Articles by Terry Karkos


‘Fatigue failure’ in 65-year-old engine part caused Durham doctor’s fatal plane crash

By Terry Karkos on May 14, 2013, at 3:51 p.m.
Fatigue failure of an engine part that was more than 65 years old caused a Durham doctor to fatally ditch his antique plane in the ocean near Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth last summer. The 1946 Stinson Voyager was flying over the ocean along the coast on June 24 …

Three Maine lakes ranked nationally for bass fishing

By Terry Karkos on May 03, 2013, at 12:49 p.m.
Maine is getting a reputation for offering good bass fishing, but it’s not well-known across the nation. That could soon change. More than 270 bass tournaments were scheduled through Nov. 10, as of Thursday, and three lakes made Bassmaster Magazine’s nationwide list this year for the 100 Best Bass Lakes. …

Rumford board learns how paper mill is assessed, hears pitch for zip line park

By Terry Karkos, Sun Journal on May 03, 2013, at 5:59 a.m.
RUMFORD, Maine — Selectmen met with the Board of Assessors and their industrial appraiser Thursday night to learn how they determine the tax assessment for the NewPage paper mill. NewPage officials initially asked selectmen recently for a tax break, but were told that’s not something selectmen can do. They were …
A Strickland Loop Road homeowner who set a test fire on Saturday afternoon called for help when the unpermitted burn became a wildfire and destroyed his shed and about an acre of grass and brush, Jeff Currier, regional forest ranger of the Maine Forest Service, said Saturday in a news report.

Livermore Falls man charged with burning without a permit

By Terry Karkos on April 28, 2013, at 7:09 a.m.
LIVERMORE FALLS, Maine — A 72-year-old man was charged Saturday afternoon with burning without a permit when he inadvertently started a wildfire, a Maine Forest Service ranger said in a news report. If convicted, Manley Abbott of Strickland Loop Road faces a fine of up to $500, plus possible court-ordered …
River Valley area firefighters work Friday afternoon to ensure that a woods fire that burned an acre behind a home at 19 Holman Road in Dixfield is completely out.

Winds stir up leftover embers to ignite fire in Dixfield

By Terry Karkos on April 27, 2013, at 12:01 p.m.
DIXFIELD, Maine — Winds on Friday afternoon are believed to have reignited a permitted burn at 19 Holman Road off Route 2, said Dixfield fire Chief Scott Dennett. Heat and flames from the fire also melted siding on the house at that address before firefighters from Dixfield, East Dixfield, Peru, …
A special town meeting in Andover on Saturday drew 170 voters to decide whether to raise up to $72,000 on top of the town's SAD 44 assessment to keep Andover Elementary School open for another year while the town continues its withdrawal process.

Maine town votes to keep elementary school open

By Terry Karkos on April 21, 2013, at 7:38 a.m.
ANDOVER, Maine — Voters in this western Maine town stood behind their beloved elementary school, voting Saturday morning to keep it open another year. Now the future of Andover Elementary is up to the SAD 44 board of directors. It is expected to vote Monday, April 22, on whether to …
Melting snow from above-normal temperatures Friday and rain through Saturday morning caused minor flooding in Andover as the Ellis River overflowed its banks.

River floods in Andover

By Terry Karkos on April 21, 2013, at 7:23 a.m.
ANDOVER, Maine — Above-normal temperatures in the mid-70s on Friday combined with heavy rain Friday night into Saturday morning to melt snow and drive the Ellis River over its banks. By 11:45 a.m., the river was encroaching on a banked section of the Covered Bridge Road, where the low end …

Maine’s 17th Tractor Supply Co. store planned for Rumford

By Terry Karkos on April 19, 2013, at 8:19 a.m.
RUMFORD, Maine — River Valley Crossing mall off Route 2 has a new tenant that’s expected to open in June in the old Sears and Shop ’n Save store location. Construction is underway on a new Tractor Supply Co. store in Rumford, the company’s 17th Maine location, Michael Graham of …

3 Rumford residents accused of stealing more than $40,000 from elderly woman

By Terry Karkos on April 12, 2013, at 3:51 p.m.
RUMFORD, Maine — A lengthy investigation into the theft of thousands of dollars from an elderly Rumford woman led police to arrest and charge three Rumford residents with felony crimes. Detective Sgt. James Bernard, who was in Paris on Friday morning for grand jury testimony, arrested David J. Hodgkins, 33, …

