Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Guard at county jail resigns before hearing
A Washington County Jail guard who said he was assaulted behind the facility in October has resigned before a scheduled termination hearing in front of the county commissioners.
Troy Lyons of Lubec resigned Thursday. He had worked at the jail in Machias for 12 years.
Sheriff Donnie Smith suspended Lyons after an internal investigation concluded that the multiple injuries for which Lyons was treated the night of Oct. 29 were self-inflicted.
Smith told the Bangor Daily News he concluded the assault was a hoax because of “improprieties and inconsistencies” in Lyons’ story. For example, Smith said Lyons claimed he fell to the ground after being struck, but was not wet or muddy even though it was raining that night.
Lyons denied making up the assault.
New bridge on Route 35 opens to two-way traffic
The new Bonny Eagle Bridge spanning the Saco River between Hollis and Standish on Route 35 is now open to two-way traffic.
Crews will start demolishing the old bridge, said the Maine Department of Transportation.
The $2.1 million project was done by Wyman & Simpson Inc. of Richmond.
One-way traffic near the bridge is expected in the next couple weeks as crews remove equipment and prepare to start the demolition.
Crews will return in the spring to install guardrails and do landscaping, according to the Department of Transportation.
Man from Maine convicted of California drug killings
A California jury has convicted a former Maine resident of two counts of murder in a drug-related case.
The Lake County jury Thursday convicted Robby Alan Beasley, 32, formerly of Augusta, of first-degree murder in the slayings three years ago of Frank Maddox, and his wife Yvette, who had also gone to California from Augusta.
Prosecutors said Beasley, who was living in Clearlake, Calif., shot the Maddoxes in a rural road turnout and left their bodies unburied at the bottom of an embankment on Jan. 22, 2010. The couple’s decomposing remains were found six weeks later.
Prosecutors said Beasley killed the Maddoxes after suspecting they stole marijuana from his apartment.
Beasley faces life in prison without parole and will be sentenced next month.
Change in district lines leads Michaud to close office
Because of congressional redistricting, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud’s office in Waterville has been closed.
A redistricting plan passed last year by the Maine Legislature moved Winslow and Waterville into the 1st Congressional District. The towns of Mount Vernon, Gardiner, West Gardiner, Unity, Sidney, Belgrade, Rome, Vienna, Albion, Monmouth, and Randolph were moved into the 2nd District.
Michaud, a Democrat, represents the 2nd District. Rep. Chellie Pingree, also a Democrat, represents the 1st District.
Michaud’s Waterville office closed on Thursday.
— From staff and news services