May 23, 2018
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Cutler man charged with manslaughter in car crash that killed teacher

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Cutler man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the Jan. 27 death of a Millinocket teacher in a head-on collision on Route 9 in Eddington, according to the Penobscot County district attorney’s office.

Scott Ramsdell, 43, was arrested Monday when he appeared at Machias District Court on unrelated domestic violence charges.

Efforts to reach the assistant district attorney handling the case to get more details about those charges were unsuccessful Tuesday.

Ramsdell is being held at the Penobscot County Jail on $10,000 cash bail. He is expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday by videoconference at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

The complaint and affidavit in the case have been sealed, Marianne Lynch, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County, said Tuesday. The documents should be made public after Ramsdell appears before a judge in Bangor, she said.

Lynch said that Ramsdell was on his way to court in Machias to deal with domestic violence assault charges when the accident happened. That case was continued while he was recovering.

Denise Golding, 47, of Eddington was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a previously published report. Golding was westbound shortly before 6 a.m. on Jan. 27 when her Hyundai sedan collided with an eastbound pickup driven by Ramsdell.

A single mother of four children, Golding taught English as a second language to Chinese students at Stearns Junior/Senior High School. She had bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Maine in Orono.

A graduate of Brewer High School, Golding taught previously in Old Town and Eddington schools and taught for two years in Shenzhen, China. She was a volunteer for Girl and Boy Scout organizations and the Scottish Rites’ Orten Gillingham program, according to her obituary.

Lynch said Tuesday that Ramsdell, who suffered serious injuries in the crash, could face additional charges but she declined to name them. The prosecutor expects to present the case to the Penobscot County grand jury in July.

If convicted, Ramsdell faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

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