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! …

Skowhegan fire chief dismissed after 3 months on the job

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 11, 2014, at 9:57 p.m.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine — The town’s fire chief was dismissed Friday, half way through his six-month probationary period, Town Manager Christine Almand confirmed Monday. Richard Fowler was tapped to serve as fire chief in May, Almand said. He previously had been chief in Farmington, New Hampshire, according to published reports. According …
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Charles Loring and Effie Etta (Estes) and Charles Loring Dickey in 1931 at their 50th anniversary reunion.

Dickey centennial family tribute reunion

on Aug. 11, 2014, at 3:45 p.m.
CLINTON, Maine – The descendants of Charles Loring and Effie Etta (Estes) Dickey of Clinton and Canaan, who were the parents of 22 children, are planning a family gathering for Saturday, Aug. 23, in the Fellowship Hall of the Brown Memorial United Methodist Church in Clinton. Charles and Effie were married on Aug. 18, …

Owner plans $5 million in upgrades at Sunday River before next ski season

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 11, 2014, at 11:40 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Boyne Resorts plans to invest $5 million in its Sunday River ski area in Newry before the upcoming season, adding more snowmaking machines and upgrading a three-person chairlift. The Michigan-based company announced Monday its Spruce Peak triple chairlift will undergo an upgrade to increase its speed and …
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Skowhegan man facing felony pot cultivation charge after raid at his home

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 08, 2014, at 9:39 p.m.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A 32-year-old local man was charged with aggravated cultivation of marijuana Friday after personnel from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Skowhegan police executed a search warrant at his Norton Lane home. Dustin Beane of 8 Norton Lane also was charged with violating the conditions of his …
Sandra Goodrich of Newport reported Friday that her home was on fire and her dogs were dead.

Fire that gutted Newport home suspicious, may have been set by homeowner’s son

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 08, 2014, at 9:27 p.m.
NEWPORT, Maine — A fire Friday afternoon that gutted a home at 146 Rutland Road has been deemed suspicious and may have been set by the homeowner’s son, Newport Chief Leonard Macdaid said Friday. Sandy Goodrich, who was not home when the fire began, called 911 to report that her …

Firefighters battling blaze on Rutland Road in Newport

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 08, 2014, at 2:06 p.m.
NEWPORT, Maine — Firefighters are at the scene of a fire on Rutland Road, according to officials. A Penobscot Regional Communications dispatcher confirmed that firefighters were on scene, but no other information was immediately available. Watch bangordailynews.com for updates.
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Palmyra man arrested after allegedly trafficking cocaine, violating bail

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 08, 2014, at 12:54 p.m.
NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine — A Palmyra man on probation for a drug trafficking charge is in more trouble after he was arrested on Wednesday, according to police. Brian Scott, 25, who was convicted last year of felony heroin and marijuana trafficking charges, was caught with heroin on Wednesday, according to Detective …

Vandals in Maine town write ‘no heaven’ and ‘the devil is watching’ on gravestones

By Marissa Bodnar, CBS 13 on Aug. 08, 2014, at 12:05 p.m.
CHINA, Maine — The town of China is dealing with a disturbing case of vandalism at one of its cemeteries. Graffiti covers the backs of eight graves with profanity and messages like “no heaven” and “the devil is watching.” “It’s really disrespectful, but unfortunate,” Town Manager Dan L’Heureux said. L’Heureux …
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