Articles by Leslie H. Dixon


Hebron students moved as state plans to remove 1,900 gallons of leaked oil from under school basement

By Leslie H. Dixon on Jan. 07, 2014, at 7:26 a.m.
Students from Hebron Station School will attend classes in Paris at least through Wednesday, while the state develops a plan to clean up 1,900 gallons of heating oil underneath the school’s basement slab. School Superintendent Rick Colpitts announced Monday that students would attend Oxford Hills Comprehensive High …

Search continues for 1,800 gallons of spilled oil; Hebron school remains closed for contamination concerns

By Leslie H. Dixon on Jan. 03, 2014, at 8:42 a.m.
About 1,800 gallons of heating oil were still unaccounted for Thursday at the Hebron Station School as state Department of Environmental Protection officials tried to find the spilled fuel. A total of 1,900 gallons of oil leaked out of the basement tank Dec. 24 as it was …

Western Maine teacher saves choking sixth-grader’s life

By Leslie H. Dixon on Dec. 03, 2013, at 8:06 a.m.
OXFORD | A veteran SAD 17 elementary school teacher was credited Monday night with saving the life of a Paris Elementary School student. Superintendent Rick Colpitts told the SAD 17 Board of Directors that just before Thanksgiving Day recess, he received a call saying Paris Elementary School teacher Alice …

Norway man charged in machete attack

By Leslie H. Dixon on Nov. 28, 2013, at 6:39 a.m.
A local man was arrested late Tuesday night and charged with attacking someone with a machete. According to police, Antonio Marcel Moore, 25, of 73 Beal St. was arrested at 11:30 p.m. on Hayden Avenue. Oxford County Assistant District Attorney Richard R. Beauchesne said the DA’s office …
 Friends and relatives line up at Oxford Plains Speedway for a parade of more than 70 trucks that made the journey to the Otisfield Community Hall for the funeral of Kelby L. Day on Saturday.

Trucks form funeral procession for Otisfield logger

By Leslie H. Dixon on Nov. 24, 2013, at 8:21 a.m.
OXFORD | Dozens of trucks from as far away as Scarborough formed a funeral procession from Oxford Plains Speedway to the Otisfield Community Hall for a local logger who died recently. Kelby L. Day, 39, of Otisfield, a certified logger, a father of two and co-founder, owner and operator …
The driver of the car thaty crashed into an apartment building at 14 Beal Street, Norway told police he did not remember what happened.

Car sends refrigerator flying when it crashes into Norway apartment

By Leslie H. Dixon on Nov. 14, 2013, at 5 p.m.
No one was injured when a car plowed through an apartment building and into a kitchen on Beal Street. The impact threw a refrigerator and other items across the room at about 4 a.m. Wednesday. Police Chief Rob Federico said a Dodge Durango driven by Christopher Morris …

RI man found not guilty of sexual assault of teen girl in Hanover

By Leslie H. Dixon on Sept. 27, 2013, at 6:27 a.m.
PARIS | A 24-year-old Rhode Island man was found not guilty Thursday of gross sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl in Hanover two years ago. The verdict for Kyle C. Sanville, of Richmond, R.I., came at about 1:30 p.m., following about three hours of deliberation by an Oxford County …

Defendant in sexual assault case testifies he did not have sex with teen

By Leslie H. Dixon on Sept. 26, 2013, at 8:30 a.m.
PARIS | The state wrapped up its case late Wednesday afternoon against a 24-year-old Rhode Island man accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in Hanover two years ago. The jury is expected to begin deliberations Thursday. Kyle C. Sanville of Richmond, R.I., was indicted in August 2012 on …

Trial begins for R.I. man accused of sexually assaulting young teen

By Leslie H. Dixon on Sept. 25, 2013, at 5:31 a.m.
PARIS | Testimony began Tuesday morning in Oxford County Superior Court into the case of a Rhode Island man accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in Hanover two years ago. Kyle C. Sanville, of West Kingston, R.I., was indicted in August 2012 on a charge of gross sexual …

Driver in fatal ATV accident arrested in Mass., will be returned to Maine for trial

By Leslie H. Dixon on Sept. 23, 2013, at 5:04 p.m.
NANTUCKET, Mass. — A man who had a warrant out for his arrest on a motor-vehicle homicide charge stemming from an August 2012 all-terrain vehicle accident in Naples that killed a 24-year-old woman has been arrested in Massachusetts. Don Hart of the Nantucket District Court in Massachusetts said Monday afternoon …

