Articles by Donna M. Perry

Gov. Paul LePage listens to a question from a person in the audience at the town hall-style meeting he held on Tuesday night at the University of Maine at Farmington.

LePage: Only a third of legislators serve ‘for the right reasons’

By Donna M. Perry on Sept. 23, 2015, at 8:35 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage talked about lowering energy costs, reducing and eventually eliminating the state’s income tax, welfare reform and high student college loan debt during a town hall-style meeting.
Charles "Charlie" Webster

LePage appoints Charlie Webster as Franklin County commissioner

By Donna M. Perry on Aug. 10, 2015, at 2:52 p.m.
FARMINGTON | Gov. Paul LePage has appointed former legislator Charles “Charlie” Webster to represent the residents of District 2 in Chesterville, Farmington and New Sharon as a Franklin County commissioner. Webster, who had not been sworn in as of Monday, will fill the term left vacant when longtime Commissioner …
The King Pine lift at Sugarloaf malfunctioned, causing the lift to go backward on Saturday.

King Pine chairlift that malfunctioned at Sugarloaf passed state inspection last fall

By Donna M. Perry on March 24, 2015, at 7:44 a.m.
CARRABASSETT VALLEY | Workers at Sugarloaf are investigating what caused a gearbox and braking system for the King Pine Quad chairlift to fail Saturday. The failure caused the lift to roll about 450 feet backward, resulting in seven people being injured, including three who were taken to a Farmington …
Gracie Ward of Wilton is surrounded by some of the 1,808 diapers she has stacked in her mother's van. The seventh-grader at Mt. Blue Middle School in Farmington is collecting diapers for her philanthropic project, Little Tushies Diaper Bank.

Wilton teenager starts diaper bank for school project

By Donna Perry, Sun Journal on March 14, 2015, at 2:13 p.m.
FARMINGTON | Gracie Ward wants to provide disposable diapers to local families in need. Ward, 13, of Wilton created the Little Tushies Diaper Bank as a philanthropic project at Mt. Blue Middle School, where she is a seventh-grader. She and her mother had been talking one day about the …

Franklin County to develop fairness argument over state funds for jail

By Donna M. Perry on Nov. 04, 2014, at 5:25 p.m.
FARMINGTON | Franklin County’s attorney Frank Underkuffler will work with Treasurer Mary Frank to put together a fairness argument to the state to justify the use of community corrections funds the county has received since 2009. About half of the yearly allotment of $132,000 or so the county received …

Mercer woman impaled by stick in Avon ATV accident

By Donna M. Perry on June 25, 2014, at 2:01 p.m.
A Mercer woman was impaled by a stick through her jaw Sunday when the ATV she was driving on a trail went up some rocks and rolled. She fell off and landed in some brush, Maine Warden Justin Fowlie said Wednesday. The names of the woman and …
Stephen Dingus

Hallowell man sentenced to 4½ years in prison for Chesterville home invasion

By Donna M. Perry on May 30, 2014, at 3:01 p.m.
FARMINGTON | A Franklin County justice sentenced a Hallowell man Friday to serve 4½ years in state prison for a home invasion on Nov. 11, 2013, in Chesterville while a teenage girl was home alone. Stephen Dingus, 32, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of burglary in Franklin County …

Boy, 8, suspended from school for threatening 6-year-old with knife on bus in Farmington

By Donna M. Perry on May 29, 2014, at 11:42 a.m.
A second-grader at the Mallett School in Farmington has been suspended from school for 10 days for opening a jackknife on a school bus and making threats toward a younger student, RSU 9 Superintendent Tom Ward said. The incident happened on the way to school Tuesday morning, …

Girl, 6, seriously injured after Jeep rolls over her in Livermore

By Donna M. Perry on May 23, 2014, at 11:23 a.m.
Police said a 6-year-old girl was seriously injured Monday afternoon after she jumped out of a rolling Jeep Wrangler and it ran over her. The child was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland with internal injuries, including to her spleen, Lt. Brian McDonough of the Maine …
Robert "Bob" Thorndike, 56, of Phillips was injured Wednesday when his pickup truck collided with one of his logging trucks on ice-covered Morton Cut-Off Road in Lower Cupsuptic Township in northern Oxford County, Maine State Police Trooper Jason Wing said Thursday.

