was reported at MaineGeneral Medical Center on Medical Center Parkway.

11:15 a.m., there was a traffic complaint on North Belfast Avenue.

11:30 a.m., there was a traffic complaint on Eastern Avenue.

11:42 a.m., firefighters responded to an alarm at the fine arts building on Jewett Drive.

12:18 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Glenridge Drive.

12:51 p.m., there was a traffic complaint on Western Avenue.

2:26 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Blair Road.

Chelsea

Thursday: At 5:09 p.m., a car hit a deer on Togus Road.

China

Thursday: At 8:32 p.m., an alarm sounded on Lakeview Drive.

Gardiner

Thursday: At 1:16 p.m., theft was reported on Spring Street.

Friday: At 6:02 a.m., there was a report of a suspicious item at McDonald’s on Bridge Street.

Monmouth

Thursday: At 9:09 a.m., a 26-year-old Auburn man was charged with operating after suspension on Prescott Road.

8:47 p.m., threatening was reported on North Street.

Winthrop

Thursday: At 12:57 p.m., there was a report of a weapons offense.

ARRESTSAugusta

Thursday: At 9:47 p.m., Brandon Lee Tobey, 28, of Augusta, was arrested on a warrant by police responding to a report of disorderly conduct at the Country Village Motel on Riverside Drive.

Winthrop

Thursday: At 3:09 p.m., Graham MacFarlane Jr., 33, of Lewiston, was arrested on a warrant charging failure to appear, on Town Hall Lane.