Articles by Terry Karkos

 
Rumford fire Lt. Keith Bickford, left, carries charred boards from stairs that caught fire late Thursday morning while the owner of 50 Cross St. in Mexico was trying to thaw frozen pipes with a kerosene heater in the basement, Mexico firefighters said.

Space heater used to thaw frozen pipes ignites basement stairs at Mexico house

By Terry Karkos on Jan. 04, 2013, at 6 a.m.
MEXICO — A kerosene space heater left too close to combustible materials in the basement of a vacant Cross Street house late Thursday morning caused the wooden stairs to catch fire, said Mexico fire Deputy Chief Richard Jones. Damage was “very minimal,” Jones said. There were no injuries. At 10:30 …
 On Wednesday morning, Jan. 2, 2013, white sheets of plastic wrap covered the office wall at Jake's Garage at 529 Prospect Ave. in Rumford. The wall was destroyed early New Year's Day when a drunk driver in a pickup truck slammed into the building, then left the scene, according to Rumford police officer Donald Miller's report.

Man charged with OUI after allegedly driving truck into side of Rumford garage

By Terry Karkos on Jan. 02, 2013, at 2:57 p.m.
RUMFORD, Maine — A Rumford man was arrested on New Year’s Day after police say he drove drunk into the side of Jake’s Garage on Prospect Avenue. Jeremy Dow, 22, was charged at 1:10 a.m. with operating under the influence, leaving the scene of a property-damage crash and felony aggravated …
Librarian Peggy Malley displays the Army Airborne flag that the Ludden Memorial Library received Dec. 10.

Adopted Army Airborne unit in Afghanistan sends Dixfield library signed flag, card

By Terry Karkos on Jan. 01, 2013, at 3:45 p.m.
DIXFIELD, Maine — Ludden Memorial Library librarian Peggy Malley opened the mail Dec. 10 like she usually does. One package, however, didn’t contain books. Inside was an Army Airborne flag signed by 17 members of the 173rd Special Forces unit in Afghanistan, along with a thank-you card. The library adopted …

Mexico man appealing 45-year sentence for 2009 murders

By Terry Karkos on Dec. 30, 2012, at 9:46 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A 22-year-old Mexico man is appealing his 45-year sentence for a double killing in Rumford. Eric Hamel is challenging the sentence he received in 2011 after pleading guilty to two counts of murder in the 2009 shooting deaths of two men. In his appeal to the Maine …
Smoke rises from hot spots in charred wood at Steve Blair's home at 318 School St. (Route 140) on Friday. Firefighters from five departments were called there at 3 a.m. after a lit kerosene lantern was accidentally knocked over, said Canton fire Chief Shane Gallant.

Canton man loses School Street home to early-morning fire

By Terry Karkos on Dec. 29, 2012, at 2:01 p.m.
CANTON, Maine — A lit kerosene lantern that was accidentally knocked to the floor started a fire that destroyed a School Street home early Friday morning, fire Chief Shane Gallant said. No one was injured in the inferno, but homeowner Steve Blair of 318 School Street (Route 140) lost everything, …
Vacationing New York City residents Alexandra Hagerty (left) and Garrett Steinbroner head out for a Sunday afternoon ski at Carter's Cross-Country Ski Center in Bethel. They skied Carter's trails at its Oxford Nordic center earlier in the week before the rain washed away the snow there, but the Bethel center, which opened for the season on Sunday, received more snow than rain.

Some Maine Nordic centers open with snow aplenty despite rain

By Terry Karkos on Dec. 25, 2012, at 7:40 p.m.
BETHEL, Maine —Some Nordic ski centers in Western Maine opened in time for Christmas vacation, thanks to December snows that weren’t washed away by accompanying rains. Carter’s Cross-Country Ski Center in Bethel and Oxford is one such place. The Bethel center opened its trails on Sunday for the season, offering …

Police investigating fuel thefts from Dixfield-area homes, businesses

By Terry Karkos on Dec. 17, 2012, at 6:39 a.m.
DIXFIELD, Maine — Police Sgt. Jeff Howe said the department is working with Maine State Police and other officers from Mexico to Jay to charge those stealing diesel fuel and reselling it as heating oil for furnaces. “The information that we got from talking to a couple of troopers and …

Dixfield man charged with assaulting woman

By Terry Karkos on Dec. 15, 2012, at 11:42 a.m.
DIXFIELD, Maine — A local man charged with felony assault Thursday night pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Friday in Oxford County Superior Court in Paris. Timothy Shorey, 52, of Main Street, was released from Oxford County Jail on personal recognizance bail at about 2:30 p.m., Dixfield police Sgt. Jeff …

Police agencies get grants to combat impaired driving through holidays

By Terry Karkos on Dec. 10, 2012, at 6:42 a.m.
RUMFORD, Maine — Local police will be conducting impaired driving patrols through the holidays, thanks to a $9,900 grant to the Rumford Police Department, Chief Stacy Carter said Thursday night. The Bureau of Highway Safety grant will allow the department to provide extra patrols. Throughout the year, the department receives …

