December 24, 2012

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Domestic violence report leads to standoff, arrest

A Buxton man was in custody Monday after an early-morning standoff with Cumberland County sheriff's deputies.

Police were called to the home at 760 Boundary Road in Standish at 12:20 a.m. Monday for a report of a domestic conflict. The 36-year-old female victim was not seriously injured and got away.

Sheriff Kevin Joyce called in the department's tactical team at 3 a.m. and members eventually fired tear gas into the home, at 7:20 a.m.

Police arrested Ralph Gaddy Jr., 44, without further incident after he fled the house. He was charged with domestic violence assault, terrorizing and creating a police standoff. He was held in the Cumberland County Jail without bail, pending a court appearance.

Gaddy did not specifically threaten to shoot anyone but police did find several guns at the house, including some near the bed, Joyce said.

Boundary Road was reopened to traffic at 8 a.m.


Woman charged with driving drunk in stolen dump truck

Police charged a woman with driving drunk, stealing a dump truck and driving it into a parked vehicle.

Police say that on Sunday night, Kristin Plante, 28, stole the small dump truck belonging to a construction company that was working at a nearby motel.

She backed into a glass door, shattering it, then drove into a Cape Neddick resident's vehicle that was parked in the driveway, police said.

Police said Plante was drunk or on drugs, had a suspended license and was wanted by police in Florida. Plante also was charged with assault, after allegedly kicking an officer in the shin.

Police charged Plante with drunken driving, assault, theft, criminal mischief and driving with a suspended license. She is scheduled to appear in York District Court on March 20.


Oxycodone stolen from Rite Aid Monday morning

An unarmed man robbed the Rite Aid pharmacy Monday morning, police and a witness said.

Lum Achu, 27, a pharmacy intern at the store on Route 1, said a man approached her with an open bag and demanded oxycodone. No weapon was shown, Achu said.

"We're still shaken," said Achu. "We just did what we were supposed to do, and he walked out."

Yarmouth police Lt. Dean Perry said the suspect was described as about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and gloves. Police believe he fled south on I-295.

The robbery is the second crime against a pharmacy in Yarmouth in two weeks. Someone burglarized the pharmacy at the Hannaford on Route 1 on Dec. 18 or Dec. 19. Police have yet to say what was stolen in that incident.


Heating cost calculator can show Mainers where to save

As winter begins, an interactive, online calculator can help Maine homeowners estimate the cost of keeping warm and see how they can save money.

The calculator is on the website of the Governor's Energy Office at

It enables homeowners to estimate their heating costs based on various types of fuels, their costs and their efficiency in various heating appliances.

For example, heating a well-insulated 1,500-square-foot house based on current fuel prices costs nearly $3,300 a year with No. 2 oil, $2,200 with natural gas and $1,600 with wood or pellets.

Gov. Paul LePage said he hopes the calculator will point to affordable alternatives and empower consumers to make appropriate heating choices.


Grandmother killed in head-on car crash

A grandmother died in a two-vehicle crash on Route 1 in the eastern Maine town of Baring, while her 8-year-old grandson suffered minor injuries.

State police say a pickup truck driven by Lynn Roderick, 55, of Princeton was heading north about 2:20 p.m. Sunday when Roderick tried to pass another vehicle and hit a southbound car head-on.

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