Ryan McLaughlin

Breaking News Reporter


Long Island siblings arrested on felony theft charge

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 03, 2015, at 12:08 p.m.
WATERVILLE | A brother and sister duo from Hempstead, New York, are facing a felony theft charge after allegedly purchasing over $8,000 in gift cards with fraudulent credit cards, according to police. Nelcie Souffrant, 25, and Nickson Souffrant, 26, are both accused of theft by deception, a Class C …

Police seek suspect with eye patch in theft of woman’s crutches from Walmart

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 03, 2015, at 11:03 a.m.
MEXICO | Police in Oxford County are investigating the theft of a woman’s crutches from the Mexico Walmart, according to the town’s police chief. The owner was shopping on Wednesday around 4 p.m., and when she returned to the store’s entrance, her crutches were gone, according to Chief Ray …

More than 2,000 lose power in Washington County

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 03, 2015, at 8:20 a.m.
MACHIAS | More than 2,000 Emera Maine customers in Washington County were without power briefly early Friday, according to a company statement. Approximately 2,153 customers in East Machias, Cutler, Machiasport, Lubec, Trescott, Whiting, Dennysville and Edmunds were affected, according to the statement. Power was restored by 7 a.m..
Harold Tenney

Four arrested in Washington County heroin bust

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 02, 2015, at 3:50 p.m.
MACHIAS | Four Washington County men are facing drug charges after a raid early Wednesday morning, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. Arrested were the following: Robert Clark Woodward, 46, of Columbia; Matthew Brooks, 33, and Owen Fickett, 28, both of Cherryfield and Harold Tenney, 54, …
Part of Route 9 in Brewer was closed early Thursday morning due to a traffic accident.

Brewer crash knocks out power to more than 200

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 02, 2015, at 10:20 a.m.
Power was knocked out to more than 200 customers Thursday morning after a vehicle struck a utility pole on Route 9, according to police. The male driver, whose name was not available, suffered injuries not considered life-threatening, Brewer Deputy Chief Jason Moffitt said. The crash, which involved …

Police arrest man in connection with Newport Rite Aid robbery

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 01, 2015, at 2:24 p.m.
A man has been arrested in connection with a Tuesday robbery at Rite Aid Pharmacy, according to police. Newport Police Chief Leonard MacDaid said James Senior, 39, was taken into custody early Wednesday afternoon. Senior is charged with robbery, a Class B felony, MacDaid said, and is …

Calais woman injured after vehicle struck by tractor-trailer

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 01, 2015, at 10:04 a.m.
A local woman was hospitalized Tuesday after a vehicle she was riding in was struck by a tractor-trailer on Route 1, according to police. Shirley Durante, 78, and her passenger, Celeste Dipiero, 71, both of Calais, were pulling out of a residence to head south on Route …

Man arrested in connection with Market Street stabbing

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 01, 2015, at 9:24 a.m.
BANGOR | A Glenburn man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a stabbing on Market Street last week, according to police. Nathan Daigle, 27, was taken into custody without incident by Bangor police on McCarty Road in Glenburn Tuesday afternoon, according to Bangor police Sgt. Tim Cotton. Daigle was …

Fire destroys Belgrade auto repair shop

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 31, 2015, at 3:24 p.m.
An automobile repair shop on Dustin Drive was destroyed by fire Monday afternoon, according to Belgrade Fire Chief Dan Mackenzie. The blaze at Ray’s Auto was reported shortly after 3 p.m., according to Mackenzie. No vehicles were inside the shop at the time of the fire, Mackenzie …

Winthrop couple hospitalized after car swipes power pole

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 31, 2015, at 1:39 p.m.
A Winthrop couple were taken to a Lewiston hospital Tuesday after their vehicle sideswiped a telephone pole on Route 135, according to police. Edwin Ward, 70, and his 63-year-old wife, Sarah Ward, were traveling north at the time of the crash, according to Winthrop police Officer Paul …
Kristy Cookson

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 …
Matthew Gormley

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 …
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