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.

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.

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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.