Articles by Donna M. Perry


Dixfield man pleads guilty in unpaid bill dispute

By Donna M. Perry on Sept. 14, 2013, at 9:15 a.m.
FARMINGTON | A Dixfield man pleaded guilty Friday to stabbing a Carthage man in the forearm with a screwdriver in April in a dispute over an unpaid bill. Peter Gallant, 40, pleaded guilty in Franklin County Superior Court to a felony charge of aggravated assault. If the case had …

Pentagon to consider Franklin County for potential missile interceptor site

By Donna M. Perry on Sept. 13, 2013, at 6:15 a.m.
REDINGTON TOWNSHIP | The U.S. Navy’s remote training school in the Rangeley Lakes area is one of five sites on the East Coast that the Missile Defense Agency is considering as a potential missile-interceptor site, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins announced Thursday. The Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape site in …

State dismisses assault charges in Farmington ax case

By Donna M. Perry on Sept. 10, 2013, at 7:23 a.m.
The state has dismissed two charges of misdemeanor assault against a Rumford man as a result of a negotiated settlement, Assistant District Attorney Joshua Robbins said Monday. A Franklin County jury acquitted Brian Sweeney, 32, of felony aggravated assault in March related to an April 2012 incident …
Christopher Nault

Jay man charged with trafficking heroin

By Donna M. Perry on Sept. 06, 2013, at 6:09 a.m.
Police conducted a bail check on a local man Wednesday and charged him with having 3.9 grams of heroin and needles, straws and spoons to use the drug, officer Nicholas Gulliver said Thursday. Christopher Q. Nault, 44, was arrested on a charge of felony aggravated unlawful trafficking …
Flames shoot from Echo Lake Lodge and Cottages on Echo Lake in Fayette on Tuesday morning. The lodge, built in 1936 and owned by James and Evelyn Feagin, was destroyed.

Fire destroys 1936 Echo Lake Lodge in Fayette

By Donna M. Perry on Sept. 04, 2013, at 6:47 a.m.
A fire that destroyed the main lodge at Echo Lake Lodge and Cottages on Tuesday is believed to have started in the attic or on the second floor, Readfield fire Chief Lee Mank said Tuesday night. No one was in the building at the time of the …

Franklin County man faces indecent conduct charge

By Donna M. Perry on Aug. 31, 2013, at 6:35 a.m.
PHILLIPS | A Franklin County deputy has issued a local man a summons on a misdemeanor charge of indecent conduct, Lt. David Rackliffe said Friday. Myron Hoyt, 70, is accused of parading around in a short skirt and high heels in his yard that faces Route 142, with the …

Farmington woman accused of leaving baby in car while shopping

By Donna M. Perry on Aug. 30, 2013, at 7:40 a.m.
A local woman is accused of leaving her 20-month-old child in a locked car in a parking lot for about 20 minutes while she shopped at Walmart on Wilton Road. Officer Justin Blais issued Denise Boulette, 34, of Farmington a court summons on a misdemeanor charge of …
Two families escaped a fire early Wednesday that ripped through the mobile home they were living in at 160 Pine Ridge Loop in Livermore Falls.

Teen hears smoke detector, alerts families to fire that destroys home

By Donna M. Perry on Aug. 29, 2013, at 6:55 a.m.
LIVERMORE FALLS | A 16-year-old girl is being credited with saving the lives of her mother and a family they were staying with fire ripped through a mobile home at 160 Pine Ridge Loop early Wednesday. Kaitlynn Hall heard what she thought was an alarm clock but it turned …

Driver cited in Jay ATV crash that injured two boys

By Donna M. Perry on Aug. 27, 2013, at 5:48 a.m.
A Lewiston man has been cited on a civil violation related to an all-terrain vehicle accident on Aug. 16 when two children were injured. Maine Warden Tom McKenney said Saturday that he issued a summons to Matthew Churchill, 31, on a charge of carrying a passenger under …
Grace Judd, 72, center, now of Canton, is flanked by her daughter Sue Cloutier and grandson James Cloutier Jr., both of Dixfield. Judd is working hard to regain some normalcy in her life after being struck by a car while collecting bottles in a ditch off Route 17 in Livermore Falls in May.

