Skowhegan woman, 83, found dead near Walmart; death not suspicious, police say

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 23, 2014, at 2:28 p.m.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine — An 83-year-old woman was found dead near Walmart on Monday afternoon, according to police. The body of Shirley Woods was located by game wardens around 3:30 p.m. Monday, Skowhegan police Chief Ted Blais said. Woods, who was known to have dementia, according to Blais, was reported missing …

Man taken to Bangor hospital after stabbing in Skowhegan

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 23, 2014, at 2:19 p.m.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A 34-year-old man was hospitalized late Monday evening after being stabbed during a disagreement with others attending a gathering at his home, according to police. The victim had multiple stab wounds to the back of his head when police arrived at his Milburn Street residence shortly before …
Bob Powell squares off with a moose in Jackman, Maine, in this screen grab from a video shot and posted by Janis Powell.

Couple who video-recorded moose encounter in Jackman may face charges

By Julia Bayly on April 23, 2014, at 12:59 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — An incident involving a New Hampshire couple’s moose encounter while snowmobiling in Jackman last week is under investigation by the Maine Warden Service and charges could be pending. “We have a game warden investigating,” Cpl. John MacDonald said Wednesday morning. “Once we determine the facts and …
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Police: Skowhegan sisters stole minivan, left Chihuahua behind

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 22, 2014, at 1:57 p.m.
NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine — Two Skowhegan sisters are facing charges after a minivan was stolen after a party in Norridgewock earlier this month, police said. Casey Rodrigue, 23, and her 22-year old sister, Rebekah, are accused of unauthorized use of property, a Class D misdemeanor, while Casey was also charged with …
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USDA pledges $29.7 million toward rural Maine wastewater treatment upgrades

By Nick McCrea on April 22, 2014, at 11:13 a.m.
HARTLAND, Maine — Maine’s wastewater infrastructure got a big boost on Earth Day, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture announcing $29.7 million in funding toward upgrades at seven Maine facilities. The grants were announced Tuesday morning during an event in Hartland. Hartland received $1.6 million to make improvements at its …
Charlie Gould (from left), his father, Hartland Assistant Fire Chief Charles Gould, and Hartland Fire Chief Tim Kuespert are shown with the doe they rescued Saturday morning after she fell through the ice on Big Indian Lake.

Doe stranded on lake saved by Hartland, St. Albans firefighters

By Dawn Gagnon on April 21, 2014, at 7:59 p.m.
HARTLAND, Maine — Firefighters from Hartland and St. Albans teamed up Saturday morning for an unusual rescue. Hartland Fire Chief Tim Kuespert said that he received a call about 6:15 a.m. from a friend working at the Indian Lake Market who told him that five deer had fallen through the …

National investment firm pays $19 million for central Maine medical buildings

By Darren Fishell on April 21, 2014, at 5:33 p.m.
OAKLAND, Maine — A national medical real estate investment company has purchased a $4.3 million building leased by MaineGeneral Health at FirstPark in Oakland, adding to its $14.7 million acquisition in February of another building leased by the group that opened a new hospital in Augusta last year. Dan Greenstein, …

Howland woman jailed for alleged role in Cambridge home invasion

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 21, 2014, at 1:43 p.m.
CAMBRIDGE, Maine — A Howland woman has been arrested and charged for her alleged involvement in a home invasion in Somerset County earlier this spring, police said. Melinda Riggs, 25, is accused of robbery, burglary and theft, according to Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office. Riggs …
A large quantity of cash, drugs and firearms were seized in a drug bust in Franklin County on Friday.

Franklin County drug bust leads to arrest of Avon man, seizure of guns, drugs, cash

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 21, 2014, at 11:10 a.m.
AVON, Maine — A 56-year-old Franklin County man is facing multiple drug charges after a search warrant was conducted at his residence Friday, police said. Daryl “Poochie” Searles, 56, is accused of aggravated trafficking in Schedule W drugs and unlawful trafficking in Schedule Z drugs, Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols …

Boothbay man accused of driving drunk after rolling pickup on Turnpike

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 21, 2014, at 9:34 a.m.
GARDINER, Maine — A Boothbay man was charged with drunk driving after the pickup truck he was driving rolled off the Maine Turnpike on Friday night, state police said. Police had received several complaints that Jonathan McNutt, 31, was driving intoxicated and had been following several vehicles in close proximity …
Large chunks of ice left over from an ice jam on the St. John River about eight miles west of Fort Kent push against a guardrail along Route 161 which had been closed for a period of time last week due to the rising waters.

