Ryan McLaughlin

Breaking News Reporter

 

Waterville cyclist seriously injured after being struck by van

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 27, 2014, at 4:03 p.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine — A 29-year-old local man suffered serious injuries Wednesday when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a van on Upper Main Street, according to police. Matthew Grover was cycling against traffic when he was hit by a van driven by Donald Paradis, 67, of Winslow, according …

Waterville man accused of breaking into Winthrop residence

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 27, 2014, at 2:08 p.m.
WINTHROP, Maine — A Waterville man believed to be involved in several burglaries in Kennebec County was arrested after breaking into a Holmes Road home Tuesday, police said. Brian T. Mulkern, 34, allegedly knocked on the front door of the residence around noon but was ignored by a young girl, …

Portland woman injured while rock climbing on Tumbledown Mountain

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 27, 2014, at 2:03 p.m.
BYRON, Maine — A Portland woman suffered a broken leg in a fall on Tumbledown Mountain in Franklin County Tuesday, according to officials. Maris Toland, 28, was rock climbing when she fell, according to Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service. Game wardens responded to the area shortly after …

Route 1A in Dedham reopens after tractor-trailer becomes stuck, blocks road

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 27, 2014, at 12:20 p.m.
DEDHAM, Maine — A Maine Department of Transportation truck hauling a backhoe became stuck across Route 1A on Wednesday afternoon, snarling traffic for about an hour, state police said. The driver, whose name was not available, was attempting to pull onto the road from a private dirt road just before …

Farmington man drowns in Wilson Lake

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 27, 2014, at 12:14 p.m.
WILTON, Maine — A Farmington man drowned in Wilson Lake on Tuesday after going for a swim, according to officials. Jeffrey Mitchell, 63, had been boating with a friend and planned on going swimming, according to Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service. Mitchell dived into the water but …

Old Town, Monroe fire departments to receive grants

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 27, 2014, at 12:07 p.m.
WASHINGTON — A pair of Maine fire departments will receive more than $133,000 in federal funding, members of the congressional delegation announced Wednesday. Old Town’s Fire Rescue Department and the Monroe Fire Department will receive the grants. Old Town will receive nearly $73,000 for cardiac monitors and automatic external defibrillators …

Woman facing assault charge after allegedly burning child for ‘being bad’

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 27, 2014, at 8:41 a.m.
STRATTON, Maine — A local woman was arrested Tuesday for allegedly burning her 4-year-old daughter as punishment, police said. Jessica Laplante, 39, is facing a charge of Class C assault and is being held without bail at the Franklin County Jail, according to Sheriff Scott Nichols. Police learned of the …

Juveniles charged in rash of South Portland burglaries

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 27, 2014, at 8:31 a.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Three juveniles have been charged in a rash of residential burglaries in the city spanning from July to late this month. South Portland police Sgt. Steven Webster said approximately 30 burglaries have been reported in which burglars entered private residences and stole items from the homes. …
A screenshot of a video uploaded to YouTube shows a Maine teen putting a kitten in a microwave. The cat survived and the teens were sentenced to community service.

Teenage girls sentenced to community service for putting cat inside microwave

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 26, 2014, at 11:10 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Two teenage girls have been sentenced to 100 hours of community service for putting a cat in a microwave last year, officials said. The girls, both 16, were found guilty of cruelty to animals July 21 and were sentenced to community service, said Tammy Getchell, business and …

Mounted bear heads stolen from camp in Franklin County

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 26, 2014, at 10 a.m.
ALDER STREAM TOWNSHIP, Maine — Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the theft of a pair of mounted bear heads from a camp in Franklin County. Sheriff Scott Nichols said Tuesday the thief or thieves took two mounted bear heads, two folding chairs and three flashlights from the camp off Route 27 …

Newport man dies in accident at Rumford mill

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 26, 2014, at 9:15 a.m.
RUMFORD, Maine — A Newport man is dead after an accident at the NewPage paper mill in Rumford on Monday, officials said. Brant Munster, 35, was working on a crane inside the mill shortly before 2 p.m. when he struck a roof support and fell 28 feet, according to Rumford …

Augusta apartment house damaged by fire

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 25, 2014, at 11:40 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A three-story, multi-family apartment house on State Street was heavily damaged by fire Monday morning, officials said. The blaze sent firefighters from seven communities to 23 State Street at 10:45 a.m., according to Augusta Battalion Fire Chief Jason Farris. The blaze started on the first floor, Farris …
Devin Peirce

Bangor man arrested after allegedly stabbing man near Carolina’s bar

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 25, 2014, at 10:32 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A 19-year-old man is facing an aggravated assault charge after a confrontation near Carolina’s bar early Monday, police said. The sequence of events leading to the arrest of Devin Peirce of Bangor began at 1 a.m., when officers were dispatched to a reported stabbing near the Union …
Known for its unique toppings, OTTO Pizza is headquartered in Portland, Maine.

OTTO Pizza chain warns of data breach at two Portland locations

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 22, 2014, at 4:02 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A pizza chain with locations in Maine and Massachusetts has learned of a data breach that potentially exposed customers’ debit and credit card numbers. According to a statement on the OTTO pizza company’s website, about 900 customers who may have used a credit or debit card at …

Bangor man accused of attacking woman, threatening her with knife

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 22, 2014, at 12:02 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A local man was arrested Friday morning after a reported domestic dispute, according to police. The sequence of events leading to the arrest of Gary Dorion, 51, began at 4:45 a.m. when officers were dispatched to a domestic assault in progress in a driveway on Catell Street, …

Bridge work to halt Turnpike traffic in Hallowell next week

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 22, 2014, at 11:31 a.m.
HALLOWELL, Maine — Placement of structural steel on the Litchfield Road bridge will cause Maine Turnpike traffic to be halted in both directions for about 25 minutes Monday night. Stoppages will occur through Aug. 28 at Mile 106.9. Work is scheduled to occur between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Motorists …

Identities released in Route 1A collision in Holden, which sent three to hospital, snarled traffic Friday

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 22, 2014, at 9:14 a.m.
HOLDEN, Maine — The investigation into what caused a collision on busy Route 1A Friday morning and sent three people to the hospital with serious injuries remained under investigation Friday night, according to police. The crash that snarled traffic involved a 2003 Chevrolet Sierra pickup truck and a 2005 Ford …
Police are looking for a suspect who robbed the Rite-Aid Pharmacy on Spring Street in Gardiner Thursday morning.

Gardiner police investigating Rite-Aid pharmacy robbery

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 21, 2014, at 4:17 p.m.
GARDINER, Maine — Police are looking for a suspect who robbed the Rite-Aid Pharmacy on Spring Street Thursday morning. The robbery was reported at 10:35 a.m., according to Gardiner Police Chief James Toman. The robber entered the store and proceeded to the pharmacy area and handed a technician a note …

Scarborough man faces manslaughter charges in connection with Winthrop car crash

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 21, 2014, at 2:25 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A Scarborough man is facing two manslaughter charges in connection with a fatal car crash in Winthrop in November 2013. Jeffrey Ray, 44, was indicted by the Kennebec County grand jury last week, according to Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney. Ray is scheduled to appear in …
Albert Farmer

Farmington man accused of sexually assaulting dog

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 21, 2014, at 10:59 a.m.
FARMINGTON, Maine — A 24-year-old local man is facing a cruelty to animals charge after allegedly performing a sex act on a dog, according to police. The sequence of events leading to the arrest of Albert Farmer started when police were called to a residence around 5 p.m. Monday for …
 
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