Articles by Peter L. McGuire

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, …
Joseph Casalinova announced in June 2013 that Casalinova Development Group planned to build an 80- to 120-room hotel across the street from the Oxford Casino. Casalinova is being sued by Mechanics Savings Bank for non-repayment of a $3.5 million loan.

Developer claims bank lawsuit won’t affect Oxford hotel project near casino

By Peter L. McGuire on Oct. 05, 2013, at 6:14 a.m.
A legal dispute between Mechanics Savings Bank and Oxford developer Joe Casalinova is not expected to affect the proposed construction of a hotel by his company, Casalinova Development Group, according to a spokesperson for the company. Reached by phone Friday, Patrick Casalinova said the project’s time line …
This armored personnel carrier is similar to one recently awarded to the Oxford County Sheriff's Office in Paris by the U.S. military.

Oxford County Sheriff’s Office to receive $650,000 armored personnel carrier

By Peter L. McGuire on Oct. 03, 2013, at 6:26 a.m.
PARIS | The Oxford County Sheriff’s Office is planning to beef up its fleet of vehicles with a bulletproof, explosive-resistant armored personnel carrier, courtesy of the U.S. military. At its meeting Monday, Oxford County commissioners voted to accept the vehicle, which is being offered for free through the Pentagon’s …

Gambling board approves new card game for Oxford Casino

By Peter L. McGuire on Sept. 18, 2013, at 7:12 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Members of the Maine Gambling Control Board approved rules for a new card game at Oxford Casino during their meeting Tuesday. With little discussion, board members unanimously approved the casino’s request to add Spanish 21 to its repertoire of table games. The game is similar to standard …
Patrons play Texas hold 'em poker at the Hollywood Casino on Friday, March 15, 2013.

State sees big revenue increase at Maine casinos

By Peter L. McGuire on Sept. 18, 2013, at 6:25 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Tax revenue from the state’s two casinos is up significantly over last year, according to figures from the Maine Gambling Control Board. According to the figures, in the current fiscal year, the state has taken in $35,407,412 in revenues from slot machines and table games from Oxford …
John Paul Roaix

Police say Oxford man stunned with Taser after assaulting police, resisting arrest

By Peter L. McGuire on Sept. 10, 2013, at 6:07 a.m.
PARIS | An Oxford man charged with assaulting a police officer and failing to report an accident early Monday morning appeared in 11th District Court in the afternoon. John Paul Roaix, 28, of King Street was arrested by Oxford police around 1:30 a.m. Monday on charges of assaulting an …
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