‘Skinny’ suspects target bodybuilding boosters at Rumford store

By Terry Karkos on March 27, 2013, at 5:45 a.m.
RUMFORD — An exercise in body building took a criminal tack Monday afternoon when two skinny suspects decided to amp up their efforts, police said. The teen suspects rode bicycles to Rite Aid in Rumford, entered the store and attempted to shoplift three body building supplements valued at $130, Rumford …

Maine town of Byron aims for mandatory gun possession

By Terry Karkos on March 08, 2013, at 6:29 a.m.
BYRON, Maine — Town officials say they believe residents will pass a mandatory firearms possession article at the annual town meeting Monday night. Head Selectman Anne Simmons-Edmunds said Thursday that all three selectmen favor it and expect residents to approve it. The article asks, “Shall the town of Byron vote …
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Convicted sex offender accused of holding person against will in Roxbury

By Terry Karkos on Feb. 24, 2013, at 9:22 a.m.
ROXBURY, Maine — A convicted sex offender accused of holding a person against his or her will Friday night on Route 120 in Roxbury was arrested by Maine State Police early Saturday morning. Stephen V. Heath, 56, of Roxbury is being held without bail on a charge of criminal restraint …

Turner man remains hospitalized after snowmobile accident

By Terry Karkos on Feb. 13, 2013, at 5:52 a.m.
ANDOVER, Maine — A Turner man seriously injured Friday in a snowmobile accident, remained hospitalized Tuesday at Central Maine Medical in Lewiston. Warden Brock Clukey said Tuesday afternoon that Alex Thibodeau, 46, was riding a Yamaha snowmobile down a trail when the sled hit ice and slid sideways into a …

Rumford man pleads not guilty to assault, terrorizing charges after allegedly threatening apartment residents with knife

By Terry Karkos on Feb. 06, 2013, at 4:45 p.m.
RUMFORD, Maine — A local man is awaiting trial in April after pleading not guilty to terrorizing, assault and other charges at his arraignment Monday in 11th District Court. Jason Joel Kehrer, 35, of 566 Prospect Ave., Rumford, was conditionally released on $500 secured bail, according to his court file. …

Dixfield sled racer working to overcome paralysis

By Terry Karkos on Jan. 31, 2013, at 6:52 a.m.
RUMFORD — Paralyzed from the waist down in a snowmobile accident, Nate Clark is fighting back far from home. Determined to walk again and ride snowmobiles, the longtime sled racer from Dixfield is undergoing a grueling, five-week therapy regimen at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. Clark, 28, suffered a spinal …
Josh Brochu, 10, of North Jay, has a rare genetic, degenerative medical condition called ataxia-telangiectasia. On Saturday, Make-A-Wish Maine revealed his room makeover in the design of a McDonald's drive-through. Josh and his mother, Lisa Brochu, watch as someone pretends to order food from the drive-through window.

Jay boy’s wish for bedroom makeover granted

By Terry Karkos on Jan. 20, 2013, at 10:12 a.m.
JAY, Maine — When granted a wish by Make-A-Wish Maine, some children with life-threatening illnesses want to meet a famous person, attend a concert, hit a big mall for a shopping spree, travel, or even catch a sumo wrestling match. Ten-year-old Josh Brochu of North Jay simply wanted his bedroom …

Pickup carrying 4 teens goes over guardrail in Peru

By Terry Karkos on Jan. 11, 2013, at 6:36 a.m.
PERU, Maine — Four Turner youths in a pickup hauling a trailer of frozen sawdust on Route 108 Wednesday night took a wild ride into the woods when the load shifted, state police said. Neither driver Cody Craig, 17, nor his passengers were injured. They were Desiree Tweedie, 18, Cody …

Woodstock felon back in jail on burglary, firearm charges

By Terry Karkos on Jan. 09, 2013, at 6:59 a.m.
WOODSTOCK, Maine — A local man accused of burglarizing a Dixmont home late last year after being released from prison is back in jail, Maine State Police Trooper Dan Hanson said Tuesday. Joseph Cox, 27, who is living in Weld, was arrested Dec. 16 by state police on charges of …

New fishing regulations approved by inland fisheries and wildlife council

By Terry Karkos on Jan. 07, 2013, at 6:27 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A remote 84-acre wild brook trout pond in northern Franklin County is one of several statewide water bodies to be affected by new fishing regulations. As of the open water fishing season on April 1, it will be illegal to use or possess live fish at Twin …

Rumford man charged with domestic violence threatening

By Terry Karkos on Jan. 06, 2013, at 4:11 p.m.
RUMFORD, Maine — A local man was arrested Friday night on a domestic violence charge after he fled from a house into the woods with a large knife and returned two hours later, police said. Treva Moors, 23, of Rumford, was charged with domestic violence and criminal threatening. He also …
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