Articles by Matthew Daigle


Maine woman backs car over daughter, killing her

By Matthew Daigle on July 31, 2014, at 9:08 p.m.
PERU | A local woman was killed Thursday morning when her mother accidentally ran over the woman while backing up a car. Lt. Brian Landis of the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office said Linda White, 57, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her mother, Maxine Brown, 77, ran her over …
Cherry Smith of Mexico holds a map of the Philippines on Wednesday with her husband, Randall, inside their Rumford store, Ink Plaza. Cherry Smith was born on the island of Negros in the Philippines and lived there until 2008.

Mexico women born in Philippines fear for typhoon victims

By Matthew Daigle on Nov. 14, 2013, at 4:38 p.m.
When Philippine native Cherry Smith heard about the typhoon in the Philippines on Saturday, she found herself glued to the television, anxiously awaiting each update. Smith, of Mexico, grew up on the island of Negros, which is almost 300 miles west of Tacloban, a city of more …

Chain-reaction accident injures Dixfield driver

By Matthew Daigle on Nov. 09, 2013, at 6:23 a.m.
MEXICO | A chain-reaction accident on River Road injured one driver Tuesday, interim police Chief Roy Hodsdon said. A 2009 GMC pickup truck driven by Paula Holman, 53, of Dixfield was stopped to turn left into The Big Apple gas station at around 11:49 a.m., and a 2001 GMC …

Mexico man charged with selling drugs near day care center

By Matthew Daigle on Nov. 09, 2013, at 6:19 a.m.
A local man was charged Friday morning with selling oxycodone near a day care center, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency supervisor Matt Cashman said. Casey Senn, 27, of Mexico was arrested on a charge of aggravated trafficking in a scheduled drug. His bail was set at $12,000, and …

Fire destroys Dixfield cemetery shed, lawn mower

By Matthew Daigle on Nov. 07, 2013, at 8:17 a.m.
A weekend fire that destroyed a shed and lawn mower at a cemetery on Canton Point Road remains under investigation, Dixfield Fire Chief Scott Dennett said Wednesday. Dennett said that around 2 p.m. Sunday a resident reported a shed was on fire at the Riverside Cemetery. “We …

East Machias driver arrested after Rumford car crash

By Matthew Daigle on Nov. 05, 2013, at 6:10 a.m.
An East Machias man was arrested early Monday morning after his vehicle went off Route 232 and smashed into a tree, Rumford police Sgt. Doug Maifeld said. Michael Ford, 30, of was charged with operating under the influence, operating after suspension, driving with an expired license and …

Rumford resident charged with leaving scene of crash

By Matthew Daigle on Sept. 28, 2013, at 6:15 a.m.
MEXICO | A Rumford man is charged with leaving the scene of a crash on Swift River Road early Sunday morning, according to Lt. Roy Hodsdon of the Mexico Police Department. Matthew Lloyd, 22, of Rumford was charged Sunday morning and given a date of Nov. 5 to appear …
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Ownership transfer of Black Mountain ski area in final stages

By Matthew Daigle on Sept. 18, 2013, at 7:46 a.m.
RUMFORD | Things are continuing to look up for the Black Mountain Ski Resort. Roger Arsenault, president of the Black Mountain Ski Resort’s board of directors, met with Andy Shepard, president and CEO of Maine Winter Sports Center, Tuesday afternoon to take the final steps in transferring ownership of …

Roxbury ATV Riders to donate ‘over $1,000’ to Maine Children’s Cancer Program

By Matthew Daigle on Sept. 13, 2013, at 6:40 a.m.
RUMFORD | The Roxbury ATV Riders will present a check to the Maine Children’s Cancer Program at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Hosmer Field. According to Gloria Pateneaude, a member of the Roxbury ATV Riders, members will meet behind the Mexico Fire Department and be escorted to Hosmer …
Devante Dupree, left, sits in his new modified tricycle Friday afternoon at the Mexico Walmart, as Wal-Mart Heart program volunteer John Lestage straps his feet into the pedals. Dupree, 13, of Mexico, was born with cerebral palsy. He was surprised Friday with a ride around town in a rig, the chair and other gifts.

Mexico teen with cerebral palsy made honorary truck driver

By Matthew Daigle on Aug. 24, 2013, at 6:15 a.m.
Devante Dupree, 13, rode around town in a Wal-Mart rig Friday morning before being presented with a $1,200 modified tricycle that left the cerebral palsy victim shaking his head in disbelief. His mother, Crystal Dupree, said the tricycle “would give him the opportunity to ride around the …
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Rumford man charged in stabbing

By Matthew Daigle on Aug. 21, 2013, at 6:42 a.m.
Police charged a Rumford man Tuesday with stabbing a man on Waldo Street on Monday afternoon, Detective Sgt. James Bernard of the Rumford Police Department said. Erik B. Hanson, 27, was arrested on a charge of elevated aggravated assault and transported to the Oxford County Jail in …