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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 …

Two Lewiston 12-year-olds deny arson charges in court appearances

By Sun Journal on May 13, 2013, at 3:05 p.m.
The two 12-year-old boys held in connection with two separate fires denied charges of arson in court Monday. Brody Covey is charged in connection with the April 29 fire on Bates and Pine streets. Abdi Ibrahim is charged in connection with the May 3 fire on Pierce …
Firefighters hose down hot spots on one of two buildings on Bartlett Street that were destroyed in an early morning fire last week.

After fires, community plans Lewiston Strong gathering in Kennedy Park

By Sun Journal on May 13, 2013, at 6:23 a.m.
LEWISTON — To promote unity and healing and to offer thanks to first responders who kept the city safe after three recent major downtown fires, a community gathering will be held Tuesday afternoon in Kennedy Park. The event is called Lewiston Strong — Fire Response: Lewiston Unites. It will be …

How to help Lewiston fire victims

By Sun Journal on May 11, 2013, at 5:42 a.m.
Donate money — is accepting financial donations, which will be distributed to Lewiston fire victims through the United Way of Androscoggin County. To donate, go to and click on the link for the Lewiston Fire Relief Fund. Or, send contributions directly to the United Way, 66 Ash St., …
Michael McNaughton (center) listens to his attorney Verne Paradie Jr. address Justice MaryGay Kennedy in Androscoggin County Superior Court on Thursday morning. McNaughton is charged in the death of 20-year-old Romeo Parent last month. At left is attorney Heather S. Walker.

Two more charged in Lewiston man’s death

By Sun Journal on May 09, 2013, at 1:51 p.m.
AUBURN | Two more men have been charged in connection with the death of a Lewiston man in Greene last month. Nathan Morton was arraigned Thursday morning in Androscoggin Superior Court on charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and hindering apprehension or prosecution in the death of 20-year-old …

Grand jury indicts Lewiston man accused of stabbing wife

By Sun Journal on May 09, 2013, at 6:30 a.m.
A grand jury on Wednesday indicted a Blake Street man on charges that he stabbed his estranged wife in her driveway last month with the intent to kill her. Deng Mirac, 42, of 158 Blake St., was indicted on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and violating …

LePage doubts state money available to help Lewiston fire victims

By Sun Journal on May 07, 2013, at 11:30 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage counseled city residents fearful after a week of dangerous fires to keep calm and carry on. “You take one step at a time, and move forward,” LePage said Tuesday during a visit to the city. “These are disaster times and you do the best …

Mexico man assaulted after asking young males to quiet down, police say

By Matthew Daigle, Sun Journal on May 07, 2013, at 5:59 a.m.
A Main Street resident was assaulted Thursday night by several young males after he asked them to quiet down, according to Lt. Roy Hodsdon of the Mexico Police Department. Hodsdon said Mexico police received a call from the 45-year-old Main Street resident at 11:17 p.m. who said …

Two juveniles make initial appearances in separate Lewiston arson cases

By Sun Journal on May 06, 2013, at 8:01 p.m.
The aunt of a 12-year-old local boy charged with three counts of arson said Monday she doesn’t think her nephew committed the arsons. “I don’t really think he could have,” Ami Reilly said at 8th District Court. “I don’t see Brody [Covey] as that type of child.” …
Gov. Paul LePage speaks in favor of charter schools during a press conference at the State House on Monday, April 1, 2013.

Gov. LePage to tour Lewiston fire damage Tuesday

By Sun Journal on May 06, 2013, at 5 p.m.
Gov. LePage is coming to Lewiston Tuesday to see the damage from three fires that left nearly 200 people homeless in the last week. Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald will accompany the governor on his tour, which starts at 8:30 a.m. at Lewiston City Hall. “I am committed …

How to help victims of Lewiston fires

By Sun Journal on May 06, 2013, at 4:18 p.m.
Donate goods • The Salvation Army is accepting drop-offs of donated goods at Republic Jewelry & Collectibles, 212 Center St., Auburn • The Salvation Army is also accepting nonperishable items at its facility at 67 Park St., Lewiston • Papa John’s pizza at 850 Lisbon St. in Lewiston is offering …
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