Ryan McLaughlin

Breaking News Reporter

A tree fell in front of a home in York on Tuesday as a storm ripped through Maine.

Lightning strike claims Medway garage as storm batters state

By Nick Sambides Jr. and Ryan McLaughlin on July 16, 2014, at 8:57 a.m.
MEDWAY, Maine — A lightning bolt from thunderstorms that rolled over northern Maine on Tuesday ignited a Medway family’s garage in a fire that might have also destroyed a mobile home had not firefighters been training nearby, officials said Wednesday. The homeowner, Jeffrey Stanley, told firefighters that he “saw a …

Man injured in fire while repairing car

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 16, 2014, at 7:51 a.m.
HUDSON, Maine — A local man was injured early Wednesday morning when his car caught fire while it was being worked on, officials said. The man, whose name was not available, suffered second and third degree burns to his arm and shoulder, according to Hudson Fire Chief Mike Simmons. Simmons …
Police investigate a suspected methamphetamine lab in the Franklin County town of Phillips on Tuesday.

Four arrested in connection with Franklin County meth lab

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 15, 2014, at 3:45 p.m.
PHILLIPS, Maine — Four people were arrested on Tuesday as police combed through and dismantled a pair of reported methamphetamine labs in Franklin County. Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said two men and two women were arrested in connection with the 17th meth lab discovered in the state …
The vehicle in the center was one of the two that were involved in a head-on collision on North Main Street in Brewer on Tuesday.  Police say two people died and four others were injured in the accident

Two die in head-on collision on Route 9 in Brewer

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 15, 2014, at 2:29 p.m.
BREWER, Maine — Two people are dead after a head-on collision Tuesday afternoon on Route 9, police said. Brewer Public Safety Director Perry Antone confirmed two people were killed but did not disclose identities, pending notification of relatives. The names of the people involved in the crash had not yet …

Woman encounters escaped pig in Oakland; police working to capture animal

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 15, 2014, at 11:31 a.m.
OAKLAND, Maine — A pig that frightened a teenager walking the trails behind Messalonskee High School last week had another encounter with a walker on the trail system Monday, according to police. Oakland Police Chief Michael Tracy said Tuesday police have reports of “three or four encounters” with the 80-pound …
A pickup truck rests off Town House Road in Waterboro after a single-vehicle accident on Sunday night.

Waterboro man injured after rolling pickup truck

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 15, 2014, at 8:55 a.m.
WATERBORO, Maine — Speed and alcohol were possible factors in a single-vehicle accident that sent a Waterboro man to the hospital Sunday night, police said. Dana Allen, 49, was heading south on Town House Road when he lost control of his pickup truck around 8:30 p.m., Chief Deputy William King …

Tornado warning in effect for Franklin, Somerset counties

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 15, 2014, at 8:30 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for southeastern Franklin and south central Somerset counties effective until 6:45 p.m. At 6:03 p.m., the weather service’s Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado 11 miles southwest of Madison moving northeast at 30 …
A vehicle sits on its roof after a rollover accident in Rangeley Plantation on Sunday. The driver swerved to avoid a moose.

Man loses control of vehicle after swerving to avoid moose

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 14, 2014, at 1:29 p.m.
RANGELEY PLANTATION, Maine — A West Gardiner man escaped injury Sunday after he apparently swerved to avoid a moose and lost control of his vehicle, police said. Nickolas Clements was heading southbound on Bemis Road just before 6 p.m. when he came upon a moose, according to Franklin County Sheriff …

Oakland woman accused of breaking into Anson residence, causing $4,000 in damage

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 14, 2014, at 12:52 p.m.
ANSON, Maine — An Oakland woman is facing multiple charges after a reported burglary at a Campground Road residence, police said. Ruby Grondin, 29, is facing two burglary charges in addition to a pair of criminal mischief charges, one of which is a felony, in connection to a July 9 …

Teenage boy accused of breaking into Hartland residence, stealing laptop

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 14, 2014, at 12:14 p.m.
HARTLAND, Maine — A teenage boy is facing a burglary charge after police say he broke into a Mill Street residence on Saturday and stole a laptop. The 15-year-old, whose name was not disclosed because he is a juvenile, allegedly broke into the residence Saturday morning, Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster …
James Hayes, 49, of Bangor, who spent five years behind bars, turned himself in to his probation officer Friday morning in the case of a theft at a Hermon store.

