Mid-Maine

 
Waterville police and fire officials investigate an accident at an oil-change facility on Kennedy Memorial Drive on Tuesday morning.

Collision at Waterville oil change facility totals two vehicles, sends technician to hospital

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 08, 2014, at 3:15 p.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine — Two vehicles were totaled and a man was injured Tuesday morning in an accident at Prompto, an oil change facility, on Kennedy Memorial Drive, police said. The sequence of events began when Cheryl Collins, 63, of Stow was waiting in line for an oil change shortly after …
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Waterville men arrested in alleged copper theft at vacant house

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 08, 2014, at 12:14 p.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine — A pair of Waterville men were arrested early Monday morning in an alleged copper theft at a vacant Summer Street home, police said. Kevin Hubert, 32, and Sean Rancourt, 29, are both facing charges of burglary, criminal trespass, aggravated criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools, Waterville …

Solon man injured when motorcycle collides with dog; dog dies of injuries

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 08, 2014, at 11:21 a.m.
SOLON, Maine — A local man was injured Sunday when his motorcycle struck a dog on the South Solon Road, police said. Norman Fickett, 77, was heading southbound shortly before 1 p.m. when a German shepherd darted across the road, according to Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster of the Somerset County …

Chesterville man accused of firing shotgun at woman during domestic dispute

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 07, 2014, at 12:24 p.m.
CHESTERVILLE, Maine — A local man was arrested on Independence Day after allegedly firing a shotgun over a woman’s head during a domestic dispute, according to state police. Officers were called to a Chesterville Hill Road residence at 3 p.m. when it was reported Scott Henry, 44, and the victim …

Anson woman awoken by cat while her house burns

By Nell Gluckman on July 06, 2014, at 10:09 a.m.
ANSON, Maine — A woman was awoken by her cat when her house was on fire at about 8:30 Sunday morning, according to Anson Fire Chief Jeremy Manzer. The woman, who Manzer believed to be in her 70s, was able to get out of the house safely, with the help …

A lesson in reality: Follow the lead of these Maine students on climate change

By Emanuel Pariser and Troy Frost on July 04, 2014, at 3:33 p.m.
At the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences in Good Will-Hinckley, we challenge our students every day to learn from their experiences. Whether they are in the greenhouse, the classroom or the fields, we encourage them to look at their work with a critical eye and then follow the science in …
From the community

Longtime Newport officer promoted to sergeant

By Julie Harris on July 03, 2014, at 4:20 p.m.
NEWPORT — Police Chief Leonard Macdaid has announced the promotion of longtime Newport  Officer David Wintle to the rank of sergeant. Wintle, 45, of Newburgh, has worked for Newport Police Department for 18 years, and has an exemplary work record, according to the chief. Wintle’s promotion was effective June 23. …

Missing Somerset County teenagers found safe

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 03, 2014, at 11:32 a.m.
PALMYRA, Maine — Two teenagers who had been missing since Tuesday have been located and are safe, according to sheriff’s deputies. Somerset County Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster would not disclose where the 15-year-old boy and 16-year-old girl were found, but said they were located safely Thursday. Police were planning on …

Skowhegan man injured after motorcycle hits deer

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 02, 2014, at 4:06 p.m.
RIPLEY, Maine — A Skowhegan man was injured Tuesday morning when his motorcycle struck a deer on Route 23 in Ripley, police said. Linwood Willey, 54, was headed to work around 5:30 a.m. at the time of the accident, according to Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster of the Somerset County Sheriff’s …

Skowhegan apartment building damaged by fire

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 02, 2014, at 3:14 p.m.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine — An apartment building on Milburn Street was heavily damaged by fire Tuesday night, officials said. Firefighters were called to the two-story building shortly after 11 p.m., Skowhegan Fire Chief Rich Fowler said. Fowler said the building was occupied by at least two families, both of whom managed …