Head Start losing 55 slots in two counties

By Leslie H. Dixon on Sept. 03, 2013, at 5:50 a.m.
PARIS | About 55 youngsters in Oxford and Franklin counties won’t be headed off to Head Start this fall. Federal spending cuts have resulted in the closure of a Head Start classroom in Jay and cuts in staff and hours throughout both counties. A total of 55 slots will …

Buckfield fire chief, teen hurt in collision

By Leslie H. Dixon on Aug. 31, 2013, at 11:08 a.m.
Fire Chief Tim Brooks was injured Wednesday when his truck and another driven by a local 19-year-old man collided on Route 117 just before noon. According to Trooper Jason Wing, Robert Hermanson Jr., 19, of Buckfield was driving a 1998 Toyota pickup truck south on Route 117 …
Homeowner Laura Freeman, right, is comforted by her neighbor and friend Judy Hawley, as firefighters battle flames erupted in Freeman's garage and spread to the house early Thursday evening at 8 Summerland St. in Paris.

Fire rips through house, leaves Paris couple homeless

By Leslie H. Dixon on Aug. 30, 2013, at 6:57 a.m.
Flames from a garage fire spread to a home at 8 Summerland St. last week, leaving Laura Freeman and her husband, Wolf Gumm, homeless. Firefighters from at least six towns rushed to the scene off Mt. Mica Road shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday. Homeowner Freeman, who was …
Les Strout, wearing a pig mask, carries the Redneck Blank torch and an American flag in the opening ceremony in Hebron on Saturday. Aug. 4, 2012.

Campers roll in, wedding planned as Redneck Blank opens in Hebron

By Leslie H. Dixon on Aug. 01, 2013, at 6:25 a.m.
The trek toward Hebron’s third annual Redneck Blank Pig Roast and Music Festival has begun. “There’s one guy from Florida who is driving all the way up the East Coast (to Hebron) and picking up people as he goes along in his RV,” said event organizer Harold …
Rescue workers attend to one of the victims who were on the GoldWing Honda SE red motorcycle that narrowly missed a telephone pole when the Honda went off the road near 747 Waterford Road.

Two women seriously injured in Norway motorcycle crash

By Leslie H. Dixon on July 25, 2013, at 10:09 p.m.
Two women were seriously injured in a motorcycle accident on Waterford Road late Thursday afternoon. Police officer Mitch Shaw said Frances Rugg, 59, of Paris, the driver of the Honda GoldWing “trike” and her passenger, Donna Turner, 73, of Norway were both thrown from the motorcycle just …

49 apply for Paris police chief position

By Leslie H. Dixon on July 19, 2013, at 8:53 a.m.
The town has received 49 applications from across the country for the open police chief position. Interim Chief Jerry Hinton said he, Town Manager Amy Bernard and two others earlier identified as law enforcement officers will review the applications this week. “I’m very pleased,” Selectmen Chairman Robert …

Message of hope kicks off Seeds of Peace camp

By Leslie H. Dixon on June 26, 2013, at 2:38 p.m.
OTISFIELD | The answer is simply hope. That was the message Lina, a young Palestine resident, gave to more than 200 Seeds of Peace campers who gathered Wednesday morning to raise their nation’s flags and join hands and voices in a unity unknown in some of their homelands. “Here …

Norway warns Odd Fellows Hall owner that he has 10 days to make repairs

By Leslie H. Dixon on June 18, 2013, at 9:17 p.m.
The owner of the historic Odd Fellows Hall has been notified that he may face court action for failing to secure broken windows in his vacant downtown building that officials say now has become a safety issue. In a letter sent June 17 after two previous mailings …

Norway man guilty of assault sentencing hearing continued

By Leslie H. Dixon on June 16, 2013, at 5:56 a.m.
PARIS | A Norway man found guilty of assaulting an Oxford police officer will be sentenced next month in Oxford County Superior Court, according to court documents. Michael B. Murphy, 61, was found guilty in March of attacking Officer Zachary Bisson and refusing to submit to arrest. Murphy’s sentencing …
Gregg Parker, owner of Camp Waziyatah

Charges dismissed against summer camp owners accused of hosting drinking party for underage counselors

By Leslie H. Dixon on June 15, 2013, at 1:07 p.m.
PARIS | Charges of allowing an underage drinking party were dismissed against the owners of Camp Waziyatah in Waterford on Friday in Oxford County Superior Court. Gregg M. Parker, 46, of Boston and his brother, Mitchell G. Parker, 50, of Miami, were arrested in August 2012 on charges of …