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Lewiston bicyclist suffers head injuries in crash

By Sun Journal on July 20, 2013, at 5:56 a.m.
A local man suffered head injuries Friday morning when he crashed his bicycle into a car on Ash Street. Police said Richard Michael Leet, 53, of Lewiston was rounding a corner at Ash and Blake streets about 9:45 a.m., when he lost control of his bike and …
Carroll Cooper Jr.

Monmouth sex offender charged with possession of explicit materials

By Sun Journal on July 18, 2013, at 6:24 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A Kennebec County grand jury has indicted a registered sex offender from Monmouth on a sex crime. Carroll Edwin Cooper Jr., 52, was indicted last week on a felony count of possession of sexually explicit materials. According to the indictment, Cooper is charged with intentionally and knowingly …
Brian Morin

Lewiston man pleads not guilty to downtown arson charges

By Sun Journal on July 16, 2013, at 11:55 a.m.
AUBURN | Brian Morin pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two separate charges of arson in connection with a fire that destroyed two vacant apartment buildings on Bartlett Street and damaged on third occupied building on Horton Street on May 6. Morin, 30, of 35 Jefferson St. in Lewiston was …
Androscoggin County Sheriff's Department Detective Sgt. William Gagne and Patrol Deputy Matt Tifft walk into the woods off Route 4 in Livermore near where a body was discovered Monday afternoon.

Police identify body found in Livermore woods as Nathaniel Paradis, 29

By Sun Journal on July 09, 2013, at 11:54 a.m.
Authorities identified the body of a Livermore Falls man found Monday afternoon by tree workers near the NorStar Ambulance Station on Route 4. Nathaniel Paradis, 29, had been the focus of a missing persons investigation by the Livermore Falls Police Department since June, according to the Androscoggin …

Bethel couple loses home in fire

By Matthew Daigle, Sun Journal on July 04, 2013, at 3:29 p.m.
A couple lost their two-story home at 81 Intervale Road in a fire of undetermined origin Wednesday morning, officials said. There were no injuries. Bob Schuesler, who is in his 70s, and his wife, Jackie, had left their house for about 40 minutes and returned to find …
Auburn Police Officer Tyler Ham demonstrates Rocky's obedience skills in Vassalboro on Friday.

German shepherd joins Auburn police force, named for late officer

By Sun Journal on July 03, 2013, at 6:19 a.m.
The city’s newest police force member is a 2-year-old German shepherd named in honor of a local officer who was killed in the line of duty 32 years ago. Rocky appeared Monday at a City Council meeting, where he took the Law Enforcement Oath of Honor along …
Maine Speaker of the House Mark W. Eves, D-North Berwick

Ticket-to-work law designed to help welfare recipients get long-term employment

By Sun Journal on July 02, 2013, at 1:57 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A bill meant to more quickly move families from welfare to sustainable long-term employment has become law, the Democratic Speaker of the House Mark Eves said Tuesday. The so-called, “Ticket-to-Work” law provides resources and assessment for those receiving state and federal financial aid and looks to determine …
Derek Daniel Fox

Auburn man charged in 2×4 assault over medical marijuana

By Sun Journal on June 28, 2013, at 6:17 a.m.
A Hogan Road man was arrested Wednesday night, charged with beating another man with a two-by-four in a dispute over medical marijuana. Derek Daniel Fox, 41, of 156 Hogan Road, was charged with elevated aggravated assault in the attack that sent the victim to a Lewiston hospital. …

Teen still in hospital after massive Lewiston brawl

By Sun Journal on June 22, 2013, at 5:51 a.m.
A teenager remained hospitalized Friday with a head injury following a Thursday night brawl, police said. A 17-year-old male was being held for observation at Central Maine Medical Center, police said. Two others were treated and released from the hospital. They are Karen Cundiff, 46, and Joshua …
A truck overturned on Route 4 in Turner Friday afternoon, closing a section of the road for a short time. It appears there was another vehicle involved in the accident as well.