Eight charged at underage drinking party, teen treated for alcohol poisoning

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 02, 2014, at 1:34 p.m.
WINSLOW, Maine — Eight teenagers were charged with underage drinking offenses Tuesday night as police busted a party in the area of Bald Eagle Lane and Brown Trout Road. Winslow Police Chief Shawn O’Leary said officers received a complaint shortly after 9:30 p.m. that a large underage drinking party was …

Missing Waterville man found safe

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 02, 2014, at 10:27 a.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine — A local elderly man who had been missing for about eight hours Tuesday was found safe, police said. Wesley Johnston, 82, had been reported missing by his family around 1:45 p.m., according to Waterville Detective Sgt. William Bonney. Bonney said Johnston and his brother had gone to …
Waterville police are asking for the public’'s help finding 82-year-old Wesley Johnston.

Waterville police search for missing man

By WGME on July 01, 2014, at 7:40 p.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine — Waterville police are asking for the public’s help finding 82-year-old Wesley Johnston. According to police, Johnston last was seen in the parking lot of the JFK Plaza on Kennedy Memorial Drive at 10:37 Tuesday morning. Police say Johnston recently suffered a medical problem which may be causing …
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Police arrest Burnham man accused of threatening to kill girlfriend

By Abigail Curtis on July 01, 2014, at 7:07 p.m.
BURNHAM, Maine — Police said a Waldo County man remained in jail Tuesday after his arrest over the weekend on multiple domestic violence charges. Randolph Dodge, 44, of Burnham threatened to kill his girlfriend while holding a knife to her throat, according to a report from the Waldo County Sheriff’s …
From the community

Newport holds weeklong bicentennial celebration

Bangor Daily News on July 01, 2014, at 1:44 p.m.
NEWPORT — The town of Newport is celebrating 200 years of history in a weeklong celebration to be held through July 6. The festivities, which take place at locations throughout the town, include art displays, cook-offs, yard games, a carnival and more. The celebration kicked off at 6 p.m. Monday, …

North Anson man killed in Madison crash

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 01, 2014, at 9:27 a.m.
MADISON, Maine — A North Anson man was killed early Sunday when he lost control of his Jeep on River Road in Madison, police said. Eugene Hutchins, 54, apparently left the road and traveled a distance in a ditch before hitting a culvert, Madison Police Chief Barry Moores said. Hutchins …
Danielle A. Beckwith, 47, of Hampden, who worked as the supervisor of the Office of Transcript Production, was tried Monday, June 30, before retired Judge John Romei in Newport District Court.

Former Bangor court employee found guilty of attempted theft, cover-up

By Judy Harrison on June 30, 2014, at 8:33 p.m.
NEWPORT, Maine — At the end of a four-hour jury-waived trial, a former employee of the Maine court system was found guilty Monday of attempting to steal state funds and trying to cover it up. Danielle A. Beckwith, 48, of Hampden, who worked as the supervisor of the Office of …
Wendy Brennan, center, outside her home with husband Peter, daughter Caitlyn and granddaughter Madelyn.

How politics derailed EPA science on arsenic, endangering public health in central Maine and nationwide

By David Heath, The Center for Public Integrity on June 30, 2014, at 11:02 a.m.
The risk of someone eventually getting cancer from drinking the legal limit of arsenic every day is 60 times greater than any other toxin regulated by drinking-water laws.

Trial of former court employee for attempted theft, cover-up begins in Newport District Court

By Judy Harrison on June 30, 2014, at 9 a.m.
NEWPORT, Maine — The daylong jury-waived trial of a former employee of the Maine court system charged last year with attempting to steal funds and trying to cover it up began Monday in Newport District Court. Danielle A. Beckwith, 48, of Hampden, who worked as the supervisor of the Office …
From the community

Strawberry Festival

By soniaerskine on June 29, 2014, at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, 2014 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Old Dixmont Town House, 702 Western Ave., Dixmont The Dixmont Historical Society will hold a public Strawberry Festival on Saturday, July 12, 2014. The meal will be served from 4 to 6 PM at the Old Dixmont Town House at …
 
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