Articles by Ann Bryant


Impaired Farmington man arrested after locking keys in car

By Ann Bryant on Oct. 04, 2013, at 6:14 a.m.
After attempting to retrieve keys locked in his own vehicle by smashing a window, a Farmington man was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence. Ernest McIntosh, 22, was arrested shortly after midnight Thursday morning by Farmington officer Ryan Rosie when a neighbor called about …
Duane Pollis has been given until Thursday to clean up his Adams Street yard in Wilton or face a daily fine and court action from the town.

Wilton property owner faces $100-per-day fine over messy yard

By Ann Bryant on Oct. 03, 2013, at 7:21 a.m.
The Board of Selectmen unanimously decided Tuesday to take action against an Adams Street homeowner if his property was not cleaned up by Thursday. After numerous complaints about the cluttered yard, some dating back to 2009, the board gave Duane Pollis until Thursday to clean up his …
Matthew P. Dyke

Police: Man charged with entering wrong home, destroys jail mattress with teeth

By Ann Bryant on Sept. 30, 2013, at 1:42 p.m.
FARMINGTON | A Wilton man was arrested early Sunday morning on a charge of criminal trespass after he walked into an apartment on High Street, without knocking, around 3:17 a.m. He was taken to Franklin County Detention Center where police say he later ripped apart a plastic covering with …

Jay man sentenced to serve five years in child sex case

By Ann Bryant on Sept. 28, 2013, at 6:01 a.m.
FARMINGTON | A Jay man was sentenced Friday to serve five years of a 10-year sentence at the Maine Department of Corrections on a felony charge of unlawful sexual contact against a child under age 12 in August 2010. The sentence for Ralph O. Metcalf, 34, includes 12 years …
Sandy River Farms in Farmington will open its fifth annual Amazing Corn MAiZE Saturday. The design celebrates the 150th anniversary of the University of Maine at Farmington.

Corn maze celebrates UMF’s 150th anniversary

By Ann Bryant on Sept. 26, 2013, at 8:06 a.m.
FARMINGTON | The fifth annual Amazing Corn MAiZE at Sandy River Farms features a design commemorating the University of Maine at Farmington’s 150th anniversary this year. The MAiZE, at 755 Farmington Falls Road about two miles outside Farmington on Route 2 east, opens Saturday, Sept. 28, and continues weekends …

Police find Wilton man deceased after standoff

By Ann Bryant on Sept. 25, 2013, at 7:50 a.m.
A Wilton man was found dead in a Weld Road apartment after a nearly five-hour standoff with police Tuesday night. A State Police Tactical Team made entry into the residence about 11 p.m. and confirmed Raymond Richard, 60, the sole occupant, was deceased, Wilton Police Chief Heidi …

Farmington hospital network suffers $8.4 million operating loss

By Ann Bryant on Sept. 23, 2013, at 9:18 p.m.
Unprecedented changes in health care have resulted in an $8.4 million operating loss for Franklin Community Health Network, which includes Franklin Memorial Hospital, during this past fiscal year, an official announced Monday. The hospital experienced challenges that produced “a negative financial position never witnessed before,” Rebecca Ryder, …

Perkins Township woman receives summons after Farmington crash

By Ann Bryant on Sept. 23, 2013, at 7:33 p.m.
On Monday, an 18-year-old woman was given a summons charging failure to stop at a stop sign, after her car crashed into a vehicle on Main Street. Kaitlyn York of Perkins Township attempted to make a left turn onto Main Street from Front Street at about 12:40 …

Wilton considers sex offender ordinance after learning three offenders live by park

By Ann Bryant on Sept. 19, 2013, at 7:26 a.m.
The Board of Selectmen considered then tabled action on development of a sex offender residency ordinance on Tuesday. Selectman Tiffany Maiuri proposed asking the Ordinance Committee to draft a such a law. It recently came to light that there are three sex offenders, who were convicted on …
Jennifer Goodwin

Police charge Farmington woman with drug trafficking

By Ann Bryant on Sept. 17, 2013, at 6:32 a.m.
Police arrested a local woman on a felony charge of trafficking drugs Saturday after a three-month investigation and search of her apartment. Jennifer Goodwin, 35, now living in Sunnyhill Apartments at 276 Fairbanks Road, was charged after police received information she was selling drugs from her residence, …

