Police are looking for a suspect who robbed the Rite-Aid Pharmacy on Spring Street in Gardiner Thursday morning.

Gardiner police investigating Rite-Aid pharmacy robbery

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 21, 2014, at 4:17 p.m.
GARDINER, Maine — Police are looking for a suspect who robbed the Rite-Aid Pharmacy on Spring Street Thursday morning. The robbery was reported at 10:35 a.m., according to Gardiner Police Chief James Toman. The robber entered the store and proceeded to the pharmacy area and handed a technician a note …
John Cecil Slater

Convicted sex offender pleads not guilty to robbing Hallowell bank in June

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 21, 2014, at 11:31 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Convicted sex offender John Cecil Slater, who was identified by several people who recognized him in a surveillance photo as the person suspected of robbing a Hallowell bank of $15,000 in June, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to bank robbery. Slater, 66, of Gardiner, …
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Farmington man accused of sexually assaulting dog

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 21, 2014, at 10:59 a.m.
FARMINGTON, Maine — A 24-year-old local man is facing a cruelty to animals charge after allegedly performing a sex act on a dog, according to police. The sequence of events leading to the arrest of Albert Farmer started when police were called to a residence around 5 p.m. Monday for …
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Maine airman graduates basic training

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 20, 2014, at 2:38 p.m.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Eligah B. Munn graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. Munn is the son of Joan E. Heartquist of Troy, Maine, and Steven B. Munn of Hartland, Maine. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and …

Officials: South Paris man’s fatal wounds were not self-inflicted

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 19, 2014, at 4:37 p.m.
MEXICO, Maine — Officials confirmed Tuesday that a man killed in a police standoff Sunday night did not die from self-inflicted wounds. Steven Piirainen, 52, of South Paris died from gunshot wounds to his neck and chest, according to Attorney General Spokesman Tim Feeley. The two officers who fired at …

Somerset County deputies seek public’s help in assault investigation

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 19, 2014, at 2:30 p.m.
CORNVILLE, Maine — Somerset County sheriff’s deputies are investigating an assault that reportedly took place last week on East Ridge Road. According to Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster, a car with three male occupants forced a woman’s car to the side of the road on Aug. 13, and the woman was …

Quebec man sentenced in Bangor court to time served for trying to sneak wife into US for Florida vacation

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 19, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Quebec man who admitted that he attempted to smuggle his wife into the United States last month to vacation with family in Florida was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to time served and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. Pierre Poulin, 40, of St. Martin, …

Police seek Waterville man involved in assault

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 19, 2014, at 10:20 a.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine — A College Avenue man allegedly involved in an assault Monday afternoon is being sought by police on an arrest warrant. Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey said he was not sure what exactly Emmanuel Hurtado, 23, is wanted for. Around 2 p.m. Monday, police got a call from …

Oakland police respond to two crashes in span of five minutes

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 19, 2014, at 9:15 a.m.
OAKLAND, Maine — Monday was a busy day for local police as officers responded to a pair of accidents that were reported within five minutes. The first, involving a car and a bicycle, was reported on Main Street at 11:55 a.m., according to Oakland police Sgt. Tracey Frost. Frost said …

Augusta man pleads guilty to stealing mail, money orders while working at East Vassalboro post office

By Nell Gluckman on Aug. 18, 2014, at 7:02 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A former postal worker pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Bangor to stealing mail and postal money orders while on the job, U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty announced in a press release sent Monday. Jason Stockmar, 28, of Augusta worked at a post office in East Vassalboro, …
A screen shot from a security camera shows a man accused of robbing a pharmacy on Monday morning in Randolph.

Pharmacy robbed in Kennebec County

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 18, 2014, at 11:35 a.m.
RANDOLPH, Maine — A man robbed a Water Street pharmacy Monday morning, according to police. Chief Deputy Ryan Reardon of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office said the robbery was reported shortly after 9 a.m. Reardon said a lone robber handed a pharmacist at the Community Pharmacy, which shares the same …

Crash in Pittsfield sends one man to the hospital

By Nell Gluckman, BDN Staff on Aug. 17, 2014, at 4:08 p.m.
PITTSFIELD, Maine — A man driving north on I-95 fell asleep at the wheel and veered off the left side of the highway, before his vehicle came to rest, drivers side down, according to Trooper Steve Morrel of the Maine State Police. “It was a bad crash,” he said. The …
Andrew Maderios

Nokomis teacher facing domestic assault charges free on $10,000 bail

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 14, 2014, at 11:21 a.m.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A Nokomis Regional High School music teacher facing multiple assault charges, including a trio of felonies, made his first court appearance on Wednesday. A judge set bail at $10,000 for Andrew Maderios, 28, although Somerset County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney argued for $25,000. He was freed on …

Digging through ground, records uncovers truth about early African-American settlement in Waldo County

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 13, 2014, at 5:50 p.m.
TROY, Maine — When Chris Marshall first came to central Maine, he heard rumors about a long-ago African-American settlement in the Waldo County farming town of Troy. The settlement disappeared into the mists of time, but it remained in stories and in part of town referred to as “Negroville.” Marshall, …

Winslow police warn public of scammers impersonating IRS

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 13, 2014, at 11:46 a.m.
WINSLOW, Maine — Local police are alerting the public to an IRS scam after two complaints were fielded on Tuesday. Winslow Police Chief Shawn O’Leary said his department received a pair of complaints from senior citizens claiming that a caller was impersonating an IRS representative. The individual making the calls …
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FEMA issues grants to three Maine towns for first-responder gear

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 13, 2014, at 11:43 a.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C.  – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded nearly $400,000 in Assistance to Firefighter Grants to the towns of Bridgewater, Brownfield and Skowhegan, according to congressional delegation press releases. The Bridgewater Fire Department will receive approximately $25,000 for personal protective gear, worn by firefighters in dangerous environments; the Brownfield Volunteer …
Members of the Gifford family, who are involved with the production and management of the Skowhegan-based Gifford's Famous Ice Cream Company, show off their award-winning product.

From shoestring to award winning, Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream keeps it all in the family

By Kathleen Pierce on Aug. 12, 2014, at 3:36 p.m.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine — Quarts of Mount Katahdin Crunch and Appalachian Trail ice cream sit on a boardroom table — lids open, scoops out. While dipping spoons into the new outdoor adventure series of ice creams named after Maine wilderness landmarks, the top team members at Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream are …

Dump truck spills gravel load onto Route 202 in Winthrop

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 12, 2014, at 3:18 p.m.
WINTHROP, Maine — A Whitefield trucker escaped injury Tuesday after his rig rolled over on Route 202, police said. Brady Joslyn, 27, was attempting to yield to an ambulance responding to a separate call when he apparently overcorrected while pulling onto the shoulder of the road, Winthrop Police Capt. Ryan …

Waterville man arrested for drunk driving after Kingfield crash

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 12, 2014, at 10:25 a.m.
KINGFIELD, Maine — A Waterville man who smashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer on Lexington Road Monday night ended up in jail for driving drunk, police said. Jeb Mansfield, 33, has two prior operating under the influence charges on his record and had a conditional license at the time …
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Cirque du Geek 2014

By Alex Raymond on Aug. 12, 2014, at 8:10 a.m.
Cirque du Geek is a free convention for all things unconventional. This is our second year, and we plan on offering even more programs and activities, including, but not limited to a cosplay contest, plushie picnic, a dance, mini weapons of mass destruction, candy sushi, cosplayer’s dinner, and geek jeopardy! …
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