Articles by Peter L. McGuire

 

Bethel man charged with night hunting

By Peter L. McGuire on Nov. 30, 2013, at 5:49 a.m.
PARIS | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 …
Oxford Aviation, based at the Oxford County Regional Airport in Oxford.

President of Oxford aviation company facing eviction files for bankruptcy

By Peter L. McGuire on Nov. 14, 2013, at 5:41 a.m.
PARIS | 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 …
Martin Lore

Rumford man pleads guilty in crack cocaine case

By Peter L. McGuire on Nov. 10, 2013, at 5:56 a.m.
PARIS | A Rumford man accused of transporting crack cocaine from Portland to the Rumford area pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in Oxford County Superior Court on Friday. Martin Lore, 28, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit trafficking in scheduled drugs and his sentence was deferred for a …

Oxford County sues to evict troubled aviation company from airport

By Peter L. McGuire on Nov. 08, 2013, at 11:28 a.m.
PARIS | Oxford County is attempting to evict Oxford Aviation from Oxford County Regional Airport, accusing the company of violating multiple terms of its lease. In a complaint filed in District Court on Oct. 29, the county claims Oxford Aviation breached its lease obligations and demands judgment for possession …
Robert F. Skeffington

Peru ‘serial pedophile’ sentenced to 45 months for sexually abusing two girls

By Peter L. McGuire on Nov. 08, 2013, at 5:54 a.m.
PARIS | A Peru man was sentenced Thursday in Oxford County Superior Court to 45 months in prison after pleading guilty to sexually abusing two young girls in 2009. Robert F. Skeffington, 65, pleaded guilty to gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual touching. He was sentenced to 25 years …

Fire marshal to investigate West Paris scrapyard blaze

By Peter L. McGuire on Nov. 06, 2013, at 7:23 a.m.
The state fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause of a Tuesday evening fire at West Paris Metals, a scrap metal yard on Maple Street, the scene of another fire in August. According to West Paris Fire Chief Norm St. Pierre, no employees were working at …

Bethel man pleads not guilty to allegedly beating, tying up, humiliating woman

By Peter L. McGuire on Nov. 06, 2013, at 6:02 a.m.
PARIS | A Bethel man accused of assaulting and terrorizing a woman in July pleaded not guilty to four charges at his arraignment in Oxford County Superior Court on Tuesday. Last month, an Oxford County Grand Jury indicted Brian Cronkite, 28, for aggravated assault, domestic violence terrorizing, domestic violence …
Casalinova Development Group has announced it will be build a 80-120 room hotel across the street from the Oxford Casino.

Oxford Casino sells almost $1M in liquor in first 9 months

By Peter L. McGuire on Oct. 31, 2013, at 1:43 p.m.
In its first nine months of operation, the Oxford Casino grossed $950,000 in liquor sales. That’s about $3,500 a day. The figure was included in the casino’s liquor license application, approved by the Oxford Board of Selectmen in March. According to the application, the casino also sold …
Kristina Lowe

Teen’s hospital confession ruled inadmissable in manslaughter case

By Peter L. McGuire on Oct. 31, 2013, at 12:33 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has upheld a lower court decision suppressing the confession of Kristina Lowe, who is charged with two counts of manslaughter in the deaths of Rebecca Mason and Logan Dam last year. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges and, last December, …
Three of Jack Greenleaf's treasured vintage cars sitting in his Oxford garage.

Part of Oxford man’s auto history treasure trove going to auction

By Peter L. McGuire on Oct. 31, 2013, at 7:18 a.m.
It’s safe to say that Jack Greenleaf is an automobile enthusiast — one might even call him a nut. His garage is a galaxy of automobilia — license plates from every state and province cover the walls and rafters, antique gas pumps stand near the doorway, and …
Jack Gentempo, 16, of Otisfield makes notes in his journal. A video he submitted as part of a McDonald's contest is now part of a nationwide commercial for the fast-food restaurant.

Young Otisfield performer ‘loving it’ in new nationwide McDonald’s commercial

By Peter L. McGuire on Oct. 28, 2013, at 7:31 p.m.
A young local performer is featured in a new, nationwide McDonald’s commercial that began airing Oct. 21. Jack Gentempo, 16, of Otisfield submitted several videos to the company in September after seeing the company’s ad for a video contest on TV. Within a couple weeks, he received …

Teen shot in West Paris indicted on burglary, theft, threatening charges

By Peter L. McGuire on Oct. 22, 2013, at 5:52 a.m.
James Reynolds, who was shot in a confrontation with police in West Paris in June, has been indicted on three felony charges by an Oxford County grand jury. Reynolds, 18, is charged with burglary, theft and criminal threatening. He is accused of breaking into a seasonal house …
Michael LaFollette

Man charged with drug possession outside Oxford Casino

By Peter L. McGuire on Oct. 16, 2013, at 6:38 a.m.
A Standish man was charged with heroin possession after police found him semi-conscious in his vehicle at the Oxford Casino on Saturday night. Michael J. Lafollette, 32, is accused of possessing illegal drugs and violating probation. According to Oxford police Chief Jon Tibbetts, officers responded to the …
Oxford Aviation, based at the Oxford County Regional Airport in Oxford.

Oxford Aviation sued over loan default

By Peter L. McGuire on Oct. 09, 2013, at 5:45 a.m.
PARIS | Community Concepts Finance Corp., a branch of the regional nonprofit organization, is asking a court for permission to take possession of Oxford Aviation property and equipment used as collateral for a defaulted $62,500 loan made in 1996. According to a lawsuit filed in 11th District Court in …
Trooper Jason Wing

Trooper’s use of force justified in West Paris shooting

By Peter L. McGuire on Oct. 08, 2013, at 2:06 p.m.
A Maine State Police Trooper was justified in his use of deadly force during a shooting incident in West Paris in June, the Maine Attorney General’s Office concluded in a report released Tuesday. On the evening of June 8, Trooper Jason Wing shot James Reynolds, 18, …