Articles by Peter L. McGuire


Lawyers boycott state-appointed sex assault cases, citing low pay

By Peter L. McGuire on March 29, 2014, at 7:01 a.m.
FARMINGTON, Maine — Two defense lawyers in Franklin County have announced they no longer will take on state-appointed sexual assault cases, in a protest against the state’s compensation rate for public defenders. In a March 6 letter to the Franklin County Courts, Walter Hanstein of Farmington and David Sanders of …
Dr. Stephen Sears

Rabies a ‘big deal’ in Maine, state officials say

By Peter L. McGuire on March 23, 2014, at 5:58 a.m.
FRYEBURG, Maine — A dog that was euthanized Tuesday after biting a 5-year-old Brownfield boy in the face tested negative for rabies, according to Animal Control Officer Kathleen Hathaway. The 7-year-old pit bull was the most recent of 51 animals tested for rabies this year, according to data from the …

Norway woman accused of leading police on high-speed chase, drove 6 miles after hitting spike mats

By Peter L. McGuire on Jan. 14, 2014, at 7:42 a.m.
NORWAY, Maine — A local woman remained in jail Monday on charges of drunken driving and leading police on a high-speed chase through Oxford Hills on Friday night. Kristen M. Mcleod, 19, appeared in 11th District Court in Paris on Monday afternoon to face charges of eluding an officer, criminal …

Buckfield town manager resigns to take job in Southern Maine

By Peter L. McGuire on Jan. 13, 2014, at 7:32 a.m.
BUCKFIELD, Maine — Town Manager Dana Lee tendered his resignation late last week and intends to take a new job in Eliot, leaving possibly as early as next month. In an interview on Friday, Lee said he would miss working in Buckfield but was being presented with a excellent professional …

Mexico man sentenced for stealing, forging Girl Scouts check

By Peter L. McGuire on Jan. 11, 2014, at 6:30 a.m.
PARIS, Maine — A Mexico man was sentenced Friday to 90 days in Oxford County Jail on three separate theft cases, including forging a $200 check from the Girl Scouts of America. Nathan Arsenault, 31, pleaded guilty to three counts of theft and one count of forgery in Oxford County …

Mexico man pleads guilty to sexual assault of boy

By Peter L. McGuire on Jan. 10, 2014, at 6:02 a.m.
PARIS, Maine — A Mexico man pleaded guilty to a gross sexual assault charge Thursday in Oxford County Superior Court. Alan Chimsky-Lustig, 21, of Sun Valley Circle, faces up to 30 years in jail and a fine of up to $50,000. He was arrested in April 2013 and accused of …

County emergency assistance teams facing new training requirements

By Peter L. McGuire on Jan. 04, 2014, at 9:15 a.m.
PARIS, Maine — New state requirements will allow highly skilled teams from county emergency management departments to deploy anywhere in the state, but few may be willing to sign up for training that squeezes time and energy out of a limited and dwindling population of emergency responders. Last year, the …

Man extradited from South Carolina on vehicle, assault charges in Maine

By Peter L. McGuire on Jan. 03, 2014, at 7:28 a.m.
PARIS, Maine — A man wanted on two warrants from area police departments was apprehended in South Carolina last week and extradited to Oxford County Jail. Joshua Daniel Bailey, 29, was picked up at a police roadblock in Orangeburg in central South Carolina after failing to appear for a November …

Two arrested on drug trafficking, child endangerment charges in Mexico

By Peter L. McGuire on Jan. 03, 2014, at 7:14 a.m.
PARIS, Maine — Two Mexico residents were arrested Tuesday as part of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking in the River Valley. Ashley Morissette, 22, and Nicholas Varnum, 23, were arrested after law enforcement agents executed a Maine Drug Enforcement Agency search warrant at a house on Sun Valley Circle …

Hebron Station School cancels classes indefinitely after 1,900-gallon oil spill

By Peter L. McGuire on Jan. 01, 2014, at 6:29 a.m.
HEBRON, Maine — Classes at Hebron Station Elementary School have been canceled until further notice while the school district and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection deal with the fallout from a heating oil spill. A DEP response team was on site Tuesday, determining the extent of the spill that …

