FRYEBURG

Police say home invasions could be connected

Fryeburg police are investigating a home invasion they believe may be related to two similar recent crimes in town.

According to police, someone forced open a basement window early Saturday morning to get into a home on Sanborn Road.

The homeowners were asleep, but were awakened by noises downstairs, police said, and found that a purse and car keys were missing.

Police said the woman who heard the noises believes she just missed the intruders and they fled.

Police, using a tracking dog, found the keys and the purse nearby, but some cash was missing from the purse.

Police said evidence at the scene leads them to believe the home invasion was related to another on Elkins Brook Road and a burglary at the Harvest Hills animal shelter. The investigation is continuing, they said.

WATERVILLE

Maine inmate charged with coordinating drug activity

A Maine inmate is facing new felony drug charges after police say he coordinated drug trafficking in Waterville from jail.

Three other people also have been arrested.

Thirty-one-year-old Mark Hilliard, of Bronx, N.Y., was charged Friday with illegal importation and conspiracy and aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs.

Based on a tip, police say they also arrested 24-year-old Sammiya Butts, of Bronx, N.Y., after she arrived in Waterville by bus and traveled to a Walmart parking lot by car.

Police say they seized 70 packages of crack cocaine worth about $5,000. Also arrested were 35-year-old Timothy Hogan and 20-year-old Elizabeth O’Neil of Waterville.

The Morning Sentinel reported that the four are scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 10. It was not immediately known if they were being represented by lawyers.

– From staff and news services