Articles by Tony Reaves


Oxford Casino sale waiting on gambling board license

By Tony Reaves, Sun Journal on May 22, 2013, at 11:04 a.m.
AUGUSTA | The Oxford Casino won’t be asked to apply for a new casino operator’s license if the Gambling Control Board approves the casino’s pending sale to Churchill Downs Incorporated Properties. The Gambling Control Board is running a background investigation on Churchill Downs, Director Patrick Fleming said at Tuesday’s …

Jay man accused of saw attack pleads to reckless conduct

By Tony Reaves on May 16, 2013, at 6:03 a.m.
PARIS | A Jay man accused of beating a man and throwing a circular saw at him in August 2012 pleaded guilty to reckless conduct Wednesday in Oxford County Superior Court. Scott R. Narhuminti, 42, received a one-year deferred disposition and must pay $1,500 in restitution to the victim. …

Norway man allegedly entered apartment, beat man after pulling him from bed

By Tony Reaves on May 14, 2013, at 6:03 a.m.
A local man is accused of entering an apartment and attacking a man Friday night. Stephen R. Duff, 22, of 262 Main St. faces charges of burglary and assault after a man said Duff and another man entered his apartment, pulled him from his bed and began …
Joshua R. Pollis

Paris man charged with eluding police, resisting arrest

By Tony Reaves on May 11, 2013, at 11:51 a.m.
A local man wanted on seven warrants was arrested Thursday on five more charges, including eluding police and being a fugitive from justice, interim police Chief Jerry Hinton said Friday. Joshua R. Pollis, 27, of 224 High St. faces multiple charges, including driving to endanger, failure to …

Norway woman charged after car crash

By Tony Reaves on May 10, 2013, at 6:13 a.m.
Police say a Norway woman was driving without a license when the car hit a utility pole on Pleasant Street on Thursday. Autum Hagar, 19, of Norway, was charged with operating without a license after she ran a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am into a utility pole. Neither …
Wesley Hewey

Albany Township man accused of assaulting roommate over electric bill

By Tony Reaves on May 09, 2013, at 6:03 a.m.
ALBANY TOWNSHIP — An Albany Township man was arrested Tuesday evening and accused of beating his roommate with a board during a fight over the electricity bill. Wesley E. Hewey, 59, of 1 McAllister Road, is charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and violation …
Gary Noyes

Buckfield man pleads not guilty to sexually assaulting 2 girls

By Tony Reaves on May 09, 2013, at 5:44 a.m.
PARIS | A Buckfield man accused of sexually assaulting two young girls pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday in Oxford County Superior Court. Gary C. Noyes, 43, of Paris Hill Road, is out on $25,000 cash bail, and is not allowed to have contact with the two girls …

Car stolen in Farmington crashes in Paris; driver sought

By Tony Reaves, Sun Journal on May 08, 2013, at 6:08 a.m.
Police say a man who stole a car from a Farmington home and crashed it on Buckfield Road on Monday escaped a search team. Officer Timothy Libby said Tuesday that while running radar on Route 117 at around 8:45 a.m. Monday, he clocked a car coming into …
Daniel Allen

Three Mexico men accused of trafficking cocaine plead not guilty

By Tony Reaves, Sun Journal on May 08, 2013, at 5:49 a.m.
PARIS | Three men accused in January of trafficking cocaine in Mexico and Carthage pleaded not guilty Tuesday at their arraignments in Oxford County Superior Court. Daniel R. Allen, 53, of Swett Avenue in Mexico faces three Class A charges of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, each punishable by …

Ranger says juveniles’ fireworks may have sparked Otisfield brush fire

By Tony Reaves on April 21, 2013, at 9:46 p.m.
A fire that burned across 3 acres of brush Wednesday happened after juveniles lighted fireworks in the woods, according to a ranger investigating the incident. Ranger Matt Bennett of the Maine Forest Service said Saturday that fireworks were set off in the area before the fire started, …

Redneck Blank back for third year

By Tony Reaves on April 16, 2013, at 6:35 a.m.
HEBRON | The Redneck Blank, formerly known as the Redneck Olympics, will be back for a third year, organizer Harold Brooks said Monday. This year, the weekend-long celebration of ATVs, beer, music and camping, along with a smattering of athletic events, will run Aug. 1-4 in the usual spot …

Paris Budget Committee tackles police issue

By Tony Reaves on April 12, 2013, at 6:39 a.m.
The Paris Budget Committee is struggling with recommending a police budget without wading into the controversy over keeping the Police Department or contracting the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office. At its meeting Wednesday, members said it was important that their recommendation not indicate which way they were leaning. …
Scott Ackley

Buckfield man accused of shooting girlfriend released on bail

By Tony Reaves on April 11, 2013, at 6:09 a.m.
PARIS | A Buckfield man accused of shooting his girlfriend during a fight was released Wednesday on $50,000 property bail after his arraignment in South Paris District Court. Scott L. Ackley, 41, of 51 Depot St., is accused of shooting Sharon Demayo, 38, after an argument at the home …

Three from Peru, Rumford accused of trafficking crack cocaine

By Tony Reaves on April 06, 2013, at 12:01 p.m.
Three people from Peru and Rumford are accused of trafficking crack cocaine. Martin D. Lore, 27, of Rumford, Jolene K. Norris, 38, of Peru and Edward E. Towers Jr., 48, of Rumford were arrested Wednesday by Special Agent Tony Milligan of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and …

Former student accused of arson at Fryeburg Academy

By Tony Reaves on April 04, 2013, at 9:25 p.m.
A Fryeburg Academy student who was expelled about a month ago is accused of going to the school and setting a fire in the gymnasium. Dyllan A. Wilson, 18, of Maple Street in Fryeburg, was arrested Wednesday evening on charges of arson and criminal trespass. Wilson was …

Teen recovering after highway crash in Oxford involving tractor-trailer

By Tony Reaves on April 02, 2013, at 1:21 p.m.
A teenage boy who was critically injured in a collision between a passenger car and a tractor-trailer Saturday on Route 26 is improving, Oxford police Lt. Michael Ward said Monday. The identity of the 17-year-old was not released because of his age, Ward said. He is being …
Kristina Lowe

Father of dead West Paris teen sues driver, three others in fatal crash

By Tony Reaves on March 26, 2013, at 12:36 p.m.
The father of a teen killed in a single-car crash in 2012 has filed a civil suit against the driver in that crash, Kristina Lowe, as well as three other people the suit alleges either furnished alcohol to Lowe or allowed Lowe, who was 18 at the …

Man critically injured in 2010 crash seeking $2.7 million in civil trial

By Tony Reaves on March 26, 2013, at 9:01 a.m.
PARIS | A Harrison motorcyclist who was badly injured in a 2010 accident is seeking more than $2.7 million in damages in a civil case being heard in Oxford County Superior Court this week. Benjamin Church, who is in his early 50s, filed suit against the estate Patrick J. …

Paris accepts police chief’s resignation

By Tony Reaves on March 26, 2013, at 8:52 a.m.
Police Chief Michael Dailey’s resignation has been accepted, Town Manager Amy Bernard announced Monday. In addition, the option of whether to eliminate the Paris Police Department in favor of sheriff’s office coverage, which selectmen voted down March 11, might make the town meeting warrant after all. The …

Norway man accused of forgery after allegedly signing summons with middle name

By Tony Reaves on March 19, 2013, at 6:34 a.m.
A local man who signed a false name on a court summons was arrested on a charge of aggravated forgery Friday. Dwight Paul Benner, 56, of Lynn Street was released on personal recognizance Monday. He is due in Oxford County Superior Court on July 1. Benner had …