Articles by Donna M. Perry


Livermore Falls to vote on leaving Androscoggin County on referendum ballot

By Donna M. Perry on Nov. 04, 2013, at 9:09 a.m.
Voters on Tuesday, Nov. 5, will consider a referendum to withdraw from Androscoggin County to join Franklin County. If voters approve the referendum, it is not a done deal. Voters in Androscoggin and Franklin counties will need to vote on it in June 2014. The polls …

Farmington man pleads guilty to concealed weapon charge for carrying toy gun in waistband

By Donna M. Perry on Oct. 31, 2013, at 9:11 p.m.
A local man pleaded guilty Thursday to walking around the downtown area with a toy gun that appeared to be a real weapon tucked into his shorts in August. John Cushman, 20, of Farmington pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon in Franklin …

Theft of car warming in driveway leads to 100-mph police chase through 4 towns

By Donna M. Perry on Oct. 29, 2013, at 5:46 a.m.
CANTON | A man faces charges after a police chase through four towns with speeds at more than 100 mph Sunday. The driver was taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington due to medical issues unrelated to the chase, Maine State Police Trooper Alan Levy said Monday. Once he …

Owner cited after dog allegedly kills cats

By Donna M. Perry on Oct. 26, 2013, at 5:38 a.m.
PHILLIPS | A local woman was issued a summons on a civil violation of having a dog at large that killed several cats, Colt Sleaster, a Franklin County sheriff’s deputy, said Friday. A woman from the Reed’s Mill Road area in Phillips reported a dog killed her cats on …
Two people broke a bedroom window late Wednesday to climb out of their burning home at 99 West Loop in Livermore Falls. Led Crosby and Jenna Presby were taken to a Farmington hospital where they were treated and released, Livermore Falls fire Chief Tim "TD" Hardy said Thursday.

Smoke alarm credited for saving two from home fire in Livermore Falls

By Donna M. Perry on Oct. 25, 2013, at 5:55 a.m.
Two people were injured late Wednesday in a fire at their residence at 99 West Loop. It is believed the fire was started by improper disposal of wood stove ashes, Livermore Falls fire Chief Tim “TD” Hardy said Thursday morning. Led Crosby and Jenna Presby were …

Berry’s end family tradition, close East Wilton store, merge oil business

By Donna M. Perry on Oct. 19, 2013, at 6:16 a.m.
An era will come to an end Monday when Carlton Berry, 76, and his son, Andrew Berry, 42, both of Livermore and co-owners of Mt. Blue Agway, close the Agway section of the store on Route 2 in East Wilton. The store will stay open to take …

Canadian teens involved in car chase were originally headed to New Brunswick, police say

By Donna M. Perry on Oct. 19, 2013, at 5:46 a.m.
FARMINGTON | Two Canadian teenagers who led police on a car chase early Tuesday morning were on their way to visit a friend in New Brunswick, Canada, when their GPS took them to the U.S. border crossing at Coburn Gore, an official said Friday. Investigators spoke to the 13-year-old …

Convicted murder on parole who moved to Maine sentenced for violation

By Donna M. Perry on Oct. 18, 2013, at 6:49 a.m.
FARMINGTON | A New Hampshire man convicted of murder in that state in 1984 was found guilty Wednesday of violating an interstate compact for adult supervision. Barry Brown, 50, of Raymond, N.H., was sentenced to 50 days in jail and given credit for the time he served since his …

Two men charged after vehicle found in ditch

By Donna M. Perry on Oct. 18, 2013, at 6:34 a.m.
JAY | Police charged two men involved in an accident Saturday morning on Route 156 where a vehicle was in a ditch with no one around. James M. Martin, 36, of Jay was found in a ditch about 200 yards from the accident and arrested by Officer Michael Mejia …
Allie, a 9-year-old Arabian horse, was last seen on Oct. 8 in the Bray Hill area in Phillips. The mare is mostly brown with a little white on its forehead. Anyone with information about the missing animal is asked to call 639-5936 or 684-4418.

