Articles by Daniel Hartill


Lewiston stabbing trial begins with grisly testimony

By Daniel Hartill on Sept. 18, 2013, at 6:32 a.m.
AUBURN | The stabbing trial of a Lewiston man began Tuesday with pictures of Robert “Buddy” Edwards Jr.’s wounds: on his face, shoulders, knee, chest and abdomen. Edwards, the first witness in 36-year-old Raikuez Melchoirre’s long-delayed trial, testified Tuesday that he had only vague memories of the June 19, …
A scene is filmed for the movie "Richard 3" in a field in Buckfield on Saturday.

Extras die over and over in movie shoot Saturday in Buckfield

By Daniel Hartill on Sept. 15, 2013, at 2:36 p.m.
To retired mailman Ray Hamilton, death on a splintery wooden sword seemed preferable to standing any longer. When his cue to die came, Hamilton — along with the 79 other extras who helped create director Michael Miclon’s cinematic army — flopped to the ground Saturday and luxuriated …

Extras wanted in Buckfield for filming of epic battle scene

By Daniel Hartill on Sept. 03, 2013, at 5:43 a.m.
Michael Miclon plans to shoot the battle finale of his movie, “Richard 3,” at his home in Buckfield. And he’s inviting everyone to come watch. On Saturday, Sept. 14, the veteran performer hopes to lure 300 to 400 extras to the fields beside his farmhouse at 119 …
A prisoner is brought down the "runway" into one of the buildings on the sprawling complex at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham.

Planned $100 million prison in Windham controversial

By Daniel Hartill on Sept. 02, 2013, at 6:06 a.m.
Inside this fenced-in, fortresslike prison building, guards never stop watching from behind tinted windows. While officers walk through the crowded holding area where the Maine Correctional Center confines all incoming male inmates, guards in the control room survey the scene: New arrivals are watching TV, playing cards …
Joan and Harold Millette Jr. perform a traditional courtship dance from the Philippines, where Joan was born, during their wedding Saturday in Auburn. The couple had an American ceremony, followed by the Philippine celebration.

Lewiston couple honors American and Kalinga customs with dual wedding

By Daniel Hartill on Sept. 01, 2013, at 6:44 p.m.
AUBURN | Even after Saturday’s “I do’s,” the “I pronounce you” and the kiss, Harold and Joan Millette wanted to be more married. So, the Lewiston newlyweds walked a rose-petal path up the aisle and disappeared. When they returned to the backyard ceremony minutes later, the bride’s traditional white …
St. Louis Church in Auburn is pictured in this June 2013 aerial photo.

Last Mass for Auburn’s St. Louis Catholic Church: Hope for the building remains, but its days as a religious, social center are over

By Daniel Hartill on Aug. 25, 2013, at 9:38 a.m.
Few prayers remain for St. Louis Catholic Church. The neo-Gothic landmark still sits just as it did when its last congregation gathered there in April. Stacks of spring fliers now gather dust on a table near the broad front doors facing Third Street. The grand nave — …
Police charged Bryan Peabody, 18, of Lewiston, with aggravated assault in connection with an early morning stabbing Saturday in Mechanic Falls. He is being held on $10,000 cash bail at the Androscoggin County Jail.

Man stabbed in argument over couch

By Daniel Hartill on July 21, 2013, at 6:20 a.m.
MECHANIC FALLS | A dispute over a couch ended in a stabbing early Saturday, leaving one man in serious condition with knife wounds in his side, abdomen and head, police said. The accused stabber, Bryan Peabody, 18, of 508 Main St., Lewiston, was arrested on a charge of aggravated …
Norway firefighters worked early Wednesday to extinguish a mobile home fire that began with a knocked-over oil lamp.

Knocked-over oil lamp ignites mobile home in Norway

By Daniel Hartill on July 18, 2013, at 8:20 a.m.
An early-morning mobile home fire that left a mother and two children homeless Wednesday began with an overturned oil lamp, fire officials said. Everyone, including the family cat, escaped safely, Norway fire Chief Dennis Yates said. Michelle Ducas reported the fire in her home to emergency workers …
Luke Livingston, president and founder of Baxter Brewing Co., has nearly doubled his production of beer with the addition of three new 8,000-gallon fermentation tanks. Livingston said three more tanks will be installed this winter.

Baxter Brewing Co. expands to catch up with demand for beer

By Daniel Hartill on July 13, 2013, at 6:22 a.m.
LEWISTON | Six months after breaking ground on a $2 million expansion, Baxter Brewing Co. is moving into a newly remodeled corner of the Bates Mill and producing more beer than ever. Since three new 8,000-gallon fermenters were installed this spring, production has increased from about 8,000 barrels per …
Gloria Varney carries garlic she just picked from her indoor garden that is several weeks ahead of most farms. "We try to experiment and be innovative. With these, we beat our competition to market," she said.

