Ryan McLaughlin

Breaking News Reporter


Dedham house destroyed by fire

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 24, 2014, at 2:57 p.m.
A two-story raised ranch home on Jellison Hill Road was gutted by fire early Friday morning, according to officials. Firefighters from Dedham, Ellsworth, Holden, Orrington and Eddington were sent to battle the blaze that was called in about 4 a.m., Dedham Fire Chief Craig Shane said. The …
A black Saab is surrounded by police cruisers after a pursuit was terminated in Newport on Thursday.

State police arrest two after high-speed pursuit on I-95

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 24, 2014, at 1:20 p.m.
NEWPORT | Two Somerset County men, including one who has been out of prison for only two weeks, were arrested Thursday after a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 95, police said. The sequence of events leading to the arrests of David McGregor, 24, of Canaan and Christopher Caldwell, 25, of …
A helicopter from Seacoast Helicopters out of Portsmouth, New Hampshire was used to help dry Marshwood High School's football field Friday.

Marshwood High turns to helicopter in drying football field

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 24, 2014, at 12:14 p.m.
SOUTH BERWICK | With this week’s rainy weather wreaking havoc on high school gridirons throughout the state, Marshwood High School athletic administrator Rich Buzzell turned to an alum to aid in drying his school’s football field. Bruce Cultrera, who played football for the Hawks before graduating in 1973, used …
Investigators work at a Swan Road home that was damaged by fire Friday morning.

Quick response from fire crews stops Hermon basement fire

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 24, 2014, at 9:38 a.m.
A quick firefighter response enabled crews to extinguish a blaze at a Swan Road home early Friday morning. The fire sent crews from seven agencies to a two-story residence at the corner of Swan Road and Route 2 shortly before 6 a.m., Hermon Fire Captain Chandler Corriveau …

Mount Vernon man accused of illegal firearm possession

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 23, 2014, at 3:29 p.m.
A Mount Vernon man is facing a weapons charge after police executed a search warrant and discovered multiple firearms at his home. Roger Clough, 49, was charged with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, according to Sgt. Michael Johnston of the Maine State Police. …
Adam Hill

Sanford man accused of heroin trafficking

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 23, 2014, at 9:04 a.m.
A local man was arrested Wednesday after drugs were found in on his possession after a traffic stop, police said. Adam Hill, 33, had been pulled over on Cheney Street in Springvale after his vehicle was observed as acting suspicious, Sanford Police Detective Eric Small said. Officers …

Pittson man arrested after allegedly attempting to steal cash register

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 22, 2014, at 1:44 p.m.
GARDINER | A Pittson man was charged with robbery after allegedly attempting to steal a cash register from a Water Street business, police said. Officers were dispatched to Berry & Berry Floral about 9:15 a.m. Wednesday after James Beckwith allegedly tried to steal a cash register, Gardiner Police Chief …

FedEx truck hydroplanes, rolls over on I-95

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 22, 2014, at 11:13 a.m.
ORONO | Two accidents eight miles apart in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95, including a rollover of a FedEx truck due to hydroplaning, kept state police busy on Tuesday evening. The first accident was reported at Mile 192, just north of the Kelly Road exit, around 6 p.m., …
The green area of the map is under a flood watch, according to this National Weather Service map updated Wednesday morning. The coast is also under a high wind advisory.

Up to 6 inches of rain expected as storm causes problems for mariners

By Ryan McLaughlin and Stephen Betts on Oct. 22, 2014, at 8:35 a.m.
GRAY | As a fall nor’easter brought heavy, windswept rain into the state Wednesday, one boat ran aground in Rockland and another vessel sent out a distress signal as it was taking on water in high seas off Matinicus Island. No one was injured in either incident and the …
Jesse Roy

