Skowhegan police searching for man who allegedly broke into home, demanded money

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 26, 2014, at 9:25 a.m.
Police are searching for a man who allegedly broke into a Mount Pleasant Avenue home early Wednesday morning. According to Skowhegan Police Chief Ted Blais, a homeowner came downstairs to go to work shortly before 5 a.m. to find a man standing in his living room. The …
Roberto Figueroa

Skowhegan drug bust lands man in jail

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 25, 2014, at 1:26 p.m.
A local man with a history of drug offenses is facing more charges after more than $10,000 in contraband was seized from an Oak Street residence, police said. Roberto Figueroa, 57, is accused of aggravated trafficking in a Schedule W drug and possession of a Schedule W …
Heavy rain was falling Monday in Bangor.

Maine sees unseasonably high temperatures before Thanksgiving snowstorm

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 25, 2014, at 10:37 a.m.
CARIBOU | With a Thanksgiving snowstorm churning up the East Coast, Mainers woke up Tuesday morning to unseasonably high temperatures. While it’s not impossible that some communities will see record-breaking high temperatures, Rich Norton, a forecaster at the National Weather Service’s Caribou office, said it’s unlikely any records will …

Farmington man charged with assaulting, terrorizing teen driver

By Ann Bryant on Nov. 24, 2014, at 4:29 p.m.
A Farmington man faces charges after police say he assaulted and terrorized a teen driver on the Webster Road on Saturday. He is also accused of damaging the lights on the teen’s truck. Charles Hubbard, 57, was arrested Sunday by Farmington police officer Derek Doucette after the …

Canton Wind project moves ahead after noise appeal denied

on Nov. 21, 2014, at 4:28 p.m.
The Maine Board of Environmental Protection unanimously rejected the appeal of an eight-turbine wind power project on Canton Mountain, owned by the Massachusetts-based Patriot Renewables. The Sun Journal reported the citizen board voted unanimously to turn down the appeal from resident Alice McKay Barnett, who argued that noise from the …

Waterville police seize heroin and paraphernalia, charge three men

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 21, 2014, at 2:42 p.m.
Two men were arrested and another charged Wednesday as police seized 37 baggies of heroin and about $1,000 in cash. Arrested were Zachary Gilbert, 31, of Waterville and Charles Santana, 26, of Vienna, while Noah Michaud, 22, of Waterville was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia but …
A warehouse at Campbell's Building Supply in Madison was leveled by fire on Thursday evening.

Warehouse at Madison business destroyed by fire

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 21, 2014, at 1:46 p.m.
A warehouse at Campbell’s Building Supply on Main Street was gutted by fire Thursday, but a quick report by employees likely kept it from spreading to the business. “The workers at Campbell’s did the right thing,” said Madison Fire Chief Shawn Howard. Employees were locking up shortly …
From the community

34th annual Christmas craft fair at Hartland

Bangor Daily News on Nov. 21, 2014, at 8:14 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Irving Tanning Community Center, 62 Elm St., Hartland For more information: 207-938-2813 HARTLAND, Maine — The 34th annual Christmas craft fair to benefit Hartland Children’s Holiday Fund will be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Irving Tanning Community …

Fire crews battling blaze at Madison building supply store

By Dawn Gagnon on Nov. 20, 2014, at 8:37 p.m.
Firefighters from several Somerset County communities are battling a blaze at Campbell’s Building Supplies. The fire at the business, located at 339 Main St., was reported about 5:15 p.m and firefighters were still on scene as of 8:30 p.m., a Somerset County emergency dispatcher said. Madison fire …
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Seth Wescott was awaited by a crowd of people gathered to see him at his homecoming celebration in 2010. Wescott won the gold medal in snowboard cross at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.