Magazine names Turner’s Nezinscot Farm ‘Homesteaders of the Year’

By Daniel Hartill on July 10, 2013, at 8:01 a.m.
Gloria and Gregg Varney of Nezinscot Farm, a bustling Turner complex with with its own cafe, fromagerie, bakery, nursery, yarn shop, apothecary and nine kinds of animals, are being nationally recognized as “Homesteaders of the Year” by Mother Earth News. The Kansas-based magazine plans to feature the …
Androscoggin County Sheriff Department Detective Sgt. William Gagne and Patrol Deputy Matt Tifft walk into the woods near where a body was discovered in Livermore on Monday afternoon.

Body found in Livermore woods

By Daniel Hartill on July 08, 2013, at 6:01 p.m.
The remains of a human body were found in the woods off Route 4 on Monday afternoon. A spokesman for the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the discovery by workers for Lucas Tree Experts, who were in the area near 83 Federal Road, also known as Route …

Lewiston author tells history of Tour de France

By Daniel Hartill, Sun Journal on July 08, 2013, at 10:50 a.m.
LEWISTON — A cyclist from Lewiston has written the century-old Tour de France’s first encyclopedic history — a 540-page, 3.3-pound opus that lists the key facts of every race. “It’s something that doesn’t exist in any language,” said writer Jim Witherell, who spent 14 years compiling information into the just-released …
A cyclist uses the sidewalk during the Martin's Point Bridge construction on Route 1 between Falmouth and Portland on Wednesday. An altercation between a motorist and a cyclist has raised awareness of the hazardous conditions of using the popular commuter route.

Sharing the road: Recent Portland run-in and Hanover fatality test thin line between bicyclists and motorists in Maine

By Daniel Hartill on June 30, 2013, at 8:41 p.m.
Bicyclist James Riley has pedaled thousands of miles, endured innumerable falls as a mountain bike racer and survived two collisions with cars. But he never worried until now. On June 3, Riley was riding home from work in Brunswick when he was bullied on the narrow Martin’s …
When that jingle, "I should have bought it, when I saw it, at Marden's" gets stuck in your head, you have Ed Boucher from Lewiston to thank. "What we really do as a company is brand a business," said Boucher who has been writing jingles since the early 1960s.

After 50 years in the industry, Lewiston music producer, jingle writer chasing that big hit

By Daniel Hartill on June 24, 2013, at 7:30 a.m.
Music producer Ed Boucher believes he will yet make that monster hit. At 68, he maintains a studio in the living room of his second-story apartment and can still turn the volume up, rattling the windows and shaking the floor like an angry teenager. “I’m not dead …
Brigadier General James Campbell

Maine’s top soldier says VFW needed now more than ever

By Daniel Hartill on June 15, 2013, at 6:21 a.m.
LEWISTON | Even as Maine’s population of veterans shrinks to unprecedented levels, the service organizations that help vets are needed more than ever, Brig. Gen. James Campbell, the head of the Maine National Guard, said Friday. “The Maine Bureau of Veterans Services could not function without all of you,” …
Central Maine Healthcare has purchased the former St. Joseph's Church on Main Street in Lewiston. The building will be torn down to make room for a parking lot.

CMMC to tear down Lewiston church to put up parking lot

By Daniel Hartill on May 29, 2013, at 6:18 a.m.
Central Maine Healthcare has purchased the long-vacant St. Joseph’s, the oldest Catholic church in the city, and plans to tear it down. In its place will be 50-60 parking spaces, said Chuck Gill, CMH’s vice president for public affairs. “It’s a vacant building that’s in bad condition …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage, Legislature working together to solve county jail woes

By Daniel Hartill on May 26, 2013, at 6:17 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage’s office and legislative leaders are cooperating to re-examine the state’s network of county jails. For several weeks — since LePage met April 30 with every Maine sheriff on the matter — legislators and the governor’s staff have been meeting to discuss the mission of the new group. …

Maine gives Androscoggin County Jail more money to prevent closure

By Daniel Hartill on May 07, 2013, at 8:10 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Board of Corrections on Tuesday averted a possible shutdown of the Androscoggin County Jail by approving a payout to the jail of about $210,000. Without the money, the Auburn jail would have been unable to pay its staff, beginning May 17. “It’s a weight off …
"Coke & Mentos guy" Fritz Grobe celebrates after completing a performance of the "Extreme Diet Coke & Mentos Experiments" Thursday, June 28, 2012, in Monument Square in Portland, Maine. The performance involved more than 100 bottles of soda and 600 Mentos candies.

Maine duo known as ‘Mentos guys’ shoot new video for McDonald’s

By Daniel Hartill on May 04, 2013, at 6:15 a.m.
Buckfield-based duo Eepybird — better known worldwide as the Diet Coke and Mentos guys — have a new sponsor and a new online video. Details of the exact nature of the video, which launches May 7, are still a secret. However, this time Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz are working …

Sheriffs, LePage agree jail system is broken

By Daniel Hartill on May 01, 2013, at 5:34 a.m.
AUGUSTA | The worst effects of the county jail budget crisis, including closed jails, endangered corrections officers and widespread inmate furloughs, could be averted, Maine’s sheriffs said Tuesday after an hourlong meeting with Gov. Paul LePage. The governor also insisted that the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn would remain …