Livermore Falls woman, 72, keeps moving despite critical injuries suffered after being hit by car in May

By Donna M. Perry on Aug. 25, 2013, at 6:04 a.m.
CANTON | Grace Judd’s grandson remembers holding her hand, kneeling beside her hospital bed and telling her if she had anything left in her to fight for her life. It was the fifth or sixth time she had been taken off a ventilator, James Cloutier Jr., 20, of Dixfield …
Barry Brown

Police: Paroled NH murderer arrested for illegally residing in Franklin County

By Donna M. Perry on Aug. 23, 2013, at 11:01 a.m.
CHESTERVILLE | A convicted murderer on parole for life was arrested Wednesday for illegally being in Maine at a residence on Horseshoe Pond Road. Barry Brown, 50, of Raymond, N.H., moved to Maine without proper authorization between the New Hampshire parole division and Maine Probation and Parole, Franklin County …
A broken utility pole lies on Ridge Road in Chesterville on Wednesday afternoon after it was struck by the Honda CRV in woods at far right. A piece of the pole hit the Jeep at left, trapping occupants inside, Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. said. No one was injured.

Driver in crash faces distracted driving charge

By Donna M. Perry on Aug. 22, 2013, at 6:47 a.m.
CHESTERVILLE | Five people were trapped Wednesday after a broken utility pole beside Ridge Road landed on one vehicle and wires on another, Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. said. No one was injured, he said. Brandy Krause, 68, of Wilton was driving her Honda CRV north at about …

Two children injured when ATV flips in Jay

By Donna M. Perry on Aug. 21, 2013, at 12:23 p.m.
Two children from Lewiston were injured Friday night when an ATV they were riding with an adult hit a stump in a yard and tipped over. It happened during a family reunion at a camp at about 7 p.m. off Macomber Hill Road, Maine Warden Tom McKenney …
Autumn Thibodeau, 11, sits in the swing she and her brother, Tyla Thibodeau, used to use and holds a photo of him at her grandmother's home in Dixfield on Wednesday. From left are her sister, Ashlie, her aunt Carmen Thibodeau, Autumn Thibodeau, and her grandmother Gerry Thibodeau. In the background is the tree fort Tyla played in.

Dixfield teen who died in dirt bike accident ‘always willing to give a hug’

By Donna M. Perry on Aug. 15, 2013, at 6:22 a.m.
Tyla Thibodeau was remembered Wednesday for his friendship, sense of humor, his smile and his artistry. Thibodeau, 15, of Dixfield died Sunday when his neck was broken after a piece of a coil of rope he was carrying got caught in the chain on an off-road, motorized …

Police: Driver hits utility pole, charged with OUI in New Vineyard

By Donna M. Perry on Aug. 13, 2013, at 6:14 a.m.
A New Portland man was charged late Saturday evening after his pickup truck hit a utility pole on Route 27 near Maine Wood Turning Inc. Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Sandy Burke issued Walker Fleming, 33, a summons charging operating under the influence, Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. …
Jason Bergeron

Charges added for Chesterville man accused of sexually assaulting girl

By Donna M. Perry on Aug. 02, 2013, at 7:24 a.m.
FARMINGTON | A Chesterville man’s bail was increased to $50,000 cash or $200,000 worth of real estate when he went before a judge Wednesday on a sexual assault charge, according to court documents. Jason Bergeron, 36, is accused of sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 15. Bail …

Boy, 14, denies sex offense charges, released to home confinement

By Donna M. Perry on July 31, 2013, at 6:53 a.m.
FARMINGTON | A 14-year-old Franklin County boy denied committing a sexual offense Tuesday in a juvenile court. Judge Kevin Cuddy released the teenager to home confinement under his grandparents’ care. Franklin County Detective Ken Charles arrested the boy on Friday on a felony charge of unlawful sexual contact against …

Man accused of punching teenage driver at intersection

By Donna M. Perry on July 30, 2013, at 5:50 a.m.
LIVERMORE FALLS | A local man is accused of getting out of a vehicle at the intersection of Richardson Avenue and Knapp Street on Saturday night and punching a teenager in another vehicle in the face. Officer Steve Allen issued a summons to Benjamin Soha, 27, of Livermore Falls …

Skowhegan man pleads not guilty in drug overdose death case

By Donna M. Perry, Sun Journal on July 28, 2013, at 6:14 a.m.
FARMINGTON | A Skowhegan man pleaded not guilty Friday to charges in connection to a drug overdose death in Farmington on Nov. 11, 2012. Justice Michaela Murphy added as a condition of his release that he follow a curfew from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., except for employment. Eric …

Jay man who pleaded guilty in sex case asks to withdraw plea

By Donna M. Perry, Sun Journal on July 27, 2013, at 6:10 a.m.
FARMINGTON | A Jay man asked Friday to withdraw his guilty plea on a sex charge that he entered in June after opening statements in a jury trial had been given in Franklin County Superior Court. His attorneys also filed a motion to withdraw from the case. Ralph O. …