October 21, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

From staff and news service reports

Northeast Carry

Minor injuries result from plane crashing in lake

A man from West Forks suffered minor injuries when a plane he was piloting plunged into the water of Moosehead Lake during a nighttime water landing attempt Saturday, according to police.

The man’s passenger, 24-year-old Ashli Goodenow of Portland, was taken by helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with a minor head injury, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman of the Maine Department of Public Safety. Thomas Coleman, 31, who was piloting the single-engine Cessna, did not require hospitalization.

The Federal Aviation Administration will conduct an investigation into the accident, a routine procedure for airplane crashes, McCausland said.

Coleman told police he was flying the airplane from Jackman and was headed to Northeast Carry, a township on the northeast shore of the lake.

The plane, a four-seater with pontoons, was found submerged in 20 feet of water by Warden Bob Johanson and state Trooper Matt Grant.

LEEDS

Man dies after car strikes two trees, catches fire

Police are investigating a single-vehicle crash early Sunday that killed a 27-year-old man whose license was under suspension.

The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department said it was called to an accident on Route 106 in Leeds shortly after 5:30 a.m. Officials said Charles Damren of Leeds was killed when he was ejected from his car when it went off the road and struck two trees before catching fire. Officials suspect speed and alcohol to be contributing factors to the crash.

Portland

Missing former city mayor found in Riverside bakery

The search for a Portland man who suffers from dementia and went missing Saturday was called off when he was found Sunday morning in the Riverside area of Portland.

Charles Harlow, 71, a former Democratic state representative, Portland mayor and city councilor, was reported missing by his family at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

A search involving the Portland police and fire departments and the Maine Warden Service was launched in the Riverside Industrial Park area, said Portland police Lt. Bob Doherty.

He said Harlow was found Sunday at about 6:30 a.m. unharmed inside a bakery in the industrial park.

AUGUSTA

Women charged after car crashes damage gravestones

Felony charges have been filed against a West Gardiner mother and daughter who allegedly caused $34,000 in damage to gravestones in Monmouth Ridge Cemetery Sept. 28 when they ran their cars into each other.

District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said Friday that both women were issued summonses on the charges and are due to appear in Kennebec County Superior Court Nov. 26.

Melissa K. Grant, 42, and Savannah Lowe, 20, were each charged with aggravated criminal mischief, indicating they “did intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly damage or destroy grave stones and/or lawn, property of Monmouth Cemetery Association.”

Grant also faces misdemeanor charges of operating after suspension and operating beyond license condition or restriction. Attempts to reach both Grant and Lowe by phone Sunday were unsuccessful.

Monmouth Police Chief Kevin Mulherin said at the time that Lowe tried to keep Grant from leaving the cemetery by hitting her mother’s car with her own because Lowe believed Grant was intoxicated, though Mulherin said at the time that police couldn’t prove that and didn’t charge her with it.

Grant then retaliated by hitting Lowe’s car with her car, Mulherin said.

The damaged gravestones including one of a woman who died in 1843.

LePage plans summits to combat illicit drug use

Gov. Paul LePage is joining law enforcement this week to discuss the scope and impact of illicit drug use and crime throughout the state.

LePage is hosting Drug Awareness Summits on Friday in Westbrook and Auburn. He’ll be joined by Public Safety Commissioner John Morris.

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