Dreams born on Sugarloaf reach the mountains of Japan for Seth Wescott

By Lauren Abbate, Special to the BDN on Nov. 20, 2014, at 2:31 p.m.
Carrabassett Valley’s own two-time Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Seth Wescott has pretty much done it all in his roughly 25-year career. From Sugarloaf to Torino to Vancouver and back again, Wescott has been around the world and is still chasing new opportunities and new tracks of powder for the sport …

Bronx man gets five years on oxycodone distribution charge

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 19, 2014, at 4:34 p.m.
BANGOR | A New York man will spend five years behind bars after he was sentenced Wednesday on a drug charge, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. William Waters, 33, of the Bronx, also will serve three years of supervised release once he completes his prison term on a …

Waterville man who distributed oxycodone, cocaine in central Maine gets nearly 16 years

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 18, 2014, at 7:08 p.m.
BANGOR | A Waterville man who recruited his girlfriend, mother, stepfather and other relatives to bring drugs from New York City to Maine for distribution in Kennebec County was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to nearly 16 years in federal prison. Maurice “Mo” McCray, 34, pleaded guilty in …

Teen charged, other teen injured in Winslow stabbing

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 18, 2014, at 10:32 a.m.
A teenage boy is facing an aggravated assault charge after another teen was allegedly stabbed at Halifax Park on Monday night, police said Tuesday. Officers were dispatched to the area shortly before 9 p.m., according to Winslow Police Chief Shawn O’Leary, and subsequently encountered several individuals, including …

Snow, freezing rain expected for parts of state Monday

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 17, 2014, at 8:37 a.m.
CARIBOU | More winter weather is expected in northern and western parts of the state Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Several counties awoke Monday morning to a winter weather advisory in effect, with a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain expected throughout the day. Northern Penobscot, …

Winthrop man arrested after four-hour armed standoff

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 16, 2014, at 1:08 p.m.
A 44-year-old man is being held in jail pending his initial court appearance early this week after police said he threatened to kill a woman with a handgun. The incident led to about a four-hour standoff Saturday night that ended peacefully when members of the Maine State …

Two women charged with attempted murder in China stabbing

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 14, 2014, at 10:29 a.m.
Two Waterville women have been charged in connection with a stabbing in nearby China earlier this month, state police said Friday. Carrisa Butkewicz, 23, and Tiffany Glidden, 20, were due in court in Augusta on Friday to face a charge of aggravated attempted murder, according to Maine …

Late-fall snowstorm wraps up late Friday

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 14, 2014, at 8:34 a.m.
CARIBOU | Much of Maine woke up Friday morning to fresh snow coming down and their vehicles needing to be cleared of the new powder. Penobscot, Hancock and Washington counties were under a winter weather advisory for much of Friday. As of noon, that had been lifted, according to …
Ryan Guerrette points to the place on his father Will's head where a skin graft was needed after intruders attacked him and his 10-year-old daughter with a machete in their Pittston home in May 2008. The father and son recently started a new business venture.

Victim of near-fatal machete attack finds ‘second opportunity’ by helping son launch business

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 14, 2014, at 7:20 a.m.
PITTSTON | Nearly seven years ago, two men broke into the home of William Guerrette Jr. and savagely attacked him and his 10-year-old daughter with a machete. The attackers nearly killed Guerrette, leaving him with permanent scars on his head, arms and neck. He required multiple surgeries to address …
From the community

Monthly breakfast at Dixmont

Bangor Daily News on Nov. 13, 2014, at 11:46 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Location: Dixmont Gold Crest Riders Snowmobile Clubhouse, Cates Road, Dixmont DIXMONT, Maine — The Dixmont United Methodist Church will hold its monthly buffet-style public fellowship breakfast 7-9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Dixmont Gold Crest Riders Snowmobile Clubhouse, located on the Cates Road.  The menu consists …
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Gabriel Ferris of Winslow

Winslow teen chosen as one of 32 new Kid Reporters

on Nov. 13, 2014, at 10:26 a.m.
NEW YORK, New York — The award-winning Scholastic News Kids Press Corps™ welcomes 32 new Kid Reporters, ages 10-14, to the country’s oldest and largest student reporting program. The young journalists will report “news for kids, by kids” with coverage of current events, breaking news, entertainment stories, and sports events from their …
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