Articles by Tony Reaves


Oxford man found guilty of assaulting officer, resisting arrest in mixed verdict

By Tony Reaves on March 19, 2013, at 6:33 a.m.
PARIS, Maine — A Norway man accused of attacking a woman he was living with and a police officer in May 2012 got a split verdict Monday in Oxford County Superior Court. Michael B. Murphy, 61, was found guilty of assault on Officer Zachary Bisson of the Oxford Police Department, …

Paris man injured in Route 26 collision

By Tony Reaves on March 15, 2013, at 6:03 a.m.
WEST PARIS, Maine — One man was injured in a collision Thursday morning on Route 26. Samuel George, 33, of Paris, was transported to Stephens Memorial Hospital for complaints of neck and back pain after rolling his 2001 Ford F-150 on its side, according to Trooper Jon Russell of the …

Two plead guilty in Paris court to stealing from friends

By Tony Reaves on March 14, 2013, at 6:24 a.m.
PARIS, Maine — In two separate cases, a man and a woman admitted in Oxford County Superior Court on Tuesday to stealing from friends and acquaintances. A Wells man admitted to stealing more than $1,000 in electronics from his friend’s home in Hiram, and a Paris woman admitted to taking …

Dixfield man pleads guilty to making counterfeit money

By Tony Reaves on March 14, 2013, at 6:08 a.m.
PARIS, Maine — A Dixfield man pleaded guilty Tuesday for his part in making counterfeit $50 bills last year. Nicholas Dunham, 22, pleaded guilty in Oxford County Superior Court to one count of aggravated forgery. He received one year of probation, a $500 fine and 100 hours of community service. …
Damon Jordan

Sebago man pleads guilty to gross sexual assault

By Tony Reaves on March 12, 2013, at 4:29 p.m.
PARIS, Maine — A 32-year-old Sebago man admitted Tuesday to having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 2011. Damon Jordan, 32, pleaded guilty to two charges of gross sexual assault, Class A, in Oxford County Superior Court. In June 2011 in Denmark and Porter, Jordan is said to have assaulted …
Luke Edmunds

Fryeburg man pleads guilty to sexual touching, child pornography charges

By Tony Reaves on March 12, 2013, at 4:02 p.m.
PARIS, Maine — A Fryeburg man admitted Tuesday to sexually touching a young child and possessing child pornography. Luke Edmunds, 23, who has no legal address, pleaded guilty in Oxford County Superior Court to possession of sexually explicit materials of a child under 12 and unlawful sexual contact. He will …

Maine holds first conference on problem gambling

By Tony Reaves on March 08, 2013, at 9:04 a.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine — Lena Densmore, a coach who helps former gambling addicts, said she ended up losing her house and car and living in a tent for months. The keynote speaker at the first state conference on problem gambling said helping addicts isn’t easy. “Addiction is the one illness you …

Stoneham man admits to nearly hitting neighbor trying to shoot squirrels on bird feeder

By Tony Reaves on March 07, 2013, at 5:55 a.m.
PARIS, Maine — A Stoneham man admitted Wednesday in Oxford County Superior Court to nearly shooting his neighbor by accident while firing his rifle at squirrels on his bird feeder. Randall Millett, 43, pleaded guilty to reckless conduct. He received a one-year deferred disposition, after which he can plead to …

Owner of destroyed Waterford gas station plans to rebuild

By Tony Reaves on March 05, 2013, at 6:07 a.m.
WATERFORD, Maine — The Waterford Mallard Mart, which was destroyed by an electrical fire Feb. 21, will be rebuilt, according to owner Ed Michaud. According to Waterford Assistant fire Chief Tom Murch, the fire was caused by an old ceiling light fixture. “Someone left it on, and it caught fire,” …

Harrison woman who was burned trying to put out kitchen fire released from hospital

By Tony Reaves on March 05, 2013, at 6:06 a.m.
HARRISON, Maine — A woman who was burned while trying to put out a kitchen fire was released from Bridgton Hospital, hospital spokeswoman Pamela Smith said Monday. Alison Flagg’s face was burned Sunday afternoon, according to firefighters, when she tried to stop a fire that eventually destroyed a cabin owned …
Andrew Freeman

