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Litchfield woman facing fourth OUI charge after crash with son in vehicle

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 30, 2015, at 12:27 p.m.
WALES | A Litchfield woman is facing her fourth drunken driving charge after an accident in Wales last week, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. Police had been attempting to locate Kristy Cookson, 33, after she was apparently released from a Lewiston hospital over the weekend …

Bang Bang! BodyPump 93 has strong mixture of swagger, power

on March 30, 2015, at 9:54 a.m.
Launch weekends are always special, but this particular one marked a milestone in my group fitness career. Five years ago last weekend was when it all started. Three days in Lewiston, training on BodyPump 73, authoring the first chapter in what I hoped to be a lengthy group fitness novel. …

Cambridge man injured after being pinned between car, tractor

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 27, 2015, at 3:46 p.m.
A local man was hospitalized Friday after being pinned between a tractor and his vehicle, according to Somerset County sheriff’s deputies. Raymond Bailey, 80, suffered a severe laceration to his leg and possible internal injuries, according to Cpl. Richie Putnam. Bailey had parked his car behind a …

Four arrested in York County burglary ring

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 27, 2015, at 2:45 p.m.
SANFORD | Four people from York County were arrested Thursday in connection with multiple burglaries in the county, according to a state police statement. Charged with burglary and violation of probation are Carleton Young, 23, Cathy Carle, 21, and Marissa Vieira, 23, all of Sanford, and Brian Cerullo, 25, …

AARP Maine officials warn of computer virus phone scam

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 27, 2015, at 12:49 p.m.
PORTLAND | Officials with AARP Maine are making the public aware of a phone scam, the company said in a statement Friday. AARP received information Friday from the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce concerning fraudulent phone calls being made from persons claiming to be from a company called MCI-ITS …

Waterville man accused of assaulting ex-wife

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 27, 2015, at 12:22 p.m.
A local man is behind bars Friday after an alleged assault on his ex-wife late Thursday night, according to police. The series of events leading to the arrest of Paul Rice, 33, started around 7 p.m. when the victim went to Rice’s Hillside Avenue residence to drop …

More than 4,000 Emera Maine customers lose power Thursday night

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 27, 2015, at 7:40 a.m.
MOUNT DESERT ISLAND | More than 4,000 Emera Maine customers in several MDI communities were without electricity Thursday night, the company said in a statement. The outages affected approximately 4,353 customers on the island, according to Emera Maine. The outages had been rectified as of Friday morning, according to …
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Brewer man accused of threatening family member with weapon

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 26, 2015, at 10:21 a.m.
A local man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly threatening a family member with a firearm, according to a statement from Brewer police. Matthew Gormley, 28, is accused of terrorizing with a dangerous weapon, a Class C felony, according to the statement. The series of events began around …

Skier who died at Sunday River was resort employee

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 26, 2015, at 10:05 a.m.
BETHEL | State police Thursday said a man who died at Sunday River while skiing Wednesday was a resort employee. Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland confirmed the man had been identified as Benjamin Taylor, 35, of Bethel. Taylor was not working at the time of his death, …

Warm temperatures, rain speed up snow melt

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 26, 2015, at 9:03 a.m.
CARIBOU | Normally, grey skies and rain would make for a gloomy weather forecast. But for winter-weary Mainers, there is little gloom as record-breaking snow continues to steadily melt. That process will get a significant jump Thursday and into Friday thanks to temperatures in the 40’s and rain expected …

Traffic stop leads to arrest of wanted Augusta man

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 25, 2015, at 3:38 p.m.
A traffic stop Wednesday led Augusta police to arrest a 25-year-old man wanted for a 2014 aggravated assault and robbery, according to Lt. Christopher Massey. Corey Dionne of Augusta was traveling along Stone Street when he was recognized by Augusta police Sgt. Danny Boivin and pulled over, …

Augusta police seek convenience store robber

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 25, 2015, at 2:43 p.m.
Local police are searching for a man who allegedly robbed the Circle K on Eastern Avenue late Tuesday night, according to Lt. Christopher Massey. The suspect, who was not armed, entered the store with a ski-type mask over his face and demanded cash, according to Massey. Even …
Nancy Prentiss, a University of Maine at Farmington faculty member and researcher, recently discovered a new genus and species of marine creature.

UMaine-Farmington faculty member discovers new species of marine creature

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 25, 2015, at 1:45 p.m.
Nancy Prentiss, a faculty member at the University of Maine-Farmington, recently hit the jackpot in biological research, according to a statement from the school. Prentiss, who spends much of her off-campus time in St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, recently discovered a new genus and species …

WABI website back to normal after shutting down to avoid hackers

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 25, 2015, at 10:55 a.m.
BANGOR | Bangor television station WABI-TV’s website is up and running again Wednesday after being shut down briefly, Web Content Manager Nate Blanchette said. Blanchette said the television station shut down its website for about an hour to ensure a hacker group that took down the Maine government website …

Court Street water main break fixed

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 25, 2015, at 9:19 a.m.
BANGOR | A water main break that affected traffic on Court Street on Wednesday morning has been rectified, city officials said. Bangor Water District General Manager Kathy Moriarty said the broken six-inch water main affected two businesses but no homes. She said crews started fixing the main break at …

Officials: One dead in Madison crash

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 24, 2015, at 12:26 p.m.
One person died Tuesday morning in a traffic accident in Madison, according to a Somerset County Communications Center dispatcher. The dispatcher said the accident occurred around 11 a.m. on Route 201. The name of the victim was not immediately available, and a call to Madison police Chief …
The U.S. Coast Guard Thunder Bay cuts through the ice on the Penobscot River Tuesday.

Warm weather, rain could produce ice jams

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 24, 2015, at 10:08 a.m.
GRAY | Springlike temperatures and weather are finally predicted to roll into the state later this week. But the combination of warm weather and predicted rain also may produce ice jams, according to the National Weather Service. A warm front is expected to arrive on Wednesday night in Maine, …

Police: Missing Augusta woman may be same who fell through ice

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 23, 2015, at 3:32 p.m.
Police on Monday released the likely identity of a woman who plunged through ice on the Kennebec River over the weekend. Deputy Police Chief Jared Mills said police believe the missing woman is Kelly Voytasko, 54, of Augusta. Mills said Voytasko’s family reported her missing shortly after …

Nearby police standoff puts Winthrop school in lockout

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 23, 2015, at 2:37 p.m.
Winthrop schools were in a lockout Monday afternoon due to a police standoff nearby, according to Superintendent Gary Rosenthal. Rosenthal said the alleged standoff is in a house “right off the downtown area right through the woods from the middle school.” The lockout started at about 10:30 …

Fire destroys Readfield mobile home

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 23, 2015, at 2:35 p.m.
A mobile home on Butman Boulevard was destroyed by a fire on Monday morning, according to Readfield Fire Chief Lee Mank. Mank said the blaze broke out shortly after 11 a.m., and the lone occupant of the home and his dog managed to get out safely. Mank …
 
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