Articles by Ann Bryant


Farmington man charged with assaulting, terrorizing teen driver

By Ann Bryant on Nov. 24, 2014, at 4:29 p.m.
A Farmington man faces charges after police say he assaulted and terrorized a teen driver on the Webster Road on Saturday. He is also accused of damaging the lights on the teen’s truck. Charles Hubbard, 57, was arrested Sunday by Farmington police officer Derek Doucette after the …
A van parked on Perham Street was hit by a driver Wednesday afternoon. The driver lost a tire and other pieces of her car, pictured in front, but continued to drive away on the tire rim. Members of Farmington Fire and Rescue responded to clean up gas from the tank that ruptured on impact.

Farmington woman hits parked van, drives away on rim, arrested for OUI

By Ann Bryant on Aug. 07, 2014, at 1:36 p.m.
A Farmington driver struck a parked van on Perham Street on Wednesday afternoon, lost a tire and drove away on the rim. Kristen Cousineau, 36, was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence after her vehicle came to a stop. She went around a block …

11-year-old girl applies for patrol position with Wilton PD

By Ann Bryant on June 12, 2014, at 2:44 p.m.
An Academy Hill School student wants a particular job for the summer. She wants a full-time patrol position with the Wilton Police Department. The 11-year-old, Haleigh Chase, apparently downloaded a formal department application, filled it out completely and brought it to the police department, Police Chief Heidi …
Robert Parker Jr.

Man indicted on sexual assault charges accused of abusing, threatening to kill child

By Ann Bryant on Jan. 14, 2014, at 6:08 a.m.
FARMINGTON | A Franklin County grand jury on Monday indicted a Phillips man accused of sexually assaulting a child under age 12. Robert Parker Jr., 43, faces five felony charges of gross sexual assault and misdemeanor charges of terrorizing, endangering the welfare of a child, harassment by telephone and …
Jennifer Goodwin

Farmington woman indicted on drug trafficking charges

By Ann Bryant on Jan. 14, 2014, at 5:45 a.m.
A local woman was indicted on felony drug trafficking charges Monday by a Franklin County grand jury. Jennifer Goodwin, 36, was charged in September following a three-month investigation involving Farmington and Wilton police and a search of her residence in Sunny Hill Apartments at 276 Fairbanks Road. …

Augusta-area men indicted in Chesterville home invasion

By Ann Bryant on Jan. 14, 2014, at 5:31 a.m.
FARMINGTON | Two men, an uncle and nephew, accused of burglarizing a home in Chesterville while a teenage girl hid in her bedroom were indicted Monday by a Franklin County grand jury. James Dingus, 32, of Gardner and his nephew, Stephen Dingus, 32, of Hallowell were taken into custody …

Former Farmington employee appeals termination after seven weeks on job

By Ann Bryant on Jan. 13, 2014, at 5:37 a.m.
A town department head who was terminated after seven weeks on the job is appealing the action in Franklin County Superior Court. Nicholas Mayhew of Wilton has filed suit against the town after he was let go as wastewater superintendent Oct. 28 by Town Manager Richard Davis, …
Leon Savage, left, and Jake Savage, right, found Wilton Hardware on Main Street in Wilton closed when they arrived Tuesday morning. The store closed Monday, according to a sign on the door.

Wilton Hardware Store closes after more than 100 years in business

By Ann Bryant on Jan. 09, 2014, at 8:23 a.m.
Wilton Hardware Store on Main Street closed Monday. Jake and Leon Savage came to purchase electrical boxes Tuesday morning and said they were surprised to find it closed with a note on the door. After owning and operating the downtown business since 2009, Ray Jacques and Sheila …
An opossum bares its teeth after being trapped in a Farmington garage over the weekend. It was later set free in the woods.

Farmington man, thinking he caught cat, finds hungry opossum in garage

By Ann Bryant on Jan. 01, 2014, at 10:12 a.m.
The animal was small and a little “ratty” looking. It was definitely not the cat Jon Bubier thought he was trying to catch. The furry bundle was about the size of a feline but what he trapped turned out to be an opossum, something he had only …
Emergency personnel work to extricate the driver of a vehicle involved in a head-on crash of two vans on Route 2 and 4 in Wilton in front of the First Apostolic Church.

