Articles by Donna M. Perry

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, Maine — 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, Maine — 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.
JAY, Maine — 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.
LIVERMORE FALLS, Maine — 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, Maine — 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, Maine — 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, Maine — 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.
CHESTERVILLE, Maine — 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.
LIVERMORE FALLS, Maine — 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.
NEW SHARON, Maine — 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 …

Livermore Falls to vote on leaving Androscoggin County on referendum ballot

By Donna M. Perry on Nov. 04, 2013, at 9:09 a.m.
LIVERMORE FALLS, Maine — Voters on Tuesday, Nov. 5, will consider a referendum to withdraw from Androscoggin County to join Franklin County. If voters approve the referendum, it is not a done deal. Voters in Androscoggin and Franklin counties will need to vote on it in June 2014. The polls …

Farmington man pleads guilty to concealed weapon charge for carrying toy gun in waistband

By Donna M. Perry on Oct. 31, 2013, at 9:11 p.m.
FARMINGTON, Maine — A local man pleaded guilty Thursday to walking around the downtown area with a toy gun that appeared to be a real weapon tucked into his shorts in August. John Cushman, 20, of Farmington pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon in Franklin …

Theft of car warming in driveway leads to 100-mph police chase through 4 towns

By Donna M. Perry on Oct. 29, 2013, at 5:46 a.m.
CANTON, Maine — A man faces charges after a police chase through four towns with speeds at more than 100 mph Sunday. The driver was taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington due to medical issues unrelated to the chase, Maine State Police Trooper Alan Levy said Monday. Once he …

Owner cited after dog allegedly kills cats

By Donna M. Perry on Oct. 26, 2013, at 5:38 a.m.
PHILLIPS, Maine — A local woman was issued a summons on a civil violation of having a dog at large that killed several cats, Colt Sleaster, a Franklin County sheriff’s deputy, said Friday. A woman from the Reed’s Mill Road area in Phillips reported a dog killed her cats on …
Two people broke a bedroom window late Wednesday to climb out of their burning home at 99 West Loop in Livermore Falls. Led Crosby and Jenna Presby were taken to a Farmington hospital where they were treated and released, Livermore Falls fire Chief Tim "TD" Hardy said Thursday.

Smoke alarm credited for saving two from home fire in Livermore Falls

By Donna M. Perry on Oct. 25, 2013, at 5:55 a.m.
LIVERMORE FALLS, Maine — Two people were injured late Wednesday in a fire at their residence at 99 West Loop. It is believed the fire was started by improper disposal of wood stove ashes, Livermore Falls fire Chief Tim “TD” Hardy said Thursday morning. Led Crosby and Jenna Presby were …

Berry’s end family tradition, close East Wilton store, merge oil business

By Donna M. Perry on Oct. 19, 2013, at 6:16 a.m.
WILTON, Maine — An era will come to an end Monday when Carlton Berry, 76, and his son, Andrew Berry, 42, both of Livermore and co-owners of Mt. Blue Agway, close the Agway section of the store on Route 2 in East Wilton. The store will stay open to take …

Canadian teens involved in car chase were originally headed to New Brunswick, police say

By Donna M. Perry on Oct. 19, 2013, at 5:46 a.m.
FARMINGTON, Maine — Two Canadian teenagers who led police on a car chase early Tuesday morning were on their way to visit a friend in New Brunswick, Canada, when their GPS took them to the U.S. border crossing at Coburn Gore, an official said Friday. Investigators spoke to the 13-year-old …

Convicted murder on parole who moved to Maine sentenced for violation

By Donna M. Perry on Oct. 18, 2013, at 6:49 a.m.
FARMINGTON, Maine — A New Hampshire man convicted of murder in that state in 1984 was found guilty Wednesday of violating an interstate compact for adult supervision. Barry Brown, 50, of Raymond, N.H., was sentenced to 50 days in jail and given credit for the time he served since his …

Two men charged after vehicle found in ditch

By Donna M. Perry on Oct. 18, 2013, at 6:34 a.m.
JAY, Maine — Police charged two men involved in an accident Saturday morning on Route 156 where a vehicle was in a ditch with no one around. James M. Martin, 36, of Jay was found in a ditch about 200 yards from the accident and arrested by Officer Michael Mejia …
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