Dump truck, car collide on Route 4 in Turner

By Sun Journal on June 15, 2013, at 5:43 a.m.
A dump truck rollover shut down traffic on Route 4 near Pomodoros Bistro just before the commuter hour Friday afternoon. The crash was reported at about 4 p.m. An hour later, traffic was still being diverted onto County and Lone Pine roads. The accident was cleared and …
James Grovo

Oxford man charged with sexual assault released on bail

By Sun Journal on June 06, 2013, at 11:55 a.m.
PARIS | An Oxford man charged with gross sexual assault and aggravated assault on Monday has been released from the Oxford County Jail. James Grovo, 31, was released on $1,000 cash bail Wednesday after being held since Monday without bail. He is accused of sexually assaulting a woman after …

Sugarloaf begins $2.9 million offseason improvements

By Sun Journal on May 31, 2013, at 5:44 p.m.
CARRABASSETT VALLEY | After a record-breaking winter, Sugarloaf is starting upgrades to the mountain resort totaling nearly $3 million. These include new snowmaking technology, continued terrain expansion and a new 30-person outdoor hot tub at the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel. “It was the biggest winter ever in terms of numbers …
Paul Duclos of Lewiston talks with Auburn firefighters on the shore of the Androscoggin River just above the railroad trestle over the Great Falls on Thursday night after the motor on his boat died and it drifted downriver before getting hung up on the grates of the dam. His wife, Arlene, holds their dog, Reese, as they await rescue.

Boat owner summoned after rescue on Androscoggin River

By Sun Journal on May 31, 2013, at 4:02 p.m.
AUBURN | The Maine Warden Service has summoned the owner of a boat rescued Thursday night from the edge of an Androscoggin River dam. Paul Duclos’ boat, a Bayrunner, had four passengers aboard, including his wife, Arlene, who said she doesn’t swim. Yet the boat had no life preservers …

LePage announces trade mission to Mexico and Colombia

By Sun Journal on May 31, 2013, at 1:46 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage announced Friday he would lead a delegation of Mainers on a state trade mission to the countries of Mexico and Colombia. The trip is set for Oct. 22 through Nov. 2, according to a release issued by LePage’s office. It’s the second time LePage …
Police closed Winsaw Road at North Pownal Road in New Gloucester on Thursday during a standoff.

Three people in custody after New Gloucester standoff

By Sun Journal on May 30, 2013, at 2:46 p.m.
A seven-hour standoff at 23 Winsaw Road has ended, with three people now in custody. The incident started about 9 a.m. According to neighbors and other witnesses, police went to the home Thursday morning to serve a warrant and “it didn’t go well,” according to one …

82-year-old woman dies in Auburn fire

By Sun Journal on May 28, 2013, at 1:45 p.m.
An elderly woman was killed Tuesday in an overnight fire at 6 Second St. A passer-by called for help at 2:58 a.m. after spotting the flames. Firefighters knocked down Marilyn Bonney’s door and found the 82-year-old woman unconscious in her kitchen on the first floor, according to …

Elderly woman dies in Auburn fire

By Sun Journal on May 28, 2013, at 10:14 a.m.
An elderly woman was killed Tuesday in an overnight fire at 6 Second St. A passerby called for help at 2:58 a.m. after spotting the flames. Firefighters knocked down her door and found the woman unconscious inside, according to Deputy Chief Geoff Low. She died at the …
A mobile camper fire was destroyed by fire Saturday night on Naples Road in Harrison.

Fire destroys camper in Harrison

By Sun Journal on May 27, 2013, at 6:13 a.m.
A camper was destroyed in a fire Saturday night, according to Harrison Town Manager George “Bud” Finch. Finch said Harrison Fire and Rescue responded to 498 Naples Road for a reported fire in a mobile camper at 5:43 p.m. Saturday. The first responders found found the vehicle …
Firefighters from Poland, left, and Minot, right, battle the fire at 185 Verrill Road in Minot on Friday.

Police say Minot man involved in December armed standoff burned down his home and home of estranged wife

By Sun Journal on May 25, 2013, at 6:10 a.m.
Authorities said a local man who held police at bay in a December armed standoff at his Verrill Road home burned down his house on Friday as well as the mobile home belonging to his estranged wife before leading police on two high speed chases. Michael Callahan, …
A home at 185 Verrill Road in Minot was destroyed by fire Friday afternoon. The home, which is owned by Michael Callahan, was the site of a police standoff last December.

House in Minot that was scene of police standoff last year burns down, homeowner taken into custody

By Sun Journal on May 24, 2013, at 3:10 p.m.
Police and firefighters are at the scene of a house fire on Verrill Road. The fire was reported just before 2 p.m. According to witnesses at the scene, the house is destroyed. Poland Fire Chief Mark Bosse said when firefighters arrived, the roof of the building was …