Ryan McLaughlin

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Surveillance footage, Facebook posting leads to theft charge in Hartland wallet snatching

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 19, 2015, at 8:35 a.m.
A Palmyra woman was charged with theft after allegedly taking an elderly woman’s wallet from a shopping cart at the Hartland IGA earlier this month, according to officials. Surveillance images from the March 10 incident had been posted on the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page, which …
Anthony Underwood (right) and Jeff Kinsey of the United States Geological Survey make their way up onto the river bank after collecting data on the frozen Penobscot River on Wednesday morning.  The two hydrologic technicians were collecting data for the Coast Guard.  Underwood and Kinsey, who were out some 600 feet from the Bangor riverside, measured the ice at 22 inches deep.

USGS collects data for Coast Guard on Penobscot River

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 18, 2015, at 2:06 p.m.
BANGOR | Two officials with the United States Geological Survey took to the frozen Penobscot River on Wednesday to collect data for the Coast Guard. Greg Stewart, data section chief of the New England Water Science Center in Augusta, said the Coast Guard plans to have the boat Thunder …
A truck loaded with 30,000 pounds of live lobsters from Nova Scotia crashed on I-95 in Benton Wednesday morning.

Truck hauling 30,000 pounds of live lobster crashes on I-95

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 18, 2015, at 11:01 a.m.
BENTON | A throng of live lobsters survived after a tractor-trailer hauling 30,000 pounds of them rolled off Interstate 95 early Wednesday morning, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. McCausland said the driver, Horst Puff of Greenfield, Nova Scotia, was headed for New Hampshire and Rhode …
Gregory Strout

State police nab Cornville man on drug charges during I-295 traffic stop

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 18, 2015, at 9:22 a.m.
FALMOUTH | A traffic stop for speeding turned into drug charges for a Cornville man when multiple amounts of contraband were found in his car, according to state police. Gregory Strout, 28, had been pulled over along Interstate 295 in Falmouth when Trooper Doug Cropper discovered a large quantity …
Two tractor-trailers went off Interstate 95 in Aroostook County on Tuesday.

State police: Road conditions, speed factors in crash involving two tractor-trailers

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 17, 2015, at 2:22 p.m.
DYER BROOK | Speed and road conditions were factors in a crash involving two tractor-trailers on Interstate 95 shortly after noon on Tuesday, according to state police Lt. John Cote. Beltier Marin, 46, of Providence was traveling south around mile 282 and passing vehicles while being followed by Robert …
Actor Robert Redford arrives for the premiere screening of HBO's The Big Picture : Rethinking Dyslexia in New York City on October 25, 2012.

Actor Robert Redford to speak at Colby College commencement

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 17, 2015, at 12:08 p.m.
WATERVILLE | Actor and independent filmmaker Robert Redford, founder of the Sundance Film Festival, will deliver the commencement address at Colby College this spring. The Waterville school’s 194th commencement exercises are scheduled for May 24 at 10 a.m. Redford is known for his roles in dozens of films including …
Chris Hasty

Springvale man accused of assaulting man with taser

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 17, 2015, at 11:46 a.m.
A Springvale man was arrested on an aggravated assault charge Monday after allegedly attacking another man, according to a state police statement. Chase Hasty, 20, allegedly used a Taser on the victim 8 to 10 times in the face and the shoulder area, according to the statement. …
City of Brewer crews remove snow from the corner of streets March 9.

Aroostook, Washington counties could get up to 10 inches of snow

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 17, 2015, at 8:53 a.m.
CARIBOU | As Mainers awoke on St. Patrick’s Day, white — not Irish green — was the dominant color. With snow expected to fall across eastern, central and northern parts of the state throughout the day, the National Weather Service’s Caribou forecast center has posted winter storm warnings and …

Man hospitalized after being struck by vehicle in Old Town

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 16, 2015, at 11:29 a.m.
A man was taken to a Bangor hospital Monday after being struck by a vehicle on Stillwater Avenue, police said. The call came in shortly after 9:30 a.m., Old Town police Det. Jordan Norton said. The accident occurred near the Pine Haven Trailer Park, Norton said. …

Small fire at Hartland tannery quickly contained

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 16, 2015, at 9:30 a.m.
Crews from three towns were able to quickly contain a small fire at the Tasman Leather Group Tannery on Monday, Hartland Assistant Fire Chief Charles Gould said. Gould said the fire originated in a buffing dust system, but it was contained in minutes, causing minimal damage. Firefighters …
Michael Deshane (left) and Anthony Montgomery of Hopkins Landscaping and Paving clear snow from the sidewalk using leaf blowers in Downtown Bangor in February.