Sanford man facing drug, weapon charges

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 21, 2014, at 3:59 p.m.
A local man was arrested Monday and is facing multiple charges, including aggravated trafficking in schedule drugs, police said. Jesse Roy, 35, of Sanford also is accused of terrorizing with a dangerous weapon, according to Sanford Detective Sgt. Matthew Jones. Roy had been sought by police since …

Suspicious device found at Skowhegan motel

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 21, 2014, at 3:37 p.m.
A suspicious device that appeared to be a grenade was found at the Towne Motel on Madison Avenue on Tuesday, police said. Police were called at 11:30 a.m. after a groundskeeper picking up leaves saw the device wedged near an oil vent pipe, Skowhegan Police Chief Ted …

Gardiner man pleads guilty to Rite Aid pharmacy robbery

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 21, 2014, at 2:58 p.m.
PORTLAND | A Gardiner man faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty on Tuesday to a robbery charge, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Robert Richard, 26, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in connection with a Thanksgiving Day robbery of a Rite Aid in Bridgton. …

Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies seeking man accused of stealing purse

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 21, 2014, at 2:21 p.m.
NAPLES | Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies are seeking a man who allegedly robbed a woman of her purse at the Umbrella Factory grocery store on Saturday. Detective Lt. Donald Foss said the 41-year-old woman was about to load grocery bags into her vehicle in the store’s parking lot when …
Justan Adams

Man facing burglary charge in connection with crematorium break-in

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 21, 2014, at 1:44 p.m.
BANGOR | A local man has been arrested in connection with a July burglary of a Bangor crematorium, according to police. Justan Adams, 28, is facing a Class C felony charge of burglary, according to Bangor police Sgt. Tim Cotton. While no remains were taken from the Pine Grove …
Traffic on Interstate 95, both northbound and southbound, was backed up after a truck crashed into the center median on Monday afternoon in Bangor.

Dump truck rolls over on I-95

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 21, 2014, at 12:34 p.m.
BANGOR | Afternoon rush hour on Interstate 95 on Monday was snarled by a rollover of a dump truck just north of the Broadway exit, state police said. Merle Vicnaire, 73, of Etna was traveling north at 3 p.m. when a tire blew on his truck, according to Maine …

Missing Gardiner teen found safe

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 21, 2014, at 11:45 a.m.
A teenage boy who had been missing since last weekend was found safe Tuesday, police said. The 14-year-old had been reported missing on Saturday, Gardiner Police Chief James Toman said. Acting on a tip from the public, police were able to find the teenager at a residence …

Flood watch in place as fall nor’easter could bring 5 inches of rain

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 21, 2014, at 11:24 a.m.
CARIBOU | A fall nor’easter is expected to bring at least 5 inches of rain to parts of the state over the next few days, according to the National Weather Service. Rain began falling Tuesday and was predicted to be heavy at times Wednesday and Thursday. Between 2 and …

Baby found dead in bathtub at Lewiston apartment

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 21, 2014, at 11:10 a.m.
A baby boy’s father found him dead in the bathtub in a Lewiston apartment Monday, according to state police. The infant, whose first birthday would have been next week, was placed in the tub along with his 2-year-old sister for a bath by the children’s father, who …

Bangor police investigating Pickering Square fight that sent man to EMMC

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 21, 2014, at 10:56 a.m.
Local police are investigating a Monday night altercation in Pickering Square that ended with one man going to the hospital. Bangor police Sgt. Tim Cotton said one man had a cut on his forehead and was treated at Eastern Maine Medical Center and released. No names were …
Traffic on Interstate 95, both northbound and southbound was backed up after a truck crashed into the center median on Monday afternoon.  Southbound traffic is shown from the Stillwater Avenue entrance.

Dump truck, motorcycle crashes on I-95 in Bangor block traffic in both lanes

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 20, 2014, at 3:51 p.m.
A dump truck crashed in the median of Interstate 95 just north of the Broadway exit on Monday afternoon. The truck was traveling north. It spilled part of its load of gravel in the road. A motorcycle was involved in a second crash just south of the …
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