Rumford rejects Los Angeles actor’s request to close side streets for filming

By Terry Karkos on Dec. 09, 2012, at 6:29 a.m.
RUMFORD, Maine — Anxiety over the unknown led selectmen Thursday night to unanimously reject a request from a Los Angeles filmmaker/actor to close a few side streets later this month for filming. Neither Gavin Peretti nor anyone representing him came to the meeting, as requested, to provide the board with …

LA filmmaker seeks OK to close Rumford streets for filming

By Terry Karkos on Dec. 06, 2012, at 9:52 a.m.
RUMFORD, Maine — A Los Angeles filmmaker and actor in Rangeley to film a movie has asked selectmen to approve closing a few side streets in Rumford this month. The board will consider Gavin Peretti’s request at its meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in Rumford Falls Auditorium. The …

Rumford man pleads not guilty to stealing car

By Terry Karkos on Dec. 05, 2012, at 7:06 a.m.
RUMFORD, Maine — A local man accused of stealing a car Monday afternoon while intoxicated pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday in district court. Kevin Pettegrow, 31, who is homeless, was charged with operating under the influence, operating after suspension, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle (theft), and violating …

Man breaks leg in Route 2 accident atop Falls Hill in Rumford

By Terry Karkos, Sun Journal on Dec. 05, 2012, at 7:01 a.m.
RUMFORD, Maine — A local man suffered a broken leg Tuesday when he lost control of his car on Falls Hill on Route 2 and it slid into a building, Rumford police Sgt. Douglas Maifeld said. Shane Richard, 27, was taken by Med-Care Ambulance to Rumford Hospital. The accident happened …

Blind community calls plea bargain for blind thief from Rumford ‘outrageous’

By Terry Karkos on Dec. 03, 2012, at 5:54 a.m.
RUMFORD — An Oxford County Superior Court felony theft case earlier this month has raised the ire of members of the National Federation of the Blind of Maine. They’re incensed that a man considered legally blind by the court would receive no jail time and be required to only reimburse …
Cross-country ski coach Aaron DeMillo, left, cross-country skier Kala Emery, 25, of Lewiston, and snowshoe racer Tanya Scott, 31, of Mexico, will travel to South Korea in January to compete in the Special Olympics World Winter Games. The two athletes are the only Maine delegates. Emery also represented Maine in the 2007 World Summer Games in China.

Special Olympics Maine sending athletes to Korea

By Terry Karkos on Nov. 25, 2012, at 12 p.m.
MEXICO — To say that Tanya Scott and Kala Emery are excited is an understatement. The athletes were recently chosen to represent Maine and the nation on Team USA from Jan. 29 through Feb. 5 at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Scott, of Mexico, is …

Two Peru women file suit against town, selectwoman in attempt to oust her

By Terry Karkos on Nov. 22, 2012, at 9:15 a.m.
PERU, Maine — Two women have filed suit against the town and Selectman Kathy Hussey to try to force Hussey out of office before her term expires in 2014. Hussey has also served Peru for about 12 years as the board of selectmen’s secretary. In the suit, Martha Witherell and …

Two separate fires destroy Paris house

By Terry Karkos on Nov. 18, 2012, at 5:16 a.m.
PARIS, Maine — Firefighters from Paris, Norway, Oxford, Poland and Hebron were called to extinguish two fires Friday night and Saturday morning that eventually destroyed an unoccupied house on East Oxford Road. There were no injuries, Paris fire Chief Brad Frost said Saturday of the fires at Cedric Bean’s single-story, …

Fryeburg woman pleads guilty to stealing mother’s credit cards

By Terry Karkos on Nov. 16, 2012, at 6:48 a.m.
PARIS, Maine — A Fryeburg woman accused of stealing her mother’s credit cards to buy goods in Maine and New Hampshire to support a drug habit pleaded guilty to the charges, along with others Wednesday in Oxford County Superior Court. Justice Robert W. Clifford sentenced Arielle A. Nagy, 22, formerly …
A pulp truck lost its load of logs beside Route 232 in Rumford on Wednesday when driver Leonard Hutchinson of Carthage was blinded by the sun and drove onto the soft shoulder of the road.

Pulp truck rolls over in Rumford, driver blinded by sun

By Terry Karkos on Nov. 16, 2012, at 6:41 a.m.
RUMFORD, Maine — A Carthage man escaped injury Wednesday afternoon when the pulp truck he was driving south on Route 232 rolled over and spilled its load into a field, police said. Leonard Hutchinson, 52, was rounding the corner at 1 p.m. at the intersection of Rumford Road when the …

Rumford man pleads guilty to stealing $11,000 of neighbor’s belongings

By Terry Karkos on Nov. 15, 2012, at 6:53 a.m.
PARIS, Maine — A Rumford man who pleaded guilty to stealing items valued at $11,000 from his neighbor’s house in May will get no jail time. Charles E. Hamilton, 47, of 26 Rangeley Place, was given a two-year deferred disposition in Oxford County Superior Court on Wednesday. That means he …
 
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