May 8, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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The Coast Guard has a new commander overseeing operations in northern New England.

Capt. Brian Gilda assumed command of the region in a change-of-command ceremony Tuesday in Portland.

Gilda has served as deputy commander for the past two years and replaces Capt. Christopher Roberge, who is retiring after 28 years of service.

The northern New England sector includes Maine, New Hampshire and all of Lake Champlain, which is within Vermont and New York. The area has more than 5,000 miles of coastline and more than 1,100 Coast Guard personnel.

BANGOR

Bangor suspect says tussle led to breathing problems

A Bangor man accused of killing his 49-year-old girlfriend told police they were involved in an altercation before she died.

A police affidavit indicates that David Coon, 50, said the two were on the floor in a tussle when he covered her mouth to keep her from screaming. He says she was having breathing difficulties when he got up, so he dialed 911. Police described it as a domestic violence homicide.

The affidavit was made public as Coon appeared in court for a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

WZON-AM says autopsy results indicate Sherry Clifford died from asphyxiation and a neck injury.

SACO

Wind-fanned barn fire is under investigation

A four-stall horse barn burned in Saco on Tuesday, and while there were no horses inside, a dozen chickens died.

The fire at 46 Boom Road was reported by two neighbors at 12:34 p.m.

Saco Fire Department Deputy Chief Robert Martin said he was the first firefighter there and saw the building in flames. The barn is in an open, rural area and wind fanned the flames.

Firefighters saved a nearby storage building, but the barn was a total loss, Martin said.

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