Investigation continues into Wilton crash that killed Lewiston woman

By Ann Bryant on Jan. 01, 2014, at 9:46 a.m.
Police continue to investigate the reason a Farmington man crossed the centerline, causing a head-on collision Friday that killed a Lewiston woman. Two witnesses told police that Richard Harvey, 79, crossed the centerline, but police have not determined why, Wilton Sgt. Chad Abbott said Monday. Because of …

Lewiston woman dies after head-on crash in Wilton

By Ann Bryant on Dec. 28, 2013, at 7:48 a.m.
A Lewiston woman died Friday afternoon of injuries suffered in a head-on crash on Route 2 near the First Apostolic Church. Claudette Hutchins, 61, died while being taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington by a NorthStar ambulance, Wilton police Chief Heidi Wilcox said. Hutchins was driving …

Wilton police sergeant commended for saving infant’s life

By Ann Bryant on Dec. 20, 2013, at 7:27 a.m.
A local police sergeant was commended Tuesday by the chief of police and selectmen for saving the life of a 15-month-old child in September. Paramedics said the boy would not have survived if Sgt. Chad Abbott had not acted promptly and competently, Chief Heidi Wilcox told the …
Kenny Brechner of Devaney, Doak and Garrett Booksellers holds a bottle of cider and a book about apples as he prepares for Cider Monday, set for Dec. 2 in downtown Farmington.

Downtown Farmington businesses plan to celebrate ‘Cider Monday’

By Ann Bryant on Nov. 29, 2013, at 2:16 p.m.
Dowtown businesses will celebrate “Cider Monday” on Dec. 2, a fun response to Cyber Monday, one of the biggest online shopping days of the year. “It’s a simple thank-you to those who spend time in our stores,” organizer Kenny Brechner of Devaney, Doak and Garrett Booksellers said. …

Firearms and jewelry taken from Wilton home

By Ann Bryant on Nov. 25, 2013, at 2:09 p.m.
Police are investigating a burglary reported Friday where firearms and jewelry were taken from a U.S. Route 2 West home. While the homeowner was away for a few days, someone broke into the residence and stole three firearms, including two handguns and a rifle, Wilton Chief of …
Walking single file across Middle Street, students from W.G. Mallett School in Farmington carry bagged food items they collected for the Helping Hands food project to the Community Center on Friday. Students from Cascade Brook School also brought items, all of which were donated to the Care and Share Food Closet.

Farmington students lend helping hand, donate 4,480 pounds of food to local pantry

By Ann Bryant on Nov. 16, 2013, at 6:37 a.m.
FARMINGTON — “Helping hands, helping hands,” one little girl from W.G. Mallett School recited Friday as she and her classmates toted bags of food across the street to the Community Center. Students at Mallett and Cascade Brook schools in Farmington collected 4,480 pounds of food for the Care and Share …

Wilton police warn of phone scam where caller asks to ‘guess who’

By Ann Bryant on Nov. 08, 2013, at 7:49 a.m.
A local woman reported another attempted telephone scam Wednesday to police. The woman was asked to “guess who,” Wilton police administrative assistant Jennifer Ladd read from the police report. The woman named a nephew, and the caller said that’s who it was, Ladd said. The male caller …

Driver charged with leaving scene of New Sharon accident

By Ann Bryant on Nov. 02, 2013, at 5:37 a.m.
An Oakland man faces charges after crashing his vehicle into a telephone pole and leaving the scene on Route 27 early Friday morning. Christian Ferguson, 20, was charged with driving to endanger, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and violating conditions of release, Lt. …
Lac-Megantic Mayor Colette Roy Laroche (fourth from right) along with five other Lac-Megantic officials, attended a benefit concert for Lac-Megantic in Farmington on Saturday.

Lac-Megantic officials attend benefit concert in Farmington; $32,000 raised for stricken Quebec town

By Ann Bryant on Oct. 13, 2013, at 6:22 a.m.
At about 4 a.m. on a Saturday morning in July, fire tones sounded across Franklin County. Help was needed for a deadly oil train derailment and fire in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. Representatives from seven Franklin County fire departments responded under the leadership of Emergency Management Director Tim Hardy. …

Farmington man charged with OUI after late night visit to cemetery

By Ann Bryant on Oct. 12, 2013, at 6:31 a.m.
A local man, spotted in a cemetery after dark, now faces charges of driving under the influence and criminal trespass. A vehicle driven by Javier Gonzalez, 29, of Farmington, was seen in the Riverside Cemetery by Farmington Police Sgt. Michael Adcock, who was patrolling the Farmington Falls …

Man awaiting sentencing in Farmington overdose case arrested after drug test

By Ann Bryant on Oct. 08, 2013, at 5:38 a.m.
WILTON | A man awaiting sentencing in a drug-overdose death case was arrested Saturday night after police randomly tested him and found illegal drugs in his system, police chief Heidi Wilcox said. Wilton police arrested Seth Gordon, 23, at about 9 p.m. at his residence in Stoney Brook Trailer …