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A Maine Drug Enforcement Agency vehicle sits outside a mobile home in Danforth that caught fire Friday not long after a 5-month-old boy was reported dead at the home. Police charged the boy's parents with drug trafficking Saturday after investigators examining the fire scene found evidence of methamphetamine manufacturing inside the home.

Parents of dead baby in Danforth charged with making methamphetamine

By Bill Trotter on March 22, 2014, at 9:11 p.m.
DANFORTH, Maine — The parents of an infant who died Friday and whose mobile home later went up in flames have been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, police said Saturday. The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency released a statement Saturday evening indicating that Allen Richardson, 39, and Tabbatha Osnoe, 30, both of …
Bryan Wood, 23

Two men arrested in latest Lewiston fires

By Dawn Gagnon on May 10, 2013, at 9:55 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Two Lewiston men were charged with arson Friday night in connection with the latest Lewiston fires that destroyed two vacant apartment houses on Bartlett Street early Monday morning. Arrested by the state fire marshal’s office were Brian Morin, 29, and Bryan Wood, 23, Maine Department of Public …

Fire damages summer home in Garland

By Anthony Takacs, Special to the BDN on Sept. 19, 2011, at 5:38 p.m.
GARLAND, Maine — Firefighters from all over the region battled a fire Sunday night that broke out in the center of town in an empty summer home. “When we got there, flames were shooting out from a back room,” Garland Fire Chief Henry Burrill said Monday. “There is a lot …

Electrical problem suspected cause of Winterport fire

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 12, 2011, at 10:13 p.m.
WINTERPORT, Maine — An electrical problem was cited as a possible cause of a fire late Sunday night that caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to a 1½-story house on North Main Street. Fire Chief Tom Doe said a representative of the State Fire Marshal’s Office was in Winterport Monday …
An investigator from the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms joined Fire Marshals Thursday in the investigation of the arson fire that destroyed the state-owned car of Fire Marshal Sgt. Tim York. Here, ATF Agent John Morris (no relation to Commissioner Morris) gathers items from the charred remains of the 2009 Impala torched early Wednesday morning as the car was parked along a rural road in Prentiss. Charged with arson is a nearby resident — 53-year-old John Weckerly.

Fire marshal’s car set ablaze during arson investigation; man arrested

By Nok-Noi Ricker and Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff on Aug. 03, 2011, at 1:37 p.m.
PRENTISS, Maine — A Prentiss Township man was arrested early Wednesday after the car of a state fire marshal investigating arson fires in the area was set ablaze, authorities said. John Weckerly, 53, who lives about a half mile from the fire scene, was charged with arson, said Stephen McCausland, …

Hermon business fire accidental, investigators say

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 01, 2011, at 12:59 p.m.
HERMON, Maine — The tractor of a big rig brought to a garage for work on Friday somehow caught fire Saturday evening and extensively damaged the building, Lt. Chandler Corriveau of the Hermon Fire Department said Monday. The State Fire Marshal’s Office ruled the fire accidental. Someone driving by H.C. …

Neighbor alerts Dover-Foxcroft family of fire

By Diana Bowley on July 10, 2011, at 2:43 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A local family escaped their burning home Saturday after a neighbor pounded on their mobile home and alerted them. David Bushnell and his wife, Branigan Collins, had just settled into bed at about 11 p.m. Saturday when a fire erupted near the front entrance to the mobile …

Police: Veazie trailer break-in was an apparent arson attempt

By Nick McCrea on July 07, 2011, at 4:40 p.m.
VEAZIE, Maine — The State Fire Marshal’s Office and local police are investigating an apparent attempt to burn down a trailer at Greystone Trailer Park Thursday morning, according to Veazie police Sgt. Keith Emery. Emery said it appears a family’s trailer was broken into and accelerants dumped in the trailer …

Bradley fire cause still under investigation

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 13, 2011, at 4:19 p.m.
BRADLEY, Maine — Fire investigators spent Monday going through debris on Pine Street at the site where a fire Sunday burned a two-unit apartment building. Fire crews from four neighboring towns responded to the fire call. Bradley firefighters were assisted by crews from Eddington, Milford and Old Town. A neighbor …

Damage in fatal Tremont fire too extensive to pinpoint cause

By Christopher Cousins on June 01, 2011, at 4:19 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The cause of last Friday’s fire in Tremont that claimed the lives of two people cannot be determined because of extensive burn damage at the scene, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Three fire investigators finished their inspection of the fire scene Wednesday and could not pinpoint …
Robert Medeika in October 2009

Washington man sets fire to camp, hangs himself

By Heather Steeves on May 11, 2011, at 7:43 a.m.
WASHINGTON, Maine —  A Washington man set his camp on fire and hanged himself Tuesday night, police reported Wednesday morning. Police say Robert Medeika, 37, burned his summer camp on Medieka Lane and tried to light his mother’s nearby home on fire. The camp was destroyed, but his mother’s home remained …

Dexter fire that claimed a dog’s life ruled accidental

By Diana Bowley on March 21, 2011, at 4:39 p.m.
DEXTER, Maine — A fire Friday night at the home of Alan Rabideau on the Dover Road was accidental and electrical in nature, according to Sgt. Tim York of the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Firefighters received the call at about 8:55 p.m. Friday, and crews from several towns provided mutual …

Fire destroys family’s Pittsfield home

By Christopher Cousins on Feb. 27, 2011, at 8:45 p.m.
PITTSFIELD, Maine — An investigator from the State Fire Marshal’s Office is expected Monday at the scene of a fire that destroyed a Pittsfield family’s home Sunday afternoon. The home at 679 Canaan Road, which is also Route 2, was gutted by flames and is a total loss, according to …
 
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