Family’s horse goes missing in Phillips

By Donna M. Perry on Oct. 16, 2013, at 8:13 a.m.
A 9-year-old Arabian horse has been missing since Oct. 8 after it left a corral with an electric fence around it in the Bray Hill area. It is unknown why it took off, Phyllis Savage of Phillips said. The mare is 14.3 hands tall and is mostly …

Two plead guilty to trespassing after police chase, fall from UMF roof

By Donna M. Perry on Oct. 10, 2013, at 8:20 a.m.
FARMINGTON | Two men pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges related to being on the roof of the Emery Community Arts Center at UMF in September. One of them was seriously injured when he lost his grip trying to climb off the building to escape police and fell 40 feet …

Family, pets escape injury after TV catches fire in Jay

By Donna M. Perry on Oct. 09, 2013, at 1:34 p.m.
A family of three and two dogs escaped injury early Wednesday when a television caught fire in a bedroom and spread to a dresser it was on at a mobile home on BJ’s Lane, Assistant Fire Chief Mike Booker said. Jessica Zamudio had fallen asleep with the …

Police investigating dozens of burglaries in Kennebec, Franklin, Somerset counties

By Donna M. Perry on Oct. 07, 2013, at 4:11 p.m.
WAYNE | Kennebec County sheriff’s deputies are continuing their investigation into more than 30 burglaries in several counties, centered in Kennebec, Franklin and Somerset counties. As of early Monday afternoon there were 31 different burglaries confirmed, Kennebec County Chief Deputy Ryan Reardon said. More information has come in, and …
Robert Parker Jr.

Phillips man accused of sexually assaulting, threatening to kill child

By Donna M. Perry on Oct. 03, 2013, at 6:36 a.m.
FARMINGTON | A Phillips man accused of sexually assaulting a child under age 12 had his bail set at $75,000 cash or $150,000 worth of real estate Wednesday in 12th District Court. Robert Parker Jr., 43, is also accused of threatening to kill the child and harassing family members …
Robert Parker Jr.

Phillips man pleads not guilty to giving cigarettes to children

By Donna M. Perry on Sept. 23, 2013, at 9:23 p.m.
FARMINGTON | A Phillips man pleaded not guilty Monday in District Court to endangering the welfare of two children. Robert Parker Jr., 43, is accused of giving cigarettes to two children under 15 years old. Franklin County sheriff’s deputies conducted an investigation this summer, Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. said …

Firefighters, rangers squash underground fire near Rangeley

By Donna M. Perry on Sept. 23, 2013, at 12:54 p.m.
SEVEN PONDS TOWNSHIP | Firefighters from several towns and forest rangers fought a woods fire Saturday on Cow Ridge, north of Rangeley in Franklin County. The fire is believed to have started by a lightning strike about a week ago and traveled underground along the roots, Rangeley Fire Rescue …

Connecticut man extradited to Farmington to face child sex assault charge

By Donna M. Perry on Sept. 21, 2013, at 6:14 a.m.
FARMINGTON — A Connecticut man was extradited back to Farmington on Thursday on a warrant charging unlawful sexual contact against a child under 18 years old in 2008, said Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. David Scott Rhodes, 45, of Taftville, Conn., formerly of Eustis, was arrested on the felony …
Ralph Metcalf

Jay man ends bid to withdraw guilty plea in sex case

By Donna M. Perry on Sept. 18, 2013, at 2:16 p.m.
FARMINGTON | A Jay man has dropped his request to withdraw a guilty plea to a felony sex charge related to having sexual contact with a child under 12 in 2010, according to court documents. Ralph O. Metcalf, 34, had pleaded guilty to a felony charge of unlawful sexual …
Franklin County Detention Center Manager Doug Blauvelt, sitting at table, answers questions Tuesday from the state Board of Corrections prior to the board voting not to reopen the jail to full service. Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. listens at right.

State will not reopen Farmington jail to full service

By Donna M. Perry on Sept. 18, 2013, at 7:06 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Franklin County pretrial inmates — those who have not been convicted — will continue to be transported dozens of miles to open beds around the state on a daily basis. The county’s transport officers will continue to rack up overtime as they drive inmates to other jails …

Wilton man pleads guilty to causing truck crash

By Donna M. Perry on Sept. 14, 2013, at 10:27 a.m.
FARMINGTON | A Wilton man pleaded guilty Friday to grabbing the steering wheel of a truck he was a passenger in and causing it to crash on Route 2 in Wilton in March. Michael Dalot, 59, pleaded guilty in Franklin County Superior Court to a misdemeanor charge of reckless …