Bangor man on probation for 2007 robbery arrested in Hermon theft case

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 11, 2014, at 1:52 p.m.
HERMON, Maine — A man on probation for a 2007 robbery was arrested Friday morning in connection with a Hermon theft, police said. James Hayes, 49, of Bangor, who spent five years behind bars, turned himself in to his probation officer Friday morning, according to Chief Deputy Troy Morton of …
Edwin Harrington

Boothbay Harbor man accused of leaving dog in hot car during concert in Mass.

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 11, 2014, at 1:50 p.m.
MANSFIELD, Massachusetts — A Boothbay Harbor man is facing an animal cruelty charge after allegedly leaving his dog in a hot vehicle while he attended a concert on Thursday, according to police. Edwin F. Harrington, 60, had been attending the Vans Warped Tour show at the Xfinity Center when police …

Three Gorham men arrested after police uncover mushrooms, marijuana in drug raid

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 11, 2014, at 11:38 a.m.
GORHAM, Maine — A trio of local men were arrested on Thursday as police executed a drug search warrant at a Mosher Road residence. Raistlen Hebert, 21, Stephen Caiazzo, 26, and Thomas Caiazzo, 20, were all arrested, according to Gorham police Lt. Chris Sanborn. Gorham and Portland police, along with …

Sidney man accused of running escort service facing additional sex trafficking charges

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 11, 2014, at 10:22 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A Sidney man whose residence was raided in April in a sex-trafficking sting is facing additional charges, according to officials. Frederick Horne Sr., 46, is facing three charges of sex trafficking and one count apiece of unlawful possession of oxycodone and marijuana trafficking, Kennebec County District Attorney …

Police say car rammed into Scarborough Dunkin’ Donuts during attempted burglary

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 11, 2014, at 9:16 a.m.
SCARBOROUGH, Maine — A Dunkin’ Donuts shop on County Road was rammed by a vehicle on Wednesday night in an apparent attempted burglary, according to police. Scarborough police Officer Glenn Tucker said Friday that the vehicle, a 1997 Toyota Camry, attempted to back into a rear access door around 11:30 …
Timothy Timberlake

Two men, woman arrested in connection with theft of drugs from homeless shelter

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 10, 2014, at 2:19 p.m.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine — Three people were arrested Wednesday afternoon in connection with a theft of prescription drugs from a local homeless shelter, police said Thursday. A search warrant was executed shortly after 4:30 p.m. at a Main Street residence after Somerset County communications received a call regarding a disturbance, according …
The Penobscot County Sheriff's Office is looking for two people in connection with the theft of a cash donation box at C&K Variety in Hermon.

Deputies seek 2 in connection with theft of food pantry cash donation box

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 10, 2014, at 11:48 a.m.
HERMON, Maine — Penobscot County sheriff’s deputies are seeking the public’s help in identifying two persons of interest in a theft case. Chief Deputy Troy Morton said deputies responded to C&K Variety on Billings Road in Hermon for a reported theft on June 30. Morton said a money donation box …

Coast Guard aids pleasure boat to shore off Southport

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 10, 2014, at 9:23 a.m.
BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine — A pleasure boat that was taking on water off Squirrel Island was aided to shore by a Coast Guard crew Wednesday afternoon. William Armstrong, chief of the Coast Guard’s Boothbay Harbor station, said two people were on board at the time of the incident. Both were …
William True

Lewiston man indicted in connection with April 2013 killing

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 10, 2014, at 9:11 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — A local man was indicted on a charge of murder Wednesday in the 2013 slaying of another Lewiston man, according to reports. William True, originally charged with hindering apprehension, now faces a murder charge in the slaying of 20-year-old Romeo Parent, according to a Lewiston Sun Journal …
Hunter Prew

Two arrested in Canaan accused of cutting copper pipes in theft attempt

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 09, 2014, at 2:53 p.m.
CANAAN, Maine — Two young men were arrested early Wednesday morning after they had broken into a residence with the intent of stealing copper, police said. A concerned citizen had called police shortly after 8:30 a.m. upon witnessing two men, Hunter Prew, 18, of Newport and Ryan Gaudet, 19, of …
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