Phillips man injured when pickup, logging truck collide in Oxford County

By Donna M. Perry on Jan. 09, 2014, at 10:30 p.m.
LOWER CUPSUPTIC TOWNSHIP | A Phillips man remained at a Lewiston hospital Thursday with injuries he received when his pickup truck collided with one of his logging trucks Wednesday morning in this northern Oxford County township, Maine State Police Trooper Jason Wing said. Rob Thorndike said his father, Robert …

Jay man pleads guilty to assaulting Wilton man in June

By Donna M. Perry on Nov. 27, 2013, at 5:40 a.m.
FARMINGTON | A Jay man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of assault with a dangerous weapon for beating a Wilton man June 30. A charge of aggravated assault was dismissed in the plea agreement. Judge Susan Oram delayed sentencing for Benjamin York, 19, for two years. During …

Police following all leads in Jay home invasion case

By Donna M. Perry on Nov. 23, 2013, at 2:19 p.m.
Police are following all leads in a home invasion on Macomber Hill Road on Nov. 16, Jay police Chief Larry White Sr. said Friday. A woman reported three masked men broke into her mobile home at 12:22 a.m. and when they discovered she made a phone call …
Livermore Falls fire Chief Tim "TD" Hardy

Chief: Five Livermore Falls fires since Aug. 28 not suspicious

By Donna M. Perry on Nov. 19, 2013, at 2:45 p.m.
Fire Chief Tim “T.D.” Hardy assured residents Monday night that the five fires in the town since Aug. 28 are not suspicious. Three of them were leaning toward electrical issues, one was caused by the improper disposal of wood stove ashes and the other they will …

Canadian boy who ran US border in high-speed chase pleads guilty

By Donna M. Perry on Nov. 17, 2013, at 10:50 a.m.
FARMINGTON | A 16-year-old Canadian boy admitted to charges Friday related to running the U.S. border and leading a high-speed chase from Coburn Gore down Route 27 into Kingfield last month. Zachary Wittke of Eganville, Ontario, also admitted in Juvenile Court to a new felony charge of aggravated assault …

Avon woman accused of attacking boyfriend with knife

By Donna M. Perry on Nov. 15, 2013, at 11:01 a.m.
AVON, Maine – A local woman is accused of cutting her boyfriend with a knife early Friday during a dispute over finances, Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. said. Jessica Savage, 31, of Avon was arrested on a felony charge of aggravated domestic violence assault and a charge of violation …
David Coffren

Kingfield man sentenced to 14 years in meth lab case

By Donna M. Perry on Nov. 15, 2013, at 10:51 a.m.
FARMINGTON | A Kingfield man was sentenced Thursday to serve eight years of a 14-year sentence for manufacturing methamphetamine in a mobile home on Feb. 8, 2012, in Kingfield. David L. Coffren, 29, pleaded guilty in June to aggravated trafficking, aggravated criminal mischief and a misdemeanor count of endangering …
Stephen Dingus

Augusta-area man sought in Chesterville home invasion

By Donna M. Perry on Nov. 14, 2013, at 5:58 a.m.
FARMINGTON | The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department has issued a warrant for an Augusta area man accused of breaking into a Chesterville residence on Monday while a teenager was home. Deputies are looking for Stephen Dingus, 31, Detective Ken Charles said Wednesday. The warrant charges burglary, criminal mischief and …

Chesterville teen hides in room during home invasion

By Donna M. Perry on Nov. 12, 2013, at 11:03 a.m.
A 17-year-old girl hid in a bedroom Monday morning when a man forced his way through a door in the house on Vienna Road, Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. said Tuesday. Deputy Nicholas Zecher and Cpl. Nate Bean have identified two suspects and are in the …
Livermore Falls firefighters work to remove metal roofing from a burned mobile home Monday to get to burning debris below it. About 20 firefighters from Livermore Falls, Jay and Livermore responded to a report of a fire at 12:27 p.m. at 101 Pine Ridge Loop in Livermore Falls. No one was home at the time.

Fire destroys third home since August in Livermore Falls mobile home park

By Donna M. Perry on Nov. 05, 2013, at 11:01 a.m.
A fire leveled a mobile home Monday at 101 Pine Ridge Loop. It was the third home destroyed by fire in the park located off Route 106 since late August. In the two previous fires, residents had been alerted to the fires by smoke detectors and …

New Sharon teen recovering after Industry road accident

By Donna M. Perry on Nov. 04, 2013, at 5:05 p.m.
A local teenager is recovering Monday at a Lewiston hospital from serious injuries he received Saturday when his truck left Industry Road and hit a tree head-on. Matthew Couillard, 18, of New Sharon was driving his 2008 Chevrolet pickup truck toward New Sharon at about 5:12 …