National Weather Service: Accumulating snow possible for St. Patrick’s Day

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 16, 2015, at 9:08 a.m.
CARIBOU | While most of Maine will undoubtedly be wearing green on Tuesday to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day, there is potential for the colors of winter to again cast a shadow. According to the National Weather Service’s Caribou forecast center, the potential is possible for accumulating snow on Tuesday. …

Purse snatched out of vehicle at Old Town YMCA parking lot

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 13, 2015, at 3:44 p.m.
Local police are investigating the theft of a purse out of a vehicle Friday morning, Sgt. Lee Miller said. Officers were called to the parking lot of the YMCA on Stillwater Avenue around 7:30 a.m. when it was learned a purse had been stolen out of …

The long road to taking the next step

on March 13, 2015, at 2:21 p.m.
The road to any goal is a long, unwinding one. You don’t know what the next intersection is going to bring on a daily basis. That’s a good way to describe the BodyPump process I’m taking on much of this spring. In case you haven’t noticed, and the only way …

Woman hospitalized after Standish collision

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 13, 2015, at 1:58 p.m.
A Sebago woman was hospitalized Friday morning after the vehicle she was driving struck a pickup truck on Route 114, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. Cynthia McLellan, 53, was traveling east when she struck a pickup driven by 21-year old John Knowlton of Standish, who …

Palmyra man charged with sexual assault against teen girl

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 13, 2015, at 1:13 p.m.
SKOWHEGAN | A Palmyra man was indicted by a Somerset County grand jury earlier this week on sexual assault charges. Stephen Lowe, 39, who was arrested earlier this month, is accused of gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact. Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster told the BDN after Lowe’s …
Ray St. Pierre piles up snow from his driveway after a massive storm in Portland in this January 2015 file photo.

Three Maine counties to receive snow removal assistance

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 13, 2015, at 12:18 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A trio of Maine counties will receive assistance in hefty costs for snow removal, Gov. Paul LePage’s office announced Friday. A disaster declaration has been approved for Androscoggin, York and Cumberland counties. A damage assessment identified over $2.5 million in snow removal and response costs, along with …
Aric Hall

Brunswick man accused of meth trafficking

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 13, 2015, at 12:02 p.m.
A Brunswick man is facing a drug charge after the state’s fourth methamphetamine lab of 2015 was unveiled on Wednesday, according to officials. Aric Hall, 34, is accused of unlawful trafficking in methamphetamine, a Class B felony, according to Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Cmdr. Scott Pelletier. MDEA …
Freeman Taylor Jr.

Inmate accidentally released from Kennebec County Jail turns himself in

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 13, 2015, at 9:24 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A man mistakenly released from the Kennebec County Jail turned himself in Thursday night, according to officials. Chief Deputy Ryan Reardon of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office said Friday that Freeman Taylor, 41, turned himself in around 10 p.m., hours after he was released. Taylor accidentally had …

Beach to Beacon 10K registration closes in record time

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 13, 2015, at 8:39 a.m.
PORTLAND | Prospective Beach to Beacon 10K runners proved Friday morning they are just as quick with their thumbs as they are with their legs. General registration for the August 1 race in Cape Elizabeth, which is capped at 4,000 entrants, sold out in a record 4 minutes, 15 …
City of Brewer crews remove snow from the corner of streets Monday.

Weekend storm could bring up to 10 inches of snow

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 13, 2015, at 7:54 a.m.
GRAY | It’s not over yet. A late-winter low-pressure system predicted to bring accumulating snow to much of Maine is slowly tracking up the east coast and is expected to make its arrival Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Mixed precipitation is likely for coastal communities during the …
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