Wilton police search for victim, assailant after alleged attack outside post office

By Ann Bryant on Sept. 13, 2013, at 6:32 a.m.
Police are investigating an alleged assault on a woman outside the East Wilton Post Office on Wednesday night. A man driving past the alleged incident called police at about 8:41 p.m. after he saw another man hit the woman who had a child about 5 years old …

Farmington man charged after falling from UMF roof

By Ann Bryant on Sept. 12, 2013, at 6:13 a.m.
A man seriously injured last week in a fall from the roof of the Emery Community Arts Center at the University of Maine at Farmington was formally charged Tuesday evening. Devon Pease, 21, of Farmington faces charges of criminal trespass and criminal mischief, said Brock E. Caton, …

Woman dies in collision with pulp truck

By Ann Bryant on Sept. 10, 2013, at 8:32 p.m.
WILTON | A Chesterville woman was killed Tuesday afternoon when her Jeep and a loaded pulp truck collided at the intersection of Routes 2 and 4 and Route 156. Claire Trask, 59, was driving north on Route 156 when she apparently drove into the intersection without stopping at the …
John Cushman

Farmington man arrested for carrying toy gun has charge reduced

By Ann Bryant on Sept. 10, 2013, at 6:59 a.m.
The charge against a Farmington man who walked around downtown with a toy gun that appeared to be a real weapon has recently been reduced. John Cushman, 20, was arrested Aug. 2 on a felony charge of terrorizing when he strolled through town with the toy gun …

Family of six safely escape after camper furnace catches fire in Industry

By Ann Bryant on Sept. 07, 2013, at 5:50 a.m.
A furnace caught fire in a camper on Michael Taylor Road early Friday morning. A family of six, two adults and four children, were not injured in the 5:50 a.m. fire. Tim Greenlaw got his family out and then took a couple of buckets of rainwater and …

Police: Man running from officer falls 40 feet off UMF roof

By Ann Bryant on Sept. 04, 2013, at 1:13 p.m.
FARMINGTON | A Farmington man was seriously injured early Tuesday morning after falling 40 feet onto pavement from the roof of the Emery Community Arts Building on the campus of the University of Maine at Farmington. Charges are pending against Devon Pease, 21, upon his release from the hospital, …

Marijuana, cuckoo clock taken in Wilton burglaries

By Ann Bryant on Sept. 03, 2013, at 4:11 p.m.
Police are investigating three home burglaries reported over the weekend in Wilton. Two burglaries, reported Friday evening, were at vacant homes on Route 2 West near East Dixfield, Wilton Police Chief Heidi Wilcox said Tuesday. A cuckoo clock was reported stolen from one of the homes. In …
Benjamin Rush

Farmington man faces kidnapping, aggravated assault charges

By Ann Bryant on Sept. 03, 2013, at 12:40 p.m.
Police say a Farmington man faces charges of kidnapping and aggravated assault-domestic violence after he choked a woman and wouldn’t let her leave a Farmington Falls Road home early Saturday morning. Benjamin Rush, 30, was arrested after a fight between him and a woman escalated, Deputy Chief …

Man faces criminal speeding charge for allegedly driving 111 mph in 40 mph zone

By Ann Bryant on Aug. 19, 2013, at 1:59 p.m.
WILTON | Clocked at a speed of 111 mph in a 40 mph zone, a Lyman man was arrested by police on a charge of criminal speeding Sunday. Jeremy Doucette, 38, was traveling west on Routes 2 and 4, also known as Burgess Hill, at about 8:39 a.m. Sunday …

Farmington man dies in Route 27 crash

By Ann Bryant, Sun Journal on Aug. 09, 2013, at 2:44 p.m.
NEW VINEYARD — Police say William Ellsworth, 57, of Farmington was killed after his van crossed the centerline of Route 27 on Friday morning and struck a tractor-trailer head-on. Daniel French, 29, of Alfred was driving the Hirschbank Co. truck with an empty box north when Ellsworth’s 1999 Plymouth Voyager …