Paris man gets 40 years for trying to murder ex-girlfriend

By Tony Reaves on Feb. 17, 2013, at 11:23 a.m.
PARIS, Maine — A Paris man convicted of trying to murder his ex-girlfriend in December 2011 after she broke up with him was sentenced to 40 years in state prison Friday. Andrew Freeman, 22, was convicted in September of two counts of aggravated attempted murder, arson and burglary. In 2011, …

Fryeburg man pleads guilty to reckless driving after police chase

By Tony Reaves on Feb. 16, 2013, at 7:44 a.m.
PARIS, Maine — A Fryeburg man who nearly ran over a police officer last November and led him on a high-speed chase to the New Hampshire border pleaded guilty to eight charges Friday in Oxford County Superior Court. Derek Goode, 28, pleaded guilty to reckless conduct, failure to stop for …

Norway man charged with selling painkillers

By Tony Reaves on Feb. 08, 2013, at 6:09 a.m.
WATERFORD, Maine — A Norway man was arrested and a Paris man cited after a Maine State Police trooper said he came upon a drug deal. James C. Francis II, 23, of Frost Hill Road was arrested Wednesday night on one charge of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs. On Thursday …

Oxford County property taxes will remain the same in 2013

By Tony Reaves on Feb. 06, 2013, at 6:33 a.m.
PARIS — Oxford County’s 2013 tax rate will remain the same as last year’s — $7.65 per $1,000 of property value — despite a decrease in valuations. The tax rate gives the county an overlay of $78,598, or about 1.53 percent of the total budget. Last year’s overlay was lower, …
Kevin P. Collins

Vermont man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting young Stoneham girl

By Tony Reaves on Jan. 31, 2013, at 3:55 p.m.
PARIS, Maine — A Vermont man admitted Thursday to sexually assaulting a young girl. Kevin P. Collins, 53, of Brattleboro, Vt., pleaded guilty to one count of gross sexual assault, a Class A felony, in Oxford County Superior Court. One count of gross sexual assault and one count of assault …

Greenwood man accused of kicking, threatening officer

By Tony Reaves on Jan. 29, 2013, at 6:52 a.m.
BETHEL, Maine — A Greenwood man is charged with kicking an Oxford County Sheriff’s Office deputy at a domestic violence incident Saturday night. David Brian Cherkis, 44, was arrested on charges of assault on an officer and domestic assault, according to a report by Deputy Peter Casey. Cherkis was being …

Norway police chief: Thieves posing as heating specialists

By Tony Reaves on Jan. 19, 2013, at 3:31 p.m.
NORWAY, Maine — Police Chief Robert Federico said Friday that his department is investigating reports of men ripping off homeowners by claiming to be checking their furnaces and carbon monoxide detectors. In one incident, Federico said, a man asked a homeowner to go downstairs to turn off her furnace so …

Fryeburg man gets four years for burglarizing home

By Tony Reaves on Jan. 16, 2013, at 6:30 a.m.
PARIS, Maine — A Fryeburg man pleaded guilty Tuesday to breaking into a home in Porter and stealing guitars and jewelry. Zachary E. Jackson, 24, pleaded guilty to burglary, two counts of theft and receiving stolen property in the April 13, 2012, incident. He was sentenced to four years in …

Greenwood man injured in crash during morning commute

By Tony Reaves on Jan. 11, 2013, at 6:39 a.m.
NORWAY, Maine — A Greenwood man on his way to work slid on the icy road Thursday morning, spinning into a utility pole according to Norway police. Daniel Robichaud, 25, of Greenwood was turning a corner on Greenwood Road and slid on the ice, according to Officer Robert Federico II. …

Portland woman pleads guilty to beating 5-year-old daughter of ex-boyfriend

By Tony Reaves on Jan. 09, 2013, at 7 a.m.
PARIS, Maine — A former local woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in Oxford County Superior Court to beating a 5-year-old girl with her hands and a hairbrush in 2011. Tabitha Whalen, 24, of Portland pleaded guilty to one charge of assault, Class C, for assaulting the daughter of her ex-boyfriend. She …
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