Fryeburg man in critical condition after crashing into CMP pole

By Peter L. McGuire on Dec. 25, 2013, at 6 a.m.
FRYEBURG, Maine — A Fryeburg man was listed in critical condition at Maine Medical Center in Portland on Tuesday after suffering life-threatening injuries in a single-vehicle crash Monday night. Stanley Vladyka, 42, was transported to MMC by LifeFlight after his condition was downgraded by staff at Bridgton Hospital late Monday …

Hebron crash leads to drug charges

By Peter L. McGuire on Dec. 20, 2013, at 6:27 a.m.
HEBRON, Maine — Police said a Mexico man faces felony drug charges after more than 50 prescription pills were found on him at the scene of a car crash Tuesday afternoon. Joseph Samson, 60, was charged with operating under the influence and possession of illegal drugs and booked at the …
A skier catches some air off a jump on the new Sidewinder Snowboardcross Course at the Sugarloaf ski resort in Carrabassett Valley in 2010.

Early winter weather a boon for Maine ski areas

By Peter L. McGuire on Dec. 03, 2013, at 5:13 p.m.
Local ski hills and huge resorts alike are gearing up for a busy season as wintry weather arrives early in the state. Sunday River in Newry saw a 20 percent increase in the number of skiers and riders on its slopes during the Thanksgiving weekend from last year, according to …

Police investigate bomb threat at Oxford Walmart

By Peter L. McGuire on Dec. 03, 2013, at 6:31 a.m.
OXFORD, Maine — Police are investigating a bomb threat that forced the evacuation of Walmart late Saturday night. According to Oxford police Lt. Michael Ward, approximately 50 shoppers and employees left the store on Route 26 after the threat was called in around 11:30 p.m. The store is open from …

Bethel man charged with night hunting

By Peter L. McGuire on Nov. 30, 2013, at 5:49 a.m.
PARIS, Maine — A Bethel man was arrested Thursday morning on three charges, including night hunting. Bradley R. Chamberlain, 26, was arrested by the Maine Warden Service around 7:17 a.m. in Bethel and charged with night hunting, operating without a license and failure to appear in court. According to the …

Company awarded $423K in suit against Maine aviation firm after emergency landing

By Peter L. McGuire on Nov. 30, 2013, at 5:46 a.m.
OXFORD — A U.S. District Court judge has awarded more than $423,000 in damages to an Ohio company in its lawsuit against Oxford Aviation. Collecting the money is complicated by the possible bankruptcy of Oxford Aviation owner and President James Horowitz. Earlier this month, Horowitz transferred the company to himself …

Support for ‘hotel train’ grows in Western Maine

By Peter L. McGuire on Nov. 23, 2013, at 5:49 p.m.
PARIS, Maine — A proposed overnight passenger train between Boston and Montreal is picking up support from communities along the proposed line. Proponents hope upcoming negotiations for track use from Portland to Quebec between Francois Rebello, the Montreal entrepreneur driving the project, and the St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad, a …
Beverly Lunsford

Dixfield mom facing slew of charges after incident at parent-teacher conference

By Peter L. McGuire on Nov. 16, 2013, at 9:03 a.m.
PARIS — A Dixfield woman arrested at Dirigo Elementary School earlier this week appeared Friday in 11th District Court in South Paris to face multiple charges. Beverly Lunsford, 27, was arrested around 6 p.m. Wednesday and was nearly dragged out of the school’s gymnasium by police after her refusal to …

President of Oxford aviation company facing eviction files for bankruptcy

By Peter L. McGuire on Nov. 14, 2013, at 9:07 a.m.
PARIS, Maine — In an effort to forestall the eviction of Oxford Aviation from its headquarters, President James Horowitz has transferred the company to himself and filed for personal bankruptcy. On Nov. 12, Horowitz signed over all property, assets, inventory and leaseholder interests held by Oxford Aviation to himself for …
Cody Parmenter

Fryeburg man sentenced to four months, restitution for crime spree

By Peter L. McGuire on Nov. 14, 2013, at 6:39 a.m.
PARIS, Maine — A Fryeburg man was sentenced to four months in jail after pleading no contest to a spree of vehicle thefts in the Fryeburg area in December 2012. Cody Parmenter, 20, was found guilty of three felony theft charges and was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison, with …
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