September 17, 2013

Local & State Dispatches


State medical examiner says man was choked to death

A man who allegedly used a baby monitor to bug his estranged wife’s house, then listened in from a nearby cornfield, was choked to death Sunday, the state’s medical examiner has ruled.

Christopher Darner, 37, of Corinth apparently was choked by a man who was at the house during a confrontation there at 2:30 a.m., police said.

Kirt Damon Jr., 24, of Searsport is recovering from stab wounds to the neck and abdomen that he suffered in the confrontation.

Zachary Joseph, 21, of Belfast told police that he saw Darner stab Damon and went to Damon’s aid, putting Darner in a choke hold, police said. Joseph and Darner’s estranged wife, Miranda Darner, were not injured.

Miranda Darner had a protection-from-abuse order against her estranged husband.

Nevertheless, he entered the house Saturday and rigged baby-monitoring equipment so he could watch and hear the people inside, police said. He went back in Sunday morning, and that’s when the confrontation occurred.

No one has been charged in the death, which has been ruled a homicide. Police are considering self-defense or defense of a third person as Joseph’s possible motivation.


Girl’s condition still critical after crash Sunday on I-295

A Massachusetts woman and her 9-year-old daughter remained hospitalized Monday night following a single-vehicle crash that destroyed their car and caused traffic on Interstate 295 in Bowdoinham to back up for several miles Sunday afternoon.

Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine State Police, identified the victims of the crash as 39-year-old Angela Andrade and her daughter, Caitlyn Andrade.

A nursing supervisor at Maine Medical Center in Portland said the girl was in critical condition. Her mother was listed in satisfactory condition Monday evening.

According to state Trooper Niles Krech, who arrived at the accident scene just moments after it happened, Andrade’s 2007 Honda Accord was heading south on I-295 when it veered off the road before crossing back into southbound travel lanes. Her car then entered a median strip and rolled over, landing on its roof.

Krech said a witness told him that Andrade appeared to have reached into the rear seat area just before the crash. Krech and several motorists had to dig a hole in the ground in order to pull Andrade out through a window.

The girl, who remained trapped in a booster seat in the rear of the car, had to be extricated by firefighters.

The crash, which took place around 3:45 p.m., delayed southbound traffic for nearly three hours.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Woman charged in attack on man with wine bottle

A Portland woman faces charges of aggravated assault and criminal threatening after allegedly stabbing a man in the face and neck at Union Station Plaza on St. John Street about 7 p.m. Sunday.

Belinda Libby, 45, who has no fixed address, was held in the Cumberland County Jail on $1,000 bail pending a court appearance.

Libby got into a drinking-related argument with a man in the woods behind D’Angelo’s on St. John Street, according to police.

The man tried to avoid a confrontation by crossing the street to the plaza, but Libby followed, broke a wine bottle and stabbed him with it, police said.

The man was treated at a hospital and released.


Rescuers from two states assist injured teen hiker

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