Flood warnings still in effect in Somerset, Penobscot counties

By Julia Bayly on April 20, 2014, at 1:33 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — River levels are going down around the state, but a few flood watches and warnings remained in effect Easter Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. The Sebasticook River at Pittsfield remained above flood stage Sunday and a flood warning was expected remain in effect through …
A South China woman was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Stone Road on Friday afternoon, state police said.

Vassalboro crash claims life of South China woman

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 18, 2014, at 3:55 p.m.
VASSALBORO, Maine — A South China woman was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Stone Road on Friday afternoon, state police said. Troopers on scene said the vehicle driven by Aundria St. Amand, 18, left the road on a curve and struck a tree, according to Maine Department of Public …

Waterville police looking for jewel thief

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 18, 2014, at 3:50 p.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine — Local police are searching for a jewel thief who made off with a pair of wedding bands earlier this week. The suspect, a white man in his mid 30s, walked into Tardiff’s jewelry store on Tuesday afternoon seeking to look at pieces, according to Waterville Police Chief …

Fairfield man accused of smashing business window

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 18, 2014, at 11:34 a.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine — A drunken Fairfield man found wandering a deserted Main Street and yelling early Thursday morning was arrested after police learned he smashed a window at a local business. Lance Huff, 37, was observed by a witness smashing out a glass entryway window of Framemakers, Waterville Deputy Chief …

Vassalboro man accused of biting girlfriend’s ear during argument

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 18, 2014, at 11:17 a.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine — A fight between a boyfriend and girlfriend at a nightclub early Thursday morning culminated with a Vassalboro man’s arrest after allegedly biting the woman’s ear, police said. Benjamin Lajoie, 23, had been asked to leave Champions nightclub shortly after biting the woman during an argument, Waterville Deputy …

Only 3 show up at forum to tell Rockland-area school board search team what they want in next superintendent

By Stephen Betts on April 18, 2014, at 11:12 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Members of the Rockland-area school board search panel far outnumbered the three residents who turned out Thursday night to express their views on the quality of the next top administrator. The deadline for candidates to submit applications is May 20. Six people have requested and been sent …
Timothy Gilboe, a Jackman native who in 2011 saved the lives of his fellow soldiers during an enemy attack in Afghanistan, on Friday will receive the body armor that saved his life.

Jackman veteran receives body armor that saved his life in Afghanistan

By Beth Brogan on April 18, 2014, at 10:32 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Three years ago this month, Jackman native Timothy Gilboe stared into the eyes of a Taliban soldier in Afghanistan, grabbed the barrel of the enemy’s AK-47 assault rifle to his chest, and thought, “This is really going to hurt.” Gilboe’s squad had been attacked by two Taliban …

Gardiner man pleads guilty to robbing same pharmacy twice in 3 days

By Judy Harrison on April 17, 2014, at 3:50 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Gardiner man accused of robbing the same Augusta pharmacy twice in three days pleaded guilty to one count of robbery Thursday in U.S. District Court. Ryan McLaughlin, 26, was indicted in January by a federal grand jury in connection with robberies on Nov. 11 and 13 …

Dogs left at Waterville shelter with porcupine quills in mouths

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 17, 2014, at 12:39 p.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine — A pair of dogs are looking for a new home after they were dumped at a Waterville animal shelter with porcupine quills in their mouths. The dogs — a 4-year-old Great Dane and a 4-month-old terrier puppy, both males — were found at Humane Society Waterville Area …

Waldo-area school district’s proposed 2015 budget cuts indoor track but not staff positions

By Abigail Curtis on April 16, 2014, at 5:50 p.m.
UNITY, Maine — Although the Regional School Unit 3 board of directors searched for more positions and areas to cut when working up the budget for the school district’s next fiscal year, in the end, they simply couldn’t do it, according to Superintendent Heather Perry. Last week, the board for …
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