January 18, 2013

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"It was fire coming down from upstairs; coming from the ceiling down -- big black and orange smoke," said the Perrys' son, Michael Williams, who lives next door. "I tried to put it out with water that was on the stove, but I couldn't do it. I've got a few burns here and there. It was wicked cold, about 10 degrees below zero, I think."

Madison Fire Chief Roger Lightbody Sr. said the state Fire Marshal's Office determined the cause was faulty electrical wiring.

The homeowners were not insured. Three dogs were saved and a small cat still was missing by late morning.


Body of man found frozen identified as that of fugitive

The body of a man found last week near Kennedy Memorial Drive has been identified as a fugitive who had been on the run for almost nine years.

Police said his death is not considered suspicious and he has no connection to the immediate area.

Richard Lawson, 58, was wanted by the U.S. Marshal Service for failure to appear on the second day of a 2004 federal trial in West Virginia, where he faced charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, use of a firearm in a drug crime and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Lawson was tried in absentia and found guilty, said police Chief Joseph Massey.

Lawson's frozen body was found Jan. 11 behind 295 Kennedy Memorial Drive.

An autopsy performed this week by the state Medical Examiner's Office in Augusta determined that Lawson died of a heart attack due to coronary disease, Massey said.

Lawson was born in Pennsylvania, but has family in Corinth and Garland in Penobscot County.


School bringing back dance with hopes of no 'grinding'

A Maine high school has scheduled a Valentine's dance for the first time since 2009, when the event was canceled because too many students were engaging in a sexually suggestive dance known as "grinding."

Brunswick High School students plan to hold the dance Feb. 15.

Principal Art Abelmann told The Times Record the dance is a chance for students to show they can dress and behave appropriately.

Brunswick school officials will tell students through assemblies and class discussions what's expected of them. Students will be asked to sign agreements pledging respectful and legal behavior.


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